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The second episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure. This episode features the second of the three conversations with Say Anything's Max Bemis. Jason and I talk to Max about the second disc of the band's recent All My Friends Are Enemies rarities release. Most notably, we talk more about the band's early origins, how they got signed to Doghouse, and how Drive-Thru Records had a big influence early in the process, amongst other things.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways - via iTunes or your own RSS feed (instructions in the replies) - and you can also simply stream in in the replies or download it here. As always,...
Drew Beringer on 06/14/13 - 06:59 AM
This upcoming weekend will kick off the 19th year of the Vans Warped Tour and we know you're just as excited to be attending the punk rock summer camp as we are. Of course, one of the many dilemmas of the festival is trying to figure out which bands to see once you arrive to the festival. Fear not, AP.net reader. We've been compiling our "Warped 30" list for a while now so that you can use it as a cheat sheet on which artists you absolutely must see. So check out our picks in the replies and fret no more about the 2013 Vans Warped Tour.
Drew Beringer on 06/13/13 - 11:01 AM
Just in case you missed it last week, we premiered the first episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. Our first guest is Max Bemis of Say Anything and we discussed the My Friends Are Enemies rarities release. Episode 2 with Max premieres this Friday (June 14th) and it's a really good one, as he shares some stories with the world for the first time. Don't miss it.
Drew Beringer on 06/11/13 - 03:38 PM
I've wanted an official AbsolutePunk.net podcast for a while. I love listening to podcasts, I love doing them (you may remember user anamericangod and I had a brief podcast run), but we just never had the time or resources to really commit to doing one on the site. That all changes today. I am extremely proud to introduce the first episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. We were fortunate enough to have Max Bemis of Say Anything to be our first guest and we recorded so much great stuff that we divided it up into three separate episodes, with the first one premiering today and the other two being released over the course of the next two weeks every Friday. We talked to Max about the...
Drew Beringer on 06/06/13 - 10:38 PM
Well, it's the start of the new week and if you're visiting this website on a mobile device right now ... you've probably noticed that we've got a brand new mobile site. This is the culmination of countless hours of work and testing and dedication from all the AP.net staff and quite a few active beta testers -- we're pretty proud of how it came out. To celebrate, we're throwing a contest ... and all of those details can be found below. But first, I want to highlight a few things about the new mobile site and also open this thread (as well as this one in the general forum) to any questions or comments you may have. Our website is ever evolving, and it's from feedback from you, the user,...
Jason Tate on 04/29/13 - 10:25 AM
Lions Lions will taking over the AbsolutePunk.net Instagram account tomorrow, so if you want to see what kind of hijinks the band is up to on its current tour with Sleeping With Sirens, make sure to follow us.
Drew Beringer on 04/12/13 - 02:09 PM
A few days late, but in the replies is the AP.net staff playlist for March 2013, if we missed any that you think we should checkout, please leave a comment.
Jason Tate on 04/09/13 - 01:23 PM
Please welcome Cody Nelson, whom is our newest addition to the AbsolutePunk.net staff. He'll be focusing on bringing comedy content to the site, such as reviews, interviews, and weekly round-up. It's an area I've wanted to cover on the site for a while, especially with all the interest in stand-up and the like in our Entertainment forum.
Drew Beringer on 03/20/13 - 01:20 PM
It's the most wonderful time of the year: March Madness! We've got our official bracket challenge group up (winners get prizes, of course), and the discussion thread in the sports forum is made. Go Badgers!
Drew Beringer on 03/18/13 - 10:15 AM
For today's "countdown" feature, I thought that we could maybe get a good discussion going about our favorite hidden gems in music. I posted a list of some of my favorites a while back in my blog, but I never shared them here. Here are 5 things I find cool about music. What are some of yours?
The Countdown1) The last line from The Format's Interventions & Lullabies is "we all fall down" and the first line to Dog Problems is "ashes to ashes."

2) Brand Newís "Limousine" is about Ö this. I doubt itís possible to watch that video and not cry. Also, that thereís a Track 0 on TDAGARIM.

