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East Bay Punk Legends Rancid Announce New Album "Trouble Maker" (June 9th) with Music Video for "Ghost of A Chance" Out Today

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 02:49pm | Post a Comment


Longtime California punk icons Rancid today announced that  next month they'll be releasing an all new studio album Trouble Maker (Hellcat/Epitaph) featuring the lead track "Ghost Of A Chance" for which earlier today they published an accompanying music video (see below). Other tracks on the forthcoming 17 track album (19 for the deluxe version) will include such songs as "Telegraph Avenue," "An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker," " Bovver Rock and Roll," and "All American Neighborhood." To arrive in Amoeba on June 9th, Trouble Maker will be Rancid's ninth studio album in their two and a half decade career and their first since 2014's …Honor Is All We Know.  Produced by longtime friend, previous collaborator, and founder of Epitaph Records, Brett Gurewitz, the new album will be released in CD and vinyl formats as well as digitally.

The Berkeley, California founded Rancid, born out of the remains of Operation Ivy, was formed by Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) back in 1991 and released their debut EP on Lookout in 1992. A year later, signed to Epitaph, they released their self-titled debut album RancidLars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined shortly afterwards appearing on all albums since then including 1994's Let’s Go, 1995's ...And Out Come The Wolves (also avail on LP/vinyl), 1998's Life Won’t Wait, the 2000 eponymous Rancid release, and 2003's Indestructible. In the period between that album's release and 2009's Let The Dominos Fall drummer Branden Steineckert had joined the band to cement the quartet's current line-up as seen in the brand new video below. In that video, as well as in the new press photo above, you will likely notice how frontman / vocalist Tim Armstrong has altered his image by growing a thick beard.

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New Vinyl Reissues from Spoon, Earl Sweatshirt, Gary Numan, The Pharcyde & More

Posted by Amoebite, December 11, 2015 02:08pm | Post a Comment

Vinyl Reissues

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This week's vinyl reissues include anniversaries from Spoon, Rush, and Rancid, as well as two albums by Earl Sweatshirt appearing on vinyl for the first time. Here are the reissue highlights for December 11, 2015.

Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus Vinyl Reissue

Nick Cave - Abattoir Blues & Nocturama LPs
[180gm vinyl]

Nick Cave's 2003 release Nocturama and the 2004 double album Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus are both now available on 180 gram vinyl. The vinyl transfer of Abattoir was overseen by Mick Harvey and cut at Abbey Road.
Gary Numan Pleasure Principle reissue Gary Numan - The Pleasure Principle, Replicas & Telekon LPs

Last Day To Win Tix to Rancid and Transplants in SF and LA + Hear new Tim Timebomb & Friends feat. Jesse Michaels

Posted by Billyjam, July 15, 2013 12:29pm | Post a Comment
Today, Monday July 15th, is the last day for a chance to win tickets to see Rancid and The Transplants in concert (care of Amoeba Music) when they play the Palladium in LA (near Amoeba Hollywood) on July 26th (Friday of next week) on a bill with The Interrupters, and at The Warfield on Market in San Francisco on Friday, August 2nd on a bill that also features Harrington Saints. Currently on tour that is this week up in Canada The Transplants and Rancid are bands that each feature Tim Armstrong.
Armstrong recently surprised many longtime fans when news surfaced that he and fellow former Operation Ivy member Jesse Michaels had patched up old differences to record a track together (no one expected this to happen and it is their first collaboration in over 24 years). The song "Living in a Dangerous Land" that is a 7" single for the Hellcat label and was uploaded to YouTube (check below) on Friday (7/12) features Armstrong under his Tim Timebomb moniker and it is the latest in the Tim Timebomb and Friends series.. Meanwhile as a member of The Transplants Armstrong last month released that group's latest album In A Warzone. To win tickets from Amoeba for the Rancid/Transplants show in SF and LA enter here. But do it now as today (7/15) is the last day. Must be 18+ and only one entry per person allowed.

       

Tim Armstrong's (aka Tim Timebomb) ROCKNROLL THEATER Coincides with Halloween and Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Billyjam, October 25, 2011 07:30pm | Post a Comment

ROCKNROLL THEATRE Episode 1 "Dante" (2011)
The always busy Tim Armstrong (Rancid, Transplants, solo, etc.) is gearing up for Halloween with his latest side project; an ambitious, rock n roll based, musical with a horror flavor, short film series titled ROCKNROLL THEATER - that immediately reminds one of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Under his alias Tim Timebomb Armstrong's been busy on the project working with director Kevin Kerslake plus a host of both experienced and first time actors/dancers including his Rancid bandmate Lars Frederiksen who gets a starring role (peep him in clip above and trailer below) in this new series that was launched on Friday last on VEVO with the first episode been "Dante" (see above).

Armstrong, a long time horror fan, could not have better timed the release of this unique new series. As well as the horror themed film piece being just in time for Halloween additionally this story about "corporate bad ass" Lars character Dante Wilson, who "practices treachery at every turn," also coincides perfectly with the Occupy Wall Street protests - something that had not yet begun when filming for the project began. As well as Frederiksen also featured in ROCKNROLL THEATER are Armstrong's pals AFI‘s Davey Havok, Shoshana Fox, Robert David Hall, and recent Amoeba Hollywood instore performers Fishbone.

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W.R.E.A.M. (Wu Rules Everything Around Me)

Posted by Billyjam, August 30, 2011 05:41pm | Post a Comment
Wu rules everything around me, or so it seems of late since the legendary Wu-Tang Clan appear to be everywhere these days between their own popular recently released album, Legendary Weapons which dropped a month ago on eOne Music; the WU's distinctive presence on the ongoing Rock The Bells tour where they host the 36 Chambers stage; the proliferation of Wu-Tang mashup projects such as the recently Amoeblogged-about Wugazi: 13 Chambers project; plus the seemingly endless amount of cameos on other artist's projects that the ubiquitous Wu Tang members have been making of late. Indeed, there seems to be no end of the amount of guest spots that the numerous members of this influential Staten Island (aka Shaolin) NY crew (who redefined hip-hop with their landmark 1993 debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)) have been making lately. Even though their latest album is noticeably missing GZA, not to mention Masta Killa, it still became a fave with both critics and fans.


Anything Wu Tang do seems to command widespread attention. Case in point was when, a few weeks ago, within hours of their NYC offices posting an ad for an unpaid intern position, the ad went viral and got picked up and repeated by endless online, print, and TV outlets. Meanwhile, the popular official Wu Tang Facebook fan page has close to one and half million avid followers and appears to be increasing at a steady pace, undoubtedly spurred on by the Wu members' inclusion on this year's Rock The Bells. On the tour, numerous Wu soldiers perform, including Raekwon and Ghostface doing Only Built For Cuban Linx and GZA/Genius performing Liquid Swords. Indicative of their draw, the festival includes the WU's own 36 Chambers stage on which crew members and Wu Tang-endorsed acts like Mobb Deep perform.  At this past Saturday's Rock The Bells stop in the Bay Area at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Rae and Ghost's set was one of the festival highlights and proved why these vets can still command such a dedicated following two decades later.

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