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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
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'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
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
I haven't done a Five and Alive in a while, so I wanted this one to be good. Considering the reunion and reaction to the American Nightmare (Give Up the Ghost) shows, I asked one of the men behind it, booking agent Matt Pike, to give me his five favorite American Nightmare songs. The reunion got me thinking about idols and elders and I wrote a piece here. When I received Pike's piece, it was after seeing a lot of hardcore vets and newcomers this weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest, so I decided to write some more thoughts on the longevity of the hardcore scene itself. What I want you to discuss in the replies is this: It may not be American Nightmare, but what band would you travel across the...
Adam Pfleider on 11/10/11 - 07:41 AM
This week's Five and Alive is very special. Today I'm bringing you a list of tunes from when I was heavily discovering music before the future of iPods. Remember mix CDs? Well, a few of my friends found all of mine sitting in a box in my apartment, so we decided to spin the ones with the best titles written on them to see what they contained. There was a good bit of air guitar and laughs thereafter. So today I encourage you to dust off some old mixes from a few years back and see what they behold. Were they about someone? Do you remember the event you made them for? Are you still digging the tunes on them? Hit the replies and let's start this Monday right.
Adam Pfleider on 08/22/11 - 07:38 AM
I can't remember when the last Five and Alive happened, but for some reason I have a ton of half-written ideas on my desktop. After the release of this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest line-up and our Absolute Classics column, I decided to go with this one. It's been a great year for music, but there's always time to discover or even rediscover what you missed out on in the past. Here are five albums I've been rocking hardcore this past year in lieu of that mindset. What have you dug up this year? What albums finally hit you the right way years later? Share your love in the replies.
Adam Pfleider on 08/06/11 - 10:07 PM
Standing on the edge of what's soon to be the sleek new AP.net, we're once again staffed with a new era of writers. We decided to revise a classic feature and share with you the roots of why we do what we do. Head here to see the second run of Absolute Beginnings. You didn't think we wouldn't add something new to it this time around, did you? Be sure to check back tomorrow to read up on some of your favorite artists' picks as well.
Adam Pfleider on 05/24/11 - 11:29 AM
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