There's something perfectly comforting about recording a podcast last night and posting it today. We're back after a mini (and unforeseen) little break in our podcasting schedule. But, things are now back on track. This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast looks at some follow-up on our last episode and The Wonder Years, Apple Music's trial ending and if we're going to keep paying for it, how we handle and get album advances, the new TWIABP album, the new Motion City Soundtrack album, Ryan Adams' '1989' cover album, and the whole Collect Records/pharma-bro thing. Thank you to everyone that listens to our podcast each week. We've got some really awesome things prepared for the...
Jason Tate on 10/01/15 - 03:54 PM
The (always great) Song Exploder podcast has a new episode with American Football.
In this episode, Mike Kinsella, Steve Holmes, and Steve Lamos of American Football break down the first song they wrote together, “The One with the Tambourine,” from their self-titled EP. They talk about being influenced by the Chicago music scene of the ‘90s, and how they combined alternative tunings, unconventional time signatures, and naiveté to craft their sound.
Jason Tate on 09/03/15 - 05:45 PM
This week's a special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. We offer to you two topics: A discussion about Thomas's decision to retire from the website and a lengthy discussion about The Wonder Years' new album No Closer to Heaven. Not only was it a marathon podcasting session, but I think the result was one of our best episodes. We tried to really get into the details of looking at the reactions to an album from a die-hard Wonder Years' fan and someone who is pretty indifferent to the band's catalog. Someone that thinks the band is elevating themselves to rarified air in the music scene and pop-punk, and someone that's not convinced they're in that conversation yet. It's like the Odd...
Jason Tate on 09/02/15 - 08:14 PM
Dan Campbell from The Wonder Years appears on the latest episode of Chris Laxamana's podcast.
Jason Tate on 08/31/15 - 02:09 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast looks at the great american recipe: Coca-Cola Classic. Other topics include: Should rock music have more "music collectives," can we really believe bands when they say they're on "hiatus" these days, what we would do if we owned a label and a situation like what happened with Neck Deep occurred, 'Born to Run' turning 40, 'Everything in Transit' turning 10, and a preview discussion about The Wonder Years. Bonus topics: bikes, being an adult, and moving. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 08/27/15 - 03:34 PM
Wave. We're back from our one week break and are immediately talking about Star Wars. It's exactly what you would expect from a podcast named AbsolutePunk, right? This week we look at how the whole Pure Noise Records/JJR situation impacted being able to listen to Four Year Strong's latest album, why A Wilhelm Scream isn't as crazy big and popular as they should be, the reasoning behind labels streaming albums a week or so early, our favorite b-sides, the upcoming Motion City Soundtrack album and our fears surrounding it, if there's a song of the summer, Frank Turner's new one, the new Better Off songs, and some good old fashioned nostalgia. We missed podcasting and hope you enjoy this...
Jason Tate on 08/20/15 - 03:07 PM
When we finished recording this week's podcast episode I tweeted that it was my favorite we've done in a while. Listening back today while editing I still feel that way. We touch on a lot of bigger overarching themes this week. If you've never given one of our podcasts a try, this would be a good one to start with. With the news about Property Of Zack shutting down we discuss the life of writing online. We talk about what we would want our "legacy" to be, what advice we would have for someone wanting to start their own music blog in 2015, and why sometimes it becomes time to walk away from the things that have defined you. We also answer some reader questions about favorite movies so far...
Jason Tate on 08/06/15 - 03:06 PM
The folks over at Modern Vinyl have a new podcast called Missaligned. Our very own Caitlin DeWeese is one of the hosts along with Deanna Chapman and Ashley Aron. You can check out the first episode in the replies.
Welcome to Missaligned, the first extension of the MV Podcast family and a biweekly show produced and created by Deanna Chapman, Ashley Aron and Caitlin DeWeese. Personally, I wanted a show that featured strong women, talking about issues that pertain to our female readers and beyond. And while I’m sure their focus will expand throughout the podcast’s lifetime (which I hope is long and extensive) I think we’ve found just that. Can’t tell you how excited I am for this to...
