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What do you think was the best song to come out in the 90s?

Please explain your reasoning and, if possible, post a youtube link or a link to the song so people can hear it. If you do not feel like participating, feel free to come in this thread strictly for nostalgia purposes. What if you forgot about Savage Garden?
Anton Djamoos on 03/06/08 - 05:27 AM
Checking in six months later from the last time we did this, we are wondering what ideas you all have to make AP.net better in 2008. This is going to be a big year for the site and we'd like each of you riding shotgun in the AbsoluteMobile. Are there any features you'd like to see on the site? What do you think we could be doing better? Do you have any brilliant ideas that we absolutely need to take notice of? Let us know.

Maybe you would like to see new requirements for prestigious members. How about a simple new smiley? Do you want less annoying Thursday discussion questions? Maybe you're sick of news titles that remind you of a broken up band. You can suggest just about...
Anton Djamoos on 02/27/08 - 10:24 PM
You couldn't avoid the hype. On October 23, 2007, Say Anything unleashed In Defense of the Genre. Regarded by many critics as a true achievement for the band in terms of scope and vision, Max Bemis' labor of love about love debuted at #27 on the Billboard charts with 25,000 albums sold.

The first single, "Baby Girl, I'm A Blur", had a video that relied on the technique of infrared and the song hit its peak at #29 on Billboard's Modern Rock Charts.

Put yourself in the shoes of J Records and decide what song you believe would make for the best second single off this album. What will you choose and why? Please list all reasons as to why you think your song pick would be the best...
Anton Djamoos on 02/21/08 - 11:18 AM
Butch Walker's new CD/DVD, Leaving the Game on Luckie Street, can be either downloaded for free or purchased for a minuscule $5.99 here. Butch and his management are attempting to do something completely new here with this release and the next two that will be coming out later this year: take the major decisions out of the hands of the corporations and put them into the hands of the fans--you.

Butch and his management will be looking through this very thread to see your responses on what they should do next. Take it seriously; Butch's career is in your hands.

Do you believe that this type of promotion of giving the album away for free will be successful for an artist like Butch...
Anton Djamoos on 02/14/08 - 03:16 PM
Advertising is everywhere these days. People are bombarded with advertisements as soon as they step outside their house, turn on the television, or open a magazine. Since people have conditioned themselves to tune out most advertising, advertisers have to rely on placing ads in unconditional places, from public urinals to text message spam; some companies have even planned launching massive advertisements into orbit around earth.

Is music the same way? With declining CD sales every year, labels are looking for new ways to profit in the industry. Music is everywhere these days. Commercials, ring tones, greeting cards, video games, movies…you name it, music is probably there. ... read more
Anton Djamoos on 01/24/08 - 07:27 AM
When The Academy Is…’s most recent album, Santi, was released, it was met with a mixed reaction, as the band’s poppy sound on Almost Here was replaced with a sound that was completely different. First single “We’ve Got A Big Mess On Our Hands” lacked the sugary sheen that glossed their first album and it was a bold move by the band to take a formula that had made them successful and completely change it.

Saves the Day did the same with In Reverie. Though it is possible to argue that each of their albums sounds different from the last, the band traded in dark lyrics of catching blood in bottles for a more optimistic tone. This album was met with more negative criticism from...
Anton Djamoos on 01/17/08 - 07:52 AM
A recent New York Times article discussed the notion of the 360 deal, citing Paramore as a primary example in the discussion of the deal. A 360 deal is described in the article as a “new model for developing talent, one in which artists share not just revenue from their album sales but concert, merchandise and other earnings with their label in exchange for more comprehensive career support.”

It delved into the idea of Paramore being signed by major label Atlantic Records and being nurtured and given the opportunity to blossom into a mainstream potential. The band was signed and were given time to get experience to become the band they are today. Though their first album did not...
Anton Djamoos on 01/10/08 - 07:40 AM
The users of this site have a reputation. Earlier tonight, I was told by different industry professionals that this site has a "rough crowd", that the general perception is that the users are vocal and often critical, but have a deep, vast knowledge of the music they love.

It's time to put your penchant for speaking your mind to the test and see if the general perception is true, as we would like you all to give predictions of what you think will happen in 2008 in the music world.

