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I really love the concept of split records. It's a way to gain a couple more tracks while waiting on a new LP, or even a way to see the direction a band may move into between records. One of the best parts may be buying a split which contains one of your favorite artists, and end up discovering a new favorite on the other side. Splits can also be a reflection of where artists once were versus what they became. Have you ever heard the Cave In/Piebald split? Two completely different bands then what they became, right? There are also instances where one band from one side of a split blows up and another doesn't. There are a lot of stories beyond just the music that lies in a split...
Adam Pfleider on 07/05/12 - 02:16 PM
Beers, burgers, brats, and fireworks. However you're celebrating the Fourth of July today, we at AbsolutePunk wish you a fun and safe holiday with all your loved ones. Rock, flag, and eagle.
Drew Beringer on 07/04/12 - 08:26 AM
We have teamed up with Macbeth to present you guys with a playlist curated by David Kennedy of Angels & Airwaves. Check it out on Spotify.
Thomas Nassiff on 07/03/12 - 01:52 PM
Our good friend from The Swellers, drummer Jonathan Diener is back once again with his movie review column, appropriately titled "Jono Goes To The Movies." This time, Jono hits up Seth MacFarlane's new feature film, Ted, which stars Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Can Jono be charmed by a talking teddy bear full of ribald humor, or did he frown the entire time? Head to the replies to read his hilarious insight.
Jake Denning on 07/03/12 - 12:08 PM
Check out our short and simple interview with Teenage Bottlerocket here. Freak Out! is available as of today through Fat Wreck Chords.
From the InterviewWith They Came from the Shadows we thought about changing the cover, but we never did. It’s just one of those things that’s kind of funny, I think some people kind of expect it at this point.
Deborah Remus on 07/03/12 - 09:40 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Forever Losing Sleep. You can read the interview here.
Jeremy Aaron on 07/02/12 - 07:50 PM
Whew, time flies when you're listening to great music. At least it does for us, as the staff at AbsolutePunk can barely believe we're already in July. And just like last year, we have had a ton of great music released to us during the first six months of 2012. So naturally we shifted through our lists to individually select our top 10 records midway through 2012. You can check out all the lists here and make sure you leave a comment (or ten).
Drew Beringer on 07/02/12 - 01:05 PM
Who touched the thermostat?
Staff ReviewsPeriphery - Periphery II: This Time It's Personal (Jason Gardner)
A Place to Bury Strangers - Worship (Jeremy Aaron)
Jason Gardner on 07/02/12 - 10:32 AM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 07/01/12 - 07:24 PM
Too often, we hear about a new tour, get excited for it...then forget about it. Before we know it, the tour has moved past our city and we're stuck waiting months to see our favorite bands. Use our weekly tour roundup to never miss another show in your city. In the replies, you'll find a layout of current and future tours in North America, the UK/Europe, Australia and South America, with links to information about the dates. We try to remember every tour, but if you have one to add that we missed, just format it like we do and leave it for us to add. Head to the replies to talk about which tours you're most excited for.
Thomas Nassiff on 07/01/12 - 03:53 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Linda Ferreira on 06/30/12 - 09:16 PM
We are just playing some stupid awesome jams in our turntable room right now. Come join us.
Drew Beringer on 06/30/12 - 08:30 PM
In case you missed them during the week or did not have time to read them before, head to the replies for a second chance to check out the interviews that were posted this week.
Linda Ferreira on 06/30/12 - 06:40 AM
Jason Tate on 06/30/12 - 05:00 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 on twitter. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 06/29/12 - 10:00 AM
If it isn't making dollars, then it isn't making sense. Tell that to Circa Survive who, this week, announced they would be self-releasing their upcoming album, Violent Waves. The band posted two limited pre-orders that gave some of us a double take on the price. Well, both those bundles are now sold out. Going along with my Thursday Discussion yesterday, I've given thought to how we value music and what we're willing to pay on a spectrum of what we have to have to, "I could jam that for $1 and not feel guilty about stealing it." My thoughts are here.
Adam Pfleider on 06/29/12 - 09:25 AM
This is not my swan song or adieu, so beware.
Staff ReviewsBroadway - Gentlemen's Brawl (Jack Appleby)
Happy Body Slow Brain - Sleepy EP (Jack Appleby)
Jack Appleby on 06/29/12 - 04:04 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Seeking Empire. You can read the interview here.
