Jon Stewart Leaving “The Daily Show” in 2015

Jon Stewart

First we lost “The Colbert Report” and now this: Jon Stewart has announced that he is leaving “The Daily Show.”  Stewart made the announcement on Tuesday’s episode, and his departure was confirmed by the channel, which said in a statement, “Jon will remain at the helm of ‘The Daily Show’ until later this year.”

Stewart has hosted the show since 1999, when he replaced original host Craig Kilborn, who sat at the helm from 1996 through 1998. You can click here to see Stewart’s first two appearances as a guest on “The Daily Show,” first in 1996 and against in 1998.

Laibach Announce 2015 Tour Dates

photo by Luka Kaše

Laibach have announced details of the Spectre Digital Deluxe Album out on March 31st, 2015. The deluxe version of 2014’s Spectre will feature the original album plus bonus tracks and Spectremix, a remix album (also available separately on the same date).

Additionally, the band will embark on a worldwide tour beginning in February in Germany, including a performance at the Kampnagel/Krass Festival in Hamburg on February 14th. Full dates are below.

Laibach on Tour
2/13 Mannheim, DE @ Alte Seilerei
2/14 Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel/Krass Festival
2/15 Bochum, DE @ Zeche
3/12 Rostock, DE @ Mau Club
3/13 Malmö, SE @ Moriska Paviljongen
3/14 Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
3/16 Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
3/17 Talin, EE @ Rockcafe
3/18 Tampere, FI @ Klubi
3/21 Lahr, DE @ Dark Dance Festival
3/22 Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
3/24 Brno, CZ @ Sono Centrum
3/25 Krakow, PL @ Fabryka
3/26 Warsaw, PL @ Palladium
3/27 Berlin, DE @ Astra/Out of Line Weekender
3/28 Oberhausen, DE @ Turbinenhalle / E-tropolis Festival
3/29 Breda, NL @ Mezz
3/30 Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
3/31 Glasgow, UK @ Classic Grand
4/02 London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
4/03 Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
4/04 Maastricht, NL @ Muziekgieterij
4/05 Paris, FR @ Divan Du Monde
4/08 Vienna, AT @ Arena
4/09 Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra Music Club
4/11 Munich, DE @ Residenztheater (part of The Dark Ages production)

North American Dates
5/11 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/12 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
5/13 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of The Living Arts
5/16 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
5/19 Indianapolis, IN @ Vogue Theatre
5/20 Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub
5/21 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
5/23 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
5/26 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
5/27 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
5/28 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/30 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
6/01 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

Larry Wilmore Hits the Ground Running With “The Nightly Show,” Goes After Bill Cosby

Larry Wilmore on "The Nightly Show"

In 2014, it was announced that a new show called “The Minority Report” hosted by Larry Wilmore would be replacing “The Colbert Report,” as Stephen Colbert would be replacing David Letterman as host of “The Late Show.” Despite an eventual name change (Fox requested that Comedy Central change the name due to a coming show of the same name based on the 2002 film), Wilmore’s “The Nightly Show” finally debuted on January 19, 2015. On the show’s second episode, Wilmore presented his take on the Bill Cosby fiasco (and his “tone-deaf comedy jam”), which you can watch below.

“Wet Hot American Summer” Eight-Episode Series Headed to Netflix

Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix

In 2014, it was rumored that a series based on the film Wet Hot American Summer was being developed for Netflix. Now, those rumors have been confirmed by Netflix’s official Twitter account.

According to Deadline, following months of deal-making and prep work, filming has started this week on an eight-episode series for Netflix based on the film, with nearly its entire ensemble cast returning:  Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, and Kevin Sussman.

David Wain and Michael Showalter will return to executive produce the series, and Wain will direct. Based on previous rumors, the show will serve as a prequel to the 2001 film. Unfortunately, it is too early to know when the series will arrive on Netflix.

An official Twitter account for the series has been created: @WetHot

Punk Rock Bowling 2015 Festival Tickets On Sale January 10th

Punk Rock Bowling full 2015 lineup

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, tickets to the festival portion of Punk Rock Bowling 2015 will go on sale.

Beginning at 1 p.m. PST, you can purchase Punk Rock Bowling three-day festival passes.  Then, VIP passes will go on sale at 5 p.m. PST.  For those of you wanting to purchase individual day tickets, those will be available for purchase on Saturday, February 7th at 1 p.m. PST.

 Recently, the full lineup of Punk Rock Bowling 2015 was announced. Headliners will include Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, and Refused, as well as Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sick of It All, Anti-Flag, and many, many more.

