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Whew, time flies when you're listening to great music. At least it does for us, as the staff at AbsolutePunk can barely believe we're already in July. And just like last year, we have had a ton of great music released to us during the first six months of 2012. So naturally we shifted through our lists to individually select our top 10 records midway through 2012. You can check out all the lists here and make sure you leave a comment (or ten).
Drew Beringer on 07/02/12 - 02:05 PM
Too often, we hear about a new tour, get excited for it...then forget about it. Before we know it, the tour has moved past our city and we're stuck waiting months to see our favorite bands. Use our weekly tour roundup to never miss another show in your city. In the replies, you'll find a layout of current and future tours in North America, the UK/Europe, Australia and South America, with links to information about the dates. We try to remember every tour, but if you have one to add that we missed, just format it like we do and leave it for us to add. Head to the replies to talk about which tours you're most excited for.
Thomas Nassiff on 07/01/12 - 04:53 PM
Too often, we hear about a new tour, get excited for it...then forget about it. Before we know it, the tour has moved past our city and we're stuck waiting months to see our favorite bands. Use our weekly tour roundup to never miss another show in your city. In the replies, you'll find a layout of current and future tours in North America, the UK/Europe, Australia and South America, with links to information about the dates. We try to remember every tour, but if you have one to add that we missed, just format it like we do and leave it for us to add. Head to the replies to talk about which tours you're most excited for.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/24/12 - 08:57 PM
Too often, we hear about a new tour, get excited for it...then forget about it. Before we know it, the tour has moved past our city and we're stuck waiting months to see our favorite bands. Now, you can use our weekly tour roundup to never miss another show in your city. In the replies, you'll find a layout of current and future tours in North America, the UK/Europe, Australia and South America, with links to information about the dates. We try to remember every tour, but if you have one to add that we missed, just format it like we do and leave it for us to add. Head to the replies to talk about which tours you're most excited for.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/17/12 - 06:03 PM
Japandroids' Celebration Rock has been heralded around these parts lately, and Make Do and Mend's Everything You Ever Loved is highly anticipated as its June 19 release date comes nearer. I'll be chatting with both bands this week, so feel free to leave any questions you want to ask them in the replies!
Thomas Nassiff on 06/11/12 - 12:39 PM
A bunch of our forum users have submitted some of their original songs for a compilation which has now been put together and made available for download. You can also head here to stream the entire thing. Make sure you give your feedback on this great project over in the forum thread.

Track Listing

1. Mark Beasley (funnydave) - Let it Come Down/Quietly into Empty Spaces
2. Polaris Amour (mka12992) - NeveReverend (demo)
3. Johnny Mainstream (SockMonkeyRiot) - The Mayor's Daughter
4. John Thomy - New Years
5. Apple Trees (surfwaxsideshow) - Sails
6. Ignite the Known (imagination) - The Flood
7. misewell (bobsheiskawy) - Alright
8. The Stars Ovation (bluecrunchy) - Street Floods and...
Kyle Huntington on 05/28/12 - 05:09 PM
The Early November just kicked off its tour with The Wonder Years, The Swellers and Young Statues. We were lucky enough to have our photographer friend, Dana Burke, attend the first show of the tour at Irving Plaza in New York City on Wednesday night. She managed to get some photos of each band, so you can head to the replies to check out a few selections and you can see all of the photos here.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/24/12 - 11:06 PM
I don't always know what I am going to write about for each week's Thursday Discussion. Sometimes there will be an event throughout the week that is just perfect for a starting point of inspiration for what I want to write about. Sometimes I'm looking at a bunch of random ideas I have stored in a notebook. This week my inspiration comes from a blog post I wrote late last night. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to say about the new The Gaslight Anthem album, trying to figure out exactly how I wanted to word a post about the album, band, and my thoughts on it. I haven't written a full on album review in a long time (apparently to Drew's chagrin) -- I enjoy being able to just...
Jason Tate on 05/17/12 - 03:29 PM
For this week’s Thursday Discussion Jason has handed over the torch to me, so without further ado I wanted to discuss a topic which was inspired by a news submission from one of our users combined with an idea I’d had for this feature for a little while now. Imagine that the year is 2040, which albums do you think future generations and our future selves would consider “greats” from recent years. To put some sort of time constraint on it let’s just include albums released between 1990 and 2010, much like there are many widely held greats from 1960-1980s across many genres such as David Bowie – Low, The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Michael Jackson - Thriller,...
Kyle Huntington on 05/10/12 - 01:15 PM
Last week I posted up a "demo day" post for our Thursday Discussion -- and you would be pleased to know that all of us on staff, and from the other sites, are pouring through the submissions to find the best of the best. Hopefully soon we'll have that completed and can move on to the next stage: voting. I'll let you know when that's ready. So, for this week I've decided to focus on one of our favorite AP.net arm-chair quarterback discussions: the bands that shoulda/coulda/woulda blown up.

