You + Me (Pink and Dallas Green) have released a new song

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Pink and Dallas Green of City and Colour have released a new song under their new project You + Me called “Capsized.” The new duo’s collaboration album titled rose ave. will be released on October 14th. You can watch the lyric video for “Capsized” here. In case you missed it, you can listen to two other songs by the group called “Break The Cycle” and “You and Me” here and here.

Story of The Year part ways with bassist and write letter to fans about their future

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Story of The Year have parted ways with their longtime bassist Adam Russell. They have also posted a letter to their fans about their plans for the future (don’t worry, they are not breaking up.) You can read the letter below.

What a journey this has been.

The places we’ve been, the people we’ve met, the music we’ve created- it’s all led us to the right here, the right now. We’ve spent endless hours contemplating the future, wondering where we go from here, wondering if if we should keep the fire burning, or let it die and move on with our lives like so many of our peers have.

The music industry has changed a lot in the last 10-15 years. The industry that we knew when we first signed a record deal in 2002 no longer exists. There are no more giant record deals, no more of the excess you might have seen on VH1 Behind the Music or read about in the Zeppelin or Motley Crue books. The digital revolution created a new paradigm, and it’s had a dramatic effect on the people who make the music you listen to. Simply put, the fact that you can get (or listen to) any song, at any time, for free, changed everything. And change is never easy, especially when you are stubborn & slow to react like the music industry was.

Here’s a dose of reality, SOTY fans:

We’ve been a band for ten plus years, sold over 2 million records, played in something like 30 countries, and in recent years the members of Story of the Year would have made more money waiting tables or serving coffee. That’s the truth. 99.9 % of artists would make more money having a lemonade stand in their parents front yard.

We aren’t kids anymore. We have wives, kids, house payments- real life shit. Every member of this band has questioned how much longer they can do this. We’ve left our families for months at a time, sometimes coming home with what would equate to minimum wage. Or less. We’ve spent the last 5 years clinging to that last bastion of hope that we would have that hit song that would connect at radio or become a viral sensation and catapult us back up the mountain. We’ve had our fingers crossed for years, (so have the wives), that each next tour or album would be the answers to all of our prayers. It didn’t exactly work out that way.

So here we are.

Yes, the music industry has changed. But it’s NOT all doom and gloom! Not even close. The beautiful thing about being a band in 2014 is that we’ve never had more control over our own destiny. We have more power and a more direct connection to our fans than ever. We can pick up an iPhone and reach you all, instantly. That’s fucking magic!

So what do we do?

We’re going to completely re-think the way we operate as a band and business. Re-think the puzzle. Some of us have other bands, some make films and pictures, some build stuff, some will produce music, some work in radio. SOTY will not be our sole endeavor moving forward, because we can no longer sustain as grown ass men with real world responsibilities on SOTY alone. That’s the truth.

Adam will no longer continue on this journey, as it doesn’t fit with his life plan moving forward, and that’s absolutely okay. SOTY has always been about more than music- we support our friends round’ here- and we wish him nothing but the absolute best. Please do the same, because that’s our boy.

The rest of us will carry on. This band has given us more than you will ever know. And besides, it’s just too much fun! That feeling of walking out on stage, or writing a song that can change someone’s life- we won’t walk away from that. We will keep the torch burning bright. This is a beautiful time to be a creative person, despite the growing pains and financial insecurities. The old days are gone. No one is getting a big record deal, but so what? We can record music for 1/20 of what it used to cost because of technology. We can deliver it directly to our fans because of the internet. This is only possible now. If this were 15 years ago, we would have no choice but to hang it up. But we don’t have to, and we’re not. We are going to make records that we want to make, and play shows that we want to play. And in between we will do other things. SOTY will go on, because our band rules! There is no more pressure. It’s going to be just like it was when we were 15, and we played & recorded music for the simple love and joy of it. And then we’ll play some shows. Play a festival in Belgium or South Korea. Do a little Japan tour. Play solid USA markets. Spend a week in Australia. What we won’t do is spend 13 months a year on the road away from our families just to scrape by, stressed the fuck out because if we don’t have that magical song then we’ll be dropped from the label. No more of that. We are working class musicians, changing our business model.

That’s where we are, and it feels great.

We are planning a record now. Songs being written as we speak. And we plan to continue releasing records until we are skeletons. Between albums we will play shows & tour when it makes sense, and when we aren’t doing that we will pursue other endevours and be husbands and fathers. No more rock star myth. No more of this false, entertainment industry standard of only showing the best hand. We want to show you warts and all. Show you what being a working class artist entails. Fuck all that other bullshit. This is, and always has been about friendship and a mutual love of music. We are inspired as ever, ready to rock harder than ever. Here’s to a new era of creativity. A new era of re-ignited passion and possibility. Here’s to the next adventure!

We love you humans, and we know you are with us. Now let’s rock some shows!