What bands do you think will hit the mainstream in the way Paramore did in 2007? Are there any bands that you think will fade into obscurity? What surprises do you think 2008 has in store for the music...
Anton Djamoos on 01/02/08 - 10:53 PM
Brand New played their entire Your Favorite Weapon at this week's Triple Crown Records Anniversary Show, to the surprise of many and the jealousy of many more, after several reports that Brand New did not want to play from that album anymore. It was a dream come true for many fans that have been there since the beginning and have wanted to hear more from their favorite album, and what many have deemed Brand New's best work.

What do you think is Brand New's best album? The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me has had over a year to sink in now and it is possible to give a full, comprehensive opinion on the album compared to the others without being blinded by its newness, but based on...
Anton Djamoos on 12/19/07 - 10:22 PM
The emo/punk/alternative/whatever you want to call it genre has grown in popularity by leaps and bounds over the past decade. What was once an underground movement has taken the mainstream by storm, as bands like Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy have won MTV Video Music Awards and there are the huge successes of bands like Simple Plan, Good Charlotte, and My Chemical Romance.

This is the music of the moment, the music that is slowly breaking rap and pop’s stronghold on the mainstream. Although this music is what’s listened to now, will people be listening to these songs 30 years from now?

Consider timeless classics like Boston’s “More Than a Feeling”, Queen’s “Bohemian...
Anton Djamoos on 12/13/07 - 07:20 AM
The holiday season is upon us and that means the annual AP.net Christmas Song List is starting up again. It currently contains hundreds of songs that are meant to spread the holiday cheer.

There are thousands of holiday songs in existence, from big names artists like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” and U2’s “It’s Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” to the lesser-known Sense Field’s “Happy Christmas (War is Over)” and Watashi Wa’s “Wonderful”. Music has to power to change moods and this particular genre of music is no different; it’s hard to hear any cheery holiday song and not be put in a good mood.

For that reason, today we want to know—what is your favorite...
Anton Djamoos on 12/06/07 - 07:56 AM
FUSE is currently airing a series of specials that lists the most influential music videos in history. So far, they have chosen Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Aerosmith and Run DMC’s “Walk This Way”. While it is clear that each of the songs were influential in their own respect (the explosion of the grunge movement, collaboration between rap/rock), why were these videos chosen? Do you think that these videos were truly influential? What made them that way?

On that subject, the true question here is what makes a music video particularly good in your opinion. Videos used to be solely a performance by the band that was taped in order to showcase the song but, while that...
Anton Djamoos on 11/29/07 - 08:06 AM
Simple question today with no overdrawn intro...

What music-related thanks do you have?

Are you happy about the resurgence of vinyl? That Led Zeppelin is touring? The new As Tall As Lions song? That Taking Back Sunday is still a band?

Whatever you're thankful for, we'd love to see.
Anton Djamoos on 11/22/07 - 06:39 AM
If you’ve spent vast amount of time on this website (and let’s face it, you have), you’ve probably seen countless news posts about new music videos from your favorite band. Ever since MTV pounced on the scene with quick-edit, gimmicky, visual representations of songs, it seemed we were hooked. There have been plenty of memorable ones, like Daft Punk’s video for “Around The World” or Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage.” As you well know, there are some horrible ones: anything by David Hasselhoff, Escape The Fate’s “Not Good Enough For Truth In Cliché,” and Hoobastank’s “The Reason,” just to name a few.

What are some of your favorite music videos? What videos do you wish were never made? Has a...
Blake Solomon on 11/08/07 - 12:35 PM
Look at the most popular bands that are covered on this site: Fall Out Boy, Jimmy Eat World, Brand New, Say Anything. They all share something in common. Now bring in almost every other band that we cover and they'll all share the same thing in common: their skin color.

The punk/emo genre seems to lend itself to a predominantly Caucasian crowd. It wasn't always this way.

Take Bad Brains. They made arguably the first hardcore record with their single "Pay To Cum" in 1980 and are sources of influence for today's punk/emo icons with bands such as Minor Threat and Rites of Spring. Basement 5 was a trio from England that combined punk, dub and Metal, with Lemmy-like (Motorhead) vocals....
Anton Djamoos on 10/31/07 - 10:47 PM
"Cornerstone, are you readayyyyyyy?"

So marks the beginning of Five Iron Frenzy's Proof That The Youth Are Revolting, their first live album. Live albums give a band the ability to not only produce an album without writing new material, but showcase their talents live. Five Iron Frenzy is a band that has done two live albums, the aforementioned and their The End Is Here album which recorded their final show ever.

