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L7 Planning to Reunite

L7

Yesterday, we mentioned that Mad Season plans to play their first show in 20 years (albeit, obviously, without key members). Now, another seminal band of the grunge era has announced a full-fledged reunion. L7, who’ve not played since 2001, are planning to get back together in 2015.

On their Facebook page, the band made the following announcement:

ATTENTION! A personal message from the band:

Greetings People! We want you to know that the love and support you have shown us here on Facebook this year has taken us all a bit by surprise. What started as a simple band page for us to post some archival photos we had been sifting through for an upcoming L7 documentary has turned into a wellspring of enthusiasm for the band. For this WE THANK YOU!
Many of you have asked when we might return for a reunion. Well, it’s been 14 years since our last show, longer if you consider our original line up. But we (Donita, Suzi, Jennifer, and Dee) are hearing you, we are talking about it, and we kinda agree. Why the hell not?

Here’s the situation…
They say to raise a child it takes a village, well to get interest from promoters for L7 to do reunion shows it’s going to take an ARMY. An army of you all. No joke.

Here’s what we need…
We need your continued enthusiasm, your spreading the word by “Sharing” our posts and getting your friends and enemies to “Like” our page.

First and foremost WE NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESSES at our new website http://l7theband.com
We need to reach you all directly. No spam, no problem.

Let’s show ‘em all! Your love and support will make this happen!
For those about to rock, WE SALUTE YOU.
Love, L7 xo

L7 was active from 1985 until 2001, featuring Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch, and Demetra “Dee” Plakas. The band was influential in the grunge, punk, and riot grrl scenes, and scored a major hit with “Pretend We’re Dead” from the 1992 album Bricks Are Heavy.

Chris Cornell to Front Mad Season Reunion, Duff McKagan to Join on Bass

Mad Season

Mike McCready and Barrett Martin, the two surviving members of the 1990s grunge super-group Mad Season, will reunite for a one-off performance in Seattle at 8 p.m. on January 30, 2015. According to The Seattle Times, the pair will team up with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, along with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, in performing orchestral and solo arrangements of original Mad Season works.

Cornell will be stepping in for vocalist Layne Staley, who died in 2002 of a drug overdose, while McKagan will be performing in place of John Baker Saunders, who also died of an overdose three years earlier, in 1999.

The event is part of the Seattle Symphony’s fourth annual cross-genre Sonic Evolution concert. It is the first performance McCready and Martin have performed under the Mad Season banner since 1995, years before the deaths of their fallen band mates. (via CoS)

Punk Rock Bowling 2015 Full Lineup Announced

Punk Rock Bowling full lineup 2015

Just a few weeks following the announcement of Rancid, Refused, and Dropkick Murphys as the headliners of Punk Rock Bowling 2015, the entire festival lineup has been released.

Bands include The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Murder City Devils, Anti-Flag, Conflict, and Discharge, plus the return of Turbonegro, who performed in 2013, and The Muffs, who played a club show in ’13 as well. Many more bands have been added, all of whom can be seen in the graphic above.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in January 2015. Club shows will be announced throughout the year leading up to the event.

John Lydon Says Sex Pistols Are Too Fat to Reunite

John Lydon

According to NME, former Sex Pistols front man John Lydon has announced that his ’70s punk rock boy band will never reunite.

Lydon was speaking to an audience at Oxford University’s Sheldonian Theatre on December 8, 2014 (his final public appearance to promote his 2014 autobiography, Anger Is An Energy) and had this to say regarding a potential reunion:

“Oh no, that’s finished. I mean have you seen us? I mean We’ve all put on weight but [guitarist Steve Jones] is coming it at 500 pounds! And I did the butter advert!”

During his talk, Lydon also covered topics including Catholicism and Mick Jagger.

Brian “Wimpy Roy” Goble of Subhumans (Canada) Dies at 57

Subhumans

According to Spin, Brian “Wimpy Roy” Goble, former bassist and frontman of the Canadian punk rock band Subhumans, died of a heart attack on Sunday, December 7, 2014. He was 57.

In addition to the Subhumans (not to be confused with the British band of the same name), Goble played in a variety of Vancouver punk bands, such as Stone Crazy, the Skulls, and DOA. Though Subhumans originally split up in 1983, they reunited in 2006.

