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.
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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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.
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.
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...
"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."
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."
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.
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...
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."
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.
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...
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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.
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.
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.
“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.