Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don’t get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC for if that’s the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don’t think that’s the reason but I have no idea what it could be. The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. All of you symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can’t work it out: I know you’re not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren’t heard or registered?
Maybe we missed our big shot by not cashing in at the right time. Maybe we could have set our artistic pride aside and written the same record over and over again. Maybe we released too much music. Maybe we shouldnt have been so accessible to our fan base. Maybe we could have picked a different record label or a different manager or changed our band name a few years in. You can question yourself forever, but it wont change a thing. I like the choices we made. I like that we took risks and kept it real.
If you’re not watching Nathan for You yet, at the very least Drew and I think you should get on that. Now, how do I turn this into a news post … hit the replies to see an Of Mice and Men reference about 20 seconds in on a recent episode.
Hey everyone, as most of you know, I am a big supporter of the American Cancer Society. When it came to my attention that my best friend Jon Lyons was raising money for the American Cancer Society by running in the New York City marathon in honor of his dad (a cancer survivor), I thought when better a time than this to put the full weight of all of my amazing friends and fans behind such an awesome cause. Jon has been training relentlessly for this and I am super proud of him. For those of you who dont know Jon, he is the drummer of the always amazing Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, and he is absolutely the kindest, most amazing dude you could ever know.
So to help Jon reach the quota he needs to be able to run I have decided to offer up an unreleased song from my upcoming Before the Flowers Bloomed B-sides LP All you have to do to get this song is donate 5$ or more! What better way to give to a good cause?! See Jons message below, and in advance Id just like to say thank you to all of you, I am one lucky dude to be surrounded by such incredible people. I hope to see you all very soon.
5 Seconds of Summer debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts — moving 259,000 units. On last week’s episode of the podcast we talked a lot about this band and record sales and if anyone would ever break the two million in one week mark again.
We are all musicians, and we get it. We’ve lived in a rank van on tour, slept in parking lots between shows, spent sleepless nights in the studio and have experienced the magic that happens onstage connecting with fans. We aren’t just corporate dudes sitting in an office somewhere trying to slap someones logo on our product because we read a memo that said it was a good idea. We live and breathe the culture and lifestyle. We made it part of our entire brandnot just a marketing initiative.
Lagwagon have tagged a release date on their previously announced forthcoming LPHang. It’ll be out on October 28. Hang will be Lagwagon’s first new full-length album since 2005's Resolve. There is a video of the announcement, along with European tour dates, in the replies.
Steady Hands (Sean Huber of Modern Baseball’s seven-piece folk-punk band) will release an EP called Brandy Of The Damned on August 19 via Lame-O Records. Check out a song from the release called “Pretty Good Year” on PropertyOfZack.com; additionally, the band recently announced a tour with W.C. Lindsay, and those dates are in the replies along with a press release.
I cannot admit to actually “knowing” Bradley Steyn. Yes, I am aware that he is South African and that he lives in Los Angeles, and that he has “walked off” three Morrissey tours - which really is his own business, not mine. My personal involvement with him has been zero, and he has certainly never been Head Of Security on any Morrissey tour.
I am aware of the false story he has placed on various news sites wherein he claims I asked him to “hurt” (kill?) David Tseng. Although Steyn’s story lends itself to its own ridicule, I feel I must say to those who have not yet worked it out, that the story is a vexatious lie. It is common knowledge that I dislike the SoLow site, and I am aware that all of the opinions posted on the site are controlled or written by David Tseng, and that David Tseng will give maximum and inexhaustive publicity to anything said in the negative about me. This is a general truth that most people accept about SoLow. It is nothing new, and I have long since learned to accept it.
The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with. The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms “the Morrissey tour”, and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone’s attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now - mysteriously - wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.
Please note that Bradley Steyn’s statement is now in the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, and is subject to both criminal and civil action.
We’re excited to premiere a brand new music video from Five Iron Frenzy for their song “Into Your Veins”. It is without question one of the best songs the band has written, leaving no doubt that these guys can still bring it hard. Head to the replies to check it out, alongside a brief interview with drummer Andy Verdecchio.
It’s sad that this is becoming a daily thing now, but You Blew It! were vandalized last night in San Antonio, Texas. A slew of items were stolen from the band, so if you have some extra cash, pick up some clothes or some records. Or if you feel extra kind, the band is accepting donations as well. Head to the replies to see the full write up.
Yesterday something awful happened. Our van was robbed as it sat in a heavily trafficked parking lot in the middle of a hot, bright, San Antonio day. The lock on our rear passenger door was pried open, and our gear and personal items tossed into a Grey Chevy Suburban that drove away only minutes before we discovered that the following items were missing:
We feel confused, violated, and absolutely defeated. We’re crossing our fingers that something will turn up and our gear (and my retainers) will be returned, but we know how unlikely that is. Regardless, whether it’s a matter of pride or principle, the last thing we want to do is ask for help, but none of us really know what else to do.
If you feel so inclined, we will be accepting donations through PayPal (email@example.com).
If you feel odd donating, we have some shirts for sale on our merch store (http://apdot.net/1zvGD2x). The kind people at MerchNOW will be running a “sale” of sorts where they will be waiving the typical processing fees that usually come out of what the band sees and donating it to us which is very awesome and very generous.
If clothing isn’t your thing, you can purchase ANY of our records via BandCamp with all proceeds being donated directly to the band by our lovely label, Topshelf Records (http://apdot.net/1ttBaZE). They will also be posting some rare items for sale in the next few days so keep an eye out for that.
By no means do we feel entitled to your assistance, but I can say that absolutely anything helps. We’re not the only band that feels that way, either. Have Mercy and Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) just suffered similar pitfalls, and I’m sure they too would be very grateful for anything you could spare.
Most importantly, though, I want to issue a very heartfelt “thank you” for everyone’s support since the robbery. My retainers are gone, so I can’t speak for it’s attractiveness, but I’m still smiling. We all are.
- Tanner & You Blew It
Here are some photos of the gear that was stolen, either in the foreground or background. If you see anything listed on the internet, please come forward. In addition, photos of the van door they broke into and the location of the robbery.
Gerard Way will be releasingHesitant Alien on September 30th via Warner Bros. Records. Hit the replies to read the full press release.
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03) No Shows
04) Casting Shadows
06) Zero Zero
08) Drugstore Perfume
09) Get The Gang Together
10) Hows It Going To Be
11) Maya The Psychic
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Tomorrow on Steve Renman Rennie's broadcast Renman Live, Jeff Castelaz, President of Elektra Records, is the guest. Tune in live at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT to join the conversation. If you have any questions for the two to answer tomorrow, leave them in the replies, where you can also find a teaser video.
Run the Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, have posted a snippet of a new track called “Blockbuster Night Part 1.” The preview comes as they prepare to embark on their North American tour starting this week. Stream the snippet and check the tour dates in the replies. Also, their follow-up to last years Run the Jewels is also being mixed tomorrow, so expect the record soon.