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Curfew Superupdate 05/24/2009

Long time no blog, so here’s an extended yet condensed updat on happenings from the past month or so.

Blink-182Blink 182 is back together and going on an epic tour this summer with Fall Out Boy, Weezer, The All American Rejects, Taking Back Sunday, Chester French and Asher Roth. Blink’s Mark Hoppus and FOB’s Pete Wentz have teamed up to give away limited edition Blink/FOB usb drives loaded with uber exclusive content, causing fans all over the world to get all stirred up for these Octodrives.

Members of Forever the Sickest Kids and We The Kings’ crew were involved in an altercation with police in Philadelphia, PA. There were definitely accusations of police brutality. I hope they’re okay and I wish those guys the best.

As reported earlier, All Time Low‘s next album will be titled Nothing Personal. The band (now in Japan) recently did some filming (for an MTV promo & maybe a music video?) and fans are getting a glimpse at the new album art.

Sing It Loud (now in the UK) released a video for their song “Don’t Save Me.”

VersaEmerge also have a newish video for their song “Past Praying For.”

Weezer covered MGMT‘s “Kids” and Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” at some T-Mobile party (That Blink-182 also performed at).

Cobra Starship released their lastest single, “Good Girls Go Bad” featuring Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl fame. The track is off of the upcoming album, Hot Mess, which is due out in August.

Also be sure to check out the Gregory Brothers’ (incl. Michael Gregory) Auto-Tune the News. They’ve been the talk of the blogging town and have also been mentioned on some late night and morning TV shows.

Ok thoses updates have me exhausted. PHEW. Follow me @dtra and I’ll get back with more updates, including an extensive list of summer concerts for the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.



Nothing Personal

All Time LowBeginning at around 3:30pm eastern time Tuesday, pop punk homeboys All Time Low began quite the Twitter storm with two simple words: Nothing Personal.  From their own twitter accounts, singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, and drummer Rian Dawson (bassist Zack Merrick seems to be missing on Twitter thus far) began firing tweets in rapid succession. In true ATL fashion, most of them were just dirty insults directed at band members and friends. However, each message ended with the words: “Nothing Personal.” The gimmick exploded in popularity, gaining attention from teenage girls everywhere and even drawing tweets from Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, as well as Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and +44.

Finally, some eight hours and countless Fail Whale sightings later, Gaskarth, Barakat and Dawson simultaneously tweeted a link to Gaskarth’s MySpace page. In his blog, Gaskarth  explains that Nothing Personal is actually the title of ATL’s new album, which is due for release in July. The guys went on to tweet a link to AbsolutePunk.net where fans can listen to an exclusive leak of the track “Weightless” off of the upcoming Hopeless Records release. According to the blog post, Nothing Personal became a “top key word on the site” (Twitter). In all, ATL pulled off pulled off a pretty decent scheme to build hype for their new album, for being a bunch of Baltimore suburban clowns–nothing personal.

All Time Low next appears in the area as part of Fall Out Boy’s Believers Never Die Part Deux Tour. They’ll join Metro Station, Cobra Starship and Hey Monday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on April 25.

In newish music news, listen to the lastest releases from Ace Enders & a Million Different People, New Found Glory, This Providence, and You Me And Everyone We Know, you’ll thank yourself.



Facts and Fiction

The Downtown Fiction w/Parachute & The Goodnight Anthem @ Jammin' Java 4/10The Daily Chorus has reported that Fairfax,VA’s The Downtown Fiction has been causing quite the stir as of late. Their self-titled EP debuted on iTunes’ top 30 albums of last week. And if you thought that things couldn’t get any sweeter for the local trio, TDF also debuted at #93 on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart. I admittedly have no idea what  it takes to get on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart, but I assume that its quite an acheivement. The band, comprised of Cameron Leahy on guitar/vocals, David Pavluk on bass/vocals, and Eric Jones on drums/samples, will make their next local appearance at Jammin’ Java in Fairfax with Parachute (ex-Sparky’s Flaw, Parachute VA) and The Goodnight Anthem. I got a chance to meet Pavluk last year at Jammin Java where he worked and also performed with his former band, The Midnight Appointment. I wish him and his band the best, and hopefully I’ll be able to see them when they’re in town.

In other news, I was able to catch Tim Be Told when they played at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in DC. It was a great show and fun to watch. If anyone has heard that they may be changing their name to either Luan Be Told or Jim Be Told, that’s completely untrue.

Finally, look out for new releases next Tuesday, March17. St. Patrick’s Day album drops include Where Are You Now by This Providence, I Am The Hint by The Hint, and When I Hit The Ground by Ace Enders & a Million Different People. I’ve been looking forward to This Providence’s new album since the release of The Bright Lights EP in October 2008, and I’ve been a fan of Ace Enders since The Early November‘s beginnings. Justin Goldberg of SupJustin.com had some good words for Ace’s latest effort on his Twitter account.



New Year, New Name
January 2, 2009, 6:37 pm
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2009 brought a major change for one Virginia band. Charlottesville’s Sparky’s Flaw has officially changed their name to Parachute VA. Parachute VA is currently signed under Mercury/Island/DefJam.PVA myspace Their old website url redirects you to the new Parachute VA Myspace page, which despite lacking any bells & whistles, looks pretty sharp and features a pair of new/revamped tracks.

Most recently, the guys helped bring in ’09 with a performance in Times Square on New Years Eve. Being in the image consulting industry myself (really, I have a day job), I only have positive things to say about the name change. Good luck to Will, Johnny, Alex, Kit and Nate in 2009.



Fueled By VersaEmerge
December 5, 2008, 11:21 pm
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versaemergeHello blogosphere. Just chiming in with the latest addition to the Fueled By Ramen label: VersaEmerge. Fighting out of Port St. Lucie, FL they seem like another female-fronted teenage pop-punk outfit…but are they? I noticed a few things while browsing their myspace page. In one of their videos, I saw that they showed their two vocalists with a vocal coach during a lesson. That really impressed me, showing that they’re serious about getting better and are willing to take the steps to do so (including practicing in what appeared to be a storage unit). Another video has an acoustic performance of their track “The Authors.” Frontwoman Sierra Kusterbeck officially plants herself on my musical radar with her bazooka of a voice. I guess those lessons really paid off. Check out the video for yourself–>

However, it’ll be interesting to see if VersaEmerge can distinguish themselves from labelmates Paramore and Hey Monday, in addition to bands like Flyleaf, Evanescence, and paltry Kelsey and the Chaos. They’re young, but with the Kusterbeck’s pipes and some fine instrumentation, I think they can.

UPDATE

Correction: Hey Monday is not on Fueled By Ramen as I referenced in this post. However, Paramore is still on FBR, contrary to Rob’s comment. It’s all explained in this email from Adam over at Fueled By Ramen:

Paramore is on Fueled By Ramen but the Atlantic Records team helps work with them.

Decaydance is a separate label from FBR. We have some bands in common with them and others that are only on FBR. Decaydance also has bands that are only on Decaydance.

-adam