What does beer and a little extra time on my hands equal? A lengthier write-up on some of my thoughts on the current state of the music industry and how we're currently in the new normal. If you've got some time, I'd love if you'd check it out.
This is also indicative of an old school media mentality — the idea that everything in music should be a blockbuster or relatively dismissed. You see this in the movie industry as well — the machine is too large to be nimble in the face of change and each cycle is so expensive that anything but “blockbuster” status isn’t profitable. But, I ask, what’s wrong with going underground and developing a niche audience? What is wrong with making that the...
After wanting to throw my computer against a wall when Logic Pro X stopped doing what I needed it to last week, I was finally able to get it working and put together our latest episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. This week's episode has booking agent Dave Shapiro from The Agency Group joining Zack and I. The conversation centers around what role a booking agent plays in a band's career and a lot of what goes on behind the scenes with bands and tours. Plus, I get to ask "who first came up with the idea for that bury the hatchet tour?" ... and then make snarky marketing department jokes. Good times all around and a really informative episode. The episode can be streamed and/or...
After 16 amazing years, my tenure as manager of Incubus has ended. It has been my honor and privilege to have served as manager and mentor to Brandon, Mike, Jose, Chris, Ben, and Alex. I want to thank each of them for allowing me to be a part of their rock n roll dream. It's been an amazing ride, the memories of which, I will treasure forever. I wish the guys good luck and success in all that they do in the future.
I wanted to also acknowledge and say thank you to the thousands of Incubus fans around the world who I've had the chance to meet and interact with over the last 16 years. Your support and love...
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.
Last night, Max Bemis tweeted out the initials of all the guest vocalists that will be featured on the new Say Anything record. The initials are AW, AH, JB, JS, KB, TD, G&K C, CC, MP, BN, S&C&CD, BS and SDP. Check the replies for some guesses the news submitter put together.
We premiered Heartless Breakers' Prescriptions EP six months ago, so it only makes sense we'd return for the acoustic version. Today we have their new Lighter Doses EP, featuring stripped down versions of their old stuff and a few new tracks. Enjoy the tunes in the replies, and check out the band on their January West Coast run.
Jack Kennedy and British vocalist Hannah Melbourne of NightBus have debuted their new single for "When The Night Time Comes." It uses some new and "innovative" technology called 3-Way Stereo Technology. Watch it in the replies.
The track, which was recorded in a groundbreaking and unique sonic experience – three infectious singles in one – creates an innovative way to hear a song taking note of the way two friends in today’s pop culture listen to music by sharing one set of earbuds.
The left and right tracks are 100% sonically different. When you listen on the left, you hear the song sung by Hannah backed by an electronic dance pop track; on the right, it’s Jack’s pop-rock version of...
We don't have any specific dates yet besides the already-announced Coachella and Governor's Ball gigs, but it appears that OutKast will be headlining over forty different festivals throughout this year.
Goodtime Boys will release their debut album, Rain, on May 20th via Bridge Nine. It was recorded by Lewis Johns (new member of GTB) at The Ranch in Southampton and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side. The band will also release a precursor 7-inch on February 25th called Things I Still Don't Understand, featuring a Rain track called "Life Moves" and a cover of Billy Bragg's "Tank Park Salute."
Today we're bringing you the first track from Levy & The Oakes, the new project featuring several members of Socratic. While you may be anticipating a classic Drive-Thru sound, the band actually employs a great modern folk sound that you'll enjoy. Listen to "Slowly In The Water" in the replies and keep up to date with the band's happenings on Facebook. Expect a full release this spring.
By now you've probably had your fill with all of the "End of the Year" lists and whatnot, so naturally it's time to transition into what albums we're anticipating the most in 2014. I feel like this year's edition came a little bit earlier than usual, which is great because our list features over 80 prospective releases spanning over a wide array of different genres. Twelve months from now we'll see how well we did with our picks, but until then you should head on over into the replies and check out which albums we're excited for and why. As always, we welcome your own picks and discussion. Enjoy.