Tim Barry former front man of Avail is set to release his latest solo offering LOST & ROOTLESS on the 28th of November via Chunksaah records. Barry had this to say when speaking of the latest release ‘a single word: WOODEN. That’s the feel that I was going for when I picked the songs. There’s violin, voice, a wooden resonator guitar…there’s a very subtle electric bass on one track, but otherwise I wanted to do a wooden record.’ To achieve his WOODEN sounding record he used something wooden to record in and went for the use of his own shed, mic’d up and MacGyvered with blankets, bits of carpet, and pallets for soundproofing. Doing is this way provided the opportunity and ability to record any moment that inspiration struck, without racing the clock or pulling out the wallet. It’s not always relaxing in the studio unless you have so much loot you don’t care how much time you spend in there. To be able to go into my shivering cold shed and play music whenever it hit me was pretty awesome, he says.
This latest offering opens with No News From The North (drawn from 2005’s solo debut Laurel Street Demos, one of which he has re-recorded for each subsequent release), he then provides twelve more songs toggling between spare soliloquies and toe-tappers, telling tales of sadness and of celebration, and portraying the narrator as both partier and poet. With a cohesive musical feel, a vivid cast of characters, and not one but two mentions of his own daughter Lela Jane, one might think there’s a larger tale being told here. Don’t spend too much time trying to tie it all together, though: I’m not bright enough to make a concept record! Tim exclaims. Going all the way back to the early days of my music, I just write what’s around me, what I feel, who I know.
Like the rest of the releases from this guy, there is a lot of the autobiographical (and auto-geographical) writing style, featuring references to Richmond’s Laurel Street, its Manchester neighborhood, and the James River (each also calling back to Barry’s past recordings). His surroundings also set the scene for one of the album’s story song highlights: Solid Gone, about one family’s fight to survive outside the confines of the law. He notes that the subject matter reads a bit like a country music stereotype, But that’s what it’s about: drugs, guns and family. I’m not sure the average fan of Willie Nelson would like it, but it’s what happens in the state of Virginia.
The guy is going to be hitting the road this coming February first hitting the UK with Cory Branan and Sam Russo. Then the US with Cory Branan and Jenny Owen Youngs. Dates and info is below, if your near one of these places we suggest you go
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Johnny Rotten and his addiction
The Punk Rock pioneer Johnny Rotten (real name John Lydon), ex singer of possibly the most well –known punk band ever (The Sex Pistols) and current front man for PiL, has a crippling addiction. One that he has spent 10000 pounds (about $17992 Australian) from his pocket in just two short years.
What is this crippling addiction? I’d imagine you already have some idea’s but you’re way off.
Heroin? Ice? Ecstasy? Meth? Speed? LSD? No, no and nope.
Johnny Rotten. Former front man of the Sex Pistols is addicted to.
You know what though? That’s okay! No need to freak out. At least he’s not hurting anyone or being a crappy influence, and of all the nasty things he could be addicted to, being exposed to so much, an Ipad app addiction is probably one of the better addictions to have. John is a big fan (and big spender) of Game of Thrones, Real Racing and Game Of War. Check out this quote he gave to The Telegraph: “I wasted – You’re the first to know this – 10000 fucking pounds in the last two years on apps on my Ipad. And like an idiot I didn’t check myself. I’ve been checked now. But there’s still a kid in me, see? A bit of my childhood was taken from me and I am determined to bring it back”.
I have found the video with The Sex Pistols front man and he actually talks about a few things. Things that go a bit deeper than Ipad apps. It’s cool but short little video interview, where John talks about how he met Sid and explains his view of how a good book can do more for you than an analyst. “As soon as you realize that you have empathy for other human beings, you really are solving about 98% of your own problems”. Johnny Rotten is a prime example of a great Punk Rocker who is also a great thinker.
Information Sourced from The Verge and The Telegraph.
