"Oh, that's not obvious enough Rob. How about the Beatles? Or fucking ... fucking Beethoven? Side one, track one of the 'Fifth Symphony!' How can someone with no interest in music own a record store?"
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast tackles one of my favorite scenes from the record-store-nerd classic High Fidelity: the best track ones. Thomas and I both pick our three favorites and discuss why they stand out above all the rest. We also discuss the importance of the first track on an album and if that importance is lessened in a world where most people are consuming music a la carte. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, as well as your favorite album openers,...
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about their new record and the Hall of Fame.
Before we found any of this out, I had already written a few songs and everybody was really excited by them. And then we heard about the Hall of Fame, and we were just blown away. Yeah, I mean, we're going to take our time. We're not going to try and pull off some, like, victory lap over this because I definitely want the music to come from a real place and be inspired, not just because we got honored or anything like that, but because we're honoring music. We want to work on them, and we want to make a great album.
Brandon Flowers is setting his sights a little higher than Pete Wentz this time ... taking aim at Kanye West in an interview with Rolling Stone. It's not nearly as dramatic as the headlines have made it out to be.
Yeah, that oneís tough. Everyoneís afraid to say anything contrary to him being a genius. Itís crazy, man! And itís frustrating. Iím not going to tear him down, but I will say I find that to be frustrating. [Laughs] Thatís my stance on it. A lot of people might agree with me now. I may have been a little bit ahead of my time. But I think he wants to be good. I think he wants to be great, and thatís something that we all want to strive for. Weíve just got different roads of...
Grooveshark has been shut down. I didn't even know it was still around ... but, well, not anymore.
The music sharing service has been dealt what could easily amount to a death blow by a US District Court judge, which found that Grooveshark's own employees personally (and willfully) violated and profited from copyright infringement. It's been a long saga; Grooveshark has faced lawsuit after lawsuit in recent years. It's managed to overcome some by striking deals with publishers, but vengeful music labels haven't given up on sinking the company.
Pure Noise Records has announced they've signed No Good News. It should be noted that that's the band with this guy (note: link contains details of sexual assault) in it. The label have already told one fan to never buy another record from the label for calling attention to this.
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Dan Andriano from Alkaline Trio will release Party Adjacent on July 17, 2015.
ďThe Emergency Room started as something for me to do with songs I had been writing that didnít seem to have a place on Alkaline Trio records,Ē explains Andriano. Started when he found himself living in Florida, he released his debut full-length Hurricane Season on Asian Man in 2011 and toured troubadour-style around the release with just an acoustic guitar on the US and European legs of the Revival Tour. Party Adjacent marks the beginning of a new chapter to the Emergency Room story. Produced by Jeff Rosenstock, formerly of Bomb the Music Industry, Andriano is joined by a backing band of Jeff, Kevin Higuchi...
The bassist of Lionfight went on a racist rant and was kicked out of the band. The band has released a statement:
Today an ex band member of lionfight decided on his own to say some really shocking and racist remarks on his personal page. Not only did he offend many, including the other band members, he set back the social clock greatly by his ignorant remarks. We say ex because we cannot have that mindset and mouthpiece be a representative of us personally or what weíve worked so damn hard for. Bryan will no longer be playing music with us. We love him like a brother and we will always be there to pick him up when he falls but we cannot move forward with him being a part of this. He...
The alderman of Humboldt Park, Chicago has stated he does not want Riot Fest to return this year:
I am exceptionally disappointed at the Riot Fest organizers for the mess they left at the park last year and their shallow and hollow promises to restore the park," Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) said. "I don't support them coming back."
Lil Ugly Mane has released the third and final installment of his Three Sided Tape series, which you can stream here. The release is called Third Side of Tape, and the rapper has said that the first two volumes will be coming out in a physical format soon.
You may be familiar with Matthew Mayfield's smooth southern-rock sound, but it's always had an acoustic backbone. Recently, Mayfield has cast aside his acoustic guitar and resurrected his full-fledged rock project, The Blue Cut Robbery. The result is an expertly produced, hard hitting EP they call Coquette, which hosts some of the best sounding guitar licks I've heard in years. Today, we're proud to bring you the video premiere for the exceptional second track on that EP, "Nashville, TN." If you're into Pearl Jam or The Gaslight Anthem, you'll feel right at home. Check out the video in all its face-melting glory in the replies and be sure to pick up the EP here!
Rich Homie Quan, the rap game James Bond, dropped a new mixtape the other day titled If You Ever Think I Will Stop Going In, Ask Double RR that you can download here. The tape follows previous mixtapes Still Goin In (Reloaded) and I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In.