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I've spent more time in Logic Pro X over the last 48 hours than I care to admit. Now, following on the heels of yesterday's special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, we have your regularly scheduled episode ready for listening. You can spend so much time with us over the weekend now! This week we touch on a variety of topics: Should we re-order how an artist has set a track listing? Why is everyone so judgmental online about music tastes? Are 5 Seconds of Summer a pop-punk band and why does anyone care? What is the point of an album review on AP.net? Will Andrew McMahon blow up this time? How did AP.net get popular and why? We tackle all these questions and more. The episode can be...
Jason Tate on 07/24/14 - 04:06 PM
Check, check ... is this thing on? Is it Friday? Well, not quite, but it's still podcast day. Today we've got a special edition episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast talking exclusively about The Gaslight Anthem's upcoming new album, Get Hurt. Your two favorite hosts, and me, talk about our impressions of the album from first listen all the way up to now. Then we tackle the whole thing track-by-track and give thoughts, complaints, and discuss what we think works or doesn't work. The end of the episode has us looking at what we think about "deluxe" albums and if we consider the bonus tracks part of the canonical album or not. We really hope you enjoy it! The episode can be streamed and/or...
Jason Tate on 07/22/14 - 11:40 PM
Listen to a new Going Off Track podcast with Say Anything's Max Bemis about Hebrews, his rediscovery of organized religion, Jewish neurosis, and how his spiritual upbringing has shaped who he is today.
Ryan Gardner on 07/21/14 - 07:17 PM
Ever wonder what your favorite podcast hosts dream about? The answer is revealed in this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. We follow up last week's discussion with a few more thoughts on the best artist catalogs. Next, we move into some 'behind the scenes' talk by looking at if getting advances ruins the music listening experience for us, how we feel about bands going with "bigger press opportunities," and the overall use of embargoes by bands and labels. We finish up talking a little bit about Andrew McMahon's re-branding. Also, I just want to point out that starting now you can quickly get to any episode of the podcast by using the url: absolutepunk.net/podcast/# -- just...
Jason Tate on 07/17/14 - 02:43 PM
Indie-developer Marco Arment launched his brand new podcast app today: Overcast. I've been playing around with it all morning and it's pretty great so far. Simple, cool features, nice podcast discovery section, and very easy to use. It's up on the App Store now and if you check it out don't forget to subscribe to the AP.net Podcast in it (searching for absolutepunk found it immediately for me, and the online page is here).
Jason Tate on 07/16/14 - 10:46 AM
I'm damn excited to post this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, not only because now that I'm done editing I can go grab some food and listen to the new Gaslight Anthem album, but also because I'm really proud of this episode. This week's episode centers around "the best catalog bands" from our scene, but also includes: talking a little about that Four Year Strong EP, the whole Story So Far vs Warped Security fiasco, Amber Pacific's guest vocals mixup, conflict of interest in our jobs, and Eddie from Thrice joining Angels and Airwaves. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 03:58 PM
Happy 4th of July holiday-weekend to everyone in the states, and happy just regular end of the week to everyone else. This week marks the 40th episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Topics this week include: Brand New are in the studio (we have proof!), Upon a Burning Body hit a new low in "promotion," the staff's middle of the year top album list, and we end the podcast talking about Anberlin and how their final album holds up and acts as a bookend to the band's career. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 07/03/14 - 04:18 PM
One of the highlights of my week has become getting to talk with my two friends Thomas and Drew on our weekly podcast. Sometimes sitting down to edit the thing makes my eyes feel like rubber ... but it's all about powering through. This week's topics include: The Gaslight Anthem's two new songs and how we feel about having to post about "leaked" songs from bands we like, The Swellers saying goodbye and why they never seemed to break out the way we all expected, the disappearance of music videos, and personal space and touching musicians while they play. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 06/26/14 - 06:02 PM
This week's super-sized episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast pushes the two hour limit of awesome. First up we have an interview with Dan Campbell, of The Wonder Years and Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, where Dan and I talk about the band's new album and all kinds of stuff. Then we premiere a brand new song from the album called "St. Joe Keeps Us Safe" -- if you want to just skip straight to it: it appears around the 25:30 mark. After that Dan and I finish up our interview talking about the song itself, and he goes into a lot of great detail about the story and how he got in the headspace to even write this album. I know you want to just go play the song over and over again, but I...
