In this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, Thomas tries to coin the phrase "Chopper" for a song that is a "chart topper." I'm not sure how well this is going to work out -- I say it gets chopped. This week's topics include: The glaring lack of women in this week's Skate and Surf lineup, Bayside's song release about shock-rock bands and subsequent blog post about their own lyrics, Simple Mind covering all of Brand New's The Devil and God..., and Nate Ruess' new song and roll out. We end with some recommendations and a little after show talk about advice for getting into the music industry. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
Drake continues to prove how indomitable he is right now - every single song from If You're Reading This It's Too Late has entered the Billboard Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Chart, giving him a grand total of 21 songs appearing on the chart, which works out to 42% of the chart. This breaks his own record of 14 songs on the chart at one time (which he matched last week), to give you an idea of how insane this is.
Head to the replies to watch a Quiet Country Audio session with A Will Away. The Connecticut emo quartet (and recent Quiet Fire Media signees) perform "Good Things," "Home," "Livin'" and "Ten or Eleven."
On February 26, the FCC approved new, stronger network neutrality rules that regulate internet access like a public utility. Network neutrality supporters hailed the proposal. But Republicans in Congress say that it will lead to excessive regulation of the internet. They're working on legislation that would partially reverse the rules.
Some of you reading may like the band Fire and Ice, and some of you may want to know that they recently posted a varietyof homophobic tweets and basically said they don't care if anyone is offended. I asked the label why they'd keep a band like this on their roster and didn't hear back. I think everyone can make their own decisions about what music they listen to and what they can put up with from artists ... but for me, this is one of the lines that renders a band unlistenable in my book.
Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack didn't like being heckled at the band's show in Vancouver, BC. Hit the replies for some of the fan filmed footage where Andy leaps from the stage to go fight the heckler.
Buffalo's Del Paxton is the latest band to sign to Topshelf Records' incredible lineup and we have a new song from the band's upcoming 7" split with Gulfer. Del Paxton's brand of emo/indie/you name it is infectious as it is heavy-hitting. But don't take my word for it, check out the band's killer new track, "Bad Batch," in the replies and then pre-order the split (in stores 4/7) from Topshelf.
The change comes after global record labels association IFPI announced today that Friday will be deemed as release day in all key countries round the world, following consultation with indie and major labels, artist representative organisations and music retailers.
The move means that artists will be able to instantly release their music on the...
All People will release its new album, Learn Forget Repeat on May 5th via Community Records and Asian Man Records. Today we are premiering a new song from the New Orleans quartet - the melodic post-punk "Doubt" - in the replies. If you dig the track, make sure you pre-order the record via Community Records or Asian Man Records. You can also check out the band's upcoming tour dates in the replies.
Head to the replies to hear an alternate version of yellowbirddd's "Woke You." His latest effort, CENTINELA, which is one of my favorites albums of last year, is currently avaialble for pay-what-you-want on Bandcamp.
Update: Video of just the performance is now in the replies. - RD
Kanye West just performed a new song "All Day" at the BRIT Awards. The performance included a mob of the UK grime scene, FLAMETHROWERS, and an amazing shot of Taylor Swift in awe at the whole spectacle. Stream it via YouTube's livestream of the show at about 1:45:50.
Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari has posted a response to the video that appeared of him throwing punches at a fan that apparently "groped" him during a show in the UK. Full thing is in the replies.
I defy anyone to have their scrotum grabbed and not lash out instinctively...
Obviously violence is never the answer and I'm very unhappy personally with how I acted. I should have left the crowd and headed back to stage immediately when this started happening but due to the density of the crowd and the intensity of the situation things played out differently, I'm only human.
As Summer 2014 ended, Anacortes, WA indie-rockers, The Lonely Forest, played their final show. This farewell concert at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music Festival marked the theoretical end of The Lonely Forest. Guitarist, Tony Ruland, did not sit idly by. After sorting through a pile of micro cassette recordings he’d made over the last handful of years, Tony decided it was finally time to do something with them. He needed help, so he called up Erik Walters (Silver Torches) and Kyle Holland (Cumulus), and thus,...
The publicist who pitched me on this premiere started his email by asking me if I got a follow from Melissa Joan Hart on Twitter. I did! She sure followed lots of people. Being reminded of one of my most recent followers put me in a great mood, but I wasn't necessarily expecting to be as gripped as I was by Take One Car's "In The Wind." The band, which is from Upstate New York and which has independently released two full-length albums, is teaming up with Broken World Media for the release of their third effort, Everyone You Know Is Here Right Now, on March 31. You can stream "In The Wind" in the replies, where you'll also find the album art and tracklisting, and you should listen to it...