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Update: I just got off the phone with Cathy Pellow. I will be moving to L.A. in January to work for Sargent House. - AP

Whoa, why is Drew Beringer posting this week's "Consequential Apathy" column? Where's Adam? Well, as of today, Adam Pfleider has decided to take a break from AbsolutePunk.net and writing in general and I wanted this space so I could wish him well. Adam is one of the most passionate, genuine, and hard-working music fans I've ever encountered during my time at AbsolutePunk.net. Whether you agreed with him or not, he definitely believed in good music prevailing and engage all of us in fantastic debates. I'm very sad to see Adam go and I'll miss these weekly columns,...
Drew Beringer on 11/29/12 - 02:12 AM
Punk Goes Pop 5 is #16 on the Billboard Charts? People aren't boycotting the Falling in Reverse tour? I guess if Aerosmith and Cheap Trick are still selling out arenas, there still is room for rock stars. I try to make sense of all of it this week here. Go to a record store or buy an album off Amazon or iTunes today. Go to a show, whether it's a local favorite on a tour kick-off, or a touring band passing through this weekend. Save good music or else we'll get another Issues album. Yes, I said it. Deal with it.
Adam Pfleider on 11/15/12 - 11:29 PM
This past weekend I attended Fun Fun Fun Fest and saw some nostalgic acts. Friday night I left the festival to attend Taking Back Sunday's Tell All Your Friends 10th Anniversary Tour. The album, like a few others, holds a special place in my lifetime, and that place in sappy crater I call a love life. You can read my thoughts on my personal attachment to the record here. I invite you all to share your own stories and albums or songs that go with them. I don't want to turn the front page into 'Personal Life' today, but I think we can make a pretty cool mixtape of stories to end the week nonetheless. Or you can just head to the replies and call me a dork, either way, I hope you enjoy it.
Adam Pfleider on 11/09/12 - 08:12 AM
2012 is coming to a close, and I never thought I would see At the Drive-In's first reunion in over a decade. This weekend I will be seeing Refused's second to last U.S. show at the seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest. With the demise of three of my favorite bands this past year (Thursday, Thrice, RX Bandits), it seems ten years later I'm closing an important volume of understanding what punk rock really is. In honor of all of this, I've put together a special feature on the band's seminal record, The Shape of Punk to Come.

