Substream’s 10 most popular news stories of 2015

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As 2015 winds down, Substream will be recapping our most popular content from throughout the year. These lists are not meant to be ranking things critically; they exist instead to catch you up on what everyone else was checking out this year. Browse all of our Most Popular Of 2015 lists here.


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10. Hear Weezer debut wild new single “Thank God For Girls” live
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: Fan anticipation was at a fever pitch for Weezer’s new single “Thank God For Girls” back in October, so when the band debuted it at a live show a few days before its scheduled release, it became a bootlegger’s dream.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: The low-quality live recording has since been pulled offline. and the band has since released a studio version of the song, as well as another brand new song called “Do You Wanna Get High?”. There’s still no word on a new Weezer full-length though one is expected in 2016 by most fans.


photo: Olly Hanks / Punkworldviews.com
photo: Olly Hanks / Punkworldviews.com

9. Teenage Bottlerocket drummer hospitalized, comatose after being found unconscious
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: Just days after playing to a massive crowd at the Fest in Gainesville, Florida, with his band Teenage Bottlerocket, drummer Brandon Carlisle was found unconscious at his home and rushed to the hospital, where he slipped into a coma.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: Sadly, Carlisle passed away just a few days later. His bandmates held a public service for friends, family and fans to attend in mid-November. More recently, the Lawrence Arms paid tribute to him in concert by covering a Teenage Bottlerocket song.


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8. Slipknot guitarist stabbed in the head by his brother
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: Well, the headline kinda says it all, doesn’t it? Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson got into an altercation with his brother Andrew that resulted in him sustaining a stab wound in the back of his head. Ouch.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: Well, when it rains, it pours: Thomson was charged with disorderly conduct and if convicted could face up to 30 days in jail plus a fine of up to $625. In related news, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor punched an NXT superstar.


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7. Someone made a 10-hour loop of Tom DeLonge’s verse from Blink-182’s “I Miss You” and it’s kinda great
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: Well, if I recall correctly, someone made a 10-hour loop of Tom DeLonge’s verse from Blink-182’s “I Miss You” and it was kinda great.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: Tom DeLonge was replaced by Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba in Blink-182 (and Travis Barker was pretty stoked on that). He also released a solo album that was actually pretty good despite having a song called “Circle-Jerk Pit” on it.


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6. EXCLUSIVE: Cody Payne (the Dangerous Summer/Floodlove) arrested for burglary, faces up to 102 years in prison
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: Former guitarist of the Dangerous Summer and noted sketchy dude Cody Payne was arrested in January by police in Austin, Texas, for burglarizing the apartment of the person who lived above him. Allegedly.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: We spoke at length with the victim, Jacob Lawter (and even ended up premiering a song by his band, Slow And Steady). Cody Payne wrote us and denied everything, even going so far as to say four out of the five charges against him were dropped. He then continued writing us, unsolicited, roughly once a month for the next few months, asking us how come he wasn’t in jail and quoting Bible scripture. The last court update we know is Payne was scheduled to appear in court for the burglary charge on May 1 and the remaining four charges (only two of which were tied to the burglary) on May 29, but we sadly do not know the result of those appearances.


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5. Did Seether intentionally rip off Brand New’s “Daisy” for their new single?
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: Faux-grunge trio Seether were accused of ripping off Brand New’s “Daisy” for their new single “Nobody Praying For Me” via a Reddit AMA, which frontman Shaun Morgan laughed off. We were not one to let it go so easily.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: Who gives a shit what Seether is up to? However,  Brand New has been busy as hell: First, they dropped a brand new song. Then, they dropped another brand new song. Then, Jesse Lacey kinda-sorta said Brand New miiiiight be breaking up. Then they released their leaked 2006 demos on cassette. (Seriously.)


 

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4. Nick Alexander—merch manager for Sum 41, Underoath, Panic! At The Disco, more—among dead in Paris terrorist attack
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: More than 100 people died in the terrorist attacks on Paris, but fewer deaths resonated more with our community than that of Nick Alexander, the merchandise manager for Eagles Of Death Metal along with dozens of other bands, including Sum 41, Underoath, Panic! At The Disco, the Black Keys and more. Alexander was killed inside Le Bataclan during Eagles Of Death Metal’s concert on November 13.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: A GoFundMe account was created in Alexander’s honor that has raised more than $100,000 to date. Alexander’s family has created a charitable trust to manage and distribute the money accordingly.


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photo: Jay Ivie

3. The Ghost Inside’s tour bus collides with semi truck; fatalities reported
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: California hardcore band the Ghost Inside was involved in a devastating bus accident in south Texas, resulting in two fatalities and nine injured.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: The band members are still recovering from their myriad injuries. On a positive note, Bleeding Through will be reuniting to play a benefit show for the Ghost Inside.


photo: Ben Garcia
photo: Ben Garcia

2. Descendents, NOFX, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag + more to play first It’s Not Dead festival
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: Kevin Lyman, founder of the Warped Tour, finally found a way to get all those obnoxious 30-and-40-somethings who complain about Warped’s lineup to shut up for once by creating It’s Not Dead, a festival stacked from top to bottom with the best of punk from the ’80s to today. Apparently all those obnoxious 30-and-40-somethings live online, because the announcement of this festival was legitimately our second-biggest story of 2015. Thanks, Kevin!
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: We sent a photographer to It’s Not Dead who captured all the slam-bang punk rock action as it happened. And we’ve heard rumors It’s Not Dead is coming back next year—and it might be a full-on tour, too. Fingers crossed!


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1. Someone turned Marilyn Manson’s “This Is The New Sh*t” into a ska song and it rules
WHAT HAPPENED THEN: The headline says it all, folks: Some enterprising YouTuber took a live clip of Marilyn Manson playing “This Is The New Shit” and created a ska-punk backing track. It’s legitimately one of the greatest things these eyes (and ears) have ever seen (and heard).
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW: While Marilyn Manson actually brought “This Is The New Shit” back into his setlist this year (and we have to assume this story is the reason why), he sadly still performs the song as it was first recorded—no upstrokes to be found anywhere. Oh well.


As 2015 winds down, Substream will be recapping our most popular content from throughout the year. These lists are not meant to be ranking things critically; they exist instead to catch you up on what everyone else was checking out this year. Browse all of our Most Popular Of 2015 lists here.