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Rdio has announced they will be converting their entire existing catalog to AAC/320 kbps. Think you can tell the difference? Take this ABX test to prove it.
In addition, and as part of our ongoing commitment to the artist community, Rdio will work closely with artists and labels from around the world to continue to raise the bar higher on streaming quality where sufficient network bandwidth exists, and to improve stream delivery in markets around the world where network quality and bandwidth are often inconsistent.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 07:06 PM
Check ... check ... is this thing on? The AbsolutePunk.net Podcast has returned. This week brings Joseph Marro stopping by to talk about the early years of The Early November, his time in Hellogoodbye, and his current adventures managing bands like You Blew It. Life in a band isn't always like it's made out to be in the movies. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies -- and oh how we're glad to be back!

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Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 05:18 PM
Frank Turner is currently demoing some new songs.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 04:39 PM
Titus Andronicus and The World Is A Beautiful Place... will play a free show as part of NYU's 29th Annual Strawberry Fest in New York City on Friday, May 9. It's a daytime show. More info can be found here.
Thomas Nassiff on 04/25/14 - 04:12 PM
Mark Hoppus has tweeted a little more about his project with Chris Holmes.
While travis and i have waited for blink-182 to get back into the studio this past year, i started working on a project with my friend chris, who has worked on grammy award-winning albums, and been my collaborator and confidant for many years. at this point we have nearly 25 songs in various stages of completion. the first project we worked on is a remix of a nova rockafeller song and in the not-too-distance future, will release our album. the band is called "Nothing and Nobody." @nothingxnobody is the official twitter.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 03:36 PM
A Lot Like Birds will be touring with Heart To Heart on the way home from Warped Tour. Dates are below.
Ryan Gardner on 04/25/14 - 02:14 PM
Don't need much but the headline here. Happy Friday!
Since, cash is at a low, and my tears are at a high, I'm trading a water-bottle filled with my own tears for a ticket to go see American Football. These tears are 100% authentic, and are produced from myself by listening to only American Football and other Mike Kinsella projects (Owen, Joan of Arc, Their / They're / There, Owls, Cap N' Jazz etc.) Serious inquiries only.
Thomas Nassiff on 04/25/14 - 01:57 PM
Nothing And Nobody, the new project from Chris Holmes and Mark Hoppus, have remixed Nova Rockafeller's "1990s." Stream it on Purevolume. This project is probably what Chris was alluding to on Twitter earlier this week and you can now follow them on Twitter and Instagram as well.
Working under the moniker "Nothing and Nobody," Mark Hoppus teamed up with friend and engineer/producer Chris Holmes to strip down Nova Rockafeller's ode to the Gameboy decade, "1990s." Where the original features a fair amount of video game influenced bleeps and bloops and mechanical drums, Hoppus and Holmes opted for live instrumentation, giving the track a raw rock 'n' roll feel that would make the '90s...
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:55 PM
The new TV show Salem has released its opening titles ahead of the second episode and they include vocals provided by Marilyn Manson.
"The song 'Cupid Carries a Gun' was the last track we just finished for my new album," says Manson. "The occult and witchcraft [are] so often used in cinema with a heinous disregard for even researching its origins. However, I liked the themes of Salem. It looks at the witch trials without being cliche like most modern films."
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:50 PM
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Sussex, women really are more attracted to men who can produce music.
The researchers believe it provides the first scientific support for Charles Darwin’s theory that the prime function of music is to aid sexual courtship. Dr Charlton said: "The ability to create complex music could be indicative of advanced cognitive abilities. "Consequently, women may acquire genetic benefits for offspring by selecting musicians able to create more complex music as sexual partners."
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:46 PM
The numbers are in for Record Store Day:
Billboard reports that over 369,000 LPs were sold the week ending April 20, with Record Store Day on the 19th. That's a record high since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, topping last year's RSD-week sales of 244,000 and the previous record, a pre-Christmas 295,000 during a week in December 2013.

Ironically enough, the top-selling vinyl release of the week was Childish Gambino's "Because the Internet." Hopefully it came with a download code.

Per Billboard's data, it was also a great week for indie stores: mom-and-pop retailers moved 19.4 percent of physical albums sold during RSD week, another "likely" SoundScan-era record.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:39 PM
AlunaGeorge's Body Music and Post Tropical by James Vincent McMorrow are both on sale for only $5 on Amazon.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:36 PM
The New Classic's debut album is on sale for $5 on their Bandcamp page.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:34 PM
Maria Konnikova, writing for The New Yorker, on the science behind why we yawn:
Rather than empathy, the contagious nature of yawning may be highlighting something very different. “We’re getting insight into the human herd: yawning as a primal form of sociality,” Provine says. Yawning may be, at its root, a mechanism of social signalling. When we yawn, we are communicating with one another. We are sending an external sign of something internal, be it our boredom or our anxiety, our fatigue or our hunger—all moments when we may need a helping hand. In fact, yawning may be the opposite of what we generally think. It’s less likely a signal that you’re tired than a signal that it’s time for...
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:31 PM
Apologies, I Have None's new EP Black Everything is now available on Amazon.

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Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:28 PM
See ... they talk.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:24 PM
TJ and Lauren of Accents are getting married tomorrow. Congratulations!

