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The end of CMJ seems like the perfect excuse to bring back the Bored On Sunday column and discuss the best bands we've all discovered at music festivals. Despite most festivals having incredible lineups, with hundreds (if not thousands) of artists playing, there are always a few performances that stand out. They're often not the most popular shows, the most attended, or the most talked about, but they are what stand out to you and me... and what make the festival experience so memorable.

I spent the entire week roaming the streets of NYC, partying with fellow AP.net writers, and seeing band after band after band. I couldn't make a list of every artist I saw this past week, as is the...
Lueda Alia on 10/26/14 - 01:05 PM
Long time staff member, Lueda Alia, wrote her inaugural post today over at her new personal blog, Alueda.net. The topic is one we've touched on a variety of times on our website (most recently in the post about what to do in college to prepare for a career in the music industry) and it reaches through a variety of at-large societal issues: success, competition, internships, hard-work, and collaboration. Ms. Alia makes an interesting argument that interns are not all that different than artists being poorly compensated for "exposure" at major festivals:
The way many interns are treated is no different than the way musicians are treated when they work for years for the chance to perform...
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 05:35 PM
Bob Lefetz's recent article in Variety has claimed that "albums don't work anymore."
If you’ve got a concept album, go ahead and record it. If you’re only interested in selling a little, be my guest. But if you want to penetrate the consciousness of a large group of people and grow the pie, an album isn’t working. Hell, it’s not even working as a revenue model! Labels are no longer in the record business, they’re in the star business. How to maximize the revenue of an individual or band in as many media as possible, in as many ways as possible. Yes, while you were bitching about piracy, your whole business model disappeared.

You put out these albums, and in almost every case, the...
Jason Tate on 11/15/13 - 08:26 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 - 04:15 PM
This week marked my 11th year anniversary on AP.net, which means that I have spent almost half of my entire life being an active member around here. This website has been, hands down, one of the most consistent things in my life over the past decade. Little did I know that signing up on that one punk website that covered all my favourite bands (I'm looking at you, The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate... and literally every other pop-punk band that existed in 2002), would change my life forever. Without it, I would now probably be in some library killing brain cells with law school books instead of working in an industry that I'm passionate about. And more...
Lueda Alia on 10/25/13 - 10:00 PM
Earlier this week, Tim Kasher released the first single from his upcoming album, Adult Film. Kasher is, of course, better known as the leader of Cursive and while I love that band, I've always preferred his solo work. So that's the inspiration for this week's discussion leading into the holiday weekend. In what cases do you prefer a side project or solo effort over the more-known or popular full band act? Do you prefer The Eraser over anything in Radiohead? Is Desaparecidos the superior Conor Oberst product? Are you a Horrible Crowes fan or do you stick by The Gaslight Anthem? Let us know in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 08/30/13 - 12:53 PM
Staying in on a weekend often has negative connotations, but who doesn't enjoy time to themselves once in a while with some good tunes and fine wine (or beer!)? Some of my favourite albums began to resonate with me on a deeper level when I was absorbed by the music coming out of my headphones the entire night. And tonight is precisely one of those nights: I'm surrounded with incredible new music by The Civil Wars, Eric & Magill and Typhoon, as well as some delicious Cabernet Merlot, and I couldn't be happier. So if you're out there also doing nothing other than enjoying the company of some great music, then come say hello and share those tunes!
Lueda Alia on 07/27/13 - 10:44 PM
I just got done reading a really great article by Pitchfork columnist Andrew Nosnitsky here. In Nosnitsky's column, he focuses his examples of "classic" albums around the genre of hip-hop and the critical acclaim of Kendrick Lamar's new album good kid, m.A.A.d city. He makes a a lot of valued points on how critics will deem an album a classic with only a few weeks to a month of listening behind it. Where's the time? Where's the album's retrospect in history? For that matter, he also points out the difference in an artist going into the studio to write an album with no real intentions versus the tunnel-vision of making an album for the purpose of having a legacy.

