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Donnerstag, 17. April 2008
“I NEED THAT RECORD” is a new documentary aims to look at the problems facing independent record stores throughout North America. The film focuses on why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. The film uses found footage, expository voice over, talking head interviews with artists, musicians, retail owners, and animation to tell the story.
The film also features commentary from many notable figures including Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth/ Ecstatic Peace! Label, Ian Mackaye of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat/Teen Idles, Chris Frantz of the Talking Heads, Pat Carney of the Black Keys, Mike Watt of the Minutemen/reunited Stooges, Patterson Hood of The Drive By Truckers, Noam Chomsky, guitar composer Glenn Branca, punk author Legs McNeil, rock photographer Bob Gruen, Bryan Poole guitarist of Of Montreal, Numero Records, Rhino Records, Bloodshot Records, United Record Press (the largest vinyl plant in the U.S.),
A sample of the film documenting Trash American Style, a Danbury, CT punk record store which has run for 17 years is below
See the trailer at: ineedthatrecord.blogspot.com

Donnerstag, 17. April 2008
OSAKA POPSTAR, the band which features Marky Ramone (the Ramones), Jerry Only (the Misfits), Dez Cadena (Black Flag) and Ivan Julian (Richard Hell & the Voidoids) as well as Misfits collaborator John Cafiero on vocals, have announced a new live album due out May 20, 2008.
Recorded on Halloween Night (10/31/06) at the Starland Ballroom in NJ the EP features 9 tracks including favorites from the band's debut album along with performances of three Ramones classics. The disc features are from Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids Series 7 and each Limited Edition Digipak includes an exclusive Osaka Popstar-Garbage Pail Kids Trading Card inside.
Some of the band's studio output can be found on their official website: osakapopstar.com

Donnerstag, 17. April 2008
The Sex Pistols have officially named their summer tour: SEX PISTOLS - Combine Harvester Tour 2008.

Donnerstag, 17. April 2008
“JET13 RECORDS” (jet13records.co.uk) presents the latest release. “Warhead” the UK SUBS out on 09. June 2008.
The title track "Warhead" is a new version of their classic single, which originally reached number 30 in 1980. This release also contains 2 brand new tracks and a new mix of "Straighten Out" from the band's previous single 666 Yeah, plus a new treatment of another UK SUBS favourite "I Live In A Car".
Guest appearances on additional backing vocals by Biff from Sick On The Bus/Varukers and Pete from The Vibrators/No Direction.
A bonus live clip "Warhead" features guest bassist Tony Barber from Buzzcocks. Filmed at Islington Academy in London, UK on 16.07.07 taken from the DVD Paul Fox (The Ruts) benefit gig.
"Warhead" was recently featured in the film This Is England by British filmmaker Shane Meadows.

