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...
Jason Tate on 01/20/12 - 04:28 PM
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."

1) The Dangerous Summer
NoteCongrats boys, I think this is what you were going for. You're number one. The band's "issue statement" thread was ginormous. It started calmly - and like most internet threads - is basically a mess by the end of it. There's a tad bit of...
Jason Tate on 01/20/12 - 01:33 PM
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...
Jason Tate on 01/19/12 - 12:39 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 01/19/12 - 10:22 AM
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.
Jason Tate on 01/18/12 - 04:51 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 01/18/12 - 03:42 PM
The website has been turned black today to draw attention to SOPA and PIPA. Please take a moment to educate yourself, and your friends and family, about these topics.
Jason Tate on 01/17/12 - 11:11 PM
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
1) Paramore
2) Yellowcard
3) Fun.
4) Brand New
5) Motion City Soundtrack

With Yellowcard in second place, they have a legit...
Jason Tate on 01/17/12 - 10:08 AM
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...
Jason Tate on 01/16/12 - 10:47 AM
The NFL playoffs mean there's a lot of great discussion going on in the sports forum.
Jason Tate on 01/14/12 - 04:26 PM
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...
Jason Tate on 01/13/12 - 02:19 PM
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?

1) At the Drive-In
NoteThe thread about them reuniting was ridiculously awesome. All kinds of great posts. All kinds of nostalgic love. That was basically what kicked off Monday's insanity ......
Jason Tate on 01/13/12 - 12:11 AM
It's been a strange start to the new year. I spent some time looking over the metrics to see what was popular this last week or so, and it's kind of interesting to see what everyone was reading around the website. For a quick recap, I decided to put together the power rankings of the last week. Basically highlighting the bands that dominated our lives. We'll see how this goes, tongue firmly planted in cheek...

1) Brand New
NoteIf this band is talked about, at all, they blow up the news feed. Their NYE show was basically the catalyst for the insanity. And when the videos hit everyone went nuts. Combine that with the youtube channel news, a poll about if we'll see a new album next...
Jason Tate on 01/06/12 - 01:38 PM
We're half-way into the first week of 2012, and we (the AP.net staff) wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for all their support last year. Especially all of the readers, band members, industry folk, and PR people that help give us the ability to do this every day. In the replies you'll find some homemade "thank you" videos from the staff. We hope you had as good of year as we did.
Jason Tate on 01/04/12 - 11:43 AM
Good morning, everyone! Today we are bringing two new staffers on board at AP.net. Everyone head to the replies and say hello to Jack Appleby (formerly JackMEB) and Jason Gardner (formerly apenguinmoshpit). Jack and Jason (really? both another Jason and another Gardner??) will be contributing reviews, interviews, news posting - a little bit of everything - and writing some more editorials and feature-length articles, of which we're hoping to bring more to AP.net in 2012. Welcome on board!
Thomas Nassiff on 01/03/12 - 08:46 AM
Well, the "holiday" season has come and went. It's now a new year - and it's time to say goodbye to our holiday theme. It sneaks out once a year, and almost as soon as it's here ... it's gone. Hopefully by the time it's time to roll out the holiday colors this year, we'll be doing so on the brand new website. That's my resolution. What's yours?
Jason Tate on 01/02/12 - 01:29 PM
Everyone welcome Jake to the AP.net staff. He was formerly user Boomhauer12, and is now staff member Jake Denning. He will be helping us improve our interview section in 2012. Boom(hauer).
Jason Tate on 12/30/11 - 12:40 PM
Just saw a really interesting thread about "2011's biggest moments in music" - and thought I'd pass the link on to those in the news. For me, it has to be Blink's reunion. It just became such a massive thing around the website during the album release, single release, videos - and all that. Check out the thread, and make sure to leave your biggest moment in music.
Jason Tate on 12/29/11 - 12:21 PM
Now that our "Best of 2011" feature is up on the website, over the next week or so we will be highlighting some of the lists from our friends in bands, the industry, etc. Today, I want to take a moment to call attention to American Dream Records' list. You may know him as "anamericangod," one of the most prolific posters in AP.net history. His new label has been focusing on vinyl records, and their list is sure to be a Charlie Simpson hypefest. Check it out.