So what makes an album a...
Adam Pfleider on 11/20/12 - 02:33 PM
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 - 08:40 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 - 10:20 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 - 02:22 AM
This past Friday, the music scene as a whole lost a true visionary, activist, and legend in Adam "MCA" Yauch, one of the co-founders of Beastie Boys. I wrote a small afterword on the hip-hop pioneer in my blog, as well as created a playlist of some of my favorite Beastie tracks. This is the place to share your favorite videos, songs, and memories from the genre-defining hip-hop trio.
Drew Beringer on 05/06/12 - 11:55 PM
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...
Adam Pfleider on 03/08/12 - 02:51 AM
The discussion about music collections made me think of the music I listened to while growing up, which was essentially whatever my mother used to be into at the time. I remember getting cassettes (yes, I am that old) by some of her favourite bands, Queen, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Madonna, on my 7th birthday and listening to them nonstop for days. I would often quit my piano lessons early so I could go back to these cassettes and dance to "Smooth Criminal," whose lyrics I learned by heart before I even knew how to speak English, as well as "Living On My Own" ... all while thinking about how Freddie Mercury was so much cooler than Mozart or Beethoven. I also remember being glued...
Lueda Alia on 02/26/12 - 01:19 PM
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...
Adam Pfleider on 02/22/12 - 12:50 AM
People always seem to gravitate towards sad music, perhaps because it feels more heartfelt, or simply because misery loves company. In the famous word of Gotye, "You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness." But while we can all agree that music which pulls at our heart strings can have a big impact, it is impossible to forget about all the love songs that we could all relate to at certain points of our lives; songs that described our feelings and relationships so perfectly that they would inevitably become "our songs." I remember being fourteen years old and being beyond obsessed with "Konstantine" by Something Corporate. I used to sit in class, daydreaming about Andrew showing up...
Lueda Alia on 02/19/12 - 02:46 PM
I've been listening to Bowerbirds' upcoming album The Clearing on repeat the past week, and one of the songs I always put on first is actually... the first track, "Tuck The Darkness In." It's just so good. Naturally, I am now sitting here thinking of all the great album openers that I've been obsessed with over the years. Elliott Smith's "Needle in the Hay" pulls at my heart strings like no other, and it most definitely sets the tone for the rest of his self-titled album; Ratatat's "Seventeen Years" and Crystal Castles' "Fainting Spells" on the other hand, make me feel like I'm about to have a pretty epic listening experience throughout the entire albums. And of course, Islands' "Swans...
Lueda Alia on 02/12/12 - 12:47 PM
One of my favourite labels, Erased Tapes, are celebrating their 5th birthday today. During these 5 years, they have released some of my favourite albums and are currently home to some of the best modern classical musicians today: Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, and so on. It's safe to say that I would listen to literally anything that this label puts out, because they have earned my complete trust in the short period of time that they have been around. This obviously made me start thinking of our discussions regarding Drive-Thru Records, and how, once upon a time, I used to also listen to anything that they would release, which I'm sure many of you can relate to. As my...
Lueda Alia on 02/05/12 - 12:39 PM
I have been lucky enough to not be affected by band hiatuses, as my favourite bands have always managed to stay together. That all changed on April 15, 2011 when The Stills made an announcement. I expected it to be for a new album. I was sadly mistaken, however, as the band announced their break-up. The news was devastating, to say the least, and I quickly found myself throwing on Logic Will Break Your Heart, to find some comfort, to be taken back to that place where the stars glow...

