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SPB exclusive: NVM by Fleabite

SPB exclusive: NVM by Fleabite

Fleabite - NVM

Our featured stream at Scene Point Blank is the brand new EP NVM from Fleabite and Salinas Records.

The 6-song EP, which is officially out on June 29, shows the band’s mastery of mid-tempo fuzzy rock with an homage to 1990’s slacker charm. The guitar-driven sound was captured by John Hoffman and Jerri Queen (both of Vacation) who did the recording and mixing, which was then mastered by Kyle Gilbride (Swearin’).

Rather than tell you what to think of the record, give it a listen yourself below:

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Records Restorations LP5000

Posted May 21, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

Restorations LP5000

Restorations have announced their first release since LP3 in 2014. The band, who released their last effort on SideOneDummy, will return to Tiny Engines (who released their first album) for the upcoming release, set to come out in September.

 “I felt like things were starting to crack a little,” singer/guitarist Jon Loudon says of the time off as they put together LP5000. “While playing shows is fun, touring full-on like that is awful after a while. I can’t speak for the rest of the group, but I needed some time to get my brain back together.”

The band will be playing a few shows on the East Coast this summer as well.

Records The return of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Posted May 21, 2018, 8:25 p.m.

The return of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones--who announced the curation of Cranking & Skanking Fest to take place later this year in Massachusetts--will release a brand new album on June 15.

The new album is their first album since 2011 and it will be released on their own Big Rig Records. It is to be titled While We're At It and was produced and mixed by Ted Hutt (Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Lucero, The Bouncing Souls, The Gaslight Anthem) and mastered by Greg Calbi (David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan).

Records New video by James Williamson and the Pink Hearts

Posted May 20, 2018, 9:13 a.m.

James Williamson and the Pink Hearts have shared a video to "Riot on the Strip" off their upcoming album Behind the Shade, which releases June 22 on Leopard Lady Records. The band, featuring James Williamson of Iggy and the Stooges fame. The song is about the Los Angeles music scene, and is fronted by Frank Meyer (the Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden (the Haden Triplets). Jason Carmer (bass, Michael Urbano (drums), and Gregg Foreman (keyboard) round out the lineup. 

Labels New Age celebrates 30 years with all day festival

Posted May 19, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

New Age celebrates 30 years with all day festival

New Age Records, founded in 1989, will celebrate 30 years with a diverse all-day festival on August 25, 2018.

With a lineup including Trail, Strife, and more (full list below), the festival takes place at the Garden Amphitheater in Garden Grove, CA.

While the festival lineup features label-only acts, there will also be a pre- and post- show (Aug. 24 and 26, respectively), taking place in Fullerton, CA with additional artists. Check out a full festival lineup below.

Tours The Selecter + The English Beat

Posted May 19, 2018, 12:43 p.m.

The Selecter + The English Beat

This fall, 2 Tone legends The Selecter & The English Beat Feat. Ranking Roger will hit the US on a co-headlining tour. The two groups have previously toured together in Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Germany, co-headlining dates and coming tofether for a joint encore at night's end. West Coast dates have been confirmed and are listed below, and both groups also plan to release live albums recorded in London.

The English Beat Feat. Ranking Roger most recently released Bounce in 2016. 

Music News Justin Pearson lyric book on the way

Posted May 19, 2018, 11 a.m.

Justin Pearson lyric book on the way

photo by Jacqueline Coulon

Three One G has opened pre-orders for The Race to Zero, a collection of lyrics and other creative prose from Justin Pearson over the years. Pearson, who shared some of his wordsmithery with SPB in a guest column titled "The Right Answers to the Wrong Questions" in 2016, has played in more bands than we care to list here, a few of which include The Locust, Some Girls, Retox, and Dead Cross. 

Records Luke McNeill (The Copyrights) has two new releases

Posted May 19, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Luke McNeills, known as the drummer and songwriter of The Copyrights, has two additional projects with upcoming releases, both on Rad Girlfriend Records.

Starter Jacket is a power pop/punk band comprised of McNeill on vocals/guitar, joined by Lanny Durbin (vocals/guitar), Fred Malcom (drums), and Matt Sailor (bass). The band will released Decisions on June 29.

McNeill is also active with Hospital Job, who are set to release Haze Like Me in July. The record was entirely performed by McNeill, but the live band consists of Tim Reynolds (Horrible Things) on guitar/vocals, Malcom (Starter Jackets) on drums, and Kevin Rotter (Copyrights) on bass.

Check out "Mount Rushmore" but Hospital Job here, and Starter Jackets "16 Bit" below.

Bands Michael Gira and Swans updates

Posted May 19, 2018, 10:06 a.m.

Michael Gira and Swans updates

Swans has three new news-worthy pieces of information.

The band's 1996 album Soundtracks for the Blind will be released in a limited edition vinyl box sex (Young God), containing 4 LPS, digital download codes, and a poster. It's the first time Soundtracks will be issued on vinyl.

Second, ringleader Michael Gira has announced a short US West Coast tour of solo acoustic dates to take place this fall with support from Swans guitarist Norman Westberg. 

Finally, a new oral biogrpahy of Swans releases on June 26 on Jawbone Press. Titled Swans: Sacrifice and Transcendence, An Oral History and authored by Nick Soulsby, it was compiled from over 125 interviews with Gira, Swans collaborators and associates.

Tour dates are listed after the jump.

Records Aspiga Through the Years

Posted May 18, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Aspiga Through the Years

photo by Matthew Kadi

Aspiga will soon release a new collection called Dragged Through the Years, set for a Sept. 7 release on digital and vinyl formats via A-F Records.

The collection, masted by Alan Douches, includes new tracks, several remixes of previously releases 7" and digital-only tracks. The New Jersey band is also scheduled to play at Fest 17 later this year in Gainesville, FL.

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