The much loved animated show ‘The Simpsons’ has played a role in almost all our lives but has also been appearing quite recently and frequently in the Punk Rock and Pop Punk community. Just some of the wonderful cross overs include:
-The Declines latest ep is called ‘Can I Borrow a Feeling’
-Goon on the Rocks have a track called ‘Nuke The Whales’
-The band ‘Nerdlinger’ have an ep out called ‘Back to Winnipeg’
-The Wonder Years with their track ‘Local man ruins everything’ also contributes
- A band from Brisbane has the name ‘Release the Hounds’
-A new recording studio in Coffs Harbour is named ‘Spruce Moose Records’
-Intermissions latest ep is titled ‘Knifey Spoony Death Match’
The list goes on and on, but I don’t want to have my first article for Punkrockradio.net be a bunch of dot points.
Why are the Simpsons seen so often in Pop Punk and Punk Rock culture? What’s the link? I suppose like lots of things in life there’s no one right answer, but I have thought about this for a while now and here’s what I think:I think maybe the fact that the age demographic for The Simpsons is so wide, with it’s perfect combination of Simple yet hilarious gag’s that we loved while we were younger (such as the Homer jumping over Springfield gorge scene (which we still love today)) with the comical celebratory (both political and pop-culture) references and guest stars older kids and adults can enjoy. These things are what I think contribute to this link.
But what I think the main reason Punk loves The Simpsons so much, Aside from the obvious “because it’s a bloody great show” and “people in bands now grew up with it when the show was in its prime” there had to be a specific connection, something that linked it to punk.I thought about this for quite a while and after my philosophical thinking journey I arose, enlightened. I came to this conclusion: The main reason I think The Simpsons are seen so much in Punk Rock and Pop Punk culture is because of its ability to address social and political issues in a satirical and comical way. In the same way South Park does but on a toned down level so that it can be on the air before 10pm. In almost every episode you’ll see these satirical stabs at society that point out its flaws making us re-think the way we perceive the world. This is also arguably one of the main themes embedded throughout Punk Rock.
Some social, cultural and political issues and themes The Simpsons and Punk Rock addressed before the most of the world include: Acceptance for homosexuals and the struggle for it, designated gender stereotypes (for boys and girls), corruption in politics and governing bodies, public schooling systems, health care systems, music industries and often just cultures and their flaws in general (mostly American). Sound familiar? No these aren’t just NOFX or Anti-Flag song themes but are also themes addressed in the much loved, family, PG rated, publicly viewed, cartoon we know and love as The Simpsons.
Since we are massive supporters of DIY and since we are a DIY station / website, we thought we would also provide some DIY shit for people out there, who maybe interested in doing it for themselves, cause when you look at it these days thats what your going to have to do to get anywhere. Anyway the article below is from a Publicist called Janelle Rogers whose experience includes working for SXSW, BMG distribution and a bunch of other companies, she is also writing articles for the DIY industry on sonicbids blog, this is one of them.
Article by Janelle Rogers, (taken from SONICBIDS blog)
When I built my first press list, I put every small town paper on there, including journalists who covered genres we would never consider promoting. Since then, I’ve created press lists with 500 media contacts and ones with as few as 50. One thing I’ve learned is that your results with a small, highly targeted, and individualised list are just as great as one that has every media contact under the sun. I’ve never believed in the “throw it at the wall and see if it sticks” approach. It’s an inconsiderate use of time for everyone involved: the journalist, publicist, and band members. Today at Green Light Go Publicity, we ask ourselves these four questions before adding a new outlet to our press list.
This is the first question we ask before adding someone to a press list. Bands often want magazines like Rolling Stone on their list, but there aren’t any current coverage opportunities for an emerging band. Huge publications’ focus is on the big-name artists, so to place the outlet on an up-and-coming band’s list would simply erode trust with the media outlet and the artist we represent, who’s left with an expectation that can’t be delivered. We also have to ask ourselves how recently an outlet has covered an emerging artist, because media or a specific writer may change objectives over time. Going back to the case of Rolling Stone, it once had a “Daily Download” column that was great for emerging artists, but it was eliminated in late 2013, so going after that opportunity would be pointless.
Once we’ve determined if an outlet currently covers unknown or emerging bands, we’ll look to see whether it covers the genre as well. About 90 percent of the bands who come to us want to see a review in Pitchfork. The reality is that 99 percent of the bands we represent are simply too palatable for the emerging artists Pitchfork is covering these days, which is metal and experimental noise rock. Yes, there are opportunities for great melodic indie rock, but by and large, those bands are already established, so if we’ve determined what level of artist the publication covers (step one) correctly, we’ll know whether it’s a good match.
