There's only one release date left in June, which means it's about that time to talk about the best music from the past three months. April, May, and June have been chock-full of great albums; what releases have come out that are already on your end of the year lists? What album has flown under the radar so far in 2015 that you want others to check out? Are you brave enough to predict your album of the year already? Let us know in the replies! Be sure to include a favorite track or two. If you're still playing catch up, check out our first quarter discussion and playlist here.
Anthony Sorendino on 06/25/15 - 06:04 AM
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted Ian Cohen's review for Cloakroom's album Further Out, which has led to a public outcry from industry folk and music listeners alike. Since then, the publication has modified the review -- presumably from pressure. Here's an excerpt from the original review (full version can be found in the replies):
The most frequently quoted fact from Cloakroom’s bio is that they’re a trio of factory workers from Indiana. It is a nice bit of backstory that makes sense in hindsight upon hearing their minimally arranged, moderately morose and maximally loud debut LP Further Out—so long as they’re not framed as the sort of blue-collar Hoosier hero that might inspire a John...
Lueda Alia on 01/22/15 - 02:20 PM
The holiday season is among us again. It's time to throw on your favorite ugly sweater, take a swig of egg nog, and discuss your favorite holiday songs by the fire. Drop us a tune or two in the replies. If you include a short description, we'll consider your songs for a holiday community playlist! In case you missed it, we put together a community fall themed playlist a few weeks ago.
Anthony Sorendino on 12/04/14 - 07:13 AM
Halloween is tomorrow which means that the fall season is in full swing! The only thing better than taking a long drive through the colorful countryside or strolling through the park in fall is having a great soundtrack to accompany you. Drop your favorite autumnal tracks in the replies! Include a short blurb about your song, and it could be featured in one of our future playlists. And don't forget to check out the AP.net Podcast that was all about favorite fall albums.
Anthony Sorendino on 10/30/14 - 05:32 AM
With tomorrow being the official celebration of America's independence, we thought it was fitting to get a discussion started about songs centered around freedom, America, and independence. Whether that means a song about driving down America's highways, or a song honoring our armed forces, there's certainly music to fit the mood of the 4th. Leave us your favorites in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/03/14 - 05:13 AM
We've certainly had an impressive first quarter of 2014 with new releases. Who's your front runner so far for Album of the Year? What albums have you connected with from January, February, or March of this year? Have there been releases that have flown under the radar that you want to share? Head to the replies for a discussion about everything you've loved about 2014 so far and make sure you return tomorrow for a special treat!

Edit: Head over to our special edition of the AbsolutePlaylist featuring some of our favorites from the past quarter.
Anthony Sorendino on 04/10/14 - 05:37 AM
As the leaves start falling and the nights get colder, music becomes an even greater companion when the temperatures start to dip and the winds pick up. I've rounded a handful of AP.net staffers to recommend their favorite albums to put on the turntable when the days get shorter. Spanning from indie to hip-hop to post-hardcore, this eclectic list will have something for everyone and will inspire many fall playlists. Check out our picks in the replies and let us know what records you turn to in the fall.
Drew Beringer on 10/03/13 - 11:53 AM
After the post last night that got everyone talking about Brand New, I made a quip on Twitter about this band getting a reaction unlike any I've ever seen on our website. This led to a response asking if Brand New were more open and released information more frequently to everyone -- would the same reaction occur?

I say no.

