Today, we're kicking off probably my favorite AbsolutePunk feature - the Absolute 100. Per usual, we'll be revealing 25 of our choices per week over the course of the next four weeks. On this year's list, you'll notice a handful of bands that have been building up momentum over the last year as well as some fresh faces you may not have heard yet. Check out the first 25 acts and join in on the discussion about which band is your new favorite.
When I heard this song in demo form a few months ago, I knew immediately that I wanted to premiere it on AbsolutePunk. Fast forward a few months later and a recording session with producer Pierre De Reeder (Vampire Weekend, Death Cab For Cutie, Rilo Kiley) and we are now premiering "G O L D E N C H I L D," the newest single from Barely Blind and one of the best indie-pop songs I've heard all year. The musicianship on "G O L D E N C H I L D" is mesmerizing and brings to mind a band like Phoenix while the infectious melodies and harmonies will be trapped in your brain for the rest of the day. Check out the song in the replies and it'll be available for purchase on iTunes tomorrow,...
This is the last split I did with Tony Sly. Tony has 2 songs on this album. It was fun to make and I am proud I was able to share this experience with Tony. People are always asking me for this record but I can not sell this on my store site (joeycape.com). So I decided to sell a few I have on Ebay. In my mind this record needs to be available to Tony's fans. It will eventually. But for now... here ya go!
On September 17th, Pennsylvania's Placeholder will release its sophomore album, I Don't Need Forgiveness via Black Numbers. Influenced by the likes of Texas Is The Reason and Braid, I Don't Need Forgiveness is the type of album late 90s/early 00s emo fans should check out. Today, we have a small preview of the LP - the blistering "Caught The Crown." You can stream it in the replies. The LP is also available to pre-order.
Everyone loves a fun music video, right? Behind The Fallen have a strong scoop of ridiculousness in their video for "You''re Just A Friend," the first single from their upcoming EP, Pages Of The Past. Go watch the fun in the replies and pick up their new EP on September 10, produced by Erik Ron (I The Mighty, VersaEmerge, Panic! At The Disco) - for fans of Silverstein, Conditions, and A Day To Remember.
You can find a list of tonight's winners at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in the replies. The big winners of the night included Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, while the biggest losers were those of us who watched the program and Billy Ray Cyrus.
The 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards show will take place tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tonight's show has a great line-up of performances from the likes of Kanye West, Drake, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and more. The list of presenters is also stocked full of A-listers and Fall Out Boy is nominated for "Best Rock Video" as well. The show begins at 9 PM EST and you can discuss, debate, and make fun of whatever happens during the show in here. I heard some popular '90s boy band might reunite tonight. I hope it's 98 Degrees.
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I came across a band I've been quite a fan of for some time now. Smalls is a five piece pop-punk band hailing from Los Angeles whose female fronted, raw sound makes them stand out from their identikit peers.Their recent EP, Expecting The Worse perfectly showcases the band's pop sensibilities alongside their D.I.Y, punky aesthetic. Expecting The Worse is available as 'name your price' on their Bandcamp. Give a couple of years and Smalls will be very, very big... (ahem). 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.
Head to the replies to watch a lyric video for a new Bowling For Soup song titled "Award Show Taylor Swift." You can get a free download of the song if you donate to their PledgeMusic campaign. Their new album, Lunch. Drunk. Love., releases September 10. Listen to clips from it on Amazon.
01) Critically Disdained
02) Since We Broke Up
04) From the Rooftops
06) Normal Chicks
07) I Am Waking up Today
08) Couple of Days
09) And I Think You Like Me Too
11) How Far This Can Go
12) Right About Now
13) Kevin Weaver