Tim Armstrong, legendary NorCal punk of Rancid and Operation Ivy fame, has jump-started his solo project Tim Timebomb and Friends by releasing a new song every day on the band’s Youtube channel.

“Tim Timebomb and Friends is a place for me to share with you some of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded with friends of mine. I’ve always enjoyed sharing music, whether I’m just sitting around playing acoustic guitar with my friends or breaking out old 45’s,” Armstrong said on the band’s official website.

“I guess you could call me a music nerd. I like everything from Bob Dylan to the Ramones, to Jimmy Cliff to Cock Sparrer,” he continued. “I plan to bring together a great group of players to record covers as well as some originals. I hope you dig it and encourage you to pass them on.”

Starting at the end of October, Tim Timebomb and Friends have indeed released ten new recordings, with Armstrong and a rotating cast of fellow musicians performing a dizzying array of songs, such as a cover of Elvis Costello’s “American Without Tears” from the 1986 King of America album alongside original compositions like “She’s Drunk All The Time,” written with Kevin Bivonia.

While each of these videos have simply featured a static image of a vinyl 45 bearing the song’s title, for the latest release, a cover of 1973 Faces tune “Ooh La La,” Armstrong has released a stark black and white performance video featuring Travis Barker on drums. J Bonner handles bass, with Bivonia on keys.

“As soon as Travis Barker heard my demo for this song, he wanted to play on it, we recorded at his studio the next day and made the video the day after,” Armstrong explained on the song’s YouTube page.

Armstrong also shared a personal component of the clip, as it features a location near and dear to his heart.

“In the video, there’s a shot of me standing on a garbage can on the corner of Durant and Telegraph,” he said, referencing an intersection in Berkeley, CA. “In the distance you can see the church where my parents were married in 1958. This song is dedicated to my dad Don Armstrong 1931-2012.”

According to the band’s YouTube channel, the music will be available on iTunes on December 11.

Armstrong has been busy this year producing reggae legend Jimmy Cliff‘s most recent (and fantastic) album, Rebirth, performing live with Cliff at this year’s Coachella music festival.

–Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local


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