Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop.
This Wild Life's new song "Roots and Branches" is now available on iTunes. Like what you hear? Pre-order the album here, and sign up for their mailing list here to get the live version (streaming in the replies) song as a mp3 download.
Pittsburgh jingle-jangle rock act (this is srs business) Brightside are putting out a record called Now And Loud and it kind of sounds like 90's Modest Mouse-meets-Foals sometimes. The album releases May 19th via Derek of The World Is...'s Broken World Media label, and you can hear "Circa 2006" in the replies.
Amazon has unvelied a new feature for Twitter today called #amazoncart. The idea is that you can add the hashtag to a tweet that contains an Amazon product link and it will then add it to your shopping cart for purchase later. There's a video explaining the whole thing in the replies. I would recommend bands and labels definitely take a look -- this seems like it could be a good way to sell merch and music via Twitter.
Alt Press has posted an interesting article about Australian boy-band pop-punk stars 5 Seconds of Summer, in which the author makes the claim that this band could have major labels turning to scene bands yet again for radio success. Check out the band's video for "She Looks So Perfect" in the replies if you want to see a lot of people in their underwear.
Major labels are ready to push pop-punk again? Push on. The last time we saw an explosion of the genre with the full backing of the music industry, we got Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory and more. Those bands sold millions of records. Those bands pushed the genre decades forward and inspired a massive subsequent wave...
Today we're taking a moment to introduce you to a brand-spanking-new band called Greenhorn. It's the new side project from Roger Lima of Less Than Jake fame, and Roger is accompanied by Jen Vito from NoMore on co-lead vocals. Their debut EP, I Want More, will be released on July 8 via Anchorless Records and you can check out the first new song, titled "I Hit The Wall," exclusively in the replies. Also in the replies is a blurb about the band written by Brendan Kelly; as Brendan puts it, the six-song EP is full of "hearty pop-punk," with Roger and Jen combining for some instantly memorable memories. If you dig the song, preorder the 10" vinyl here and here if you're in the UK.
Update 5/5, 11:21am ET: A Brooklyn Vegan post includes an update from the Studio at Webster Hall, which is the venue where the incident occurred: "Webster Hall says that despite what people are saying at Miss May I's Facebook, 'the patron in question did not die while stage diving. The patron collapsed while exiting the venue, as video footage and the police corroborate.'" The band is expected to make a statement once they are legally allowed to. We will keep this post updated. - Thomas Nassiff
Lambgoat is reporting that at a Miss May I show in New York City on Saturday, a fan sustained injuries while stage diving that may have led to his death. He reportedly collapsed while exiting...
Avril Lavigne's fans in Brazil paid the equivalent of about $360 USD to take pictures with the singer at arm's length. They were apparently explicitly instructed to not touch Avril. Check out the results in the replies, because man oh man are they hilariously, delightfully awkward.
Check out this massive triple LP from The Early November! This beast is called ‘The Mother, The Mechanic, And The Path’, and features reverse-board triple gatefold jackets, and some eye-catching ‘Oxblood’ / ‘Mustard Yellow’ AsideBside Vinyl… Rad!
Emo is "back" and everyone has an opinion on it. On this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast we are joined by staffer Thomas Nassiff to talk about emo's return, the internet/fan backlash, the state and future of music online, the internet, "troll bands," and quite a bit more. The conversation is casual and the drinks were flowing. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.
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It's Friday ... you knew I'd post something different on the news feed ... you didn't know when, just that it was coming. Ok, so pop-quiz hotshot: How many US states are at least partially north of the southernmost part of Canada? Hint: More than you think. Double hint: Way more than you think. Hit the replies for the answer.
Anthony Green has confirmed that Saosin will be playing Translating the Name in full, "Mookie’s Last Christmas," "I Can Tell (There Was An Accident Here Earlier)" ... and some "new ideas" ... at their upcoming shows.
We've never posted about Swedish rock duo Johnossi on AP.net, but the band just released its new album, Transitions, in the U.S. this week. Unfortunately I won't be able to hash out a full review of the album, but I felt like it should be posted about because I think it will interest some readers. The LP stands out because of its huge-sounding guitar work and nuanced rhythm section; it gives me vibes of straightforward rock and roll, garage rock, indie rock and gloomy, hazy pop all at once. There are a few music videos in the replies, which include album highlights "Into The Wild" and "Gone Forever," so check those out if you're interested. Transitions is available on iTunes.