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 strange, slow, old people in the community talking…
The Fest 7 will likely dominate our news coverage for the next few months, and the resulting video footage will linger well into 2009. Why is that? Well there is a 250 band list that includes Leatherface, Less Than Jake, the Bouncing Souls, Strike Anywhere, Dillinger Four, Atom and His Package and the Lawrence Arms. That probably has something to do with it. We had a rare punk rock story out of Cuba this week, as Porno Para Ricardo frontman Gorki Aguila was tried for “social dangerousness” and freed after paying a fine. Fans at the Reading Festival in the UK rioted after punk band the FF’ers turned out to actually be punk band the FF’ers and not, say, the Foo Fighters. Reports also came in from London that Iggy Pop was injured on stage in a fall, although we’ve had eyewitness reports come in to the contrary. The Queers announced a ton of news, including a tour, new album, and a new studio that will see the Riptides recording soon. Our pals in the Swellers did Max Bemis one better this week, releasing a free album’s worth of “personalized” songs based on subject matter provided by fans.
Winnipeg’s Propagandhi is doing what they were doing last month, but any mention of the group is enough to get people foaming at the mouth `round here. Sonic Youth is working on a new record as well, this one to be a return to the indie world after years on a major. A new Dead To Me EP will arrive on Fat in October. Members of Thusrday and Glassjaw have launched their supergroup United Nations with a full album stream. Underoath is also streaming their new one, and throwing a very Wonka-inspired promotion to boot. Defiance, Ohio also returned this week with a new track titled ” Hair Pool.” On the touring circuit we have new dates from beleaguered pop-punk act Mest, shows in Canada and the US from Misery Signals and US dates from Silverstein and Chiodos. Finally, because we can’t stop talking about them, we had a video blitz from the Gaslight Anthem.
This week we spoke with Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake, Paper and Plastick and Sleep It Off Records (interview) and Joe Haege of 31Knots interview). So what’s coming up this week? Look for releases from Underoath, and Hatebreed with tours kicking off from MxPx, Lagwagon and Only Crime (North America), the Real McKenzies (Canada), and Fear Before The March Of Flames (USA).
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