Ryan Rockwell from Mixtapes and comedian Justin Schafer have started a podcast called Big Snackers. The weekly podcast mainly focuses on music, movies, and other forms of pop culture. This week they discuss Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, One Direction Hating Beliebers, pop punk, getting old, and playing laser tag against 15 year olds. You can follow on Twitter, subscribe on itunes and listen here.
Another #SoundNoSound clip is live, this one has vocals, a montage of some videos, and a shot of a vocalist's backside at the end. Brian Marquis, Brian Southall, and Culprit also posted their own "headphone videos" today. The timer on the website ends at 9:00am PST tomorrow. Final guesses?
Update: An AP.net user decoded the binary in the headphone videos as: "Everybody wants to lose control. Just to feel a little something that wasn't there before. Everybody hates to let things go. Clinging to the threads of what we know. The sickness longs to grow."
This week on the Self Promotion Spotlight, I encountered Barricades, a pop-rock five piece from Boston. Their new album, With Perfect Aim is a clean-cut, catchy journey into pop-rock with hints of Jimmy Eat World, Futures, Fall Out Boy and Minus The Bear. Stream the record on their Bandcamp and get your sugary fix. 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.
At last night's show in Cincinnati, Brand New played Deja Entendu in its entirety. Head to the replies to check out the full set list along with some newly uncovered footage of the band playing an acoustic performance for the release of Deja.
This is the kind of news I hate posting about. Some asshole in Detroit tonight decided to break intoTouché Amoré's van and steal all the band member's personal belongings and cash. If we hear of any way for you to donate money or help to the band, we'll let you know. You can always pick up the band's upcoming new record and merch. In the meantime, whomever broke into the band's van is honestly a piece of shit and lower than scum.
I was chatting with Nick of Hit The Lights about his new project Thief Club. He will be releasing a full length called My Heavy later this year. It was produced by Rob Freeman and features appearances from Will Pugh (Cartel), Shane Henderson (Valencia), and Colin Ross (original singer of Hit The Lights). Freeman produced Skip School, Start Fights, and from what I've heard so far, it seems like it will carry that vibe for this release.
Cute Is What We Aim For is heading out on a short headlining tour this October with Turnover and Tallhart. And we decided to give away a pair of tickets to each show on the trek. To find out how to win a pair to a show near you, check out the rules and how to enter in the replies. Good luck.
According to Laura Jane Grace's (Against Me!) Twitter account, she recently had five guitars stolen from her. The guitars are described as: Ric 4001 Bass, A Ric 360, A black on black tele, a blue Jazzmaster and a '76 blonde P-Bass. She has asked anyone with any information on the stolen guitars to contact her via her twitter account.
In a new Q&A with Blink-182, the band talk about meeting with labels and thinking about producers for their next album -- which they hope to have out next year.
This whole tour, this whole experience is about getting ready for that next record. We've been meeting with labels, we've been talking about producers, trying to figure out internally what the plan is for Blink. We're not against it. If it's the right label and the right partnership and the right vibe or we could do it ourselves or use a distributor. There are so many options for bands now.
It's been the album everyone's been listening to and discussing all week - now you can get a little inside info on the writing and recording of Balance and Composure's new album, The Things We Think We're Missing, by listening to the sixteenth episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. Jason and I talked with Jon Simmons, Erik Peterson, and Bailey Van Ellis about the themes of the record, what it was like recording with Will Yip, and more.
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The Hollywood Reporter has an article on Andrew McMahon (Jack's Mannequin, Something Corporate) where he discusses his upcoming album and his work with the cancelled TV series, Smash, and his subsequent Emmy nomination.
"I won't lie, it's not a fear-based pressure, because I'm really excited and I'm really content in the work that I'm doing right now," he continues. "But there is a sense for me right now that I have to make this next thing my calling card. It's going to be my first full-length under my name, and I want it to be my best record. I'm pretty hell-bent on it being so."
In support of XEB (original Third Eye Blind members Kevin Cadogan and Arion Salazar with vocalist John Stephens, performing 3EB songs), Cadogan is posting videos playing guitar sections from the first two 3EB records. Quite the innovative guitar player, so they're definitely worth watching - here's "Graduate," "Darkness," "God Of Wine," "1000 Julys," and "Gorgeous."
Patent Pending will release Brighter on October 8th. The artwork can be found in the replies.
1. There Was A Time
2. Shut It Down
3. Let Go
4. Hey Mario
7. All-Star Hipster
8. Classic You (featuring Jaret Reddick)
9. The Whiskey, The Liar, The Thief
10. Falling Out Of Love
12. Spin Me Around (bonus track)
Amazon.co.uk has released a pretty cool infographic analyzing vinyl tastes, trends, and sales from the last few years - check it out in the replies. Some notable stats: Daft Punk's Random Access Memories is not only Amazon.co.uk's vinyl best-seller of 2013, but their best-seller since 1999. Also, rock music accounted for 55.6% of vinyl listening in 2012, compared to 44.3% in 2004; dance music saw the most drastic drop, falling from 18.9% of all vinyl to 3.9%. Interesting stuff.
All praise. Riot Fest finally kicks off in Chicago today at 4pm local time, and AP.net will be on site providing coverage each day. Refresh yourself on today's lineup/set times and check out the highly anticipated "food lineup" in the replies (they ripped off the Coachella lineup flier – it's pretty funny). Also, feel free to use this thread as an open discussion for all things Riot Fest today and keep up with our Riot coverage all weekend.
Good, Bad, Ugly is a new Friday feature where we highlight the best, worst and strangest news stories from the week prior. Consider it an official kickoff into your weekend, or something. Check out the inaugural column in the replies, where we can discuss the kickoff of fall's stellar release season, Zedd & Hayley, Riot Fest, A Day To Remember, MGMT and more.
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In the replies, you can find our exclusive premiere of The Used's new video for "Quixotica." The song is from the band's recent EP release, The Ocean Of The Sky. The band will be going out a few headline tour dates this October.
Although Morrissey's Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16th, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher.