PlayRadioPlay! Accepting Donations Friday, Jul 31 2009 

Dan Hunter of PlayRadioPlay! likes two things: making solid electro-pop and Richard Dawkins. Hunter is known for being extremely close to his fans as well. He can often be seen blogging about issues in his personal life or participating in discussions over at AbsolutePunk. After doing so much for his fans, we finally have the opportunity to pay him back (and get a pretty cool perk out of the deal at the same time). Hunter is taking donations to help fund the recording of the next PlayRadioPlay! album. In exchange, everyone who donates will be listed in the album credits as an executive producer. To donate, head over to the band’s MySpace.

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B-Sides Album From The Matches Friday, Jul 31 2009 

News from The Matches’ camp keeps pouring in tonight. According to a bulletin posted on the band’s MySpace, The Matches are looking to release a fourth album of “unreleased tracks, demos, and acoustic songs”. The Matches were a band that transcended genres, combining pop-punk, indie, and alternative elements to create a classy form a guitar rock. They are a band that will truly be missed and I am sure this album will make for a solid addition to The Matches’ already wonderfully solid catalog.

We’ve read all the comments and posts since announcing our hiatus and
have noticed the many requests for the release of more music. And we
hear you loud and clear.

Originally we had planned to share just a few tunes, but from your
heartfelt responses, we’ve decided to release a full album of 10 songs
to purchase: unreleased tracks, demos, and acoustic songs that had
very limited release.

For your immediate enjoyment, we are looking for the best way to offer
this album for sale directly to you as digital downloads immediately. We welcome
any comments or suggestions on the best online music-buying sites.

Email your suggestions to: matchesalbumproject@yahoo.com.

We hope you enjoy the songs. Our thanks to you.
the Matches


Jon Devoto (ex-The Matches)’s New Band Thursday, Jul 30 2009 

I am a huge fan of The Matches. Well, I was. They announced their breakup a few weeks back. Like most of their fans, I was both saddened to see the Matches go and anxious to see the members’ new projects. With the official launch of Jon Devoto’s band, Bird by Bird, I can breathe easy. The Matches may be gone but this new project, which is sure to be just the first of a few, excite me. Bird by Bird sounds a lot like a stripped down version of The Matches, charming and sophisticated. “Delirious” is a catchy acoustic tune that is sure to be stuck in my head for the next few hours at least. Damn. If we can get another project like this from Shawn Harris, maybe The Matches breaking up was not such a bad thing.

Jerry Leaves Sky Eats Airplane Thursday, Jul 30 2009 

“After touring for the past two years together, SEA and our singer Jerry Roush have decided to part ways. We hate to see him go, but our creative differences make this the best option for everyone. We are still on good terms and wish Jerry good luck with whatever he chooses to do. As for the rest of the band, SEA is pushing on with a ton of new material: Zack and I (Lee) are going to be flying up to Travis’ practice space up in Delaware to write killer riffs and to start jamming on the new stuff in the near future. We appreciate you, our fans, sticking with us through this. We can’t wait to show you everything we’ve been working on! And as far as the singing spot we have open, if you are interested please contact us at singforSEA@gmail.com. Thanks!”

And there you have it. I am in no way, shape, or form, a fan of this band but it is always fascinating to see a band go through a lineup change. And to top it off, what a wonderful opportunity they are giving some lucky fan. Here’s hoping one of my readers gets the spot. Remember the little guys, k?

Should Max Bemis Grow A Beard? Thursday, Jul 30 2009 

According to this thread on AbsolutePunk.net, the online music community seems to think Max Bemis of Say Anything should grow a beard. Quite frankly, I think it would be a great show of solidarity with his fans. Sure, playing acoustic versions of old songs is fine but why not take it one step further? Bemis has often said that Say Anything exists to bridge the gap between musician and listener. What better way to represent this than by letting your fans determine your facial hair growth habits? If you think Max Bemis should grow his beard, Tweet the link to him.

Oh, and while you’re on Twitter, why not follow us?

Brand New Back On The Road Wednesday, Jul 29 2009 

With the help of LiveNation, Brand New are hitting the road again, presumably in support of their upcoming new album, Daisy. They will be joined on certain dates by Manchester Orchestra, Thrice, and Glassjaw. Although this is looking to be the tour of the year (and a nice contrast from the awful Glamour Kills Tour), I just wish Brand New did not have to go through LiveNation in order to book the tour. It just goes to show what a strangle hold LiveNation has on the industry. I’m dying to see Brand New but hesitant to support the conglomerate that threatens the medium I love.