I love this band with an almost #cutforbieber mentality; however, I do think that the secrecy and general lack of information surrounding them adds to the furor. I mean, some random dude talking to Jesse and posting about it on Twitter caused a gif-tastic explosion and this happens virtually every single time the band is even hinted about. Just the idea that
Jason Tate on 02/08/13 - 11:45 AM
With the announcement of Justin Timberlake's new album on Monday, his first album in six years, the topic of releasing quality over quantity was the first topic that seemed to arise (or at least for me). While debating and arguing music is all semantics, there is still something to be said for an artist that can return from their musical hiatus and release high quality material that lives up to their fans expectations, even after so many years. In general, most artists release a new album every two to three years at most, which has worked in the frameworks of the music industry of the past. Build hype, release album, tour said album and then eventually start writing and head back into...
Keagan Ilvonen on 01/17/13 - 01:22 PM
I started a good debate yesterday on Twitter when I began talking about if fun., with their Grammy nominations and success, had crossed them into the top 5 of bands that have ever come from this "scene." This got me (and others) thinking about what the top bands that have broken through into the mainstream have been ... and well, with that ... I decided it would make a damn good Thursday discussion. So, here's my list of the biggest mainstream bands that have a connection to our music scene (the existence of which we could debate by itself), and a few notes about why. I tried to stay away from just using a pure "album sales" metric, since the music buying habits have obviously changed,...
Jason Tate on 01/10/13 - 11:43 AM
As the new year approaches, it seems like a good time to reach out and see what you want to see more of in 2013 on AbsolutePunk. We pride our self on our diversity and that's what we're always trying to improve. So let us know what music you want more of, what bands you would like to talk to, what interviews you'd like to read and everything in between. Head to the replies to let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate. Without you, the site is nothing so we want to thank you all for continually staying loyal and being the best group of music fans on the internet.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/27/12 - 02:55 PM
Given yesterday's shocking news, it seems like a good time to talk about where the line is drawn between art and morals. This all spawned from a tweet Jason posted yesterday morning. Do you separate a musician's personal life from their craft? If you don't, where do you draw line where it impacts the art or music they have created? This topic has been brought up on many occasions, whether it be Jonny Craig, Ronnie Radke or even The Dangerous Summer. What's more important to you? The music that has the impact to change lives for the better? Or being able to know that you support good people at the end of the day? Head to the replies to talk it out.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/20/12 - 06:29 AM
Earlier this week, Jason, Thomas, and I (along with various other people) were tweeting back and forth about the potential of a vinyl repress for Brand New's Deja Entendu. The conversation eventually evolved into a discussion of what vinyl records we covet and spawned the idea of this week's discussion thread. So vinyl lovers, what is your holy grail? What's a repressing you'd kill for or how much would you pay for an original pressing? What albums do you wish were actually pressed on vinyl (Cartel's Chroma was a popular answer on Twitter)? Let's get weird.
Drew Beringer on 11/29/12 - 01:32 PM
I was listening to Brandtson's Send Us a Signal last night, and it got me thinking about albums that are so good and yet most people probably don't own them or even know about them. Ummm ... and if that's not a good catalyst for a top 10 list, I don't know what is. So here are the top 10 albums that I think go unnoticed and you should check out. As always, there are obviously hundreds of others that could be included -- but these are the ones that I felt like sharing. Feel free to add any to the replies that you think people should check out. I linked all of them to their streaming versions on Rdio, so now you have no excuse to not check them out. Oh, and this isn't really in any...
Jason Tate on 11/19/12 - 11:01 AM
A few months back I was jotting down some thoughts on how my musical taste has grown the past couple of years, and especially the last decade. While I could sit here all day and tell you how I've delved into this genre from that genre and so on, one thing hit me: I care more about how something sounds than I did when I was younger. It's less about the lyrical mood my choice in music makes and more about the audible wrecking ball on every new record I come across these days. To me, that's what is important. Whether it's as simple as a bright pop-punk song or as devastating as the drop out in a post-rock song, it's all about a feeling created through caring about not only how well a song...
Adam Pfleider on 08/16/12 - 02:16 PM
The last few years certainly haven't been short on reunions. If you were in a band that reached cult status years after your disband, you may just be headlining festivals over current major selling artists who worship the stage you didn't play on for ten years. What makes us yearn for the reunion itself? Not every band went out on top to some, but some of us never even got a chance to make that judgement until years later. Still, no one can deny that a little nostalgia never hurt anyone.