There's not a day that goes by that you don't read in a news post someone claiming, "this band is about to blow uppppp" or "this band is going to be hugeeeee" or "I miss Midtown." Ok, that last one...
Jason Tate on 05/03/12 - 03:11 PM
It's 4/20 today ... so basically it's the one day where my twitter and facebook feed are filled up with thinly veiled hints at an activity that is apparently still illegal and yet totally cool to post all over the internet. Odd. Anyway, while cleaning out my closet earlier today, I stumbled across a box of stuff from a few years back where I tossed a bunch of band swag. Inside, I found two zippo lighters; one for Finch and one for The Juliana Theory. I don't smoke, and I don't really have any reason to hold on to 'um. Today seems like a fitting day to give them away. So, it's contest time!

Want to win one? Here's what I'm thinking: The past few days have had a few really good...
Jason Tate on 04/20/12 - 03:57 PM
Will Tenney from Call Me Anything just posted a song about AP.net on his website.
Jason Tate on 04/17/12 - 12:27 PM
Well, this is all kinds of awesome: Adam Duritz of Counting Crows gave a shout out to AP.net in the liner notes of their brand new album Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation), which is now available. Thank you Adam!
Excerpt...If this record does one thing for you, I hope it gets you to check out some of the incredible musicians we stole all this inspiration from. It'll make me glad if it does. Find them on the blogs. Music ain't dead. People who really love music are out there bringing it to you. They fill my ears with it every day on sites like Ryan's Smashing Life (RSLblog.com), Daytrotter.com, Katie Darby Recommends (katiedarbyrecommends.blogspot.com) ,...
Jason Tate on 04/11/12 - 11:22 AM
A bunch of AP.net users put together a cover song compilation, check it out here. We've got some very talented members, well done guys!

Track Listing
1. Minneapolis (Unclear Lies)
2. Can't Help Falling In Love (thecreator)
3. 23 (funnydave)
4. Futile Devices (Domenic182)
5. Must've Run All Day (electrism)
6. Putting the Dog to Sleep (PepsiOne)
7. It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry (IIwilliamsII)
8. Time Lapse Lifeline (imagination)
9. Crush (kenneyBN)
10. One Step Up (allelish)
11. 21 Days (bradsonemandband/Cootie Catcher)
12. Somebody Else's Child (Kyle Huntington)

Submitted by KenneyBN
Jason Tate on 04/06/12 - 04:56 PM
Well, as promised yesterday -- I've got a Thursday Discussion all ready for you. It's Friday, I know ... and we've got all kinds of crazy stuff going on today as well, but that doesn't mean we can't also talk about one of my favorite topics in music: lyrics. I'd say overall, lyrics draw me to a band more than just about anything else. I love a good vocal, sure ... but if the words are right, nothing else hits me in quite the same way. Now, we could discuss favorite lyricists (and this will be a future topic); however, for today what I am writing about are my top 10 favorite lyrical parts of a song. The actual words themselves.

As always I put some rules on my selection -- first,...
Jason Tate on 04/06/12 - 04:28 PM
A few day ago, I was searching for something to listen to in the car ... doing one of those "scroll through everything in the iPod and still can't really figure out what I want to hear" things. I ended up putting on the Foo Fighter's live album, Skin and Bones. I've always loved the renditions of the tunes, and the sing-a-long-ness of the live recording. While listening - I got into a discussion with my wife about live recordings in general. Her take was that she just preferred to hear the studio recording, that while listening to a live album, most of the time, it just spurred her desire to go listen to the album instead. Understandable in some ways. Nine times out of ten, I'd...
Jason Tate on 03/22/12 - 03:22 PM
In case you missed the most recent updates from the AP.net staff down at SXSW, check out Day 3 (which included the AP.net party) and Day 4 write-ups.
Jason Tate on 03/19/12 - 10:30 AM
It's Thursday, my body and mind is still rebelling against daylight savings time. While other AP.net staffers are posting awesome videos, drinking a lot down at SXSW, and writing album reviews - I'm preparing my Thursday Discussion, and stealing glances at the March Madness games up in the upper right-hand corner of my screen. This week I decided to step away from the past few weeks of "unappreciated" talk - and move on to a topic I've always loved discussing: vocals.