SOTY

Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens announce second leg of US tour

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Pierce The Veil and Sleeping With Sirens have announced the second of their US tour. No support has been announced yet. You can see the dates below. Tickets will go on sale on October 24th at 10 am local time.

Jan 23 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
Jan 24 – Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Jan 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
Jan 27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
Jan 28 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
Jan 30 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
Jan 31 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
Feb 02 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
Feb 03 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
Feb 04 – St Paul, MN @ Myth Live
Feb 06 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
Feb 07 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room at ONC
Feb 08 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
Feb 10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Feb 11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Feb 13 – Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
Feb 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Feb 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Feb 17 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Feb 18 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Feb 20 – Richmond, VA @ The National
Feb 21 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Feb 22 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
Feb 24 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore
Feb 25 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Feb 26 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Feb 28 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Mar 01 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
Mar 03 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Mar 04 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom

Urban Outfitters is not the top seller of vinyl records, Amazon is

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Last week, Urban Outfitters CEO Calvin Hollinger claimed that the clothing store was the top seller of vinyl records. While he didn’t give any numbers to back up his claim, Billboard decided to conduct a survey to really find out who sold the most vinyl records. After running the numbers it turns out that Amazon sells the most vinyl records. You can read the article over at Consequence of Sound.

Olly Murs to release new album in November

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Olly Murs will be releasing his new album Never Been Better on November 24th. You can see the tracklisting below.

1. Did You Miss Me
2. Wrapped Up (feat. Travie McCoy)
3. Beautiful to Me
4. Up (feat. Demi Lovato)
5. Seasons
6. Nothing Without You
7. Never Been Better
8. Hope You Got What You Came For
9. Why Do I Love You
10. Stick With Me
11. Can’t Say No
12. Tomorrow
13. Let Me In

The deluxe version of the album will also include:

14. We Still Love
15. Us Against the World
16. Ready for Love
17. History

Charly Fasano and Lucero: Retrospect/ed

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Retrospect/ed is a multimedia book and 7 inch EP featuring two spoken word tracks narrated by Charly Fasano, an artist and poet from Colorado, as well as music written by Tennessee rock band Lucero. Retrospect/ed is a reunion for the two parties as this album is the second time Fasano and Lucero have teamed up. They recorded a spoken word EP in 2008 during an ice storm and released it as a limited 7 inch pressing. Retrospect/ed’s release will also include a hand blocked print as well as an mp3 code with bonus tracks of Lucero and Fasano’s first EP.

The music for Retrospect/ed compliments the storyline well, as the EP’s two tracks focus on memories from two different age perspectives-one in childhood and one in old age. The opening track “Gasoline Fumes” focuses on what it is like to be a kid traveling around America in the back of your families van. As the track plays, Charly takes us back to the early 1980’s as the Fasano family heads on a road trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit their Aunt Daisy. As Charly recounts their road trip, Lucero is heard in the background playing calming background music as they set the mood for Charly’s memories. Lucero members Brian Venable on guitar and Rick Steff’s organ playing gives the song a nice backdrop where we can really focus on Fasano’s words and really visualize the images of Fasano being a young child trying to make a road trip entertaining. While he obviously tried to make the best of his road trip experience then, now as an adult it feels like he has fond memories of his trips on the road that he will remember forever.

“Teddy’s Bowling Alley” is the EP’s next song and this time we are no longer listening to a story about childhood memories, but an elderly man who does not want to let go of his past, as the bowling alley that he worked at since childhood is about to be demolished. As Fasano talks about the old man spending a lifetime in the bowling alley, Lucero compliments the spoken word song with music that sounds like something straight out of a movie soundtrack as well as the organ really setting the mood for the track and giving it a nostalgic sound. The organ accents in this particular tune really highlights the music and gives the song an added punch, since without it, it would be in danger of sounding to boring.

The third song “Memphis” is featured on Fasano’s and Lucero’s first EP and is placed on Restropect/ed as a bonus track. The tune has more of a rock and roll feel to it, as Lucero guitarist Brian Venable bends his guitar strings to pull the listener into the music, while eventually heading into rock and roll territory as the instruments start to become heavier. Retrospect/ed’s last and final track is “New Year 2005” (also a bonus track from the first EP) and it is the lightest sounding song on the album, as Venable strums his guitar in a carefree fashion, leading the track to have more of a country vibe. The only complaint is that at different points throughout the song, the music tends to drown out Fasano’s voice, making his voice seem slightly inaudible at times.

While the album’s engineering could have been a little bit more balanced for the bonus songs so we could really hear every aspect of the record, Charly’s poems and experiences are interesting ones as we really get to peak into his mind.

Retrospect/ed will be released on September 29th through Fast Geek Press and Charly Fasano’s Bandcamp page.

Rancid announce new album

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Rancid have announced the release of their upcoming album Honor Is All We Know. While no release date has been set, you can view the tracklisting below. The album follows 2009’s Let The Dominos Fall.

