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Earlier this week we posted the staff's Most Anticipated Albums of 2014 feature ... now it's your turn. We want to know what you are anticipating most this year -- so if you could fill out this quick reader poll, we will be compiling the top submissions into a AP.net reader's most anticipated albums of the year feature.
Jason Tate on 01/15/14 - 12:59 PM
We are still reveling in the past over here, and it's time to spotlight some more lists from our earth-shattering Best of 2013 feature. Today I beg of you but also demand you check out the lists of the British mastermind himself Andy Biddulph and the staff's relative new guy Anthony Sorendino - Andy has loud on lock while Anthony is more of a wonderful mixed scene bag. And for some diversity, check out Brian Warren of Weatherbox's list and the gang from one of our favorite labels of the last one million years, Epitaph Records. Are you excited from looking at all of these lists? Has your Spotify overheated? Whoops!
Blake Solomon on 01/15/14 - 07:53 AM
Moving right along with highlighting lists from our Best of 2013 feature, today we're showing off our own mysterious leader Jason Tate's list, because even though he is in charge we somehow haven't done that yet, along with those of awe-inspiring staff members Scott Weber and Alex DiVincenzo. I have worked with Alex for three years and have never not copy/pasted his last name when writing it. We're also bragging about the fact that cool industry insiders like Fred Feldman (Triple Crown owner), Jesse Cannon (producer and author) and Jamie Coletta (SideOneDummy publicist) contributed their favorite picks from 2013 as well. Enjoy and remember, nothing you did last year counted unless you...
Thomas Nassiff on 01/14/14 - 10:17 AM
By now you've probably had your fill with all of the "End of the Year" lists and whatnot, so naturally it's time to transition into what albums we're anticipating the most in 2014. I feel like this year's edition came a little bit earlier than usual, which is great because our list features over 80 prospective releases spanning over a wide array of different genres. Twelve months from now we'll see how well we did with our picks, but until then you should head on over into the replies and check out which albums we're excited for and why. As always, we welcome your own picks and discussion. Enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 01/13/14 - 07:41 AM
Continuing on with highlighting some of our individual Best of 2013 lists, today we're bringing you lists from staff members Thomas Nassiff, Kyle Huntington, and myself. We're also showing off industry lists from O'brother and Greg Dunn of Moving Mountains. There should be no shortage of new music to check out here, so start your Saturday off right with some albums you may have missed from 2013.
Jake Jenkins on 01/11/14 - 10:54 AM
To continue our Best of 2013 highlights, today's staff lists include Keagan Ilvonen, Zac Djamoos, and myself. The industry lists come from Equal Vision Records / Rory Records Bands and Joseph Marro of The Early November. Be on the look out for more featured lists throughout the upcoming days.
Ryan Gardner on 01/10/14 - 08:26 AM
To continue our Best of 2013 highlights, today we're showing off my list, known affectionately as "Pitchfork Lite," Jack Appleby's, and Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. Check back tomorrow for more staff and industry lists you may have missed.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/09/14 - 07:14 AM
Just as Drew stated yesterday, we will be taking the next week or so to highlight individual lists from our final Best Music of 2013 feature. Today, we're all about the letter C, so check out lists from esteemed staff members Cody Nelson, Chris Collum, and myself, and uncover a few great records that you may have missed last year.
Craig Manning on 01/08/14 - 07:05 AM
Over the next couple of days we will be highlighting specific individual lists from our final Best of 2013 feature. Today, we're showcasing the stellar lists from staff members Deborah Remus and Blake Solomon, along with my very own perfect list.
Drew Beringer on 01/07/14 - 02:43 PM
Hope everyone had a great holiday and is starting off 2014 on the right foot. Pretty sure I've already broken most of my resolutions. The "holiday theme" has been retired for another year, I know, sad day. Anyway, we will be releasing a whole bunch of staff and band/label "best of 2013" lists early next week when everyone's champagne and egg-nog hangovers are subsiding and the rest of the music industry starts coming out of hibernation as well.
Jason Tate on 01/02/14 - 01:20 PM
Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Years! Thanks to every reader for a great 2013 and every staff member for everything you do on a daily basis. Please be safe tonight guys -- don't drink and drive -- and start off 2014 with something loud and musical.
Jason Tate on 12/31/13 - 02:06 PM
As 2013 comes to a close I wanted to take a look at what the biggest stories of the year were here on AP.net. It's been a pretty crazy year for music news ... but it seems no story was bigger than the viral Shone campaign. The top 10 are below, were you here for them all?

