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X-RAY SPEX will release a DVD/CD of their show at Londons Roundhouse Nov 2008 this coming Nov. The band has has numerous requests all over the world for mor live dates but has so far refused.

Hepcat Records has announced plans to reissue full discographies from THE GEARS and The D.I.s. The two bands shared vocalist Axxel G. Reese and drummer Dave Drive and so the label is packaging the catalogue together on a single double CD album.
The record is titled Rockin’ at Ground Zero (Deluxe Edition) and is due out September 8, 2009. The album features the complete 1980 LP packaged with the first single (“Let’s Go to the Beach”) as well as five never-before-released demo recordings from 1979, a total of 23 Gears songs, all remastered. This edition also contains Rare Cuts!, 22 studio recordings by The D.I.s, including the entire Billy Zoom-produced five-song 12” vinyl EP Lock and Load.

BANNER PILOT  “Collapser”  LP/CD  (FAT745 - Release Date: September 1, 2009)

THE RICH KIDS and PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. are to have their John Peel sessions released on 14th September and 9th November respectively as part of new initiative between EMI and the BBC.
Three installments of releases have been confirmed for Peel sessions recorded between 1977 and 1980:
September 14th: Rich Kids (first John Peel session, October 31 1977), Rich Kids (second John Peel session, March 20 1978), The Stranglers (first John Peel session, March 1 1977), The Skids (first John Peel session, May 16 1978), 999 (John Peel session, October 25 1978)
November 9th: Public Image Limited (John Peel session, December 10 1979), The Skids (second John Peel session, August 29 1978), Gang Of Four (second John Peel session, July 2 1979), Angelic Upstarts (second John Peel session, September 17 1980), Angelic Upstarts (third John Peel session, June 23 1981).
Later releases on December 7th will include The Specials, Ultravox, The Selecter, and Dexy's Midnight Runners.

THE VIBRATORS are currently recording a new album in London. Knox, Eddie and Pete are all writing and recording the album to be released on Cleopatra records later in the year.

YOUTH BRIGADE has revealed more details on their fall 2009 US-tour. The band will be hitting the road in support of the September 22, 2009 release of Let Them Know: The Story Of Youth Brigade and BYO Records. So Cal based independent punk rock label, BYO Records, which has been owned and operated for over 25 years by Youth Brigade members, Mark and Shawn Stern, will be releasing this groundbreaking project. This packaged boxed set is a self-contained triple-threat, engaging fans through audio, visual and written components. Included is a 90-minute documentary DVD feature which chronicles their part in the Southern California independent punk scene. It is a unique take on the history of punk rock in Southern California that bridges the early pioneers with the scene’s huge breakthrough in 1994 to those still smashing things up in 2009 and beyond! The double LP audio compilation features 31-tracks from some of the best to have come from the punk scene (NOFX, Pennywise, 7 Seconds, The Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, The Briefs, Lagwagon, Youth Brigade) along with many of today's up-and-coming bands – all covering songs from BYO’s extensive catalog. Finally, the full-color, hardcover coffee table companion book uses the written word to expand on this story. This boxed set celebrates the landmark of over 25 years for Youth Brigade, BYO Records and the Stern Brothers and reveals this too-often overlooked chapter in the rise of independent music specific to Los Angeles, which continues to be the epicenter of punk rock.

Singer-songwriter and frontman/founder of punk act Mink DeVille, WILLY DeVILLE has died at 58. DeVille has died of pancreatic cancer in New York hospital during the night of Thursday August 6, 2009 at the age of 59.
The Oscar-nominated DeVille formed Mink DeVille as a showcase for his music, with the act going on to record six full-length albums (four with Willy) and combine elements of rock, punk, R&B, blues, soul, Cajun, Latin and cabaret. The band was also known for its association with the early punk acts at CBGB.

THE JAM's Bruce Foxton says he's friends again with Paul Weller.
Foxton is currently plays bass with From The Jam, performing songs by The Jam alongside Weller soundalike Russell Hastings and former Jam drummer Rick Buckler.
In June 2008, Weller spoke of his dissatisfaction for From The Jam, saying the 'reunion' band was like a "cabaret". The Modfather originally split The Jam in 1982, when they were one of Britain's biggest bands.
However, Foxton has admitted that he and Weller are now on speaking terms – though discussing reforming The Jam is off-limits.
"I don't even discuss it with him, I know the answer," adding that Weller "doesn't even comment on what I'm doing".
Foxton continued by saying that Weller's friendship means more than music.
"He has been very kind over the last few years - that's more important to me," he explained.
The bassist also admitted that he is considering releasing new 'Jam' material written by Hastings.
"If we think we've got enough good songs we will put out an album," he said. "We will push on. I don't know how quickly it will be but we've been going into a little studio and trying. Sometimes nothing comes of it and you think 'I'll just go off and play a round of golf again'. We will see how it goes."



ANGELIC UPSTARTS are recording a brand new album. Several songs are already written and it looks like it will be relesaed on “Captain Oi” at the end of 2009.