Pelican to Release New Vocal-Driven Four-Song EP, “The Cliff”

Pelican "The Cliff EP"

Chicago-based instrumental post-hardcore band Pelican will release a new EP on Southern Lord in 2015 based on re-imaginings of “The Cliff,” a highlight from their most recent album, 2013′s Forever Becoming, and one recently completed new song.

Due out February 24, 2015 on 12-inch vinyl and digital formats, the four-track The Cliff EP includes remixes from Justin Broadrick (of Godflesh, Jesu), Aaron Harris and Bryant Clifford Meyer of ISIS/Palms, and, for only the second time in their 14-year career, vocals.

Check out the track listing below, and then listen to “The Cliff” (vocal version).

The Cliff Track Listing:
1. The Cliff (Vocal Version)
2. The Cliff (Justin K. Broadrick remix)
3. The Cliff (AH & BCM remix)
4. The Wait

(track via Metal Sucks)

Andrew Jackson Jihad Announce Spring 2015 North American Tour With The Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, and Chumped

Andrew Jackson Jihad 2015 Tour

Last spring, Andrew Jackson Jihad released their fifth LP, Christmas Island, and this spring the band is heading off on a US tour (plus two stops in Canada) with The Smith Street Band, Jeff Rosenstock, and Chumped in support. Full dates are below.

Andrew Jackson Jihad on Tour
3/18 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
3/19 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/20 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
3/21 Boston, MA @ Royale
3/22 Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus
3/24 Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
3/25 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
3/26 Detroit, MI @ The Magic Stick
3/27 Chicago, IL @ Metro
3/28 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
3/29 Kansas City, MO @ The Granada
3/31 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
4/02 Boise, ID @ The Shredder
4/03 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
4/04 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw
4/05 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4/07 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
4/10 San Diego, CA @ Irenic
4/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

Punk Rock Bowling 2015 Announces Rancid, Refused, and Dropkick Murphys as Headliners

Punk Rock Bowling 2015

Punk Rock Bowling 2015 will take place May 23, 24, and 25 in Downtown Las Vegas, and the first headliners have been announced: Rancid, Refused, and Dropkick Murphys.

Refused, who reunited for a second time in November 2014, will be making their first appearance at the festival, while Rancid will be performing at PRB for the first time since 2012. See photos of Rancid performing at Punk Rock Bowling 2012 by clicking here.

Tickets for the event will go on sale in January 2015.

Listen: Fugazi “First Demo” Streaming In Full

Fugazi "First Demo"

Fugazi’s First Demo, released on November 18, 2014, is now streaming it its entirety. You can listen to the album in full below.

After playing only 10 shows, the band recorded the 11 demo tracks in January 1988 at Inner Ear Studios. The tracks include the unreleased “Turn Off Your Guns” and the cut “In Defense Of Humans,” which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989, the only track from the sessions to ever be released officially.

First Demo is available via Dischord Records in CD, vinyl, and MP3 formats. Click here for the track listing.

Bratmobile’s “Pottymouth” Reissued on Pink Vinyl – Stream “Cool Schmool”

Bratmobile "Pottymouth"Bratmobile‘s debut full-length album Pottymouth is back in print for the first time in more than a decade, and this time it has been reissued on pink vinyl by Kill Rock Stars.

Comprised of singer Allison Wolfe, guitarist Erin Smith and drummer Molly Neuman, Bratmobile made their debut at 1991′s International Pop Underground convention and released their debut album Pottymouth in 1993, following a series of seven-inch singles on labels including Homestead, K, Four Letter Words, Simple Machines and Twelve-Verse-Twelve.

The band broke up in 1994, but reunited in 1999, and released two more albums on Lookout! Records. They played their last show in 2003.

Below, stream the track “Cool Schmool”:

Babes In Toyland Reunion: Tickets On Sale Friday, November 21, 2014

photo by Michael Lavine

Babes In Toyland will play their first live show in 18 years on February 12, 2014 at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

“Second time’s the charm,” said drummer Lori Barbero.

