Last week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast featured an interview with Hopeless Records as we took a little mini-break from our regular conversations. This week we're back with a jam-packed episode that covers a variety of topics: We look at what it's like working in this industry and offer advice for those wanting to get into it, we discuss if album cycles lead to albums being overhyped and if bands basically get two albums before collapsing under the expectations. We also touch on musicians that genre-hop in order to prolong their careers, and we ask the question everyone seems to be wondering: Uh, what the fuck is going on with Transit? Is Tim still in the band? What's going on...
We like believing that our decision to download a song to our smartphone is the result of conscious, perhaps even rational, individual choice. But above all, we are social animals. Every decision, even the most banal, is deeply rooted in our cultural identity. Musical taste is never merely about melody or lyrics. Studies find a consistent relationship between, on the one hand, ethnicity, education, and income, and, on the other, musical and other preferences. Our decisions tend to be similar to those who are like us socio-demographically. Struggles over the qualitative value of our preferences are therefore also struggles...
Clipwing will be releasing a new EP called Ashford sometime in the fall through Laserlife Records/Coffeebreath and Heartache Records. A teaser video can be seen in the replies. It was produced by Chris Hannah from Propagandhi.
Ch Insp Dave Parker said: "There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare. "Officers are patrolling the site to support on-site security and if anyone has any concerns, please feel free to approach our officers to discuss these." Police said there have been 21 crimes at the festival site since Wednesday, including five alleged drugs offences and 13 suspected thefts.
The vocoder -- part military technology, part musical instrument—has had quite a history. In our new Object of Interest video, we explore the vocoder in settings ranging from the Second World War to Kraftwerk parties, featuring interviews with Laurie Anderson, Cozmo D, Dave Tompkins, and Frank Gentges.
We are sorry to our fans as well as the bands on the tour Bless the Fall, I Killed the Prom Queen and Capture the Crown. Our guitarist Thomas Erak has had a reoccurring medical emergency that needs immediate attention and we want to support him in his recovery. We plan to make up these dates this year. We appreciate our fans continued support and look forward to seeing everyone on the upcoming Parks and Devastation tour with A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, and Motionless in White.
Yahoo is playing a continuous loop of Matt Nathanson's show in Cleveland last night at the House of Blues. About 2/3 of the way through Andrew McMahon joins him on stage and they performed Tom Petty's "American Girl."
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.
Usually we just do an update on news stories, but this one is so weird I thought it needed its own post. Yesterday we, along with the rest of the Internet, posted that Scott Weiland was arrested for possession of Methamphetamine after trying to rob a pharmacy. Well, it turns out that wasn't Scott Weiland at all. It was an imposter who used his name. The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman posted a video from the studio to prove he is, in fact, a free man.
Because They Want My Soul is awesome, and we never posted this, and it's Friday and you have time on your hands, head to the replies to watch Spoon's full live performance on KEXP. It includes new songs like, "Knock Knock Knock," "Rent I Pay," and earlier hits like "The Ghost That Lingers."
Today, I'm proud to bring you the second AbsolutePlaylist member submission! thesinkingship (Brett) brings us a playlist described as, "...an assortment of styles from flamenco to progressive metal." Check out the playlist in Rdio and Spotify renditions in the replies. To submit your own playlist, check out our submission thread!
Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has reportedly been charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and burglary after being arrested for stealing razors from a drug store and found with meth.
While we were gone he put in some guitar leads and harmonies himself, which kind of makes him like a member of the band on this record. I mastered it at my studio here in Illinois after, probably three weeks altogether which is the longest we’ve ever spent on a record.
We're devastated to announce that we must cancel our upcoming Australian tour due to circumstances beyond out control. We appreciate all the support we've had over the years in Australia and are looking forward to coming back as soon as our schedule permits. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.