This could potentially be the first (but will likely be the last) of a weekly/monthly/annual/once-ly link round up! I felt like there was a handful of cool things going on in the past week and sharing them all on twitter just wasn’t cutting it.
- Just as I’m trying to hunt down a less beat up copy of my favorite Pietasters record, Asbestos Records and Underground Communiqué Records go ahead and launch the Third Wave Ska Preservation Society Vinyl Reissue Project. My wallet hopes this is a one-time thing; you better believe I’m backing it. By far the best part is the haterade flow in the comments on the Punknews. [Punknews, Kickstarter]
- King Hammond is a producer, songwriter, and bassist who played on one of my favorite Selecter albums. I didn’t know this until I found out I The Hard Times was backing him for a few gigs. [Amazon, Hard Times]¹
- Home to Flogging Molly and a few Bosstones records (and The Smooths!) Side One Dummy has partnered with labels like Asian Man, Hellcat, Fat Wreck, and Paper + Plastick to release free music in a way that’s productive for fans and labels alike. I’m down. [Pop & Hiss, The New Record]
- I know you think Spotify is so cool and that there’s revenue for bands, but here’s a delightful infographic showing you how much they make (h/t @edwardangert). Coincidentally, Long Island punk act Bomb The Music Industry, known for giving their music away from day one, sees things similarly. [Information is Beautiful, Quote Unquote, Bomb the Music Industry]
- Speaking of giving away music, my friends in Brooklyn Soul band OTiS celebrated the release of their second album, “Music Elevator,” to a packed Rockwood Music Hall (150 people, didn’t think you could fit that many). All attendees got a free CD. One reviewer called this funk “Not Safe For Work.” Get at me if you want a review copy. [Bandcamp, The Round Table, 7duckets]²
- Pizza places are dropping like flies! I’m not quite how we’ll survive in a post-Pizzapocalypse world. Coincidentally (if you’re me), it’s also been a bad year for the bagel. I hadn’t noticed (Sorry, I just never thought H&H was anything special). Hit Muzzarella in Union Square for a slice and Bergen Bagels in Prospect Heights and you’ll be okay. [Fucked in Park Slope, MyJewishLearning, Yelp]
- I was sold on droid for my next phone, but putting the best SNES RPG on an iPhone weighs heavy. (Lufia 2 or FF2 would have done it for me as well.) (I still don’t actually own Chrono Trigger on SNES!) [Mashable]
- I’m officially pumped for The Muppets, but it took a post on AbsolutePunk.net about the soundtrack, of all things. [AbsolutePunk]
- Boston ska-punk band Big D and the Kids Table has canceled their upcoming tour, likely including their scheduled Brooklyn show, in light of their lead singer, David McWane being diagnosed with throat cancer. Wishing him a speedy recovery. [Punknews]
- While making changes to my Time Warner Cable bill, I thought I’d use their online chat for customer support instead of getting on the phone. Turns out they don’t support my computer’s software. I appreciate their Twitter account getting back to me, but I think they missed the point. [Tumblr, Twitter]
- Dying Scene has pulled together everything you need to know about Hey Stranger’s new record. [Dying Scene]³
Well I’m spent. Wasn’t that better than me spamming your facebook feed or twitter feed with links?
Happy Thanksgiving/Yom Turkey Sameach!
¹ I play bass for The Hard Times
² I’ve been hired to handle some publicity for OTiS
³ I play bass and handle publicity for Hey Stranger