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…
A sticker featuring folk-punk act This Bike is a Pipe Bomb has again caused a bomb scare. This time a bicycle adorned with the band’s logo caused the evacuation of a Memphis, Tennessee airport terminal. The bike turned out to be, in fact, a bike. The Gaslight Anthem were robbed in Gothenburg while on tour. They didn’t lose anything essential but the paperwork holdup with the Swedish police caused them to miss a show. The Arizona Star newspaper launched a lawsuit against Tucson-based punk band Awful Truth. The band has controversially used a Star photo of a recently slain police officer on an album cover. Finally the punk world is on the edge of its collective seat awaiting the release of the “Punk Rock Activity Book”. Soon you can partake in word searches and drawing games such as “help Siouxsie Sioux apply her makeup”, “draw Henry Rollins‘ tattoos” and “colour Iggy Pop.”
My Chemical Romance has claimed that they’re going back-to-basics on their new record and won’t be “hiding behind a veil of fiction or uniforms and makeup anymore.” UK based hardcore/punk outfit the Ghost of a Thousand has signed to Epitaph Records. Tom Delonge has discussed Blink-182‘s 2009 plans, claiming that there won’t be much touring but they will take place in a big event this summer. Rise Against and Rancid have announced their tour dates in the US and Canada with support from the Riverboat Gamblers and Billy Talent. Flogging Molly, Street Dogs and Civet will hit the road in Japan. The Bouncing Souls are also touring with the Loved Ones and Black President. Bad Religion have dates scheduled prior to Warped Tour as well. This week Bridge and Tunnel have unveiled the new song “Loss Leaders” and post-Distillers act Spinnerette released their new single “Sex Bomb.” Off With Their Heads will appear on University of Minnesota’s Radio K Monday to play play live on the air. Look for Jimmy Eat World and Neko Case to show up in Rock Band 2. Our friends at Marvel Comics chatted with Thursday‘s Geoff Rickly about his favourite caped heroes. Finally this week the BBC discussed the science of selling out.
Our Dispatches series of band tour blogs featured Propagandhi (Episode 1) as the band explores Australia and New Zealand. As always we brought you new Streaming Music including the new full length from Boston, MA’s Defeater, the new record from Phoenix, AZ-based Stereotyperider, a 7″ from Moncton, New Brunswick’s Varsity Weirdos, and new music from Edmonton, AB’s Passenger Action (members of Choke, Fordirelifesake and the Fullblast). So what’s coming up this week? Look for new releases from the Black Lips, Stereotyperider, Lamb of God and Hatebreed with tours kicking off from Jimmy Eat World] performing Clarity (US), Senses Fail / Haste The Day (US), the Human Abstract / Protest the Hero / the Chariot (Europe), Tim Barry / Ausin Lucas / Josh Small (US), Failures Union / Cheap Girls (US), and Street Dogs / Swingin Utters / Shot Baker (US / Canada).
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