According to our last.fm group, the top listened to artists from AP.net members last week were as follows. You can check out the full charts here. Feel free to post your top listened to artists in the replies and check out other user's listening habits -- you may find something new you'll love.
We'll be performing maintenance on our servers Thursday, September 8th beginning at 9pm PDT and (hopefully) ending at 11pm PDT. Hopefully we'll be back in no time. Speaking of maintenance and whatnot; I'm almost done with what will become the completely redesigned AbsolutePunk.net. Ohhhh boy. Hopefully we can put together a staff chat in the next few weeks to talk with users about the changes and all that. We'll definitely let you know before we do any switching over. Still a few months off. Time to optimize.
We know that the site is currently having issues, but please bear with us. This is frustrating for everyone, including us, and we are working to get it fixed as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience while we fix this issue.
Update: I am currently working on some solutions. Hopefully you're able to view this without problems. Again, I'm sorry for any issues this morning. - Jason Tate
If your favourite band does not have an AP.net profile yet, which you can find out by searching here, then you should definitely go create one for them. Why help out? Since you would be helping us out in increasing the number of artists on our database, I will return the favour by picking some of you every Sunday for our Staff Recommendations. Help us out and get the chance to promote the bands/blogs and other causes that you are passionate about on our front page at the end of the week. You can read more about this little project here.
The war is still raging. The music industry of the old is fucked, and they've been since the beginning of the decade. Oh, the glorious .mp3. But, somewhat miraculously, good music manages to wiggle through the corporate bullshit and desperate measures. There are self-released forces of nature, new bands with mind-blowing masterpieces, and an off-the-main-path Internet community that grows bigger with each messageboard post. This decade was ours for the taking, and we took it.
Before you embark on the staff of AP.net's Top Albums of the Decade, there are a couple things you should know. We've recognized how impossible it would be to compile an entire staff list because 1) we're all too...
EDIT: The chat is now over. Thank you to Rachel and Megan for extending their workdays and spending their evening with AP.net.
At approximately 8:30 p.m. EST, the staff of peta2 will be chatting in this thread to field a discussion and answer questions. They've come up with a handful of starter questions, which you can read in the replies. And so, chat and argue away.
It wouldn't be the end of 2009 unless AbsolutePunk posted its End of the Year lists, now would it? You're right, it wouldn't. Now live for your critiquing pleasure, here is our mass collection of band and industry EOTY lists. Also in the bunch are our personal lists and the Staff Compiled Top 30 Albums of 2009. And the Album of the Year goes to...
We're still collecting for our band and business folk End of the Year Lists. Bands, labels, publicists, managers and so on, email email@example.com if you'd like to get in on the action. You can see our lists from 2008 for examples.
It's that time of year: End of the Year Lists. Calling all bands, labels, managers and publicists - send us a list of your bands' and your favorite albums of 2009, and we'll add it to our annual collection of industry and musicians best-ofs. You can shoot emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. But for now, let us reminisce about 2008 and 2007.
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We've updated our homepage music player with a couple fresh sonic treats. From Jason's end comes a Say Anything b-side from the Is A Real Boy era, an inspired choice. Anton decided upon a Guided By Voices classic that will make you long for the indie rock of yore. I was recently swept off my feet by "500 Days of Summer" like so many others, so I went with The Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition", which makes you feel like you're floating (also read: falling in love with Zoeey Deschanel). And the last track is an epic pop-punk achievement of a song from Saves The Day performed live, acoustically and destined to appear on their forthcoming album, Daybreak. Enjoy and leave feedback!
As one of Drive-Thru Records' initial signees, Allister had the distinction of being one of the first in a long line of bands that assisted in introducing the new era of the indie-label craze that SoCal pop-punk helped create (we all remember Epitaph's early success). Their debut, Dead Ends and Girlfriends, is a classically-themed pop-punk album that paid homage to both pioneers like Descendants and modern-day prophets like blink-182. Before their 2007 demise, Allister continued to grow as snot-nosed pop-punkers who loved to play loud & fast, sang about girls (and why they suck) and even alcoholism. If you were a fan, come share your memories with us, and if you're new to Allister, feel...