>>> “Warhead” the UK SUBS new MCD, out on 09. June 2008 <<<

Donnerstag, 17. April 2008
New Boutique Opens in the Original Birthplace of Punk Rock.
John Varvatos Enterprises has opened the doors to its newest location at 315 Bowery in New York City, a space that formerly housed the seminal underground music club CBGB’s. Varvatos pays tribute to the music heritage of this legendary site, which dovetails with his personal passion for rock & roll that is often expressed in his acclaimed menswear collections.
The 3,300 square foot space was turned over to John Varvatos virtually empty save the four walls, and the choice was made to leave what remained essentially intact. The footprint of the storefront is relatively unchanged. The new awning echoes the shape as the one known to club goers. Inside, the walls remain untouched and are still inscribed with graffiti and plastered with the original concert posters, stickers and band fliers. The vibe is also familiar, with a black ceiling and atypical theatrical lighting creating a dark, moody environment.
An enthused John Varvatos reveals, “I am beyond excited about this new concept store at 315 Bowery. The space itself has such an amazing history and we intend to do it right by making this store a cultural experience for all rock music lovers. We will have an amazing collection of memorabilia, vinyl records and the finest selection of vintage 1970’s audio equipment in NYC. We will also host concerts for up-and-coming artists through an artist development fund. As CBGB’s was a unique arena for the music scene, this store will be the same for fashion and rock & roll. They have always been intertwined and here they will live together!”
“Walking around the Varvatos space at 315 Bowery just confirmed for me that energy doesn’t disappear, it only gets transformed, you can feel it – all over the place!” said Arturo Vega, the Ramones Creative Director, who has lived around the corner from the club since 1973.
As with every Varvatos-curated space, furnishings and fixtures are largely found objects and vintage pieces that exhibit a distinct character and the patina of authenticity. A 25-foot mahogany bar reclaimed from its former life in a pub on 14th Street (and prior to that in a Bowery bar) sits in front of four majestic antique stained glass windows. Vintage rolling racks hold the Varvatos clothing collections, augmented by a carefully sourced selection of vintage denim, leather jackets, rock-tee’s, accessories, and boots. These special pieces have been hand picked in collaboration with the nation’s premier vintage shop, What Comes Around Goes Around (WCAGA).
In addition, John has scoured the globe to create a special offering including relevant music memorabilia, his own collections of rare vinyl and picture discs, books and 1970’s audio equipment. A stage has been constructed to house occasional in-store performances in a salute to the place where underground rock lives. The stage features a Les Paul Deluxe, Classic Les Paul Jr., an SG Bass, top of the line Slingerland Drum Kit made for Marky Ramone and two Epiphone half stack amps, all from the Gibson Guitar Corporation.
John Varvatos will celebrate his new store with a grand opening event on April 17th. The event will be a flashback to the extraordinary history of CBGB’s but unleash the excitement of what’s happening in music today. To benefit The Vh1 Save the Music, the store will open with a charity concert featuring house band, The Losers Lounge, backing up iconic special guest performers: Jesse Malin, Ian Hunter, Cheeta Chrome, D Generation(1st show in 10 years), Alan Vega, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Ronnie Spector, Clem Burke, Rancid and other special guests.

Donnerstag, 10. April 2008
The PUNKS NOT DEAD - Movie will be released on DVD April 14th, only on:


Donnerstag, 10. April 2008
THE VIBRATORS are sorry to announce that Knox has injured his right shoulder quite badly and needs an operation so sort it out. Unfortunately this means that majority of gigs are cancelled until Knox feels 100% and can rock out again. The band aren't doing much until September.

Donnerstag, 10. April 2008
In a new interview with “Spinner”, SOCIAL DISTORTION's Mike Ness reveals some of the long-running bands plans for the coming years.
For 2009, Ness is aiming for an acoustic Social Distortion album saying:
“I think it could be really, really neat. It's almost like a Bob Dylan/Bruce Springsteen/Johnny Cash kind of feel with a punk edge ... but acoustic. Sometimes [the songs] are more powerful stripped down than with full volume.”
The record will include new acoustic renditions of older songs as well as new material. Ness promises that a more traditional Social D. album as well as another solo album are also in the works:
“I don't know what will be first. It's hard to say. I'm kind of leaving the first part of next year open for writing and recording and whatever happens, happens.”
He begins a solo tour May 2 at the Stagecoach Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, Calif. The run lasts for three weeks. He has scheduled three more weeks in July and December.

Donnerstag, 10. April 2008
Go to the site of “The Last Pogo” to see more detail infos about the forthcoming film on the early punk rock scene in Canada: thelastpogo.net


Donnerstag, 10. April 2008
THE SEX PISTOLS DVD “There'll Always Be An England” will be released on 16th June by Freemantle Home Entertainment. The DVD will receive a worldwide release.
Press information: "The entire recording was shot in high definition 5.1 surround sound, giving the viewer the closest home entertainment experience possible to being in the crowd. Additional DVD extras include the “Pistols Psycho Map of London”, in which each band member takes the viewer to a particular London location that has resonance for them."

