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Posted by: Ryan Gardner (01/19/14)
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
 
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08:55 AM on 01/19/14
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Ryan's Ball Room - It's All Me (release date: 1/25/2014)
www.deadgamesrecords.com
Indie Rock from Tampa, FL

Christoph Whitbeck - The Devil Plays Poker Original Cast Recording (release date: 2014/1/31)
http://www.ChristophWhitbeck.bandcam...cast-recording
Rock Opera from Connecticut (RIYL: My Chemical Romance, Anaïs Mitchell, The Decemberists)

Lionize - Jetpack Soundtrack (release date 2/18)
www.lionizemusic,com
Rock / Reggae from Maryland (RIYL: Pepper)

Ladarius McDonald - Sepia Shadows (release date: January 7th, 2014)
https://soundcloud.com/ladarius1991/...pia-shadows-ep
Alternative Rock / Art Pop / Singer/Songwriter from Shreveport, Louisiana (RIYL: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Kristin Hersh, Kirtsy MacColl, Victoria Williams, Morrissey)

darkWaters - Golden Age of Decadence (release date: September 2013)
www.facebook.com\1darkwaters
Heavy Rock from Portugal

Strange Temptations - Strange Temptations (release date November 19, 2013)
http://strangetemptations.bandcamp.com
Indie Rock from Pennsylvania (RIYL: Jawbox/Burning Airlines, Archers of Loaf, The Smiths, Jane's Addiction)

Nina Persson - Animal Heart (release date: 2/11/2014)
http://ter.ly/1ky1UVl
Indie Rock from Sweden (RIYL: The Cardigans, A Camp, Garbage, Sixpence None The Richer, Fiona Apple)

Tempel - On The Gates of the Temple (release date: 1/21)
www.facebook.com/tempelofficialband
Instrumental Doom / Death Metal from Phoenix, AZ (RIYL: Isis, Neurosis)

Miami Golem - Stunk CIty, KLD (release date: 13/12/2013)
https://soundcloud.com/miami-golem
Funk from Italy

Broken Gold - Residency at Hundo Beach (release date: 3/18/14)
http://brokengoldatx.com/
Alternative from TX (RIYL: Dinosaur Jr., Guided by Voices, Swervedriver)

Sydonia - Reality Kicks (release date: February 7 2014)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aS60lxo5Ts
Rock from Australia (RIYL: Porcupine Tree)

Morbus Chron - Sweven (release date: 3/4/14)
www.facebook.com/morbuschron
Death Metal from Sweden

Seventy Minus One - Save The Kids (release date - Dec 25th 2013)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sa...ep/id789022362
Pop Punk from Wisconsin

Left In Ruins - Ghost (release date: Oct 15th 2013)
https://www.facebook.com/leftinruins
Hardcore from Italy (RIYL: Trash Talk, Beartrap, Nirvana)

The Smashrooms - Wildfire (release date: July 24th 2013)
https://www.facebook.com/smashrooms
Hardcore from Italy (RIYL: Propagandhi, Ignite, Trial)

Painted Wolves - Painted Wolves (release date: July 22nd 2013)
https://www.facebook.com/paintedwolves
Hardcore from Sweden (RIYL: Dead Vows, Dangers, Converge)

Gab De La Vega - Songs Of Existence (Release date: July 26th 2013)
https://www.facebook.com/gabdelavegamusic
Acoustic Punk from Italy (RIYL: Chuck Ragan, Tim Barry, Against Me!, xTrue Naturex)

Raindance - Sold Souls (release date: November 1st 2011)
https://www.facebook.com/raindancehc
Hardcore from Massachusetts/Rhode Island (RIYL: Unbroken, 108, Deftones)

Royalty Rulez - Entrée & Canapé Project (Release date: 28th of March 2014)
http://facebook.com/royaltyrulezofficial
Rap / Hip Hop / Pop from London, United Kingdom

Sleepy Kitty - Projection Room (release date: January 14, 2014)
http://sleepykittymusic.blogspot.com/
Garage / Punk from St. Louis, MO (RIYL: Best Coast//Sleigh Bells//Harvey Danger)

Set To Reflect - Artificial Sun (release date: Jan 14, 2014)
www.facebook.com/settoreflect
Hardcore / Metal from Akron, OH

Kari Rueslåtten - Time to Tell (release date 3/07/14)
www.facebook.com/kari.rueslatten.official
Folk Rock from Norway (RIYL: Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Bjørk)

Lantern - Diavoleria (release date: 12 January 2014)
http://noilantern.bandcamp.com/album...ria?from=embed
Screamo / Post-Hardcore from Rimini, Italy (RIYL: Touche Amore, raein, La Quiete)

Ten Ton Man - Chunk of Change (release date April 8, 2014)
www.tentonman.com
Americana / Alternative Rock from NY (RIYL: Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed, Nick Cave)