Many live albums have been done in the past that showcase a band's live skills. Thursday, The Get Up Kids, and The Juliana Theory are all bands that have done the live album. We at Absolutepunk.net would like to know--What live albums are your favorite? Have you ever...
Anton Djamoos on 10/25/07 - 07:29 AM
“Oh holy grace, they made love to your face with a box cutter.”

The above line describes the lead character of Vendetta Red’s Sisters of the Red Death. The album is a concept album about a woman named Gloria who, after a nuclear war engulfs the earth, is born as a half-medusa half-harpy. She decides that mankind is to blame for her body, and she takes control of the world. The album is about what happens when she falls in love.

Weird, right? That’s how the concept album works, a technique used by bands to unify an album as a story rather than a simple collection of songs, no matter how out there the idea behind it is.

Whether it’s Armor For Sleep’s look at life from...
Anton Djamoos on 10/18/07 - 11:39 AM
Tonight I just don't give a damn/If the world is ending, I'm throwing the party.

Cobra Starship's new song, "Guilty Pleasure", details the band's lack of care of being a guilty pleasure. Hey, they may be guilty, but they're still a pleasure, right? Gabe and co. just want to have fun and make music that they like and to make you dance; they don't care if they're perceived as shallow because they're enjoying what they're doing. The song is a complete f*** you to people who talk down on the band; they're better than people who hate because they're doing what they love.

On the Internet (especially on sites like this one), people feel as though they need to maintain some sort of street cred...
Anton Djamoos on 10/11/07 - 05:44 AM
Earlier this week, we all became witness to one of the biggest gambles in music industry history. This gamble is of course the landmark decision by Radiohead to offer their newest album, In Rainbows, as a digital download less than two weeks after the project was announced as completed for whatever price the consumer chooses.

In an age where album leaks have become an industry standard and CD sales are slumping, Radiohead is attempting to buck the trend by trying something completely radical and unprecedented. They will also be selling a box set to come out in early 2008 for 40£.

Or are they trying to buck the trend? The move is unprecedented and is something that has...
Anton Djamoos on 10/04/07 - 09:35 AM
“And the record begins with a song of rebellion.”

The first track on an album defines the experience you’re going to have with it. Some albums start off with a song that tries to quickly pull the listener into the album, such as with Underoath’s “In Regards To Myself” and Saves the Day’s “At Your Funeral.” Other albums use the first track to set the tone for the album by having an instrumental opening that evokes a certain feeling to prepare you for the album experience, for example The Receiving End of Sirens’s “Prologue” and The Dear Hunter’s “The Death and the Berth.” Lastly, there are tracks that are a combination of both, a mixture of song and experience. Say Anything’s...
Anton Djamoos on 09/27/07 - 07:37 AM
This past Tuesday marked the release of New Found Glory's From the Screen to Your Stereo II, an album of cover songs from motion pictures. Cover albums are nothing new; examples such as MXPX's On the Cover, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Thrice's Bamboozle 2006 cover of Brand New's "The Quiet Things The No One Ever Knows," and the entire Punk Goes... series demonstrate how prevalent cover songs have been and still are within the punk/emo/alternative genre.

However, that's not to say that covers are limited to the particular taste that this site caters to, as cover songs span all genres. Jeff Buckley's cover of "Hallelujah," Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower," and Madonna's...
Anton Djamoos on 09/19/07 - 10:01 PM
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 09/12/07 - 10:01 PM
"We're goin' down, down in an earlier round and sugar, we're going down swingin.'"

There are some songs that, as soon as they catch your ear, you know that they are going to be a monumental success. Perhaps it was when you heard the chorus to "Sugar, We're Going Down" by Fall Out Boy for the first time and knew that they were no longer 'your' band or the opening "Hey" in Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle." Whatever song, you knew that the song had "it" and was going to make waves in the mainstream world.

What about the times you've heard a song from a band and knew that it was going to be huge and it never went anywhere? The mainstream is a fickle giant; two songs that sound exactly the...
Anton Djamoos on 09/05/07 - 10:03 PM
Please look at this. Then look at this. And finally, this and this.

Does any of that remind you of this?

That’s right. As much as it might hurt to admit, this whole emo/goth craze that our society is going through seems to be just another fad much like hair metal was in the 80s. People look back in disdain and wonder how in the hell that could have been as prevalent as it was and how others could have degraded themselves any further for the sake of getting closer to the band or emulating what was popular at the time. Will this generation be doing the same, looking back in humiliation at their guyliner and girl jeans? In a time where ‘juggalos’ form gangs, men freely...
Anton Djamoos on 08/29/07 - 10:26 PM
Destination: Beautiful. The Everglow. Mae’s first two albums had cover artwork that were received extremely well by fans and non-fans alike.