I think the biggest incentive is when a band disbands after writing something so special with no follow-up. It's a Nolan film with a closer that keeps us guessing, "Well?! Is that it?! Need MOAR!" While...
Adam Pfleider on 07/26/12 - 03:21 PM
I really love the concept of split records. It's a way to gain a couple more tracks while waiting on a new LP, or even a way to see the direction a band may move into between records. One of the best parts may be buying a split which contains one of your favorite artists, and end up discovering a new favorite on the other side. Splits can also be a reflection of where artists once were versus what they became. Have you ever heard the Cave In/Piebald split? Two completely different bands then what they became, right? There are also instances where one band from one side of a split blows up and another doesn't. There are a lot of stories beyond just the music that lies in a split...
Adam Pfleider on 07/05/12 - 02:16 PM
I'm a few words short of my Consequential Apathy column this weak (check back tomorrow), but its main focus is what we as music listeners, and more importantly - fans! - are willing to pay for a piece of limited medium from our favorite bands. Last week I talked about physical ownership of music, so now it's time to narrow it down to a few pieces of tangible items in my collection I purchased - from CDs to DVDs to vinyl - some of which I bought when rent was due around the corner or was forced to eat Ramen for a week straight. I invite you to share your most special items in the replies and maybe how much (or for some how little compared to what it goes for now) you ended up obtaining it...
Adam Pfleider on 06/28/12 - 01:59 PM
We're barreling towards the end of June here, which means that the AP.net Staff's Mid-Year AOTY feature will be up very soon! But for now with today's Thursday Discussion, we're going to take a look at what we're anticipating moving forward in 2012. Both Kyle Huntington and I came up with 10 albums that we're excited for (all with release dates of July 1 or later), and we've written up some blurbs below. We feel the lists are pretty interesting, as Kyle and I listen to very different styles of music - while my most anticipated is The Gaslight Anthem, Kyle chose to put The xx at the top of his list. So scroll down to check out our lists, and head over to PropertyOfZack to read Zack...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/21/12 - 03:23 PM
I’ve lived in Florida my entire life. That means that I have no real sense of when seasons begin and end, as our summer runs from basically March until October. Then we get something that we call "winter," which is usually a couple weeks of lows in the 50s when girls decide to break out furry boots, then we’re back on our way to the sweltering sunlight. This past week in Gainesville has seen some particularly brutal weather, so this week’s Thursday Discussion centers around the topic of summer songs.

Naturally, pop-punk music is associated with the summertime most. We look for songs that are fast-paced, full of hooks and easy to sing along to. But in an attempt to avoid a list that's...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/14/12 - 11:53 AM
This shortened week is screwing with my brain. Here we are on Thursday, and I don't even know what day of the week it feels like ... but it's definitely not feeling like Thursday. Over the past few weeks I've attended a few graduations -- my college roommate is making me feel inferior by getting his MBA, and other friends are graduating and looking at a wonder-job-market in front of them. Is that too cruel? Is my sarcasm too thick? I can never tell. Anyway, after a tweet yesterday from a reader, the idea of a Thursday Discussion centered around the best "graduation" songs just felt right for today. First off, congrats to all you grads out there. Be it high-school, or college, or...
Jason Tate on 05/31/12 - 02:03 PM
If conventional wisdom is our guide, writing that second album can be a real bitch for a band. We hear phrases like "sophomore slump" or "sophomore jinx" all the time, yet I can't help but feel that the emphasis on that phenomenon is a little overblown, perhaps a product of our cultural predilection for focusing on the negative. For today, at least, let's turn our attention to those bands who didn't flounder when faced with the challenge of making LP2, but stepped up the plate and launched one over the fence.

Here, I've selected some noteworthy nothin'-but-net second albums and written some comments for each. I don't intend for this list to be the "best" sophomore albums or even...
Jeremy Aaron on 05/24/12 - 10:06 AM
I don't always know what I am going to write about for each week's Thursday Discussion. Sometimes there will be an event throughout the week that is just perfect for a starting point of inspiration for what I want to write about. Sometimes I'm looking at a bunch of random ideas I have stored in a notebook. This week my inspiration comes from a blog post I wrote late last night. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to say about the new The Gaslight Anthem album, trying to figure out exactly how I wanted to word a post about the album, band, and my thoughts on it. I haven't written a full on album review in a long time (apparently to Drew's chagrin) -- I enjoy being able to just...
Jason Tate on 05/17/12 - 02:29 PM
For this week’s Thursday Discussion Jason has handed over the torch to me, so without further ado I wanted to discuss a topic which was inspired by a news submission from one of our users combined with an idea I’d had for this feature for a little while now. Imagine that the year is 2040, which albums do you think future generations and our future selves would consider “greats” from recent years. To put some sort of time constraint on it let’s just include albums released between 1990 and 2010, much like there are many widely held greats from 1960-1980s across many genres such as David Bowie – Low, The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Michael Jackson - Thriller,...
Kyle Huntington on 05/10/12 - 12:15 PM
Last week I posted up a "demo day" post for our Thursday Discussion -- and you would be pleased to know that all of us on staff, and from the other sites, are pouring through the submissions to find the best of the best. Hopefully soon we'll have that completed and can move on to the next stage: voting. I'll let you know when that's ready. So, for this week I've decided to focus on one of our favorite AP.net arm-chair quarterback discussions: the bands that shoulda/coulda/woulda blown up.