1. Back Where I Belong
2. Raise Your Fist
3. Collision Course
4. Evil’s My Friend
5. Honor Is All We Know
6. A Power Inside
7. In The Streets
8. Face Up
9. Already Dead
10. Diabolical
11. Malfunction
12. Now We’re Through With You
13. Everybody’s Sufferin’
14. Grave Digger

 

Jimmy Eat World is making a Futures beer

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Jimmy Eat World is making a Futures beer, named after their album of the same name. You can read about the beer below.

That pint of beer that Rick and I shared became 2 and 3 pints, but what really came out of that invigorating conversation was a spark. An idea. A desire to change the future. We wanted to make a beer that highlighted a bands 10 year album release, Arizona agriculture, and just plain Arizona. We wanted 10 AZ ingredients and most importantly, we wanted to give the profits to organizations who would greatly benefit our community. When Jim, Tom, Zach, and Rick walked through our brewery doors this morning, the energy was high, and the passion was endless. We talked about our charity choices, and how excited we are to send some funds there way. As Arizona Wilderness we chose The Arizona Chapter of the MS society. Sarah, who reps them locally, was kind enough to stop by for the shenanagans. She was a great wealth of knowledge and clearly passionate about her subject. My wife has had MS for near 10 years now, and we are honored to be a part of the MS Society. Jimmy Eat World all chose “Little Kids Rock”, a foundation which supports kids’ right to have quality and relevant music education in their lives. Music has meant a whole lot to them, and it’s a sad fact that the arts are usually the first programs to be cut in public schools. Little Kids Rock and The MS Society we are honored to be on board with your efforts!

The Voices of Terror: Rock-Rap Dynasty

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The Voices of Terror are a hard rock and rap group from Deptford, New Jersey, and have released their first full length album Rock-Rap Dynasty, which can be compared to early Papa Roach tracks and Linkin Park as all three bands have a similar style. Members Mike Walker and Zero, both in their early to mid twenties, have talent and a record that has the potential to make them very successful, and take them beyond Bandcamp.

Opening the album with “Warning” the track begins with a harsh sounding guitar accompanied by strings to give the song a wave of emotion. While neither member sings, they make great use of their hip hop influences by providing listeners with a smooth take on rapping, making their rhymes flow with ease, while also making sure that each song has meaning. Next is “I Am The Beast”, a catchy song that uses plenty of effects, and while this could lead some listeners to believe the band wants to sound overproduced, the effects help the band by adding more interesting layers to the song, making it a memorable one. While the group could have easily taken the easy route with a simple drum machine to compliment their rapping skills, the band has made sure that the drums sound like an actual drummer is playing them, making the track have a more musical feel to it. The choir like backing vocals also gives the song an edge without sounding overdone.

Songs such as “Lethal Weapon” have a mechanical sound to them, bringing to the forefront the bands hip hop influences such as Public Enemy. The only complaint with this song is that the guitar tends to get in the way of all of the sounds heard throughout the track, making it the only instrument you can hear well. It would be interesting to hear what the tune would sound like if the guitar was omitted from the song, since it could give it a lighter vibe.

To close out the album we have “Voiceless” which is an instrumental tune that is featured as a bonus track. The band brings together all of the sounds we’ve heard so far on the record into the song, which really makes the track an interesting one to hear as we get a chance to see how far their musical abilities can take them on future releases. The piano heard throughout the song gives the tune a classical vibe to it, while providing a laidback feel. The percussion on this tune is particularly busy, and is filled with bursting creativity. The only negative aspect of the track is where it was placed on the record. Since the song has fresh and new ideas, we are not sure why it is buried at the end, and it could have been a good tune to feature in the middle of the record, as it could have served as a bridge between both the first and second part of the album.

Overall, there is nothing bad to say about The Voices of Terror and their brand of rock influenced rap tunes. While fans can look forward to what is coming next, we hope that the group will continue to branch out and continue to explore new sounds and styles on their next effort.

 

Thom Yorke releases new album on BitTorrent

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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has released a new album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes on BitTorrent for $6. There is also a video for the lead single “A Brain In A Bottle” which you can get for free on the site as well. You can read a letter from Thom about the release below.

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich

AC/DC to release new album in December

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AC/DC will release their new album Rock Or Bust on December 2nd. It will be the group’s first album without founding member Malcolm Young, as Young quit the band earlier this year due to dementia. He is currently in a nursing home in Sydney, Australia which specializes in dementia treatment.

You, Me, and Everyone We Know to play first full band show in 3 1/2 years

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You, Me, and Everyone We Know will be playing their first full band show in 3 1/2 years at The Bomb Shelter in New Brunswick, New Jersey on October 11th. You can find more information below from their Facebook page.

You, Me, and Everyone We Know plays their first full band show in over 3 years AND The Blithe boys are putting out a record! Join us.. at The Bomb Shelter with friends and kegs.

DOORS :: 7:30
10:00 – 10:30 The Blithedale Romance

9:20 – 9:50 You, Me, and Everyone We Know

8:40 – 9:10 Everything Ever

8:00- 8:30 Heroes In Error

$5 for entry