In the first Self Promotion Spotlight of the new year, I came across the wonderful Every Atlas, a three piece from California. The band's shaky, slightly fragile indie rock is quite reminiscent of Bad Books and Manchester Orchestra, and makes for quite an interesting midpoint between all out indie rock and and the indie folk sound which was a little prominent a few years ago. The band's new single "Fragile Bones" is name your price on their Bandcamp and their new album Older Oak is due out this Spring. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the Self-Promotion forum.
Silversun Pickups will release a new greatest hits album called The Singles Collection on February 25th. You can also find the group's new song entitled "Cannibal" in the replies.
01) Kissing Families
02) Lazy Eye
03) Well Thought Out Twinkles
04) Little Lover's So Polite
05) Panic Switch
07) The Royal We
08) Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)
09) The Pit
10) Dots And Dashes (Enough Already)
This year I resolve to create more; write more songs, book more studio sessions with musicians I donít have a master plan for the purpose of, take more photos, take more chances. For the past several years Iíve seen expression as a vulnerability, and certainly for some of that time it was necessary, but itís not anymore. I want to use at least half the time I used to spend debating whether itís worth doing actually DOING IT. If youíre an artist, and you want to do it, and that ďitĒ exists inside your art, DO IT. An artist should be able to make it now and let the audience tell them what it was or...
Amber Pacific has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their fourth studio LP, and first with original vocalist Matt Young since 2007's Truth In Sincerity. The band has set a goal of $20,000. Spell confusion with a K.
Billboard reported year-end SoundScan numbers today, revealing that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience led the way in 2013 with 2.43 million units sold. The 20/20 Experience is the worst-selling top-selling album in a year since SoundScan began recording data, while 2012's top-selling album (Adele's 21) moved 4.41 million units (not to mention a year-high 5.82 million in 2011 as well). Vinyl record sales continued a trend of improving by double-digit percentage points year-over-year since Record Store Day was invented, with 6.1 million vinyl LPs sold (33% more than 4.55 million in 2012). Robin Thicke took top single honors with "Blurred Lines" garnering 6.5 million downloads in a...
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Andy Hull, Robert McDowell (as Gobotron) and Chris Freeman (as Alaska) have all released solo tracks on the upcoming charity album Fadeaway Records 10: Friends. Proceeds will benefit cancer research, and the album drops February 25th. You can learn more and hear the three tracks right here.
A cool new podcast has shown up called "Song Exploder." In each new episode the guest goes over exactly what went into building and breaking down one of their songs. The first episode is with Jimmy Tamborello as he breaks down The Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight." You can download it here.
The effort may be nothing more than an elaborate joke, but launching a cryptocurrency is actually relatively easy since the Bitcoin source code is public. Many serious and half-serious clones have launched, but Coinye and the meme-cenric Dogecoin are getting a lot more attention than Litecoin, Namecoin, and other virtual currencies that attempt to improve upon Bitcoin.
Hope everyone had a great holiday and is starting off 2014 on the right foot. Pretty sure I've already broken most of my resolutions. The "holiday theme" has been retired for another year, I know, sad day. Anyway, we will be releasing a whole bunch of staff and band/label "best of 2013" lists early next week when everyone's champagne and egg-nog hangovers are subsiding and the rest of the music industry starts coming out of hibernation as well.
Travie McCoy will release a new solo album this year.
"Anyone knows from the past, from Gym Class Heroes or (2010ís) ĎLazarus,í that Iíve always given zero F about catering to one genre or one particular audience," McCoy tells Billboard. "Iím influenced by so many different types of music, and this record is no different. Itís kind of me still putting my foot in different waters and trying different things. Itís never really been, like, a conscious decision to be different or, like, color outside the lines. Itís just what I do."
Lorde has opened up about a variety of topics in a new New York Times interview.
People like to paint me in a certain way, but Iím a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally, I just donít think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. Itís not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies ó I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasnít felt necessary for me.