My love for a band usually comes from the sum of its parts. The lyrics, the vocals, the instrumentals, the production -- all of these things play a role when I listen to a band and lead to the enjoyment that comes out...
Jason Tate on 03/15/12 - 02:57 PM
It's that time of the year again - SXSW is here! The interactive and film portions are already either underway or finished, but the part that interests all of us (music) is just about to start. As usual, AP.net staff members will be down in Austin covering a variety of parties, showcases, BBQs and everything else in between. I'll be down there once again (for my 7th year in a row!), along with Adam and Eda, to cover all of our activities. We'll be updating the @apnetatshow twitter account fairly often with some of the shows we see, so make sure to follow that. If you want even more updates, you can follow us on our individual twitter accounts: @paultao, @alueda and @p_is_silent.
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Paul Tao on 03/12/12 - 11:35 AM
I've had a few people ask me why we stopped doing the "posts of the week" the past two weeks. The main reason is because it's extremely hard for me to go through all of the posts that are out there and pick the "best." It's easier when all of the staff and mods are helping with it -- but even then, we've got so much going on each day, we all forget. So, I've decided to retire this for the time being ... I will be bringing it back once the new AP.net layout launches (3-5 months probably). The new website will allow me to run a few back-end queries and pull the most interacted with/liked/disliked posts on the website for the week, and then be able to use that data to populate our...
Jason Tate on 03/11/12 - 02:51 PM
I've spent the past few Thursdays focusing on bands and albums I have found to be "underrated." Two weeks ago I picked the top 10 underrated bands that are no longer around, and last week it was "underrated albums" from bands that also have classics. What I've enjoyed most about these topics is that it allows me to talk about bands that I adore, but don't get as much love as I think they should. In the current musical landscape, we have a lot of choices with where we can spend our finite time. We can only check out so many bands on a daily/weekly/yearly basis ... and that means, inevitably, something is going to be left out. What I wanted to do this week, as I wrap up my...
Jason Tate on 03/08/12 - 04:29 PM
Seeing as today's the day that Apple's event is going on - figured I'd point people looking to talk about that to the official Apple thread.
Jason Tate on 03/07/12 - 11:14 AM
Drum roll please ... the time has come to announce our SXSW party line-up. This is something we've been working on for a long time, and we are extremely excited to be throwing our first ever SXSW party. We did our best to put together a line-up that we love and one that showcases a wide range of the bands and genres we cover on the website. Our party is taking place on Friday (March 16th) night (technically Saturday morning) at the Purevolume House. Our event starts at midnight, and goes until 4am. We've got great bands, our very own Paul Tao and Lueda Alia (along with AP.net member Billions & Billions) will be DJing between the sets, and there's an open bar. ...
Jason Tate on 02/28/12 - 09:34 AM
Due to a technical difficulty with the RSVP page, it looks like we've got to push back our announcement of the line-up for our SXSW party until tomorrow. We don't want to announce all the goodies without making sure there's a way you can go to the show. So, with that - we're pushing it back until tomorrow morning when I wake up. However ... I don't wanna leave you completely blue-balled. So, I will say that our lovely staff members Paul Tao and Lueda Alia will be joined by AP.net member Billions and Billions and guest-DJ'ing in between the sets. I guess I wonder if it'll kill you or me to tell you the rest? Hmmm ... I'll just drop hints instead.
Jason Tate on 02/27/12 - 03:23 PM
Ohhh, Friday. I am completely in this mood right now. I'm starving, but promised myself I'd get this written up before I got to go eat lunch. So, here we go - let's get these power rankings out the door so I can get some foods. I ran out of time last week to get one of these posted, so I went back into last week a little as well to put this together.

1) fun.
NoteThey released their new album and were all over the website this week. The band seems to be getting a whole lot of attention from our community, and the mainstream as well. Fuck yea, fun!

2) Brand New
NoteOne interview. One great way to start the week. And all this time I thought it was exclusively revealed that the band...
Jason Tate on 02/24/12 - 03:42 PM
I've started looking forward to getting to post a "Thursday Discussion" topic each week. I wake up and try and get through all the news posting stories I can before mid-day. I then ignore emails for a little while just so I can write-up this post. I think that the discussions over the past few weeks have been great. This week I got an idea as I was posting about The Damnwells - I made an off the cuff remark about the band being so underrated that it hurt - and that's when it hit me. So, this week I've got it in my head to do a "most under-appreciated" bands column.

