Battles announce new EP/DVD, tour dates

The critically acclaimed Battles have announced information on a new remix EP entitled Tonto+ as well as some North American tour dates.

Tonto+ is comprised of remixes from contributors the Field, Four Tet, DJ EMZ and Joell Ortiz along with a DVD that will include the video for the eight-minute title track. It will be released on both compact disc and 12″ vinyl.

Appearing on various dates will be No Age, Parts & Labor, White Williams and more.

The band released Mirrored on Warp Records earlier this year.
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Olehole (ex-the Ghost / Hanalei, ex-Burial Year) forms, posts music

Olehole (pronounced o-lay ho-lay), a band consisting of Brian Moss (ex-the Ghost / Hanalei / Wonder Years), Dan Wedgewood (ex-Burial Year / Quest for Quintanaroo), Jackson Blumgart (ex-Quest for Quintanaroo) and Alex Case has formed and posted some recently recorded demos. Five of their six songs from the session are available for stream and download on their MySpace page. The band is promising to rotate in the other one shortly.

Their first show has been booked as well, which will take place on October 6th with the New Trust, Themes and Santiago at The Apgar Coop 8:00 P.M. in Oakland, CA. The venue’s address is 921 Apgar, the show is all ages, and it appears that suggested donations act as the cost of admission.
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Mikey “Offender” Donaldson (1961-2007)

Sources are reporting that bassist Mikey “Offender” Donaldson of MDC, DRI and the Offenders passed away in his sleep on September 22 in Barcelona, Spain where he had recently relocated from Amsterdam. The cause of death is unknown at the moment. He was 46. Mikey is survived by a brother and two sisters.

Our deepest condolences to his friends and family.
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Tours: Two Man Advantage celebrating 10 years

“Hockey punks” Two Man Advantage will be celebrating their 10-year anniversary next month by playing a couple shows with some longtime friends. There’ll be shows on October 12nd and 13th in Brooklyn and Oakdale, respectively, and the bands will be joined by the Shempes, Bamboo Kids, Blood City Shack Up, Endangered Feces, Super Potent Death Baby and many more. You can see more info below.

Two Man Advantage’s 3rd full-length album South of Canada is expected in early 2008 on Boston’s Rodent Popsicle Records.
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Resonance, The Leap Year, A Plea for Purging

Virginia’s Resonance has posted an unmastered version of “Pilot Flame,” taken from their forthcoming split 7″ with Permanent, which will be released by Collapse Records. You can check it out on their MySpace page.

Perth, Western Australia’s the Leap Year have completed their debut album, With a Little Push a Pattern Appears, which will be released on November 5th via Hobbledehoy Records. The band has posted two songs from it on their MySpace page.

A Plea for Purging has posted “A Hymn of Praise” on their MySpace page, The track is taken from A Critique of Mind and Thought, due October 2nd via Facedown.
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Debbie Harry takes you to Punk Rock Pre-School

Debbie Harry, frontwoman of Blondie and punk-expert put together what is being called Punk Rock Pre-School. Debbie sits down with a number of fresh faced youngsters and schools them on punk, new wave, pooping on stage, and finally “is punk rock dead” and “is my life a total sham?” The show ends with the traditional punk rock “thank you.”

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A Wilhelm Scream guitarist leaves band

A Wilhelm Scream has confirmed the rumor that Chris (guitar) has left the band. Chris made the following statement regarding his departure:

I have decided that my time with A Wilhelm Scream is over. I started playing music 18 years ago. At that time my only reason for doing it was because it was fun. I have maintained for the duration of my time in Smackin’ Isaiah/A Wilhelm Scream that when it stopped being fun, I would give it up. The bottom line here is that I just don’t enjoy the day-in, day-out grind of being on tour anymore…

The band recently posted an e-card for their forthcoming October 9 release Career Suicide.
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No Use promises folky, heavy, poppy, but no ska; 2008 touring plans coming together

No Use For A Name has posted another update on the progress towards their next record. Work officially began in July on the record which will follow their last studio record, Keep Them Confused, in 2005.

The band noted:

The band is coming in for some more practice on Monday. I wrote a song today, well part of a song called “the dregs of sobriety” i think that’s what it will be called anyway. But hey …things are going good. Can’t wait to get into the studio. Last time we practiced we drank more than practiced, this time it will be the other way around i think. So seeing that I had ten songs for the new CD there are now 11 or 10 and a half. The songs have turned out really rad. I love it.

To me there is kind of a folky feel to this record, meets heavy, meets poppy. Some variety for sure but still no ska or reggae. We pride ourselves on not pulling that card yet. No, Badfish cover by Sublime does not count. Maybe I will write the next song, the last song, like a hardcore song or something… or maybe not.

We are starting to plan tours for 2008 already. In 2008/09 we will be going to these places: The USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South America, Europe, U.K., Ireland, Russia, Africa, Isreal, Turkey, and more…some twice.

The band released their hits package All The Best Songs on July 10, 2007.
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Rx Bandits acoustic stream

Rx Bandits recently appeared on the University of Arizona’s radio station, KAMP Student Radio, and took the time to play acoustic renditions of three songs from their their latest album, …And the Battle Begun.

The band is currently touring the UK and Europe with Facing New York.

‘Only for the Night,’ ‘On a Lonely Screen’ and ‘Apparition’ can be streamed here.
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