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A “Star Wars” TV Show May Be Coming to ABC

Star Wars

During an appearance at the Television Critics Association press run this weekend, President of ABC Entertainment Group Paul Lee announced that a Star Wars television program might be coming. According to Reuters, ABC execs are looking to work with Lucasfilm to create a show based on Star Wars characters.

“We’ve started conversations with them,” Lee said in Beverly Hills on Sunday. “I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate.”

In October 2012, it was announced that Star Wars: Episode VII would be released in 2015, and that there would be two spin-off films about Han Solo and Boba Fett.

(via Paste)

Song Premiere: Monogamy Party “Ashamed”

Monogamy Party | photo by Invisible Hour

Premiering today on VerbicideMagazine.com is “Ashamed” by Monogamy Party, which will be released on their forthcoming full-length, False Dancers. The track is available to stream below.

Recorded with the help of Austin Thomason (Jeremy Enigk, Pleasureboaters) and his mobile Mt. Plyushkin Studios, the band retreated to Granite Falls, Washington to a property that was the former home of a hoarder who lived with a swarm of rabbits and peacocks. “It’s crazy up there,” says vocalist Kennedy. “Abandoned cars and garbage and metal everywhere. There’s even a pack of wild roosters roaming around.”

False Dancers is due out September 17, 2013 as a color and black 12-inch LP on Good To Die Records, and is the follow-up to 2012′s Pus City.

Descendents Are Recording a New Album

Descendents | photo by Lisa Johnson

In an interview with Under the GunDescendents drummer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band has begun recording a new album — albeit in pieces:

[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.

So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We’ll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on ‘em, Karl will be putting bass on ‘em, Milo will be singing on ‘em. We’ll get rolling but it’s not gonna be like “Oh it’ll be done in a month!” It’s gonna take us several months.

The band may have their hands full too with the recent litigation affecting Stevenson and Egerton, who, as members of FLAG, have been sued by Greg Ginn of Black Flag. Descendents’ last album was 2004′s Cool to Be You. (via Under the Gun, Punknews)

Mike Doughty to Embark on “All-Soul Coughing Songs” Tour in Fall 2013

"If somebody says they love Soul Coughing, I hear fuck you. Somebody yells out for a Soul Coughing song during a show, it means fuck you."

Former frontman of Soul Coughing Mike Doughty will be embarking on a 32-city tour this fall. After years of refusing to play Soul Coughing songs live in favor of songs from his seven solo albums, Doughty will be playing only songs by his former band. Kind of odd when you note that he once said in an interview, “Honestly, about two thirds of Soul Coughing music I really don’t like. Which is troubling when somebody comes up and says, ‘I love Soul Coughing,’ I’m like, ‘I don’t love Soul Coughing…it was an incredibly miserable experience.”

Or that he wrote in his autobiography, ”If somebody says they love Soul Coughing, I hear ‘fuck you.’ Somebody yells out for a Soul Coughing song during a show, it means ‘fuck you.’” (I wonder, if you yell out, “Fuck you!” at a show, would he hear “I love Soul Coughing”?)

However, he’ll gladly take the money of Soul Coughing fans to crowdfund his new album of reworked Soul Coughing songs, due out September 17th. If you want to go watch him suffer through the trauma of playing the music that won him acclaim and lifelong fans, here are the dates:

Mike Doughty on Tour
10/16 Teaneck, NJ @ Mexicali Live
10/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/18 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
10/19 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
10/20 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/22 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
10/23 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
10/24 Chicago, IL @ Park West
10/25 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/26 St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
10/27 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
10/29 Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
10/30 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11/01 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
11/02 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
11/03 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11/05 Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater
11/06 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/08 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
11/09 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
11/12 Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/13 Austin, TX @ The Belmont
11/14 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
11/15 New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
11/16 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
11/17 Orlando, FL @ The Social
11/19 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
11/20 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
11/21 Raleigh, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/22 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/23 New York, NY @ Webster Hall

Fest 12 Coming to Gainesville, Florida October 31 Through November 3, 2013

Fest 12Though still nearly three months away, another Fest will be upon us soon. The 12th annual gathering of punk rockers in the city of Gainesville, Florida will be taking place starting on Halloween night and wrapping up on November 3, 2013.

Some of the highlighted bands this year will include Bouncing Souls, Knapsack, Dillinger Four, ALL, The Lawrence Arms, Samiam, Braid, BoySetsFire, Obits, Lucero, Paint It Black, FYP, Titus Andronicus, Fake Problems, Toys That Kill, Polar Bear Club, Smoke or Fire, J. Robbins (Jawbox), Tim Kasher of Cursive, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, Teenage Bottlerocket, Bridge and Tunnel, and many, many more. Click here for the full lineup.