In a day when crunkcore and neon seems to be far too commonplace, pausing to remember Seattle, WA's Vendetta Red seems utterly necessary. Emerging onto the mainstream music scene with their impressive, rage-filled major-label breakthrough Between the Never and Now, Vendetta Red managed to mix melody and radio-friendly choruses with daunting sonic heights. Lead singer Zach Davidson's captivating vocals and clever wordplay were the perfect complement to snarly guitars and bombastic drums. Though it's been six years since lead single "Shatterday" was relative on radio, not a month goes by the song doesn't make it onto my iTunes playlist. Even to this day, few songs have as strong a chorus...
Hailing from the almighty Atlanta, the Marvelous 3 (fronted by mega-producer Butch Walker) stormed out the gates and brought massive arena-sized hooks to the masses. Scoring a popular hit in 1999 with "Freak of the Week," from their major-label debut, Hey! Album, the band became a leader in the powerpop-punk craze in the late '90's. If you were a fan when they were big, come and share your memories in the replies. If you have yet to hear some of the catchiest melodies likely to ever cross your eardrums, come take a listen.
How many of you miss Anadivine? The former Militia Groupers were one of the best bands at blending pop sensibilities with progressive and technical musicianship. Zoo has aged gracefully over the years, and still remains as a near-perfect bridge between accessible and intricate. If you've never heard of these guys before...now is the time. If you were a fan back when they were making music -- we'd love to hear from you as you break out the tunes and discuss the band in the replies.
When I was in high school, Further Seems Forever was one of the bands that shaped my musical spectrum. Three albums, three different lead singers, three different approaches. 2001ís The Moon Is Down featured Chris Carrabba before he was the crooner of Dashboard Confessional, while 2003ís How To Start The Fire put Jason Gleasonís fiery vocals on display. This band meant a lot to me, and now is a great time to discover the different styles of FSF. If you were a big fan, weíd love to hear your recollections of the band in the replies.
Two new featured bands today, both releasing albums this Tuesday. You can read Jeremy Aaron's very positive review of the new one from delightful indie-pop act Camera Obscurahere, and Drew Beringer's praise of a more mature As Cities Burn record here.
The creativity of our website members knows no bounds. Now, as a case in point, check out the Paint Your Own Album Art thread, in which members recreate album art using a paint program, then other members name the titles of the albums. Here's a great example courtesy of one talented artist. Yes, we know, our general forum is the new mecca for art afficionados.
AbsolutePunk.net has been named on Stuff Scene Kids Like. This is an accomplishment we're quite proud of, considering we've joined the illustrious ranks of Jeffree Star and Jac Vanek's bracelets. Gee, thanks. Seriously though, it's a fun read. Check it out.
The blogs here at AbsolutePunk.net aren't all about personal life issues. TJ Wells, a regular over at the Entertainment forum, uses his blog to post movie reviews. He covers movies both new and old, and he also proves the versatility of our blog system. You can learn more about the blogs here, like how to import your AP.net blog into facebook or twitter - as well as how to add a photoblog/mobile blog to your page.
We've been collecting End of the Year lists from important bands, label personnel and industry folk for our annual feature. This is the last call - if you'd like to contribute, please email your "best of 2008" lists to email@example.com. To get an idea of how these lists work, please see our lists from last year. Please remember: this is not for regular AP.net members.
What do you think Fall Out Boy's new album will sell in its first week? Submit your guesses in here, and the person closest to without going over the number listed in next week's Soundscan will win a mystery FOB-related prize. All of the rules are in the replies. Contest entries will close at midnight Pacific time tonight.
Back in June, Jason asked you guys what exclusives you wanted to see most. It helped us greatly in choosing features and I think we've done a good job of fulfilling a bunch of those requests. Now we'd like to ask for your suggestions once again: Which records coming out in the next six months or so would you like to get some early soundbites from?
Did you know that you can change the amount of posts you can view per page on AP.net, up to 50 posts? Some find this makes browsing the hundreds of comments in threads easier so you don't have to change pages so often. Edit your profile options to make this change. Now that we've helped you, feel free to help us post AP.net banners and widgets around the Internet. Not that we're guilt tripping you or anything...
AbsolutePunk and Vegoose Festival are teaming up to bring you a new contest to win a pair of tickets and VIP passes to see Rage Against The Machine, Daft Punk, Muse, Mastodon, Iggy & The Stooges, Gogol Bordello, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Ghostface Killah and more on Halloween weekend in Las Vegas. Find all of the details here and start submitting your Halloween pictures!
For months, the staff of AbsolutePunk.net has been working to create a list of bands that we feel have limitless potential to be the next big thing worthy of your ears. Without further ado, we bring to you: