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Navel Gazing May 21, 2017

Navel Gazing May 21, 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back in the week in Punknews. I'm Ricky Frankel and I'll be your guide through some of the juiciest, most popular and otherwise noteworthy stories from the last seven days. Remember, every Punknews story and review is built from tips from our wonderful, good-looking readers, so get to submitting a story, feel free to submit a review or if you are a photographer continue reading below. Here's what got the strange, slow and old community talking this week:

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Punknews to release long lost, unreleased album recorded in 1980 by the Flames!!!

Punknews to release long lost, unreleased album recorded in 1980 by the Flames!!!

Today, Punknews is absolutely THRILLED to announce that we will be releasing, for the first time, the long lost album by The Flames!!!

If you are a long time reader of Punknews, you might know this story: Editor John Gentile found a mysterious record in the budget bin at his local record store. The band was the Flames and the album was recorded in 1980. It turned out that the record was a really good power pop/new wave/punk album. The record blended jumpy power-pop with the snappiness of early new wave with the edgy lyrics of first wave punk. Just look at some of these titles: "Stabbed to Death," "Contaminated," "Menage a Troi." … but there was no record of it at all online which is incredibly rare in this age of mass documentation!

However, on the back of the jacket was a thirty-five year old phone number written in magic marker. John called the number… and after a one-in-a-million shot, we're now releasing the album for the first time! (You can read the full story on the album's discovery and history right here.)

With the cooperation and direction of band founder Michael J. Richards, Punknews and Narmer Records are absolutely PSYCHED to be putting out this 37 year old album for the first time ever. The entire release was remastered by Bob Vielma of Shinobu and it includes 12 bonus tracks! The first two bonus tracks are cassette rehearsals recored in 1980. The other ten bonus tracks are solo recordings that Richards recorded for himself from 2009-2013. Every track on this CD is unreleased!

And today, we're debuting the first single from the remastered release! You can pre-order the remastered CD with bonus tracks right here!. You can also pre-order the digital version right here! Then, check out the first single to be released from the remastered album, "Nothing Seems to Work Out," below!

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Belly Up: 'Loss' (Punknews Exclusive)

Belly Up: 'Loss' (Punknews Exclusive)

Today, Punknews is pleased to debut the new EP by Belly Up.

Loss is a heavy record. The band contemplates death itself as reverbed-out riffs rumble across the speakers. There's a little Pixies here, a little Sonic Youth there, and a little but of Dismemberment plan way in the back. As you can tell by the release's cold, massive sound, these are guys with deep issues on their minds.< br/>
The EP is out June 2, but you can check it out below, right now.

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Podcast
Podcast

Episode 349: Punk Rock Bowling

On episode 349 of the Punknews Podcast, Adam White, John Gentile, and Ricky Frankel take a deep dive into the upcoming Punk Rock Bowling events. We discuss the festival line-ups and club shows for the New Jersey, Las Vegas, and Denver editions of the annual punk gathering, playing some tunes from festival bands along the way. This episode we also chat about some other recent news, including the upcoming Jeff Rosenstock tour, the new Chotto Ghetto projects, and upcoming music from bands like Rancid, The Coathangers, and Sam Coffee and the Iron Lungs.

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Lindsey Warren: "PYO / Hardcore Picnic" (Punknews Exclusive)

Lindsey Warren: “PYO / Hardcore Picnic” (Punknews Exclusive)

Today, we're pleased to bring you the new single by Lindsey Warren. You might know Lindsey from her other band Whoopi Sticks. But, her new project, which is a revolving collective features punk tunes crafted for kids. But, unlike a lot of saccharine kid-aimed music, the new project retains the energy and excitement of grown-up music while having lyrics that are safe for the wee ones. Check out the single below.

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Hopeless Tours
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday/Every Time I Die (US)

Taking Back Sunday will be heading out on tour with Every Time I Die this summer. The bands will be brining two New Jersey acts to open for this tour, Modern Chemistry will be supporting the first leg of the tour (July 14 to August 1st) and All Get Out will be supporting the second leg of this tour (August 3rd to August 19th). Taking Back Sunday will be touring to support their 2016 release called Tidal Wave . See below for the full list of tour dates.

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Tours
Tim Holehouse and Tragical History Tour heading out on tour

Tim Holehouse and Tragical History Tour heading out on tour

Tim Holehouse and Tragical History Tour (Derek Johnston of Make That A Take Records) will be taking their acoustic stylings over to mainland Europe starting June 1st. The fifteen day tour will see them visit much of the northeast countries, with a lot of time spent in Germany.

Tim Holehouse's most recently released a collaboration with The Tourettes Boys, the Kill EP; and THT's most recent album is the Come On Home, Hero 7". You can check out the lead track to Tragical History Tour's new album, and those tour dates, below.

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Silverstein

Silverstein announce 'Dead Reflection'

Canada's post-hardcore band Silverstein have announced they will be releasing their eighth full length album on July 14th though Rise Records. The album is called Dead Reflection and is available now for pre-order.

The band have also released a music video along with this announcement. The track is called "Retrograde" and you can see below to view.

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