NEW ‘X’ SONGS

(Billboard) American punk icons X haven’t released an album of new material since "Hey Zeus!" in 1993. But that might change soon.

"Exene (Cervenka) and I actually wrote a couple songs," singer-bassist John Doe, who also works with the X singer (his ex-wife) in the Knitters, tells Billboard.com. "There are two or three songs we’re going to do sooner or later. We might get another X record at some point."

But Doe quickly adds that in today’s download-happy musical climate, "What’s the point? People don’t really release records in a traditional sense, so if we do it we’ll probably just put it on the web site and people can download it. Maybe we’ll get (the songs) into a TV show or something."

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FRESHKILLS

FRESHKILLS
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> “Thunderous sexy bass over math-y rhythms and a saucy twin-guitar attack — good stuff!” – Village Voice
>  “Brimming with turmoil and anger while keeping hold of a hip swaggering shake. This Brooklyn quintet is the shit!” — Ghetto Blaster
> Sharing the same name as an infamous NYC toxic waste dump, Brooklyn five piece Freshkills are anything but a waste and will be found toxic only to your boredom. “Not another indie band from Brooklyn!!!” you cry, but Freshkills are an unexpected change of pace, leading the NY underground sound to even darker depths yet unplumbed by their peers.
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> Comprised of vocalist Zachary Lipez, guitarists Johnny Rauberts and Timothy Murray, bassist Mishka Shubaly and drummer Jim Paradise, Freshkills proudly wear late 80s post-punk Dischord-era influences on their collective sleeve, Freshkills take the manic fury of bands like Nation of Ulysses and Drive Like Jehu, and nail that sound to the wall. Each song has the feel of a mini-apocalypse: redlined vocals infused with paranoia and a twisted vulnerability, ominously churning rhythms that slowly throb into overdrive and breathtaking dual guitar work with subtly infectious hooks.
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> Freshkills’ discography is concise but powerful. Their debut EP, the poetic, jarring Creeps and Lovers (Arclight Records 2006), was produced by NYC hardcore stalwart Joel Hamilton and earned enthusiastic reviews from publications such as Vice and Punk Planet. Freshkills, a self-released, self-titled album, recorded under the guidance of producer Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, The Locust, Two Gallants), emphasizes streamlined song structures without sacrificing any of their dissonance, dark sarcasm or cutting social commentary, the result is immediate, unsettling and enduring. Most recently, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner has contributed a remix to Freshkills’ Revelations Remix album.
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> A sure-fire opening slot favorite, Freshkills have done the honors before an array of prominent acts including The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Blonde Redhead and Fiery Furnaces. Upcoming UK tour dates are:
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> May 16 Artrocker day party – Great Escape Festival, Brighton, UK
> May 17 Brixton Windmill w/Vivian Girls, London – doors 5.00pm £7.50
> May 18 Latest Music Bar w/Yves Klein Blue, Rob the Rich Brighton, UK – doors 7.30pm £5.00
> May 19 Buffalo Bar. Artrocker Party. London – doors 8.00pm £6.00
> May 20 Water Rats w/Dead Pixels London 7.00pm £6.00
> May 21 TBD London
> May 22 Railway Club, Winchester, UK
> May 23 Dot to Dot Fest, Nottingham, UK
> May 24 Dot to Dot Fest, Bristol, UK
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MAD SIN SICK!

Mad Sin’s current USA tour has been disrupted due to man-mountain lead singer Koefte DeVille being hospitalised due to suspected blood poisoning. The Chicago and Dallas shows were still honoured by the band using part/backing vocalist Hellvis in a cut short set with a reduced cover charge. At time of writing he was still in hospital in Chicago, but reported to be recovering well.

 

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NEW RAMONES BOOK

Los Angeles, CA (May 6th, 2009) – Vera Ramone King, wife of the late Dee Dee Ramone, tells all in Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone (Phoenix Books, ISBN 9781597776127, June, 2009). Here is the intimate and shocking story behind the Ramones, widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential rock groups in history. As part of her New York media tour, Vera Ramone King will be signing books on June 8th at the Barnes & Noble store in Tribeca.

“The Ramones were inspired by legendary bands like the New York Dolls and Iggy Pop and the Stooges,” notes Vera Ramone King, “and they dove head-first into the raw and crazy world of music in the 70’s.” With that choice came drugs, adulation and the pressures of stardom, all of which quickly drove Dee Dee Ramone to the edge. And yet Dee Dee was also a brilliant music pioneer who lived and breathed his art and found his greatest joy playing live for ecstatic fans.

“This booksigning provides an exciting opportunity to re-connect with original Ramones fans and to meet new ones,” notes the Poisoned Heart author. A 70’s punk rock princess who ruled New York’s decadent music scene, Vera Ramone King  takes readers on a wild ride that details punk’s rise, fall and ultimate resurrection.

In Poisoned Heart, Vera Ramone King reveals for the first time

The drama and fear surrounding Dee Dee’s first heroin overdose during the filming of Rock n’ Roll High School.

The chaotic story behind the End of the Century recording sessions produced by the notorious Phil Spector

The tumultuous relationships and alliances that led to the band’s breakup

For true fans of the 70’s, and for those just rediscovering their music today, there will never be another band like the Ramones. Featuring dozens of never-before-seen pictures and stories never told before now, Vera Ramone King’s Poisoned Heart: I Married Dee Dee Ramone is a must-read for music fans everywhere.

To schedule an interview with Vera Ramone King, please contact:

Brian (Gross) at BSG PR, (818) 340-4422 x202. Email: brian@bsgpr.com.