What Glorious Things - Far and Fading (release date: 12/1/2013)
http://bit.ly/WGT-EPK
Christian-Gospel / Indie Rock from CO & FL (RIYL: Switchfoot, David Crowder Band, Chris Tomlin, Lincoln Brewster)

Slothrust - Of Course You Do (release date: Feb. 18, 2014)
www.slothrust.com
Grunge from Brooklyn, NY (RIYL: Weezer, Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age)

The Record - A Verdict Wouldn't Matter (release date: 1.28.14)
http://therecordmusic.bandcamp.com/
Rock from North Carolina (RIYL: 90s rock, Butch Walker)

The Instigation - No Way Out (release date: 2014 Jan 6th)
www.theinstigation.bandcamp.com
Hardcore Punk from Japan, China, UK (Dean Dirg, Bad Brains, Angry Samoans, Napoleon Dynamite, Regulations, Social Circkle)

Where The Sidewalk Ends - You Drive, There's Something Wrong With Me (release date: February 1st, 2014)
https://www.facebook.com/WhereTheSideWalkEndsBand
Pop-Punk from Concord, California

Allan Rayman - Indrid Cold (release date: January 16, 2014)
http://allanrayman.com/
Trap / Rap / RockToronto, Canada (RIYL: Amy Winehouse, The Weeknd)

Sound|Studies - Late Night, Early Mornings (release date: 12/24/13)
www.soundstudiesmusic.com
Rock from Colorado (RIYL: Minus the Bear, Sunny Day Real Estate, Taking Back Sunday, Our Lady Peace)

Johnny Booth - The Bronze Age (Release Date; 2/15/14)
https://www.facebook.com/johnnyboothmusic
Metal / Hardcore from Long Island, NY

Tall Tales - Nightlife (Release Date: 3/15/14)
https://www.facebook.com/talltalesmi
Hardcore / Rock N Roll from Kalamazoo, Michigan

You Win Again Gravity - Brightly Coloured Landscapes (Release date: 2014/02/02)
https://www.facebook.com/YouWinAgainGravity
Rock / Progressive / Post-Hardcore from Windsor, UK (RIYL: Misery Signals, Finch and Oceansize)

I Love Rich - Respect The Rich (release date: 12/23/2013)
https://soundcloud.com/respecttherich
Punky Hard Rock from Chicago (RIYL: The Dictators, The Ramones, Turbonegro, Kiss)

The Cut/Up (ex Oil/Soda P) - The Gateway Drug (release date: 17.09.2013)
http://thecutup.bandcamp.com/album/the-gateway-drug
Post-Hardcore from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Giving In to Ghosts - Chasing Waves (release date - 31st March)
www.facebook.com/GivingInToGhosts
Post Hardcore from UK (RIYL: FFAF, Architects, Reuben)

Mime Game - Do Your Work (release date: Oct. 1st, 2013)
http://mimegame.com
Alternative from Kansas City, MO

Casual / Crybaby - Split (release date: January 28th 2014)
http://casualnj.bandcamp.com/album/split-7-w-crybaby
Punk / Pop-Punk from New Jersey (RIYL: Martin, Broadcaster, Sundials)

Algiers - You're The Captain (release date: Jan 27)
http://www.facebook.com/wearealgiers
Indie from Sheffield, England (RIYL: Crash of Rhino, Prawn, Pswingset, Nah Harvest)

The Softer Side - Rise from the Embers (release date: 12/31/13)
www.facebook.com/thesoftersideband
Pop Punk / Melodic Punk / Skate Punk from Florida (RIYL: Inspection 12, Yellowcard, Mute, Slick Shoes, Starting Line)

Anomaly - Different Shade, Same Color (Release date: February 4th)
www.facebook.com/AnomalyPA
Melodic Rock from Philadelphia, PA (RIYL: Mayday Parade, The Starting Line, Acceptance)

Obtrusive - 20032013 (release date: 01.24.2014)
www.obtrusive.bandcamp.com
Hardcore-Punk from Germany (RIYL: Comeback Kids, The Unseen, The Casualties)

The Retakes - Girl (release date: January 17th, 2014)
https://theretakes.bandcamp.com/album/girl
Garage Rock / Punk Rock from Minneapolis, Minnesota (RIYL: Pixies and Jawbreaker)

CHON - Woohoo! (release date: February 3rd 2014)
https://www.facebook.com/musicofchon
Progressive from San Diego, California (RIYL: Animals as Leaders)

My Brother, My Sister - My Brother, My Sister's 1st Record (Release date: October 23, 2013)
www.mybrothermysister.bandcamp.com
Folk Punk Rock from Raleigh, NC (RIYL: Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem, Langhorne Slim)

3rd Man In - Discography 1998 – 2001 (release date: January 6, 2014)
http://www.punksinvegas.com/vegas-archive-3rd-man/
Skatepunk from Las Vegas, NV (RIYL: Pennywise, NOFX, Heartsounds)

