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.
Curran Blevins (tour manager of We Are The In Crowd and You, Me & Everyone We Know) wrote a new blog regarding the shift in desire from being a "rock star" to being a band crew member has begun. Read it here.