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News Again

Taking Back Sunday’s much anticipated new album, New Again is slated for release on June 2. Though that day can’t come fast enough for some, including me, TBS has posted a brief clip of their upcoming single “Sink Into Me” on their MySpace. And if that isn’t enough to whet your musical taste buds, here’s an article from MTV News on New Again and TBS’s recent video shoot for “Sink Into Me.” TBS is currently finishing up a tour or Europe before embarking on a two-month full United States tour, which kicks off at The Bamboozle.

Greensboro, NC’s Mercy Mercedes has posted new music, according to AbsolutePunk.net. Check out the demos, “Drop Top” and “Outta Time (It’s Alright, It’s OK)” on their Purevolume.

AbsolutePunk.net has also reported that MPLS‘s Sing It Loud has their new music video on mtvU. The video is for “Come Around,” which is the title track from their 2008 Epitaph debut.

With the likes of favorites Mark Hoppus, Pete Wentz, and All Time Low (Alex, Jack, Rian and finally Zack) active on Twitter, keep a heads up for new Twitter worms. Mashable has reproted two Twitter worms in the past 24 hours. Read more to find out what you can do if you think you’ve been infected.

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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.



TBT at Ebenezy’s

Tim Be ToldI just wanted to take a second to focus the spotlight on a couple of local shows.  First, Tim Be Told will make their second appearance at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in Washington, DC this Friday March 6. The Charlottesville based five-piece last played the coffee shop’s basement venue last October. Tickets for this show will be $10 in advance and for students, $12 at the door.  Check out the band’s MySpace and preview tracks from their upcoming EP.

nevershoutneverAlso, Christofer Drew aka nevershoutnever, will be playing at Jaxx in Springfield, VA this coming Sunday night, March 8. Drew is set to perform with The Scene Aesthetic, The Honorary Title and The Bigger Lights as part of the Let’s Get Happy Tour. Tickets however, appear to be sold out after checking on the Ticketmaster website the past two days. The Joplin, MO teenager has a new EP due out this spring, though its first single “Happy” is already available on iTunes. For some free downloads check out the tour’s Purevolume page.



Drop It Like It’s March

Not Without a FightNow that March is here, let’s look ahead to some highly anticipated albums that will be dropping this month. New Found Glory is set to release their sixth studio album, Not Without a Fight, on March 10. But if you’re like me and count all of NFG’s EPs and things like From the Screen to Your Stereo 1 & 2, than it’s really their 17th or so album. This will be the Coral Springs, FL easycore outfit’s first release on Epitaph Records since signing with the label last September. New Found Glory set the stage for pop-punk/emo rock music earlier in the decade as part of a heavily touted Drive-Thru Records lineup that also included the likes of Finch, Something Corporate, as well as The Starting Line. Currently finishing their tour of Japan, the band will return to the States shortly and begin touring the US with Bayside, Set Your Goals and Shai Hulud. NFG is also scheduled to appear at this year’s Bamboozle in May before a short stint of European shows.

Who Are You Now?Fueled By Ramen’s This Providence will release their sophomore effort, titled Who Are You Now? on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. This album follows the release of The Bright Lights EP back in October of last year. The quartet, fighting out of Seattle, WA, are currently on the Snakes & Suits Acoustic Tour in support of The Academy Is… with Evan Taubenfeld. Following Snakes & Suits, This Providence will slither into Washington, DC next on April 24 with Copeland, Paper Route and Brooke Waggoner. Check out the new single, “Letdown,” on TP’s MySpace.

Finally in other news, the band that was formerly known as Sparky’s Flaw is now formerly known as Parachute VA. The band confirmed via Twitter that they have indeed dropped the VA from their moniker, and are now simply, Parachute.  The band cites legal reasons for originally including the VA in their name.



Parchute VA Gets Skin-ny

Ladies and blog monsters, just in time for Valentines day, Mercury Records’ Parachute VA is featured in a television ad for NIVEA brand lotion. An acoustic version of “She Is Love” plays while a couple is canoodling on a couch. Check it out:

The track is currently streaming on the band’s Myspace page and will be available for purchase on Feb 10 on iTunes. According the band’s site, a full band version of the track will be available the following day Feb 11. In addition to Myspace, the video appeared online on YouTube and Facebook Monday(2/2)  and has already drawn blog coverage. No word yet on when the spot will air next, but I’d love to catch it live. What program audience does a caps-heavy brand like NIVEA aim toward? Am I going to have to watch an episode of Gossip Girl to see this ad?



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.



How Many Days ‘Til X-Miss?

Holiday greetings blogosphere. Here are a few songs that I’m telling you that you should check out:

  • nevershoutnever has a Christmas song, “30 Days” up on their MySpace.
  • The Summer Set (fighting out of Phoenix, AZ) also has a Christmas song up on their MySpace called “Love By Our Side,” in addition to a demo for their track “Chelsea” and a cover of Usher’s “Love In This Club.”

Here’s another one of my all time favorite holiday songs. From the old school Christmas classic A Santa Cause: It’s a Punk Rock Christmas, here’s New Found Glory’s “X-Miss.”