In addition to a bunch of great bands, the third annual Comedy Showcase will also be taking place, and the lineup has just been announced: Kyle Kinane, Andrew Orvedahl, James Fritz, John-Michael Bond, Ian Douglas Terry, Chris Charpentier, Luke Douglas Fields, Andy Sell, Zach Peterson,Goodrich Gevaart, Ryan de la Garza, Cody Wayne Hurd, as well as the Race to the Coffin Comedy Tour featuring: Tim Ross, Shannon Norman, Alex Stypula, Jesse Irvin, and John Dick Winters.

Tickets for all four days are onsale now for $130 — click here to check out all the options.

Greg Ginn of Black Flag Sues Ex-Bandmates Over Use of Punk Group’s Logo, Name

Everything Went BlackIn 2013, two versions of Black Flag suddenly sprung up: FLAG, featuring four ex-members of the band, which has been touring all summer playing a best-of collection of songs, and the “official” version fronted by band co-founder Greg Ginn featuring vocalist Ron Reyes, which is also touring and recording the first Black Flag album since 1985.

Unfortunately, the competition has culminated in a lawsuit.

On Friday, August 2, 2013, Greg Ginn sued his former band mates, seeking an injunction against their current tour, which kicked off in May and will stop in Los Angeles (pending this case) for FYF Fest on August 24th. The suit describes the alleged infringement of the logo and name “Flag” as “a colorable imitation” that’s “likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers.”

Ginn claims he and his label, SST Records, exclusively own the rights to the Black Flag name (and “Flag” variation) and logo, which Flag use on tour.

Interestingly, while not actually a part of any reunion, former vocalist (and most famous ex-member) Henry Rollins has also been named as a defendant. However, as divulged in the 55th, 56th, and 57th paragraphs of the suit, on September 12, 2012, Rollins (aka “Henry Garfield”) and Keith Morris jointly applied to trademark the term “Black Flag,” as well as the Black Flag logo.

Ginn Ginn accuses Rollins and Morris of lying to the trademark office on registrations. He also accuses the members of FLAG of using his own label’s record covers to feign as though they’ve been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979, and, in what’s alleged to be an act of “outrageous fraud,” using bootleg SST Records t-shirts in an attempt to show they’ve been making such products in that time.

The members of FLAG have remained mum on their strained relationships with Ginn; however, Rollins has noted several times — the following quote is from a 2011 LA Weekly article — that “Greg Ginn doesn’t pay royalties. No royalties, no statements, nothing. At least not to me and several of my old bandmates.”

Click here to read the suit. Or, if you’d rather just listen to some tunes, click here for the top 10 Black Flag songs.

(via Hollywood Reporter)

Chinese Man Tries to Board a Plane With a Pet Turtle Disguised as a Hamburger

Delicious Chinese Turtle Burger

Best thing I’ve read all week. Maybe ever: According to the South China Morning Post, a man tried to smuggle his pet turtle through customs by hiding it in a KFC hamburger container and between two slices of a bread bun:

The incident occurred on the morning of July 29, when a man, surnamed Li, was about to board China Southern Airlines flight 345 to Beijing, Guangzhou Daily reported. As Li passed through airport security, X-ray screening machines detected a few “odd protrusions” sticking out of a KFC burger that the man had packed in his bag.

Airport staff determined that the protrusions looked suspiciously like turtle limbs, and asked to inspect Li’s luggage.

“There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” Li reportedly insisted. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”

(via D+T, SCMP)

Scott Weiland Holds Nothing Against His Replacement Chester Bennington, Says Singer Didn’t Join Stone Temple Pilots Out of Spite

 

Scott Weiland, left, doing his best Robert Palmer impersonation; Chester Bennington, right, doing his best Scott Weiland impersonation

Scott Weiland, left, doing his best Robert Palmer impersonation; Chester Bennington, right, doing his best Scott Weiland impersonation. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images; Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Despite the bad blood between former Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and his former bandmates, who fired Weiland from STP this past winter and then sued him (followed by a counter-suit by Weiland), the original vocalist says he has nothing against his replacement, Chester Bennington.

“I don’t think Chester did it in a spiteful way,” Weiland told Billboard, adding that the two singers became friends when their bands toured together on the 2001 Family Values Tour. “The brothers DeLeo can be pretty persuasive…I guess nothing is totally shocking.”