3) In The Gaslight Anthem's "Meet Me By The Riverís Edge" the lyric, "No surrender, my Bobby Jean" are...
Jason Tate on 03/11/13 - 11:07 AM
A few weeks ago the AP.net staff posted our "most anticipated of 2013" list. Then we asked you, the reader, to vote for your most anticipated of 2013 albums. We've finally tallied up all of the votes: and the results are in. The number one band may surprise you, as The Color Morale ended up snagging the top spot. The band's upcoming album, Know Hope, hits stores on March 26th. To find out the other 59 albums you're anticipating, check the replies.
Drew Beringer on 03/05/13 - 08:51 AM
The 85th Academy Awards are tonight at 8:30 PM EST. The gala will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. Discuss the fashion, the nominees, the snubs, and the winners in this thread all night long. Have fun.
Drew Beringer on 02/24/13 - 04:44 PM
Just a reminder that comedian Erik Griffin will be chatting on the site today at 3:30 PM CST. Bring your smoovies.
Drew Beringer on 02/19/13 - 10:49 AM
We will be premiering a new staff feature entitled "My Back Pages" next Tuesday, February 19th. Jump to the replies for an explanation and a Rdio playlist related to the new feature.
Chris Collum on 02/13/13 - 09:26 AM
Buzzmedia is looking for volunteers for this year's SXSW. If you are over 21 and live in Austin and want to volunteer your time, then check out the details in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 02/11/13 - 03:06 PM
I am pleased to announce Chris Collum and Jake Jenkins as our latest additions to the AbsolutePunk.net staff. Chris will be focusing on covering the ever expanding world of indie music while Jake is the first of two reviewers to be covering hip-hop. Congratulations to both of them and be on the lookout for their first reviews this week.
Drew Beringer on 02/11/13 - 10:04 AM
Tonight at 8 PM EST is the 55th annual Grammy Awards and this is the thread to post in with any and all of your opinions about this year's winners, losers, and performers. Unfortunately for me, this isn't being broadcast live in Los Angeles (because that makes sense), so I'll be following along in here and on twitter before the tape-delayed broadcast airs here, so don't let me down! You can check out the full list of nominees here.
Drew Beringer on 02/10/13 - 03:42 PM
Feels like I've been down this road before, but I am looking for someone to volunteer their time to become the next hip-hop reviewer for AbsolutePunk.net. This is a position where you will be solely focusing on the genre - posting reviews and news pertaining to hip-hop. If you are interested, please send me a review of a hip-hop album of your choice here. Thank you and good luck!
Drew Beringer on 02/06/13 - 12:14 PM
Today's a good day to re-plug our "most anticipated of 2013" poll. I bet there's a bunch of people that want a re-do. Oops.
Jason Tate on 02/04/13 - 11:00 AM
Silverstein has always been one of the more underrated "post-hardcore" bands in our scene. Despite moderate success over the years and some truly fantastic albums, the Ontario quintet has never seemed to garner as much respect or appreciation as their material deserves. With the band releasing its seventh studio album This Is How The Wind Shifts tomorrow (as well as chatting with us later tonight at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST), I wanted to show some love to the band on this week's "Countdown." The band has evolved and refined its post-hardcore sound over the course of its 13 year career - the band sounds unrecognizable on its debut When Broken Is Easily Fixed. The growth and progress in
Drew Beringer on 02/04/13 - 04:36 AM
Hit the replies for Joey Ritter's interview with our Senior Editor, the one and only Drew Beringer.
Jack Appleby on 01/28/13 - 11:48 AM
Today we are introducing a recurring new feature on the site titled "The Countdown" in which a staff member dishes out a list about anything music-related. I know that sounds kind of vague, but just stay with me. In recognition of Tegan and Sara's new album Heartthrob hitting stores tomorrow, I'm listing my 5 favorite videos from the duo. Over the last decade-plus, the Quin sisters' videos have emphasized rich color palettes and unique styles. The visual compliment is an essential ingredient to Tegan and Sara's music, often taking it to another level (also check out the evolution of their hair styles!). So, please enjoy my five favorite videos from the band. And feel free to...
Drew Beringer on 01/27/13 - 10:46 PM
What are you anticipating this year? Just another reminder for you to take this quick poll and let us know. We'll be putting together the final tallies next week to get a snapshot of what the AP.net users are most looking forward to in 2013.
Drew Beringer on 01/24/13 - 02:23 PM
AbsolutePunk.net has a current opening for an intern during the Spring 2013 semester. Located in Los Angeles, I'm looking for someone who can commit 2-3 times a week (20+ hours), do some behind the scenes stuff on the site (with some editorial), and can bring me some iced tea lemonade from The Coffee Bean. You can find all the requirements and details, as well as apply for the position, here (it's right under the "editorial" section).
Drew Beringer on 01/24/13 - 01:31 PM
