Neon shirts. Similar feminine haircuts. Synth screams. Crunkcore. Well, you can see where I'm going with this. The past decade, and especially the past year, has given us a bit of cookie cutting within our little community. Some of us eat it up, while others look past it. There's no denying that it is selling, and there is a support system somewhere out there.

Are these new blended genres of music just a fad? Is the fan base just a naive crowd? How did we get to a place like this? We've certainly seen a grand homogenization of influences that have really molded into something special - I use that term sarcastically and loosely.

Of the music we have scoffed at this year, or scratched...
Adam Pfleider on 11/12/09 - 11:05 AM
If you've regularly kept up with my blog or my interviews, you've noticed that I've been a bit obsessive with discussing what this decade had to offer, and what we can expect in the decade to come.

We've certainly scene a flood of artists and musicians take over our lives due to Al Gore's great invention mixed with programs such as Garageband and Reason giving everyone a chance to make their voice and instrument heard. The Internet has opened up opportunity for us to hear great new bands without having to catch them as openers, but has also saturated the market for some of us as well.

Also, while pop music has always existed in some form, other genres move themselves in cycles. The...
Adam Pfleider on 11/05/09 - 11:57 AM
If you've been to any festival, you've no doubt seen the ground littered with trash. Whether it's empty soda bottles, scene kids giving free hugs (sick burn!), or those little post cards advertising a band, it covers the ground, and you step all over it. However, you will often see sampler CDs in this same pile.

For some, sampler CDs are a great way to discover new music, while some think they make great projectiles during a live show. What do you think about sampler CDs? Do you listen to them? If so, do you ever hear a band on there and go search for their other stuff? What's the best sampler experience you've had?

If you don't listen to them, why not? Labels spend a lot of...
Anton Djamoos on 10/08/09 - 10:01 AM
Your favorite band has just finished the last song from their set, said their goodbyes and thanks yous, and walked off the stage. The performance was great; you want more, as does the rest of the crowd. So you cheer and cheer and cheer, possibly chanting "Play more songs!" The band obliges to your demands and comes back on stage and plays a few more songs.

This is the encore, a way of a band to reward their fans for sticking around and to give them a little something more. Oftentimes a band will save some of their lesser-played songs in the encore so, while some are leaving the venue to avoid traffic, the hardcore fans are given a rare treat. What was the best encore experience...
Anton Djamoos on 10/01/09 - 07:09 AM
There's no use avoiding the subject anymore or trying to pretend they don't exist--sites that leak music are out there and don't seem to be going away any time soon. The fans are aware, the record labels are aware, the bands are aware and for all of the policing that's possible once a record leaks, it's never enough to get a true shutdown of blocking the files from being seen. Simply put, once music is let out, it's always going to be out.

Music blogs that run on the intent that they are offering music as a trial for people to download and decide whether or not to purchase. Do you support sites like these? Why/why not?
Anton Djamoos on 09/05/09 - 11:26 AM
When people think of beauty, it's nearly always associated with a visual image. The definition, according to dictionary.com, states that beauty is "the quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality." The very definition of beauty even lends itself to the visual. Can beauty be applied to music?

With some moments in music, it's nearly impossible to argue against. There are particular sections of songs that can absolutely sweep a listener into a completely serene world with its aural escapism.

Beauty, however, is not needed to give a song a certain something that...
Anton Djamoos on 08/06/09 - 07:45 AM
Every year, some of your favorite bands release new albums, you find out about great up and coming bands, you find out about great bands that you missed the boat on, and you find that some band you once loved has lost its luster. Over the past year, how have your musical tastes evolved?

Has the return of Blink 182 ushered in a new found resurgence of pop-punk love for you? Maybe it gave you a realization that you feel too old for their music these days. How you've changed over the past year is going to inevitably be different than any other person. Maybe Eminem's new album reminded you how much you've missed rap. Perhaps The Gaslight Anthem have inspired you to check out Bruce...
Anton Djamoos on 05/20/09 - 10:19 PM
You know that feeling after you've seen an exceptionally great live performance? Hours after leaving, you're still stunned, and you feel the need to tell anyone and everyone about that great band. What if that band wasn't actually playing live?

Believe it or not, there are many bands that play off of a track to ensure a solid live performance. Quite notably, at this year's Superbowl, Bruce Springsteen played to a track during the halftime performance. But this does not happen in just those high-profile multi-million dollar situations, as there are bands that this site covers that use pre-recorded music at house shows to ensure a quality live performance.