New Pee-wee Herman Movie Heading to Netflix

Pee-wee's Big Adventure

ComicBook.com reports that Paul Reubens will reprise his role as Pee-wee Herman in a new, feature-length film set to be produced by Judd Apatow. The film will be distributed exclusively through Netflix, according to TheWrap.

Back in October, Reubens stated, “There’s going to be a big announcement any minute now. Yes. It’s been months and months of being right on the verge of being announced.”

The deal hasn’t been formally closed yet, but apparently the project moved from Universal Pictures to Netflix some time ago, according to TheWrap’s sources, and it’s just a matter of making it official at this point.

No director has yet been named, although again that appears to be a formality as sources close to the production say that one has been chosen and production could start by February. Reubens penned the script with comedian Paul Rust.

Thurston Moore and John Moloney (Caught On Tape) to Release “Full Bleed” on February 10, 2015

Caught On Tape | photo by PJ Sykes

Thurston Moore and John Moloney, who perform as Caught On Tape, will be releasing a new album in the new year. Full Bleed, which will be released through Northern Spy, will hit stores on February 10, 2015.

A tour in support of Full Bleed may take place, but is not fully confirmed.

“John and I, whether in Caught on Tape, or in any of our other side projects always tour,” says Moore. “We are soldiers of the road, warriors of the wing – buses, vans, cars, trains, bicycles — we get to gigs and we plug in whether we are expected to or not. We just may play again in support of this LP if we can find the minutes where the universe allows us to be in the same room at the same time.”

Moloney and Moore have also played together in Chelsea Light Moving. A full track listing of the new album is below.

Full Bleed Track Listing:
Age Limit
Nothing Glamorous
Full Bleed
Arguing with a Balloon
Reverse Funeral
Rubber Grandma

Singer Joe Cocker Has Died at Age 70

Joe Cocker at Woodstock

Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles’ coverWith A Little Help From My Friends,” has died aged 70.

The singer song-writer from Sheffield, England had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong.”

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness. (via BBC)

Watch Joe Cocker with John Belushi (impersonating Cocker) performing “Feeling Alright” on “SNL” in 1976:

20 Punk Rock Christmas Songs


During the month December — rather, from the day after Halloween until mid-January — shoppers and wage-slaves alike are assaulted with Christmas carols nonstop. While there are some excellent Christmas tunes out there, sometimes you need something a little more aggressive to get through the holidays.

Fortunately, punk rock and Christmas go together like peanut butter and jelly. You wouldn’t think it, but there are tons of punk holiday tunes floating around out there. Here are 20 of them for you to sample.

The Ravers, “(It’s Gonna Be A) Punk Rock Christmas”

One of the earliest punk rock Christmas tunes around, recorded in 1977 by an otherwise obscure band.

The Vandals, “Oi! to the World”

“Oi! to the World” is the title track of The Vandals Christmas album, released in 1996 on Kung Fu Records. A year after its release, the song was covered by No Doubt.

SSD, “Jolly Old Saint Nick”

A great track from a classic Boston hardcore band. This song was part of the “A Boston Rock Christmas” compilation, released back in 1983.

Impact, “Punk Christmas”

Also from 1983, this is Impact’s “Punk Christmas” from their holiday EP — the only album they’d ever release.

The Dickies, “Silent Night”

A song about the birth of Jesus Christ never sounded so snotty.

The Showcase Showdown, “Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh!”

A true Christmas classic. On the flip side of The Showcase Showdown’s 1995 Christmas EP is a lovely tune called “Merry Christmas, I Fucked Your Snowman.”

Phenobarbidols, “O Holy Night”

“O Holy Night” by Phenobarbidols is taken from a punk rock Christmas comp released in 1995 called Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus. Still, I like this version better.

The Muffs, “Nothing For Me”

Another track from Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus, courtesy The Muffs.

The Damned, “There Ain’t No Sanity Clause”

A single from 1980 released during what was arguably the peak of The Damned’s popularity.

Stiff Little Fingers, “White Christmas”

If this overplayed holiday staple makes you want to scream every time it comes on, don’t listen to the track below. Even SLF can’t save it. They give it a valiant effort though.

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Song Premiere: Book Club “September, New York, 1973″

Book Club

Atlanta’s Book Club will be releasing their new album, One-Way Moon, on February 17, 2015 via the Cottage Recording Co. (Small Houses) & Bear Kids Recordings. The band plays modern pastoral pop music that can trace a straight line back to the simple, unaffected roots of American story-song.

Book Club recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Matt Goldman at Atlanta’s Glow in the Dark Studios. Below, listen to the track “September, New York, 1973,” premiering today at VerbicideMagazine.com.

L7 Planning to Reunite


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.