Check the replies to see the list of other artists which various staffers voted for as Most Anticipated 2013.
Dre Okorley on 01/22/13 - 02:44 PM
You smell that? That's the scent of hope, potential, and excitement. The aura of anticipation. After furiously putting a capper on the year that was music in 2012, we're already furiously putting together lists of the albums we hope end up on our best of lists. Today, the AbsolutePunk.net staff is pleased to present our most anticipated albums of 2013. These are the albums we're hoping shows up early every time we check our inboxes. These are the albums we can't wait to discuss and dissect with our wonderful users. These are the albums that have us excited for that specific Tuesday to hurry up so we can go to our local record stores and pick it up. The staff once again showed off...
Drew Beringer on 01/22/13 - 03:17 AM
What are you anticipating this year? Take this quick poll and let us know. We'll be putting together the final tallies in January to get a snapshot of what the AP.net users are most looking forward to in 2013. Tomorrow we'll be revealing the staff's most anticipated albums, so stay tuned for that.
Drew Beringer on 01/21/13 - 11:09 AM
With the announcement of Justin Timberlake's new album on Monday, his first album in six years, the topic of releasing quality over quantity was the first topic that seemed to arise (or at least for me). While debating and arguing music is all semantics, there is still something to be said for an artist that can return from their musical hiatus and release high quality material that lives up to their fans expectations, even after so many years. In general, most artists release a new album every two to three years at most, which has worked in the frameworks of the music industry of the past. Build hype, release album, tour said album and then eventually start writing and head back into...
Keagan Ilvonen on 01/17/13 - 12:22 PM
We've got a great staff here at AP.net and today I wanted to take a moment to first thank them for being amazing, and second compile a list of all the different ways you can follow your favorite staff members around the interwebs. Be it their personal blogs, twitter, facebook, or a variety of other social mediums - it's a great way to stay up to date on their latest postings here, and their musings on a variety of other topics. So, if you check the replies you'll be able to stalk ... er ... follow the staff!
Jason Tate on 01/10/13 - 01:09 PM
Now that our "Best of 2012" feature is up on the website, over the next week or so we will be highlighting some of the lists from staff and our friends in bands, the industry, etc. So check out some featured lists in the replies and don't forget you can browse all the lists here (including the staff's Top 30 here).
Drew Beringer on 01/09/13 - 11:54 AM
Now that our "Best of 2012" feature is up on the website, over the next week or so we will be highlighting some of the lists from staff and our friends in bands, the industry, etc. So check out some featured lists in the replies and don't forget you can browse all the lists here (including the staff's Top 30 here).
Drew Beringer on 01/07/13 - 10:48 AM
Now that our "Best of 2012" feature is up on the website, over the next week or so we will be highlighting some of the lists from staff and our friends in bands, the industry, etc. So check out some featured lists in the replies and don't forget you can browse all the lists here (including the staff's Top 30 here).
Drew Beringer on 01/04/13 - 08:57 AM
I've posted up our interview with Chris Holmes, the engineer behind the new Blink-182 EP.
From The InterviewI'll echo what I've said before and say that if you're hearing similarities that's natural. The members are the same. I'd say if you listen through the blink catalog you can hear +44 and AVA before +44 and AVA existed.
Jason Tate on 01/03/13 - 12:49 PM
Now that our "Best of 2012" feature is up on the website, over the next week or so we will be highlighting some of the lists from staff and our friends in bands, the industry, etc. So check out some featured lists in the replies and don't forget you can browse all the lists here (including the staff's Top 30 here).
Drew Beringer on 01/03/13 - 09:34 AM
It's what you've all been waiting for. After weeks of preparation, it is now time for us to reveal our "Best of 2012" feature. This year's feature contains over 200 lists from staff, bands, and industry folk (including the staff compiled list of our 30 favorite records here) for you to browse through. This is always an exciting feature; there's a ton of new music to discover and discuss. Check it out, leave some comments, and don't forget you can leave your own lists in this thread.
Drew Beringer on 01/01/13 - 07:18 AM
This is the final reminder to all bands and industry folk - we'll be launching our EOTY feature very soon and we're still continuing to build up our "end of the year" database, as we've done each year, and we want your 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 brouhaha. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists here and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (ie: if you're in a band - is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list?). We'll compile everything together, and post it all around the new year.