1) Shone Viral Campaign
2) Fall Out Boy Announce New Album + Song
3) Mayday Parade Chat
4) 2013 Top 30 Albums by Staff
5) 55th Grammy Award Open Thread
6) The Wonder Years Song + Chat
7) 86th Academy Awards Open Thread
8) For Today's Guitarist Says "No Gay Christians"
9) Fall Out Boy Release "The Phoenix"
10) Chat with William Beckett
Jason Tate on 12/30/13 - 03:59 PM
Only a day or so left of 2013. Well, that certainly went by quickly. On the 6th we will be posting all of our individual staff lists for the best albums of the year (still a little bit longer of that weird lull that hits the music industry) but then we'll be hitting the new year hard. So, this is the last reminder that if you're in a band, work for a label, or are involved in the industry -- we want to feature your favorite albums of the year in our end of the year database. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists to this address and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (if you're in a band, is it a band list, or is it an individual band member...
Jason Tate on 12/30/13 - 02:44 PM
This is that time of year where everything starts slowing down in the music industry and online. We'll still be keeping things updated around here through the new year -- but it'll probably be a little slower than usual. I just wanted to take a few moments to thank everyone for reading the website throughout 2013, and that we here at AP.net wish you all a happy holidays.
Jason Tate on 12/23/13 - 02:14 PM
I made a playlist from the AP.net staff's "best of 2013" list on Rdio, so if you haven't checked out all the albums yet -- now you can.
Jason Tate on 12/18/13 - 11:43 AM
The staff are almost done compiling our site-wide list, but we still want label/band/industry people lists! If you're in a band, work for a label, or are involved in the industry -- we want to feature your favorite albums of the year in our end of the year database. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists to this address and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (if you're in a band, is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list? If you work at a record label, what label?). We'll be compiling everything together and post it all around the new year with the official AP.net staff lists as well.

Note: This way of submitting lists is for...
Jason Tate on 12/13/13 - 02:17 PM
The staff are almost done compiling our site-wide list, but we still want label/band/industry people lists! If you're in a band, work for a label, or are involved in the industry -- we want to feature your favorite albums of the year in our end of the year database. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists to this address and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (if you're in a band, is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list? If you work at a record label, what label?). We'll be compiling everything together and post it all around the new year with the official AP.net staff lists as well.

Note: This way of submitting lists is for...
Jason Tate on 12/06/13 - 01:53 PM
It's already almost Thanksgiving, where the hell did this year go? Well, as the year is winding down we're beginning to think of our favorite albums of 2013 and that means we're collecting lists from bands, staff, and industry folk to include in our yearly feature (related: our 2012 feature). If you're in a band, work for a label, or are involved in the industry -- we want to feature your favorite albums of the year in our end of the year database. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists to this address and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (if you're in a band, is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list? If you work at a record...
Jason Tate on 12/02/13 - 02:30 PM
Let ... it ... snow! If you're interested in hearing some Christmas music, this forum thread is a good place to start.
Jason Tate on 12/01/13 - 01:36 PM
It's already almost Thanksgiving, where the hell did this year go? Well, as the year is winding down we're beginning to think of our favorite albums of 2013 and that means we're collecting lists from bands, staff, and industry folk to include in our yearly feature (related: our 2012 feature). If you're in a band, work for a label, or are involved in the industry -- we want to feature your favorite albums of the year in our end of the year database. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists to this address and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (if you're in a band, is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list? If you work at a record...
Jason Tate on 11/25/13 - 04:30 PM
This is how it starts ...
InterviewsMatthew Healy of The 1975
Jason Tate on 11/08/13 - 10:03 AM
Nothing like a last minute chat to get your week started, huh? The fellas in Dance Gavin Dance are releasing a new record, titled Acceptance Speech, this Tuesday. They are also a part of the South By So What festival that we are sponsoring (tickets still available). So come hang out at 6 PM EST and talk to DGD about the new record, how Tilian is fitting in, the upcoming festival and tour, and more.