Jeremy Aaron on 06/28/12 - 08:22 PM
I'm a few words short of my Consequential Apathy column this weak (check back tomorrow), but its main focus is what we as music listeners, and more importantly - fans! - are willing to pay for a piece of limited medium from our favorite bands. Last week I talked about physical ownership of music, so now it's time to narrow it down to a few pieces of tangible items in my collection I purchased - from CDs to DVDs to vinyl - some of which I bought when rent was due around the corner or was forced to eat Ramen for a week straight. I invite you to share your most special items in the replies and maybe how much (or for some how little compared to what it goes for now) you ended up obtaining it...
Adam Pfleider on 06/28/12 - 01:59 PM
We'll be interviewing Teenage Bottlerocket tomorrow so feel free to leave questions for the band in the replies.
Deborah Remus on 06/28/12 - 12:53 PM
From Code Orange Kids to the new Mountain Man 7" to the first album from Old Man Gloom in eight years, the challenge to make heavy music heavier is not only in full effect, but to make it more interesting seems to be the true key as well. One band you may not be hearing much about yet is Kansas City's best onslaught, Canyons. Reminicent of Breather Resist's fury and Coalesce's math skills, Canyons is easily the next big thing when bringing up the terms "brutal," "unforgiving" and "smart" in the same sentence. Yesterday the band released their entire discography via Mediafire here. I suggest downloading immediately and turning heads to your cubicle or taking it to the streets of five o'...
Adam Pfleider on 06/28/12 - 10:02 AM
Starting Saturday in San Antonio, we'll have AbsolutePunk buttons to give away at this year's Vans Warped Tour. I'll be at the No Sleep Records tent Saturday and Sunday in Houston. So come say "Hello!" and grab a pin and be sure to check out what our friends at No Sleep brought along with them all summer, including their sampler featuring new and unreleased tracks from the label's newest signings and alumni you are already loving. Don't worry, even after this weekend, we're going to leave the buttons at the tent for all the dates. Make sure to snag one before they're all gone.
Adam Pfleider on 06/27/12 - 11:24 AM
We've got a featured stream for you guys today from Tallahassee, FL's Echo Base. The two-piece plays indie punk in the vein of Algernon Cadwallader and Florida brethren You Blew It! Head to the replies or their AP.net Profile to check out "No, Yeah..." which comes from their new EP, Keep Your Expectations Reasonable. The EP is available for pay-what-you-want download on their Bandcamp, and any donations for the EP will be used to press it on vinyl in the future.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/27/12 - 10:19 AM
Obviously you're not a golfer.
Staff Reviews Maroon 5 - Overexposed (Joe DeAndrea)
Kenny Chesney - Welcome to the Fishbowl (Gregory Robson)
Yawn - Happy Tears EP (Gregory Robson)
Staff InterviewsThrice (Jake Denning)
Jake Denning on 06/27/12 - 05:50 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from In Remission. You can read the interview here.
Jeremy Aaron on 06/26/12 - 07:25 PM
If you're into bands like Dredg, Circa Survive and Incubus, then today might be your lucky day, or night I suppose. Hailing from the sunny lands of California, our featured download comes from alt-rock outfit Case in Theory, who released their melodic, yet rhythmically bolstered LP Cinematic last December. Head to the replies to stream a complete jam off of that record entitled "The Night", and better yet, you can head to the band's AP.net profile to download it as well. Be sure to let us know what you think!
Jason Gardner on 06/26/12 - 11:16 AM
We need more "Bort" license plates in the Gift Shop. Repeat, we are sold out of "Bort" license plates.
Staff ReviewsRight Away, Great Captain! - The Church of the Good Thief (Adam Pfleider)
Marriages - Kitsune
(Adam Pfleider)
Adam Pfleider on 06/25/12 - 10:50 PM
Today we are streaming Benjamin Henderson's new EP Fortunes. The singer-songwriter from San Jose has been creating a buzz for himself opening up for River City Extension this summer. Head to his AP.net profile to stream the six song EP and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Christian Wagner on 06/25/12 - 09:36 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Concrete Houses. You can read the interview here.
