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16Jan, 2013

We’re thrilled to announce that on March 5th we’ll release Old Man Markley’s sophomore album, Down Side Up! These hard working critters really do live on the road. With their extensive touring over the past few years, they’ve shared the stage with the likes of NOFX, Against Me!, Social Distortion and more. But that isn’t even the most interesting part about these folks. Old Man Markley love to play live, anywhere, anytime and the proof is in the pudding. Check out this list: Stagecoach, Fun Fun Fun, Hootenanny, and our favorite: Capay Tomato Fest! Anyway, we love that because we enjoy a band that excels at doing what bands should: touring and making music. Fun! No primadonnas here. Have you seen their traveling tour bus? Crampy. But that shows you their love—basically they have zero privacy 360 days out of the year. What that delivers is a cohesive, foot tapping, stomping, 13 song album titled Down Side Up, produced by Fat Mike and singer, Johnny Carey. Read what Katie Weed had to say below.

The songs on “Down Side Up” are the result of a wonderful confluence of things: of touring for years and waking up together in cities across the world, of discovering new worlds while still missing home, of stories that we’ve wanted to tell for ages, of melodies that permeated our minds and then soundchecks, and of songs that took shape and life truly as a collaboration between band members. Fat Mike and Johnny worked closely with the band to produce what we think is the best album we’ve ever been a part of. And it happened to be recorded in the same room where we used to burn stove-top popcorn and drink beer and dream about how amazing it would be if we could turn this passion into a life, or even career.We lived, breathed, ate, and slept these songs. Several members literally lived in the studio that we built. Recording in our own studio provided almost unbridled freedom: unlimited opportunity to tweak the songs, and the luxury of being able to take creative risks. Harmonies conceived and recorded at 3 AM or solos re-recorded during lunch became the norm, and allowed us myriad options and creative control. Where else but in the OMM home studio could we lay down a ripping distorted autoharp track and then pop outside to the backyard to record the crickets of Van Nuys? We’re excited to get back on the road and play all these new songs. We’ve got our banjo and washboard in hand, ready to FUCKING ROCK!

15Jan, 2013
NOFX New (Year’s) 7" out now!

So the new NOFX 7” comes out today. All we have to say is that if you haven’t watched the new NOFX video featuring the title track, “Xmas Has Been X’ed”, you can make it your New Year’s Revolution to do so, because it is hilarious. And all you doubters out there, have a little faith for once, no one’s lying when they say the bus scene was NOT planned! Only NOFX can experience this kind of kismet. Anyway, we’re pretty stoked to release this double A-side 7” featuring the brand new track “New Year’s Revolution” and the re-recorded rarity “Wore Out the Soles of My Party Boots”, all of course with the whip-smart sense of humor NOFX are renowned for. This 7”, also with double front cover artwork, is limited to a total pressing of 5,000, including all three color variations. That’s right, we saved the New Year’s Revolution color for the new year! Get it now, one per person! Oh, and see how thrilled Fatty is about the 7” below:

I was really excited about this 7" about two weeks ago when I first got my copy. Now I’m kinda over it. Fat Mike

NOFX tour dates!

08Jan, 2013

Double Trouble! Release day for two stellar bands. Oh, no big deal, just Snuff and Less Than Jake! These two powerhouses can boast longevity in an age when most bands can’t last one tour cycle. After a long hiatus, one of the UK’s most notable punk exports, Snuff deliver a brand new full length titled 5-4-3-2-1…Perhaps? Listen to a full album stream and read a brand new review which describes this release as hitting an enormous “Career Reset” button. Get stoked because there are whispers of tour dates coming down the pike.

As the currently reigning champs of the ska-punk genre, Less Than Jake have assembled their two super-limited tour EP’s, added two previously unreleased bonus tracks, and re-sequenced everything into one cohesive record, Greetings & Salutations! Listen to the album here and read a review. Then start planning your trip to Austin, Texas, because they’ve just been tagged to headline our SXSW showcase on March 15th! Details coming soon.

03Jan, 2013
NOFX 30th Anniversary Box Set!

