Many writing and recording musicians write based on trying to chase a particular listener, chase the approval of somebody besides yourself, whether that person is a radio programmer, a quote unquote “fan,” or the 18-25 demographic. When you start chasing the approval of some completely unknown, unquantifiable listener, then you’re going to end up with something that you’re not going to be proud of. It’s not going to be rewarding. It’s not going to feel good for you to put your name on. Is there a single? Is there not a single? Who’s going to like this record? Are your fans going to like this record? Is anybody going to like...
Nearly 10 summers ago, Yellowcard released its most successful album to date, Ocean Avenue. It's arguably the band's most popular album amongst fans as well, with hits like "Way Away," "Only One," "Breathing," and the title track continuing to be essential pieces in the band's history. To commemorate this release, Hopeless Records will be releasing Ocean Avenue Acoustic on August 13th (which you can pre-order here as well as check out the band's summer tour dates) and you can exclusively view the artwork and album trailer in the replies.
You may notice that the site looks a bit different today (or soon will be) and that's because we are going to be rolling out the red - err,...
Soundsupply has released their latest 'drop' - only this time it's miniature! Let me explain. Mini Drops are 5 albums, sold for just a week at $10. They're highly curated around a specific theme or genre. This week's theme is a lot of fun, as it's "Math Rock Week." Check out the line up below.
1) TINY MOVING PARTS - This Couch is Long & Full of Friendship (Kind of Like Records)
2) DUCK. LITTLE BROTHER, DUCK! - Don’t Take Away Our Filth (Topshelf Records)
3) TOWN PORTAL - Chronoply (Self-released)
4) SO MUCH LIGHT - Supine/Spellbound (Self-released)
5) AXES - Axes (Big Scary Monsters)
SHARE & SCORE BONUS: OSHWA -Transmissions from the Midwest EP
I didn't realize how stacked this month is for releases until I sat down to compile this list. It's just....wow, what a month. Needless to say, you will have plenty of choices for your summer soundtrack. Whether it's pop-punk, hip-hop, or stoner rock - there will be something for everyone. So check out my top five most anticipated releases of June. I know a lot of you will disagree (but I'm hoping a few agree!), so feel free to share what albums you're most excited for as the weather heats up.
Alex and Jack of All Time Low have a new radio show on idobi Radio called Full Frontal. Tune in as the guys talk music, pop-culture, TV and movies, and play some music. It'll air every Monday at 7pm ET starting June 10th, but the show is debuting tomorrow at 9pm ET.
I'll be speaking with Jordan Pundik of New Found Glory again tomorrow at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR as part of the band's Sticks and Stones 10th Anniversary Tour. You can read the last interview I did with Jordan here, as well as include any questions you have this time around in the replies.
Matt Goddard of Chiodos took to the Vans Warped Tour twitter to answer some questions yesterday. When asked when we would hear new material he responded, "You'll be hearing some new stuff soon." Which seems to lead to the band releasing a song before they leave for Warped Tour, even if they're recording their new album after the tour. What do you think?
Ronnie Radke has released another stellar rap song titled "What Up Earth?" This time around he discusses the struggles of having to raise himself as a child and if it hasn't become apparent yet, it didn't work out well. And if you missed it, Vice has written up a fantastic new piece about Ronnie and Falling In Reverse's new music video for "Alone." I highly suggest you take the time for this essential reading.
"Paul's a great drummer and a good friend, and we're very happy that he's decided to rejoin the band," said Tom Araya. "We're still pretty numb from the loss of Jeff, but we don't want to disappoint our European fans, and we need to begin moving forward... having Paul back in the band makes that a whole lot easier."
"I'm very excited to be rejoining Slayer," added Bostaph. "We spent a very intense ten years of our lives together, had a lot of fun, made a lot of great music, so for me, this feels like coming home."
Update: The chat is now over, thanks to the band for hanging out with us tonight - make sure you pick up Diamond, and check them out on the #Domo stage on this summer's Warped Tour.
The fellas from Stick To Your Guns will be here at 5:30EST/2:30PST today to chat about their current album, Diamond, as well as their spot on this summer's Warped Tour, and whatever else you'd like to chat about.