Well, we've made it to 60 episodes of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Damn. This episode also feels like the first in a while where the whole gang's back together. Topics this week include: some alcohol talk and favorite drinks, follow-up on how CD decluttering is going, diving into the whole process of looking for new staff members and the state of online writing/publishing. We finish this episode talking about how the end of the year is coming and how we need to start preparing for putting together our lists and making sure we don't forget anything and we touch on our thoughts on 10 year album shows as well. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
XTRMST (the side project of AFI's Davey Havok and Jade Puget) recently released their debut album. To celebrate, we've teamed up for a contest to give away an autographed copy of the white vinyl. To win, name your favorite hardcore punk/heavy song in the replies and the band will choose the winner. The contest will close Tuesday the 25th and a winner will be picked on Wednesday the 26th.
Update:Submissions are now closed. The band will pick a winner on Wednesday the 26th.
Examining ODB, a fascinating personage in and of himself, also offers insights into institutions and logics that help shape black sociopolitical life -- specifically, the welfare state and the criminal justice system on the one hand and, not unrelated, distrust of government and racial suspicion on the other. Although Dirt's drug use and suspected mental illness obscured these insights, a critical inquiry into his life and archive highlights some of the unpleasant features of American race relations; it also illustrates the point that some of the most elucidating case studies are of those that we commonly dismiss as eccentric or...
It always feels when we start up like we still don’t know really how to do it, and we don't know quite what to do. 'Looking down avenues' is a very kind way of putting the kind of fumbling that we do, mainly because every time we try and do it like the last time – because that worked – it never seems to work. So we talk about different approaches and we’re currently trying a bunch out.
After a long hiatus, Sullivan are back and releasing their first new album in 7 years called Heavy Is The Head on December 9th via Spartan Records. You may remember the band from their Tooth & Nail days, back when they toured with bands like Anberlin, Underoath, Bayside, and Jack’s Mannequin. We are premiering a new song called "You Don't Mean It" - give it a listen in the replies. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the album.
Starting December 4th, streaming services and downloaded tracks will factor into Billboard's weekly album chart.
SoundScan and Billboard will count 1,500 song streams from services like Spotify, Beats Music, Rdio, Rhapsody and Google Play as equivalent to an album sale. For the first time, they will also count “track equivalent albums” — a common industry yardstick of 10 downloads of individual tracks — as part of the formula for album rankings on the Billboard 200.
Kevin Gates will be releasing a new mixtape titled Luca Brasi 2 on December 16th, the follow up to last year's excellent The Luca Brasi Story. You can check out the artwork in the replies, as well as a new track titled "I Don't Get Tired (#IDGT)."
SCALE chronicles Ray Goldman’s journey downward through the adversarial trials that sometimes prove necessary in facilitating an eventual ascent into truth and happiness. The odd chapters of the novel find Ray, now a 31-year-old guitar player, seeking fulfillment in the wake of a life-altering tragedy while the even chapters see him reflecting on the depravity and selfishness that hastened his descent towards it. SCALE is about the relationship between instability and balance, death and resurrection, perception and reality, but ultimately it is about the endless war waged...