Pitchfork has introducedThe Pitchfork Review, a quarterly publication that the company says will feature "long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons and other ephemera ... document[ing] music culture, past and present." The introductory rate if you sign up for the first four issues is $11.25 per issue in the United States, and the single-issue / newsstand price is $19.96. Instead of selling ads, Pitchfork has locked in Converse as the exclusive advertiser for the first year and there will be an accompanying 7" with exclusive tracks. Fast Company has a short profile on the news, where Pitchfork CEO Ryan Schreiber draws parallels between the company launching online in 1996,...
Producer and all-around good guy Chris Common (former drummer for These Arms Are Snakes; producer/engineer of some of your favorite albums from Pelican, Minus The Bear, and many more) recently fell and cracked his head open. 17 staples and 2 MRIs later and Chris now has medical bills upwards of $7,000. He's created an Indiegogo project to help pay those bills. Check it out and help if you can.
A Great Big Pile of Leaves had their van broken into last night in Chicago. Their Facebook has the details of what they lost - and what to keep an eye out for if you live in Chicago - and if you'd like to help, pick something up from their merch store.
Lauren Mayberry (vocalist for CHVRCHES) has written an excellent op-ed for The Guardian discussing why she will not tolerate online misogyny. It's a must-read article on a very important topic in today's society.
What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from "a bit sexist but generally harmless" to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that "just happens". Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to "just deal with".
We might be able to get our hearing back - scientists have found a potential cure for permanent deafness caused by loud noise exposure, infection and toxic drugs, using a drug that stimulates the inner ear.
The owner of a long-running local venue and recording studio called The Talent Farm in Pembroke Pines, FL is currently seeking a new investor or partner to take over running the establishment. In the short term, they are looking for some help to stay afloat while the future of the venue takes shape. If you'd like to help, you can donate and equally as important for those living in the South Florida area, please share the news. The Talent Farm is not only a prime location for local South Florida bands to play, but has hosted shows by many AP.net favorites such as The Wonder Years, Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Fireworks, Man Overboard and too many more to name. Chances are that most...
Don't expect Justin Vernon to write another Bon Iver record anytime soon. He recently told TripleJ that he doesn't "really write songs anymore." Vernon's other project, Volcano Choir, released its new album, Repave, today.
"I don't really write songs anymore," he said. "The last Bon Iver record was a very 'sitting down with a guitar and writing' kind of record. I really have to be in a specific headspace to even begin to illuminate an idea that would create another Bon Iver record, and I'm just not there. I'm really honoured that Bon Iver gives me a platform to do whatever I want, but there's only so much time you can spend digging through yourself before you become insular. I'm not in...
If you ever dreamed of being able to purchase a kale salad with a side of Arcade Fire, then today's your lucky day. Select Whole Foods stores will now be selling vinyl records along side all the organic, gluten-free food you can handle.
Whole Foods has good reason to get into the music game: Starbucks, of course, has been selling music for white people and those who love them for years. And concerning vinyl, 2012 saw a 19% upswing in wax sales, a trend that has been consistent for the last half decade. Urban Outfitters, a master of disseminating and commodifying alternative culture, has had success with vinyl as well.
Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré) is releasing a new zine titled Down Time. Within its 55 pages are various poems, tour stories, advice, and more. It's the sixth release under his Secret Voice label and is currently available for purchase.
creativeLIVE are about to launch a series of free, live online workshops with influential music industry figures. There will be 3 - one with Incubus manager, Steve Rennie; one with metal guitarist/producer Eyal Levi; and one with DJ/producer Big Chocolate (Cameron Argon). Dates and details are in the replies.
FastCoLabs has a cool piece on touring musicians' favorite apps - find out what Anberlin, Good Old War, Sleeping At Last, and more use to stay connected, write music, and do all their daily musician tasks. What are your essential apps, music or otherwise?
Bands, are you in need of quality design work? Sean Chamilian (Betrayal) is offering 10% off any quote when you email him with "Absolutepunk" in the subject line. Past clients include artists such as Bury Your Dead, The Ghost Inside, and Walls of Jericho. Hit the replies for more information.
While we don't believe someone expressing their sexuality to be newsworthy, it's always nice to show support for those in the community who are brave enough to do so. Today, Jenny Owen Youngs has come out of the closet and written a lengthy blog about her sexuality. All of us at AP.net couldn't be more proud and happier for Jenny and we hope that her act of courage inspires others.
I’m writing to tell you, among other things, that I am super gay. This may or may not come as a surprise to you. If it does: Surprise! If it does not: You were right all along! Either way: Hooray! I didn’t want to come out. I don’t want coming out to be a thing that anyone has to do. A short list of things...
This year marks the ten year anniversary for XtraMile Recordings. Throughout the rest of the year the label will be creating special anniversary releases and brand new merchandise; announcing exclusive competitions and XM10 gigs featuring acts from their ever-increasing roster. We’re also taking-over a stage for an evening at the 2000trees UK Festival in July hosting Xtra Mile acts playing intimate, one-off acoustic sets. More information to be announced.
Daniel Rinaldi (Bedlight For Blue Eyes) is seeking help from the music community who has always lent their support. Just a few days ago, a friend's family was in a major car crash, resulting in the death of their child and serious injuries. Everyone is currently undergoing surgery which is a huge expense. Please donate what you can.