Jason Tate on 06/19/14 - 11:47 AM
Sorry for this being a little late this week -- we recorded a day later than usual and I spent the morning editing. But, as another week comes to an end we've got another episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast for you. Topics include: Talking curmudgeonly about Warped Tour and this year's line-up and our favorite experiences from the festival, The Drama Summer, LP leaving Yellowcard and his new band with Ben Harper, New Found Glory's ability to write without Steve, Kerrang's "American Idiot" tribute, bands retiring old songs from their live shows, and that entire Saosin should replace Circa Survive in Anthony Green's life op-ed. We end with a talk about why bands should even record music in...
Jason Tate on 06/13/14 - 04:46 PM
The theme of this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast was originally to give our favorite albums released so far in 2014 ... but we ended up talking about so much more. We touch on web journalism/click-bait articles, festivals and the RiotFest layaway program, and even if EPs are still worth doing in the current music landscape. We also do get around to giving our favorite albums released this year (the lists are also in the replies) and we make it through a once again very needy and distracting cat that does not like when I podcast and ignore him, as well as a very punctual food delivery at Thomas' apartment. Good times are had. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Jason Tate on 06/05/14 - 04:39 PM
Thomas promises this is the last week his microphone will have an echo and I promise this is one of my favorite episodes of the AbsolutePunk Podcast yet. This week we talk about the Apple and Beats deal finalizing and how that plays into curated playlists vs full album listening habits. Then we touch on major labels and their structure and place in the industry before tackling the upcoming Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties album. We round out the conversation discussing if Blink-182 should just go on hiatus again, what other musical artists could maybe be billionaires someday, why Ronnie Radke is a moron, and why each of us choose to post something as news or to ignore it. The episode...
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 05:53 PM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Drew, Thomas, and I talk about the role of a "music critic" and our thoughts on negative reviews and negative commentary in general. Why write negative reviews? Why voice a negative opinion? All three of us had different takes on how this plays a role in our online lives. After that there's a lengthy discussion about the current "vinyl debate" and the ethics and business decisions behind licensing and selling vinyl both with or without the artist's explicit permission, and our personal thoughts on the topic and how it relates to our musical world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 02:40 PM
Friend of the site Ray Harkins, you may know him from the 100 Words or Less Podcast which I was once a guest on, has launched a Patreon campaign to raise some money to continue the podcast.
Jason Tate on 05/22/14 - 02:23 PM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast now has its own page here on the website (you can also find it on the footer of any page). If you're looking for the latest episode or want to send someone to a page to check out our podcast -- now you can. Also, this is a good time to ask for you to rate our podcast in iTunes if you have a spare moment. It actually does help get us some promotion on the iTunes store -- so we would really appreciate it! Thank you. Hope you're all enjoying, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave it for us in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/12/14 - 11:18 AM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Zack and I sat down with Nate Dorough from Fusion Shows to talk some insider baseball about putting on shows, booking festivals, a whole lot of Brand New stuff (weird how many of my conversations somehow come back to this), and why Fusion Shows doesn't charge any services fees on tickets for their shows. We also talk a lot about Bled Fest, which is coming up in Michigan on May 24th. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/09/14 - 01:13 AM
Emo is "back" and everyone has an opinion on it. On this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast we are joined by staffer Thomas Nassiff to talk about emo's return, the internet/fan backlash, the state and future of music online, the internet, "troll bands," and quite a bit more. The conversation is casual and the drinks were flowing. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/02/14 - 03:18 PM
If you're looking for something to listen to today, and need a little break from music, I'd like to recommend this episode of the Debug podcast. The topic is "Sexism in Tech" and I'm totally crossing the streams for my love of technology with my "music blog" or whatever we call this site these days. That said: the conversation and topic absolutely has applications to our music world and how macro and micro aggressions play a huge role in all of our lives.
Jason Tate on 04/30/14 - 12:39 PM
Due to requests, the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast is now also available on the Stitcher platform.
Jason Tate on 04/30/14 - 10:53 AM
Check ... check ... is this thing on? The AbsolutePunk.net Podcast has returned. This week brings Joseph Marro stopping by to talk about the early years of The Early November, his time in Hellogoodbye, and his current adventures managing bands like You Blew It. Life in a band isn't always like it's made out to be in the movies. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies -- and oh how we're glad to be back!

