Scott Crawford took what he worked on with Salad Days and brought it to a nice coffee table book format. He compiled a list of influential punk bands from the 80’s DC scene. Each entry gives the perspective of the band members, concert goers, photographers, and more. It’s a thorough look at the history without being overwhelming. The format works well since it focuses a lot on the images and sometimes those can tell stories better than words can.
I wouldn’t say I’m in tune with all of the punk bands from the 80’s era, let alone all of the ones around Washington D.C., but I’d like to think I know at least a little about punk music. This book has the bigger bands you’d expect with Fugazi, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat, but it’s the others that will surprise you if you haven’t done your homework. Ian MacKaye sprinkled his talents around in more bands than I had thought, so he’s a prominent feature in this book.
It looks like The 1975 will be releasing a new single titled “By Your Side” on February 21st. I was able to confirm the existence of the track via UMG’s database.
Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull will be heading out on tour together at the end of March. Dates can be found below. Fan club pre-sale begins today, and the general public tickets go on sale on Friday.
Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard will be leading a special benefit show in support of Standing Rock. The full press release can be found below.
Tom DeLonge’s next novel, Gods, will be out on March 7th. Pre-orders are up and the full press release can be found below.
The lineup for the When We Were Young festival has been announced. You can find all the artists below and tickets are on sale now. The festival will take place April 8th and 9th at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California.
Stereo Hideout does these really cool mashups of classical music with pop music. And they’re not just remixes, but actual new arrangements played an orchestra and recorded. Some of my favorites are Copland v. Bon Iver, Brahms v. Radiohead, and Beethoven v. Coldplay.
Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies will release their greatest hits album, Rake It In: The Greatestest Hits, on April 7th. They’ve also announced some new tour dates, which can be found below.
Netflix has released the new trailer for Iron Fist.
Dropkick Murphys are on the latest episode of the Song Exploder podcast breaking down their single “Blood.”
Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will be a guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah this Thursday, February 9th.
F.O.D.’s new album, Harvest, can be streamed below via Bandcamp.
Chris Carrabba talked with Billboard about the upcoming Dashboard Confessional album:
“It’s probably not savvy to say this, but I’ve begun to admit that I like my older records better — and I know why,” he explains. “As time went on, people came along with good and different ideas, and one thing I kept hearing a lot is that lyrics don’t matter — and I think I’m not the right guy to say that to. They might be completely right, but that’s why I write songs. So this (upcoming) record, to me, is very much like the first three and a half records, where it’s just like — I have something to say, not just a nice thing to sing.”
Aaron Sprinkle will be releasing his next solo album, Real Life, on March 24th. You can stream the first single, “Invicible,” below.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will release their sophomore LP, Zombies on Broadway, later this week. I spoke with McMahon on the phone about the new record’s pop-leaning direction, his ever-evolving sound, the way family has defined his last few albums, and whether or not he’d ever consider writing a memoir. We also spoke briefly about next year’s 10-year anniversary of Jack’s Mannequin’s The Glass Passenger and whether or not fans can expect any special tours or reissues to mark the occasion.
The notable bands on your TV this week include: Charli XCX (Kimmel; 2/7), Norah Jones (Kimmel; 2/8), Alicia Keys (Kimmel; 2/9), Maren Morris (The Talk; 2/9), Zara Larsson (Ellen; 2/7), Panic! at the Disco (Ellen; 2/8).
Migos has the number one album this week:
Culture’s debut was driven by streams of its songs, as streaming equivalent album units accounted for 59 percent of the set’s first-week total (77,000 of 131,000). The album sold 44,000 in traditional album sales and earned 10,000 in track equivalent album units.
Panic! at the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor has gone platinum.
Jimmy Eat World have added some new tour dates. You can find the full listing below.