First off, fantastic stuff from Chart Attack, who spoke with Superchunk, Stephen Malkmus and others for an article called “Come and Join Us In This Punk Rock Tomb: How a generation of indie icons remains relevant at middle age”. A great read that deals with balancing your musical ideals when you’re growing up, or “getting too old” to do so.
Also at Chart (bonus points to myself for referencing the name of their old magazine) you can check out Fucked Up’s new single “Led By Hand”, from their upcoming record Glass Boys. The song features J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr, and the album is out June 3rd via Arts & Crafts/Matador.
Absolute Punk can’t call their exclusives feature “ABSOLUTExclusive” anymore because Absolut Vodka has raised a stink about it. I suppose the all caps stylizing is similar, but beyond that Absolut is kinda splitting hairs. Nonetheless, the feature will now just be “Exclusives”. Makes me think about how I wish I could get in the face of this Twitter account and this Facebook account for taking the names I wanted for TPS’ social media, despite not having “The” “Perfect” or “Scene” in their regular name. They were around before the blog, but still…
The delay with blink-182’s new album is Tom DeLonge’s fault, say Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker according to PropertyOfZack. In a series of tweets, Hoppus says he’s killing time by starting a new project called Nothing and Nobody. Angels and Airwaves has been getting most of DeLonge’s attention over the past while – a new album, films, etc.
Justin Bieber appears to have lifted artwork for his new single “We Were Born For This” from Paramore’s album RIOT! PropertyOfZack has those details too, with each cover for comparison. Yeah, definitely can’t be a coincidence.
Alternative Press says “No, We Won’t Stop Writing About That Band You Hate”, in a funny assault on internet trolls. For instance, in response to people saying certain artists deserve coverage while others don’t: “First off: Good on you for liking something. We didn’t know you had it in you, between catapulting homophobic slurs at certain frontmen whose eyeliner you find offensive and telling us every other band on the planet “fucking sucks.” We encourage more of the latter half of this point, because positivity in Facebook comments is damn-near extinct.” Winning.
Alternative Press also tells us that Brand New and Modest Mouse are doing a stadium show in New York City on August 9th. They’ll be playing the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, and tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 Eastern time. But who cares because they both “fucking suck” right?
Asbestos Records will be hosting ska festival Apple Stomp 2 May 31st and June 1st at Irving Plaza in New York City. Five Iron Frenzy, Big D & The Kids Table, The Toasters, High School Football Heroes and more are on the bill.
Frank Turner has put up a video diary of his time in America for Coachella 2014, which also included visiting the Ellen DeGeneres Show and stops in Arizona. This just in, Coachella’s setting in Indio, California is just the stuff of dreams. An absolute bucket lister for any music fan, including myself.
Dying Scene passes along free music from Belarus hardcore act Dive To Survive and Russian hardcore act Empty Your Lungs, who are offering up a split that you can either download or pay what you want for.
Finally, the “emo” revival continues with a 90s stalwart: Mineral are reuniting for some North American shows later this year, and NPR is on it. They include Gainesville, Florida’s Fest, which features over 250 bands that also include Hot Water Music, Touche Amore, and Modern Baseball. How about that?