– First and foremost, I finally got to hear The Weakerthans new strangely titled album, Reunion Tour. The album comes out in late September. I am on my sixth or seventh listen already and the album definitely has made its mark. Reunion Tour has a bit more of a straight ahead approach than 2003’s Reconstruction Site. The album is perhaps more in line with my favorite Weakerthans record, 2000’s amazing Left And Leaving. Can I already pencil Reunion Tour in as album of the year? Probably. Now please give us some Southeastern tour dates guys!
– Secondly, there is the announcement of a new Lawrence Arms tour. But, this is not just any Arms tour. This one includes the recently reformed (and awesome) American Steel. Also along for the ride are Arms bassist/vocalist Brendan Kelly’s side band, The Falcon and Arms guitarist/vocalist Chris McCaughan’s side project Sundowner. Not only is that an incredible lineup, there has been talk of material from pre-Lawrence Arms bands popping up. From the gruff punk of The Broadways or the punk/ska of Slapstick, this should be an amazing gig. And if horns show up for the Slapstick songs I just might die of happiness.
– The reformed Smoking Popes have four new songs up on their myspace here. These guys have not lost a thing. New album in early 08 it looks like.
– I have been slacking on Band Interviews but I should have some coming up soon.
– Get up on The Appleseed Cast contest people! An emo band from 1999…c’mon! Here is a hint…they are still around today…wink wink.