Did you know Thomas can dunk? This is the episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast where I try and convince him to rename his basketball team "Defend Pop-Dunk." This week we also talk about if listeners will accept the "new" Blink-182, what the "hiatus" means for The Gaslight Anthem, do we think it's ok for record labels to exist only to re-press albums, something about Brand New, the Vinylify service, and Bill Simmons' move to HBO and its impact on the internet/media world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
Yes! It's Friday, which means we're back with another AbsolutePlaylist. This week, I've got a playlist that represents most of what I've been listening to regularly in the gym this summer as the heat gets into the triple digits. If you like heavy music, this one's for you. Head to the replies to check it out.
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
The Maccabees superb new album Marks To Prove It managed to defy all modern logic and happenings to stay (near enough) unleaked and unavailable to listen to in full until official release day, which is today! So go and check it out, read our review of it and have a great weekend!
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The Front Bottoms will release their new album Back On Top via Fueled By Ramen on September 18th. Pre-orders are available now. You can view the tracklisting and album art in the replies, as well as watch a music video for a new song entitled "HELP."
We recently spoke with Joywave about their debut album How Do You Feel Now? Check it out here.
What gets sent to radio and whatís decided on as a single seems really arbitrary. We didnít make the record trying to make any singles. There was no song where we were like, all right, this one has to be this certain way, outside of ďDestruction.Ē The spots that we made quote-unquote ďcatchyĒ in that song are a joke. Itís tongue in cheek.
Apparently, the city of Cesena, Italy want Foo Fighters to perform there so badly that 1,000 residents learned how to play "Learn to Fly" and covered it together. You can watch a video of their performance and plea for the Foos in the replies.
Scott Murphy of Allister and Takeshi Hosomi of Ellegarden have started a new band called Monoeyes. The group's debut record, A Mirage in the Sun, is out now via Universal Japan. Hit the replies for two music videos for the album's singles.
Yeah, we just finished up the new record not too long ago actually. In fact, itís being mixed right now. Musically, itís substantially more minimalistic than our last two records. It felt good to strip things down a little bit. Donít get me wrong, itís still heavy and orchestral like OíBrother has always been, but itís also different for us. I think every song has a section where only one of us is playing, so thatís pretty cool, and Iím sure the finished product will sound cool too. Right now weíre looking at a release sometime early next year.
Morrissey has posted a note on True to You saying he was sexually assaulted at San Francisco International Airport earlier this week.
Apart from "that's just your opinion", he would not comment, even though, since the penis and testicles were mine and no one else's, then my opinion must surely have some meaning. But, of course, what the airport security officer was saying was: your opinion will never count in the eyes of the law. The words "that's just your opinion" volunteered themselves from this 'officer's' mouth before he had even heard the question. He knew he could be confronted, but he also knew that he could never be challenged (even though the entire incident is most certainly...
Billboard has written a lengthy piece on the Front Porch Stepsituation. He talks with the publication about not wanting to be known as a pedophile, but god damn does the word "predator" sure seem to fit.
Talking with Billboard, McElfresh claims he didnít ever knowingly exchange nude photos with anyone younger than 16, and in Ohio, where he was living, thatís the age of consent. That distinction wouldnít matter in federal court, explains Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney Jerod Gunsberg. ďUnder federal law, it is illegal for anyone to persuade, entice or coerce anyone under the age of 18 into sending sexually explicit photos over the Internet or cellular networks. It doesnít...
We premieredThis Good Robot's full-length debut, The Light is Taking Me to Pieces, back in April. Now we're debuting their music video for the album's new single, "Get That Money," in the replies. The video captures the frantic nature of the music, as swirling visuals accompany the experimental pop-rock instrumentation. The genre-bending Long Island group is fronted by former Patent Pending vocalist Michael Ragosta.
Last week, Spotify launched a new feature called Discover Weekly. David Pierce over at Wired wrote an article explaining the new feature along with Spotify's goal to "build better playlists by any means necessary."
Itís a completely personalized playlist (updated, you know, weekly) full of songs Spotify is pretty sure youíre going to want to hear. Some hits, some new stuff, that Foreigner song youíve never been able to get out of your head... Itís no longer enough for a music service to offer unfettered access to 30-plus million songs for a monthly fee... Now the race is on to become the place for music discovery.
Pierce also discusses Spotify's fascinating employee-only tool, Truffle...
Head to the replies to check out MOD SUN's brand new music video for "Free Love", off his Rostrum Records debut, Look Up. You can currently watch him over at the Journey's Left Foot stage at this summer's Vans Warped Tour.
We wanted to let everyone know that we'll all be taking a break from The Gaslight Anthem after this next European tour in August. We're all going to do other projects and stay active in some way or another, both in and out of music, but we'd like to step away from the band until we decide what we'd like to do next. We'd like to recharge and take a step back until we have something we feel excited about rather than going right back to making a record just for the sake of making the next record. We all feel this is the best decision we can make and it feels like the right one for us.
New Politics' video for "West End Kids" is in the replies. The video follows the band on a video game inspired quest to save their girlfriends from evil henchmen comprised of DCD2 Records labelmates Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie, Travie McCoy, and newcomers MAX, and LOLO.
Humble Bundle are doing a pay-what-you-want bundle of books written by musicians or about music to support the charity Musicians on Call. The bundle features books by Krist Novoselic, They Might Be Giants, Neil Peart, and others.