Aside from that, it is nice to see Brand New on tour again. Dates are listed below:

Oct. 1st Time Warner Cable Amphitheater Cleveland, OH*
2nd The Fillmore Detroit, MI*
3rd Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL*
4th Myth Nightclub St. Paul, MN*
6th The Pageant St. Louis, MO*
7th Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO*
8th Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO*
9th Salt Palace Conv. Center Salt Lake City, UT*
13th Roseland Theatre Portland, OR*
15th Rabobank Arena & Conv. Center Bakersfield, CA*
16th Event Center at San Jose State Univ. San Jose, CA*
17th Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA*
20th House of Blues San Diego, CA*
21st House of Blues San Diego, CA*
22nd Mesa Amphitheatre Mesa, AZ*
23rd House of Blues Las Vegas, NV*
25th Lonestar Amphitheater Lubbock, TX†
27th Stubb’s BBQ Austin, TX†
29th Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, OK†
30th The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX†
31st Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX†
Nov. 4th House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL†
5th The Ritz Tampa, FL†
7th House of Blues North Myrtle Beach, SC†
9th The Fillmore Charlotte Charlotte, NC†
10th The National Richmond, VA†
11th Sonar Baltimore, MD†
13th The NorVa Norfolk, VA†
14th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA†
15th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA^
17th House of Blues Boston, MA^
18th House of Blues Boston, MA^
20th Olympia De Montreal Montreal, QC^
21st Kool Haus Toronto, ONT^
22nd Kool Haus Toronto, ONT^
24th Main Street Armory Rochester, NY^
25th Chevrolet Theatre Wallingford, CT^
28th Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, NY^

* = Manchester Orchestra
† = Thrice
^ = Glassjaw

Ryan Ross’s New Project – The Young Veins Tuesday, Jul 28 2009 

Proving what I already assumed to be true, the new Ryan Ross/Jon Walker project (ex-Panic! at the Disco) has a sound that is miles ahead of Panic’s new material. The band is called The Young Veins and they are continuing the trend found on Panic’s last record, combining catchy pop-rock choruses with Beatles-influenced musical arrangements. On first listen to their sole song, “Change”, it seems as if Ryan Ross is finally writing music for his own voice rather than Brendon Urie’s. Urie’s voice is not bad, per se, but it simply was not a good match for Ross’s more recent musical arrangements. It’s a welcome change, no pun intended, to hear Ross’s music not being overshadowed by Urie’s voice. I think The Young Veins just became my most anticipated album for 2010 (or, perhaps, 2009…).

Quick Listen – P.O.S. Tuesday, Jul 28 2009 

Welcome to the very first edition of a new feature for the Decomposed Blog. This is called Quick Listen, in which I choose a band I am not  too familiar with, read their wiki page, and watch one of their videos on YouTube. I do this for two reason: 1. To further expand my musical knowledge and 2. To prove to the nostaligia-lovers that, although our generation has lost certain aspects of the musical experience, what we have gained is much more valuable. With the use of the internet, I am able to learn a decent amount of info about an artist and hear a sample of their music, all within seconds and all for free. It is a beautiful thing and anyone who denies that needs to go back to arguing about why Mineral is one of the best bands of all time on AbsolutePunk’s forums and leave the music loving to those who care about, well, the music. Anyway, let’s get into it.

This is P.O.S., a punk rocker turned rapper. “Drumroll” seems to be quite the anthem, with one of the sickest samples I’ve heard in awhile. Lyrically, P.O.S. is tight, squeezing plenty of impressive internal rhyme into his lines, although at times it seems as if he spits more syllables than are really necessary. P.O.S. will, no doubt, impress fans of pop-punk, who will gladly namedrop him to prove that they “listen to all types of music, even rap, as long as it’s intelligent.” Lucky for him though, P.O.S. actually does seem to have legitimate talent and drive. Although he has chosen to market his records to a fanbase that does not buy as many albums as fans of mainstream hip-hop do, I hope P.O.S. sticks around a lot longer and continues to bridge the gap between hip-hop and punk rock.

Also, this album really makes me want Lil’ Wayne’s Rebirth.

The Glamour Kills Tour Lineup Announced Monday, Jul 27 2009 

This fall, the Glamour Kills Tour will feature All Time Low, We The Kings, Hey Monday, and The Friday Night Boys. I can safely say that this is one of the worst tour lineups I have ever seen. For all the fuss the scene makes over crunkcore bands, I find it ironic that the same kids who bash 3OH!3 for being “fake” will probably give money to this tour. Doesn’t anyone see it? These bands all sound exactly alike. At least 3OH!3, Millionaires, and BrokenCYDE each have a unique brand of terrible music. I, for the life of me, can not tell the difference between these four bands (except for the fact that Hey Monday has a female singer, in which case, I can not tell the difference between them, Paramore, and Flyleaf).

Also, Glamour Kills clothing is fucking trash. If you happen to enjoy shitty clothes and cliche pop-punk “bands”, the preliminary dates can be seen below:

10/15 Hartford, CT @ Webster
10/16 Providence, RI @ Lupo’s
10/18 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
10/19 Norfolk, VA @ Norfolk
10/21 Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore
10/22 Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
10/24 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/25 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/26 St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
10/28 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/29 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
10/30 Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/31 Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theater
11/1 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Festival
11/4 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
11/5 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee
12/3 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
***MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED***

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