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Video: Microwave – Roaches

MicrowaveGeorgia noisy punk outfit Microwave has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song, “Roaches,” which dropped back in September 2016 via SideOneDummy Records

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Astronautalis – DVP (PUP Cover)

ASTRONAUTALISMinneapolis MN, USA, Hip-Hop/Indie-Rock/Punk band Astronautalis has premiered a cover of PUP‘s  “DVP” as part of SideOneDummy Records’ “Artist on Artist” series.

Listen to the song below.

 The band released Cut The Body Loose, back in 2016 via Cargo Records in the EU and SideOneDummy Records in the US.

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Tours: Jeff Rosenstock / Laura Stevenson

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has announced that he will be touring with Laura Stevenson this Summer.  He is supporting this latest album, Worry, and was released back in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Meat Wave – Bad Man

Meat WaveChicago based trio Meat Wave has premiered a music video for their song “Bad Man,” which appears on their latest album, The Incessant.  The album is available now via SideOneDummy Records.

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Jeff Rosenstock Plays Songs For Little Elephant Sessions

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock recently performed for the Little Elephant Sessions.  The video features the songs “HELLLLHOOOOLE,” “June 21st,” “The Fuzz,” “…While You’re Alive,” and “Perfect Sound Whatever.” Rosenstock continues to support his recent album, Worry, which was released back in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Watch the full session below.

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Video: Microwave – Dull

MicrowaveGeorgia noisy punk outfit Microwave has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song, Much Love, which dropped back in September 2016 via SideOneDummy Records

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Tours: Jeff Rosenstock (Europe)

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has announced plans to tour Europe this May.  He is supporting this latest album, Worry, and was released back in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Astronautalis – The Dirt Bike

ASTRONAUTALISMinneapolis MN, USA, Hip-Hop/Indie-Rock/Punk band Astronautalis has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “The Dirt Bike” and can be heard here, along with upcoming Canadian tour dates.

 The band released Cut The Body Loose, back in 2016 via Cargo Records in the EU and SideOneDummy Records in the US. Read More…

Video: Rozwell Kid – South By

Rozwell KidRozwell Kid has premiered a new music video for the song “South By.” The song is from an as of yet undisclosed album from the band, which is set to drop sometime later this year via SideOneDummy Records.

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Tours: PUP

Pup TDIOCanadian punk outfit PUP has announced that they will be heading on tour in support of their recent album, The Dream Is Over, which dropped back in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Tour dates are below and include an appearance at this year’s Pouzza Fest.

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Video: The Smith Street Band – Birthday

Smith Street BandAustralia’s The Smith Street Band has released a new music video.  The video features the track “Birthdays” which is set to appear on the band’s upcoming forth LP, of the same name, due out April 7, 2017 via SideOneDummy Records

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Meat Wave Stream New LP In Full

Meat WaveChicago based trio Meat Wave has premiered a full stream of their upcoming album, The Incessant, which is set to drop on February 17, 2017 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Noisey.

Meat Wave – Bad Man

Meat WaveChicago based trio Meat Wave has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Bad Man,” and will appear on The Incessant, which is set to drop on February 10, 2017 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to the song here courtesy Uproxx.

 

Video: Jeff Rosenstock – Pash Rash

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Pash Rash,” from his upcoming new album, Worry, and was released back in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

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Tours: AJJ / Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat WorldAJJ has announced additional tour dates alongside Arizona’s Jimmy Eat World.  The band continues to support their recent full length, The Bible 2, which dropped last year on SideOneDummy Records.

A full touring listing for AJJ, along with numerous other bands, can be found below.

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Video: Meat Wave – Run You Out

Meat WaveChicago based trio Meat Wave has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “Run You Out,” and will appear on The Incessant, which is set to drop on February 10, 2017 via SideOneDummy Records.

Experience the full video below.

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Meat Wave – The Incessant

Meat WaveChicago based trio Meat Wave has premiered a new song.  The track is titled “The Incessant” and serves as the first new material since last year’s Delusion Moon, available via SideOneDummy Records.

A new record is expected in 2017.  Listen to the song below.

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Video: PUP – Sleep In The Heat

Pup TDIOCanadian punk outfit PUP has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Sleep In The Heat” from their recent album, The Dream Is Over, which dropped previously this year via SideOneDummy Records.

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Video” Jeff Rosenstock – Blast Damage Days

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Jess Rosenstock,” from his upcoming new album, Worry, and is set to drop on October 14, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

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Video: The Smith Street Band – Death To The Lads

Smith Street BandAustralia’s The Smith Street Band has released a new music video.  The video features the track “Death To The Lads” which is set to appear on the band’s upcoming forth LP, of the same name, due out in 2017 via SideOneDummy Records

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PUP Performs Live Session Of Two Tracks

Pup TDIOCanadian punk act PUP recently performed a live session for Triple J. The band played the tracks “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” (Phantogram cover) and “DVP” from their recent album, The Dream Is Over, released earlier in 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Watch the session below.

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Microwave Streaming New LP In Full

MicrowaveGeorgia noisy punk outfit Microwave has premiered a full stream of their imminent new record, Much Love, which is available September 30, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records. The band released their debut full length, Stovall, back in 2014.

Listen to the full album here.

Video: Jeff Rosenstock – Planet Luxury

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Planet Luxury,” from his upcoming new album, Worry, and is set to drop on October 14, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

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Video: Allison Weiss – Back To Me

SideOneDummy RecordsAllison Weiss is has premiered a new music video.  The video features the song “Back To Me” and appears on her latest album, Love Now, released back in 2015 via SideOneDummy Records.  The LP was be produced by Forrest Kline (Hellogoodbye) and Brad Hale (Now Now, Sombear).  

Watch the video below.