Their break-up will never get any easier to accept, but I find comfort in the fact that they have left behind such an amazing discography. I consider Logic Will Break Your Heart to be the band's...
Lueda Alia on 02/01/12 - 01:32 PM
We all listen to and love many bands that don't get much attention from the general population, and I think it would be a fair assumption to say that our love for said bands is what often brings us together on music sites such as this. There are many bands I could list off of the top of my head that make me wonder, "How is this band not more popular?" whenever I listen to their music, but there are a few who really stand out. For me, one of those bands would be the Winterpills, and you could say that their Kickstarter campaign is what has inspired this post. This is a band that I have followed for the past seven years, and I have yet to see them achieve the success that they deserve...
Lueda Alia on 01/29/12 - 02:30 PM
Thursday's discussion about Drive-Thru Records brought back some pretty amazing memories. At the same time, it made me realize once again that I have been on AP.net for a long, long time. This October will actually be my 10th year anniversary on the forums, which we can all agree is quite insane, eh? Thankfully, I'm not the only ahem, awesome, person to have spent so much time on the site. Many of our forum regulars have been posting for well over 5 years, so we have literally e-grown up together. To me, that is something special, and I only have this website to thank for the friendships that I have created with people all over the world. Without getting too sappy, I'll get to the point...
Lueda Alia on 01/28/12 - 02:23 PM
Looking at end of the year lists on AP.net was quite fascinating. Many people who seemed to predominantly listen to pop-punk had Bon Iver's album on their list. In some cases, it was actually their album of the year. While I have no doubt that an album can transcend genres, it begs the question: why that specific album? It would be too easy of an answer to say, "because that was the best album released last year," since music is subjective anyway. But really, what makes an album from a different genre -- one that you would not normally listen to -- stand out? And most importantly, what would you say are some bands and/or albums that you, surprisingly, really love? People are often...
Lueda Alia on 01/22/12 - 03:20 PM
The Gainesville, Fla.-based digital music service Grooveshark has been in the midst of an enormous lawsuit with major record company EMI Group, Ltd. since late last year/early this year. The lawsuit originated when this expose appeared on Digital Music News, about an artist unable to get his music removed from Grooveshark; and Universal Music/EMI sought legal action after reading what an anonymous commenter, claiming to be an employee of Grooveshark, had to say about the situation. In short, the highlights of the supposed Grooveshark employee's statement include: "...Are the above legal, or ethical? Of course not. ... And, to confirm the fears of the members of King Crimson, there is no...
Thomas Nassiff on 01/18/12 - 07:55 AM
We recently highlighted end of the year lists that many of you probably checked out, so now the question remains: did you actually find and fall in love with any new bands? I'm currently listening to The Midnight Eez, who might just be my favourite discovery from end of the year lists thanks to our regular posters. Take a look at their lists (no, really... some of them do have impeccable taste!), and let's discuss how amazing it was to be overwhelmed with infinite amounts of music throughout the month of December.
Lueda Alia on 01/15/12 - 09:57 AM
I read this interesting tidbit on Digital Music News about whether music critics really matter. It's so easy to listen to music these days, not many of us treat reviews with a make-or-break attitude. I remember being in like the ninth grade and reading a review in Alternative Press about The Treaty of Paris, then downloading their record on Limewire just because of the review. How much do you still care about a reviewer's opinion? Does it depend on the website? On the specific reviewer?
Thomas Nassiff on 01/11/12 - 10:31 AM
I've been falling in love with Angus & Julia Stone all over again this evening, and given how perfect their music is for this time of the year, it made me start thinking of winter music in general. What are some of your go-to bands when the cold weather rolls around? Any new discoveries lately that we should all check out?
Lueda Alia on 01/08/12 - 04:59 PM
Happy 2012 to every staffer, user, industry folk, band and reader alike. We just came off quite a year for music. I'm still going over some "end of the year" lists from friends and networks and am discovering what I missed. In particular, five things really stuck out to me this past year. You can check out what I have to say here, and don't forget to scan over our EOTY lists one last time before we start rocking out into what I expect to be another exceptional year. Besides a particular album or band or song, what were your favorite musical moments of 2011? Let's have one last toast before the world ends.
Adam Pfleider on 01/02/12 - 02:16 PM
If you have worked on a New Year's Eve playlist, feel free to share it in the replies. I imagine you've all made one to a) impress your relatives or b) seem cool and finally have a shot at getting laid before the year ends. Either way, post them in the replies because we'd love to judge them and possibly make fun of you (read: steal a few ideas). Go!
Lueda Alia on 12/30/11 - 01:33 PM
I've written some words on two shows I attended on Saturday. You can read my thoughts here. After reading, I want to discuss this question of longevity: When did punk rock become safe? Is it still safe? Do you think less chances are taken to expand what the idea of punk could or should be, or do you think there continues to be an expansion of the undefinable term? What bands do you feel will be remembered for their music and not their actions and/or vice versa ten years from now? 20? Who will your kids look back and see as influential?
Adam Pfleider on 06/06/11 - 04:25 PM
Since releasing their album in February, The Civil Wars have sold 104,000 copies of their record, 79% being digital. Did I forget to mention that this was all done without the backing of a label? Do you think this is the way of the future or a rare occasion? No matter what you think, this is an exciting time to be in music.
Keagan Ilvonen on 06/06/11 - 10:42 AM
Here's a discussion topic for you guys: what constitutes selling out? Yesterday on Twitter, a few users and I were having a debate about whether writing music for other artists is a form of selling out. I contend that the frontman of an underground band can write songs for pop stars to make money without being considered a sellout. If he's making money to fund his lifestyle of making records that we love, who can blame him? Why do people get mad when their favorite bands find a way to make money doing what they're good at? Hop to the replies to give your thoughts on the issue. Is there a line? When is it crossed? Are DIY/indie musicians expected to dedicate their entire lives to the poor...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/25/11 - 04:21 PM
Happy holidays music enthusiasts, hoarders or the absolutely insane like myself who, as of 6 a.m. this morning, had been camping out in front of Waterloo Records in Austin. Today we're celebrating the fourth annual Record Store Day. Besides the monster of releases half of us won't be able to snag, could care less or will eventually find jacked up in price on eBay, we must reflect on the reason this whole thing matters: the support of our favorite artists and locally own retailers that actually carry what some of us are looking for. Even if you don't think the "exclusives" matter too much, I walked away with more used vinyl treasures last year than limited pressings. Blake put it best...
Adam Pfleider on 04/16/11 - 11:22 AM
Last week, Punknews ran a poll and discussion about the business model of Kickstarter. Two days ago, booking agent Neil Rubenstein, a prominent figure for some time in the Long Island music scene, voiced his opinion on the subject. Of the people I've shown his blog to, some agree and some completely disagree with his thoughts on the contemporary model.

