Please welcome Cody Nelson, whom is our newest addition to the AbsolutePunk.net staff. He'll be focusing on bringing comedy content to the site, such as reviews, interviews, and weekly round-up. It's an area I've wanted to cover on the site for a while, especially with all the interest in stand-up and the like in our Entertainment forum.
Another week, another album sale round up: Bon Jovi takes the top of the charts this week with 95k copies sold, and David Bowie comes in at number two with around 85k copies. Luke Bryan's Spring Break drops to number three with another 60 thousand. Overall album sales in this past chart week totaled 5.57 million units, up 2% compared with the sum last week and down 1% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012. Year to date album sales stand at 61.42 million, down 7% compared to the same total at this point last yea. More notable album sales are included below.
An interview with Justin Timberlake's manager outlines the entire process of releasing his new album. There's a lot of insider-baseball stuff in there, but it's quite interesting to read.
I like to do this thing where we do a countdown clock and then deliver music from it -- so what are we gonna deliver? At one point we even talked about having the countdown clock go into streaming the whole album, but then obviously we had to have conversations with the label and partners who wanted to be involved with the release of his music. So we ended up compromising and putting a single out and shortening the window to the album [release], because [usually artists] put the single out then wait...
Our beloved drummer Tony Thaxton has decided to leave the band. We really hate to see him go, but we fully support him in his choice and wish him the absolute best in the future. Tony’s contribution to the band over the last 11+ years was immeasurable, both on the stage and off. We’re really glad to have been able to share some truly amazing times with such a great drummer and friend. He will be missed.
Here are a few words from Tony:
“I’m afraid the time has come for me to move on from Motion City Soundtrack. This was an extremely, extremely hard decision to make,...
If you dig the chill and laid-back stylings of bands like Minus The Bear and Real Estate, then you should spend the next three minutes checking out our premiere of Belgrade's new song, "Protest." Featuring former members from bands like Restorations and The Progress, this little indie jam will certainly have you tapping your feet. Check it out in the replies or over at the band's AP.net profile. The song is off the band's upcoming new album, which will be released in April.
Craig and I are taking a week off from the "My Back Pages" feature. Be sure to join us next Tuesday as we discuss a record with some of the most brilliant guitar work in the history of rock 'n roll. Stay tuned!
Socratic posted a free download of "In a House," an acoustic B-side from their last album, on soundcloud. You can also watch them perform covers of the Pixies' "Where Is My Mind and The Beatles' "In My Life" in the replies.
Metro Station have set up an indiegogo campaign for a new EP. I'm not one to usually make jokes about these things ... but shouldn't some of that "Achy Breaky Heart" fuck-you-money help fund this? Or did they boot that guy out of this band? I'm confused. Anyway ... um ... yeah.
One of our most anticipated album releases for this year has now been confirmed as Savages will release their debut album, Silence Yourself, on May 6th via Matador/Pop Noire. Head to the replies for the artwork and a new track titled "She Will."
01) Shut Up
02) I Am Here
03) City’s Full
05) Waiting For A Sign
06) Dead Nature
07) She Will
08) No Face
09) Hit Me
11) Marshal Dear
The Wonder Years have released an album trailer for The Greatest Generation, which drops May 14 via Hopeless Records. In it, the band explains the meaning behind the album's title and talks a bit about the album writing and recording process. There's video of the guys in the studio and there's a new song clip in there, taken from the opening track "There, There." Check it out in the replies. Oh, and they've also updated their website.
I wanna be remembered for more than this. I think we all do. See, people say the greatest generation has come and gone, but they're wrong. They haven't seen what we're capable of.
Touché Amoré and Title Fight will be releasing a split 7" on Record Store Day (on red out of 1000 with more colors to follow). You can listen to clips lips of "Face Ghost" performed by Title Fight (originally performed by Touché Amoré) and "Crescent-Shaped Depression" performed by Touché Amoré (originally performed by Title Fight) in the replies.