Message from Mish of SADO-NATION.
Old School Punks - Please contribute to my research!
I am asking those of you who have history in the punk scene or other similiar music scenes over the years to contribute your input into a research project I am working on for my post graduate Archiving course.
I am interested in punk archives both physical and digital archives. I am working on a digital community project, once this dissertation is finished and I have more time to work out technical details of the actual site, then.
Below is a link to my survey, your input would be greatly appreciated and will be a valuable piece to my research.
Thank you for your participation, I value your opinions.
Mish Bondage - Sado- Nation and Cheap Damage

Bin Liner Records announce that volume 5 of BORED TEENAGERS hit the streets on Monday, 14. September.
This time the label have pulled out all the stops and gathered up some mighty fine, rare and obscure tracks for your listening pleasure.
The vinyl version features 16 tracks while the CD version boasts 27 tracks (yes 11 more than the vinyl version) As always, the vinyl version is limited to just 500 copies and come with it’s A5 booklet with rare band photos and information.
The bands featured are BLITZ who first found fame by playing more gigs than any other band at the famous ROXY CLUB in 1978. Next up is THE VICARS from outta Southend-On-Sea who were featured on the ‘Southend Rock’ compilation album way back in 1979. Then we are graced with THE RATS who are from Cornwall and released an amazing track on the rare compilation album “Double Booked’ in 1977. Then we are treated to old Roxy favourites THE TARTS who feature a very young ’Max Splodge” on drums and also released one old 45 way back in 1979 which was the ‘Rolf Harris’ hit. PETE NEWNHAM hits us next with his incredibly rare solo single and tracks by his band T.H.E. The interesting thing about Pete is that he was in the first line-up of ’Cockney Rebel’. Now we venture down to sunny Worthing to find THE EGOS who deliver two ultra catch gems! Back up the M6 to find THE REZIZTERS who feature the brother of one of the members of ’U.X.B.’ who were on volume 2. Lastly we are overjoyed to feature THE NEGATIVES back again with their long lost first EVER Recordings from 1978!

Detour Records released the new HEAD 7' vinyl EP “MusicFor Intelligent People...and Morons” on Monday, 18. May 2009.. The follow-up to the successful release of The Head's 2008 album 'STILL Nothing To Do In A Town Like Leatherhead' featuring the rare collectable single 'Nothing To Do In A Town Like Leatherhead' /'University'79'.
These brand new recordings features for the first time in 30 years the original lineup of Greg Wilson, Kevin Abbott, Terry Bennett and Colin Wales. The title forthe EP comes from some tongue in cheek banter between Greg and Kevin duringrehearsals for the Head reunion tour in 2008, as they tried to sum up themeaning of their music for the 21st Century!
The EP features 'celebrity bashing' new song 'I'm Over It' plus three classic Headsongs from 1981; 'The Answer Is Not With Me': 'My Girlfriend Says' (with backingvocals by Bethany Abbott, Helena Bennett and Jane Wilson) and 'No Way' which were never put down on tape back then.Recording tookplace over a 3 day period in May, at Panther Studios, owned by former bassplayer with Ten Pole Tudor and now record producer Dick Crippen.
The EP is available in a limited edition vinyl pressing of 300 only. The release from Detour lovingly recreates, complete with replica 'Head Sticker', the classic Ellie Jay label of The Head's original 1980 release 'Nothing To Do In ATown Like Leatherhead' / 'University'79'
This vinyl release is surely to become a collectors item in years tocome!

DUANE PETERS “Old Skars & Upstarts” comp series returns! Vol. 6 is out NOW!!
After a 4 year hiatus, volume SIX of Duane Peters' killer punk compilation series - put together by DP himself - is back!!
For those out of the loop, Duane's brand new record label INDIAN RECORDINGS was launched earlier in 2009 (it's a sub-label of Ponk Media) & the new Old Skars CD, the new Duane Peters Gunfight album & 45, & a shitload of other/upcoming stuff, are available there:

PAINT IT BLACK “Surrender” 7”/Digital EP (FAT235)

PAINT IT BLACK will release 4 brand new tracks of their melodic hardcore anthems as 7" vinyl called "Surrender" on Fat Wreck Chords on August 18th. It will also be available for purchase in digital form.
BANNER PILOT is a young punk rock quartet from Minneapolis that formed in 2005 and used to jokingly describe their band as, “if Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, and Alkaline Trio got in a knife fight and Jawbreaker won…but just barely.”
TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET have taken pleasure in showing everyone just how potent and exhilarating that fresh, gimmick-free punk rock can be. The release of their third full-length, They Came From the Shadows, marks their first Fat Wreck Chords release, and easily their most anticipated offering to date. They Came From the Shadows is comprised of 14 straight forward punk rock gems, laced with the unforgettable melodies that have become the calling card of TBR. Out on September 15th!
July 21, 2009
AMERICAN STEEL “Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts” LP/CD (FAT741)
August 18, 2009
PAINT IT BLACK “Surrender” 7”/Digital EP (FAT235)
September 1, 2009
BANNER PILOT “Collapser” LP/CD (FAT745)
September 15, 2009
TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET “They Came from the Shadows” LP/CD (FAT747)
September 29, 2009

AMERICAN STEEL “Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts” LP/CD (FAT741)

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SOCIAL DISTORTION are set to tour the US from late July to mid-October and have confirmed that, once off tour, they'll be heading into the studio to record a new EP. Frontman Mike Ness said, "Right after our fall tour, we're going into the studio. But I'm opting right now to do an EP, just because I don't want to wait until I have 12 songs. Plus I think it would be cool to go back to the day of the EP. People can get new material and we can tour with new songs. And maybe we can come back in five months and do another one, and then put it all together with a bonus track later for the people who actually want to still buy a CD. I think that's the way to roll with the times and keep it kind of old-school."