Since the '80s D.I.Y. punk and hardcore scene, bands have worked odd jobs, used illegal methods to go about booking tours and lived in absolute squalor in co-op style houses across America. This has been going on for years and still does to this day. At the turn of the new millennium, technology took over and as we all are more than...
Adam Pfleider on 04/15/11 - 01:32 AM
This year's SXSW was quite an experience for me. Through that experience, I had some of the best conversations with bands, managers, label owners and fans alike about where things are heading. Head here to read my thoughts on the whole week and where I see the music scene shifting in the next few years. In the words of Chris Conley, "This is what it is." Hit the replies and let's talk about it.
Adam Pfleider on 03/25/11 - 11:11 AM
This past Sunday, I sat down with Max Bemis (Say Anything), Kenny Vasoli (The Starting Line/Person L) and Chris Conley (Saves the Day) to discuss the current state of the music industry and life after being a part of a major label. Head here to read the hour long discussion, and hit the replies with your thoughts. Where do we stand? What do bands have to do to succeed? Is this all forcing creativity and weeding out bad personal investments in bands that will just break-up in a year anyway? Is the idea of the rockstar dead among the underground, or is the underground the new bohemian rockstar? Will the majors eventually fold, and there will be a level playing field amongst any and all...
Adam Pfleider on 11/24/10 - 09:27 AM
Vinyl nerds discuss! These are my top five picks this year for the resurgence of wax. What 12", 7" or 10" records did you guys pick up this year, and won't be bringing back to sit in the used bin?
Adam Pfleider on 11/13/09 - 11:15 AM
Are band tattoos (ie. this) a good idea? Would you get a band tattoo? If so, what would it be and what would be your reasoning behind it? If you have one, why did you get it? Why wouldn't you get something like this?
Anton Djamoos on 01/29/09 - 11:20 PM
Do musicians care about sound quality more than audiophiles?

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Mike Kraft on 01/23/09 - 08:09 AM
Last week, "Become What You Hate" won by an overwhelming margin to become what you all thought should be the next single from Midtown's Living Well is the Best Revenge. This week we're going to shift focus from pop-punk to the brooding and the more ambiguous. It's time to decide what should have been.

Radiohead's Kid A came out in 2000 and became an unqualified success even without any formal music video or single. An early Internet leak and buzz from previous albums helped this band succeed into mainstream territory sales of over one million albums sold. Later, the song "Optimistic" made it onto the Billboard charts, reaching as high as #10 on the modern rock charts.

This...
Anton Djamoos on 06/14/07 - 06:36 AM
Illegally downloading music is a problem (or a blessing, for some) that has been in the media's attention since the advent of Napster. Now, eight years since the launch of the peer-to-peer file-sharing service, it is still a huge issue that gains attention. The RIAA has brought lawsuits among many that they've found to be sharing files and just two days ago, popular music blog Kinixtion was shut down. However, even with all of the threats and punishments that have been given, people continue to illegally download and share music.

We at AbsolutePunk would like to know--how much should CDs be to keep you from illegally downloading? How much would CDs have to be for you to not download...
Anton Djamoos on 04/19/07 - 11:24 AM
The LA Times recently wrote an article on the promotion of Ron Fair to chairman at Geffen Records; the article explores the debate over whether it is better to have a musician running a record label or to have a "suit" running the business - chime in with your thoughts!
LA Times ArticleRon Fair, the new chairman of Geffen Records, is the rarest type of music chief: a musician.

The son of an opera singer, Fair has taught himself to play multiple instruments. He tried his hand as a wedding singer, jingle writer and pianist before eventually rising to prominence as the executive behind such acts as Christina Aguilera, the Black Eyed Peas and the Pussycat Dolls.

Now, as head of one of...
Rohan Kohli on 08/15/06 - 10:08 AM
You can check out a new article on the Mad Caddies right here. The article discusses the influences behind the bands long-awaited, forthcoming, follow up album to 2003's Just One More.
Brandon Allin on 06/27/06 - 10:16 PM
If you could play A&R for a day, what one band would you sign right now?
Rohan Kohli on 06/12/06 - 10:34 AM
What value do lyrics have in the music you listen to? Does it matter if they are political or religious?
Gabe Gross on 05/27/06 - 06:18 PM
So, some very anticipated albums came out today - what all did you buy and what are your thoughts on your purchases so far? Were your expectations met?
Rohan Kohli on 04/11/06 - 04:47 PM
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