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Here's a little something to get you all amped up before the Team USA game today: Noisey has written an article ranking Drive Thru Records' releases from bad to really bad. The label's co-founder, Stephanie Reines, weighed in with her thoughts, of course:
This is a GREAT tribute! The list of “worst” bands on our shitty-ass label reminds me JUST HOW GOOD our bands were and still are. Many of them still touring with fanbases bigger than ever! Fuck, me & Richard Reines have such good taste in music. And our branding was good enough to stand the test of time. They’re STILL talking about DTR 15+ years later. Bottom line: DTR AND OUR BANDS RULE! Hey, so does our former staff!


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Blake Solomon on 06/26/14 - 07:26 AM
David Carr, writing for the New York Times:
Late last Thursday, I stopped at the fruit stand and some big, vivid red grapes caught my eye. The vendor said a two-pound bunch would be $6, which seemed steep. I was about to tell him as much, and then came to my senses and gave him the money. I wondered why I hesitated when it came time to pony up and realized that, as just one more participant in the Something for Nothing economy, I’d grown accustomed to getting all sorts of lusciousness for the price of zero.
Jason Tate on 06/11/14 - 02:24 PM
The AV Club's year-long article series Fear of a Punk Decade has finally made it's way to 1999, and the article details the rightfully praised Jimmy Eat World masterpiece, Clarity (among other 1999 albums). Check it out and leave your thoughts on both that year in punk and the album in the replies.
Being from Denver, I felt an extra sting when I heard Clarity’s obvious ploy for radio play, the single “Lucky Denver Mint.” At the same time, I had to admit, “What a goddamn song.” It’s as if Joshua Tree-era U2 had somehow mated with all my favorite melodic emo bands of the ’90s, from Christie Front Drive to Texas Is The Reason. The difference was, most of those bands had hit a brick wall,...
Blake Solomon on 06/10/14 - 11:22 AM
Danah Boyd wrote a thought provoking piece on how the idea of "selling out" is now practically dead to teens. And to think, just a few years ago that was the biggest slam thrown at bands.
These teens are not going to critique their friends for being sell-outs because they’ve already been sold out by the adults in their world. These teens want freedom and it’s our fault that they don’t have it except in commercial spaces. These teens want opportunities and we do everything possible to restrict those that they have access to. Why should we expect them to stand up to commercial surveillance when every adult in their world surveils their every move “for their own good”? Why should these...
Jason Tate on 05/27/14 - 02:50 PM
The AV Club has a long form article series about punk in the 90's, and today's article is about the year 1997. Bands discussed include a pre-fame Jimmy Eat World, a Glen Danzig-less Misfits and, of course, Blink-182. Good lunch time reading, for sure.
In 1997—as I was reminded the hard way at the Blink-182/Jimmy Eat World show at the Mercury—much of the punk scene was still fragmented, confused, and resistant to new things. Not for long, though. And a newfound willingness to evolve was about to hit the punk scene in an earth-shaking way.
Blake Solomon on 04/15/14 - 09:40 AM
Manchester Orchestra's pummeling new album, Cope, drops April 1st, and the band has given a lengthy interview about their recording process and inspiration. Check out the article here, and look for our review nearer to the album's release date.
“We had a band meeting about it, and all five of us said, ‘Let’s make something super heavy, something where the guitars are as powerful as the drums and it never slows down—a no-holds-barred rock record.’"
Blake Solomon on 03/21/14 - 10:26 AM
Producer Joey Sturgis recently made a list of his ten favorite projects for Under The Gun.
Drew Beringer on 03/11/14 - 12:11 PM
The AV Club has posted an extensive article titled "A Beginner's Guide to the Bouncy Buzz of Pop Punk," which can be read here. "Essential Listening" includes Green Day's Kerplunk, The Ergs' DorkRockCorkRod and, of course, Descendents' Milo Goes To College. What are some of your essentials, though?
Blake Solomon on 03/06/14 - 08:56 AM
By now you've probably had your fill with all of the "End of the Year" lists and whatnot, so naturally it's time to transition into what albums we're anticipating the most in 2014. I feel like this year's edition came a little bit earlier than usual, which is great because our list features over 80 prospective releases spanning over a wide array of different genres. Twelve months from now we'll see how well we did with our picks, but until then you should head on over into the replies and check out which albums we're excited for and why. As always, we welcome your own picks and discussion. Enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 01/13/14 - 06:41 AM
To continue our Best of 2013 highlights, today's staff lists include Keagan Ilvonen, Zac Djamoos, and myself. The industry lists come from Equal Vision Records / Rory Records Bands and Joseph Marro of The Early November. Be on the look out for more featured lists throughout the upcoming days.