Mick Jones has turned from punk rock to museum curation, opening his collection of vintage music memorabilia to the public. Temporarily on display at London's Chelsea Space gallery, the former CLASH guitarist said he hopes to find a permanent site for his archive.
"I started collecting things when I was very young and I did not really know why," Jones told. "Then at the millennium, the change of the century, it started to become clear. I realised I wanted to share it."
The co-founder of one of the UK's greatest bands has been collecting music magazines, books and posters since choosing punk rock over football. "If you are ... a young working-class boy in London, you have to make a choice between sport or music," he said. "I made the choice for music."
"I have kept everything, if it exists it's probably there somewhere."
The display includes hundreds of items, from Frank Sinatra albums to Big Audio Dynamite lyric sheets, including stage clothes, plane tickets, access badges and a hastily scribbled note from late frontman, Joe Strummer. Early issues of magazines Creem and Rock Scene, sent to the young Jones by his mother, bring back particular memories. "I was really up on that stuff while not many people here were," he said. "[Lester] Bangs was one of [Creem's] main writers. So it was such a joy to get to know him when he came to write about [the Clash]." That article was published in 1977.
For the 53-year-old art-school graduate, the music collection is "one big living artwork" that is still growing. "Ultimately, I'd like to have a permanent place to exhibit the whole collection like a museum, like a library where you can come and see the stuff and maybe get a copy or sit there and read it."
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Danny Dyer is to play SID VICIOUS in a new play in London's West End. The Human Traffic star will play Sid in Ro Smiles' play Kurt And Sid, opposite Shaun Evans as the late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain. The play, directed by Tim Stark, opens at Trafalgar Studios on 14 September and runs until 3 October.

Bongo Beat Books has announced plans to release Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto. Written by Liz Worth and due out in September, the book follows seminal southern Ontario bands including The Viletones, Diodes, Teenage Head, The Forgotten Rebels and more.
The book will include a bonus DVD .

THE GERMS drummer Don Bolles revealed that the band will soon be entering the studio for the first time since 1980. The recordings will consist of "new old material, so it's still Darby and Pat compositions."
Don says the group is tackling two distinctly different eras that members are unhappy with. The first concerns early songs captured on the infamous Germicide album, recorded at The Whiskey during the band's first show. The second round of re-arrangements includes the songs done during the final Germs studio session for the Cruising soundtrack. Bolles says they're "...making them not suck and be too long. Along with the Cruising session songs they will be tackling two Darby Crash Band songs, "Out of Time" and "Golden Boy."
Finally, Don notes that these recordings will be part of a larger product, a box set entitled Lest We Forget: The Sounds of The Germs, combining numerous live recordings, from both the Darby and Shane eras, with the new/old material. They hope for the set to be released before the end of 2010.

NAKED RAYYGUN has announced plans to enter the studio to record a new 7-inch series. The band will be headed into Transient Sound Studios in Chicago, Illinois to lay down tracks that will eventually be pressed on a series of 7-inch records and represent the first new material from the band since 1992.
The band broke up in 1992 and save for a one-off reunion in 1997 to celebrate the release of the Last of the Demohicans collection, stayed inactive while band members tended to family business and occasionally other musical projects such as The Bomb and Pegboy.
In the fall of 2006 drummer Eric Spicer began to get the itch to play the old songs again and gathered the guys together again to reunite for Riot Fest in Chicago. The overwhelming response from the sold out crowd of four thousand prompted Naked Raygun to re-form permanently with their final lineup of Spicer, Bill Stephens on guitar, Pierre Kezdy on bass and Jeff Pezzati on vocals. The reunion also spawned the release of What Poor Gods We Do Make: Story and Music Behind Naked Raygun DVD.

JOY DIVISION and JOHN PEEL are both set to be honoured in the Lancashire town of Rochdale when two new blue plaques are unveiled on September 23.
The plaques, issued by Rochdale council will mark musical addresses where bands such as Joy Division recorded in. Their plaque will be placed at the Kenion Street Music Building, which in previous years (1977-2001) had been New Order bassist Peter Hook's Suite 16 Studios. the building was in use from 1977 until 2001. Kenion Street also featured in the '24 Hour Party People' film.
John Peel's blue plaque is to be placed at Tractor Sound Studios, which was financed by the late DJ in 1973.
Peter Hook, Inspiral Carpets' Clint Boon, Mock Turtles' singer Martin Coogan and OMD's Andy McCluskey are just some of the people expected to attend the unveiling of the plaques.