Vinyl Collective announces first release in Under the Influence series: Fake Problems / Look Mexico

Vinyl Collective has announced the first in their Under the Influence series. The aim of the series is to feature bands covering tracks that have influenced their song writing and each edition will feature art by Mitch Clem of Nothing Nice to Say/My Stupid Life fame. Mitch is designed his artwork around the album art of the song being covered.

For this first release, Fake Problems are covering “I’m A Ramblin’ Man” by Waylon Jennings and Look Mexico are covering “Brandy, You’re a Fine Girl by Looking Glass. The 7″s will come with a coupon that will allow you to download the tracks as mp3s. The 7” will be pressed as an edition of 1,000 copies (300 on turquoise / white half and half, 700 on yellow vinyl).

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Contests: Win an iPod, vinyl and more from Rise Against

Today we’ve got a new contest for the upcoming new full length from Rise Against. The band is gearing up for the release of their brand new album, The record is titled Appeal To Reason and is due out October 7, 2008. The grand prize includes a 160GB iPod, signed posters, a vinyl single and assorted swag. Two Runner ups will win a limited 7-inch, a poster and more swag.

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Star F*cking Hipsters: “Until We’re Dead”

Star Fucking Hipsters Today we’ve got a stream of the highly anticipated new full length from Star Fucking Hipsters. The band includes members of Choking Victim, Leftover Crack, The Slackers and World/Inferno Friendship Society and release their debut full length this week. The record is titled Until We’re Dead and is being released by Fat Wreck Chords.

You can check out the album on the band’s Profile.
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Tuesday, September 30 2008

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Jay Bentley of Bad Religion talks file sharing

As more and more people are attempting to find a reason as to the decline in CD sales and album integrity, Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley threw in his two cents in an recent interview with

How many catalogue records are you going to have to buy before you get fucking fed up? I had vinyl, I had CD, I had mini-disc, I had DATs, I had all this shit. They make me buy all this stuff and I’m paying three hundred and fifty dollars every time a new player comes out because now I can’t my music on anything but this. So that’s to blame as well. Eventually people just got tired of getting the shaft from all of these people and in the end the only one that really suffers is the artist. That’s a shame.

It’s a standoff of do you want to support the label and the band that you like? Even I’m starting to wonder if there’s a way where people will feel like they’re strictly supporting the artist. Even if it was something like having a little button on a MySpace page that says “if you like us, push the button and give us a dollar so that we can get gas to go to the next city because we want to go on tour.” There has to be some sort of incentive for people to A) want the band to come to them but also for the band to want to go out. When gas hit four dollars a gallon down in the States, in the newspaper it was actually a front page article about how indie bands can no longer tour because gas is too expensive. That’s pretty fucked.

So it’s not the bands’ fault, and it’s not even the fans’ fault. The fans are doing what’s expected because they should be doing what they want. The bands should be doing what they want but there should be a way for them to get together and say “we, as fans, like your band. We want to support your work.
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Thursday sign to Epitaph

Thursday Thursday has signed to Epitaph Records. The band spoke to Alternative Press about the news:

One of our biggest concerns was that we find a situation where we could be free to just be Thursday. Epitaph have continually voiced their desire to help us become the band that we have always wanted to be. It’s a great feeling to have a label encourage you to be more socially conscious and politically active.

It’s a great feeling to have a label owner push you to explore the most experimental and challenging aspects of your band’s music instead of dissuading you. It’s a truly great feeling to be working with a label that all of our friends have had so many great experiences with

The band is gearing up for the release of their vinyl/CD split with Japan’s Envy.
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Jay Reatard talks new record, promises the rock’n’roll

Memphis, TN’s Jay Reatard has revealed some details about his upcoming debut full length for Matador. Says Jay:

I always felt I was writing songs with very basic pop structures but maybe the vocals were too intense. I kind of knew in the back of my head that maybe this was going to open up some sort of a crossover audience… I don’t want to cross the line into singer/songwriter territory because I like playing rock and roll… I’m not some fucking troubadour with a guitar. I’ve seen too many people go down that road and it ends up being embarrassing.

Reatard recently finished up a series of seven inches for Matador, and previously released Blood Visions in 2006 via In the Red. You can read the full interview/feature at RiotFest.
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Heavens (Alkaline Trio) talks next album

Heavens, which features Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio and Joe Steinbrick of Thieves Like Us have an update on their future plans. Joe had this to say:

Matt’s itching to do a new record. I’ve sent him a few instrumentals, he sang some ideas he had for them. Not really sure when we’ll have the time to actually put an album together and record it but it would be fun to spend no more than two weeks doing it. I’m feeling a very stripped down vibe. So when it all happens it will probably come out on Epitaph with Vinyl Collective doing the wax.

The band’s Epitaph debut, Patent Pending, was released in 2006.
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