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We're Still Here (Episode 98)

There's something perfectly comforting about recording a podcast last night and posting it today. We're back after a mini (and unforeseen) little break in our podcasting schedule. But, things are now back on track. This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast looks at some follow-up on our last episode and The Wonder Years, Apple Music's trial ending and if we're going to keep paying for it, how we handle and get album advances, the new TWIABP album, the new Motion City Soundtrack album, Ryan Adams' '1989' cover album, and the whole Collect Records/pharma-bro thing. Thank you to everyone that listens to our podcast each week. We've got some really awesome things prepared for the future of the podcast and we're sorry for disappearing for the past three weeks. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Show Notes:
  • We have been away for almost a month! We forgot how to podcast! We're back now. That was a weird few weeks but the podcast is still going to be a weekly thing normally.
  • Some updates: College football is in season, Thomas moved into a new apartment.
  • A note from Jason: I don’t want to get to far into it, but I just want to mention on air that if anyone is struggling with depression or anxiety or has suicidal thoughts, please find someone to talk to. You can call the suicide hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255 and get help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For some reason growing up it seems a lot of us were taught to hold in our feelings and not talk about things like depression -- I just want to take a minute and urge anyone that may be feeling that way to take the steps to talk to someone about it. There’s help out there.
  • Follow-up:
    • Right after we recorded last, Thomas published his last review on the site (The Wonder Years' No Closer To Heaven). We talk about our continued thoughts on the album and a bit about Thomas' last few days as a staff writer.
    • Thanks to everyone who listened to our last episode; it was one of our most popular to date and we'll definitely continue to explore that format in the future.
    • The Apple Music trial is over but we're both still subscribing to it.
    • User question: How do album advances work, how early do we get them and are there implicit or stated expectations when you get an advance? Some talk about relationships in the industry.
    • User question: (Paraphrased, but basically) does Jason try to be a snarky commenter or does it come naturally? Eheheheheheheheh.
  • The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die released a pretty incredible new album called Harmlessness. Drew reviewed it and gave it a 22 out of 10. We both really like this record.
  • We both are super bored by Motion City Soundtrack's Panic Stations. Where does this band fit in now? Here's Craig Ismaili's review.
  • Ryan Adams' 1989 cover album, why we enjoy it, and why we don't enjoy the critical reaction to it.
  • Geoff Rickly's Collect Records and their situation with being funded by (and cutting ties with) Martin Shkreli.
  • JT Recs: Harmlessness, Foxing's Dealer (out Oct. 30), Ryan Adams 1989 out now, Love & Mercy.
  • TN Recs: Harmlessness, Kevin Devine's Matter of Time which Bad Timing Records just pressed on vinyl for the first time (also Lydia's This December), Bleachers - Terrible Thrills Vol. 2, Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (out later in October), college football podcast: The Solid Verbal.

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