Then came Singularity. The artwork for this album was met with derision from the second it was released from the same people who lauded the other covers. Its simplistic, colorless nature led to many labeling it boring and, perhaps unconsciously, these people may have gone into their first listen with a bias toward the album being a boring one because the art under whelmed them. Regardless of your thoughts on this particular album, we at Absolutepunk.net would like to know--do you think that there is a correlation between the artwork and...
Anton Djamoos on 08/22/07 - 10:02 PM
Last week, you told us about all of the great memories that you've made through this website. This week's discussion is going to be similar, as we are wondering what sort of relationships you've made, if any through Absolutepunk.net's online community.

Recently, Buddy Nielsen from Senses Fail and Ben Jorgenson from Armor For Sleep both made news as a direct reflection of something that has happened on this site. As we like to point out, it would be smart not to casually insult a band in the news, as it is almost certain that they will see what you say. Regardless, the reach of this site is not just limited to the bands themselves. Many record labels employees and tour managers and...
Anton Djamoos on 08/16/07 - 08:25 AM
In the beginning, there was Blink-182. At least, in the beginning of what is now Absolutepunk.net. For those that don’t know, this site started off as a Blink-182 and MXPX fan site in 1998 and then became what we now know as Absolutepunk.net on June 6, 2000. It has burgeoned into one of the most prominent alternative music sites on the Internet, with Blender Magazine recently featuring CEO/Webmaster Jason Tate on their list of online music influences. 40,000 news articles, 1000 reviews, and 350 interviews later, the most important aspect of the site is not content that staff generates…it is what you, the reader, does for the site.

With over 150,000 members, it should come as no...
Anton Djamoos on 08/08/07 - 10:58 PM
Ethical and moral issues have always plagued the music industry. Whether it be infringing Eminem’s freedom of speech on his albums, Ashlee Simpson’s lip-synching on SNL, or the never-ending dispute over file sharing, the music industry is a source of constant controversy. Earlier this week proved no exception, as a lengthy tirade against a certain record label president made its way around the Internet. While the claims remain unsubstantiated, the effect that they’ve had on the music community has been instantaneous.

Public outcry against record labels is nothing new. Midtown and Drive-Thru Records. Hawthorne Heights and Victory Records. Kelly Clarkson and RCA Records. Coldplay
Anton Djamoos on 08/02/07 - 01:23 AM
Last week we discussed the ramifications of songs sounding like other songs. Many different tracks were brought to attention and were discussed accordingly. This week, we’re going to continue with the same topic, but broaden it a bit.

When Panic! at the Disco first came out, they were met with a very mixed reaction. Some called them wildly original and inventive, while others were not impressed at their burlesque-dance hybrid, complaining that they took too much from the Fall Out Boy formula of tongue-in-cheek lyrics coupled with pop culture-referenced song titles. Many will even argue that lead singer Brendon Urie’s voice is remarkably similar to Patrick Stump’s.

...
Anton Djamoos on 07/25/07 - 11:45 PM
Last week, you all decided that "Idioteque" would make the best next single from Radiohead's Kid A. This week we're going to take a departure from the hypotheticals and get into a situation that has plagued bands for decades--selling out.

Recently, we've seen Cartel in the Dr. Pepper bubble. We've seen Fall Out Boy and Yellowcard featured in Verizon commercials. And we've all seen the backlash. Looking on message boards such as AP.net, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn't have an opinion on the topic and it's a controversial one to be sure. Then again, we've seen Coheed and Cambria's music on commercials and, heck, we've even heard Thursday's "Running From the...
Anton Djamoos on 06/21/07 - 10:29 AM
Music is an art form. As such, there are multiple elements that are combined to create the song. Whether it be the lyrics that can directly relate to a certain period that the listener is experiencing or the music that helps express a certain emotion, it all comes together to make the song.

It is obvious these days that both are not needed to create good songs. If you look at post-rock/atmospheric bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor or Explosions in the Sky, you will find that these bands rely entirely on the music to convey a meaning. Certain artists like Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes take a simpler approach on the music to focus more on the meaning through the words.
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Anton Djamoos on 04/26/07 - 01:59 PM

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