There's not a day that goes by that you don't read in a news post someone claiming, "this band is about to blow uppppp" or "this band is going to be hugeeeee" or "I miss Midtown." Ok, that last one...
Jason Tate on 05/03/12 - 02:11 PM
Today I want to try something a little different on the website. We get sent new music every single day -- which is awesome, I love music, I love finding new bands. With that, one of the cool things about AP.net is that we've got a fantastic community that's always talking about new bands to check out on. So, I was thinking about this and came up with a new idea that I want to try in lieu of a Thursday Discussion today. What I'm thinking is that I want to open up a thread for a "demo day." Basically, you guys will post links to bands that we should check out in the replies (more information on formatting below), and then I'm going to get a bunch of people together and we're going to...
Jason Tate on 04/26/12 - 12:03 PM
Yesterday was a fun little walk down memory lane when we posted up some playlists and thoughts on the state of pop-punk in the music scene. I had a great time reading through all the comments, re-visiting a lot of the albums from my youth, and checking out some of the nu-pop-punk bands that are out there today. While I was getting lost in that thread, I started thinking about how much music can impact, change, and mean to all of us. It's one of those things that sometimes gets lost in the drama and gets overlooked in the "right now" culture of the music industry. This thought has been percolating all night -- and while reading over Adam's post earlier this morning, the lead quote...
Jason Tate on 04/19/12 - 04:47 PM
At 5pm (PST) tonight we'll have the fine folks from Hopeless Records here to chat on the website. It's definitely going to be a good time, and I wanted to make sure I got my "Thursday Discussion" topic up before it gets too close to the chat. With that in mind, I thought it made sense to pick my top 10 favorite Hopeless Records' releases. While I'm not expecting this one to be quite as giant as the Drive-Thru list, there are some ridiculously awesome albums in the Hopeless catalog.

If you haven't checked these ones out yet - I definitely recommend you do. I included links to streams where appropriate. Feel free to add in your own favorites as well. Oh, and don't forget to come...
Jason Tate on 04/12/12 - 12:25 PM
Well, as promised yesterday -- I've got a Thursday Discussion all ready for you. It's Friday, I know ... and we've got all kinds of crazy stuff going on today as well, but that doesn't mean we can't also talk about one of my favorite topics in music: lyrics. I'd say overall, lyrics draw me to a band more than just about anything else. I love a good vocal, sure ... but if the words are right, nothing else hits me in quite the same way. Now, we could discuss favorite lyricists (and this will be a future topic); however, for today what I am writing about are my top 10 favorite lyrical parts of a song. The actual words themselves.

