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Brendan Kelly's latest blog looks into the worst ways to die.
That dude from Brand New sings a line that I think is pretty good: “Jesus Christ, I’m not scared to die. I’m a little bit scared of what comes after.” It’s evocative of the weird uncertain relationship humanity has with death, but I think it’s wrong. Being dead is a breeze. We’ve all already done it before. Begin at the moment you were born and go backwards to the beginning of time. How long is that? If you answered anything other than “an infinite amount of time” then god bless your foolish heart. You’ve already not existed for eternity and you’re fine right now, right?
Jason Tate on 07/25/14 - 04:04 PM
Paul Blest, writing for The Runout:
It’s not about capitalism, or classism, or (laughably) adhering to a “corporate model,” or musicians trying to make a quick buck off of their fans. It’s about basic respect for another human that made something that you genuinely get enjoyment out of. If anyone alive in punk rock is adhering to a corporate model, it’s the fan that refuses to pay a fair price for shows, merch, and music. All of the hallmarks are there – benefitting, for the least amount of money, off of someone else’s work. These are sometimes the same people that claim to be “activists” (although their activism often amounts to nothing more than a few tweets) or in favor of workers’...
Jason Tate on 07/08/14 - 10:38 AM
Brendan Kelly tackles inspirational-quotes, inspirational speeches, and self-help books in his latest blog entry:
It’s fine, I guess. I don’t wanna shit on any traditions, but it IS more or less a waste of time and energy at best and at worst it’s a terrible platform for some dumb dick who lucked into a lottery-win caliber job to reinforce their own deluded notion that they understand how the world works better than everyone else (this is particularly funny because there’s almost no one less qualified to explain to young people how to make it in the world than people who get paid millions of dollars to pretend to be other people, write laws about other people, or play shitty pop songs)....
Jason Tate on 06/18/14 - 03:31 PM
Tyler Osborne wrote a piece for Haulix on why paying to play for shows sucks:
From personal experiences, I have known many small bands to make last minute calls to family and friends hoping people will buy tickets to a show - even if there is no way that person can attend - just so the artist can perform for fifteen minutes an hour and a half before some mid-level national headliner comes out and half heartedly thanks the ‘local talent’ that opened the show. In situations such as this, which happen daily in cities and towns across the country, who benefits except the absent, uninvolved promoter? No one.
Jason Tate on 06/17/14 - 06:41 PM
Jenny Owen Youngs has written a blog about her "first year as an openly gay musician."
For many years, I was convinced that coming out could only have a negative impact on my career. I was afraid that my musical self would be overshadowed by my gay self. But so far, my experience has shown me that sharing another side of my life helps me to connect more deeply with people. I have gained a clearer understanding of myself, which I think is reflected in both my writing and my performances. A certain type of self-consciousness seems to have melted away from me, and it turns out that when I’m not spending a great deal of my time second-guessing myself and worrying about whether I’m doing or...
Jason Tate on 06/14/14 - 09:58 AM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog tackles the idea of success, timing, and what it all means in the grand scheme of things.
My friend and mentor Mike Burkett is very fond of telling people, ‘Don’t compare your band to NOFX. We’re an anomaly and no one can expect to do what we did,’ and he’s right. There’s no REASON that NOFX is huge and are going to be huge forever. Sure, they write great songs (so did American Steel). Sure, they’re funny as hell (so are the Dickies). Sure, they helped define a genre (so did the Suicide Machines). None of that shit matters, y’all. And this is true in every field, creative or scientific, or anything in between. There’s hard work and there’s talent, and those...
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 11:25 AM
Brian Diaz, formerly of The Reunion Show and a long time tour manager, wrote up a great blog about Deryck Whibley of Sum 41.
The party animal in me loved it but it had already started to take a toll on my body after several months. I couldn’t believe how far Deryck could go, though. I couldn’t get myself to walk from the bus to the venue some days, and here this guy was playing shows every single night for an hour or more, sweating, running around like a maniac, and killing a bottle of whiskey. It was insanity.
Jason Tate on 05/20/14 - 10:37 AM
Another fantastic blog by Brendan Kelly:
I’m in a band and no one takes people in bands, ESPECIALLY small bands, seriously), but generally, I’m totally cool with that. I like trying my hand at selling myself and my projects to Hollywood, I’ve got pretty thick skin, AND, at this point I’m experienced at this shit. I’ve been rejected by everyone from Clint Eastwood to CAA to New Line to MTV and on and on down the line. It’s always a pretty good story and beyond that, it’s a blast to come up with something and get all excited about the fame and fortune that it’s gonna bring me, and then coast back down to earth once I realize that I’ve been rejected again. This is usually the point where I...
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 11:39 AM
Mariel Loveland (Candy Hearts) recently wrote a column for Noisey on "how to survive being the only girl in a band."
Your bandmates are your family, which means you take care of each other always. This could mean wing-manning your bassist the perfect lady when he’s feeling down on his luck, sharing cold medicine, using the band credit card to buy Chipotle when morale is low, having your bandmates walk you to the car at night in a dangerous city, or letting them carry you to a hotel room, take off your shoes, and put you to bed when you’ve had one whiskey past your limit.
Drew Beringer on 05/07/14 - 11:35 AM
Our friends at Haulix have posted a blog about the "Things to Do in College That Will Prepare You For the Music Industry" -- it's an interesting read. I agree with quite a bit of it (and most of the advice doesn't just apply to the music industry, but life in general) but here's my main advice for those that want to get into the music industry in some fashion: figure out what that phrase really means to you. I hear so many people say they want to work "in the music industry" and then when I ask what part they just say something like, "uh, I dunno, at a label or something." Spend some time thinking about what kind of work you'd want, where, and how you can be the best in that field. Then...
Jason Tate on 05/06/14 - 11:35 AM
Devin Ingelido, a former member of VersaEmerge, has posted a blog calling out ... well, basically everyone. The full thing is in the replies.
Finally, we met with the owner of Fueled by Ramen, had dinner with him and was convinced that label was the right fit. This is where there is much speculation. I can tell you that I feel signing with fueled by was such a mistake. A 360 deal doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing if the band is going to be pushed. The more money the label makes, the more the band makes. Except the label has a hand in every pot.

I feel the band was signed to not create competition for Paramore.
Jason Tate on 05/01/14 - 12:03 PM
Nirvana's Krist Novoselic wrote a blog about the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I am so happy about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame event and how it went so well. Earlier that week there were three long days of rehearsals in NYC. I feel we conjured the spirit of the band, and we could not have done that alone. This, for me, is a bittersweet notion as we all miss Kurt so much. But considering we were inducted, the show had to go on. Joan Jett was first on my list to be out front. I spoke to Dave about it and he ran with the idea of having all women lead. We felt that would be a good tribute to Kurt and what Nirvana was about.

It was a good balance of females as...
Jason Tate on 04/14/14 - 11:52 AM
Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms has written a blog about getting old in punk-rock. Or something like that ... my own old age has led to me having to squint to read the text on the screen.
That’s why people were so blown away when a band like the Starting Line made these songs that resonated with so many people. “That kid’s only fucking 17!” motherfuckers were saying, and that’s why when Nomeansno put out the spectacular All Roads Lead To Ausfahrt a few years back, people were like, “DAAAAMN! These old ass men have not lost a SINGLE FUCKING STEP!!! They’re still THE BEST!” (go listen to the song Mr. In Between if you doubt the fury of the mighty, unbreakable power of Nomeansno, and...
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 08:00 PM
Mansions' New Best Friends turned five yesterday, and Chris Browder from the band has written an emotionally heavy blog to remark the past few years since its release. In addition, the reissue of the album with an accompanying 7” is now on sale via Bad Timing Records.
Christian Wagner on 03/04/14 - 11:02 AM
Drake has taken to his blog to apologize for his comments regarding Rolling Stone's decision to replace him on cover with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
After dwelling on it for a few hours or days you will come to the conclusion that you brought it on yourself almost every time. So here I am having that moment. I once again apologize to everybody who took my cover comments the wrong way. I respect Rolling Stone for being willing to give a kid from Toronto a shot at the cover. I guess this is a day to learn and grow.
Drew Beringer on 02/14/14 - 12:19 AM
Brendan Kelly's latest blog is for all aspiring musicians out there.
Get out there and play as soon and as often as possible, because you’ll never be good until you start figuring out what you really sound like, and the only way to do that is to watch strangers, who don’t give a fuck about your feelings, get bored and walk away during your long, meticulous intro or guitar solo. Comedians talk a lot about how the only way to get good at standup is to bomb, and the same goes for playing rock and roll. Until you’ve tried ‘em out on other people, chances are, you THINK your ideas are way cooler than they are. Playing in front of people will slap your blinders off fast. The best crash course...
Jason Tate on 02/07/14 - 03:19 PM
Check out a single review I wrote on my blog for Taking Back Sunday's new single, "Flicker, Fade." You can read it in the replies.
”Flicker, Fade” possesses the sincerity that made me fall in love with Taking Back Sunday in the first place, with its eruptive and incredibly catchy chorus sandwiched with the band’s mastery of soft/loud/soft dynamics, as John Nolan delivers his impassioned yells buoyed the song’s chaotic outro.
Drew Beringer on 01/25/14 - 01:15 PM
What does beer and a little extra time on my hands equal? A lengthier write-up on some of my thoughts on the current state of the music industry and how we're currently in the new normal. If you've got some time, I'd love if you'd check it out.
This is also indicative of an old school media mentality — the idea that everything in music should be a blockbuster or relatively dismissed. You see this in the movie industry as well — the machine is too large to be nimble in the face of change and each cycle is so expensive that anything but “blockbuster” status isn’t profitable. But, I ask, what’s wrong with going underground and developing a niche audience? What is wrong with making that the...
Jason Tate on 01/13/14 - 11:53 AM
Beyonce has written an essay titled, "Gender Equality is a Myth!" for the Shriver Report.
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.
Jason Tate on 01/13/14 - 10:52 AM
The blogger who leaked Guns n Roses' Chinese Democracy explains how he did it.
Within 30 minutes or so of confirming that the tracks were legit, they were up on Antiquiet.com. I didn't put a ton of thought into this act, but I knew this much: As I've said, If I were to simply announce that I had the tracks, no one would believe it. My intent was not to spread it, but to allow it to be played through a streaming player to obliterate any doubt. I knew I was starting a fire, and that original editorial does a pretty good job of laying out the mindset behind my actions. But I didn't think it through past that.

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Jason Tate on 01/08/14 - 03:28 PM
Former Woe, Is Me vocalist Hance Alligood has posted a blog about the lack of good local scenes in music these days. Thoughts? Anyone else feeling the same thing?
They “skipped” the local band phase. In some situations, one or more members of this new band were in previous acts, whether they were just a local band or a band that had done a few tours and had been picked up by someone, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes it’s just a band funded by kids with wealthy parents. Well nowadays, it seems like everyone who decides to form a band doesn’t even try to put in work and gain any sort of success locally. And any bands who really wanna work to build up a local following can’t even...
Jason Tate on 12/30/13 - 02:06 PM
On My Honor's lead singer has come out in a blog.
I am gay, and I am a Christian.

To Reynolds and many others, this seems to be a paradox. As a teenager, it did to me as well. I had the feelings and in a way always knew, but continued to make excuses. “Surely it’s a phase,” “I’m confused,” “If I was, I would know and be open about it,” and of course, “I can’t be gay, I’m a Christian.” The odd part is that I never had a true opposition to homosexuality. Even when I was quite young, I can remember supporting the idea of gay marriage, especially in a nation that supposedly does not discriminate based on religion. By high school, I openly supported the LGBT movement, but I still had...
Jason Tate on 12/24/13 - 12:49 PM
Chris from Motionless In White posted a lengthy blog post about why the band doesn't preach anymore and his thoughts on superficial fans.
This “you saved my life”, “you’re my hero” and “you’re my voice” thing has become an unbearable burden and a downright eye roller. NO. I did not save your life. NO.. band X, Y or Z did not save your life. IF in fact you were on the brink of any self harming action… it was YOU who pulled yourself from the ledge. You saved your life, You are the hero. Why are people not willing to take credit for their own actions? Thats right… because thats what fans think bands want to hear. I’m not taking ANYTHING away from people who do self harm or have a hard time...
Jason Tate on 12/03/13 - 10:43 AM
Harry Corrigan from Bellwether has posted a lengthy response to accusations of "sexual assault."
When I clicked on the link, and read the headline, I was at a loss for words. “Harry Corrigan from long Island bands is a sexual assaulter.” I was at a loss because this just isn’t true. I’m letting you know beforehand that some of the details I write in this post are explicit, but, I’m going to recount exactly what happened on the night of July 23rd, 2012.

Update: The other side to this story has been posted on her Tumblr. Trigger warning: Sexual assault descriptions.
Jason Tate on 11/18/13 - 06:31 PM
Surfjan Stevens wrote a letter to Miley Cyrus, one of the topics included correcting improper grammar usage in her track "#GETITRIGHT."
Christian Wagner on 10/14/13 - 07:51 AM
Jason Lancaster wrote a lengthy statement on his blog about the recent break-up of Go Radio.
I’ll jump to the chase and tell you that I am deeply offended but the idea going around that my love Dee had anything to do with my departure from the band. She, in fact, was the only one to ask me to stay. We had so many talks where I would tell her how I was feeling, we would pray together, and I would leave again to let her fend for herself and smile while she did it. She was nothing but absolutely supportive of my career and never ONCE asked me to leave.
Drew Beringer on 10/09/13 - 12:42 PM
Dustin Kensrue blogged about why he opted to write a worship record and how it differs from previous songwriting efforts. His new record, The Water & The Blood, is available today.
I understand that in this form, these truths might have a glare to them that could be unpleasant for some at first glance. But I would encourage anyone who has been challenged or provoked by my songs in the past to listen to the new album in light of the framework I’ve outlined above.
Drew Beringer on 09/30/13 - 11:15 AM
Idobi and Nick Moore (owner of InVogue Records) have launched an educational blog on the music industry entitled "Moore Music."
Christian Wagner on 09/16/13 - 01:49 PM
To Write Love On Her Arms has written a blog for PropertyOfZack highlighting their efforts and thoughts for National Suicide Prevention Week.
Drew Beringer on 09/12/13 - 02:48 PM
Frank Turner will be canceling his performances at Pukkelpop, Gampel and Highfield Festivals this weekend due to lingering issues with his back that he has been fighting through for over a month. Turner has written a blog to update fans on his health; feel free to leave him well wishes in the replies.
Anyone who knows me even vaguely will know that, as well as being in a fair amount of pain, I’m filled with rage at my puny weakling back for letting me down, not to mention all the people at the shows. I can only humbly apologise. Hopefully I can sort this issue now and going forward I’ll be fine to keep touring til I’m old and gray.

Speaking of the future, people coming to Hatfield,...
Thomas Nassiff on 08/15/13 - 03:15 PM
You can read a pretty cool letter Ryan Key (Yellowcard) wrote to his younger self over at Rock Sound.
Drew Beringer on 08/12/13 - 04:03 PM
Jono Diener (drummer for The Swellers and newly minted Buzzmaker) wrote a recent blog about the marriage between wrestling and music. You can read it over at BUZZNET.
Drew Beringer on 08/12/13 - 10:52 AM
Bryan Czap (former guitarist of The Dangerous Summer and current guitarist for Dreamcatcher) wrote a lengthy statement on the year that has followed since he left the band. You can read it in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 08/05/13 - 12:34 PM
Former The Downtown Fiction drummer and current From Indian Lakes manager, Eric Jones, wrote a blog about signing a record deal, what it means for bands, the misconceptions behind it, and advice for young bands - check it out here.
I think a big misconception amongst young bands is that signing to a label is the end-all be-all. That it is the pinnacle of your career. But here’s the truth: at best, it’s a platform to build off of. I wish someone would’ve told that to me when I had first signed. I hate to say it, but I got a little lazy. The entire band did. We waited for the label to make us rich and famous, as if the label could churn out the hits, put a few 0’s in our bank accounts,...
Jack Appleby on 08/01/13 - 02:42 PM
Riley Breckenridge (Thrice) wrote a blog post about the tenth anniversary of The Artist In The Ambulance.
Drew Beringer on 07/22/13 - 11:35 PM
From Indian Lakes Manager Eric Jones wrote an interesting blog post about band management and the mindset behind successful managers - check it out here. On a related note, would you be interested in a AP.net chat with band managers and tour managers? Let us know in the replies.
Jack Appleby on 06/25/13 - 09:25 AM
Today marks the 11th anniversary of The Swellers being a band. Drummer Jono Diener wrote about the occasion in his blog. He's also our featured guest on this week's upcoming AbsolutePunk Podcast, so stay tuned for that.
We were never a hype band or blew up, but we’ve been slowly climbing up for years. We’re still very much here. If anything it’s time to take another swing at things. 8 months at home was too much for me. I don’t think I can do that again, or at least not for a while. Maybe we’ve been around a long time but it doesn’t mean we’re close to being done. I think we’re better than ever. We just need someone to listen and fight for us.
Drew Beringer on 06/24/13 - 01:29 PM
I watched Paramore play in New York City a few weeks ago, and just decided to write a blog kind of about the show I saw, but mainly about how this band has transformed into something much larger than the group we first heard about on this website years and years ago. Hit the replies to read the feature story.
That’s a pretty scary plateau for a band to reach. At that point, you’re as much of a rock band as you are superheroes. Paramore is at an unparalleled level in its career where they’ve turned into role models, celebrities, you name it. They aren’t a punk band playing a show for kids who go to shows every week...but rock stars playing for all types of people. I saw a group of...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/18/13 - 07:30 AM
Jimmy Eat World has launched a tumblr, titled "In The Van," to document the band's current home-state tour of Arizona using various Vine clips, Instagrams, and photos from the road.
Drew Beringer on 05/03/13 - 05:08 PM
On his Tumblr blog, Tyler Carter explained the background behind one of his songs, "Collins Hill".
Jake Denning on 04/22/13 - 11:10 PM
Geoff Rickly has written a blog titled "The Nine Circles of Vans Warped Tour." It's a pretty good read. There's an excerpt below and the full things can be read here.
Blood on the Dance Floor makes me feel old and irrelevant. Why? Because I don't know what the fuck it is. It's electro-pop-scream-metal-violence in goth drag that celebrates "cumming" on the audience with giant foam canons and has one of the most positive, inspirational record inserts that I've ever read. It's either horrible nonsense or next-level art. But it's truly made me realize, I don't know the difference. So the singer with red hair and scary make-up told me that Thursday's song, "You know," he says, "the car...
Thomas Nassiff on 04/21/13 - 05:06 PM
Skinny Lister has posted its second tour blog over at Under The Gun. Check it out here.
Drew Beringer on 04/19/13 - 01:56 PM
Skinny Lister has posted its first tour blog over at Under The Gun. Check it out here.
Drew Beringer on 04/16/13 - 11:57 AM
Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance has posted a new blog.
i have written, deleted and rewritten this letter way too many times than i care to remember. i am not much for eulogies so i will keep this short and to the point. i don't believe in holding back your feelings or emotions until it is too late. if you did not appreciate someone or something while they were still here then you have no business expressing cute anecdotes when they are no longer around to enjoy them. in the 12 years i have been in mcr i believe i have said all i needed and wanted to say about it when it counted. if you know me or have ever listened to me speak about mychem you know what it meant to me. i lived,...
Jason Tate on 03/30/13 - 10:30 AM
Which late night talk show gives artists the most exposure? Well, apparently it's Conan O'Brien. Read the article here.
Christian Wagner on 03/19/13 - 09:32 AM

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