How is everyone doing out there? Are we surviving? Are we staying home? Staying healthy? Staying connected together?
It's a tough time for everyone, but hopefully we will all be together sooner than later.
Until then, I must say one of my favorite parts of this has been seeing some of my favorite artists coming up with very cool ways of staying busy, creative, and entertaining to all of us. I thought I would list some of my favorite live streams, new music, and things I have seen in the punk and pop punk scene in the past few weeks!
1.) Billie Joe Armstrong is releasing new cover songs every Monday! Dubbed "No Fun Mondays", what a way to keep it interesting!
Check out his cover of "I Think We're Alone Now"! My favorite!
2.) Speaking of Billie Joe, Green Day livestreamed one of their favorite record stores spinning records on a vinyl player! This was done in Instagram live, so I am sure we can be expecting more soon.
3.) Jim Lindberg from Pennywise has been playing acoustic songs on his Instagram, and most recently covered Bad Religion. YES!
4.) For all you late night peeps. How about a drum session with Travis Barker?! He has been on Instagram doing 4am quarantined drum sessions.
5.) Speaking of Travis Barker, you could be in a Blink 182 video! From your house! All you have to do is send videos in and they might pick you to feature in their music video for "Happy Days"! Get your creativity going!
6.) This is probably my favorite thing I have seen so far. The guys in Goldfinger did a video of each of them in their respective quarantine places, all playing "Here in Your Bedroom", and it's awesome. Check it out!
7.) Mike Herrera plays bass in Goldfinger, but most people from the PNW know him from MxPx. The Bremerton punk trio! And today Mike announced that he will be going live once a week on the MxPx Facebook, playing songs, answering questions, and telling stories. Called "Life in Quarantine" it will happen EVERY Friday!
8.) And finally, New Found Glory, is doing it old school just releasing NEW music, because their new album comes out in May. And sometimes that is all you need. Check out their new song, "Nothing to Say"!
While it may not be time for us to get together and go to a show, or get in the pit quite yet, at least we have a bunch of ways to keep ourselves entertained by some of our favorite artists. What has been your favorite live stream, or what has one of your favorite bands done during this quarantine! Share with us so we can check them out!
Stay home, stay healthy, and STAY CONNECTED TOGETHER! See you in the virtual pit and WASH YOUR HANDS!
- Danny V.
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