Quintessential California punk band NOFX celebrate their monumental 30th anniversary this year by announcing the release of a limited edition LP box set on February 19, 2013. The box contains all 12 studio albums, from 1988’s Liberal Animation through 2012’s Self Entitled, plus the epic EP The Decline, which we think qualifies as an album anyway, and for the first time ever, the entire 7-inch of the Month Club series from 2005-2006 on a double LP. In addition, all box sets include a life-size version of NOFX’s infamous stage banner, and the first 250 copies we have for sale are signed by the band! So what are you waiting for? We’ve only got 1,000 copies and they’re all on colored vinyl (blue is exclusive to the Fat webstore) . Once they’re gone, you’ll have to troll around on ebay and that is fundamentally no fun. Pre-order now!. Even Fat Mike thinks it’s neat:

“I was so proud of this Box Set that I brought one home and put it on the mantle above my fireplace. It broke the mantle and melted. Now I need a new one. Mantle that is. The Box Set is fine!”

27Dec, 2012
Fat Wreck Best Of 2012!

1. Rubber Bordello screening party
2. Getting Tattooed by Mike Roach from TSOL
3. Golfing at the Olympic Club
4. Masked Intruder album
5. Trying DMT at Domme Trips in the Dominican Republic
6. The Perks of being a Wallflower
7. Dungeon Party with Teenage Bottle Rocket
8. Playing the whole Ribbed album live
9. Old Man Markley cookies
10. Rocky Horror with Matt Skiba
11. Foreign Cinema in the Mission
12. Less Than Jake back on Fat
13. My daughter’s soccer team getting their first goal
14. Hanging with Dropkicks in Europe
15. Playing with Snuff on New Years Heave
16. Meeting John Cameron Mitchell
17. Moving to Noe Valley
18. Dark Knight Rises
19. Shooting the NOFX video for Xmas has been X’ed
20. Uber

Morning Glory, Ezra:
Off the top of my head-
best pop song of 2012- some nights by fun.
best concept album-dos by green day.
best colaboration: fiest/mastadon.
best live alb um: coldplay 2012 in paris.
best rock record- battle born by the killers.
best chorus of a song: prize fighter by the killers.
best delux release: synthetica by metric.
best punk band: screaming females.
best vocalist: emily haines.
best song from the heart: my orphan year (acoustic version!) by nofx.
best band with a washboard and banjo: none. "

LAGWAGON, Joey Cape:
1) This American Life: What Doesn’t Kill You,
2) Ted: Israel and Iran: A Love Story?-Ronny Edry
3) Moonrise Kingdom
4) Searching For Sugar Man
5) Louie

1. PROPAGANDHI – Failed States LP
2. HIGH ON FIRE – De Vermis Mysteriis LP
3. PAPER BAGS – Paper Bags II 7"
4. PALLBEARER – Sorrow and Extinction LP
5. NOFX – Self Entitled LP
6. OFF! – OFF! LP
7. GYPSYHAWK – Revelry & Resiliance LP
9. BARONESS – Yellow & Green LP
10. FROM ASHES RISE – Rejoice the End 7"
11. TRAGEDY – Darker Days Ahead LP
12. NO PROBLEM – Living in the Void 7"
13. DOWN – Down IV Part I: The Purple EP
15. BEHOLD! THE MONOLITH – Defender, Redeemist LP

Old Man Markley:
Gay Marriage
Peet’s Coffee
DeTemple Guitar “Stellacasta”
Gary Busey
Larry & his Flask
Book of Mormon
Home Studios
Best friend rings

Jimmy Cliff “Rebirth”
Japandroids “Celebration Rock”
Hostage Calm “Please Remain Calm”
Baroness “Yellow And Green”
Converge “All We Love We Leave Behind”
The Skints “Part And Parcel”
Fun. “Some Nights”
Pentimento “s/t”
John K Samson “Provincial”
Apologies I Have None “London”

Blank Realm – Go Easy
Constant Mongrel – Everything Goes Wrong
Daughn Gibson – All Hell
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Julia Holter – Ekstasis
Merchandise – Children Of Desire
Raime – Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
Scott Walker – Bisch Bosh
Shackleton – Music For The Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs
Sickoids – self titled