As always I put some rules on my selection -- first,...
Jason Tate on 04/06/12 - 03:28 PM
Since we've got so much going on on the homepage today and an awesome chat coming up in just a few hours, I've decided to postpone my "Thursday Discussion" topic until tomorrow. I think it'll be a damn good one, but I really don't want everything to get lost with everything else that we have going on today.
Jason Tate on 04/05/12 - 02:07 PM
Yesterday on twitter I was talking a little bit about my love for b-sides. Like most of you, I follow a few bands with an unbridled passion. With that comes the idea that I am adamant about collecting all of their songs and not missing out on a rare gem. My 140 character rant was basically about how it's more and more difficult to actually compensate an artist for these rare songs. Unless they end up releasing a rarities album late in their career -- most of the time you're stuck pirating the b-side songs. They're either buried on imports, come with digital only full purchases of the band's album spread over a variety of retailers, or show up on youtube and I've got no...
Jason Tate on 03/29/12 - 02:44 PM
A few day ago, I was searching for something to listen to in the car ... doing one of those "scroll through everything in the iPod and still can't really figure out what I want to hear" things. I ended up putting on the Foo Fighter's live album, Skin and Bones. I've always loved the renditions of the tunes, and the sing-a-long-ness of the live recording. While listening - I got into a discussion with my wife about live recordings in general. Her take was that she just preferred to hear the studio recording, that while listening to a live album, most of the time, it just spurred her desire to go listen to the album instead. Understandable in some ways. Nine times out of ten, I'd...
Jason Tate on 03/22/12 - 02:22 PM
It's Thursday, my body and mind is still rebelling against daylight savings time. While other AP.net staffers are posting awesome videos, drinking a lot down at SXSW, and writing album reviews - I'm preparing my Thursday Discussion, and stealing glances at the March Madness games up in the upper right-hand corner of my screen. This week I decided to step away from the past few weeks of "unappreciated" talk - and move on to a topic I've always loved discussing: vocals.

My love for a band usually comes from the sum of its parts. The lyrics, the vocals, the instrumentals, the production -- all of these things play a role when I listen to a band and lead to the enjoyment that comes out...
Jason Tate on 03/15/12 - 01:57 PM
I've spent the past few Thursdays focusing on bands and albums I have found to be "underrated." Two weeks ago I picked the top 10 underrated bands that are no longer around, and last week it was "underrated albums" from bands that also have classics. What I've enjoyed most about these topics is that it allows me to talk about bands that I adore, but don't get as much love as I think they should. In the current musical landscape, we have a lot of choices with where we can spend our finite time. We can only check out so many bands on a daily/weekly/yearly basis ... and that means, inevitably, something is going to be left out. What I wanted to do this week, as I wrap up my...
Jason Tate on 03/08/12 - 04:29 PM
I've started looking forward to getting to post a "Thursday Discussion" topic each week. I wake up and try and get through all the news posting stories I can before mid-day. I then ignore emails for a little while just so I can write-up this post. I think that the discussions over the past few weeks have been great. This week I got an idea as I was posting about The Damnwells - I made an off the cuff remark about the band being so underrated that it hurt - and that's when it hit me. So, this week I've got it in my head to do a "most under-appreciated" bands column.