What are your thoughts on...
Anton Djamoos on 05/07/09 - 07:57 AM
Lyrical content is extremely important for a band's success and fan attachment. Popular bands often have lyrics that universally pique interest and create an emotional connection between the artist and the listener. What happens when a band uses their words to talk about controversial subjects? Bands like mewithoutYou, Underoath, and Boxcar Racer have enjoyed popularity while having lyrics pertaining to the polemical topic of religion.

Would you judge a band based on their religious affiliation? If the lyrics are spiritual, do you care or should you care? Do you think that Christian (or other religious) bands have it easier or harder to win over a crowd?
Anton Djamoos on 04/30/09 - 07:13 AM
If you visit this site, you see promotional pictures of bands all the time. These are representations of how the band wants to be seen, whether it's showing off their music as tough with angry faces, fun with balloons flying all over the place, or serious and deep with inquisitive looks off the camera.

What are your favorite promo pictures? Which do you think are the worst? Feel free to post them all in this thread and have some fun with it.
Anton Djamoos on 04/23/09 - 08:52 AM
When Refused announced their breakup in 1998, it came shortly after the recording of their landmark The Shape of Punk to Come, citing that they did not want their art to become compromised. Once they issued their final manifesto, that was it. They were done, and their legacy remains over a decade later.

Bands break up for many different reasons. Some bands like Refused decide that they have been exhausted creatively. Other bands may credit personal differences between members to a break up. Some just can't sustain being in a band financially and decide to get a "real" job.

Music fans often hang on hope that their favorite band will return and 2009 has given many fans on...
Anton Djamoos on 04/15/09 - 10:02 PM
Welcome to Spring, everyone. It's that time of the year when windows slowly start rolling down and sleeves start rolling up. What bands or albums fit your mood perfectly for this season? Why?
Anton Djamoos on 04/08/09 - 09:45 PM
In the past twenty years, which locale has provided the best music: Europe or the United States? On one side, you have bands like Radiohead, Muse, Sigur Ros, and Coldplay (Europe). On the other, you've got Counting Crows, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, etc. (US).

The U.S. has blink-182, Nirvana, The Mars Volta, the Dave Matthews Band, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Europe has Oasis, Blur, Mogwai, Placebo, and the Darkness.

You might also take into account other important contributions of both places. The U.S.: Fugazi, Wilco, The White Stripes, Modest Mouse, Foo Fighters. Europe: Portishead, Refused, The Libertines, Chemical Brothers, Franz Ferdinand. What other hugely...
Anton Djamoos on 04/03/09 - 06:12 AM
What would be your dream tour line-up of four bands? You can make it realistic with only current active bands or feel free to go wild and have The Beatles take Queen with Freddie Mercury out on tour. Your decision...what would you have? Why these particular bands?
Anton Djamoos on 03/26/09 - 06:12 AM
Do you think the openness and discussion-readiness of the Internet is a good or a bad thing for the music industry? Why or why not?

Consider a site like AP.net, where it is very easy to find a new favorite band based on others' recommendations, but also where it is very easy to cut down a band without even listening to the band. Is it best that every single person has a voice and can let their opinion be as loud as they want to be?
Anton Djamoos on 03/19/09 - 06:56 AM
The idea of a fan club is for an artist to give something more to their die-hard fans. For a fee, access to this club brings many benefits to its members, commonly things such as early access to tour pre-sales and a first chance to listen to new music.

Often, though, the fan club becomes marred down by the fact that such "exclusives" aren't so exclusive. Pre-sale codes can usually be found on the Internet as soon as they're posted, exclusive unreleased songs can always be found elsewhere (and more times than less, these places will have more content than the fan club itself), and though you're supporting the band, you're not getting as much bang for your buck.

What we want to know...
Anton Djamoos on 03/12/09 - 11:03 AM
Every week, we have a nostalgia post that brings back memories of a certain band and the era that this band was a part of. Understandably, some of these bands have been around as recent as four years ago, but that does not mean that the musical landscape hasn't changed radically in that time to make people miss what that band was doing or what they stood for. Everything in the music world is always changing, whether it be the popular styles of music, the fashion, or the way we obtain our music.

What do you miss the most about the "old days?" Old days is a broad phrase that could mean anything from the mid-90s when ska was popular to the 80s when it was cool to have ridiculous hair,...
Anton Djamoos on 03/05/09 - 07:36 AM
Jimmy Eat World are celebrating the ten year anniversary of Clarity by touring and playing the classic (ahem) album the whole way through. Reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, as they have finally created an experience that people have wanted for years.

