New Release – Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days Multiplayer DLC

Three new DLC Packs have been released for Kane & Lynch 2 today.

The Doggie Bag Pack – Take on new heists and unlock new Achievements with two never before seen maps and five exclusive weapons for Multiplayer and Arcade modes. Dockyard and High Rise maps, plus the Radio Tower map provide new opportunity to increase your wealth. And with the inclusion of five new weapons, including the DD 33, KL Viper, RTS, SMi 69, and the TOQ Model Four S the odds are in your favor of pulling off a successful heist.

Alliance Weapon Pack – Increase your weapons arsenal with seven powerful new weapons for all Multiplayer modes and Arcade mode. A mix of handguns, shotguns and assault rifles the new weapons include: Doretta Silenced, Steele 870, TOQ SBR, Kaliningrad 47, PAC 10 silenced, N 77P Silenced, TOQ Elite.

Multiplayer Masks Pack – Conceal your identity and avoid revenge attacks with 8 costume masks stolen from a Chinese gift shop, for all Multiplayer modes and Arcade mode. You never want to be identified, especially if you are a traitor!

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 Updates Released

Updates to Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

Source Engine Changes (CS:S, DoD:S, TF2)

  • Fixed a case where servers would lock-up while writing .dmp files

Counter-Strike: Source

  • Fixed some minor smoke grenade bugs

Team Fortress 2

  • Fixed a bug in the Steamworks internal stats reporting

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Alexisonfire to release “iTunes Originals”

Canada’s Alexisonfire will be releasing a new digital-only release via iTunes this fall. The record is titled iTunes Originals and is due out September 28, 2010. The session encompasses interview clips of the band members reflecting on their career and revealing the inspirations behind their songs, along with album tracks and new live versions of some of their most well known songs. Alexisonfire recorded their iTunes Originals session in April 2010 and performed six tracks live in the studio specifically for this release. The interview segments are only available by purchasing the complete release.

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Cast of American Idiot perform AOL Sessions, another new Green Day song surfaces

The cast of the Green Day musical, American Idiot, performed some of the tracks from the musical live at AOL Sessions. The Broadway performers performed with a full band and tackled the musical arrangements of “American Idiot,” “Are We The Waiting,” “Last Night On Earth,” “Letterbomb,” “Whatsername” and “Good Riddance.” You can check out the entire performance via AOL.

Speaking of Green Day, another previously unreleased recording of a live track from the band’s recently promised live album has surfaced. Green Day Authority found a recording of “Olivia,” one of the other rumoured songs from the band’s shelved album, Cigarettes and Valentines”. Find that video here.
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Propagandhi talk animal rights, activism and solidarity work

In a new interview with “cruelty-free” music site Save A Scream, outspoken musicians Propagandhi discuss their cruelty-free lifestyle, animal rights and activism. The band explains why they support mainstream charities like PETA, but also more controversial activist groups like the Animal Liberation Front.

Check out the interview here.
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Pre-Purchase Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale Now and Save 10%

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Valve and Carpe Fulgur LLC today announced an agreement to distribute the PC game Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale by independent gaming group EasyGameStation on Valve’s Steam service.

Recettear was first released in Japan in December 2007 by EasyGameStation at the 73th Comiket convention. Carpe Fulgur has provided a top-class localization of this shop-simulator-slash-RPG title, and has distribution rights for the game outside Japan.

Recettear is the story of an item shop, the girl who lives in it, and the fairy who turned her life upside down. Recette Lemongrass finds herself in charge of an item shop built into her house, in order to pay back a loan her father took and then skipped out on – and Tear, her newfound fairy “companion”, won’t take no for an answer! As Recette, you have to decide how you’ll get your stock – either through playing the markets in town or going out into the wild with an adventuring friend and thrashing beasts until they give up the goodies – how much to sell things for, what the shop should look like, and how to best go about getting the money Tear needs to pay off the loan. If you can’t come up with the money… well, hope you like living in a cardboard box.

“We are happy – almost to the point of delirium, really – to be on Steam,” said Andrew Dice, Project Director for Recettear at Carpe Fulgur. “This is the first time an independently-made game from Japan has appeared on the Steam service. This will allow the game to reach an audience of millions that otherwise would’ve been closed to it, and we have high hopes that Steam users will enjoy the game for the unique gem that it is.”

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale is currently available for pre-purchase on Steam with a 10% discount and will be available to play on September 10th, 2010.

ABOUT CARPE FULGUR LLC: Carpe Fulgur LLC was founded by Andrew Dice and Robin Light-Williams. They envisioned a localization group that could bring deserving works of interactive entertainment – independently-made or otherwise – from Japan to America while using the fruits of modern technology to collaborate as closely as possible with the original content creators, in order to create English-language versions of works that read naturally in English but were still as close as possible to the visions of the original creators. The two need not be mutually exclusive – that rests at the heart of Carpe Fulgur’s philosophy.

ABOUT EASYGAMESTATION: EasyGameStation is an unincorporated independent game creation group founded in 2002. Beginning as a simple hobbyist group which created works derived from existing IP, “EGS” released their first completely original title, Chantelise, on the world in 2006. Ever since then, EGS has been known for the high quality of their releases in independent gaming circles in Japan.

ABOUT STEAM: The leading online platform for PC games and digital entertainment, Steam delivers new releases and online services to over 25 million users around the world. For more information, please visit
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The Black Pacific: “Living With Ghosts”

The Black Pacific have posted a free download of their track, “Living With Ghosts.” The song comes from their upcoming Side One Dummy Records debut, slated for a September 14, 2010 release.

Find the download via Fuse.

The band is the new project from former Pennywise vocalist Jim Lindberg. We recently spoke to Jim about The Black Pacific; that conversation can be read here.
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Tours: Landmines/Jeff Rowe (Europe)

LandminesRichmond, VA melodic hardcore outfit Landmines are heading to Europe this week with longtime friend Jeff Rowe. Jeff will be supporting his debut release, Barstool Conversations, which you can check out on his Punknews profile. Landmines just finished recording their second LP, with release details coming soon.

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PBS documentary creators need your help

We’ve been contacted by filmmakers working on an upcoming PBS documentary hoping that some of our Punknews readers might be able to help with some needed band footage/photography from the Wetlands venue in NY. It is very specific, so pay attention:

We are working on a documentary film that includes a short section highlighting the old Wetlands club in NYC. We’re hoping to fill some footage gaps in this sequence and are looking for the following:

1) Video footage of bands who played Wetlands during the late 90s. In particular, we’re looking for recordings of Avail and/ or Chocking Victim, but we are open to other (ideally environmental or political) punk bands. But please note: since we are a PBS film, the music cannot be overly dissonant or aggressive – so we’re excluding hardcore and classic ’77 punk oriented acts.

2) Video footage or photographs of Wetlands atmosphere -bouncers/ door folks ripping tickets, lines out front, the bar in action, crowds, beer flowing from the tap, etc.

We do have an archival budget – so we are prepared to license the material and arrange for proper compensation and accreditation. Thanks in advance for your help!

If you’re interested, contact Sam Cullman via email.
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