Hot Snakes reunites in San Diego

Hot Snakes Earlier this week, the original lineup of Hot Snakes reunited for the encore set of The Night Marchers and Obits show at The Casbah in San Diego, CA; the two bands feature former members of the group, with guitarist Rick Froberg part of Obits and vocalist/guitarist John Reis, bassist Gar Wood and drummer Jason Kourkounis currently performing in The Night Marchers.

You can click Read More for the videos, which include performances of “No Hands,” “If Credit’s What Matters” and “Automatic Midnight.”

Hot Snakes called it a day in 2005 after six years and three studio albums. Their final release was the Peel Sessions EP.
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Fireside Bowl resumes shows

Venerable Chicago venue Fireside Bowl recently reopened its doors to bands after a six year absence from hosting shows and dramatic renovations between then and now. After roughly a decade of carving out a niche as an important aspect of the DIY scene in Chicago, Fireside closed its doors to shows in 2004 to renovate its dilapidated bowling lanes and refocus its business plan. However, in June owner Jim Lapinski agreed to a trial run of summer shows at the revamped space.

Chicago News Cooperative has a detailed story on the reopening here, and you can click Read More to check out its accompanying video.
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Ruiner, Another Breath, Achilles, Such Gold to play NYC benefit show

Ruiner On September 25, Ruiner will be playing one of their final shows at the Party Xpo in Brooklyn, NY to raise money for the Jake Stults Foundation. Also scheduled to appear are Another Breath, Mayflower, Achilles and Such Gold.

Jake Stults played guitar for a number of NYC-area bands including De La Hoya, Dreams Forever Drowning, Rebel Alliance and In First Person before passing away in May at age 31 due to severe brain trauma sustained in a skateboarding accident. The benefit was set up to help his wife and family pay for the extensive medical bills and expenses as a result of his hospital stay prior to his death.

A raffle will also take place at the show to raise funds, which will include Polar Bear Club test presses and a Hex Records prize pack, among other things. More information is available here.
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Week 15

Week 15: Split Vote! If you only had one thing? TANK!

We split in this week’s vote. PC users went with Survival Versus and Xbox 360 users went with Four Swordsmen of the Apocalypse.

Four Swordsmen of the Apocalypse
Four Swords against plenty of apocalypse!

Armed with only swords the survivors face near continuous streams of Special Infected ready to be sliced and diced.

Versus Survival

Can you survive against your friends?

The first Survivor team sets the time. The second team tries to beat it. Then the first team tries to beat the second team’s time. Then the second team tries to beat the first team’s time. And then the… you get the idea. Rounds keep switching until someone fails to beat the previous time. We have added a start time limit.

How did the voting break down?

On the PC it was:

32% Versus Survival

26% Four Swordsmen

22% Hard Eight

20% Healthpackalypse

On the Xbox 360:

38% Four Swordsmen

28% Versus Survival

17% Hard Eight

17% Healthpackalypse

Similar numbers for the bottom two and a flip for the top two. Can anyone hazard a guess why we are seeing the split?

If you only had one thing?

Ignore the game for a minute. This is real world zombie apocalypse. You fought your way to a boat and boarded. You are unbitten. You are heading towards an Island in the Keys you hope is deserted but you have no idea. If you only had one thing you could wish to be on the boat with you heading towards that Island – what would it be?

Next Week’s Mutation: Gib Fest!


The Tank statue over at the IP Factory is available for pre-order now! This is a very limited run so hurry up and click here.
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Social Distortion name new album

At a show in Poughkeepsie NY, Social Distortion‘s Mike Ness revealed a title and projected release date for their upcoming Epitaph Records debut. First, Ness revealed the title as Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes and also promised a November release date.

This fall, the band will be hitting the road with Lucero and labelmate Frank Turner.

Stick around the video for a performance of the crowd favourite “Story of My Life.” The song comes from their 1990 album, Social Distortion.
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Fat to reissue Banner Pilot’s ‘Resignation Day’ remastered, resequenced

Banner Pilot Fat Wreck Chords has announced that it plans to reissue Banner Pilot‘s 2008 full-length Resignation Day on September 14. The re-release will feature new artwork, a resequenced track listing with two bonus tracks, and the whole shebang has been remastered. Bassist Nate Gangelhoff had this to say about the release:

“When we originally recorded Resignation Day back in 2007, issues came up during the recording that left us with little time for mixing. As a result, the record didn’t sound too hot. This was kind of a drag ‘cuz we didn’t feel like we did the songs justice. But! Sometimes you get a second chance; sometimes you can take something that was subpar and make it right, like when that Jason Mraz guy covered Blitzkrieg Bop. In our case, we were able to get Jacques Wait (who we worked with on our last album Collapser) to take a look at the original tracks and take a stab at remixing them. What he came up with was awesome, sounding like a new album. Usually something billed as a ‘remix’ will cause you to say “Uh, I guess the guitars areā€¦. warmer now?” or “Oh, that’s cool that the ride cymbal has more zing in that one part now. Glad I bought this again”, but in this case we’re talking about a dramatic difference. Plus we added two more songs that are out of print, re-did the layout, and even changed around the sequencing. It’s like a whole new experience, maaan. So if you checked out the album the first time around and didn’t dig it, give it another chance. We think you’ll like it. It’s like that one fairy tale where the first bowl of porridge kind of sucks but the second one is perfect.”

The band most recently released Collapser in 2009.
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Friday, July 30, 2010

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