Now that Clarity is out of the way, what other albums do you think would be the best to see a band perform live the whole way through? Why? Would you like to see a full album performed or would you prefer a mix of all the band's catalog?
Anton Djamoos on 02/26/09 - 02:30 PM
Did you know that the title of Gatsbys American Dream's "Meet Me at the Tavern in Bowerstone" is a reference to the video game Fable? Did you know that Set Your Goals references Something Corporate songs at the end of their "To Be Continued"? Did you know that the band Millencolin got their name from a skateboarding trick? Did you catch mewithoutYou's Aaron Weiss referencing a "brownish spider" before "The Spider and the Lamps" in Razia's Shadow?

There are tons of hidden meanings to songs or little nods to contemporaries in music all around. What are some of these cool little origins/"Easter Eggs" that you know of that others may not? Are there any other interesting facts that are...
Anton Djamoos on 02/18/09 - 10:00 PM
Blink-182 is back. What does that mean for our "scene?" Will they herald the resurgence of Atticus shirts and dispel the neon/dance trend? Will their popularity topple Fall Out Boy's? Will the reunion be successful? Will the mainstream even care anymore?

What musical direction do you believe they will go toward? Will they play the more somber pop-punk found in their self-titled album, the crude and playful sound they patented in the late 90s, or maybe even take influence from Angels and Airwaves and +44? What do you think?
Anton Djamoos on 02/12/09 - 07:29 AM
How important is a band's name to the band? Many bands take flack for their name (Cute Is What We Aim For, anyone?), but should this matter when you are listening to the music?

Further, do you think a band should change their name after they lose their vocalist (i.e. Hit the Lights, Amber Pacific, VersaEmerge), or if the line-up has changed so much that they're not even the same band anymore (The Ataris)?
Anton Djamoos on 02/05/09 - 07:22 AM
Does credibility matter anymore? Do you need it to enjoy a band?

When speaking credibility, we mean the background to talk about certain things in lyrics, the image to have, or the morals to uphold. If a band with a hard work ethic plays the same exact music a band that has an easy road to success (i.e. a manufactured band) does, will you pick one over the other because of their "credibility" to deserve success and hold it against the other? Why or why not?
Anton Djamoos on 01/29/09 - 10:49 AM
Yesterday, a tour with No Doubt and Paramore was announced. Amidst the enthusiasm for the tour were, expectedly, guys pointing out that it was the "hot female lead singer tour." It's expected because any post about a girl in a band on AP.net causes all kinds of sick and disgusting posts. This behavior is not only limited to the Internet.

If you are a Straylight Run fan, you're no doubt aware of the catcalling and inappropriate behavior that Michelle Nolan faced on a nightly basis from her band's audience to the point that it would affect the live show. Is it practically impossible to be respected as a female in this scene? What is the cause for this?
Anton Djamoos on 01/22/09 - 12:04 PM
Being a forum-based site where one is able to share whatever educated opinion they have (or say whatever they want while hiding behind a computer screen, depending on who you talk to), AP.net often is a source of controversy toward certain bands. Users are not shy to admit how they don't like these bands, posting derogatory comments and sometimes going as far as to doctor an image to insult the band. That's certainly a lot of effort to bring a band member down.

Why do you not like certain bands? Is it based solely on the music alone? Their appearance? Maybe you had a bad experience at a meet and greet? Have you ever not liked a band because they've become successful when you don't...
Anton Djamoos on 01/15/09 - 08:30 AM
In James Montgomery's Bigger Than the Sound column, he recently wrote of New Year's resolutions that bands should have. For example, he listed Bill Kaulitz of Tokio Hotel's resolution to "finally accomplish two of my biggest goals: blotting out the sun with my hair and morphing into Sonic the Hedgehog" and Kanye West's to "release an entire album on which I Auto-Tune my already Auto-Tuned vocals, thereby completely negating the presence of vocals altogether. So basically I'm going to release an instrumental album that will be hated by some and hailed as brilliant by others."

If you could crawl inside the minds of certain musicians, what do you think their resolution(s) would be? What...
Anton Djamoos on 01/07/09 - 10:05 PM
The members of AP.net have a reputation of an often critical, but vast, deep knowledge of the music they love. It's time to put your penchant for speaking your mind to the test and see if that reputation is true, as we would like you all to give predictions of what you think will happen in 2009 in the music world.

What bands do you think will hit the mainstream in the way Metro Station did in 2008? Are there any bands that you think will fade into obscurity? What surprises do you think 2009 has in store for the music world? What other predictions do you have? Be sure to back up your prediction with reasoning.