Also, I'd like to call special attention to the lists from Saves the Day, This is Hell, and O'Brother.
Jason Tate on 12/28/11 - 12:21 PM
Here we are at the end of 2011. And that means it's time to unveil our "best of 2011" feature. The feature contains a staff compiled list of our favorite records of 2011, as well as all of our individual lists. Then, we have a whole batch of lists from bands, industry folk, and friends of the website for you to browse through. This is one of my favorite times of the year: so much new music to learn about, all in one place. Check it out, leave some comments, and don't forget you can leave your own lists in this thread.
Jason Tate on 12/27/11 - 11:38 AM
We're in the middle of tallying up all of our End of the Year lists from staff and band/industry friends -- and we will be launching our feature tomorrow. Who do you think is ending up as our staff compiled number one? It was a bitter battle to the end.
Jason Tate on 12/26/11 - 02:44 PM
Why is this news!!? Why did you post that? Who is this band? Who cares. I've been running some variation of a "news posting" website for over 10 years now (side-bar: holy balls, I can't believe it's been that long). I've seen just about every incarnation of the above questions, statements, and borderline accusations. Most of the time I just roll my eyes at it. I've answered the question "why" so many times I just don't have the energy to copy and paste anymore. However, I think it's worth putting on the record a few statements about just how and why we post the news that we post. I'm not sure what our current FAQ reads about this question, or even if it addresses it -- it's quite...
Jason Tate on 12/20/11 - 02:37 PM
The AP.net staff put together a playlist of some of our favorite songs of 2011 for rdio. Looking to discover some of the best stuff you may have missed this year? Check it out.
Jason Tate on 12/16/11 - 02:26 PM
Just wanted to remind readers that they can submit news to us. See a hot tip that we haven't posted? Let us know. At a show and a band says something on stage? Use the mobile website to drop us a line (this will be much improved in APv3). If you're a long time reader and have thoughts on how this feature could be improved, or newbie with a good idea, hit up the replies with suggestions.
Jason Tate on 12/16/11 - 11:24 AM
Bored? In desperate need of new tunes? I'm starting up the AP.net Turntable room, so come chat and enjoy the music! Get a seat now or else you'll be waiting all night!
Sean Rizzo on 12/14/11 - 07:28 PM
As we're preparing our end of the year lists (note: band and label peeps, check here), a user pointed out to me on twitter a list from NPR that showcases the 20 "unhappiest people you will find in the comment sections of end of the year lists." We've done this enough to know just how right on the money they are. So, check it out, don't be "that guy" - and we'll be launching our lists at the end of the year. Guess now I should go finish mine. What was the AOTY?
Jason Tate on 12/14/11 - 12:35 PM
For those that rarely venture past the news feed, I wanted to give a quick shout-out to the entertainment forum. If you're looking for a place to talk about new movies, TV shows, or video games -- this is the place to be. The best thread currently has got to be The Dark Knight Rises thread. The first 6 minutes of the movie were shown to fans the other night - and now it's just fanboydom all over the place. It rules.
Jason Tate on 12/14/11 - 11:23 AM
Calling all bands, record label peeps, 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 extravaganza We've made it super easy this year: just fill out this form. Don't want to fill out a form? Fine. You can email us your lists here - just 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. What a great...
Adam Pfleider on 12/13/11 - 08:29 AM
We're getting closer to the launch of the next version of AP.net. Currently being dubbed APv3 even though it's got to be the 15th or so version over the entire history of the website. However, it's the third iteration since I moved to our current platform, and I really lost count ages ago. As we move forward toward this giant change -- I want to make sure to include you, the readers, in on the entire process. I know change is hard. However, those beta testing the new website have been some of our oldest members - and they have had some very positive things to say about it. So, I am encouraged that everyone will like the new layout, new features, and give it a little time once it...
