Chemerinsky, Amoeba disassociate from LA Weekly

Chemerinsky, Amoeba disassociate from LA Weekly

As you likely know by now, the LA weekly is currently in a state of tumult. Shortly after the sale of LA weekly to a new entity known as Semanal, last week, Semanal's Representative Brian Calle fired nearly the entire staff of the paper. Following that, it came to light that Semanal was an entity created to purchase the paper and was owned by a group of conservative investors. For his part, Calle was the former vice-president of the Claremont institute, an organization dedicated to "defeating progressivism" and installing conservative people in places of power and influence. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Calle also stated that Dean Erwin Chemerisnky, Dean of UC Berkeley School of law, author of many legal textbooks, and generally liberal leaning academic, was considering investing in the publication.

Well, Chemerinsky is out and so are a lot of other entities including Amoeba records. The OC weekly recenty spoke to the Dean. Chemrinsky stated "[Calle] asked me to invest and I explained to him that I don't have much to invest. But I would make a small investment for him as a friend. When I did so, I knew nothing about any of the controversies that have developed. I have not yet contributed or signed anything." But then, he followed up a few hours later with: "I knew nothing about that when I spoke to Brian when I said I would invest a small amount of money…I will take this seriously into account before investing." He then finally added, "I am not going to be investing."

Meanwhile, at least five advertisers have dropped from LA Weekly, including record store titan and regular advertiser Amoeba records. Amoeba stated "Like many of you, we were surprised to hear about the major layoffs and changes at the @LAWeekly. We have pulled our sponsorship of their upcoming Sips & Sweets event and a back-page ad in Thursday's paper." See their full statement here. According to the Wrap, other investors that are pulling out include Mellow Music Group and music venue Resident. Earlier, Henry Rollins stated that he would no longer be writing for the paper, as well.

Since the firing last week, LA Weekly put out a call for free contributions promising "exposure" in lieu of paid writers. Since the firing, the publication has posted only three articles, two of which attempted to explain who the new owners are.

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Casey: "Fluorescents"

Casey: “Fluorescents”

Emotional hardcore band Casey released a new track called "Fluorescents". The track will be released off of their newly announced sophomore album called Where I Go When I Am Sleeping. Where I Go When I Am Sleeping is due out on March 16th through Hassle Records.

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Taco Hell: "Twin Peaks References and Depression" (Punknews Exclusive)

Taco Hell: “Twin Peaks References and Depression” (Punknews Exclusive)

Today, Punknews is pleased to debut the new tune by Taco Hell.

"Twin Peaks References and Depression" was written by the group via a hive mind mentality. The band members each wrote down a line about Twin Peaks and lead singer Joe randomly picked one of the phrases and then constructed a tune around it without eve actually having seen an episode of the show. The result is a fractured piece of dream pop that tilts between an ethereal shimmering and a combustible breakdown. There are traces of both Ian Curtis and Robert Smith here and that combination of the smooth and jagged works surprisingly well.

You can pre-order the band's new album right here. Meanwhile, check out the whole thing below, right now!

Full Disclosure: Taco Hell includes frequent Punknews contributor Max Q

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Jawbreaker re-release first demo

Jawbreaker re-release first demo

Jawbreaker have remastered, remixed, and re-released their first demo. The tape was originally sold at early Jawbreaker shows. The 1" 16-track tape was found in a basement in 2016 and was remixed by J. Robbins and remastered by John Golden. Check it out below.

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Jello Biafra

Jello Biafra Walks Us Through his Entire Discography

Jello Biafra has done about a million projects. From the seminal Dead Kennedys to his fititing team up with DOA to his surprising combo with Melvins to his newest band Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine to the berserk, industrial pummeling of Lard, the J-man has done it all. Really, you could fill an entire book with any one of his albums. But, to get just a taste of his works-a-plenty, we had Jello tell us a little bit about almost every single one of his albums (and that's a lot of albums, mind you). Check out Jello's reflections on his LPs below. Later this week, we'll sit down with the reigning champ himself for an in-depth interview.

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