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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...
Jason Tate on 08/21/14 - 04:13 PM
Tim has left Transit. Our podcast this week feels strangely or fortuitously timed.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 04:34 PM
Amir Goldberg, writing for Stanford Graduate School of Business:
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...
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 03:21 PM
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.
Deborah Remus on 08/22/14 - 02:00 PM
Head to the replies to watch Balance and Composure's full set from a recent show in Fresno, CA.
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/22/14 - 01:33 PM
John Feldman recently talked to Gunz about 5 Seconds of Summer, critics of the band, and a whole lot more. Good talk, good ballin'. (I love you too John.)
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 01:27 PM
Purevolume have posted up some sessions with Frank Iero.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 01:23 PM
Mae have added a few more dates on their Everglow tenth anniversary tour.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 01:19 PM
Korn's new music video for "Hater" is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 01:17 PM
Hit the replies to check out an acoustic performance from The Menzingers.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 01:16 PM
Phil Druyor, formerly of Attack Attack! and Nativ, is part of a new band called The Bad Chapter. They recently signed to InVogue Records - an announcement video is below.
Ryan Gardner on 08/22/14 - 01:00 PM
Watch From Indian Lakes' new video for "Ghost" in the replies. Absent Sounds releases October 7th via Triple Crown Records.
Ryan Gardner on 08/22/14 - 12:31 PM
Hit the replies to check out Bad Rabbits from the Acoustic Basement on the last day of Warped Tour in Denver, CO. I caught this set twice while in California, and I definitely grooved out.
Jake Denning on 08/22/14 - 11:46 AM
Lauryn Hill's song "Black Rage," which is dedicated to Michael Brown, can be heard in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:33 AM
Down With Webster have posted their video for "Chills" -- it's in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:29 AM
The Madden Brothers' new song "Out of My Mind" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:24 AM
Hit the Lights has finished their new album.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:20 AM
Heartist have released a new music video for their single "Skeleteons."

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:19 AM
Coldplay's new video for "True Love" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:18 AM
30 Seconds to Mars' performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon can be found here.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:03 AM
We Shot The Moon have two cover songs up for free on NoiseTrade.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:02 AM
Head to the replies to check out Miss May I's new music video for "You Want Me".
Jake Denning on 08/22/14 - 11:02 AM
Spoon are the latest guests on the SongExploder podcast.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 11:01 AM
Sucré's new EP Loner will be released on September 2nd, Stacy will also have copies on her upcoming tour. The EP can be pre-ordered on Amazon where 30 second clips are also up.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:58 AM
The Guardian is reporting that a 14 year old boy and a 31 year old man have been arrested on suspicion of raping a 19 year old at the Reading Festival.
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.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:54 AM
The New Yorker has profiled the history of the vocoder.
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.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:52 AM
Sleepwave's new video for "Wolf" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:48 AM
Chiodos have dropped off their current tour.
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.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:46 AM
Their Lonely Betters (ex-Sharks) new song, "Everlasting Fire," can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:44 AM
Check the replies for a video of This Wild Life's Clouded vinyl release in-store at Fingerprints in Long Beach, CA. The LP is available now thru Kings Road Merch.

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:43 AM
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."

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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:39 AM
"Hello Cruel World," the lead single from Hightide Hotel's upcoming album Naturally, is streaming on Brooklyn Vegan. If you like the song, you can pre-order the album.
Zac Djamoos on 08/22/14 - 10:38 AM
Courtesy Drop's new EP Stabilize will be released on October 28 via Animal Style Records. You can see the cover art in the replies.

Tracklisting:
1. The Eighth Gate
2. Orion
3. Space and Interaction
4. Beauty is in the Eyes of the Imperfect
5. Pegasus
Zac Djamoos on 08/22/14 - 10:35 AM
You can stream Deafheaven's new single "From the Kettle to the Coil" in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 08/22/14 - 10:30 AM
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.
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:07 AM
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.
Blake Solomon on 08/22/14 - 08:05 AM
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."
Blake Solomon on 08/22/14 - 07:20 AM
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!
Anthony Sorendino on 08/22/14 - 05:50 AM
Congratulations to Pete Wentz and Meagan Camper on the birth of their baby boy, Saint Lazslo.
Jason Tate on 08/21/14 - 09:20 PM
Wild Party have released a video for "When I Get Older" and tour dates with Hellogoodbye. Both are in the replies. Phantom Pop releases October 7th via Old Friends Records.
Ryan Gardner on 08/21/14 - 06:57 PM
Watch Luke Granered of Better Off performing "Garden State of Mind" and a cover of Pedro the Lion's "Options" acoustically in the replies via Zero Platoon.
Ryan Gardner on 08/21/14 - 06:52 PM
Update: Scott Weiland was not actually arrested. It was an imposter.

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.
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/21/14 - 06:40 PM
Trash Talk's animated music video for "The Great Escape" can be seen in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/21/14 - 06:08 PM
We recently interviewed The Copyrights about its brand new record Report and recording with Mike Kennerty from the All-American Rejects. Physical copies of the album are out on Tuesday via Red Scare Industries.
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.
Deborah Remus on 08/21/14 - 05:22 PM
Sucré have posted a new song on Spotify.

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Jason Tate on 08/21/14 - 05:19 PM
The Wonder Years have cancelled their Australian Tour.
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.
Jason Tate on 08/21/14 - 05:15 PM
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