Your predictions in this thread will be remembered as we will revisit this...
Anton Djamoos on 01/02/09 - 08:55 AM
At the beginning of 2008, we created a thread where all of you listed all of your predictions for the year. The thread can be found here (and you should read it to see just how wild some things were).

Some correct predictions were Lydia having a huge 2008, Plain White T's remaining known for "Hey There Delilah," and "Maybe, JUST maybe, the United Nations project of Geoff of Thursday, Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw, and a couple of the guys from TN12LLY will finally come out."

Some false predictions were, "New Found Glory makes their OK Computer and drops several jaws," "I think Saves the Day will break up," and, "Album of the Year? Chinese Democracy" (though it did come out). There are a...
Anton Djamoos on 01/01/09 - 01:41 PM
If you were in the Jimmy Eat World chat yesterday, it was clear that many people have been inspired, touched, and affected in some way by the music that band has made over the years. Music has the ability to help some get through rough times in their life, while it can also be the soundtrack to the greatest moments in life. What bands have had some sort of effect on your life and how has it changed you for the better (or the worse)?
Anton Djamoos on 11/13/08 - 11:38 AM
We announced that Elvis Costello will be appearing on a track off Fall Out Boy's Folie a Deux recently. The response to this was mostly positive, as comments on this site along with many others were optimistic about this collaboration. The news was big, as even The New York Times took note.

Guests on albums are nothing new, as it has been a staple in the hip-hop genre since the beginning and has become somewhat prominent in the AP.net genre over the years, with Say Anything's In Defense of the Genre and New Found Glory's From the Screen to Your Stereo and Forgive Durden's upcoming Razia's Shadow serving as notable examples of this.

How do you feel about guests appearing on a band's...
Anton Djamoos on 10/16/08 - 06:32 AM
Everyone has moments in their lives that they will remember or not; it doesn't matter how significant the time is, whether it is something monumental like your first kiss or something insignificant like waiting for the school bus on a cold day, the memory will stick with you. Often, there is music attached to these points in life that will remain with the memory.

For example, I used to always leave my television on MTV when I would go to sleep because they'd play videos at night. They played videos in the morning as well and when I woke up at 6:00 a.m. for school, Coldplay's "Yellow" was almost always on when that song had just been released. The video was perfect for the moment, as...
Anton Djamoos on 10/09/08 - 08:48 AM
What do you think of certain songs? Why does a particular song do it for you? What do you think about a band's single that didn't take off? It doesn't matter what song at all; we would love to read your thoughts on however many songs you'd like to talk about, whether it be a single line, or an entire dissertation. See this format for more.
Anton Djamoos on 10/02/08 - 07:12 AM
Apple Bottom Jeans.

After reading that, you may have followed up in your mind with, "boots with the fur." Whether intentional or not, it's product placement for rapper Nelly's clothing company in Flo Rida's popular song, "Low". Because of the song's success, it's likely that you now know this brand. Popular artists have started to include products in their music for financial compensation, notably Fergie, who agreed to include lyrics about Candie's brand clothing.

"Advertisers have created this situation where they've made themselves obsolete," says Steve Lambert of the Anti-Advertising Agency. "There's too much advertising out there, so they try to find new ways to cut through...
Anton Djamoos on 09/26/08 - 06:55 AM
Myspace Music, a new venture offering free streaming of millions of songs in an ad-supported framework that also sells digital downloads with help from the Amazon MP3 store, has the industry abuzz as its savior. Major labels Universal, Warner, and Sony BMG have all signed on to allow access to their content, with EMI rumored to join soon.

"The idea behind it was to sort of create the ultimate music experience," says Chris DeWolfe, the site’s co-founder. "You’ll be able to see the top songs your friends are listening to. Eventually you’ll be able to buy tickets and merchandise and ringtones."

With the consistent decline in album sales, labels needed to find a way to sustain in a...
Anton Djamoos on 09/18/08 - 07:43 AM
With September comes the changing colors of leaves, the shortening of the days, and the slow cool toward winter. Autumn is here, meaning an end to the season known for upbeat pop-punk and the ushering in of archetypal somber and reflective albums. What are your favorite albums that remind you of the fall season? Why do these albums in particular do it for you?
Anton Djamoos on 09/03/08 - 09:28 PM
Do you feel like someone has to fully understand a song to fully appreciate it? For example, if a song has intricate meaning behind the lyrics, can someone who takes them at face value and relates them to something completely different than the intended topic appreciate it on the same level as someone who knows the precise meaning of the song and its intentions?