Keagan Ilvonen on 08/05/15 - 11:47 AM
Did you know Thomas can dunk? This is the episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast where I try and convince him to rename his basketball team "Defend Pop-Dunk." This week we also talk about if listeners will accept the "new" Blink-182, what the "hiatus" means for The Gaslight Anthem, do we think it's ok for record labels to exist only to re-press albums, something about Brand New, the Vinylify service, and Bill Simmons' move to HBO and its impact on the internet/media world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 07/30/15 - 02:05 PM
We got a lot of feedback on last week's AbsolutePunk Podcast episode and this week we tackle it all. We answer questions about if Warped Tour should take a year off to get their shit together, if in hindsight we think Apple's acquisition of Beats was worth it, thoughts on PVRIS, thoughts on DRM, the impossibility of answering a "three favorite albums of all time" question, and the economics of asking fans to buy stuff before getting to meet a band. We end the episode looking at the five apps we first install on a new computer and talk about The Maine's free tour and how we think that'll all work out. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 07/23/15 - 02:32 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast is here. This episode starts out with a talk about ... what did you expect? ... beer. We answer a reader question about if Fueled by Ramen would be a good fit for The Wonder Years, we talk about buying glasses and seeing Acceptance and The Money Pit over the weekend. We discuss the AP.net member's list of the best 50 albums of the last 15 years and if we could even begin to formulate such a list. We finish up talking about Bring Me the Horizon signing to a major label, the benefits of being on a major label in 2015, if we think this is a good idea, if we think this will be the start of a bunch of metalcore bands going to the "big leagues"...
Jason Tate on 07/16/15 - 02:18 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast avoids any power outages, but still comes filled with great topics. This week touches on some Apple Music follow-up: what's it like with the app a week in? Are we still using it? What are the hang ups? Why does the iOS app not respect album artwork selections? What are our favorite smart playlists? Then we talk a little about what albums we're anticipating most for the rest of the year building on the discussion last week of our favorite albums of 2015 so far (and the full staff lists that were posted this week). Then there's some discussion about bands that Thomas sort of missed out on and bands Jason missed out on and we discuss -- live...
Jason Tate on 07/09/15 - 01:07 PM
What happens when the power goes out in the middle of recording a podcast? Welp, you lose the first few minutes of your talk about The Wonder Years apparently. We were able to salvage the conversation using my back-up recording; however, Thomas's vocals are a little different for the first five to ten minutes of this one -- sorry about that -- we get that fixed relatively quickly and then we're on to a jam-packed episode. We start with talking about The Wonder Year's new song, video, album, and everything associated with that. Then we move into a talk all about the newly released Apple Music. What are our thoughts? Are we going to stick with it? What do we like, dislike, hate, and love?...
Jason Tate on 07/02/15 - 01:53 PM
Today we are proud to bring you the 88th episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. This week's a good one and we look at quite a few topics. We start by talking about Warped Tour, our favorite memories, our favorite years, and the correlation between beer and our willingness to attend in the future. We then answer some listener questions like: What does the first hour of our day look like? What three books would you recommend most to someone to change their life? What is a band Thomas loves that Jason hates and vice versa? What bands do we think are underrated in the scene? We finish out the episode with a good talk about "Taylor Swift v. Apple Music: Cage Match" and talk a little about why...
Jason Tate on 06/25/15 - 01:45 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast begins with some sports talk before pivoting into our favorite Star Wars scenes, I guess we learned we're the kind of nerds that like sports and science fiction. Weird. The main topics looked at this week are the new albums from Knuckle Puck and Neck Deep, which really serves as the jumping off point for a discussion around the "hierarchy" of pop-punk and why it always becomes a topic for us. After going deep on pop-punk we discuss a user submitted question about how we decide what music to keep on our iPhones and how we decide what gets deleted or not. We end talking about Thomas's night-out on the town where he got to hear the new Frank...
Jason Tate on 06/18/15 - 02:20 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast covers three main topics: Apple Music, Thomas's new bi-weekly series on starting a record label, and us hiring some new staff on the website. We spend the good majority talking about what we think of Apple Music, where we think it'll be successful, where we think it'll fail, what we think of the presentation, what we hope for the future, and the re-birth of Ping. The other good chunk is about Bad Timing Records and what it's like to start a record label and how being a record label in 2015 compares to past generations. All-in-all this was a really fun episode to record and we think it turned out pretty great. The episode can be streamed...
