Since Reinventing Axl Rose Against Me! has delivered increasingly awesome albums amid pointless sellout accusations while hopping to increasingly larger labels, eventually settling with Sire Records for 2007's New Wave and 2010's White Crosses - both albums among the best of their respective year. But despite the commercial and critical success of the former, the latter fell off the map following the initial splash of lead single "I Was a Teenage Anarchist." Now, Against Me! has jumped off the major label ship. From frontman Tom Gabel's blog:
...after almost a five year relationship we are leaving Sire/Warner. We have nothing but gratitude towards all the people we worked with at the label and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to make the records we made while with the label.
Personally, I can't help but compare Against Me! to one of Tom's idols, The Replacements. Tom cited the 'Mats (as well as The Cure, The Smiths, and Ramones) as part of the great Sire Records roster that made signing with that particular label an easy decision. The "New Wave" video payed homage to the iconic "Bastards of Young" clip (which Against Me! has also covered). Finally, there's the enigmatic Twitter feed @discographies' summary of The Replacements:
The Replacements: 1-4 "A ragtag band of lovable drunken misfits..."; 5-6 "...takes on a big corporate record label..."; 7-8 "...and loses."
Granted, Against Me! hasn't lost anything ("Aside from credibility!" some punk reading this will inevitably snark). Rumors of a breakup or hiatus have calmed thanks to two tours announced for early 2011, and I'm no longer afraid their 97x Next Big Thing 10 performance this Sunday at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheater will be my last chance to see them.
The first new Misfits album in a decade, the return of System of a Down, new albums by The Strokes and Cake, and more quick music news for you after the jump!
We had to let Robo go because of his Colombian passport. It's bad it's like a rain cloud that follows us around any time we go to different countries, especially in Europe. All at once certain countries won't let him in. That immediately cancels shows and immediately changes all our flight itinerary and things like that, and it's a big loss of money. So this has been going on since, oh God, '82. It came to a point in the road where we just couldn't deal with it.
It's not punk rock, it's just business. The Misfits' first new album since 1999 is called The Devil's Rain, and should be out next year.
>>> System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian teased fans earlier this year with a possible end to their hiatus, and frontman Serj Tankian urged fans to ignore Shavo. Now, it seems like the Armenian foursome has booked a run of European festivals for June 2011. A statement from the band says:
We have no master plan of sorts we are playing these shows simply because we want to play together again as a band and for you, our amazing fans. We look forward to seeing all of you.
>>> John Lydon's super-expensive scrapbook has a Willy Wonka twist. 100 of the 750 copies will have a "golden ticket" entitling the winner to a 10-minute webchat w/ Mr. Rotten himself.
>>> After trashing material from the first session, The Strokes finally finished recording their fourth album. The follow up to First Impressions of Earth (which I honestly believe is their best album) will drop in 2011.
"Vision of Division" (live, 2006)
>>> Indie rock legends Pavement will appear on the January 20th episode of the Food Network show Ace of Cakes. That's cooler than anything Billy Corgan has done recently.
>>> Hopefully you caught Wolf Parade in Orlando last month, because the band will go on indefinite hiatus next year. Between Sunset Rubdown, Frog Eyes, and Handsome Furs, who's got the time for Wolf Parade, anyway? (Check out our review of their excellet recent release Expo 86)
"Cloud Shadow On The Mountain" (2010)
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