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Well, if you're not busy discussing if Record Store Day has been ruined, there are some cool releases coming out. Plus, I say getting outside to visit your local record store with some friends is as good an excuse as any (vinyl and beer is the secret to long living). We've created this open thread to discuss all the releases for this year. We'll keep it open throughout the weekend to post about what you've found and picked up and/or share any other deals that show up. Check the first post for some thoughts from staff on what they're looking to grab this year.
Jason Tate on 04/18/14 - 12:32 PM
Today's edition of AbsolutePlaylist is brought to you by me, so it's not like any of the other ones since I am a deviant. Currently I date a girl who I went to high school with, but she didn't like me in high school despite some of the best-curated mix CDs ever given to anyone on the planet. I had seen the movie High Fidelity and she hadn't, so how is it possible that this best-laid plan didn't work? Today we investigate this further with a playlist of songs that I actually put on mix CDs for a girl that I liked in high school, complete with commentary. It's in the replies, of course.
Thomas Nassiff on 04/18/14 - 12:59 PM
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Jason Tate on 04/18/14 - 10:00 AM
We've had Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic and The Xcerts, now here's another Scottish rock band who look destined for great things. Fatherson released their debut album I Am An Island last week, and it's full to the brim with shimmering hooks and frontman Ross Leighton's charming brogue. Scroll down to check out the very slightly NSFW video for new track "I Like Not Knowing".
Andy Biddulph on 04/18/14 - 05:22 AM
Update: The chat is now over. Huge thanks to the band for hanging out with us today.

Just a few weeks ago Foxy Shazam released a brand new album titled Gonzo. Today they're here to chat with you guys! Hit the replies to join the conversation and ask the band any questions you may have.
Jason Tate on 04/17/14 - 12:39 PM
Next week, I The Mighty will be hitting the road with Architects (UK) and letlive. On Tuesday, the 22nd, they'll be chatting on the site homepage at 5pm PST. It's the day before the tour kicks off, so it should be a great time. Mark your calendars and come chat!
Ryan Gardner on 04/17/14 - 09:46 AM
Check the replies for the user reviews submitted recently!
Anthony Sorendino on 04/16/14 - 07:31 AM
Foxy Shazam just released a new album for free a couple of weeks ago, and now we've invited them to come chat with everyone here on the website. This Thursday, April 17th and 5pm PST the band will be doing a chat here on the homepage. Add it to your calendars!
Jason Tate on 04/14/14 - 03:04 PM
Our interview with Boys On The Radio can be found here, the new project from Lovedrug's Michael Shepard.
I would say what balanced out Lovedrug, as far as the writing was concerned, was the other guys in Lovedrug were very much more into the indie side of music, the cooler, underground music. I was always kind of the pop guy who brought some of the hookier stuff to the music. So when I sat down to do a record by myself, essentially I’m writing pop songs. I’ve been going through this huge ‘80s thing lately. I was largely influenced by artists like Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, stuff like that that I grew up loving, kind of writing from a modern standpoint but with a little bit of that...
Jonathan Bautts on 04/14/14 - 12:47 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 04/13/14 - 07:45 AM
The terse Lumberjerks filled out our inteview; read it here.
The band started between two brothers who just wanted to play their music.
Zac Djamoos on 04/11/14 - 01:32 PM
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Jason Tate on 04/11/14 - 10:00 AM
If you caught our discussion thread yesterday, you probably noticed where we were heading. The first quarter of 2014 is officially over and I'm officially overwhelmed with new releases; I feel like the best are falling through the cracks. Do you feel like you're missing out as well? Well, have no fear! We're here with a special quarterly edition of the AbsolutePlaylist, highlighting some of our favorites from the past three months. Check out the playlist in both Spotify and Rdio renditions in the replies.
Anthony Sorendino on 04/11/14 - 05:44 AM
Again, we've got two interviews today, courtesy of Left Behind and My Space Invaders. You can read them here and here.
Zac Djamoos on 04/10/14 - 08:22 PM
We've certainly had an impressive first quarter of 2014 with new releases. Who's your front runner so far for Album of the Year? What albums have you connected with from January, February, or March of this year? Have there been releases that have flown under the radar that you want to share? Head to the replies for a discussion about everything you've loved about 2014 so far and make sure you return tomorrow for a special treat!

Edit: Head over to our special edition of the AbsolutePlaylist featuring some of our favorites from the past quarter.
