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In response to AltPress.com's column today about why 5 Seconds Of Summer are important to pop-punk, I've written an opinion piece about why that's just not true...but how there are a few bands that could help the genre move back into the mainstream spotlight. Check it out in the replies.
In the mainstream media, “pop-punk” is used as a simple and quick catch-all to describe any band that might ever sound for a minute or two like it might one day play the Vans Warped Tour. It’s an easy way to get a point across for people who, genuinely, probably do not know or care about the nuances behind what makes a pop-punk band different from a punk band different from a pop-rock band different...
Thomas Nassiff on 05/05/14 - 04:55 PM
Too Long; Do Read is back, and our June feature highlights Make Do and Mend and its phenomenal new album, Everything You Ever Loved. Check out No Place Feels Like Home Anymore, the story of how life on the road helped Make Do and Mend write its best record yet, where vocalist James Carroll opens up about his struggles with heavy touring, the band's shift in sound, and what it's been like working with Rise Records. We've got some songs for you to stream in the article while you read.
From the ArticleCarroll tells us a story about last year’s Krazy Fest, being out to dinner with his band and their manager, discussing where to go with the next album. They talked to everyone, he says…all of...
Thomas Nassiff on 06/20/12 - 11:03 AM
Today we are excitedly teaming up with our friends in The Wonder Years and Stay Ahead of the Weather, along with Hopeless Records, to bring you a stream of the Punk Is Dead. Get A Job. split, which comes out April 24. You can listen to the songs and check out our Too Long; Do Read cover article for April right here. If You Get A Chance To Win, Take It traces how The Wonder Years have grown steadily from the release of The Upsides to their first "big-boy headliner" on this year's GK Tour. It also gets into important stuff like haircuts and tattoos. Leave your thoughts on the article and the new songs in the replies.
In fact, that growth has led to a point in time where there is another...
Thomas Nassiff on 04/17/12 - 08:53 AM
A lot of folks around these parts have been clamoring for a more in-depth look at Kickstarter and other crowd-funding models. I did some research, interviewed a couple dozen people and ended up with my Too Long; Do Read article for March, called Kickstart This: Crowd-Funding Websites Help Creators Bypass Traditional Forms of Investment. As you'll see from the beginning of the article, it's not just about music - crowd-funding websites are used by many different types of people, so the article is a more business-oriented look into the increasing popularity of these models and offering some insight from bands like The Narrative and Five Iron Frenzy as to what their Kickstarter experiences...
Thomas Nassiff on 03/29/12 - 11:04 AM
The February edition of Too Long; Do Read finds us catching up with Silverstein before the band's release of Short Songs on February 7th via Hopeless Records. The record contains 11 original songs and 11 covers of punk bands that influence Silverstein, with none of the tracks topping 90 seconds. Head here to read my feature on the band, titled "Keeping Punk Rock Elite: How Looking Back Is Helping Silverstein Move Forward." In the article, you can find two exclusive song streams - one of album opener "Sick As Your Secrets" and one of a cover of Gob's "236 E. Broadway." Thoughts welcome.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/31/12 - 07:48 AM
Today I am excited to bring you guys a new type of feature (called Too Long; Do Read) we'll be doing on the site every month. As part of a project I'm working on, I'll be writing these lengthy, cover-story, feature-typey articles once per month. January's feature is about Mixtapes, which is now recording its debut full-length for No Sleep Records. So if you are down for some morningtime reading, grab a coffee and pull up my feature on the band, titled "Cut the Bullshit and Get To Living: The Story of Mixtapes." Included in the feature are a few photos exclusive to AP.net and the exclusive premier of the group's music video for "You'd Better Bring More Dudes." Please leave your thoughts...
Thomas Nassiff on 01/11/12 - 08:55 AM

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