On February 15th, "Saturday Night Live" will be putting on a 40th anniversary special. Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon, and Taylor Swift are all set to be there and Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Chevy Chase are set to appear in some way.
Last week, I got a chance to chat extensively with a personal hero of mine, Butch Walker. We talked about Butch's new album, Afraid of Ghosts, including how the recent loss of his father inspired a new direction for his music, why he decided to have Ryan Adams produce the disc, and why his trademark sarcasm and upbeat songwriting is nowhere to be found. We also touched upon Walker's back catalog, the woeful reasons why no one should be expecting to find Letters on vinyl anytime soon, and why Butch's protege Jake Sinclair took over most of the production duties on the new Fall Out Boy LP.
Villagers will release Darling Arithmetic via Domino Records on April 14th. Hit the replies to check out the official video for "Courage". The record was written, recorded and produced by Conor O'Brien himself.
02. Everything I Am Is Yours
03. Dawning On Me
04. Hot Scary Summer
05. The Soul Serene
06. Darling Arithmetic
07. Little Bigot
08. No One To Blame
09. So Naïve
"To be releasing my first book with this legendary New York publisher is a dream come true. i think the title is a phrase that applies to so many people – i know it applies to me. i hope this book can be a source of encouragement, something that helps folks feel less alone. More than anything, i hope this book leads to people getting help and even choosing to stay alive."
The week began with Blink-182 ... and it's going to end with Blink-182. On this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast we spend most of the time talking about everything that went down this week in the Blink camp. We look at what news broke, our first reaction to it, what we think of how it all came out, how we think this will impact the band's legacy, what we think the band should (or will) do next, and so much more. We also touch a little on Acceptance's reunion at Skate and Surf and Drew's thoughts on the new Fall Out Boy album which he'll be reviewing early next week. And if you didn't think the universe had a sense of humor: please explain how our episode numbers worked out for this to...
VH1 announced its official kickoff to Super Bowl weekend with a special concert salute to the armed forces at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ. This year VH1 and Papa John’s are teaming up to bring Fall Out Boy and Charli XCX to headline the “VH1 + Papa John’s Super Bowl Blitz: A Concert for the Troops” with host Nick Lachey. The concert will kick off live on Friday, January 30th at 9PM* on VH1.
Ryan from The Swellers has started a new band called Young Hunger and today we're premiering their brand new song "Holes in Your Tongue." This four piece hail from Detroit and, in their own words, write "straight forward, catchy songs that could fit in perfectly on a Punk-O-Rama comp." The band's first show will be February 13th in Detroit and also contains members of Frank White and Before I Go. Hit the replies to check out the song and let them know what you think.
Due to some scheduling issues with travel (insert Thomas looks like he doesn't want to be there joke here), our podcast episode won't be recorded until tonight. Gee, I wonder what we're going to talk about? I hope to have that edited and posted early tomorrow morning, so make sure you subscribe to our feed if you don't want miss that once it goes up. In other update news: I recently tore out all of the crap on our Tumblr page to make it a far better reading experience not only via a web browser, but also in your dashboard. All of our formatting, tags, snark, and little extras should work far better now and the full desktop experience is actually a pretty nice, no distractions, view of...
“I juggle a lot of things outside of Blink. I record with tons of different artists, and I always seem to still know how to prioritize Blink. I still love Blink and it’s my #1 priority over everything that I do. But it’s like when you don’t have the same passion to make that your priority as well, it makes it hard to come together as 3 people when one person doesn’t care about it.”
Esmé Patterson's new project Women to Women can be streamed in the replies.
What went through Billie Jean’s mind when Michael Jackson rejected her son? Was Eleanor Rigby really so lonely? On her new album, Woman to Woman, country singer Esmé Patterson adopts the personas of some of the most famous muses in music, and gives them a long-overdue voice.
I think at some point, everything about it’s the art and the expectation becomes — you know people expect a certain thing all time, and you’ve gotta sorta challenge that as an artist. But it’s not like, Now there will never be a long song title. When someone becomes more a fan of the song titles than the songs, it’s a problem.
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Welcome back to the AP.net Playlist! We're here in 2015 with a slightly new name, but the same playlists that you've grown to love. Today we present another user submission from saddr weirdr (Joan) who's been a member with us for about four years. She's bringing us a playlist she calls "To Survive Against All Odds" that she explains as ..."a collection of songs that discuss damage, survival, and the ways that people break each other." Check out the playlist, in Spotify and Rdio formats in the replies.
Big Sean has shared "Blessings" featuring Drake, and an extended remix that also features Kanye. The song is from Sean's upcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, and you can stream both versions in the replies. This is the first time Kanye and Drake have officially appeared alongside one another since "Forever" in 2009.
Serious question: How did this article get printed in The Atlantic? Of all the Blink-182 think pieces that came out over the last few days (Grantland's is pretty good), this one takes the cake as the strangest.
The truly gutting thing about the situation is that—say it aint so—we might be witnessing the break-up of one of the greatest gay love stories in American culture. Okay, kidding. Tom Delonge, Mark Hoppus, and Travis Barker are not, as far as the public knows, gay. All of them have been married to women. But there have definitely been times when they pretended to be something other than strictly heterosexual.