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Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 04:18 PM
One of my favorite tech podcasts, ATP, dove into a little cross over terroitory this week: discussing the myth that vinyl sounds better than CDs. If you're up for the very nerdy discussion, it starts around the one hour and fifty-one mark of this episode.
Jason Tate on 04/12/14 - 12:18 PM
Do you listen to The Adam Carolla Show, WTF with Marc Maron or even our podcast? Well if you do and enjoy these podcasts or any other podcasts, you should help donate to fighting the patent trolls who are trying to bring podcasting to it's knees. Adam is leading the charge with a Fund Anything to raise money to cover the insane lawyer fees to protect his podcast and all podcasts alike. If you want some back story on what patent trolls are and what they're trying to accomplish, you can check out this article.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/06/14 - 09:05 AM
Casey Crescenzo recently joined the Pointless Podcast to talk about why he left The Receiving End of Sirens, The Dear Hunter, his new orchestra project, and kickstarter. The podcast also includes new clips of his orchestra project and it's in the replies.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 01/31/14 - 10:20 PM
The National were a guest on Bret Easton Ellis' recent podcast.
Jason Tate on 01/28/14 - 10:19 AM
It's podcast Friday! Today's episode has Drew, Zack, and I talking about our most anticipated albums of the year. Or that's what the premise was until we kind of just started talking about music and anticipating being let down by music. Bonus: Drew's one true love, 30 Seconds to Mars, is revealed ... and I piss off a good portion of our listeners by trashing on their favorite bands. The episode comes on the heels of our "most anticipated" feature, as well as right before we announce the results of the reader poll for your most anticipated albums of the year (there's still time to vote). The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies. Also, Drew and Zack are getting new...
Jason Tate on 01/24/14 - 11:17 AM
John Roderick was recently interviewed on the CMD+Space podcast, and he brought up some intereting thoughts on the internet, bands, marketing your music, and how having more of everything has led to us being statisfied with worse. I found the podcast from Marco's blog, and he pulled out some interesting quotes:
I hate to sound curmudgeonly, but … what is inevitable is that the mean quality of everything is declining. In the early ’70s, it was very expensive to make a record, and you had to be really good at it to even get into the studio to give it a shot. The record companies were very selective, and the music that made it all the way out to the marketplace was astonishingly good....
Jason Tate on 01/21/14 - 03:41 PM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Drew and I get together to talk about the new albums from Against Me! and The Lawrence Arms. Both albums are releasing at the end of this month and they're both albums we think you should listen to and spend some time with. Why do we love them? Listen to the podcast to find out. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 01/17/14 - 11:26 AM
After wanting to throw my computer against a wall when Logic Pro X stopped doing what I needed it to last week, I was finally able to get it working and put together our latest episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. This week's episode has booking agent Dave Shapiro from The Agency Group joining Zack and I. The conversation centers around what role a booking agent plays in a band's career and a lot of what goes on behind the scenes with bands and tours. Plus, I get to ask "who first came up with the idea for that bury the hatchet tour?" ... and then make snarky marketing department jokes. Good times all around and a really informative episode. The episode can be streamed and/or...
Jason Tate on 01/13/14 - 11:40 AM
Matt Berninger (The National) was a recent guest on the Pete Holmes' podcast.
Jason Tate on 01/08/14 - 10:49 AM
A cool new podcast has shown up called "Song Exploder." In each new episode the guest goes over exactly what went into building and breaking down one of their songs. The first episode is with Jimmy Tamborello as he breaks down The Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight." You can download it here.
Jason Tate on 01/02/14 - 04:38 PM
Last week we posted the AP.net staff "Top 30 of the year" -- soon after that Drew, Zack, and I recorded a podcast to talk about posting the list, the predictable backlash, and then talked a little about our favorites of the year and why and how we pick them. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 12/23/13 - 12:57 PM
Big Snackers (Ryan of Mixtapes and Justin Schaefer's podcast) this week talks to Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake/Fueled by Ramen/Paper and Plastic, Ryan drinking “Lean” and his terrible diet starting decisions, why people fool everyone with disgusting treats at christmas, how weird it is to go to Christian school, and then play a game of "Bad High School Poetry or Imagine Dragons Lyric?", a story about the Fake Boys, and give Super Bowl predictions.