Donnerstag, 10. April 2008
Nach zwei erfolgreichen Alben erschient nun bald eine Compilation der TRASHCAN DARLINGS mit allen Hits der mittlerweile legendaeren Gore Gore Boys 10“ und den laengst vergriffenen ersten Singles, wie „I Just Wanna Die“, „Johnny Is A Drag-Queen“ oder auch „Holiday In My Head“. Neben den B-Seiten der Singles gibt es noch einige bisher unveroeffentlichte Songs und fuenf neue, nur fuer diese Zusammenstellung aufgenommene, Tracks. Das alles macht diese Scheibe, mit ihren insgesamt 18 Songs, natuerlich zu einer kleinen Zeitreise. Der Vertrieb der CD in Deutschland erfolgt exklusiv ueber „East Side Records“ und kann ab jetzt auf EastSideRecords.de bestellt werden, und die Auslieferung erfolgt dann Anfang Mai.

Donnerstag, 10. April 2008
Brand new and available right now: the CD “DANCEHALL TROOPS VOL. 3” on “No Front Teeth”/”Dogplie”. This time featuring 33 bands including Cute Lepers, Shanghai Wires, Tranzmitors, Nasties, Fishnet Stalkers, Last Of The Bad Men, Powerchords, Soho Roses, Sick Fits, The Main, Final Solution, Bad Luck Charms, Snazzy Boys, Spitzz, Red Invasion, Enemy Rose and loads more.

Donnerstag, 03. April 2008
THE SEX PISTOLS will play a small sold-out show at Birmingham “Academy” on June 11 as they warm-up for their festival world tour 2008. It is the first time the band has played the city for 32 years.

Donnerstag, 03. April 2008
RANCID are set to release a DVD collection of music videos from 1993 – 2003. The set will collect 18 clips ranging from "Hyena" and "Nihilism" to "Fall Back Down" and "Red Hot Moon."
The band have also announced that they've nearly completed their seventh studio album. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's “Indestructible” is due out later this year. Epitaph president and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz is handling production duties.

Donnerstag, 03. April 2008
TURBONEGRO have pulled their forthcoming tour of North America due to guitarist Euroboy's ongoing health problems.
The Scandinavian rockers, who have already cancelled a number of European dates scheduled for early April, have axed five shows, including a slot at the Coachella Festival.
In a statement, the band explained that Euroboy wouldn't be well enough for long haul flying.
"A huge apology to the US fans and to the promoters," they said. "I’m sure that all will understand that this decision wasn’t taken lightly, but it is the right decision for Euroboy.
"He is in good shape, all considered, but his treatment makes it impossible for him to be away for long periods of time and certainly not to be taking long haul flights."
The band expect to be able to resume touring from May 2.

Donnerstag, 03. April 2008
A totally sold-out and rapturously-received FROM THE JAM show was recorded in December 2007 at London’s Kentish Town Forum and will be released as the “‘A First Class Return’ From The Jam”, DVD on 9 June 2008 through Invisible Hands Music.
This release captures the truly electric celebratory atmosphere, the band’s pervasive love of the songs plus the incredible crowd participation and feedback.

Donnerstag, 03. April 2008
Olga Devolga, Bassplayer for THE LEWD, THE OFFS and VS passed away March 26 2008 in Hawaii. There is no added information about cause at this time.

Donnerstag, 03. April 2008
April 1, 2008 was the street date for the 25th Anniversary re-issue of WHITE FLAG first release, "S Is For Space", as a deluxe 2 LP vinyl only limited edition of 1000 Copys on “Gasatanka Records”.
This 2 record set includes the long out of print original LP, (which was recorded and pressed in December of 1982, but not distributed until 1983), as well as a second vinyl album, pressed in random "mystery colors", featuring previously unreleased recordings of the band's second and third live gigs. Record two includes their famous first "real gig", supporting Black Flag, to an army of very angry skinheads in Hemet, California, August 31, 1982.
The deluxe packaging features a hand numbered silver foil stamped front cover, heavy duty 5mm spine sleeve, a 12" x 24" reproduction of the original 3' x 4' promotional poster, the original 1983 insert, and a copy of the rare Raymond Petibone art flier from the Black Flag support gig.
The band will be touring Europe in support of the release and White Flag's 25th Anniversary, beginning June 24, 2008, with fellow So Cal band ADOLESCENTS.