Hello everybody and welcome to Navel Gazing: your look back at the week in Punknews. I’m Adam White and I’ll be your guide through some of the most popular, notable, and otherwise attention getting stories of the past seven days. Each and every Punknews story is built from tips contributed by you fine folks, and here’s what got the community talking this week…
A new album from Rancid is an event to be sure, and there was no shortage of news from their camp this week. The new album Let The Dominoes Fall was unveiled to the public with a stream on MySpace this week. The band’s upcoming tour partners Rise Against also had some kind words to say about the popular East Bay punks act. Also this week legendary producer Phil Spector, famous for his “wall of sound” production technique and work with bands from the Ronettes to Tina Turner to the Beatles to the Ramones, was sentenced for murder this week. Spector was found guilty of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, and is set to serve 19 years to life.
Hopeless act All Time Low is set to release Nothing Personal this July and detailed the record this week. Polar Bear Club announced the title and release date of their sophomore full length, titled Chasing Hamburg. Brooklyn, NY’s The Brass (featuring members of On The Might Of Princes and Latterman) have announced the release of their upcoming 7″. The Bouncing Souls premiered the first volume of their 20th Anniversary TV Spectacular. A Wilhelm Scream posted a studio clip of them working on their upcoming EP. On the tour circuit look for Brand New on the road in the US soon. Look for a summer tour featuring Anchor Down, In The Red and Bastards Of Young. Social Distortion have added some US and Canadian dates supported by Civet and the Strangers. Fake Problems will also be on the road with Kiss Kiss and Ninja Gun. This week brought new audio from Sky Eats Airplane with their cover of nu-metal relic “Nookie.” Speaking of covers William Elliott Whitmore performed a cover of Bad Religion‘s “Don’t Pray On Me” from their 1995 album Recipe For Hate.
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This week we spoke with Roger Manganelli of Rehasher (interview), and Zach Byrne and Andy Kavanaugh of The Goodnight Loving (interview). So what’s coming up this week? Look for new releases from Dave House, 311, Rancid, Spinnerette, Subb, Taking Back Sunday with tours kicking off from All Time Low and Set Your Goals on the Take Action Tour Australia, This Time Next Year / A Loss for Words (US), Rise Against / Rancid / Riverboat Gamblers / Billy Talent (US / Canada), Lemuria (UK), Dillinger Four (US), Darkest Hour (US / Europe), Mastodon (UK), and Alexisonfire (US / Europe).