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Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:24 PM
Emery have released their book, Badchristian, Greatsavior, on paperback. You can grab it on their webstore or the e-book on Amazon.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:22 PM
Check out our photos of the 4/23 Austin stop of Augustana's tour with Twin Forks.
Ryan Gardner on 04/25/14 - 12:17 PM
ShopRadioCast has posted up a pre-order for a second pressing of Saosin's self-titled album.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:16 PM
NME is reporting that The Libertines will play London's Hyde Park on July 5thas part of the upcoming Barclaycard British Summer Time concert series.
"Not long ago I listened to The Libertines songs on YouTube and had a burst of nostalgia so I said what the heck, and then they told me how much they will pay us and I cannot lie to you I couldn’t say no, at least not in my state right now. I was recently called to family law court after a young girl I knew had told me I was the father of her baby. I have a year and a half old girl and I need to pay a lot of alimony, I’m in debt. It’s very complicated for me to say no right now, I have financial problems."
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:11 PM
Powerman 5000's new lyric video for "How To Be A Human" can be streamed in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:08 PM
Check the replies to stream Young Widows digital-only tune "The Money."
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:06 PM
Anthony Bourdain recently commented on EDM during a segment of his new show Parts Unknown. It's worth watching just to hear the phrase "ye lords and princes of douchedom" used in a sentence.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:05 PM
Love, Robot's new video for "Machine" can be seen in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 12:02 PM
Into It. Over It. have announced some more tour dates.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:59 AM
Dessa's Castor, the Twin, has been repressed to black vinyl.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:58 AM
Tickets for Mineral's fall tour are now onsale. Links and dates in the replies.
Reconnecting with each other and this material for the first time in 17 years has been a real joy and pleasure. The shows will be the icing on the cake. We are grateful for the opportunity and looking forward to getting to play for all the people who have loved us all along as well as the many who have discovered us posthumously along the way.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:56 AM
Check the replies to stream the new Madball song "DNA."
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:54 AM
Today we're bringing you a very special edition of AbsolutePlaylist featuring the one and only Kenny Vasoli. You've seen his music transform from the days of The Starting Line, to Person L, and now to the "nu-hula" Vacationer, who will be releasing sophomore album, Relief on June 24th. Today we get the chance to travel into Kenny's musical inspirations. Check out Kenny's playlist, titled "Summation: My Journey Through Music" in the replies.
Here is a collection of tunes that encompass the journey my ears and mind have made through music. I did my best to sequence this playlist chronologically according to when in my life I obsessed over these artist/songs. It was an interesting...
Anthony Sorendino on 04/25/14 - 11:51 AM
NOFX will be playing Punk in Drublic in its entirety for Groezrock in Belgium, on May 4th.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:50 AM
Mark Hoppus posted a picture on Twitter showing that he's recording some bass guitar. No mention if it's for Blink-182 or not though.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:48 AM
Check the replies to see Cut Copy perform two songs on Jimmy Kimmel.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:46 AM
American Football have added a second New York date to their upcoming shows. Dates in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:45 AM
Elliot Smith's Roman Candle is now streaming, for free, on YouTube. Check the replies if you've somehow missed out on this classic.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:42 AM
Check out our photos of the 4/22 Austin stop of Manchester Orchestra's "COPE Tour" with Balance and Composure.
Ryan Gardner on 04/25/14 - 11:08 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 11:00 AM
This southern air is all I need.
Show PhotosAugustana with Twin Forks - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
Ryan Gardner on 04/25/14 - 09:33 AM
Check the replies for a good audio interview with Geoff Rickley, of Thursday fame, where he addresses a lot of things ... including the rumors that he'll be working with the remaining members of the now defunt Lostprophets. Also in the interview it's revealed that Geoff has decided to really buckle down on his label now that he was able to secure some financing from an investor. They have a Saves the Day 7", Touche Amore 7", and Title Fight 7" all on deck. It's a good listen and definitely worth the time.
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 10:10 PM
Check the replies to see The Summer Set cover The 1975's "Chocolate."
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 09:59 PM
Check the replies to see The 1975 playing an acoustic version of "Girls." The band's official new video for "Robbers" should be coming early next week.

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Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 09:53 PM
Jack's Mannequin's Everything in Transit turned nine yesterday.

Update: Just kidding, I mean in August it will be nine. When I first googled the date to double-check it was wrong. Still a great fucking record so I'll leave this thread open to discuss the greatness that is this album. Appreciation thread commence.
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 09:51 PM
Andrew McMahon has been awarded the Stupid Cancer Social Impact Award for his efforts to spread awareness about young adult cancer. He will be receiving this award this weekend at Stupid Cancer's 7th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults in Las Vegas.

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Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 09:49 PM
The upcoming Paramore and Fall Out Boy tour will be carbon neutral. The full press release can be found in the replies.
“We have a responsibility and a desire to be on tour... a lot. So it's really great to work with forward-thinking people to help make our touring business as sustainable and Eco-conscious as we can.” added Hayley Williams of Paramore.

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Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 09:46 PM
Mae will be performing on May 31st via StageIt and they're teasing some kind of announcement during their show.

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Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 09:43 PM
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