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Anton Djamoos on 08/28/08 - 06:15 AM
A new site, RocknRollDating.com, recently launched, providing "the largest source of music loving singles looking for relationship matches on the Internet." While it's still new, it has generated an enormous amount of buzz, appearing in Newsweek and LA's KROQ radio. How important do you think musical compatibility is within a relationship or in finding a potential partner? Do you look for someone who is interested in the same music as you, or do you think that it's something that is just a nice thing to have?
Anton Djamoos on 08/14/08 - 07:30 AM
As the 2008 election heats up, it will become a common occurrence to see bands talk about who they think you should vote for or support. Whether or not you agree with their stance, you're going to hear political propaganda from some of your favorite bands this year and, at a live setting, there's nothing you can really do about it. We would like to know what you think about this. We've seen bands like Sum 41, NOFX, and Bright Eyes be very vocal about their stance in politics and it has been met with both support and aversion. Do you like it when bands use their position to talk politics, or would you prefer them to stick with music? How far is too far when it comes to discussing...
Anton Djamoos on 08/07/08 - 07:28 AM
Now that the year is halfway over, what albums are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year? Why? Any albums you hope may come out that have yet to be announced yet?
Anton Djamoos on 07/03/08 - 07:02 AM
What is your favorite lyric and why? We're looking for your favorite line from any song, not your favorite lyricist or what album you think has the best lyrics...can you limit yourself to just one line?
Anton Djamoos on 05/29/08 - 04:31 AM
They're your favorite band in the world. They wrote the album that you have purchased three separate times because you wore out the first two from overplaying it. The lyrics relate perfectly to how you're feeling in life. You've supported them as long as you've been listening to them. And you just found out that the singer has been convicted of rape.

OK, obviously this is an extreme (hypothetical) scenario, but how would you feel in a situation like this? The music has been yours for a while, but now your morals come into play, a factor that hadn't played a part in your relationship with this band in the past. If you have loved someone's music, is it possible to continue liking...
Anton Djamoos on 05/21/08 - 09:36 PM
Everyone has their own style when it comes to seeing a band live. Whether you're the type to stand in the back and listen to the music, throw down in the pit, or do a little bit of both, you go to a show to enjoy music and have a good time. There are even unwritten rules, such as helping people up when they fall down or not being that guy who yells for "Freebird".

How do you think people should act at a live show? What do you feel is appropriate behavior? Would you outlaw karate moves? Would you bar people from texting on their cell phones during a band's set? Should people be able to do whatever as long as they enjoy themselves?

What type of live show behavior irks you, whether...
Anton Djamoos on 05/15/08 - 06:13 AM
With all of the musical discussion that goes on at AP.net, it's inevitable that some people are going to avoid listening to certain albums because of reading negative comments on here. Unfortunately, these people will end up missing out on some great music for not deciding for themselves whether or not they like the music. What album(s) do you think people may have thrown aside or forgotten about that deserve a second chance and why do they deserve to be heard?
Anton Djamoos on 05/08/08 - 06:55 AM
Even though the Internet has severely outclassed it and new technology like satellite radio is slowly gaining ground, radio is still a major form of communication as a way to hear music. Radio stations are finding it difficult to keep listeners when people now have the world's music at their fingertips and, most of the time for free, a service the radio offers for the low price of advertisements. However, as music becomes a more integral part of daily life, on cell phones, mp3 players, even in children's toys, the radio's importance seems to be dwindling.

Do you listen to the radio? Why or why not?

It used to be that when a band makes it on a major radio station, they've made it. ...
Anton Djamoos on 04/30/08 - 10:01 PM
"Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's was one of the most played songs of the past year, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and scoring multiple Grammy nods. What most of the mainstream crowd didn't realize was that this was the second time the song was pushed as a single, as it was featured as a bonus track on their 2007 Every Second Counts and 2005's All That We Needed. Gym Class Heroes found similar success with a twice-released single in "Cupid's Chokehold".

What songs from an older album do you think would make good retrospective singles in today's music climate, similar to the Plain White T's formula?

On another note, who wouldn't want to go back to Acceptance's...
Anton Djamoos on 04/02/08 - 09:29 PM
Do you read AP.net's reviews? Our staff reviewers would like to know what they can improve upon. If you read them, why? Is there a particular reviewer whose tastes are so close to yours that you trust their judgment on whatever they choose? Are you just looking for the hottest new band? Maybe you just like reading about new bands even if you're not going to check them out.

Conversely, if you don't read them, why not? Do you believe that the reviewers are too lenient? Are the reviews too long? Are they too good to the point that you just cannot handle the awesomeness?

Any input that you have regarding the reviews is welcome, from a minor quibble about the lack of retro reviews...
Anton Djamoos on 03/26/08 - 10:22 PM

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