Christian Wagner on 12/19/13 - 09:27 AM
A few minutes into our latest episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast I ask -- "who can I blame for that Transit album?" -- and so begins the discussion with Jesse Cannon (he's probably had something to do with at least one album you like) about production, mastering, mixing, recording, DIY, punk, and how the music scene exists today and might in the future. I really like how this episode came out -- it's more of a back-and-forth discussion with Zack, Jesse, and myself about a variety of topics. You can stream or download it in the replies, and after listening hit me up here or on Twitter if you have thoughts to share about any of the topics.

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Jason Tate on 12/13/13 - 04:21 PM
Big Snackers (Ryan of Mixtapes and Justin Schaefer's podcast) has surpassed 200k downloads. This week they answer questions about England, other podcasts, AP.net shred videos, Slenderman, what’s so great about Cincinnati, the seasons, T-Pain coming out for gay rights, our listener Pete’s band, upcoming music, Boston, we talk to Eric Mueller about his involvment in the band Allister, the Rolling Stone top 50 albums of 2013 list, the Saskatchewan Sissy Sucker and movies.
Christian Wagner on 12/12/13 - 06:26 PM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast we have special guest Toby from Emery. We talk about the band's venture into crowd-funding, starting a new record label, and a variety of other topics. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 12/06/13 - 02:38 PM
Big Snackers (Ryan of Mixtapes and Justin Schaefer's podcast) is surprised and happy to celebrate over 150,000 downloads of their podcast. This week they take listener questions, it's the year in review for music and video games so everyone shares their top lists. They talk to the man who left behind making the Bioshock series to start a 4 man indie company and make a game with ZERO action, and how that risk payed off. They talk to Food Network star Guy Fieri about movies this year, they talk about the Lostprophets frontman and how creepy he looked anyways and much more.
Christian Wagner on 11/27/13 - 07:58 AM
Part two of author Bret Easton Ellis' podcast with Kanye West has been released. Catch up on part one if you missed it.
Ryan Gardner on 11/25/13 - 03:03 PM
Author Bret Easton Ellis' has started a podcast -- his first guest is Kanye West. Ok, I'm jealous. The hour long episode, which is part one of two, can be heard here.
Jason Tate on 11/18/13 - 12:18 PM
On this week's episode of the podcast, Drew and I sat down to talk with Cyrus and Steve of New Found Glory. I can't even explain how great it was to have the guys on and how hilarious the conversation ended up being -- I know it seems like I say this every week, but this was one of my favorite episodes we've done yet. Hit the replies for the stream and download.

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Jason Tate on 11/15/13 - 02:57 PM
Anberlin stalk you! Seriously. This week Anberlin are our guests on the AP.net Podcast and we talk about a little bit of everything: the band's change of record labels, the re-release of Vital, what happens when a band remembers that I don't think "Adelaide" fits on Cities all that well ... and so much more. It's one of the most laid back and fun conversations we've had yet, and I think if you're a fan of the band it's a must listen.

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Jason Tate on 11/01/13 - 10:41 AM
This week Mark Rose (Spitalfield) and Bob Nanna (Braid) stop by to talk about music, the industry, and their musician centric "song shop" like website downwrite.com.

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Jason Tate on 10/25/13 - 03:29 PM
This is absolutely one of the best conversations we've had yet on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. A few weeks ago, Jason and I had the pleasure of speaking with Kevin Devine about his two new albums, Bulldozer and Bubblegum, the recording of said albums, crowd-sourcing, and more.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 10/18/13 - 01:17 PM
This week on the 20th episode (wow we made it to 20!) of the AbolutePunk.net Podcast, Jason and I talk with Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail. Buddy has always been one of the most blunt and honest musicians I've ever talked to and on this episode we talk music, the industry, and the life of a band. Do you do it for the money? What happens after you get your one shot?

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 10/11/13 - 11:10 AM
This week on the 18th episode of the AbolutePunk.net Podcast, Jason and I talk with Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter about his upcoming four movement symphony project. What’s it like to tackle something completely unlike anything he’s done before? The in-depth discussion and answers may just inspire you to try it yourself.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 09/27/13 - 09:52 AM
Our CEO/Founder Jason Tate was recently on Ray Harkins' "100 Words Or Less" Podcast.
One afternoon I spoke to Jason Tate, the founder of Absolutepunk.net, about a variety of subjects including focus, handling criticism and where he gets inspired. It's a great look at how to start something and continue to build it into something long lasting. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. 100 Words is part of the How We Are Network, visit Howweare.org for more information.
Ryan Gardner on 09/24/13 - 11:08 AM
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