Ryan Gardner on 01/10/14 - 07:26 AM
To continue our Best of 2013 highlights, today we're showing off my list, known affectionately as "Pitchfork Lite," Jack Appleby's, and Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. Check back tomorrow for more staff and industry lists you may have missed.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/09/14 - 06:14 AM
Just as Drew stated yesterday, we will be taking the next week or so to highlight individual lists from our final Best Music of 2013 feature. Today, we're all about the letter C, so check out lists from esteemed staff members Cody Nelson, Chris Collum, and myself, and uncover a few great records that you may have missed last year.
Craig Manning on 01/08/14 - 06:05 AM
Over the next couple of days we will be highlighting specific individual lists from our final Best of 2013 feature. Today, we're showcasing the stellar lists from staff members Deborah Remus and Blake Solomon, along with my very own perfect list.
Drew Beringer on 01/07/14 - 01:43 PM
In the small lull right before we get ready for all the great releases in 2014 -- we've got one last "best of 2013" feature for you to peruse. This one is full of top album lists from all of our individual staff members as well as lists from bands, labels, industry execs, and more. There's over a hundred different lists to check out and discover new music from.
Jason Tate on 01/06/14 - 10:50 AM
I'd like to formally welcome you all to the end of 2013. We thought we'd celebrate by unleashing our AbsolutePunk.net Top 30 albums of the year. Compiled from all of the AP.net staff's EOTY lists (which can be found here), we've once again released one of the most complete and eclectic lists you'll see from any publication. From death metal to indie to defend pop punk to #emorevival, we have it all. So I'll shut up now and let our list do the rest of the talking - check it out in the replies. As always, your thoughts, opinions, and disagreements are welcomed. 2013 was a great year for the music world once again - here's to 2014.
Drew Beringer on 12/17/13 - 02:16 AM
This article from The Hollywood Reporter on the rise of lyric videos is great reading.
And the content can be monetized, thanks to YouTube's ad revenue sharing program. "Revenue for an All Time Low band video with 30 million views is not especially significant," says Harrison ($150,000, according to one expert). "But if you have 1,000 or more pieces of content on your channel, those monthly revenue sums for each video start to really multiply." One source estimates a major label like Warner Bros. Records, whose YouTube channel boasts 1.2 billion views and includes lyric-only and traditional clips by such artists as Green Day and Linkin Park, stands to earn $25 million a year from video...
Jason Tate on 12/13/13 - 05:36 PM
Yesterday, Hopeless Records celebrated its 20th year of being a label. While many know Hopeless as a label that's released some of our users favorite albums of all time, it's also dedicated a lot of time, resources, and money to charity via Sub City, its nonprofit subsidiary. What's for certain is that Hopeless Records has been an integral part to this website, the scene, and many music fan's lives. Today, I'll be counting down my five favorite Hopeless Releases - feel free to add in your own lists as well. Here's to another 20 years!
Drew Beringer on 12/05/13 - 11:52 AM
Lily Allen's new video, "Hard Out Here," has been criticized for being "anti-black feminism" as well as racist. Allen has responded to the accusations.
From Lorde to Macklemore, it’s a sentiment that’s galling for its popularity: white artists need to stop using the wealth signifiers of rap music to gesture at their self-important “anti-consumerism.” What Allen misses as she washes rims in a kitchen decorated only with bottles of champagne is that it’s not anti-consumerism when it only targets one type of consumer.
Drew Beringer on 11/13/13 - 01:44 PM
Earlier this week, NPR asked if musics reviews matter to listeners. So let's pose the question here: do you still read reviews every day? Do you read them to get a different view point on what your listening to? Do you check them out to generate a conversation?
These days, I'm not so sure negative reviews have as much of an effect. If someone wants to know whether or not they like a record, they'll probably just listen to it online somewhere. It really depends on the band and where it is in its lifespan. A stellar, four- or five-star review for a new or emerging artist could be huge for them. It looks good in press releases and ads. Pull quotes end up on album cover stickers, and the...