Jeremy Aaron on 06/25/12 - 07:57 PM
Too often, we hear about a new tour, get excited for it...then forget about it. Before we know it, the tour has moved past our city and we're stuck waiting months to see our favorite bands. Use our weekly tour roundup to never miss another show in your city. In the replies, you'll find a layout of current and future tours in North America, the UK/Europe, Australia and South America, with links to information about the dates. We try to remember every tour, but if you have one to add that we missed, just format it like we do and leave it for us to add. Head to the replies to talk about which tours you're most excited for.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/24/12 - 07:57 PM
These happen far too often during summer, but we're passing some time in this Turntable room. There's a tropical storm outside my window.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/24/12 - 07:31 PM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 06/24/12 - 07:17 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Linda Ferreira on 06/23/12 - 09:23 PM
In case you missed them during the week or did not have time to read them before, head to the replies for a second chance to check out the interviews and chats posted this week.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/23/12 - 10:41 AM
Jason Tate on 06/23/12 - 05:00 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 on twitter. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 06/22/12 - 10:00 AM
Today I'm bringing you a couple interviews based off of a general group of questions sent to some of the acts playing tomorrow's Rockapalooza Festival in Jackson, MI. Rotation and Know Lyfe are both Michigan-based acts taking part in the festival. Click on their names to read an introductory interview of sorts with them, as well as some guidance on where to check out some of their jams.
Jason Gardner on 06/22/12 - 09:04 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Session 606. You can read the interview here.
Jeremy Aaron on 06/21/12 - 08:47 PM
We're barreling towards the end of June here, which means that the AP.net Staff's Mid-Year AOTY feature will be up very soon! But for now with today's Thursday Discussion, we're going to take a look at what we're anticipating moving forward in 2012. Both Kyle Huntington and I came up with 10 albums that we're excited for (all with release dates of July 1 or later), and we've written up some blurbs below. We feel the lists are pretty interesting, as Kyle and I listen to very different styles of music - while my most anticipated is The Gaslight Anthem, Kyle chose to put The xx at the top of his list. So scroll down to check out our lists, and head over to PropertyOfZack to read Zack...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/21/12 - 03:23 PM
Drew, Christian and I are hanging out in this Turntable room. Let's talk about Make Do and Mend and other things.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/20/12 - 09:00 PM
Too Long; Do Read is back, and our June feature highlights Make Do and Mend and its phenomenal new album, Everything You Ever Loved. Check out No Place Feels Like Home Anymore, the story of how life on the road helped Make Do and Mend write its best record yet, where vocalist James Carroll opens up about his struggles with heavy touring, the band's shift in sound, and what it's been like working with Rise Records. We've got some songs for you to stream in the article while you read.
From the ArticleCarroll tells us a story about last year’s Krazy Fest, being out to dinner with his band and their manager, discussing where to go with the next album. They talked to everyone, he says…all of...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/20/12 - 10:03 AM
You're going to need some time to sit down for this one this week. In case you haven't yet, please read NPR intern Emily White's blog. Then read professor and ex-musician David Lowery's response. Then read Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan's response to Lowery. If you make it through all of that, I've got some thoughts on all three pieces here. What I want you to think about this week is the tangible ownership of music. If there's one vinyl record or CD in your collection that you would never part with, why? When and where did you get it, and is there a story behind it? Would love to hear why the tangible medium will never die from music fans instead of the press.
Adam Pfleider on 06/20/12 - 12:47 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from The Hague. You can read the interview here.
Jeremy Aaron on 06/19/12 - 08:28 PM
Check out our interview with Ohio pop-punk trio The Dopamines here. The band's new record, Vices, is officially out through It's Alive Records today and you can stream it here.
From the InterviewA lot of the stuff on Vices is just kind of an arrangement of parts that are songs. Some of them don’t even have a beginning or an ending, it just happens and they’re over. Each song doesn’t have a crazy hook. Expect the Worst had a ton of hooks throughout, but I’d say Vices has some of the individual catchiest songs we’ve written yet.
Deborah Remus on 06/19/12 - 09:46 AM
Ever since I pulled over I've been looking for you in the strangest places.
Staff ReviewWhat's Eating Gilbert - The Nashville Session (Jason Gardner)
The Ghost Inside - Get What You Give (Jake Denning)
Staff InterviewThe Dopamines (Deborah Remus)
Lostprophets (Andy Biddulph)
Deborah Remus on 06/19/12 - 09:37 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from The Modern Airline. You can read the interview here.
Jeremy Aaron on 06/18/12 - 07:45 PM
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