Itís fine, I guess. I donít wanna shit on any traditions, but it IS more or less a waste of time and energy at best and at worst itís a terrible platform for some dumb dick who lucked into a lottery-win caliber job to reinforce their own deluded notion that they understand how the world works better than everyone else (this is particularly funny because thereís almost no one less qualified to explain to young people how to make it in the world than people who get paid millions of dollars to pretend to be other people, write laws about other people, or play shitty pop songs)....
"Gangnam Style" has now surpassed 2 billion views on YouTube -- that's equivalent to 140 million hours, or more than 16,000 years years of watching this video.
Had people not been watching PSYóthe South Korean pop star who released the song in July 2012óthey could have constructed three such ships. Alternatively they could have built more than four Great Pyramids of Giza, or another Wikipedia, or six Burj Khalifas in Dubai (the worldís tallest building). The songís nearest rival is Justin Bieberís ďBabyĒ, at a paltry one billion views. The opportunity cost of watching PSYís frivolity is huge, but humanity has at least been entertained.
Tomorrow Masked Intruder kicks off a massive tour which sees the band playing shows all over the United States, Europe and three Canadian cities. To celebrate we're teaming up with Fat Wreck Chords to give away a signed CD copy of the new album M.I and a signed poster plus the band is throwing in their infamous ski mask and your choice of Red, Blue, Green or Yellow (Orange) sunglasses. To win just leave a post in the replies stating which song you're most excited to hear live. One winner will be notified via PM on July 2. Good luck!
With their seriously cute rocker looks, it's no surprise that the boys admitted they've "got, like, briefcases full of bras" from fans. But in case you've sent a special gift to the guys, you'll be happy to know that they keep them all! "We keep everything. We keep absolutely everything. But we canít fit everything in our [apartment] anymore. Itís too much stuff!" said Matthew. The coolest thing they've ever gotten? "[Puzzles] of our own faces. That was pretty cool."
Hit the replies to watch a video for Budweiser and Jay Z's "Made in America" video series that spotlights Seattle. The video features Ben Gibbard, Tacocat, La Luz, and the staff of Sub Pop talking abot their city. More episodes will be airing leading up to the Made in America Festival later this year.
It took some persuading for me to think about writing a book of any kind, but in the end I realised Iíve spent a pretty unusual amount of time touring hard in the last few years, and I have a fair few stories to tell, and maybe even a tiny smidgen of wisdom to impart to people starting out on the same path. Plus I come from a family of yarn-spinners, and I can run my mouth, so it makes sense.
Happy birthday to one of AbsolutePunk.net's sweetest and most adored children, Brand New's Deja Entendu, who turned 11 years old yesterday. It's crazy how fast these kids are growing up. Probably we should get them an iPhone now.
Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida, you're all in luck. Updated list of dates in the replies and pre-sale here at noon local time (for all dates except the three Florida dates, which were previously announced). So will there be a new album around October?
Happy birthday to Jack Barakat of All Time Low, who turns 14 years old today, and also to AP.net user Gunz of Idobi's The Gunz Show, who texted us to make sure we posted about his birthday, and who turns 46 this year.
Today, we're premiering Trophy Wives' new live music video for "I'm Gonna Make You Famous", a fan favorite from their first EP Letting Go, self produced in 2012. They are currently writing their first full length record with high hopes to debut in 2015. Stay tuned for a chance to catch them on the Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield, MA via the Ernie Ball BOTB.
Sivu will release a new EP centered around his new track "Miracle (Human Error)" on July 27th. Head to the replies to see the official video for the track. Fans of alt-J, Wild Beasts and Bombay Bicycle Club should definitely check him out and find more songs in the thread here.
The debut symphony from Casey Crescenzo, Amour & Attrition, has earned the number one spots atop Billboard's Traditional Classical and Top Classical Albums Charts, number two on the Classical Albums Chart, and number seven on the Heatseeker Albums Chart. The full press release can be found in the replies and if you missed the episode of our podcast talking to Casey about the project, now's a good time to check it out.
The National will begin recording their 7th full-length record in October.
He continued: "We're talking about getting together, which won't be until about October, taking a little break and then getting together to try and write together in a room - which we've never done. We always work on little things and email back and forth. We have no idea whether it's going to work or not, but that's as far as we've got with the new record: trying to work out a plan and a different approach.
Kanye West spoke at the Cannes Lion Festival, on a panel called "Technology, Culture, and Consumer Adoption: Learning to Read the Cultural Landscape," AdWeek has some quotes from the talk.
There would have been no Beats deal without the Samsung deal. It showed the number one company the importance of connecting with culture. The reason I said I didnít like Samsung particularly is because throughout my entire life, because of how my parents raised me, I have to work with the number one. I canít work with anyone but Jay Z because heís number one. I canít be with any girl but Kim because thatís the girl whose pictures I look at the most and get turned on by. Iím not going to represent any...