Jason Tate on 12/12/11 - 01:18 PM
As we do most years, we've put together a thread to talk about Christmas songs and albums that fit into the broad definition of the genres we cover. Check it out here.
Jason Tate on 12/12/11 - 11:28 AM
Calling all bands, record label peeps, 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 extravaganza We've made it super easy this year: just fill out this form. Don't want to fill out a form? Fine. You can email us your lists here - just 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. What a great year to be...
Jason Tate on 12/01/11 - 11:51 AM
Let it snow! It's December 1st, which means we like to get into the festive season around here. I've changed the default theme on the website to our holiday blue. If it's not showing up for you, you can click here, or change your default options (at the very bottom). Also, this is the time of the year where users usually change up their avatars to something holiday themed, feel free to join in. I went with my usual AP.net Christmas ornament. Hope everyone has a great month. We've got some cool things planned for the end of the year, and we are still in the midst of prepping for the launch of a brand new AP.net early next year. It's going to be an exciting time.
Jason Tate on 12/01/11 - 11:05 AM
You can check out a trailer for the upcoming Muppets Movie Soundtrack in the replies. The trailer features clips from the soundtrack, and for the eagle-eyed: an AP.net reference in there as well.
Jason Tate on 11/21/11 - 01:55 PM
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.
The Top 201) blink-182
2) Brand New
3) Childish Gambino
4) Drake
5) New Found Glory
6) Taking Back Sunday
7) Jimmy Eat World
8) Death Cab For Cutie
9) Fall Out Boy
10) Coldplay
11) Four Year Strong
12) Jack's Mannequin
13) Thrice
14) Say Anything
15) Paramore
16) Motion City Soundtrack
17) Yellowcard
18) The Wonder Years
19) Saves The Day
20) Manchester Orchestra
Jason Tate on 11/21/11 - 12:30 PM
Need some tunes to make this Thursday fly by? We're hanging out in the AP.net Turntable room right now, so come in and teach me how to listen to not bad music.
Blake Solomon on 11/17/11 - 01:59 PM
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.
The Top 201) blink-182
2) Brand New
3) Four Year Strong
4) New Found Glory
5) Fall Out Boy
6) Coldplay
7) Jimmy Eat World
8) Taking Back Sunday
9) Death Cab for Cutie
10) Childish Gambino
11) Drake
12) Thrice
13) Paramore
14) Jack's Mannequin
15) Yellowcard
16) Say Anything
17) Bon Iver
18) Kanye West
19) The Wonder Years
20) Saves The Day
Jason Tate on 11/14/11 - 02:05 PM
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.
Jason Tate on 09/07/11 - 12:12 PM
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
Lueda Alia on 09/27/10 - 08:43 AM
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.
Lueda Alia on 09/13/10 - 06:53 PM
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...
Steve Henderson on 01/17/10 - 08:30 AM
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.
Julia Conny on 01/12/10 - 06:35 PM
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...
Julia Conny on 12/22/09 - 10:15 PM
We're still collecting for our band and business folk End of the Year Lists. Bands, labels, publicists, managers and so on, email eoty@absolutepunk.net if you'd like to get in on the action. You can see our lists from 2008 for examples.
Julia Conny on 12/02/09 - 11:59 AM
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 julia.conny@absolutepunk.net. But for now, let us reminisce about 2008 and 2007.
Julia Conny on 11/10/09 - 02:39 PM
Want to keep up with all the video exclusives we post? Subscribe to our ABSOLUTExclusive Youtube Channel. We're always posting new live performances, music videos, and behind the scenes clips - don't miss a beat.
Garett Press on 10/09/09 - 12:40 PM

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