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 02:14 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast touches on some follow-up from last week, discusses thoughts and predictions on if Apple will release a new streaming service next week at WWDC and what we'd like it to be, and then we look at building hype online in 2015 and The 1975's ability to do just that. We spend some time compare and contrasting with Nate Ruess's album build up and wonder how his new solo album is going to do. We finish up talking about Riot Fest, The Academy Is... reuniting, and good albums with bad album covers. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 06/04/15 - 04:55 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast covers such topics as: the Paramore and Copeland tour wrapping up, the Mad Men finale, how music die-hards should tackle getting getting into huge "classic" catalogs, and do pieces from reviewers about the classics help kickstart that process? Then we talk about how I found a whole bunch of my old reviews in the archive and debate what I should do with them. Is it ok to make edits? Is it ok to keep them on my hard-drive and let them just fade away? What about a director's commentary version? How does reflecting on and reading your past writing influence your current and future writing? Can we just pretend that my Your Favorite Weapon...
Jason Tate on 05/28/15 - 01:45 PM
And the podcast returns. This week's episode has us looking at Thomas's change in career and the stages of life and jobs and everything related to growing up and older. We talk about what my long term plans for running AbsolutePunk may look like, or turn into, and where we see ourselves in a few years. We spend some time looking back at everything that's gone on over the past two weeks with Pure Noise Records, Set if Off, Warped Tour, the YouTubers, and that whole ... thing. Then, thanks to listener Lauren, we're able to take a lighthearted break to fantasize about where we'd want to live if we weren't living in the United States. Beer and beach please. We finish up this week's episode...
Jason Tate on 05/21/15 - 02:09 PM
Did you know Thomas made homemade salad dressing? Me either. He's got the chef skills in this podcasting partnership. This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast features us answering some user feedback like "are you ethically allowed to download music you bought on vinyl?" before talking a little about Fall Out Boy's From Under the Cork Tree turning 10, some of the issues facing the whole Pure Noise Records stuff and why I feel obligated to use our platform for things that I find important (note: this episode was recorded on Monday), and then the obviousness of Matt Skiba saying he would would join Blink-182 if asked. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 05/07/15 - 04:37 PM
"Oh, that's not obvious enough Rob. How about the Beatles? Or fucking ... fucking Beethoven? Side one, track one of the 'Fifth Symphony!' How can someone with no interest in music own a record store?"

This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast tackles one of my favorite scenes from the record-store-nerd classic High Fidelity: the best track ones. Thomas and I both pick our three favorites and discuss why they stand out above all the rest. We also discuss the importance of the first track on an album and if that importance is lessened in a world where most people are consuming music a la carte. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, as well as your favorite album openers,...
Jason Tate on 04/30/15 - 02:31 PM
This was one of those episodes where when we finished recording we both knew we had a lot of fun recording it. I think that comes across in our spirited discussion. On this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast we talk a little about the Star Wars trailer, the acceptance of nerd culture in the mainstream, Brand New playing "Sealed to Me" live and if listening to live videos ruins the experience and creates unfair expectations about new music. We also touch on The Ataris as the lost band from a specific wave of pop-punk -- which leads into a talk about the things that could have been in the scene. We talk about The Wonder Years' new album being finished and what our expectations and...
Jason Tate on 04/23/15 - 03:01 PM
We recorded this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast mere hours before Brand New debuted a new song live ... we made a few predictions that come true and others that fail almost in real time. We talk a lot about Brand New's marketing roll out for "Mene," talk a lot about the song itself, and speculate on the band's future and what they may do next. Then we move into talking about All Time Low selling the most albums in a week but not having the "number one album" of the week and why that bothered Thomas enough to write an article about it. Can it be fixed? Should it be fixed? There's some Apple Watch tossed in here and some talk about Four Year Strong's new song as well. Good...
Jason Tate on 04/16/15 - 03:29 PM
iTunes recently put together a list of their favorite music podcasts and the AbsolutePunk Podcast was included in this list. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that reached out to them on Twitter and said you liked us, or left us a review, or has shared our podcast with a friend, or has listened to one of the past 78 episodes. We really appreciate it and are humbled by the support. I know, personally, that the launch of this podcast has been one of my favorite things we've done on the website in years. It's reignited a spark inside me to talk about music and our little scene here and the learning process from episode one to now has been a crazy fun journey. Thank you, especially,...
Jason Tate on 04/15/15 - 12:39 PM
Kris Roe of The Ataris was on the most recent episode of The Mike Herrera Hour podcast.