Anthony Sorendino on 04/10/14 - 05:37 AM
Today we've got two random interviews for you, from Swedish metalcore group Surviving the Charade and Iowan electronic duo Koffins, which can be found here and here, respectively.
Zac Djamoos on 04/09/14 - 03:16 PM
I've decided to create a dedicated technology forum. Interested in technology? Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the like? Now there's a dedicated place to talk about it on the site.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:33 PM
Our interview with Local Natives can be found here.
We never came into the band being like, “All right, we’re going to be this grunge-down, indie band forever, or we’re going to be a mainstream band.” We’re just doing what we want to do, making the music we’re happy with and proud of. If that reaches to a larger audience, awesome. Like I said, we’re totally content with where we are now. Hopefully, it keeps going in a positive direction and we can keep this as our careers.
Jonathan Bautts on 04/08/14 - 09:26 AM
Lower Lifes filled out our interview. Read it here.
I’d get rid of lyric videos. My favorite part of listening to an album growing up was NOT knowing the words and piecing together my own version until someone corrected me. I SWORE the Fall Out Boy lyric was "a loaded gun complex" for the longest time when that album came out, but things like that would be so memorable. Now you watch a lyric video and read along and you just think “someone had to type these awful words and coordinate them with the song. I’m so sorry."
Zac Djamoos on 04/07/14 - 08:27 PM
"And we all believed in ghosts until you walked into the wall."
Album ReviewsFairweather - Fairweather (Zac Djamoos)
Direct Divide - Bridges
(Craig Manning)
InterviewsLocal Natives (Jonathan Bautts)
Zac Djamoos on 04/07/14 - 04:50 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 04/06/14 - 06:58 AM
Welcome back to AbsolutePlaylist, a new feature that will bring you a playlist each Friday from one of our staff members or a special guest to ring your weekend in the right way. This week I've put together some songs designed to help you shake off any lingering traces of the winter blues you might have, because hopefully by now the weather is warming up where you are. And if it's not, I'm very sorry...maybe try pulling up YouTube videos of daffodils blossoming and birds chirping? I dunno. Either way, there are Rdio and Spotify playlists for your enjoyment in the replies.
Chris Collum on 04/04/14 - 12:39 PM
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Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:00 AM
Yulianna filled out our interview. Here's what she had to say.
I wanted to have a name with an exotic ring to it but that could work in classical as well as the pop industry.
Zac Djamoos on 04/02/14 - 08:12 PM
You can check out our interview with G-Eazy here. We talk about his headlining tour and his upcoming debut album, which includes guest features from E-40 and A$AP Ferg.
Jake Denning on 04/02/14 - 08:27 AM
You can check out our interview with Stick To Your Guns here. The band just wrapped up recording their fifth full-length album with John Feldmann, and is headlining the "Fuck The Message" tour with support from Terror, Hundredth, Counterparts, and Expire - remaining dates are in the replies.
Jake Denning on 04/01/14 - 12:29 PM
"This town was so much fun when there weren't so much police, we didn't have to watch our speed."
Staff ReviewsThe Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsStick To Your Guns (Jake Denning)
Craig Manning on 04/01/14 - 06:21 AM
Today's interview comes from UK metalcore band Castor Troy. Read it here.
There are so many genres on the new album it's crazy, there literally is something for everyone. The lyrics are very well wrote, they're all based on real life events so tend to strike more of a chord with people. The music is wrote in such a way that we have utilised low tunings and orchestral instruments to create sombre moods and add depth to the tracks.
Zac Djamoos on 03/31/14 - 08:21 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 03/30/14 - 07:55 AM
"And if we stay on track as long as we can, then we'll end up back where we began."
Staff ReviewsThe Year Fifteen - As a World Entire (Zac Djamoos)
Zac Djamoos on 03/29/14 - 10:13 AM
Get Busy Living filled out our interview; check it out.
It's terrible, all of the bands that actually write music and tour never get that exposure. The mainstream is horrible and all the artists that struggle should be on the radio instead of them.
Zac Djamoos on 03/28/14 - 06:18 PM
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 03/28/14 - 10:00 AM
Welcome back to AbsolutePlaylist, a new feature that will bring you a playlist each Friday from one of our staff members or a special guest to ring your weekend in the right way. For this week, I put together a playlist of great songs from forgotten or partially forgotten 90s bands. Instead of going for the hits or for songs that everyone knows, though, I chose deep cuts from more recent releases. All of these artists are still active today, and as this playlist shows (I hope), they're still making engaging music. Enjoy!
