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Thrash out to “The Legend of the Holy Drinker,” the new single from Ex Friends (releases tomorrow on Paper + Plastick)

Photo by Isaac Turner

And now, a great slice of thrash to brighten up your afternoon. Ex-Friends is the new project of Plow United bassist (and sometimes Key contributor) Joel Tannenbaum. The recent Plow reunion got his punk rock action happening again, but as the band’s Facebook bio puts it, “Sean [Rule, drummer] lives 3000 miles away and all this insane energy needs to go somewhere.”

…so I decided to start a band with JP Flexner,who has designed and printed like half the awesome punk rock posters and record covers you’ve seen in the last five years. Joining us are Audrey Crash and Jayme Guokas, who between them have played in about a million Philly basement bands you have never heard of but should have.

The No Wonder We Prefer the Dark 7″ is out tomorrow on Paper + Plastick Records; check out opening track “The Legend of the Holy Drinker” below.

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South Jersey pop-punks Aspiga sign to Paper + Plastik Records; new full length out Nov. 10, tour kicks off Friday at Studio Luloo

Big congrats to South Jersey pop punkers Aspiga, who yesterday announced they would be releasing their next record, Every Last Piece, through Paper + Plastick Records, the Gainesville, Florida-based label run by Vinnie Fiorello, drummer for 90s ska favorites Less than Jake. The album comes out on November 10, but the band will keep busy in the meantime with a U.S. tour that kicks off this Friday, September 7, at Studio Luloo in Oaklyn, N.J., and wraps up in Bethlehem on September 21 at Secret Art Space. More information at the label’s website. Below, listen to the title track to their 2010 album Tense.