This week marked my 11th year anniversary on AP.net, which means that I have spent almost half of my entire life being an active member around here. This website has been, hands down, one of the most consistent things in my life over the past decade. Little did I know that signing up on that one punk website that covered all my favourite bands (I'm looking at you, The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate... and literally every other pop-punk band that existed in 2002), would change my life forever. Without it, I would now probably be in some library killing brain cells with law school books instead of working in an industry that I'm passionate about. And more...
Standing on the edge of what's soon to be the sleek new AP.net, we're once again staffed with a new era of writers. We decided to revise a classic feature and share with you the roots of why we do what we do. Head here to see the second run of Absolute Beginnings. You didn't think we wouldn't add something new to it this time around, did you? Be sure to check back tomorrow to read up on some of your favorite artists' picks as well.
Everyone please take this opportunity to welcome Ryan Gardner (ThisMusic193) to the AP.net staff. Ryan will be helping Linda and Keagan with the mailbox listings and will be doing other various awesome stuff. Give him a proper welcoming in the replies.
I just wanted to make an announcement that we have quite a few new additions to the AP.net family and everyone should take notice. Please open your arms and fully embrace Stephen Chamberlain, Kyle Huntington, Ian Walker, Alex Djaferis, Christian Wagner and Jonathan Bautts. All six of them plan on helping us bring the best AP.net we possibly can for every music fan out there. So show some love and give them a proper hello in the replies!
We're not just a punk site. I'm looking for someone who loves hip-hop as much as me, but can dedicate more time to the genre with news postings and reviews. If you are interested, please submit a few hip-hop reviews here. You can also email me when you submit a hip-hop review so I can check it out.
One of AP.net's regular users (and blossoming pseudo-celebrity) is pursuing a crusade that involves a longtime favorite band of many members, and he needs your input (and perhaps your help). It's a tall task, but stranger things have happened. AP.net community, away!
Bright Light Fever has just relaunched brightlightfever.com. Enter coupon code "absolutepunk" and gain access to direct MP3 downloads of their entire catalog for free, including their brand new EP Meat Market.
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...
AP.net will be sponsoring the upcoming headlining tour for Jet Lag Gemini, from March 16th to April 17th. Opening for the band on various dates will be Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, Farewell, Kenotia and The Morning Of. You can find all dates and information on their tour profile.
Townsend's "Pour Some Sugar On Me" may be the hottest thing the Internet has going for it now, but AbsolutePunk.net is probably a close second. Share the musical goodness of AP.net with your friends today!
We are always looking for ways to ameliorate AbsolutePunk.net. Recently, the entire blogs section has undergone a massive face lift and now new features have been implemented to make blogging on AP.net better than ever. You, the reader, are the most important part of the website and now we want to hear what you think can make AP.net a better website than ever.
What ideas would you like to see put into action? Do you see any problems/bugs with the site that affect your usage or are just annoying and could be better? Are there any new features/sections that you think should be added to make the content of the site better? No criticism is too small, so please let us know anything at...
New Atlantic and their manager Matt Watts will be doing an exclusive "In The Studio" video interview with us at AbsolutePunk in the very near future. If you have any questions you'd like to ask the band regarding their new album, please post them in the replies. Who knows, maybe you'll get a sneak peak at a couple of the songs in the video: get stoked.
Attention all bands and labels: The time has come again. The year 2006 is drawing to a close and it's time for Absolutepunk to start compiling our "Best of 2006" lists. We're asking you all to submit to us your top 10 CDs of 2006. You can e-mail the lists to Melissa Johnson or Gabe Gross. You can do a collective list amongst the band or label or each submit your own individual lists. Please include band/label name and your name (if you choose to contribute an individual list). We're getting a headstart on this due to the response we got to last year's Best of 2005 lists, but the deadline to submit a list to Gabe or Melissa is December 17th, 2006.
As I'm sure many of you realize, Bamboozle Left is coming up next weekend in Pomona, CA. AbsolutePunk will be there with our booth, of course. If there any labels out there that are looking to work with us at Bamboozle with promotions (free sampler CDs and things of that nature), please contact me at email@example.com. Sorry for the slightly late notice.
I've attached a few pictures from AP.net's Melee show on Thursday night at the Apple store in Santa Monica. These are just a couple preliminary shots that a friend of mine took- more pictures will be coming in soon and once I get those, I'll be posting them on here. The fans and the band all had a lot of fun so look out for more of these Apple store performances in the future!
Here's just a reminder for you guys: AbsolutePunk.net presents Melee in a free in-store performance at the Apple Store in Santa Monica next Thursday, August 31st, on the Third Street Promenade. The performance will start at 7 pm and it's first-come, first-serve at the store so come early to get a good spot! Here is the MySpace event info if you'd like to add it to your calendar and here is the address if you need it: 1248 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
If you watch Steven's Untitled Rock Show today (7pm EST/4PM PST) as well as on the 31st, you might just hear the name of a certain gray-colored webzine that you know and love. Cross your fingers and hope he says ".net" and not ".com".
Some of our readers have decided to start a revolution of sorts. They've changed their avatars to an awesome GIF of our glorious leader (check it out by looking at mine). For this weekend only, change your avatar (both large and small are offered) and let the confusion begin! Thanks to Adeniz19 (Lino) and all the other forum regulars who got this rolling.
Our AP.net artist profiles have been undergoing some database work lately, but Jason has gotten them ready to go. Anything submitted recently is pending moderator approval, and I will be working hard to get them approved. However, I wanted to make this post to give everyone some info on how our database works and what is required in a "good" profile.
First, go to http://www.absolutepunk.net/artists/make to create a new profile. Fill in the band name, website (Myspace is okay here), and the band members' names. In the biography section, please give as much information as possible. Your band will be one of many, and as a result, you'll want your biography to be as detailed and unique as...
After some discussion between Jason, Scott, and I, we've retooled the Self Promotion forum. If you are in a band and want any AP staffer to check your band out, head on over there, read the rules, and start introducing us to your band. We're using it so you can make us aware of your band, get the word out, and allow AP users to listen as well. Instead of just sending us a link privately, this allows everyone to comment on it, and gives the entire staff a chance to offer their thoughts. If we're interested in a review or plan to use your band as a recommendation, we'll definitely be in touch. Please note any street team posts will be deleted and the user will be banned.
Ever wish you could keep track of the threads you've posted in? Simply click on Tools -> Edit Options, and then select your preference underneath "Default Thread Subscription Mode." Once that's done, all you have to do to keep up with threads you've posted in or subscribed to is to check back on your control panel (Tools -> User Control Panel).