Update: The chat is now over - thanks to DGD for hanging out tonight with us. Pick up the band's new album this Tuesday!.
Drew Beringer on 10/06/13 - 02:49 PM
Dance Gavin Dance will be chatting tonight on the site at 6 PM EST!
Drew Beringer on 10/06/13 - 12:52 PM
Saturday Night Live will always be something I look forward to watching every week. Every season I always look forward to what musical guests Lorne Michaels and company are going to book. Last week, Arcade Fire kicked off the 39th season, while Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are booked for this week and next. SNL does a fairly decent job of mixing in established bands with up-and-coming bands throughout a season. What follows in the replies is my wish list for artists I hope to see grace the SNL stage this year along with what songs I'd like to see played. After you check out my list, make sure to add in what bands you'd like to see this season.
Drew Beringer on 10/04/13 - 02:13 PM
In this week's AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Jason calls up and Zack from PropertyOfZack to talk about the state of blogs and what it’s like when you make a lot of changes. Do users rebel? Are people ready for the next AP.net?

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 10/04/13 - 12:20 PM
The guys in Mayday Parade are going to be chatting in this thread starting at 8 PM EST. Come by and say hello, ask about their new album Monsters In The Closet, their upcoming Glamour Kills Tour, or anything else that's on your mind.

Update: The band has wrapped things up. Thanks so much for chatting with us!
Christian Wagner on 10/01/13 - 04:42 PM
Story Of The Year is back and making the most of it - headlining this fall's Scream It Like You Mean It tour and releasing an acoustic version of its breakthrough debut, Page Avenue, on October 8th. Dan and Adam will be chatting about all that and more at 5 PM EST in this thread. Let's have some fun.

Update: The chat is now over - big thanks to Dan and Adam for taking time out of their day to talk with us. Make sure you see the band on the upcoming 'Scream It Like You Mean It' Tour and pick up 'Page Avenue Acoustic' in two weeks!.
Drew Beringer on 09/27/13 - 01:47 PM
Story Of The Year is back and making the most of it - headlining this fall's Scream It Like You Mean It tour and releasing an acoustic version of its breakthrough debut, Page Avenue, on October 8th. The band will be chatting about all that and more this Friday, September 27th, at 5 PM EST here on AP.net. See you then!
Drew Beringer on 09/25/13 - 11:58 AM
A number of AP.net forum members have put together a compilation of original songs, which you can check out here. Very nice job everyone!

Track Listing:
Valencourt - Digging Up the Devil (Featuring Fred Mascherino)
Mark Beasley - Body In The Garden
A Little Bit - Lilac
Jake Jenkins - Untitled
Open To Fire - Take Me There
John Thomy - You're THe Bamboo to My Panda
Terrain - Long Winters (Acoustic)
The Kinky Rite - Carrion Carry-On (Carry on)
Life With People - Gilded State
Jake Jenkins on 09/13/13 - 09:17 AM
Earlier this week, Tim Kasher released the first single from his upcoming album, Adult Film. Kasher is, of course, better known as the leader of Cursive and while I love that band, I've always preferred his solo work. So that's the inspiration for this week's discussion leading into the holiday weekend. In what cases do you prefer a side project or solo effort over the more-known or popular full band act? Do you prefer The Eraser over anything in Radiohead? Is Desaparecidos the superior Conor Oberst product? Are you a Horrible Crowes fan or do you stick by The Gaslight Anthem? Let us know in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 08/30/13 - 11:53 AM
The summer may be winding down, but Yellowcard is just about to kick Ocean Avenue Acoustic into high gear with its upcoming fall tour. To get excited for that, the guys will be dropping by the site on September 3rd at 4 PM EST to talk about its recent acoustic album, the upcoming tour, and anything else. So make sure you mark this date on your calendar!
Drew Beringer on 08/27/13 - 01:54 PM
Welcome back to another round of the AP.net Roundtable - an article revolving around a much-anticipated album and the discussion it inspires amongst a handful of staff members. Today's roundtable article features Jason Tate, Craig Manning, Ryan Gardner, Cody Nelson and myself discussing Yellowcard's latest release, Ocean Avenue Acoustic. Throughout the discussion we touched on which renditions were executed the best, favorite moments on the release, and why this album has affected so many pop-punk fans. So pick up your copy of Ocean Avenue Acoustic, put the needle down, and check out the latest AP.net Roundtable discussion in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 08/20/13 - 08:26 AM
William Beckett will be stopping by this thread at 7 PM CST to chat about his fantastic Equal Vision debut, Genuine & Counterfeit (in stores next week on August 20th - you can listen to it at AltPress), as well as his upcoming tour with Jonny Craig this fall. So come in, hang out, and ask a few questions!

