Silversun Pickups will be releasing their new album, Better Nature, on September 25th via their own New Machine Recordings label. You can check out the artwork in the replies and pre-order the record here.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Bandcamp became my main music streaming service. Given the amount of good music I have since come across, it only makes sense to bring attention to it weekly. Every Wednesday, I will highlight a record that I love on Bandcamp and hopefully create some discussion about albums that you, the readers, have also discovered and/or fallen in love with. My first pick is The Collection. It began with a text and link from fellow editor Brian Lion, "Start with "The Borrowers" and the song right after it -- big Typhoon sound." That's all it took. I was in love instantly. Their debut Ars Moriendi came out exactly one year ago today, but this record is timeless. Over 25...
Ghost Town keyboardist Evan Pearce has left the band due to his health. The remaining members will continue as a three-piece. They're currently putting the finishing touches on their third album, due out in the fall.
Touring has always been difficult for me due to my health and I can no longer continue to tour at the pace demanded by the success of Ghost Town without it further affecting my wellbeing. Kevin, Alix and Manny have all been great and I hope we'll have the opportunity to collaborate again in the future. I would also like to thank all the Ghosts out there for your support.
One of the things I wanted to try and explore in my solo material is working on really concise pop songs in the sense of 50s and 60s pop songs. If you listen to a song like Buddy Holly’s “Everyday,” that’s pretty much a perfect song as far as I’m concerned. The way that it’s structured is something completely different than your modern formula of song construction. So it’s just sort of my attempt to work closer to, not necessarily ripping off that kind of formula of the way that Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly and those types of songs are constructed, but how that makes me...
Stray From The Path have released their new lyric video for "Badge And A Bullet Pt. II", which you can check out in the replies. Subliminal Criminals drops August 14th via Sumerian Records. You can pre-order the record here.
We Hold Hands and We Jump will release their debut album, The Wonderful Things I'll Do, next month via NDE Records. The Pennsylvania duo play a style of folk that brings to mind Bright Eyes - but fronted by someone a bit quirkier, like Max Bemis. It's something a lot of AP.net regulars might enjoy, and we've got the band's very first single streaming. You can listen to "How to relax" over at the band's AP.net profile. Preorders will be up next week, so look out if you enjoy the song.
Emancipator will release his fourth full-length album, Seven Seas, on September 25th on Loci Records. You can find the album artwork and stream his new single, "Seven Seas" ft. Madelyn Grant, in the replies. He also announced a Fall Ensemble Tour with support from Wax Tailor, Blockhead, Yppah and Manatee Commune. Dates are also in the replies.
A new Tumblr, created by the SaferScene group from our forums that I talked a little about in last week's podcast episode, has launched to help people share experiences at tours and festivals.
If you or someone you know has been in an uncomfortable situation at a show, and you wish to help prevent situations like this occurring again, you can share it here . These testimonials will be compiled anonymously to make a small video documenting the problems faced by fans at shows.
The Top 50 Global Tours did a combined $1.73 billion, which is up nearly 5% over 2014 but still short of the 2013 record of $1.85 billion. The total tickets sold was 19.9 million, which was well up on last year’s 18 million but still short of the 2013 record of 21 million. The average ticket price of $87.13 declined by $4.58 or 5% from last year’s record $91.71. Top Tours The two biggest tours of North America grossed nearly the same amount of money but used wildly different approaches to touring.
Marc Hogan, writing for NPR on transparency (or the lack thereof) in the music industry:
Transparency is "the next big fight," says Casey Rae, CEO of the artists' advocacy nonprofit Future of Music Coalition, in an email. "The current environment has too many 'black boxes,'" he explains. "It's simply too easy for big companies to sit on money because they can't find out who to pay, or don't care to know. It's time to demand more accountability and transparency, and artists can play a crucial role in that push."
“There are three things I love: Drumming, DJing and Vegas,” Barker says in a press statement. “I am stoked to be able to perform in Vegas on a regular basis and I look forward to my residency at Hyde.”
The Verge did a blind test to see what sounded better: Apple Music, Tidal, or Spotify:
The results were very, very surprising to me. It was generally random across the board, though Spotify fared slightly worse than Apple Music and Tidal overall. In roughly 29 percent of the tests, subjects couldn’t tell any notable difference at all. Tidal — which wants you to pay more for lossless quality — most definitely didn’t take the crown, and in several cases, subjects actually identified it as the worst-sounding of the three.
I recently spoke with Jarrod Gorbel of Night Terrors of 1927 (and formerly of The Honorary Title) about his new songs, falling out of love with the music industry, and more. Check it out here.
I started to doubt my abilities. Also, being in a band was really stressful and I wanted to try and do things by myself. But left to my own devices, I just go inward and get really sad. It’s a downward spiral. So I thought, “Well, maybe music’s not for me.”
Dan Campbell and Josh Martin of The Wonder Years have released a video explaining in detail each of the 4 charities the band will make a donation to on your behalf if you pre-order their new albumNo Closer to Heaven. Check out the video in the replies for more information.