Today, I’m proud to bring you the third AbsolutePlaylist member submission! Slangster (Ryan) brings us a playlist described as, “…giving off a vibe that makes me feel like going off on an adventure. They are all great to listen to on the open road or when staring down on the Earth from 5,000 miles high.” Check out the playlist in Rdio and Spotify renditions in the replies. To submit your own playlist, check out our submission thread!
It contains handwritten lyrics, an exclusive 7 inch vinyl, screen printed sheet music, an Ixora flower seed pack, and an early digital release of the album. 20% of all proceeds from this bundle will go towards a college fund for Ben Fenske, son of our late friend & former crew member, Justin Fenske.
That might be my favorite running gag in the AbsolutePunk Podcast, but it unfortunately rings a little too true this week. Due to some technical issues, Drew wasn’t able to join us for our recording, so you’ll have to deal with just Thomas and me. This week we look at a variety of topics: Follow-up from last week and looking at a few questions and comments we saw. Things like do we love music based on merit or past love for an artist? Does all music from our formative years hold up or does it get more of a critical “pass” as we get older? Then we talk a little about Thomas’ prediction in last week’s episode that Tim had left Transit — only to see it come true just hours after releasing the podcast. From there we dive into one of our favorite topics: growth of a band’s career and longevity. Why do similar bands see different outcomes from similar situations? How did All Time Low survive Dirty Work when Boys Like Girls never really recovered? Does social media savvy give some bands the upper hand in this regard? We finish the conversation with a discussion about live shows and what we are looking for from a live performance these days. Yes, Blink-182 ‘suck’ live and don’t sound like their albums — is that really a bad thing though? We offer a few different opinions on the matter. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Quiet Country Audio is kicking off a new season with Sleepy Hahas. The Buffalo, NY-based “psychedelic glam gospel synth pop” group took a break from working on their new album to perform four new tracks.
Ace Enders has posted a new song clip and video teaser — it’s in the replies.
a few months back i was mixing a record for another band. while each track was bouncing down (roughly 3-4 minuets each) i wrote 8 songs in that time, playing and singing the first thing that came into my mind. i recorded each as a voice memo in that moment and then built the song around that. so no metronome and very little edits. just a cracky voice memo that you can hear all over the album. thankfully trevor from el.de.te was there the whole time to document it.. here is a small piece of it!!
Hey, did you know barely anyone is buying albums? Well, the record industry hit a new low last week. Billboard is reporting that for the first time since album sales were counted, they’ve dropped below 4 million.
This week’s 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It’s also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.
1. Burden of Proof
3. Made of Broken Parts
4. The Cog in the Machine
5. Poison in the Well
6. Obsolete Absolute
7. Western Settlements
8. Burning Out in Style
9. One More Song
11. You Know Me
12. In Your Wake
Psych creator Steve Franks has teamed with rock musician Rivers Cuomo for DeTour, a single-camera comedy inspired by the Weezer frontmans real-life experiences. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. DeTour centers on a thirtysomething rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.
Just like last year, we’ll be hosting an unofficial Riot Fest afterparty during all the festivities on September 12-14 in Chicago. Glamour Kills is presenting three straight nights of DJ sets at Five Star Bar, and Saturday is the AP.net / PropertyOfZack party. Zack Zarrillo and I will be playing pop-punk and emo songs just like we did last year, and it was great to meet a BUNCH of community members, so we invite everyone to come out and say hi. Friday night will be hosted by Bob Nanna (Braid) and Mark Rose (Spitalfield), while Sunday night will be anchored by booking agent wunderkind Ryan Soroka. There’s a flier in the replies!
To understand why we grow attached to certain songs, it helps to start with the brains relationship with music in general. When we first hear a song, it stimulates our auditory cortex and we convert the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies into a coherent whole. From there, our reaction to music depends on how we interact with it. Sing along to a song in your head, and youll activate your premotor cortex, which helps plan and coordinate movements. Dance along, and your neurons will synchronize with the beat of the music. Pay close attention to the lyrics and instrumentation, and youll activate your parietal cortex, which helps you shift and maintain attention to different stimuli. Listen to a song that triggers personal memories, and your prefrontal cortex, which maintains information relevant to your personal life and relationships, will spring into action.
Stream a new track from The Moms called Business is Booming at New Noise Magazine. The band has also announced tour dates with Everything Ever - dates are below. Buy American releases September 23rd via Paper + Plastick Records.
Plug In Stereo's self-titled album, coming on next Tuesday, will be Trevor Dahl's last release under the monicker before moving on to a new solo project.
This album explores just about everything in my life that has happened since I started Plug In Stereo. I wrote “Better Off Alone” when leaving high school, I wrote “Give It Up” when my girlfriend and I broke up, I wrote “Hey There Little Bird” when I felt like giving up, etc, So the album is really going to let people know more about my personal life. I’ve been working on this collection of songs for a long long time. Some songs were written this year, some of them are 4 years old. I just wanted this album to be full of the best/most meaningful songs I’ve written since I started this project 6 years ago.
Six years is a long time, and a lot has changed since I started. I was 15 and it all started on accident. I was just making songs and putting them up on the Internet hoping people would listen, and somehow, you guys did. It went from a hobby to something that completely consumed my life in a matter of months, and I’ve had the most amazing experiences of my life so far because of the people I’ve gotten to meet and places I’ve gotten to perform. To anyone that has bought a CD, came to a show, or even just listened to one of my songs, I can’t thank you enough for supporting me.. you’ve truly changed my life. But having said that, I’ve had to go through some stuff this last couple years that has taken some of the fun out of it for me. I signed to a label, and it just wasn’t the experienced I was hoping for. I want to release music because I love creating it, but I haven’t been able to release music freely which has really been a bummer for me. I felt a lot of pressure about needing to have the right songs to make the label happy, but that’s not what music should be about. Songs should be felt and not forced. I write songs just about everyday, but I’ve only been able to release a handful of them. I’ve progressed and explored as a writer and I find myself starting to stray away from the style of songs I’ve written in the past for Plug In Stereo. With a heavy heart, I’m announcing that this is going to be the last Plug In Stereo album for a long time, and maybe forever.
It feels like it’s time to start a new chapter, with a new style of music. I just want to have fun again with creating songs. I want to be able to make whatever I feel like making without worrying about what anybody thinks besides my fans.
For my next chapter, I’ll be putting out music as Trevor Dahl. I’ve already written an album’s worth of music and I’ll be releasing more new music than ever now, so get excited.
I hope you love this last Plug In Stereo album and you get ready for my new project coming very soon. Once again, thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart.
"The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that. We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before," he says. "It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties, from a gentleman who had shot them, his name is George Seminara." The documentary is just one of several projects in the works. Among the others are a theatrical play, a book and a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached.