This Is Hell vocalist Travis Reilly has posted a blog right before the band embarks on a 3 week tour of the East Coast/Midwest. Check out the blog here, and be sure and pick up the band's latest album, Black Mass, out now on Rise Records.
Since I live in Austin, I've been able to catch a few more things before the official days for the music portion of South By Southwest. After last night's Topshelf Records showcase, I came home and sort of flooded a few feelings about how things are going so far into my blog. You can read them here. Be sure to keep up with updates here and don't forget our guide to the next four days of music industry spring break here.
Yesterday, a fire spread across the web of our social networks when Invisible Children posted a video to spread awareness of Joseph Kony. Beyond the topic of the video itself, it was very interesting to watch people's reactions to it throughout the afternoon, and their "knowledge" of what Invisible Children does and doesn't do. Seeing as word spreads quickly, IC had their own response to such "knowledge" which was also getting around the same social platforms as the video had just done. At the beginning of February, I went a week without social networks, I've been jotting down a lot of thoughts in the weeks that have passed with having it back, but I think yesterday's discussion, or lack...
Last night I watched The Felix Culpa's documentary To We, The Nearly Departed. It made me think long and hard about all the bands that have made an impact in my life that were only around for such a short time due to one reason or another. You can read my reflection on the documentary here. Head to the replies and let us know if you think it is truly better to burn out, or to fade away...
A lot of people think the biggest perk to this job is meeting your favorite bands. For me, it's meeting the people that back those bands. Generally, they're the biggest fans. I'm speaking about label owners. I've written a piece pertaining to them and the bands that make up their small communities. The biggest question I want you to think about is what does a label mean to you past the music? Is it just a brand? Besides the music it puts out, what else about your favorite label makes you gain garner interest in it?
In light of yesterday's news of reunions by both At the Drive In and Refused (as well as many reunions to date), I've given some thought to seeing the past moments we cherish being played out in the present. After reading this, hit the replies and let us know your favorite moment that no reunion could ever recreate. Was it in a basement? Was it with less than 50 people? Did the performance floor you, and at that moment, did you know that particular band would be something special years later?
This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing some old friends get together to perform their first record for the first time in years. You can read my thoughts on As Cities Burn's reunion show here. An interview with the band can be read here.
We all suffer from it. We all succumb to it at some point. I do it far too often. Maybe it's time to put a stop to it. Riley from Thrice has posted a really interesting blog discussing the negativity that seems prevalent on the internet music blogs today. In my view, there's a vocal minority that draw the eyeballs with these kinds of posts - but that can be drowned out with more posts from people that do like something or those willing to have more informed discussion on why they don't like something. Either way, the blog is something I recommend everyone read.
Two of our very own, Adam Pfleider and Alex DiVincenzo, recently wrote blogs for The Saddest Landscape talking about their obsession with vinyl and everything that goes along with it. You can check out their pieces here and here respectively.