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VIDEO: Bad Religion – “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

Parody or not, Bad Religion have never been a band to stay clear of polarizing their fans.  From Into the Unknown to their major label days, the band’s output has often wavered from being incredible statements of political and social nature to just plain baffling. Their Christmas album? A little of both. While the content seems rather lame, the actual execution has been quite good.

As part of their freshly minted advent calender in which the band will be gifting fans one new gift a day until Christmas, the band have released the video for the song “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”. The video uses traditional Christmas choir footage edited with the less-traditional rendition of the song. What can be expect from Bad Religion until Christmas? We’ll have to wait and see each day.

For now, check out the video below:

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Listen to Bad Religion’s Christmas album

As weird and distressing it is that the band that so boldly features the crossbuster logo decided to record a collection of Christmas songs, it is moreso that after listening to them, you realize they aren’t so bad.

Bad Religion’s Christmas album. Yep, it happened. It’s out now on Epitaph and you can stream each track through the YouTube playlist above. The songs include their renditions of traditional Christmas songs “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”, “Come All Ye Faithful” and “Little Drummer Boy” to name a few. The set also includes the Andy Wallace mix of their Recide For Hate song “American Jesus”.

I really wanted to hate this but I don’t.

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New Bad Religion Video Sucks

Bad Religion. I love them to death. And no matter how old I get, or how old they get, there’s still a lot of punk rock in me that gets ready to riot riot upstart upstart whenever I crank “I Want To Conquer The World”. Their latest release, True North, some 30+ years into their careers, still holds its own against anything considered remotely punk rock these days.

But let’s not beat around the bush, the video for their latest single “True North”, just fucking sucks. Rolling Stone describes it as some young punk kid jamming to the song while waiting to go out for some “rockage”. No true punk rocker ever looked liked Justin Bieber. Rolling Stone sucks and while Bad Religion don’t, this video is just lame.

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Invincible: Rest In Peace Tony Sly

How does one find the right words? For someone who admired and respected Tony Sly from a distance, the day has been part coming to terms of what has happened and part sheer disbelief. Almost two decades since I first came across No Use For A Name, the music Sly and his bandmates wrote still resonate greatly, and a small part of myself just wanted to do what I’m sure he had done for so long; write down and express the many things that brewed beneath the surface.

Leche Con Carne and their spot on Survival Of The Fattest were my introduction to the band and I was immediately taken aback by songs like “Soulmate” and “Justified Black Eye”, music that could be both urgent and accessible. Their music was and is a perfect blend of aggression and unrelenting melody. It’s my kind of tune.

I can’t profess to know much about him, but from his music I know that he had a daughter, liked Irish music and that he made many friends on the tour circuit. The latter easy to see with so many of his contemporaries expressing their sadness today, and it’s a pretty definitive list of bands I grew up with, loved and listened: The Bouncing Souls, Less than Jake, Face to Face, Strung Out, Bad Religion, The Ataris.

I saw No Use For a Name live twice. Once back in 99/00 at Slim’s in San Francisco when they opened for NOFX, and the second at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne on their Keep Them Confused tour. Both shows were energized by Tony’s enthusiasm; no matter how long it seemed he’d been touring. And I for one, am happy I got to see some of my favorite songs performed from the best place possible; from the pit.

No one would ever call me a musician (one of the bands I was in back in the day covered “Straight From The Jacket” if that means anything) so I guess this is just from a fan. I never got to meet Tony, and I can’t imagine what his family and close friends are dealing with at the moment. But for someone who grew up on the other side of the planet, his music traveled across oceans and through borders and changed the life of some kid he never met. I don’t know why he died and I don’t really want to know, but I wanted to say thanks.

“Somebody get me off this lonely sad parade.
The differences a hundred miles, but a couple months away.
I’m saying hello just to say goodbye.”

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Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, Jimmy Eat World announced for KROQ Christmas

The annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas continues its fine tradition of music nativity with the announcement of this year’s Night 1 acts.

Headlining the show will be The Billy Corgan Ba… er… The Smashing Pumpkins, who will be joined by Social Distortion, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Bad Religion, Cake, A Day to Remember and more. The full line up is below.

Now in its 21st year, the festival has over its history, featured some of the best in rock, punk and indie music in a mostly unplugged setting (although, not really).

Tickets for the event run at $75 and all details and purchase info can be viewed here. The two-night festivities take place December 11-12 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA.

Night 1 Lineup:
The Smashing Pumpkins
Social Distortion
My Chemical Romance
Bad Religion
Jimmy Eat World
Cake
A Day to Remember
The Dirty Heads
Anberlin
Switchfoot

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Bad Religion performs on Spinner’s Interface

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Bad Religion recently performed on Spinner’s ‘The Interface‘, giving audiences a sample of work dating back from the 1980s to their most recent material, performing older tracks like “Suffer” alongside brand new numbers like “The Devil in Stitches”. You can check out their performance of new track “The Devil in Stitches” above.

The band’s most recent album, The Dissent of Man, was released this past September while a lavish vinyl box set is being released by Epitaph.

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Bad Religion announces 30th anniversary vinyl box set!

It’s been a banner year for the good ship Bad Religion this year. With their 30th anniversary celebrations nearing an end, the long serving punk band have announced the collectors dream- a vinyl boxset containing wax versions of 15 Bad Religion albums! If there was but one way to crown a collection, this would be it.

The box set features the very first Epitaph pressing of the long gone album Into the Unknown (the first in 27 years!) and the first pressing in more than a decade of their album Generator. This limited pressing will be kept at 3000 while the first 500 to place an order will get their hands on a free Bad Religion flag.

The group’s most recent release, The Dissent of Man, was released last month. You can order your vinyl box set, retailing at $199.99, from Epitaph.

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