Blur will receive the "Outstanding Contribution To Music Award" at the 2012 Brit Awards. The band's bassist, Alex James, has also hinted at the band getting together over Christmas to start recording new material.
Vagrant Records is offering a free download of a new School Of Seven Bells song called "The Night" here. The song can be heard here. It comes off the group's new record, Ghostory, which will be released February 28.
Neon Trees are currently in the studio working on their new album, which is set to be released early-to-mid 2012. You can see pictures of them in their practice space here. The band's new single, "Everybody Talks," will go to radio on January 10th.
Fugazi Live Series, an online archive of past Fugazi shows and recordings, has been officially launched. The band will release 130 concert downloads (100 new shows, and the 30 shows released on the out-of-print Fugazi Live Series CDs), along with additional photos, flyers, and downloads until the archive is complete. To keep with the band's DIY ethic, the suggested fee is $5 or set your own price.
Spotify has introduced a platform for developers, and websites, to make apps for their music player. Looks like we'll have to figure out a way to put some AP.net news and recommendations in your Spotify player before too long.
Burning House Recordshas releasedCan I Borrow This? Volume I, a charity compilation of bands covering each other's songs, that benefits The San Francisco School Alliance. Head to the replies for the tracklisting and artwork.
Get a rare limitedSocial Distortion promo 45 rpm 7" here. Side A is "Cold Feelings", Side B is "Bad Luck" (live acoustic), and each 7" sleeve is signed by Mike Ness. These have been out of print and only available via eBay and vinyl collectors.
Casting Curses are giving away both Panic Records releases for free download here. Their debut full length will be recorded next month, which you can hear practice demos from on Facebook. In addition, they'll be playing some December shows. Hit the replies for dates.
Today, Gaye Black (The Adverts) kicked off Punk and Beyond, her second installment of celebrating the creative contributions of punk musicians. This one is dedicated to the late Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex) who died of breast cancer earlier this year. The line-up of presenters and performers can be viewed in the replies.
Paper + Plastick is releasing seven new records on vinyl on Black Friday. Farewell Continental's Hey, Hey Pioneers!, Junior Battles' Idle Ages, Riverboat Gamblers' Smash/Grab EP, Reverse the Curse's Hither & Yon, a split from Red City Radio and The Gamits, the Are You With the Band? female-fronted pop-punk compilation, and the Plow UnitedSleepwalk: A Retrospective collection will all be available for the first time on vinyl beginning tomorrow at 3 p.m., along with other sales in the label's webstore. Head to the replies to see a statement from the label thanking its fans and links to full album streams of all the new releases.
Five Iron Frenzy have reunited and will be releasing a new album. Listen to their new song "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" in the replies. They've also already smashed their Kickstarter goal by more than $30k.