However, regarding the DeLeos, he stated, ”I don’t think it was smart for them to [hire Bennington]…I’m surprised they did what they did without checking the legality of it, how they just decided to go and use the [STP] name and go and hire another singer and start playing shows with a name that I still am an owner of.” (via RS)

How Much Caffeine Is Actually in Your Coffee?

How much caffeine is in your coffee?

For all you fellow coffee addicts out there, Huffington Post has posted an interesting graph on the amount of caffeine in the coffee served up by some of the largest providers of java in the nation.

According to its sources, the Center for Science in the Public Interest  and EnergyFiend.com, the milligrams of caffeine per ounce vary from chain to chain greatly. Check out the image above to see how much caffeine you’re getting per fluid ounce. Then, brew a pot and crank these top five songs about coffee.

Gogol Bordello Is Suing Frontman Eugene Hutz

This week, on “behalf of himself and the group’s corporate entity,” Gogol Bordello‘s longtime guitarist Oren Kaplan filed a lawsuit against frontman Eugene Hutz, as Billboard reports.

Kaplan says Hutz is in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment after he “brazenly absconded with approximately half a million dollars from the bank accounts of the Gogol Bordello entities and deposited those funds into the accounts of new companies which are wholly owned by Hutz.”

Furthermore, Kaplan charges Hutz of solely taking over business operations of Gogol Bordello without providing compensation or notice, and claims Hutz secretly brokered a promotional deal with Coca-Cola without informing Kaplan.

“Hutz accomplished this ruse by feigning concern for plaintiff (whose mother had just passed away) and encouraging plaintiff to take an extended leave of absence from the group, during the very time when the group would be recording its song for the Coca-Cola commercial,” Kaplan alleges.

Kaplan is seeking $950,000 in damages.

(via CoS)

Fat Wreck Chords Announces October 29, 2013 Release Date of “The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute”

The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute

One year ago today, Tony Sly of No Use For A Name died at the age of 41. Now, Fat Wreck Chords has announced a tribute compilation album, The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute, which will be released on October 29, 2013.

“We can’t express how much it means to us and Tony’s family that each of the artists and bands on this album took the time and effort to contribute such meaningful and interesting interpretations of Tony’s songs,” stated the label in a press release. The album will feature 26 tracks from bands including Anti-Flag, NOFX, Rise Against, Old Man Markley, Teenage Bottlerocket, and many more.

All proceeds from this compilation will go to the Tony Sly Memorial Fund.

Ian MacKaye Addresses the First-Ever Licensed Minor Threat T-Shirts

Minor Threat t-shirt

Back in 2009, Forever 21 started selling bootleg Minor Threat t-shirts, which was deemed by Dischord Records to be “absurd” and “unacceptable.” Now in 2013, Minor Threat t-shirts seem to be popping up again at another major retailer, Urban Outfitters, selling for a whopping $28.

Surprisingly, these shirts have been licensed by Dischord via Tsurt Clothing, a California-based company hired by Ian MacKaye to produce and oversee sales of the band’s official shirts. This is because, as MacKaye states, “Dischord doesn’t make t-shirts,” and because so many bootlegged Minor Threat shirts are constantly being made and sold, MacKaye hired Tsurt to oversee their official shirts and deal with bootleggers.

“It’s fucking absurd the amount of bootlegs are out there,” MacKaye says, and “my time is better spent doing other things.

“It’s not a political thing for me,” MacKaye continues in an interview with Washington City Paper. “I just don’t give a fuck about t-shirts” — however, he previously spent a lot of time chasing down bootleggers, finding that when confronted, “They get in your face… or they deny it. It’s a complete waste of time.”

Regarding Urban Outfitters carrying the shirts and the price tag it has affixed, MacKaye states, “Do I think it’s absurd? Yes, I certainly do. Motherfuckers pay $28; that’s what they wanna pay for their shirts.” He compares the pricey T-shirts to people happily blowing their money on expensive shoes: “I guess it makes their feet feel fuckin’ rich.”

Watch: Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues Performs “Born in Chicago” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”

Dan Akroyd as Elwood Blues on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

While Dan Aykroyd made no mention whether he was bringing back his famous Blues Brother character, Elwood Blues, in a new film, he made a rare appearance as Elwood on last night’s episode of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” Backed by The Roots, Aykroyd performed “Born in Chicago” and took some time to speak with Fallon. Watch all the clips below!

(via Under the Gun, The Laugh Button)