Craig Manning on 03/28/14 - 07:59 AM
Ska punk band Survay Says filled out our random interview. Read what they had to say.
Survay Says was created as something me and my friends who could kind of play instruments could call a "band." We spelled it with "A" because no one on MySpace had it spelled it that way. Now it's because of copyright.
Zac Djamoos on 03/27/14 - 07:57 PM
The Idol Dead filled out our interview. Read what they had to say.
Memories of my first time on the internet looking for Blink 182 websites which you used to be when I was a teen! I had one friend in my hometown with the internet and the same taste as me and we found AbsolutePunk pretty early and milked it for every band it had on it. We got into pop rock by finding New Found Glory’s From the Screen to Your Stereo mentioned on there. Nothing like that was played on the radio or on TV in the UK so we thought we were cooler than cool listening to Blink, The Ataris, Fall Out Boy and Brand New.
Zac Djamoos on 03/26/14 - 06:21 PM
Read our write up of the 3/23 Austin stop of La Dispute's "Rooms of the House" Tour with Pianos Become The Teeth and Mansions.
For the first time, I’m actually having a fairly hard time describing exactly what made this night and show so intense for me – aside form just the nature and content of the music, that is. Maybe it was the weather. Maybe it was that my hoodie wasn’t quite warm enough. Maybe it’s because I was at the show alone, which is rare. Whatever the reason, everything added up and the intensity and show just clicked. No matter what band you’re a fan of or what album or song catches your ear most, definitely go see this show if it comes near you.
Ryan Gardner on 03/26/14 - 01:40 PM
Fourtitude answered our interview; here's their response.
I honestly had no clue there actually was a Radical Records, and I was amused to receive a cease and desist notification from their legal team. Apparently they didn’t want anybody to be confused into thinking they were in any way associated with my terrible rap music - I can’t say I blame them.
Zac Djamoos on 03/25/14 - 07:34 PM
We're premiering a live music video from unsigned Seattle band Truth Under Attack, which you can view in the replies. Often seen opening for bands such as The Classic Crime and Moneta, the band mixes rock riffs, guitar solos, and pop hooks to create a sound reminiscent to Tonight Alive and early Paramore.
Jake Denning on 03/25/14 - 09:44 AM
Today we are excited to stream The Analog Affair's latest EP, Wild. You can hear it the replies. If you like what you hear, you can download it at name-your-price. Fans of brooding electronic indie music should enjoy it.
Ryan Gardner on 03/25/14 - 06:15 AM
Post-hardcore band The North took some time to fill out our random interview. Read it here.
I love listening to the radio. It opens my eyes up to popular rap, hip hop, pop, indie and many more styles I wouldn’t normally listen to! Even though our band may not be “Top 40” style, we may be able to fit on Sirius Radio.
Zac Djamoos on 03/24/14 - 08:15 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 03/23/14 - 08:40 AM
Fine Fine Titans answered our interview; read it here.
After we finished our short set, for some reason, people wanted more! Never being a band to disappoint, our fill in guitar player ripped into a barely recognizable version of “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters that we had never practiced before. Ever. And we completely bombed it. Somehow, we managed to drag our way through it to the end, but not without hitting just about every speed bump along the way. We overplayed the chorus, underplayed the verses, and I even think the drums were in the wrong key, which I’m formerly thought was impossible.
Zac Djamoos on 03/21/14 - 09:07 PM
We're aware of some of the wonky bugs going on with the website at the moment. I think I've figured out and am aware of most of them -- but if you come across something could you let me know in the replies (or if the site's not working to post on Twitter)? Sorry for the inconvenience we are definitely trying to get everything sorted out. This is why I drink.
Jason Tate on 03/21/14 - 02:14 PM
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 03/21/14 - 10:00 AM
We're back this week with another AbsolutePlaylist, a feature that will bring you a playlist each Friday from one of our staff members or a special guest to ring your weekend in the right way. For today's playlist, I handpicked a batch of songs from some of my favorite springtime albums, new and old, for a playlist to soundtrack this year's spring season. You can check out a Spotify link in the replies.
Jake Jenkins on 03/21/14 - 09:45 AM
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