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!
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!
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)
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,...
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...
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 pastfewweeks 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...
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. ... read more
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...
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...
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. ...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
Last week we tried out a new Friday featurette called "posts of the week" (for those that missed it - it's exactly what it sounds like) - and everyone seemed to really like it. So, this week we are bringing it back. This week was full of funny posts, down right insane posts, and some shit I couldn't even follow. Just like last week - I had staff help me compile the posts we found to be worthy of inclusion. We also had a post that got nominated for "worst post of the week" - and we included that in here as well. Next week we'll do our best to keep track of those too. Oh, and hopefully make better note of all the brilliant comments made in the forums as well (not sure if I can...
Another week down the drain. Is it just me or do the days seem to be flying by lately? It was a good week around the website though, lots of good stories - lots of memorable moments. Quite a few "what the..." moments as well. We'll get to those in a minute, for now - here's this week's power ranking list. Sorry it's a little late ... been busy picking my jaw off the floor from "that thread that shall not be named."
I've never really wrapped my head around the idea that "EP" stands for extended play, and yet its the shorter version of an album. Extended seems, to me, to mean even longer than long play. Either way, you know the terminology, and I'm going to stop before I open myself up to too many jokes. The topic of today's "Thursday Discussion" post is: my favorite EPs. I feel like standing up for the little guy. The under-appreciated art of brevity. The brave souls that didn't stuff their albums with filler - and gave us EPs that left us wanting more. Those short little releases that introduced us to a band or a sound, and in some cases get more spins from me than the same band's...
Yellowcard is currently back on top of this year's "most anticipated of 2012" reader poll. Have you voted yet? Brand New is No. 2. Still can't get any real news on their thoughts for this year ... but I've been told they're at least thinking of recording.
Got a lot more news coming down the pipeline in a few minutes, so I am going to unsticky the Bamboozle thread. However, for people that missed it - check out the bands announced so far. Oh, and while I'm reminding you of things: make sure you vote in the AP.net reader poll for the albums you're most anticipating this year.
I quickly put together an AP.net tumblr page, to post additional stuff, some of our top stories, and all that. If you feel like following, have at it. We're also on twitter and facebook. We're basically whores - so no kissing.
Yesterday we launched our "Most Anticipated of 2012" feature where we highlighted the albums that the AP.net staff are most looking forward to this year. Along with it we launched a new reader poll where we ask you - the reader - what albums you are anticipating for the year. Today I want to highlight this section and make sure everyone votes in the poll. The more of our readers that vote, the more accurate portrait we'll have. I checked the results a few minutes ago ... and at the moment the top five looks like this:
Early Returns: Most Anticipated Results
4) Brand New
5) Motion City Soundtrack
With Yellowcard in second place, they have a legit...
The beginning of the year, much like the first day of school or a new job, reigns with the scent of anticipation. It's that moment where we haven't yet heard what the future holds and we're all thinking of what new albums could sound like. With these feelings tingling in our fingers, the AP.net staff have put compiled together our "Most Anticipated of 2012" feature. We've worked on putting together the albums that we are most excited about getting our grubby little hands on. After reading through what the staff are looking forward to playing, check out our reader poll - where we ask you to fill out what it is you're anticipating this year. We'll compile all of the answers, and run a...
As of right now there are over 17 million posts on this website. We're actually really close to 18 million now that I look at it. We like to talk, a lot. And while not all of them are gems ... there are some pretty hilarious and well said things on the website during the week. Today, I want to try out a new column where I highlight the "best posts of the week." There is absolutely no way I am going to be able to go through every single post on a weekly basis; however, with the help of staff - we've worked on compiling our favorites that we've seen. Now that the feature is in place, we'll hopefully do a better job making note of these when we see them throughout the week. And while...
Oh, shit! It's Friday the 13th. Freak the fuck out. It was another great week around the website. It started out insane, and thankfully it didn't really ever slow down. It's not like we were ever going to top Monday's awesomeness though. So, in following up last week's debut of the "artist power rankings" - here's this week's list after looking over all the stats. Basically the first day of the week kicked everyone out from last week. Poor Brand New. I wonder what Jesse Lacey thinks?