Streetlight Manifesto, Darkest Hour albums to see vinyl release

Victory Records has announced plans to issue two fan favorite albums on vinyl. The first is Darkest Hour‘s critically acclaimed 2003 album, Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation and the second is Streetlight Manifesto‘s Everything Goes Numb also released in 2003.

According to a Vinyl Collective report, the Darkest Hour LP will be pressed on a limited 300 copies of “dark putty” vinyl while Streetlight’s record will be pressed 500 copies on white vinyl. Normal colours will have wider printing and available at Hot Topic and other retailers.

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Iggy Pop in controversial insurance ad

Legendary musician Iggy Pop has managed to court controversy yet again, this time by participating in a £25 million ($36 million) car insurance ad campaign, launched in January. The problem stems from the fact that the insurance company, Swift Cover, refuses to insure musicians.

According to a report, complaints object that it is “misleading because it uses a well-known figure from the music industry to promote an insurance service which they believe excludes musicians,” according to an ASA spokesperson. As a result, the ASA has launched an investigation to determine whether the ad breaches the U.K.’s TV Advertising Code.

The company specifically does not cover entertainment industry people saying:

The reason doesn’t cover people in the ‘entertainment business’ is due to the risk of personal injury. That risk then becomes something for a specialist insurer to take on. chose Iggy Pop as the face of its advertising because he loves life, not because he is a musician. “He is an actor demonstrating the benefits of

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Black Lips and GZA: “The Drop I Hold”

Atlanta, GA’s Black Lips have posted an mp3 of their collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan‘s GZA on the song “The Drop I Hold,” a song released on their 2009 album 200 Million Thousand. The collaboration was performed at this year’s SXSW festival, and should come as no surprise as the song was originally described by our reviewer as “basically a hip-hop track with its spoken vocals and background sample.”

You can head over to Spinner to download the song.
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Swingin’ Utters

Swingin' Utters The Swingin’ Utters are one of those bands that can “change the game” for someone, so to speak. Especially if you have an affinity for punk rock, their albums are easy to pick up and enjoy since they are, in essence, a street punk band. But the Swingin’ Utters have been doing much more than just street punk, and have been able to incorporate Americana sounds into their songs with such ease and efficiency, that even the most stubborn punk find him (or herself) caught listening to, and thoroughly enjoying, a country tune when that wasn’t their intention. After that, all it takes is paying the slightest bit of attention to the words, and this enjoyment easily becomes an immersion. Suddenly, a whole new genre of music opens to the listener. Bands like these are few and far in between and it’s the reason that almost ten years after discovering them I’m still finding something new to enjoy in their albums.

Trips to the East Coast don’t happen very often for these guys, and when I heard that they were playing Philadelphia (and at the North Star Bar no less!), I (Ollie Mikse knew it would take some sort of divine intervention to stop me from being there. Adding to the experience was my chance to chat with a pensive and serious Swingin’ Utters before their set, and a much more loose (and slightly inebriated) version afterward.

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Green Day covers The Who, Social Distortion, Elvis, Bob Dylan for bonus tracks

Green Day has announced the bonus tracks that will accompany the digital version of 21st Century Breakdown due out May 15, 2009 via iTunes.

The band will include covers of The Who‘s “A Quick One While He’s Away,” Social Distortion‘s “Another State of Mind,” Elvis’ “That’s Alright Mama” and Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”

The band is also planning a deluxe release packaged with with 10-inch vinyl of the entire album, a 60 page book with exclusive art, and more. You can find more details on that here.
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Down By Law talks new album

Down By Law participated in a rare interview with some details on their forthcoming shows, plans, side-projects and more. Of particular note is plans to release a new album:

We’re going to record a full-length for Jailhouse Records when we get back. It’ll be a long slow process, but it’ll happen. We’ve already recorded a few songs. One new one, “Bullets,” is on our myspace page. We’ll be playing that particular one on the road.

The band released windwardtidesandwaywardsails in 2003.
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