The Weirding Way - Discography 2000 – 2005 (release date: January 13, 2014)
http://www.punksinvegas.com/vegas-ar...y-discography/
Grindcore from Las Vegas, NV (RIYL: The Locust, Cattle Decapitation, Pig Destroyer)

Foreverinmotion - Transients (Release date: Jan 14 2014)
http://www.foreverinmotion.net
Rock from Philadelphia, PA (RIYL: Ryan Adams, Jimmy Eat World, Volcano Choir)

OFFWITHHISHEAD - Discography 2004 – 2008 (release date: February 28, 2013)
http://www.punksinvegas.com/vegas-ar...-out-of-habit/
Post Hardcore from Las Vegas, NV (RIYL: GlassJaw, Finch, Boy Sets Fire)

Dead Like Juliet - Against The Crown (release date: 01.01.2014)
www.facebook.com/deadlikejuliet
Post Hardcore / Melodic Hardcore from Italy
08:55 AM on 01/19/14
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Previous mailbox listings can be found here: http://www.absolutepunk.net/forumdisplay.php?f=148
11:19 AM on 01/19/14
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this is mike from strange temptations.

first off, i'm excited for whoever ends up reviewing the new lionize album! i first saw them at the warped tour kick-off party in 2011. i was playing with mc lars, and lionize opened the show. they were one of the most intense walls of sound i had ever heard, and my first thought was, "there's no way we can follow this," haha. during that summer, i probably saw them 30 times. there's no way to tell how "good" a band is at warped by just looking to see how many people they have in the audience watching them. there are too many factors that affect non-mainstage bands, and some days you might have 1,000 people and other days you might have 20. the way you can get a handle on who's making the most waves is by looking for how many band/crew members are watching them from the back of the stage and the wings. believe me, after about a month out in the heat, the last thing anyone wants to do is leave the air conditioned bus unless it's something really special. lionize was a "can't miss." i caught them last month at a headlining gig, and they played pretty much this entire new album. it's a beast. i'm jealous you guys get a copy early!

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for the strange temptations project, i'm never sure if more or less information is better, but here's some background for anyone interested:

we recorded this in 4 days with j. robbins (jawbox/burning airlines, and producer/engineer for clutch, dismemberment plan, the sword, jets to brazil, etc, etc) at magpie cage studio in baltimore. besides being one of my top-5-favorite musicians of all-time, j's got a reputation for being able to capture a band's sound in as "live" a way as possible. we are a 3-piece band (guitar, bass, drums and vocals), and we managed to get all of the rhythm tracks completely live and about 65% of the guitars live. it's the way that so many of the bands that influenced us recorded (90's indie acts like archers of loaf and superchunk, for example), and in an era where people can be quick to over-polish and feed whatever into a computer we are trying to make a case for just setting up mics and playing your shit, haha.

and we had some great help on our side. our bassist, jon sullivan (formerly of jack's mannequin, and now also playing with kid is qual) locked in with the drums to form a solid bedrock of a rhythm section for the guitar (my role in the band) to have more of a free reign over. the moments where just the bass and the drums sync (like in the second verse of, "the reaping") are some of my favorites on the album.

another huge thing was having j. himself sing all of the vocal harmonies. hearing THAT voice made the whole project worthwhile, even if no one else ever heard a note of it. in the song "your hands and knees," he hits a 3-part harmony during the ending halftime section that just makes the whole song.

conceptually, the ep loosely follows the disintegration of a marriage, occasionally from the perspective of the father trying to explain everything to his young son (particularly the song "strange temptations"). the first line of the album is, "i see what's coming - no, i'm not confused," and the final one is "it's gonna happen; i'll see it happen." the songs in-between fill in the guts of the story.

the last 4 songs are part of what will become a larger album called "soundtrack to the great divorce." parts are missing here, because the story is still being written as this all plays out in a very real way in our lives. writing this record was a way to try and deal with something that way too many people can relate to.

in a larger sense, "the great divorce" also references the book by c.s. lewis that deals with the separation between mankind and god. it centers on the inability of us to let go of our egos, resentments and guilts - the things that lead us to sabotage our lives (our strange temptations), and that keep us from being able to move on to the next stage of our lives. songs like "take me with you" follow this idea that "the grass is greener" and we can just run away from our problems and start fresh. but, of course, we all know they follow us no matter how far we run.

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i guess the point of all this yammering is to say that - while this ep is an introduction to the band - this is not just a haphazard collection of songs. they can certainly be listened to in any order or for any reason, but if you want to look more closely there is a thread throughout the tapestry. musically, we tried to cover as many bases as we could within our 3-piece setup, from 90's-era-merge records ("the valley's underwater") to poppier fare (like the ending of "summer of breaking up"), to the johnny cash ("the darkness") and the u2-ish ("strange temptations") - even a bit of metal ("the reaping").

i hope you guys are willing to give it a listen.
06:18 PM on 01/19/14
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Chon is fucking awesome, good to see them getting some love!
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