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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 - 12:09 PM
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 - 01:22 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 - 02:09 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 - 12:54 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 01/07/13 - 11:48 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 - 09:57 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 - 01:49 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 - 10:34 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 - 08:18 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 - 01:13 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 - 02:55 PM
Merry Christmas! Have a splendid day.
Drew Beringer on 12/24/12 - 11:47 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 - 01:03 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 - 10:51 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 - 06:29 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 - 08:49 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 - 03:31 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 - 03:30 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 - 01:32 PM
Update: I just got off the phone with Cathy Pellow. I will be moving to L.A. in January to work for Sargent House. - AP

Whoa, why is Drew Beringer posting this week's "Consequential Apathy" column? Where's Adam? Well, as of today, Adam Pfleider has decided to take a break from AbsolutePunk.net and writing in general and I wanted this space so I could wish him well. Adam is one of the most passionate, genuine, and hard-working music fans I've ever encountered during my time at AbsolutePunk.net. Whether you agreed with him or not, he definitely believed in good music prevailing and engage all of us in fantastic debates. I'm very sad to see Adam go and I'll miss these weekly columns,...
Drew Beringer on 11/29/12 - 03:12 AM
I'm really excited to announce that my good friend Scott Weber is coming back to AbsolutePunk.net to revive his role as an album reviewer. Scott was a prominent reviewer for the site in the mid-00s, with his last review dating back to fall 2006. Since then he's been the sports forum moderator, but recently got the itch to review once again. He'll be covering more of the punk rock genre on the site, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, welcome Scott back to the site and check the replies for more fun facts about him!
Drew Beringer on 11/28/12 - 03:03 PM
Calling all bands, record label personnel, and industry folk. We're building 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 form/feature is for industry related folk and bands, only. If...
Drew Beringer on 11/26/12 - 03:04 PM
Now that you're full of turkey and have spent all your money on new toys ... bring on the snow! The annual holiday theme has been brought back to the website. If you're not seeing it, you can click here, and users can select it as their default theme in the options section. Enjoy! Hope everyone has a great holiday season.
Jason Tate on 11/23/12 - 01:16 PM
Today, we are excited to announce in conjunction with PropertyOfZack a partnership with Topshelf Records to sponsor the CMJ Showcase in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 19. The showcase will open at 6 p.m. - a Facebook event can be seen here - and will include performances by The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Slingshot Dakota, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Diamond Youth, Prawn, and a few other special guests who will be announce the day before the show. If you're in New York City for the festivities for that weekend, be sure to come out and support Topshelf and all the bands, and you'll be able to pick up some AP.net merch at the showcase as well. Check out the admat...
Thomas Nassiff on 09/17/12 - 02:08 PM
Today is one of those special days where I get to say a new part of the dream I've had for the past 12 or so years is coming true. It comes with great pride that we can announce something that I've been working on behind the scenes for over a year: the formation of a new publishing group that we're dubbing "AbsoluteVoices" (yeah, I'm not all that creative with names). You can check out the full press release below, but first I'd like to officially welcome and thank PunkNews.org, PropertyOfZack.com, UnderTheGunReview.net, and AlterThePress.com for agreeing to be part of a vision for what the future of music blogging and the publishing world can look like online. I feel like each site...
Jason Tate on 08/27/12 - 01:45 AM
Our users have come up with another "Fantasy Band Draft" in the forums and it's now time for you to vote for your favourite out of the final five. Head here to cast your vote and see what everyone has been getting up to in this draft!
Kyle Huntington on 08/22/12 - 06:15 PM
When I first started this website it was with the dream that one day I'd be able to do it for a living. That I wouldn't ever have to get a "real" job. I've been insanely blessed to have seen this portion of my dream come true. Now, along with that I also had a vision for quite a few other things ... not all of them have come true, yet ... but part of it was that I wanted to be able to put together a team of AP.net staff that could work out of an office and also make a living doing what they love. I am able to say today that we've taken the first step toward actualizing that goal. In what I hope to be the first of many such announcements, I'd like to officially announce that...
Jason Tate on 08/17/12 - 09:01 AM
We have a new staff member aboard the pirate ship known as AP.net. Her name is Kelly Doherty. Say hello and welcome her with open arms and hearts.
Dre Okorley on 08/02/12 - 11:25 AM
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 07/10/12 - 10:57 AM
Beers, burgers, brats, and fireworks. However you're celebrating the Fourth of July today, we at AbsolutePunk wish you a fun and safe holiday with all your loved ones. Rock, flag, and eagle.
Drew Beringer on 07/04/12 - 08:26 AM
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 - 01:05 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 - 03:53 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 - 07:57 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 - 05:03 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 - 11:39 AM
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 - 04:09 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 - 10:06 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 - 02:29 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 - 12:15 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 - 02:11 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 - 02:57 PM
Will Tenney from Call Me Anything just posted a song about AP.net on his website.
Jason Tate on 04/17/12 - 11:27 AM
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 - 10:22 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 - 03:56 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 - 03:28 PM

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