It's Sunday July 29th, 2007. With this week's revelations I give it a few months until we have a reactionary straight-edge xASTRONAUTx movement emerging from the basements of Houston and Florida's Space Coast. The real challenge would be to incorporate the generic black hoodie and cargo shorts into the next spacesuit design.
The people must have something good to read on a Sunday
So in a move that's sure to make several of our readers spontaneously combust, the Lawrence Arms, American Steel and Larry Arms offshoots the Falcon and Sundowner announced plans for a tour dubbed the 8th Annual Unbelievable Self-Indulgence Fest. There are no dates yet, but that didn't stop you all from losing it and screaming things like "I'm gonna fucking blow something apart if they dont [sic] make it down south." On the other hand, we have an announcement that mall-punkers Good Charlotte are touring soon with pop star Jusitin Timberlake. The things you said about this tour were less enthusiastic, all things considered. The Warped Tour is rolling on, and this week head honcho Kevin Lyman spoke with the press a few times, criticizing the supposedly "free" Ozzfest and musing on last year's feuds and this year's attendance numbers.
The Offspring have lost drummer Atom Willard, as the former Rocket from the Crypt member is giving all his time to messiah-core act Angels and Airwaves. He's been replaced by Pete Parada, who has Saves the Day, Alkaline Trio and Face to Face on his resume. Canuck pop-punk act Sum 41 was apparently in some trouble over lyrics, as it's been reported that Deryck Whibley was threatened with deportation from the US. So was that legit or just some clever PR on the eve of their new album?
A number of bands spoke about their next record this week. Dave Grohl talked about the upcoming Foo Fighters disc, also chatting about his experience in the nascent DC "emo-core" scene. Anti-Flag spoke about their upcoming benefit EP and looked ahead to their next full-length. We had album updates from across the spectrum this week, with everyone from elder statesmen Social Distortion to popsters Fall Out Boy discussing their next release. It's not just new music in the pipe, as reissues of classic material from both Fat Wreck Chords and punk pioneers the Sex Pistols were announced.
Our Video of the Week featured the Swellers performing music from their new record My Everest. We chatted with Josh Berwanger, formerly of the Anniversary and currently of the Only Children (interview). We also streamed new music from Cobra Skulls' new Red Scare full-length Sitting Army.
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Check the Punknews Music page to stream all sorts of anticipated new music including six songs from the new Menzingers full-length, Guff's new full-length Symphony of Voices, an exclusive remix of the Static Age, a reading from Ronen Kauffman's new book, the full-length from country-punk act Two Cow Garage, and the new record from Sacramento pop-punks Secretions songs from Ben Weasel's new solo record, a new song from legendary hardcore pioneers Bad Brains, a full album from Philadelphia melodic hardcore band Giving Chase, songs from the the Story Changes' upcoming full-length, and a full album stream from the Gaslight Anthem.
Suntans are for Winners Win a Guitar Hero II prize pack from Aiden, From Autumn to Ashes, I Am Ghost, Night Kills the Day
Aiden, From Autumn to Ashes, I Am Ghost and Night Kills The Day recently kicked off their West Coast Revival tour together and to celebrate, the bands have teamed up to produce a fancy Guitar Hero II prize package. Besides the game, winners can win a pile of stuff from each band including full discographies, merch and accessories.
Win a skateboard and swag from Rooney
The contests don't stop at Punknews.org, apparently, as we've got another neat little giveaway for you guys. We've got a unique little package from Rooney which coincides with the release of their new record, Calling the World. The band has given us a signed longboard and a Rooney prize pack (tote bag, t-shirt, Calling the World CD) for one winner and a prize package for an additional four others. A longboard is something we've never given away but I keep seeing people using them to get around the city so they're pretty useful and hey, it's a long skateboard.
Win a Nintendo Wii from Fuse
It's critically acclaimed, impossible to find and people get pretty enthusiastic about it. Of course, we're talking about the Nintendo Wii. You can wait in line and drop $250.00 on one, or you can simply fill out a form and win one, courtesy of Punknews.org and everyone's favorite music television network, Fuse. Along the Wii, runner ups will win CD prize packages from Warped Tour acts including Family Force 5, The Starting Line, Amber Pacific, Kaddisfly, The Human Abstract, and All Time Low. You can drop you entry into the virtual ballot box right here.
To help celebrate their interview feature, and more importantly, to help celebrate vinyl, Vinyl Collective is offering one lucky punknews.org reader a chance to win $100 to spend in their webstore. That's right, 100 big ones! Of course, it's not as simple as just asking for the gift certificate. To win the prize, take some time to look at the picture provided and correctly name every piece of vinyl in the photo. Color counts in determining who is closest to getting them all, so vinyl nerds may have the upper hand in this one. Check out the interview for the photo. The only hint we're giving you is that there are more than 10 records in the picture, but less than 15. How much less? 4 less. Please send your entries to info@vinylcollective and start figuring out how to spend that cash via their web store. For those of you not enjoying the smaller photo, here's a bigger one.
When not writing about music on the internet, many members of the Punknews staff find time to write about music on the internet. You can check out the depraved musings of Adam White at 2:59, Justin August has some Kinder Words for you, while Chris Moran's all over the place with content rocking both MySpace and Flickr. Reviewer Jesse Raub posts short fiction and web comics to Things That Go Bump In My Head and his zine Bitter Press.
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