Basically, I went through my music collection and picked out 10 bands that I think are criminally under-rated. Maybe...
Jason Tate on 02/23/12 - 04:05 PM
We like to compare things. We seem, as a society, to enjoy taking the "new" and comparing it to "the old." When a new album comes out from a highly regarded artist, it takes only seconds until the comparisons are made. Is this as good as their debut? Why doesn't this sound like their most famous album? It's virtually impossible to escape it, and the idea behind it has inspired this week's "Thursday Discussion" topic. I wanted to branch out in a new direction with this column, and I was inspired by a post I saw in an earlier thread about the weight of an artist's first "major album" being so heavy, that they end up in a career of appearing to never be able to reclaim that former...
Jason Tate on 02/16/12 - 03:55 PM
I'm having one of those "fight off your colds" kinda days. Stupid common cold has me pouring tea down my gullet and wishing I could inject DayQuil directly into my veins. However, that doesn't mean I'm not going to power through with our "Thursday Discussion" for the week. The last two weeks have been a lot of fun as we've focused on the early days; we talked about Drive-Thru Records and we looked at the ridiculously awesome albums in the 2001-2003 era. One of the things that continued to pop-up during our discussion last week was just how special this time period was for so many of you. Even those that weren't really into the music scene during those years were talking about the...
Jason Tate on 02/09/12 - 01:59 PM
I'm unsure if we're ever going to be able to top last week's "Thursday Discussion" post, because that was definitely one of the highlights of the feature for me. However, it's a new day - and that means we aim big. Since we've been having a lot of fun with the "nostalgia-tinged" posts of the past few weeks, I decided to stay on that track. And since we've been having a lot of good discussions around the "2001-2003" era of music, I think that's where I'll start this week's list. I am picking my top 10 albums from that time frame. Basically, I consider every single one of these records a classic and a "must own" - and looking at it now: holy hell what a great time for music. I think...
Jason Tate on 02/02/12 - 03:26 PM
Chances are, if you're over drinking age and you've been visiting this website for a while ... you're part of what I'm coining the Drive-Thru Records generation. For a large group of us - this label defined a good portion of our formative years. Reading over the past couple threads about the label showcases just what an attachment so many of us had with this label and their bands. This connection is part of the reason I think so many people are confused about just what the fuck happened to a label that seemed on top of their game. And there's obviously an emotional attachment to the music. These were the records that defined our lives. The albums that became the soundtracks to...
Jason Tate on 01/26/12 - 01:13 PM
I've never really wrapped my head around the idea that "EP" stands for extended play, and yet its the shorter version of an album. Extended seems, to me, to mean even longer than long play. Either way, you know the terminology, and I'm going to stop before I open myself up to too many jokes. The topic of today's "Thursday Discussion" post is: my favorite EPs. I feel like standing up for the little guy. The under-appreciated art of brevity. The brave souls that didn't stuff their albums with filler - and gave us EPs that left us wanting more. Those short little releases that introduced us to a band or a sound, and in some cases get more spins from me than the same band's...
Jason Tate on 01/19/12 - 12:39 PM
Last Thursday I broke out the nostalgia tinged "My Chinese Democracy List" feature for discussion. As fate would have it, this week brought us a healthy dose of yesteryear as we learned of reunions from At the Drive In, Refused, and The Receiving End of Sirens. For this week's Thursday discussion, I wanted to continue with this theme and touch on the top 10 reunions I would like to see. I had to put a few qualifiers on my list, otherwise I'd fill it up with stuff like The Beatles - so, the band members have to all still be alive and able to play (no Nirvana) and to make it more fun I'm not including relatively recent break-ups either (no Fall Out Boy, Thrice, or Thursday). I'd love...
Jason Tate on 01/12/12 - 01:15 PM
As I was scrolling through my iTunes the other day, I rediscovered my love for Brandtson. And as I was realizing how good (and underappreciated) the band was, it made me start thinking about a variety of albums, and collections of songs, that have gone "unreleased" by different bands over the years. So, I decided to make a list of the top 5 I'd love to hear if somehow they could ever see the light of day. Of course, the ones I don't know about would probably dominate this list. Feel free to add your own "Chinese Democracy" list, or any insider knowledge about the albums I mention, in the replies.

1) Brandtson - Turn Me on Dead Man
NoteThis is the band that got me thinking about this...
Jason Tate on 01/05/12 - 01:33 PM
Last night, I was able to catch Manchester Orchestra's Spring headlining tour. Not only was the band sharp, their openers were just as great. There was the gritty O'Brother, Chris Staples (Twothirtyeight, Discover America) and the jamming The Features.

It reminded me of the excitement of discovering new bands by going to see some of my favorite artists. Remember those days? Long before we were berated with Myspace pages and online features, getting to a show early meant two things: getting as close to the stage as possible and catching some fresh material from some fresh faces.

How many of you still catch something new and overwhelming when going to see your favorite bands? Who have...
Adam Pfleider on 03/04/10 - 11:57 AM
The "single" is a word that lost its worth at the beginning of the decade as its physical sales dwindled. As we approach the end of the same said decade, the digital medium certainly has changed that. With the ability to purchase the equivalent of a mixtape, some of us wonder what will become of the idea of the album - you know, all killer and no filler.

There's something intricate about an album that always messes with my brain when friends and work have the iTunes on shuffle. Is it me, or do you ever hear the end of a song and anticipate the breakdown, or vocal harmony or drum fill at the beginning of the next one? I anticipate the drums at the beginning of "Pattern Against User"...
Adam Pfleider on 12/10/09 - 12:48 PM
Happy Thanksgiving! What are you guys thankful for this year?
Adam Pfleider on 11/26/09 - 11:37 AM

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