Basically, I went through my music collection and picked out 10 bands that I think are criminally under-rated. Maybe...
Jason Tate on 02/23/12 - 04:05 PM
We like to compare things. We seem, as a society, to enjoy taking the "new" and comparing it to "the old." When a new album comes out from a highly regarded artist, it takes only seconds until the comparisons are made. Is this as good as their debut? Why doesn't this sound like their most famous album? It's virtually impossible to escape it, and the idea behind it has inspired this week's "Thursday Discussion" topic. I wanted to branch out in a new direction with this column, and I was inspired by a post I saw in an earlier thread about the weight of an artist's first "major album" being so heavy, that they end up in a career of appearing to never be able to reclaim that former...
Jason Tate on 02/16/12 - 03:55 PM
So the "what people think I do" meme has been going around the internet for the past few days, and Joe DeAndrea created one for AP.net staff members (in the replies). Dead on. I'm sure someone out there is creative enough to do one for every-day-posters too.
Jason Tate on 02/13/12 - 01:11 PM
Hey Sunday fans; it's time for the weekly recommendations. This week we had Steve from New Found Glory join us with his picks as well. So check all of those out below, and then leave what you've been enjoying in the replies. Hope everyone's had a great weekend. Don't forget that on Valentines Day we'll be having out annual chat with TWLOHA. It's always one of the best chats we do each year.

Steve Klein from New Found GloryHey Guys and Gals! Here are some amazing bands that I think everyone should check out: Team Me's record "To The Treetops" has been a record that I can't stop listening to since I first heard it. At times it reminds me of a more poppy Mew, but they definitely...
Jason Tate on 02/12/12 - 02:11 PM
Just a tad bit of a cluster fuck on the website this week, so this is going to be fun. It's time for this week's "power rankings." I was putting it off for a few hours because I knew what I had to put at the top, but I just can't put it off any longer. So, here we go. You ready? Yeah. Here's what was popular on the website last week - and my always fun commentary.

1) Jonny Craig / Dance Gavin Dance
NoteIf you think that the original thread was insane, you don't even want to see the staff email chain. Look, I hope the guy finally realizes he needs help, because it's so clear that other people trying to help him isn't going to work. There's a level of personal responsibility...
Jason Tate on 02/10/12 - 05:30 PM
I think it's time I hang it up.

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Jason Tate on 02/10/12 - 03:23 PM
Figure I can put together an entire posts of the week feature before lunch. I mean, at the moment I'm just posting stupid shit on tumblr, and re-capping all of the funny, weird, and odd around the website from the last week seems like a much better use of my time. Let's see what we've got this week ... had to get some help from all of the staff this week. And if I could nominate Drew's quote on Twitter, I think that deserves some love as well. If you click on the little arrow thingy next to the username, you'll be able to go see the post in the thread it originated in ... context, sometimes, helps.

Sarcasm thick: I wonder what thread is going to have the most posts of the...
Jason Tate on 02/10/12 - 01:30 PM
If the AP.net office was anything besides me at a desk, staring at three computer screens at once -- I'm pretty certain we would all be having a beer on this Friday afternoon. I'm positive we'd be having the kind of debates we have weekly over email. I'd pull rank and decide that everyone must listen/dance to Penguin Prison ... and we'd all vote on what makes this week's "posts of the week" list. However, at the moment it's just me and the emails back and forth with the rest of the country. Not as fun ... but I can still put together a posts of the week feature and all that. If you click on the little arrow thingy next to the username, you'll be able to go see the post in the...
Jason Tate on 02/03/12 - 05:28 PM
Lots of reports that this "Woman in Black" ad is crashing the site/taking over/making all the links un-clickable for a lot of people. Gimme a second, I'm personally working on trying to get it fixed. Really, really sorry about this.

Update: Killing the ads for a moment to get this sorted out.
Jason Tate on 02/03/12 - 01:16 PM
It's Friday - and that means it's time to get down. It also means it's time for me to write up this week's power rankings and let my sarcastic side out to play. So, after pouring over the numbers, interjecting a bit of my personal bias, let's see what we've got this week ...

1) All Time Low
NoteHow did these guys sneak in at number one? Well, it turns out that me being kind of an ass, and posting this video, led to an extremely active thread full of views and replies. Interesting. I am taking this under advisement.