Burial – Kindred
Daughn Gibson – Lite Me Up
Dawn Of Humans – Blurst Of The Birdfish
Fennesz – Fa 2012
Give – Voodoo Leather
Hoax – 3rd EP
The Ropes – Always Nothing
Savages – Husbands
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding/Peak Twins split
Total Control – Scene From A Marriage

Rush / Clockwork Angels
Such Gold / Misadventures
Propagandhi / Failed States
La Armada / Self Titled
As I lay Dying / Awakened
Pennywise / All Or Nothing
Van Halen / A Different Kind Of Truth
Stick To Your Guns / Diamond
Goatwhore / Blood For The Master
Menzingers / On The Impossible Past
Halloween / Terrortory
Bruce Springsteen / Wrecking Ball
Every Time I Die / Ex Lives
Canibal Corpse / Torture
UFO / Seven Deadly
Cancer Bats / Dead Set On Living
Tenacious D / Rize Of The Phoenix
Testament / Dark Roots Of Earth
Deftones / Koi No Yokan
Casedy Pope / The Voice
Morning Glory / Poets Were My Hero

1) Public Image Ltd – This Is PIL
2) Killing Joke – MMX11
3)DICKS- Reissues on A.T.
4)Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
5)Cursive – I Am Gemini
6)Teenage Bottlerocket – FREAK OUT!
7)Phobia – Remnants of Filth
8)NOMORE – Live At Fest.
9)Ceremony – Zoo
10)Wolfbrigade – Damned

The Menzingers – Impossible Past
Propagandhi – Failed States
The Snips – Highs of Low
Deftones – Koi No Yon
Title Fight – Floral Green
Ceremony – Zoo
Astpai – Efforts and Means
Cheap Girls – Giant Orange
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Metz – Metz

1. The Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
2. Ceremony – Zoo
3. Title Fight – Floral Green
4. Astpai – Efforts and Means
5. Metz – Metz

1. The Master
2. Moonrise Kingdom
3. The Invisible War
4. Raid: Redemption
5. Looper

Propagandhi – Failed States
Moonrise Kingdom
Bob Mould – Silver Age

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
Screaming Females – Ugly
Joyce Manor – Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
TBR – Freak Out!
Luther – Let’s Get You Somewhere Else
Sidekicks – Awkward Breeds
Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
Toys That Kill – Fambly 42
Green Day – An Aggressively Edited Version of Uno/Dos/Tre
Breaking Bad – Season 5 (TV show)

Black Breath – Sentenced to Life
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Russ Rankin – Farewell Catalonia
Ceremony – Zoo
Turbonegro – Sexual Harassment
Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
Titus Andronicus – Local Business
Drake’s Denogginizer Imperial IPA & Ransom WhipperSnapper Whiskey
Flora Grubb & Lone Pine Gardens

In no particular order here are some releases that came out this year that I liked, but there are still A LOT of releases I still need to listen to.
Cloud Nothings -No Future/No Past
Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
Sidekicks – Awkward Breeds
Masked Intruder – Masked Intruder
Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out
Propaghandi – Failed States
Classics of Love
Japandroids-Celebration Rock
Hot Water Music – Exister
David Byrne & St. Vincent-Love this Giant
Baroness – Yellow & Green

1. Toys That Kill- Fambly 42
2. Masked Intruder- Masked Intruder
3. NOFX- Self Entitled
4. Menzingers- On the Impossible Past
5. Punchlines- This Aint Funny Demo
6. Dopamines- Vices
7. Stat Dad- Mominatrix
8. Gaslight Anthem- Handwritten
9. Kurt Baker- Brand New Beat
10. Elway- Delusions

Top Movies of 2012:
Cabin In The Woods
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The Loved Ones (Australian horror movie!)
The Innkeepers
Ghostlusters (DVD reissue)
Rubber Bordello

1. Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out
2. Tight Bros – Tight Bros LP
3. The Hextalls – Rock You to Sleep
4. Mean Jeans – On Mars
5. Kurt Baker – Brand New Beat
6. Toys That Kill – Fambly 42
7. The Sidekicks – Awkward Breeds
8. Borderlines – Magical Paths to Fortune and Power
9. The Blendours – It Came from the Radio
10. The Dopamines – Vices

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