Please note: This...
Drew Beringer on 12/28/12 - 12:13 PM
As the new year approaches, it seems like a good time to reach out and see what you want to see more of in 2013 on AbsolutePunk. We pride our self on our diversity and that's what we're always trying to improve. So let us know what music you want more of, what bands you would like to talk to, what interviews you'd like to read and everything in between. Head to the replies to let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate. Without you, the site is nothing so we want to thank you all for continually staying loyal and being the best group of music fans on the internet.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/27/12 - 01:55 PM
Merry Christmas! Have a splendid day.
Drew Beringer on 12/24/12 - 10:47 PM
Update: You can watch the whole episode here.

Obviously it's Christmas Eve and you probably have plans but if you don't, be sure to watch our very own Paul Tao tonight on the Wheel of Fortune.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/24/12 - 12:03 PM
Just a reminder to all bands and industry folk - we're getting closer to launching our EOTY feature and we're still continuing to build up our "end of the year" database, as we've done each year, and we want your 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 brouhaha. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists here and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (ie: if you're in a band - is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list?). We'll compile everything together, and post it all around the new year.

Please note: This...
Drew Beringer on 12/21/12 - 09:51 AM
Given yesterday's shocking news, it seems like a good time to talk about where the line is drawn between art and morals. This all spawned from a tweet Jason posted yesterday morning. Do you separate a musician's personal life from their craft? If you don't, where do you draw line where it impacts the art or music they have created? This topic has been brought up on many occasions, whether it be Jonny Craig, Ronnie Radke or even The Dangerous Summer. What's more important to you? The music that has the impact to change lives for the better? Or being able to know that you support good people at the end of the day? Head to the replies to talk it out.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/20/12 - 05:29 AM
Just a reminder to all bands and industry folk - we're getting closer to launching our EOTY feature and we're still continuing to build up our "end of the year" database, as we've done each year, and we want your 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 brouhaha. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists here and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (ie: if you're in a band - is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list?). We'll compile everything together, and post it all around the new year.

Please note: This...
Drew Beringer on 12/17/12 - 07:49 AM
Just a reminder to all bands and industry folk - we're getting closer to launching our EOTY feature and we're still continuing to build up our "end of the year" database, as we've done each year, and we want your 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 brouhaha. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists here and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (ie: if you're in a band - is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list?). We'll compile everything together, and post it all around the new year.

Please note: This...
Drew Beringer on 12/12/12 - 02:31 AM
Just a reminder to all bands and industry folk - it's the beginning of December and we're continuing to build up our "end of the year" database, as we've done each year, and we want your 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 brouhaha. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists here and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (ie: if you're in a band - is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list?). We'll compile everything together, and post it all around the new year.

Please note: This feature is for industry related...
Drew Beringer on 12/03/12 - 02:30 PM
Earlier this week, Jason, Thomas, and I (along with various other people) were tweeting back and forth about the potential of a vinyl repress for Brand New's Deja Entendu. The conversation eventually evolved into a discussion of what vinyl records we covet and spawned the idea of this week's discussion thread. So vinyl lovers, what is your holy grail? What's a repressing you'd kill for or how much would you pay for an original pressing? What albums do you wish were actually pressed on vinyl (Cartel's Chroma was a popular answer on Twitter)? Let's get weird.
Drew Beringer on 11/29/12 - 12:32 PM

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