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Music: Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2019)

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Music: Dark Mofo Festival 2019

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Regular Columns: Meeting Moose (Howardian)

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SPB premiere: Blue Skies Burning collection "In Totality"

SPB premiere: Blue Skies Burning collection "In Totality"

Blue Skies Burning - In Totality

Scene Point Blank has partnered with Dropping Bombs to share a stream of the soon-to-release In Totality by Blue Skies Burning. The LP is a 10-song retrospective of the Toledo, OH-based emotional hardcore band whose active years spanned 1999-2002. The collection was fully remastered and includes the group’s original 4-song demo plus the Last Leg of My First Race EP (originally released on One Day Savior). Comparisons run across the emo, hardcore, and metalcore scenes with similarities to As Friends Rust, Grade, and Boysetsfire.

Vocalist Scotty shares his memories:

I still vividly recall the moment when I first set voice to the music that my bandmates and I crafted. Words drawn from life, death, love, and compassion exploded forth. It was a catharsis like no other and I was hooked. For the next 2 years, Blue Skies Burning was my fountain of release. I constantly craved that joyful sense of achievement and self-creation. 

We embarked on countless shows and mini-tours, forged friendships throughout the punk and hardcore scene, and were fortunate enough to document our music through a self-released demo and a CD EP for One Day Savior Recordings. Unfortunately, just when it felt like we were finally gaining some momentum as a small band from the midwest Rust Belt, Blue Skies Burning came to an abrupt end. 

Seventeen years later, our dear friends at Dropping Bombs Records graciously offered to remaster our recordings and release our discography on limited edition vinyl. Upon listening to the remasters, an affirmation washed over me: Even though we were 5 unknown, rudderless misfits, our music still triggered that familiar sense of achievement and self creation. And I couldn’t be happier for us. 

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Records SPB exclusive: The Path - Chaotic Good

SPB exclusive: The Path - Chaotic Good

The Path - Chaotic Good

Scene Point Blank's featured stream this month is Chaotic Good by The Path, out this Friday, August 2 courtesy of State of Mind Recordings.

The fast and furious hardcore band call Vermont home and includes former members of Contra (LI), The Solidarity Pact, As We Were, and Crucial Times. On Chaotic Good, the band emphasizes a DIY approach to their music at all the different levels. Working closerly with friends, he record was recorded in the basement of guitarist Matt Kimball by Eric Wisowaty and was mastered by Chris Macie. Following that focus on personal relationships, the all ages record release show takes place at Junktiques in Burlington, VT this Friday.

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Records Split EP by Gridfailure and Feel Happiness

Posted Aug. 13, 2019, 9:28 p.m.

Split EP by Gridfailure and Feel Happiness

photo by Loren Green

A new split EP will showcase two solo experimental outfits, Gridfailure and Feel Happiness.

The 7-track release comes out digitally on Sept. 13.

MP3s Colored Moth streaming in full

Posted Aug. 12, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Colored Moth streaming in full

Colored Moth - DIM

The latest from Germany's Colored Moth, DIM, is streaming now at Echoes and Dust. The album is the second full-length from the noise rock trio -- and SPB premiered a jam titled "Maelstrom," back in June.

DIM will be available on Sept. 12 via Wolves and Vibrancy Records.

Bands Mike Watt and Todd Congelliere join forces for Round One

Posted Aug. 11, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Mike Watt and Todd Congelliere join forces for Round One

A new project named Jumpstarted Plowhards has announced its debut, Round One, set for release on October 4 on Recess Records. The project is a collaboration between bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Firehose, and more), plus guitarist/singer Todd Congelliere (Toys That Kill, more) and a rotating cast of drummers handpicked based on the composition. 

The two California-based musicians first met in the early 1990s when Mike Watt's dos played shows with F.Y.P. In 2017, Watt proposed a collaboration that grew into Jumpstarted Plowhards. The band works by Watt creating bass parts, then sent to Congelliere, who then recruits a different drummer based on the individual track. Five "rounds" are planned at present, with work on round 2 underway at present.

Many drummers appear on Round One, including George Hurley (Minutemen, Firehose), Patty Schemel (Hole), frequent Watt colleagues Jerry Trebotic (mike watt + the secondmen) and Raul Morales (mike watt + the missingmen), Jimmy Felix (Toys That Kill), Nick Aguilar (Neighborhood Brats), and more.

Records Anti-Flag release new live album

Posted Aug. 11, 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Anti-Flag release new live album

photo by Jake Stark

Outn ow, Anti-Flag have released Live Volume 2 on A-F Records. The record pulls from the band's entire catalog, captured over three nights at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. There are 15 tracks in total. Live Volume 2 is available on digital and vinyl formats.

Music News Cassette Store Day 2019

Posted Aug. 11, 2019, 8:20 p.m.

Cassette Store Day 2019

Cassette Store Day 2019 is set for Saturday October 12 at various independend stores across North America. It's the fifth such date in North America and was inspired by CSD UK.

In short, CSD is a celebration of the cassette tape format. Burger Record, one of the leaders in bringing the day to the USA (the only featured US label in CSD UK 2013), will include releases from That Dog, Blank Tapes, and Dr. Dog. 

Submissions for labels and stores ends next month.

Labels Red Scare at age 15 (and a new comp)

Posted Aug. 9, 2019, 12:04 p.m.

Red Scare at age 15 (and a new comp)

Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers

Red Scare Industries has announced a new compilation to celebrate the label's fifteenth anniversary. The record features 15 unreleased songs, including new material from Sundowner and Sincere Engineer, plus cover songs perfmed by Broadway Calls and Brendan Kelly.

Of course, that's just the start, with more from Copyrights, The Brokedowns, MakeWar, and other artists on the label. (Full track list below.)

Red Scare Industries: 15 Years of Tears and Beers will be available Sept. 27.

In other label news, Red Scare will soon release an anthology from Seattle's Sicko.

Shows MC50 among Muddy Roots Festival headliners

Posted Aug. 9, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

MC50 among Muddy Roots Festival headliners

photo by Loren Green

The Muddy Roots Music Festival will take place August 30-September 1 this year in Cookebille, TN, with a diverse lineup of more than 70 bands. Notable headliners include a revised MC5 lineup now going by the moniker MC50, Face to Face, Off!, Municipal Waste, GZA (with live band), and new projects featuring John Garcia and Nick Oliveri, The Adicts, The Skatalites, and more.

MC50's lineup includes Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Billy Gould (Faith No More), and Marcus Durant (Zen Guerilla). 

Tours Craig Finn back on the road

Posted Aug. 9, 2019, 11:17 a.m.

Craig Finn back on the road

photo by Shervin Lainez

Craig Finn, who released new album I Need A New War earlier this year (Partisan Records) will be on tour this fall along with backing band The Uptown Controllers.

Thr tour begins on Nov. 1 in Austin, TX. Hit the bump for a full list of dates. Finn will play select dates in the US in September, followed by dates in the UK and Europe.

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