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The WorldWide Independent Network, an organization that represents independent record labels around the world, has released a statement in regard to negotiations with YouTube about their upcoming music streaming service. The most troubling is the threat of pulling their videos from YouTube if the terms are not agreed to.
At a time when independent music companies are increasing their global market share WIN has raised major concerns about YouTube’s recent policy of approaching independent labels directly with a template contract and an explicit threat that their content will be blocked on the platform if it is not signed.

According to WIN members, the contracts currently on offer to...
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 03:12 PM
Matt Pryor will be playing a few Californian shows this July with Chad Gilbert’s side-project What’s Eating Gilbert. Dates in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 03:08 PM
Hot Topic's pressing of Blink-182's Buddha is now up for order.
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 03:02 PM
Within this Spotify playlist is the next Fat Wreck Chords signing ... any guesses?
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 03:01 PM
Amber Pacific's new album will be titled The Turn.
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 02:59 PM
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, the new project from Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years,will be debuting a brand new song on Fuse on Tuesday. We plan to try and have Dan on this site for a chat later in the week to talk about the new album as well -- stay tuned.
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 02:58 PM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Drew, Thomas, and I talk about the role of a "music critic" and our thoughts on negative reviews and negative commentary in general. Why write negative reviews? Why voice a negative opinion? All three of us had different takes on how this plays a role in our online lives. After that there's a lengthy discussion about the current "vinyl debate" and the ethics and business decisions behind licensing and selling vinyl both with or without the artist's explicit permission, and our personal thoughts on the topic and how it relates to our musical world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 02:40 PM
Rolling Stone have posted a bunch of photos and commentary from the recording sessions of the new The Gaslight Anthem album.
"The whole record was like, 'What can we create as a band using anything at our disposal, as long as we do it organically, without computers or samples?'" Fallon says. "If we wanted to try a synth, we'd try a synth. If we wanted to try a drum loop, we would do that."
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 01:12 PM
Hit the replies to check out my write up on day two of this year's Skate and Surf festival.
Zac Djamoos on 05/23/14 - 12:09 PM
To celebrate 5 years of being a label, Pure Noise is offering a 5 year anniversary bundle of 7 inch records.

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Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 11:24 AM
Morgan Freeman on helium? Uh, but of course I'm going to post that! Check the replies and don't forget to check out The Lego Movie now that it's available on most platforms.
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 10:57 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 10:00 AM
John Mayer has covered Beyonce's "XO", which you can hear in the replies.
Jake Denning on 05/23/14 - 08:46 AM
They've - ahem - teamed up, teamed up.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/23/14 - 08:01 AM
Hit the replies to stream a new Ab-Soul track titled "Stigmata," which features Action Bronson and Asaad.
Jake Jenkins on 05/23/14 - 07:47 AM
Today we're streaming "Three Whole Years" from Junior Battles' second full-length record Rally, which will be released on Tuesday via Paper + Plastick. Listen to the song in the replies, let us know what you think and if you like what you hear pre-orders are still available. You should also read our interview with guitarist/vocalist Sam Sutherland if you haven't yet.
We decided if we were going to do this record we were going to indulge all of our dumb shit, which means loving Limblifter, loving the Constantines and loving this insanely dumb idea of ‘And you will score the winning goal because you are very good at sports.’
Deborah Remus on 05/23/14 - 07:04 AM
The Analog Affair have released a new song called "Last Forever" - it's in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 05/23/14 - 06:34 AM
Check out a new Thom Bowden song called "Control" on Punktastic. His new album, Searching The Brittle Light, releases July 14th.
Ryan Gardner on 05/23/14 - 06:29 AM
The moment you've been waiting for is here: watch the drum-off between Will Ferrell and Chad Smith in the replies. The Red Hot Chili Peppers show up for a surprise performance.
Alex DiVincenzo on 05/23/14 - 06:14 AM
"Oh, so kiss him again, just to prove to me that you can, and I will stand here and burn in my skin."
Staff ReviewsRay LaMontagne - Supernova (Craig Manning)
Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere (Jake Jenkins)
Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World - Matt Townsend and The Wonder of the World (Craig Manning)
Craig Manning on 05/23/14 - 06:05 AM
Heffron Drive, Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush, have released a behind the scenes video of a backstage look at their time at SXSW and performing "Parallel" live for the first time. It's in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 05/23/14 - 05:50 AM
It's time again for another AbsolutePlaylist, the feature where a staff member or special guest gets you buzzing for the weekend with their very own playlist. This week, the AbsolutePlaylist is in my hands. Given that it's the start of the summer and most of you folks are smoothing out your A Day To Remember tank-tops in anticipation of getting stoked for the Warped Tour, I've decided to remind you all that Ireland (where I live) is still cold and rainy, even in the summer. So, I've created a wonderfully wintery playlist of a particular slice of my favourite sad songs for you all to get de-psyched to. Sorry kids, but it's never sunny in south Ireland. Also, if you'd like to submit your...
Kelly Doherty on 05/23/14 - 05:33 AM
Pre-orders for Conditions' final release, Missing Hours, are live. If you pre-order the album, you get an immediate download of a new song "No Mistakes" and then receive a download of the whole record on June 3rd. Their farewell tour with A Loss For Words and Alive In Standby only has a few more dates.