Jason Tate on 04/13/15 - 12:02 PM
All Time Low are featured on this week's edition of Billboard's "Alt In Our Stars" podcast. Also, album chart update: Future Hearts will move over 70k copies, good enough for #2 on the charts -- both will be career-highs.
Joe DeAndrea on 04/10/15 - 01:24 PM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast is a sucker for anything acoustic. And Morrissey. And we appreciate Brand New. This week we talk about Brand New releasing lyric books to fans and the significance of the band's recent actions and the stranglehold they have on the majority of this website. Then we look at Four Year Strong's future and compare and contrast their career with a variety of other bands. Are they regressing by going back to their "earlier" sound? Do we judge these new songs differently than other bands that tried something new and went back to the more accepted sound? And how does this all compare with All Time Low's new album and their career arc after Dirty Work? They're aiming for a...
Jason Tate on 04/09/15 - 02:24 PM
The Early November was on the April 3 edition of the Alt in our Stars podcast.

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Jason Tate on 04/07/15 - 11:38 AM
After one week off we return with a new episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. This week's episode looks at a whole lot of the most recent albums to come out: Death Cab for Cutie, Hit the Lights, All Time Low, The Maine, and Kendrick Lamar are all featured prominently. Which ones do we like? Which ones do we not like? Did Kendrick release the most "important" album of 2015 before the year's even a quarter over? We yawn our way through a little about Tom DeLonge wanting to write 15 novels and then we discuss Jay Z's Tidal and the future of music streaming online. What would make us switch? Will this service be anything or is it all just a waiting game until Apple releases whatever comes...
Jason Tate on 04/02/15 - 03:40 PM
As I wrote about last week, we're taking this week off of the AP.net podcast because I'm out of town. We'll be back on our regular schedule next week. I figured this would be a good time to highlight some of my favorite episodes we've recorded so far. If you haven't given the podcast a try yet, maybe this week's a good week to catch up on a few episodes. As always, we're looking to hear from the listeners about new topic ideas, suggestions, and other questions you'd like for us to cover. Please leave those in the comments or Tweet at us with the #askAP hashtag. We've got a lot planned for the podcast over the rest of the year, thanks to everyone that listens.

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Jason Tate on 03/26/15 - 11:13 AM
A recent Radiolab podcast did an episode about how the punk rock movement in Cuba impacted the country.
How a group of 80’s Cuban misfits found rock-and-roll and created a revolution within a revolution, going into exile without ever leaving home. In a collaboration with Radio Ambulante, reporter Luis Trelles bring us the story of how punk rock’s arrival in Cuba allowed a small band of outsiders to sentence themselves to death and set themselves free.

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Jason Tate on 03/25/15 - 11:39 AM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast takes a break from our regular "discuss the topics in the news" format to bring you a special episode. What we wanted to look at this week were the scene classics. What are the albums that define this music scene? What makes an album a classic? And why would we, specifically, pick it? Each one of the hosts had to narrow their selection down to three albums. We wanted to put some constraints on the list to make the choices more difficult. Then we all picked one extra "under the radar" personal scene classic. An album we consider to be in the same pantheon as the others but one that was probably under the radar or got missed by most fans of...
Jason Tate on 03/19/15 - 11:11 AM
A$AP Ferg was interviewed yesterday on NPR's Microphone Check podcast.

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Jason Tate on 03/19/15 - 10:31 AM
Cody Carson and Dan Clermont from pop-rock band Set It Off were recent guests on my podcast, This Is What I'm Into. We talk about the band's ongoing headlining tour, their most recent release Duality, and more. In addition, we learn what things they're into at time.
Jake Denning on 03/18/15 - 02:55 PM
The new episode of Mark Hoppus's podcast is now up. It's episode four and includes an interview with Matt Skiba and all sorts of Blink-182 talk.
Jason Tate on 03/17/15 - 06:08 PM
Drummer Ryan Seaman of Falling In Reverse was a recent guest on my podcast, This Is What I'm Into. We talk about the Soundwave and Self-Help festivals, and the band's new album, Just Like You. In addition, discuss what we're both into at the time. Also, bassist Dallon Weekes of Panic! At The Disco makes a brief appearance near the end.