About Phoenix Books:

Phoenix Books is the West Coast’s leading independent publisher. For more  

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VIVE LE PUNK CLUB TONIGHT!

THE VIVE LE PUNK CLUB IS ON TONIGHT-MAY 6TH FROM 8PM!!!!

We can finally confirm the other band for the monthly Vive Le Punk club at South of The Border, 350-356 Old St, EC1  Tonight-Wed from 8pm.
 Look out for -THE VINYL STITCHES

www.myspace.com/thevinylstitches

So full line up now is

WHITEMAN KAMIKAZE
THE VINYL STITCHES
CYANIDE PILLS

 

plus djs Huge Gadgit and El Prez. Print off the flyer on the site for £5 admission. see you there!!
 

  UKpunkandoi

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WORLDS SADDEST SONGS

The Saddest Music In The World Contest
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Thursday May 28th 2009
8pm
 
Bethnal Green Working Mens Club
Pollard Row
London, E2 6NB
020 77392727
 
After seeing Guy Maddin’s film of the same name, Lalla Morte and Ane Angel were inspired to seek out, find and in some way reward the artist who was making the saddest music in the world.

 

The contest brings together musicians from the four corners of the world to compete in a battle for ultimate hopelessness from dejection versus depression to misery versus melancholy,
Who will win?
Good question, well, each artist gets to play one song, and the audience vote with their tears (tears soaked tissues, to be exact)
A bin is passed around at the end of each performance to collect the used snotrags- or the amount of tissue the audience would have cried if they weren’t such a double hard bastard.
The artist with the most is the winner!
He or she gets to play a whole set at the next SMWC. (other secret prices soon to be revealed)
 
Add to this, some of the most talented side-show performers, burlesque princesses and DJ’s who will bring you their best in hartbreaking acts and songs…
 
And to accompany the already tearjerking lineup of music and sideshows, there will be a crying-contest, in wich participants from the audience must sit facing another much like an armwrestelingmatch, but instead of locking fists, they will lock tear ducts in a battle of blues. Points will be awarded for style, content, attitude, longevity and volume.
Any competitors found to be using artificial aides such as pictures of dead loved ones or onions will be severely reprimanded!
 
After collecting the best of the best in the different cities we’ll be hitting, a big night will be organized to crown the king or queen of sadness!
 
Welcome to the night where sad becomes cool and artists from around the globe gather to pluck out beautiful music on out heartstrings.
 
 
Compere: Anil Desai
 
Competitors:
Delaney Davidsen  (from The Dead Brothers)                (New Zealand)
Vic Ruggiero         (from The Slackers)                           (US)
Paul-Ronney Angel (from The Urban Voodoo Machine) (Norway)
Nick Marsh (from Flesh for LuLu)                                  (England)
Chantal Morte                                                                 (France)
Lady Carol                                                                      (Ireland)
Igor Outkine (from Mazaika)                                          (Russia)
Ria Grun                                                                         (Germany)
David Piper                                                                    (Dandyland)
Mills n’ Ware                                                            (England)
Duncan De Morgan (from The Woodsmen)               (England)
 
Upsetting performances:
Missy Macabre
Suri Sumatra
 
DJ
Chris Martin
 
 

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FREE GRIT CD/GIGS

Londons favourite punk/rockabilly/ska band the Grit have a Free cd on the cover of thsi months Big Cheese magazine with a feature inside too. they are gigging right now at play Camden Underworld this saturday May 10th.

www.myspace.com/thegrit 

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BIG CHEESE GALLOWS ISSUE OUT!

BIG CHEESE MAGAZINES BRAND NEW ISSUE IS OUT NOW WITH GALLOWS ON THE COVER-PLUS YOU GET A FREE CD FROM THE GRIT-FEATURING EXCLUSIVE LIVE TRACKS. GET IT IN STORES NOW-OR BUY ONLINE AT WWW.BIGCHEESEMAGAZINE.COM

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RUDEBOY AT VANS

The Specials very own Original Rudeboy-Neville Staple will make an appearance to sign his book at the Vans stores  on-

Wed 6th May Vans, Westfield store, White City, and Vans Carnaby st store-Friday 8th May-both at 1pm. the Specials are on tour now.

www.vans.co.uk

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NEW GBH

80s hardcore punks GBH are half way through recording their new album, their first for Rancids’ Tim Armstrongs Hellcat label. And by the sound of it its going to be a good one with the band describing it as sounding ‘Wicked’!!! The new GBH album will be released later this year. No Survivors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GREENDAY SHOW MONDAY!

The biggest band in the world-Greenday will play a secret show in London on Monday. Vive Le Punk is invited-but we dont know where it is yet!! Greenday will releasetheir 21st Century Breakdown album on may 22nd.

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DAMNED/ALARM TOUR

 

 

 

23 May 2009

20:00
Mike Peters Unplugged/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ Liverpool Sound City Liverpool
24 May 2009 19:00
The Alarm Strummercamp Cheadle Hulme
28 May 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Assembly Leamington Spa
30 May 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ 02 Academy Leeds Leeds
3 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ Rock City Nottingham
4 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ 02 Newcastle Academy Newcastle
5 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ ABC Glasgow
6 Jun 2009 18:30
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Picturehouse Edinburgh
7 Jun 2009 20:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Ironworks Inverness
8 Jun 2009 20:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Canteen Barrow-In-Furness
10 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ 02 Academy Oxford Oxford
11 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney@ 02 Academy Bristol Bristol
12 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney@ 02 Academy Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
13 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Corn Exchange Brighton, East Sussex
14 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Opera House Bournemouth
27 Jun 2009 8:00
Rhondda Rocks  
4 Jul 2009 8:00
Snowdon Rocks 3  
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