Update: The chat is now over. Big thanks to William to hanging out with us tonight. Pick up his new album net week!
Drew Beringer on 08/15/13 - 04:41 PM
William Beckett's fantastic Equal Vision debut, Genuine & Counterfeit, hits stores next week on August 20th. He's also going on tour with Jonny Craig this fall. So a lot is going on for William and he'll be stopping by the site tomorrow night (August 15th) at 7 PM CST to chat with us about all that stuff and more. Hope you all can make it and hang out.
Drew Beringer on 08/14/13 - 10:51 AM
Haulix has posted their interview with Staff Member Jack Appleby. Among the topics discussed are his start at Mind Equals Blown and AbsolutePunk, his new role at Siren Records and how fans can contribute more to their favorite artists.
Steve Alcala on 08/12/13 - 12:56 PM
At 7 PM EST, our pals in O'Brother will be stopping by to chat on the site. Make sure to stop in and ask the band about its upcoming crushing album, Disillusion (in stores August 20th), the band's upcoming headlining tour, Lollapalooza, and anything else.

Update: Thanks to the band for hanging out with us tonight. You can still leave some questions as they may come back later tonight to answer a few, but for now the band has stepped out. Make sure to see them on the upcoming tour and of course pick up Disillusion via pre-order.
Drew Beringer on 08/08/13 - 03:49 PM
AJ, Cody, Matt, and Ben of The Dangerous Summer will be stopping by this thread at 4 PM MST (6 PM EST) to chat about the band's new album, Golden Record (which hit stores yesterday), its current headlining tour, and anything else. So come and hang out for a bit.

Update: The chat is now over. Thanks to the band for hanging out! Go pick up Golden Record today and see the band on tour!
Drew Beringer on 08/07/13 - 12:20 PM
The good people of O'Brother will be chatting on the site tomorrow (August 8th) at 7 PM EST. We'll be chatting about the band's upcoming headline tour, the new album Disillusion, and more. Make sure to stop by and hang out.
Drew Beringer on 08/07/13 - 09:25 AM
The fellas from The Dangerous Summer will be chatting on the site tomorrow at 5PM MST / 7PM EST, so make sure to stop by and hang out. We'll be chatting about the new album, Golden Record (in stores today), the current tour, and anything else.
Drew Beringer on 08/06/13 - 05:41 PM
You smell that? That's the promise of autumn - brisk wind, leaves falling, and hot cider. It's my favorite time of year so I'm especially ecstatic that 2013 saved some of the very best releases for the coming Fall months. A handful of staff members put their brains together to put out a small list of the albums we can't wait to hear. Check it out in the replies and let us know what we got right, wrong, and what your personal list would look like.
Drew Beringer on 08/05/13 - 10:12 AM
We post a lot of different features during the course of an average month on AbsolutePunk.net, therefore we thought it'd be best to recap some of our favorite editorials, songs, and features from the previous month on the first Saturday of new month. So head down to the replies below and re-visit (or check out for the first time) some of our best stuff from the month of July.
Drew Beringer on 08/03/13 - 09:23 AM
The tenth episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast is now available for your enjoyment. In this episode, Jason and I called up Zack Zarrillo of PropertyofZack fame to talk about Blink182, Fall Out Boy, the music blog world, and plenty of other topics.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 08/02/13 - 09:20 AM
The ninth episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast is now available for your enjoyment. In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Touché Amoré's Jeremy Bolm. I could talk with Jeremy all day about music and records and we almost did, as we discussed the inspiration behind the artwork of the band's upcoming new album, Is Survived By, his record label Secret Voice, and the hobby of collecting vinyl.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 07/26/13 - 10:27 AM
Haulix recently interviewed our Senior Editor Drew Beringer. Some topics include starting out, daily routine, how AP.net has grown, and the future of the site.
Ryan Gardner on 07/19/13 - 11:19 AM
The eighth episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. In this episode, Jason and I spoke with P.O.S. It was a great conversation, as Jason and I both find Stef to be an inspiration. We discussed many things, including his latest album, We Don't Even Live Here, his journey to find a kidney match, and even Yeezus.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions in the replies) or simply streaming in in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes here. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 07/19/13 - 05:59 AM

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