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09/19/2018

What's on YOUR turntable?
 
What's on YOUR turntable is a semi-regular feature where the Punknews staff writes about the tunes that we've been playing around the Punknews hovercraft office. Sometimes we'll fawn over new stuff, sometimes will bust out the classic, and sometimes we'll dig up seemingly forgotten rarities. You can see what we've been digging below, and by all means, post jams that you're into right now in the comment section.

09/19/2018

CBC undercover report reveals Ticketmaster encourages scalpers via re-sale program
 
CBC news just released a report that states that Ticketmaster actively encourages scalpers and illegal practices through its re-sale program. The CBC sent two undercover investigators to a conference in Las Vegas hosted by Ticketmaster and aimed at Ticket re-sellers. The essence of the report is that Ticket Master ignores looking for possible abuse of its re-sale program, such as the practice of bots scooping up hundreds of tickets and automatically re-listing them at an inflated price. Further, according to the CBC, a Ticketmaster rep said "I have brokers that have literally a couple of hundred accounts. It's not something that we look at or report."The rationale for allowing this is that because Ticketmaster receives a percentage of every sale through the re-sale program, so artificiality inflating ticket prices benefits Ticketmaster, which is owned by Livenation. The CBC continues to state that Ticket Master actively encourages scalper activity by reducing their cut when a seller sells more than one million dollars in tickets annually. You can read the report here.

09/19/2018

Tours: The Adicts and Droogettes to tour California
 
The Adicts have announced a short tour of California that is scheduled for late October. The band last released And It Was So! in 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The Droogettes will be opening for the band on all of the dates. The Droogettes released Clockwork Girls in 2018. Also, Galmskanks, Lower Class Brats, and Narcoleptic Youth will play select dates. You can see the list of shows below.

09/19/2018

Useless ID announce '7 Hits From Hell' 7-inch
 
Useless ID have announced a new 7-inch titled 7 Hits From Hell. It is due out on November 16, 2018 via Fat Wreck Chords and SBAM Artworks & Records. According to Fat Wreck, the record will contain "seven songs in just under five minutes." You can see the release details below.

09/19/2018

Videos: Hit The Switch: "Losing Reverie"
 
Hit The Switch have released a lyric video for the song "Losing Reverie." The track will be on the band's upcoming album titled Entropic, which is due out on September 25, 2018 via Bird Attack Records. You can watch the video below.

09/19/2018

Forbes says Vinyl Sales may be double previous estimates
 
Forbes magazine has released a report on estimating the size of vinyl sales in the United states. Author Bill Rosenblatt states that while the RIAA's official figure for vinyl records sold in 2017 was 16 million units (amounting to almost $400 million in sales), he estimates that really, as many as 32 million records may have been sold in that year. Rosenblatt states that the RIAA figure only accounts for NEW records sold, when really, to gauge the industry, new and used sales of vinyl should be counted in order to analzye the business. He further points out that vinyl sales on discogs are rapidly rising, while vinyl sales on eBay are stagnating. Further, Discogs sales while likely surpass eBay used vinyl sales this year. See the report here.

09/19/2018

Music: Dead Bars: "Gold Star For Robot Boy"
 
Seattle, Washington's Dead Bars released a cover song over at Brooklyn Vegan. The track is their rendition of 'Gold Star For Robot Boy" by Guided By Voices. The track will be released on a limited edition single, out on October 5th, 2018. The limited edition single is available directly from the band on their fall run of shows, see below.The band has also announced that they will be releasing a new LP in 2019 on A-F Records.

09/19/2018

Music: A Vulture Wake: "Feed The Machine"
 
A Vulture Wake have released a new song called "Feed The Machine." The track will be on the band's upcoming EP titled Fall Prey, which is due out on October 19, 2018 via Bird Attack Records. You can listen to the song and see the release details below.

09/19/2018

Travis Barker suing over tour ending injuries
 
Blink-182 recently canceled a number of shows due to drummer Travis Barker's health issues. In July 2018, Barker's SUV collided with a school bus, which Barker claims has caused him to cancel a number of shows. This week, he filed suit against the driver and the bus company. He has also filed suit against Medical Imaging Center in Santa Monica. Barker claims that in June, while receiving treatment, a dirty needle was used on him which led to a staph infection and vein damage. Blink-182 released California: Deluxe Edition in 2017.

09/19/2018

Tours: Aspiga (East Coast)
 
New Jersey's Aspiga have announced more tour dates to support their latest release Dragged Through the Years. They will be playing a few shows in the Maryland, New Jersey, Gainesville, FL The Fest and Pennsylvania. Their new collection is out now through A-F Records. See below to view the tour dates.

09/19/2018

Music Modernization Act passes Senate
 
The Music Modernization Act ("MMA") passed the Senate yesterday in a unanimous vote. It will now be returned to the House, where changes made by the Senate will be voted for approval. The bill was previously passed by the House via unanimous vote in April. If the House approves the changes, the Bill will be sent to the President to be signed. The bill was introduced by Representative Doug Collins and aims to modify existing Copyright law in order to factor for streaming, satellite radio, and modern methods of music distribution. The last major overhaul of US copyright law was in 1976.Interestingly, while the law aims to increase revenue streams for musicians from digital/streaming services, Sirius XM has vehemently opposed the act. Yesterday, 150 acts, including Kim Gordon, Stevie Nicks, and Paul McCartney, signed a letter to SiriusXM stating that they will boycott the service. Jim Meyer, CEO of SiriusXM, said in a press release, ?SiriusXM is a platform that respects and actively supports artists and all music creators, and we are delighted to have reached this agreement to help pass this bill.? Pitchfork posted a summary of the issue in March.

09/19/2018

Videos: Joyce Manor: "Silly Games"
 
Joyce Manor have released a music video for their song "Silly Games." The track will be on the band's upcoming album Million Dollars To Kill Me, which will be released on September 21, 2018 via Epitaph Records. You can watch the video below.

09/19/2018

Music: Debt Neglector: "New White Roses"
 
Punktastic.com has premiered Debt Neglector's song "New White Roses." The track will be on the band's upcoming EP titled The Kids Are Pissed, which is due out on October 26, 2018 via Smartpunk Records. You can listen to the song below.

09/19/2018

Interviews: Hiroki Osawa of The Sensations on Japanese ska, running a label, and Mustard Plug
 
There's something beautiful about ending up at a show on accident. A quick post, a flyer on the street, word from a friend, realizing hey that's not too far from me maybe I should go. And that's more or less how I came to know The Sensations, a Tokyo ska band who deliver an amazing set of doo-wop, pop, and soul influenced ska that truly lives up to the name. After stumbling upon them in a basement in Shinjuku, and witnessing the raw, frantic, barely contained energy that they bring to the stage, they quickly became one of my favorite acts. And now they're coming to the US, to hopefully impress you just as they did me. Jake Cooley spoke to their frontman Hiroki about the band, the scene in Tokyo, and their upcoming shows with Mustard Plug, including playing The Fest.

09/19/2018

New Review Update: New Reviews for September 18, 2018
 
Staff writer Tom Trauma went to see Fall Out Boy with his daughter, recently. They had... differing opinions on the show. See their contrasting opinions below: Fall Out Boy / Machine Gun Kelly / Every Time I Die - Live in Grand Rapids Fall Out Boy / Machine Gun Kelly / Every Time I Die - Live in Grand RapidsYou can check out any of our reviews right here. 

 
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