Veteran punk band [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Social Distortion[/lastfm] returns this week with Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, the group's seventh studio album and first release in over six years. After years of working with various producers, Mike Ness took this duty for the first time. The band entered a Burbank studio earlier this year where they recorded for the next several months–in-between tour dates--and in early October they wrapped up recording before again heading out on tour. The album isn't due until January, 2011, but we have a free Mp3 of "Machine Gun Blues" for you right now--dig in! [audio url="" artist="Social Distortion" name="Machine Gun Blues" podtrac="true" config_file="config.xml"] Earlier this month Mike Ness talked with our friend Stryker of  Los Angeles alternative rock station KROQ. Together, they world-premiered “Machine Gun Blues,” the first single from the band’s forthcoming release which is entitled Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Click here to read the interview.  

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