I've started a blog entitled "Four Chords & Seven Years Ago." While the name may seem cheesy, the intent is anything but that. What I hope to accomplish is to open your ears (and mine) to something that you may not have heard before in hopes that it will drive you to explore music. I'll be grabbing people within the industry to contribute weekly. Head to the replies to read the first installment, which is an introduction to the feature and I talk about Down To Earth Approach.
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Young Fox's debut EP, Predecessors, will be available digitally this Tuesday, December 10, but you can stream it early in the replies. The band includes Zao bassist Marty Lunn, but they're an entirely different beast. You'll be reminded of '90s alterantive rock like Hum, Deftones and Smashing Pumpkins.
"We can actually make it the quality that we want to make it at," says frontman Jeremy McKinnon. "Instead of somebody saying, 'This is the cutoff for the budget,' we can say, 'No, this is going to be around forever and we want to put out quality stuff.'"
"After 13 years, John and I are parting ways," McDonald said in a statment. "It's been a magnificent journey, which began before his debut album, and along the way has included seven Grammy awards, years of massively successful tours around the world, and over 20 million albums sold. I hold John's talent in the highest regard and wish him nothing but the best."
One of the cool perks offered by the Reggie and the Full Effect Kickstarter was the ability to get Reggie to cover any song you wanted. AP.net reader and backer, Peter, had RATFE cover He is Legend's "Dicephalous" -- and because Peter is awesome -- he wanted to share it with everyone. You can check it out in the replies.
We're excited to be working with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to give away rare vinyl test pressing of their new album, Unvarnished. You can enter to win on Facebook and Twitter. Two winners (one from each contest) will be chosen at random next week.
Yesterday, Hopeless Recordscelebrated its 20th year of being a label. While many know Hopeless as a label that's released some of our users favorite albums of all time, it's also dedicated a lot of time, resources, and money to charity via Sub City, its nonprofit subsidiary. What's for certain is that Hopeless Records has been an integral part to this website, the scene, and many music fan's lives. Today, I'll be counting down my five favorite Hopeless Releases - feel free to add in your own lists as well. Here's to another 20 years!
Jay Z ranked his own albums on his blog this morning. Ranking of albums? Kinda feels like an AP.net thread. Anyway, his annotated list is below ... agree? Disagree? He definitely got Kingdom Come right.
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album... fuck... Streets, Where I'm from, You Must Love Me...)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it's good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone...)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone... oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many...