Tour Dates:
6.5.14: Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
6.6.14: New York City, NY @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
6.7.14: Richmond, VA @ The National
Ryan Gardner on 05/22/14 - 11:30 PM
Hit the replies to check out a teaser for the documentary about the Sloppy Meateaters we posted about a few weeks back.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 03:56 PM
Sorry it's a bit late, but if you hit the replies, you can read my review of day one of this year's Skate and Surf festival. Check back tomorrow to read my review of day two.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 03:18 PM
Ryan Lewis, known as the other half of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and his mother Julie, a 30-year HIV survivor, sat down with Anderson Cooper the other night to discuss the 30/30 Project. Their goal is to build 30 medical centers world-wide in countries effected by HIV/AIDS, that are sustainable for 30 years. You can watch the interview on CNN.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 02:29 PM
Friend of the site Ray Harkins, you may know him from the 100 Words or Less Podcast which I was once a guest on, has launched a Patreon campaign to raise some money to continue the podcast.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 02:23 PM
The Promise Hero's new video for "Still Awake" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 02:17 PM
CreativeLive will be doing a livechat with Issues tomorrow. If you've got any questions for them, leave those in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 02:13 PM
Pre-orders for Fall Out Boy's The Young Blood Chronicles on DVD are now up.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 02:08 PM
Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. performed an acoustic rendition of "Contractual Obligation" off of his most recent record for Space Jam Sessions. Check the replies for the video.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 02:06 PM
Watch Shellshock Lullaby's video for "All I Need" in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 01:56 PM
AM Taxi's new video for "Central Standard Time" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 01:54 PM
We recently interviewed Sam Sutherland from Junior Battles. The band will release Rally on May 27 via Paper + Plastick.
We decided if we were going to do this record we were going to indulge all of our dumb shit, which means loving Limblifter, loving the Constantines and loving this insanely dumb idea of ‘And you will score the winning goal because you are very good at sports.’
Deborah Remus on 05/22/14 - 01:54 PM
You can check out Bootstraps' new video for "Sleeping Giant" in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 01:47 PM
Emery's BadChristian Music is accepting submissions for acts to appear on its upcoming summer compilation album, Good Songs from Bad People.
Alex DiVincenzo on 05/22/14 - 01:43 PM
Mineral recently did an AMA on Reddit.
Glad to hear the music was a help to you. That is what is great about music. I grew up and became very involved in the church and Christianity. It was honestly one of my primary concerns at the time I wrote most of the lyrics on The Power of Failing. Really I think it was more about my spiritual and social anxiety as a whole.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 01:34 PM
Hit the replies to see The Early November playing "Ever So Sweet" from last weekend's Skate and Surf Fest.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 01:31 PM
Against Me! will be playing a free show for Toronto's Trans* Pride March on June 27th.

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Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 01:29 PM
Joshua Radin has announced that he's working on a new record.

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Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 01:18 PM
Black Cat Attack (featuring former Sum 41 guitarist Dave Baksh) have released a new EP on Bandcamp. Check it out in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 01:15 PM
Masked Intruder's new song "Crime Spree" can be heard in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 01:08 PM
People in Cars used to be the solo project of Etay Pisano. Now a trio comprised of Pisano, Mike Toohey (bass) and Jesse Hangen (drums), the band is getting ready to release a self-titled seven inch this June. Today we're excited to premiere the A-Side to the single, entitled "Let Go." It's a spacious alt-rock track perhaps in the vein of some Anberlin music. Listen to it in the replies and pre-order here.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 01:01 PM
A bunch of records over at Hot Topic are on clearance: Midtown, Yellowcard, and Underoath all have records as part of the sale -- and many are included in the "buy one, get one for $1" deal too.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 11:35 AM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog tackles the idea of success, timing, and what it all means in the grand scheme of things.
My friend and mentor Mike Burkett is very fond of telling people, ‘Don’t compare your band to NOFX. We’re an anomaly and no one can expect to do what we did,’ and he’s right. There’s no REASON that NOFX is huge and are going to be huge forever. Sure, they write great songs (so did American Steel). Sure, they’re funny as hell (so are the Dickies). Sure, they helped define a genre (so did the Suicide Machines). None of that shit matters, y’all. And this is true in every field, creative or scientific, or anything in between. There’s hard work and there’s talent, and those...
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 11:25 AM
The Lonely Forest are going on indefinite hiatus.
It is with sadness that we announce to the world that The Lonely Forest is going on an indefinite hiatus. We've been playing together for nearly a decade, released four full length records and played hundreds of shows. We've done many amazing things and met even more amazing people. The memories that we share with each other and our fans will never be forgotten.
To every fan who came to a show, wrote us a letter, baked us cookies, let us sleep on your floor, bought our records, wore our t-shirts and genuinely loved us: we give you our infinite thanks and gratitude.

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Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 11:12 AM
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