Four years ago I started working on a book which chronicles the "post-hardcore" scene from The Shape of Punk to Come to We Are the Romans to Worship and Tribute to...
Adam Pfleider on 10/31/12 - 07:07 AM
This week I'm calling to arms a campaign to end the elitist cancer we sometimes harness against the Top 40 radio that we tend to forget we were brought up on. You can read my thoughts on The Melvins being influenced by KISS and how Brand New's The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me is more Perfect From Now On than The Bends. After that, hit the replies and answer me this: Why do you have certain tendencies to harbor "underground" music as better than radio gems? Do you ever find elements in something you like in something you hate? Have you ever not checked out a band because they were too "radio friendly" for you? What does "radio friendly" even mean for that matter?
Adam Pfleider on 09/20/12 - 07:40 AM
This week, an incredibly influential label shut down its production. Hydra Head Industries isn't the first label to close its doors, and it won't be the last. Bringing my column back this week, you can head here for some thoughts of where contemporary labels should take from Hydra Head's running core of business and community. After giving it a once over, my question today is do you think labels will be obsolete in the future, and what can they do to keep production going? Should focus shift completely to digital, or is the resurgence of vinyl and other physical avenues a way to keep the tangible medium interesting and alive? What are your favorite labels, and beyond the music you like...
Adam Pfleider on 09/13/12 - 09:20 AM
This week's Consequential Apathy is dedicated to the bands that did their thing in a short time and made a mark for future bands to come, just their hometown or even a small group of friends. You can read my thoughts after seeing one of my close friend's band play their final show. I want you to think of all the bands that lasted for such a short time but made a huge impact in your life. Head to the replies and be "that guy" who saw "that band" when.
Adam Pfleider on 08/03/12 - 12:44 PM
Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend Warped Tour for two days. One day as a spectator and one day working for No Sleep Records. I found out two things: I'm bad at trying to sell samplers to kids, and that a lot of work goes into the festival every day from people who could care less about what you have to say behind a computer. I want to thank Chris and Nabeel at No Sleep Records, Andy at Green Vans for letting me crash a night between cities, Sean from Bridge 9 for many laughs and Drew for driving us safely through the night. Thank you to all the bands and artists for all the talks we had during those late nights. You can read my thoughts here. What are your favorite moments...
Adam Pfleider on 07/10/12 - 12:31 AM
If it isn't making dollars, then it isn't making sense. Tell that to Circa Survive who, this week, announced they would be self-releasing their upcoming album, Violent Waves. The band posted two limited pre-orders that gave some of us a double take on the price. Well, both those bundles are now sold out. Going along with my Thursday Discussion yesterday, I've given thought to how we value music and what we're willing to pay on a spectrum of what we have to have to, "I could jam that for $1 and not feel guilty about stealing it." My thoughts are here.
Adam Pfleider on 06/29/12 - 09:25 AM
You're going to need some time to sit down for this one this week. In case you haven't yet, please read NPR intern Emily White's blog. Then read professor and ex-musician David Lowery's response. Then read Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan's response to Lowery. If you make it through all of that, I've got some thoughts on all three pieces here. What I want you to think about this week is the tangible ownership of music. If there's one vinyl record or CD in your collection that you would never part with, why? When and where did you get it, and is there a story behind it? Would love to hear why the tangible medium will never die from music fans instead of the press.
Adam Pfleider on 06/20/12 - 12:47 AM
This past weekend I attended Austin's Chaos in Tejas festival for the second time. I was excited about the reunion set from Moss Icon, as well as sets from Thou, Ted Leo and the Pharmacist and Pygmylush, but I also got to see a ton of bands on a whim. It got me thinking about genre classifications, especially in the community of punk rock. Simply put, do you see punk as more of an idea or more of sound? Do you ever find yourself seeing the influence of punk in bands that wouldn't be classified as such? You can read my thoughts here and hit the replies for an afternoon talk.
Adam Pfleider on 06/07/12 - 11:14 AM
Today I explore the "exclusive" side of viral marketing. You can read my thoughts on the death of scavenger hunts and fan-only e-mails here. Do you think the quick spread of information on the web has ruined fan-targeted viral marketing? As a fan of a band who figured out a scavenger hunt or puzzle to hear an anticipated album or song stream, do you feel cheated when you worked hard for the prize, only to have someone take the end result and post it everywhere? Are you lazy like me, and just wait for someone else to figure it out? Is viral marketing in general a thing of the past?
Adam Pfleider on 06/01/12 - 07:43 AM
This week's column is pretty personal. I won't go into detail, but you can read it here. Taking a cue from this interesting video, if you could make a compilation of music that was attached to certain people and certain moments in your life (best if in chronological order), what would be your choices? If you have any blank CD-R discs lying around, why not copy it and take it with you this weekend for a ride.
Adam Pfleider on 05/17/12 - 01:22 AM
Tonight, I will be seeing Thrice on their farewell tour stop in Austin. This week I've written up a look back on a band that has challenged me over the years to open up to new sounds and structures of what a band can become. You can read my column here. It may not have been Thrice, but what band have you had a hard time with following through their career, but end up coming around to as the months and years have gone by? As you've opened up to that band, what other bands and genres have they opened you up to as well?
Adam Pfleider on 05/10/12 - 08:35 AM
This week I explore the functioning behind the great wars of our vast comment sections. As a site built around discussion on a number of topics, has AbsolutePunk opened you up to new views you wouldn't otherwise see? How many times have you opened up to another user's opinion on an album or song or artist and gave it a second shot with different results? Do you generally take a publication's word on an album review, or do your friends and own expectations matter more? I'm interested to know how many of you rely on media outlets and how many of you have outgrown them over the years...well, to an extent of course.
Adam Pfleider on 05/03/12 - 02:28 AM
I'm here today to tell you that not every musical choice I've made in my life has been a good one. Jason spoke of a generational gap last week and positive musical moments. But after subjecting myself to all of Skip the Foreplay's Nightlife, I've got an interesting read for you this week. When you're done, hit the replies and reflect on what music you loved then that doesn't stick now. What albums changed the way you looked at music, but would never admit you liked for fear of being docked of your elitist contemporary tastes? Get honest, let's have some laughs.
Adam Pfleider on 04/26/12 - 01:16 AM
Last week I came across a quote that really hasn't left my thoughts for about a week now, "If you think that anyone cares what your music means to you, they donít Ė they only care what your music means to them..." It's an interesting quote related to this small write-up from musician, director and industry insider Robin Davey. It got me thinking about the transition of ownership from an artist to the consumer and how it translates to them, not necessarily the way it was intended to be when handed down. You can read my thoughts here. Have you ever given up on a band because you didn't like the last album they put out in their catalog? How much do you think a band owes you - especially in...
Adam Pfleider on 04/19/12 - 12:21 AM
Monday night I was able to witness At the Drive-In's first reunion show in eleven years at Red 7 in Austin, Tx. Walking back to my car, I had very mixed emotions about the performance. It was a moment where I looked back on a band that changed what I knew punk rock could be at a young age, and it made me reflect on what I know punk rock to be as a term now more than a decade later. You can read my thoughts on the night here. For all the complaints the site gets about not being "punk enough" - I hope this write-up reflects my sentiments on what you think you know and what time will show you when you get older.
Adam Pfleider on 04/11/12 - 12:44 AM

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