Drew Beringer on 11/07/13 - 03:15 PM
In case you've been living in a cave for the last few weeks, AbsolutePunk.net and its AbsoluteVoices sites are sponsoring this month's South By So What?! festival in Grand Prairie, TX, this weekend October 25th and 26th. Over the last few weeks, we've done a festival spotlight along with a festival playlist. Today, I am highlighting the five must-see acts during the two-day festival. So check that out in the replies (along with our other featured content) and don't forget that tickets are still available.
Drew Beringer on 10/22/13 - 02:16 PM
On Tuesday, Kevin Devine released his seventh and eighth full-length albums (check Ryan Dennehy's Bulldozer review and my Bubblegum review). In continuing with our Kevin Devine Week, I am counting down my five favorite KevDev releases and opening up a discussion thread about the man's discography - what are your favorite releases and songs from one of the best songwriters in the scene? So check out my list in the replies and stay tuned for our podcast with Kevin tomorrow.
Drew Beringer on 10/17/13 - 01:02 PM
PropertyOfZack has posted a new "Decade" feature looking back on Something Corporate's North, which turns ten a week from today.
Drew Beringer on 10/15/13 - 02:02 PM
PureVolume has a featured track-by-track analysis (as well as a stream of the album) from Tim Kasher on his new album, Adult Film, which hit stores today.
Drew Beringer on 10/08/13 - 03:56 PM
As many of you are aware, AbsolutePunk and its AbsoluteVoices sites are sponsoring this October's South By So What?! festival in Grand Prairie, TX. Today we are highlighting the festival and what it has in store for its participants on October 25th and 26th. So check out the festival spotlight in the replies and don't forget to pick up your tickets! You can still save $10 on a Day One ticket as well, as that promotion runs through October 11th.
Drew Beringer on 10/08/13 - 01:20 PM
This week's "We're No. 1" feature on AV Club looks back when Blink-182's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket debuted as the #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 the week of June 30th, 2001.
Drew Beringer on 10/08/13 - 10:41 AM
In preparing to say goodbye to Go Radio, UTG asked a bunch of industry people to write about their favorite Go Radio track.
Drew Beringer on 10/07/13 - 11:02 AM
Saturday Night Live will always be something I look forward to watching every week. Every season I always look forward to what musical guests Lorne Michaels and company are going to book. Last week, Arcade Fire kicked off the 39th season, while Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are booked for this week and next. SNL does a fairly decent job of mixing in established bands with up-and-coming bands throughout a season. What follows in the replies is my wish list for artists I hope to see grace the SNL stage this year along with what songs I'd like to see played. After you check out my list, make sure to add in what bands you'd like to see this season.
Drew Beringer on 10/04/13 - 02:13 PM
PropertyOfZack has posted a new Decade feature on The Early November's The Room's Too Cold, which includes extensive commentary on the album from members of the band.
Drew Beringer on 10/03/13 - 12:41 PM
As the leaves start falling and the nights get colder, music becomes an even greater companion when the temperatures start to dip and the winds pick up. I've rounded a handful of AP.net staffers to recommend their favorite albums to put on the turntable when the days get shorter. Spanning from indie to hip-hop to post-hardcore, this eclectic list will have something for everyone and will inspire many fall playlists. Check out our picks in the replies and let us know what records you turn to in the fall.
Drew Beringer on 10/03/13 - 11:53 AM
PropertyOfZack has put together an interesting article in anticipation of the court's decision on whether or not A Day To Remember will be able to be able to release Common Courtesy next week free of Victory Records. Do you think the album will be available on the 8th?
Drew Beringer on 10/01/13 - 09:16 PM
Lauren Mayberry (vocalist for CHVRCHES) has written an excellent op-ed for The Guardian discussing why she will not tolerate online misogyny. It's a must-read article on a very important topic in today's society.
What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from "a bit sexist but generally harmless" to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that "just happens". Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to "just deal with".
Drew Beringer on 09/30/13 - 12:23 PM
The only thing more exciting than pumpkin spice everything and horror movie events is October's insane slate of upcoming releases. Remember when I thought the month of September was going to be insane? Yeah, just kidding. There are a ton of stellar releases that span all genres in October, which will give music fans plenty of options to sort through for their end of year lists during the scarce months of November and December. So check out my most anticipated albums for the month of October in the replies and let us know what you're really excited for in the spookiest month of 2013.
