In a true moment of art imitating life, Prince has put Dave Chappelle as Prince from the famous Chappelle's Show sketch on the cover of his new single, "Breakfast Can Wait." Stream the song and behold the glory in the replies.
Icarus The Owl will hit the studio this fall with producer Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Closure In Moscow, Dance Gavin Dance) for the follow up to their 2012 album, Love Always, Leviathan. They have launched a Kickstarter to help fund the album and have plans for a release date in February 2014.
As part of our continuing Riot Fest coverage, today we've got a 70-song playlist for you featuring the bands performing at the September festival. We used the Chicago lineup to curate our playlist, which can be found on Spotify and Rdio. You can see the tracklisting in the replies and check out the playlist, maybe while you peruse our Riot Fest coverage so far (including our Riot Fest For Dummies guide in case you missed that). Remember, you can pick up tickets on the festival's website.
Last week, an article on OC Weekly featured a quote from Touche Amore frontman Jeremy Bolm where he said his band would never play the Warped Tour. In the ensuing slew of opinions on the Internet responding to the quote, AltPress editor Scott Heisel commented that if you'd asked Touche Amore three years ago whether they'd open for AFI in 1,500-cap rooms, they probably would have said no. Bolm responded to this with a hell of a statement, a fraction of which is below. The rest is in the replies.
There is a world of difference playing alongside a band like AFI and a band like Atilla. My problem is playing alongside bands EVERY DAY that represent things that make my skin crawl.
In a slight change from the normal, this week I came across a book on the Self Promotion Forum. Titled Play Me Like Your Favorite Record and written by AP member, Nathan Thomas (luckisoverrated), the novel follows three friends on their adventure in re-staking their claim on their local music scene. Inspired by this particular thread the book is bound to appeal to all of us who spend so much time on the AP forums. Nathan has posted up an excerpt on the Self Promotion Forum and if you need a little more insight into the book just PM him and he'll provide the first three chapters for free. If you like, you can buy the book here. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight?...
Hear a new Bleach Blonde song called "Miss Messenger" in the replies. Their upcoming debut album, Starving Artist, drops September 24th via Rise Records. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order it.
Pepper will release their self-titled album on September 3rd via Law/Island Records. You can pre-order it on iTunes or through the band’s website. Watch the video for first single “F**k Around (All Night)” in the replies, and hear second single "Hunny Girl" at Diffuser.fm. Tour dates with RDGLDGRN and Grieves are in the replies, as well.
For those who don't know, AbsolutePunk.net initially started out as a Blink-182/MxPx fansite. So it's pretty cool that our latest AbsolutePunk.net Podcast episode features Jason chatting with Mike Herrera of MxPx. In this episode, Jason and Mike talk about the current status of the band, being in a band for some two decades, record label politics, real world politics, and Mike’s own podcast hour.
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It appears that yet another pressing of Blink-182's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket will be available at Hot Topic. This pressing is red/green/yellow splatter and will be limited to 2000 and should be popping up sometime next week online for purchase.
Jimmy Eat World are answering questions on Facebook for the next 90 minutes or so. Also, we talked with Jim yesterday for a future version of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast and he confirmed with us that Futures will be coming back to vinyl -- probably for the 10 year anniversary next year. More on that, and so much more, in the upcoming episode.
Blink-182's "Dammit" is a borderline classic around here, and rightfully so. It's a fantastic track, from a band that turned countless people into music lovers. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald clearly has an appreciation for the song, releasing a soulful cover that's both nostalgic and new. Enjoy Michael's rendition in the replies, and pick up his debut album, Yes, on August 27.