2) Hit the Lights
NoteNote to bands: doing a chat with us = lots of interaction. Lots of interactions = up the power ranking charts. The band released their new album,...
Jason Tate on 02/03/12 - 12:53 PM
This grin is shit-eating and fleeting like a catamaran.
Staff InterviewsThe Used (Jason Gardner)
Staff Reviews Zelliack - Noir Tone EP (Jack Appleby)
The Morning Clouds - Wasted Youth Blues (Sean Rizzo)
Cicada Sunrise - Cardinal Skin (Sean Rizzo)
Jason Gardner on 02/01/12 - 11:37 AM
We've got four new songs for you over in the music player to the right of the homepage. Sweet new tunes by The Menzingers, Shearwater, The Maccabees and Logic are currently rocking the player, so give them a listen and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/31/12 - 05:39 PM
Things to read today:
ReviewsShigeto - Lineage (Brenden Doyle)
Lagwagon - Putting Music In Its Place (Jason Gardner)

Interviews Brown Bird (Eva and Lueda)
Lueda Alia on 01/31/12 - 11:16 AM
A few weeks ago the AP.net staff posted our "most anticipated of 2012" list. Then we asked you, the reader, to vote for your most anticipated of 2012 albums ... we tallied up all of the votes: and the results are in. After a lot of back and forth, Paramore ended up snagging the top spot - and we have 59 of your top picks following them! Check them all out here.
Jason Tate on 01/30/12 - 04:11 PM
With so much going on around the website today, it took me until 4pm to finally be able to sit down and write this thing. Damn, I'm like an hour away from being able to write this thing with a beer and really see some sparks fly. Lost opportunity. Okay, let's work on this week's "power rankings" and take a look at what bands and topics dominated the website last week.

1) Drive-Thru Records
NoteThe label was #6 on last week's charts; however, with arguably one of the better news threads we've had in forever - the label is up at #1 this week. I saw this thread everywhere. So many responses, so many views, so many fantastic stories. It made the week for me, and hopefully for many...
Jason Tate on 01/27/12 - 05:44 PM
TGIF. Thankfully it's Friday, and that means it's time to look at the nominees for best posts of the week. I saw last week someone mention the idea about a full on awards show where the posters on these lists the most, at the end of the year, getting some kind of trophy/prize. I'm all about that come next December. This week had a lot of nominations, quite a few funny moments (that definitely play better in context with the thread) - and this was, for me at least, an extremely fun week on the website. Just like last week - I had staff help me compile the posts we found to be worthy of inclusion. Unfortunately, I didn't see anything worthy of worst post of the week. Well, there...
Jason Tate on 01/27/12 - 01:26 PM
Gotta say, yesterday's discussion about the Drive-Thru Records' generation was one of the best moments I've had on the website in a long time. Talking with so many people that experienced similar things, hearing the stories, listening to the music again at the exact same moment I knew others were ... it was one of those days that really solidifies why I run a music website. Hearing from all the bands and people involved in the label, via twitter, email, facebook, and in the thread -- it was a special day. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone that participated in it. Lots of stuff coming up today, so I've unstickied it - but the conversation is still going on.
Jason Tate on 01/27/12 - 10:29 AM
So you know our buddy Zack, from PropertyofZack, right? He's the one that named his website after himself, kinda like when you put your name on your favorite toy. It's so cute. He's also cranking out killer content, videos, playlists, and interviews. We like Zack. So, I was brainstorming with him the other day - and we came up with what we think could be a cool idea. What we want to do is an interview where the users of both websites ask us questions. The idea is this: we both are making posts (you're reading it) asking for questions from you, the reader, that you'd like answered by Zack and I. Then we'll compile all of the best questions together and we'll both answer them. ...
Jason Tate on 01/23/12 - 10:43 AM
It looks like The Word Alive did some promotion over the weekend, because as of right now they're leading the "most anticipated album of 2012" reader poll. If you haven't gotten your votes in yet - please do! We'll be posting the full list of results next Monday. Also, if you missed the staff list of our most anticipated of 2012, check that out too.
Jason Tate on 01/23/12 - 10:01 AM
Made a few minor changes to the homepage over the weekend. That content module was getting zero love, and it made more sense to combine it with our "what's popular" module to display what's actually popular around the website. So, instead of having just a floating "exclusive's module" on the left side, I got rid of that column to give us more room in the news section. The upcoming APv3 re-design uses a similar 2 column system, so it just makes sense to start getting used to it now.
Jason Tate on 01/23/12 - 09:59 AM

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