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Jeff Rosenstock Announces New Album

jeff-rosenstockPunk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has announced details for his follow-up to his 2015 full length debut debut, We Cool.  The new album will be titled Worry and is set to drop on October 14, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to the new song “Wave Goodnight To Me” below along with an accompanying music video.

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Chris Farren Streams New Album In Full

chris farren CDFake Problems frontman Chris Farren has premiered a full stream of his upcoming solo album.  Farren’s full length debut is titled Can’t Die and is set to drop on September 2, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Listen to the album below.

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Video: Microwave – Vomit

MicrowaveGeorgia noisy punk outfit Microwave has premiered a new music video from their upcoming full length.  The video features the song “Vomit” from the album Much Love, which is available September 30, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records. The band released their debut full length, Stovall, back in 2014.

Check out the video here courtesy Stereogum.

AJJ

AJJ

The Bible 2

SideOneDummy Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen, after over two thousand years in the making, AJJ brings to you… The Bible 2!  

Talk about filling shoes of biblical proportion!  In many ways such a brazen move is exactly what we’ve come to expect from AJJ.  Like tricksters challenging the world through an altered lens, the Phoenix, Arizona folk-punk band have titled their album in jest.  Yet, a careful listen suggests that AJJ tackles this subject matter not so much as an outward critique, butmore as a vessel to address some long standing challenges with their own identity.  

In other words, the historical  ‘Bible’ may not have been selected as a strict commentary on religious worship, but more for the historical document’s foundational role as a blueprint for interpreting one’s life.  In essence, The Bible 2 finds AJJ at a crossroads, signifying a moment of strength in which they solidify their own beliefs, confront their plethora of anxieties, put their demons to bed, and embrace the truth of their messy, chaotic existence.  To this end, The Bible 2 seemingly revolves around two thematically direct songs: “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread,” and “Small Red Boy.”

The first track emerges five songs into album, grounding and reconciling much of the conflict characteristic of the spastic, fuzzed out garage-punk composing “Cody’s Theme” and “Golden Eagle.”  While these tracks build an angry, sarcastic image of life, “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread” speaks with an unguarded honesty.  A slow track by AJJ standards, the somber piano notes and sullen violin strokes emphasize the sincerity therein.  Sean Bonnette spells out his clear resolve beyond the album title in the closing remarks, “no more living in fear of the world, no more fixating, no more crazy making.”  After this point, songs like “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye” emit a sense of liberation.  They’re still every bit as quirky as AJJ’s reputation would imply, but the change in sentiment is mirrored both lyrically and sonically.  For instance, rather than rant and rave about being ostracized by public opinion, Bonnette offers up a simple solution to a simple problem: “If you want to hear the devil’s music, then you should probably listen to the devil’s music.”  It’s simple, obvious, and freeing.

Several tracks later, “Small Red Boy” reinforces “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread” core message amidst a similarly sorrowful backdrop.  On the surface, the track tells the story of Barnette carving a small red child with horns out of his belly, looking into its eyes, and finding “the truth.”  He then proceeds to raise the child “oh so motherly,” embracing each milestone until adulthood, in which this devilish figure’s mouth transforms into a hallway in which he enters to complete his own metamorphosis. Our protagonist gains horns and his skin reddens until he too has become enlightened with the truth, concluding with a repetition of the message, “No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread.”  While undeniably obscure at face value, in The Bible 2’s context, the transformation into the small red boy likely represents much more.  One might venture a guess that the small red boy represents external fear, shame, and the aforementioned anxieties.  Perhaps through nurture and curiosity, these “demons” reveal their true nature, and the final transformation takes on a sort of perspective redefining, worldly transcendence.  Of course this is AJJ, so the song is entirely open to interpretation and they’d never give you a straight answer if you asked (which admittedly, is half of the fun).

In terms of musical style, AJJ continues exploring the full band compositions that started with Christmas Island upon their signing with SideOneDummy.  The Bible 2’s most notable step forward is an increased alignment with fuzzed-out indie-rock.  For instance, tracks like “White Worms” and “My Brain Is A Human Body” march to a steady beat under a coat of pervasive distortion.  But The Bible 2 isn’t without a diverse sonic palette.  “When I’m A Dead Boy” harkens back to AJJ’s early unplugged, stripped-down Asian Man Records days, whereas “American Garbage” takes a more polished approach, subtly flooding the backdrop with pulsing synth waves.  The Bible 2 doesn’t sound like any single previous AJJ album, but rather a mashup of past and present inspirations.  It’s not as initially striking as Christmas Island, but grows on you as the scope expands.

Once again, AJJ engages listeners in that curious space between comfort and disturbance.  The Bible 2 poses questions of existence in curious and unconventional ways, never sacrificing AJJ’s mandate to explore pressing topics through cryptic metaphors, striking imagery, and pop-culture references (this time around including Queen, Cottonmouth Kings, Quiznos and Charlie Sheen to name a few).  

Chris Farren – Still Beating

chris farren CDFake Problems frontman Chris Farren has premiered a new song from his upcoming solo album.  The track is titled “Still Beating” and is set to appear on on his debut full length, Can’t Die, which is set to drop on September 2, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.

Check out the song here courtesy Stereogum.

Video: AJJ – Goodbye, Oh Goodbye

AJJAJJ has premiered a new music video for the song “Goodbye, Oh Goodbye.”  The video was shot in a single take and will appear on the forthcoming full length, The Bible 2, which is set to drop on August 19, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records.  Pre-orders are live.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: AJJ

AJJAJJ (formerly Andrew Jackson Jihad) has announced that they will be hitting the road in the fall.  The band will be supporting their upcoming new album, The Bible 2, which is set to drop on August 19, 2016 via SideOneDummy Records

Tour dates are below.

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