Drew Beringer on 09/30/13 - 12:08 PM
PropertyOfZack has posted its most anticipated releases of October. What's on your list? We'll be posting ours on Monday.
Drew Beringer on 09/26/13 - 01:29 PM
PropertyOfZack has posted a new "Decade" feature on Kevin Devine's Make The Clocks Move that includes extensive commentary on the album from Devine himself.
Drew Beringer on 09/24/13 - 07:42 PM
Another year in the books for the Absolute 100. Today we present to you the final 25 entries in this year's edition. It's as diverse and eclectic as lists come, so we hope you were able to find a band (or five) that became your new favorite. Thanks to all the AP.net staff who contributed this year and a big thank you to you, the readers, for checking out the 2013 Absolute 100.
Drew Beringer on 09/17/13 - 11:10 AM
Everything we've been doing over the last couple of months - from our guides to our playlists - have been leading up to this weekend's Riot Fest in Chicago. So there is only one thing left to do (other than, you know, attending the damn thing!) and that's to release our "must-see" acts at this weekend's festival. Since it's packed with many great bands, I asked Thomas Nassiff to count down his five most anticipated acts in addition to mine. You can check those out in the replies. You can find more information about Riot Fest at their website. Have fun this weekend and be safe!
Drew Beringer on 09/12/13 - 12:19 PM
PropertyOfZack has posted its "Must See" previews for each day of Riot Fest's upcoming Chicago Festival.
Drew Beringer on 09/11/13 - 02:29 PM
When Under The Gun interviewed Bert McCracken (The Used) on Warped Tour, he mentioned a bracelet he was wearing to support a sick child in need. After the site ran the piece the boy's father contacted UTG, and today UTG is running the story of his son and his first journey to Warped Tour.
Drew Beringer on 09/10/13 - 12:57 PM
PropertyOfZack has posted a new Discussion on the "Don't Miss Tours Of The Fall." What tours are you looking forward to this fall?
Drew Beringer on 09/09/13 - 12:59 PM
We have another crop of 25 exciting news bands to share with you today. We're coming down the stretch of this year's batch of the Absolute 100. Hope you're ready to look through another group of 25 artists we think are going to be worth your time in 2013 and beyond and become your new favorite. Let us know what you think about this week's portion. Check back next week at this time for the final 25.
Drew Beringer on 09/09/13 - 10:01 AM
PropertyOfZack has a new op-ed article on how the cancelation of Electric Zoo due to drugs and the way the mainstream news is reporting on the event could affect our music scene and the surrounding ones. Let us know your opinions on the discussion.
Drew Beringer on 09/05/13 - 03:14 PM
Finally. My favorite time of the year is here - the leaves change colors, the wind gets a bit brisker for hoodie weather, and football is on television all weekend. Another perk of the fall is how many great albums are releasing this month and beyond. In fact, September is so stacked with anticipated releases that I asked a couple of staff members to add in their own blurbs to we could cover more ground and I wouldn't break my "Countdown" rules. So check out our most anticipated albums for the month of September in the replies and let us know what you're really excited for in the ninth month of 2013.
Drew Beringer on 09/02/13 - 03:40 PM
50 down, 50 more to go. We're halfway through this year's batch of the Absolute 100. Hope you're ready to look through another group of 25 artists we think are going to be worth your time in 2013 and beyond and become your new favorite. Let us know what you think about this week's portion. Check back next week at this time for Part Three.
Drew Beringer on 09/02/13 - 08:00 AM
PropertyOfZack has released its list of most anticipated albums for September. What's on your list? We'll have our list up on Monday.
Drew Beringer on 08/30/13 - 11:09 AM
In a special Thursday edition of "The Countdown," I've decided to travel back ten years to rank the five best releases from the incredible year of 2003. Little did we know how good we had it back then - while I won't complain that this year's output hasn't been fairly good, 2003 was a year that showcased some of our favorite bands at the top of its game. I didn't realize how difficult this was all going to be - it kind of all hit me when I was staring at a list of 30+ great-to-classic albums and realizing I had to pick five. Seriously, check out what was released and then try to pick five! Anyways, my final five features at least one AP.net classic while leaving out a few other...
Drew Beringer on 08/29/13 - 04:24 AM
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