Jake Denning on 03/16/15 - 02:19 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast begins with a talk about Blink-182 exhaustion and yet our need to talk about Tom DeLonge's new song. I am not a fan. Thomas likes it. We discuss if we're grading Tom on a curve, the overall impact of not having Jerry Finn as a guiding force in the Blink world, and the plausibility of the whole Blink-183 rumors. From there we talk about how underrated Dashboard Confessional seems to be and the band's return, a bunch of albums got announced this week and we touch on a few, and then we finish up the episode answering a question about being self-employed and needing to be self-motivated. Thomas and I share stories about striking the balance...
Jason Tate on 03/12/15 - 01:17 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast feels like we've taken a time machine into the past. We've got talk about Adam from Taking Back Sunday calling Jesse Lacey a dick, Tom DeLonge releasing solo music that may or may not be songs originally pegged for Blink-182, Brand New finally re-pressing Deja Entendu on vinyl ... and me being stubborn as shit about waking up at some ungodly hour no matter what the reason. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 03/05/15 - 08:14 PM
In this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, Thomas tries to coin the phrase "Chopper" for a song that is a "chart topper." I'm not sure how well this is going to work out -- I say it gets chopped. This week's topics include: The glaring lack of women in this week's Skate and Surf lineup, Bayside's song release about shock-rock bands and subsequent blog post about their own lyrics, Simple Mind covering all of Brand New's The Devil and God..., and Nate Ruess' new song and roll out. We end with some recommendations and a little after show talk about advice for getting into the music industry. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 02/26/15 - 01:35 PM
Last week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast focused a lot on Brand New ... this week's is all about the better band: Shone! Ok, not really. But we do touch a little on the marketing strategies of a variety of bands and when and where "viral" marketing actually makes sense. We also look at if we think Jesse Lacey could parlay his band's success into a solo career and what that might sound like. We then have a good discussion on Zane Lowe joining Apple and what that could mean for the music industry, Apple's products and services, and the ramifications on how we consume music. This was a fun one. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 02/19/15 - 03:18 PM
Maybe I'm biased, but this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast is one of my favorites we've recorded. We start out looking at why Brand New has been able to maintain an almost unprecedented amount of "hype" for their band given their relative silence compared to other artists. We move from there into a look at the announcements from Fun. and Nate Ruess over the past week and how they compare and contrast what went down with Blink-182. We talk a little bit about the Grammys and how they are failing to live up to their stated mission and what they could possibly do to fix it. And then we finish out this week's episode diving into conflicts of interest and the ethics of having a...
Jason Tate on 02/12/15 - 03:39 PM
Biggie from Good Fight Management recently appeared on the Adventures In Design podcast, in which he talked about some of the bands he helps manage, including: Every Time I Die, Terror, and The Acacia Strain. You can listen to the episode directly here.
Jake Denning on 02/05/15 - 05:58 PM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast returns this week with a look at all of the follow-up from last week's Blink-182 extravaganza. From there we dive into other topics like: How do we feel about combining two records to make one record? Can you swap out a song in a tracklisting to make the album better? We discuss Cartel's upcoming 10-year tour and vinyl pressing for Chroma and reminisce about the "band in the bubble." We also look at the one band we missed when we were talking about lasting legacies from this scene: Paramore. And then we close on talking a little about The Wonder Years' 10-year shows and how that band does not feel like they've been around that long. The episode can be streamed...
Jason Tate on 02/05/15 - 02:48 PM
The week began with Blink-182 ... and it's going to end with Blink-182. On this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast we spend most of the time talking about everything that went down this week in the Blink camp. We look at what news broke, our first reaction to it, what we think of how it all came out, how we think this will impact the band's legacy, what we think the band should (or will) do next, and so much more. We also touch a little on Acceptance's reunion at Skate and Surf and Drew's thoughts on the new Fall Out Boy album which he'll be reviewing early next week. And if you didn't think the universe had a sense of humor: please explain how our episode numbers worked out for this to...
Jason Tate on 01/30/15 - 10:45 PM
Thomas is in Germany this week, Drew's in a state of sports-despair, and I'm in Arizona. That doesn't mean we don't have an episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast for you though. This week's podcast was recorded directly after our episode last week, and Thomas had to go pack for his trip, so it's just Drew and I. We don't have a whole lot of follow-up because we hadn't even aired the last episode when we were recording this one. We touched on two main topics this week: When someone recommends a band to us, how do we dive into their catalog? Newest release first? Oldest? Their most popular? If a band has a big catalog, is it a deterrent from trying to get into the band? After that we spend a...
Jason Tate on 01/22/15 - 10:52 AM
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