Maybe I'm biased, but this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast is one of my favorites we've recorded. We start out looking at why Brand New has been able to maintain an almost unprecedented amount of "hype" for their band given their relative silence compared to other artists. We move from there into a look at the announcements from Fun. and Nate Ruess over the past week and how they compare and contrast what went down with Blink-182. We talk a little bit about the Grammys and how they are failing to live up to their stated mission and what they could possibly do to fix it. And then we finish out this week's episode diving into conflicts of interest and the ethics of having a...
Florence + The Machine will release the new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful on June 1st. The record is produced by Markus Dravs with contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill. Head to the replies to watch the (NSFW) video for brand new single, "What Kind Of Man".
I guess although I’ve always dealt in fantasy and metaphor when I came to writing, that meant the songs this time were dealing much more in reality. Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it. Which is frightening because...
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Oregon's Lee Corey Oswald shot their new music video for "Scatterbrain" entirely on their cell phones. It's an appropriately lo-fi medium for their style, which is in the same vein as Weezer, Knapsack and '90s indie rock. You can check it out in the replies. Regards is out now on No Sleep Records.
Ours By Accident's EP Act Action Bonus Tracktion is available for free download on Noisetrade. Originally released in November, the EP includes covers of Dustin Kensrue, Mae, House of Heroes, and The Reign of Kindo that were picked to lyrically complement the band's full-length album, which is on Bandcamp.
We're really excited to premiere a brand new song from The Beautiful Ones, off their brand new album Jaded Love. The band was on tour supporting Cruel Hand, in which their unique brand of hardcore was well received by those in the crowd. Think of a darker, more aggressive version of Superheaven. The album drops April 21st via 6131 Records, pre-orders will be available soon. Head to the replies to stream "Exhale (Room 312)".
Kendrick is attempting a lot in one song. It’s an internal monologue, made public, in which he’s working out his own issues, acknowledging his own demons. Is it conservative? Is he coming down hard on black people? Is he coming down surprisingly hard on white people? Does he fully understand race and power and inequality as much as one perhaps should before jumping in this sea of generalizations? There are days and weeks and months and infinities left to parse out these ideas. But what is true from even the first listen is that Kendrick is talking directly to black people.
"We are about to start work on our album in March and we should have it out in October - that is the plan," he revealed. "This is definitely going happen, we will have an album out for this year for sure, but it will be towards October, November latest."
Industry sources, however, told the Guardian that there is a sense of anxiety within the UK record industry that it should not follow the US model, which is believed to be flawed. The fear is that replicating the US model could mean one massive single has the potential to skew the chart performance of the parent album, driving it up the charts even if the rest of the album is clogged with tumbleweed.
Ice Hockey will be releasing its new album, Wavefunction Collapse, on 2/24/15 via Texas Is Funny. Today, we are premiering a brand new song from the album titled "East Lansing," and you can get a taste of the Iowa quintet's brand of hardcore in the replies. If you dig it, make sure to pre-order the record ASAP
Drake has posted a short film titled "Jungle." It features home video of him as a child and footage of him experiencing Toronto, his hometown. It also includes short interpolations of new music as well. Watch it in the replies.
Yesterday, we posted about Hopeless Records signing Dryjacket, a group that's probably #1 on my list of bands that people should be watching out for in 2015. The other band that's at the top of that list is Microwave, which I only heard for the first time a couple weeks ago -- their debut LP Stovall is being released by Antique Records. To support the release, the band has dropped a music video for the title track from that album, which you can stream in the replies. They remind me of a slightly unpolished version of what All Get Out was when they released The Season, so if that sounds tasty to you, check out the song in the replies as well as their other single, "Trash Stains," which is...
Lead singer of post-hardcore veterans The Used, Bert McCracken has joined Channel [V] as a full-time presenter. McCracken, who moved to Australia from the States a couple of years ago, had previously hosted a Soundwave special last year for the Foxtel channel, but has now been promoted to a much bigger role. Model Bambi Northwood-Blyth and DJ Generik, real name Tyson O’Brien, were also revealed as new hosts for the channel today.
Now that these seven shows are done and we're back to home life, I did put out an email to the five of us this past week requesting a conference call so we can talk about these songs we started writing and recording, but haven't finished yet. We all love what we got and believe in it, but now it's about finding the time to get into the studio and finish these songs.
Dave Grohl will be the Record Store Day ambassador this year. His full statement is in the replies.
Growing up in Springfield, Virginia in the 70’s and 80’s, my local independent record stores were magical, mysterious places that I spent all of my spare time (and money) in, finding what was to eventually become the soundtrack of my life. Every weekend I couldn’t wait to take my hard earned, lawn mowing cash down for an afternoon full of discovery. And, the chase was always as good as the catch! I spent hours flipping through every stack, examining the artwork on every cover, the titles and credits, searching for music that would inspire me, or understand me, or just to help me escape....