Let’s say we’re working on an EP release for an artist. We’re typically promoting one single MP3 and the EP release. We need to make sure we’re adding people to the list who specifically cover EP releases and MP3s in some way. If we were to add contacts who only cover album releases or videos we wouldn’t see coverage no matter how hard we try, because they simply don’t offer that opportunity.
As we further fine-tune the list, we take a look at similar bands to which our band has been compared or who we believe could interest the contact based on what he or she has covered in the past. We then go back through to make sure he or she also writes about unknown artists and the type of release or event we’re trying to promote.
If we create a highly targeted press list in the beginning, it allows the rest of the campaign to go smoothly. We maintain the media contact’s trust, we meet the artist’s expectations, and we focus our efforts on what truly matters and achieves results. And, that is what I call a win-win-win.
Taken from – Sonicbids Blog Article by Janelle Rogers.
How fucking tripped out is that?, what your seeing here is not a hole in this persons arm but a optical illusion tattoo, Created by a Irishman called Paul O’Rourke. With a interview with huffingtonpost.com O’Rourke said that he loves geometrical tattoos, so this piece was allot of fun but also a challenge, it took 2 ½ hours and since the photo has done the rounds on social media hes had allot of interest in the piece which has built into a bunch of requests for more of these sorts of tattoos.
YOU CAN FIND THIS DUDE & HIS WORK HERE
The label had this to say about the upcoming release.
‘By 1989’s Brain Drain, the Ramones’ eleventh and least compelling album, the band appeared creatively exhausted. Rather than pick up a New York City/CBGB has-been to fill the enormous shoes left by departing bassist Dee Dee Ramone, the band chose Christopher Joseph Ward, a young punk kid fresh out of the Marine Corps. Christened CJ Ramone, the band hit the road in 1989 on an extensive world tour that culminated in 1991’s Loco Live album. Clearly re-energized, the Ramones’ first studio record with CJ—1992’s Mondo Bizarro—was their strongest album in over a decade and a return to the classic Ramones punk rock form that they’d slipped in and out of throughout the 1980s in their search for more mainstream success. CJ Ramone sang lead on two songs including “Strenth to Endure,” a true Ramones classic. Singing lead on three songs from 1994’s covers album, Acid Eaters and four songs on the Ramones’ swan song, ¡Adios Amigos!, including his own tune, “Scattergun” (Joey sang another CJ original, “Got a Lot to Say”), CJ Ramone was coming into his own as a lead vocalist and songwriter.
After the Ramones disbanded in 1996, CJ Ramone continued making music, honing his singing and songwriting skills in Los Gusanos and Bad Chopper before releasing Reconquistain 2012, his first official album as CJ Ramone. Invigorated by the reception of the album and live shows around the world from the Ramones faithful, CJ Ramone is back in 2014 withLast Chance to Dance, a new album of even stronger material and a stellar backing band of Steve Soto (Adolescents), Dan Root (Adolescents), and David Hidalgo, Jr. (Social Distortion). With a sound and style true to the Ramones, CJ Ramone has again added to the legendary Ramones canon with a positively infectious punk rock record. While Fat Wreck Chords has a long history of bands influenced BY the Ramones (Screeching Weasel, Chixdiggit!, Teenage Bottlerocket, Masked Intruder), releasing an album FROM an actual Ramone is a first and a true honor. Sometimes you just “need a Ramones fix,” the expression goes, and CJ Ramone’s Last Chance to Dance satisfies that craving in spades.’
**PunkRock Radio review coming in the next few days**
Album out November 25th Via
Razor Blade Fest 2014 features the best NSW has to offer from the Ska and Punk genres and all on the one day!
If you think last year was big, well this year RBF14 will be even bigger, better and stupidly louder.
So welcome to the 3rd Installment of Razor Blade Fest and we hope you all enjoy the kick-ass bands on this years event.
Saturday, November 22 2014
Hermann’s Bar – Sydney University
Doors open 8.00pm
Entry only: $12.00 + bf
Out Soon Via
Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly fame created a side project a few years ago titled The Original Bunny Gang, released first album WHITE RABBIT in 2009.