Kat Bjelland, Maureen Herman and Lori Barbero discussed the band’s history and decision to reunite in an interview with Rolling Stone. In the piece the trio speaks about what led to the band’s initial dissolution and their decision to reunite nearly two decades later.

“It was brought to my attention that not only do we have a lot of diehard fans from back in the day, but also a whole new generation of kids — my son Henry included — that were eager to see us live,” explained singer/guitar player Kat Bjelland. “I felt some kind of obligation for them to see us, too. But mainly, I just missed my girls and the feeling that comes from playing with them — visceral live therapy.”

“The first time we played together again,” added bass player Maureen Herman, “we weren’t sure what it would be like. After knocking the hell out of ‘He’s My Thing’ on the first try, we knew this was going to be fun — and it was going to rock like a motherfucker.”

Tickets go on-sale Friday, November 21st at 10 a.m. PST.

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Plagued By Long Lines, Box Office Disorganization

photo by David Hall

Verbicide has been covering Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin since 2009, and this year, problems at the box office plagued the humble fest. If you thought it was a good idea to order your wrist band to will-call, you were stuck in a three-hour long line to pick the pass up. Feel outraged at paying $95 for a single-day pass and having to wait for three hours to pick it up? Want to complain and get your money back? Sorry, Fun Fun Fun Fest has a strict no-refunds policy that they’re sticking to.

Our photographer Jessica Alexander managed to brave the crowds to check out the action, keep your eye on Verbicide for exclusive photos of Run the Jewels, alt-J, Dinosaur Jr., and more performing at the Fest.

Listen to “Montage of Heck,” Kurt Cobain’s Insane 1988 Music Montage

Kurt Cobain

At long last, a rumored “sound collage” music montage assembled in 1988 by Kurt Cobain has been found. Created well before his fame with Nirvana, “Montage of Heck” was made on 4-track cassette recorder. It features sounds from Kurt’s collection of LPs, manipulated recordings of the radio, elements of Nirvana demos, and sounds that he created or recorded.

Listen below, and check out the list of components that Kurt used via United Mutilations.

“The Men In My Little Girl’s Life” by Mike Douglas
“The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” by The Beatles
“A Day In The Life” by The Beatles
“Eruption” by Van Halen
“Hot Pants” by James Brown
“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” by Cher
“Go Away Little Girl” by Donny Osmond
“Rocky Mountain High” by John Denver
“Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin
“The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis, Jr.
“In A Gadda Da Vida” by Iron Butterfly
“Wild Thing” by William Shatner
“Taxman” by The Beatles
“I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family
“Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?” by The Barbarians
“Queen Of The Reich” by Queensryche
“Last Caress/Green Hell” covered by Metallica
“Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin
“Get Down, Make Love” by Queen
“ABC” by The Jackson Five
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
“Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden
“Eye Of The Chicken” by Butthole Surfers
“Dance of the Cobra” by Butthole Surfers
“The Shah Sleeps in Lee Harvey’s Grave” by Butthole Surfers
“New Age” by The Velvet Underground
“Love Buzz” by Shocking Blue
Orchestral music from 200 Motels by Frank Zappa
“Help I’m A Rock” / “It Can’t Happen Here” by Frank Zappa
“Call Any Vegetable” by Frank Zappa
“The Day We Fall In Love” by The Monkees
“Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath (intro)
Theme from The Andy Griffith Show
Mike Love (of The Beach Boys) talking about “Transcendental Meditation”
Excerpts of Jimi Hendrix speaking at the Monterey Pop Festival
Excerpts of Paul Stanley from KISS’ Alive!
Excerpts of Daniel Johnston screaming about Satan
Excerpts from sound effects records
Various children’s records (Curious George, Sesame Street, The Flintstones, Star Wars).

(via Dangerous Minds)


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Watch: Daniel Radcliffe Raps “Alphabet Aerobics” by Blackalicious on “The Tonight Show”

Daniel Radcliffe rapping on "The Tonight Show"

On the October 28, 2014 episode of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe appeared to promote his latest film, Horns. However, the audience was treated to much more than just a mere interview, as Radcliffe perfectly performed Blackalicious’s “Alphabet Aerobics” — one of the most tongue-twisting rap songs ever. It’s incredible. Watch below.

For sake of comparison, here is the original version: