I’ve spent more time in Logic Pro X over the last 48 hours than I care to admit. Now, following on the heels of yesterday’s special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, we have your regularly scheduled episode ready for listening. You can spend so much time with us over the weekend now! This week we touch on a variety of topics: Should we re-order how an artist has set a track listing? Why is everyone so judgemental online about music tastes? Are 5 Seconds of Summer a pop-punk band and why does anyone care? What is the point of an album review on AP.net? Will Andrew McMahon blow up this time? How did AP.net get popular and why? We tackle all these questions and more. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Shirts for a Cure were robbed yesterday at Warped Tour.
Yesterday, an unexpected misfortune struck Shirts for a Cure. Our booth on the Warped Tour was robbed of a significant amount of donations we have received throughout our summer fund raising effort. These funds were designated to help with our ongoing financial support of the Community Health Center in Chicago. We do not want to let this organization down so we are reaching out to you, our community of loyal supporters to help us continue to help others. Please help spread the word (repost, retweet, retumble) and donate at: http://apdot.net/1reNXuF Thank you. #fuckcancer
Dahling are getting ready to release their Near to Wanting EP on August 4. It’s four tracks of nice and fuzzy indie rock. You can stream the full thing in the replies, and then you can check out their tour dates with Teenage Swoon right below that. The EP will be released physically by Trends Die Records and digitally by Texas Is Funny Records.
Hit the replies to check out a new Rustie and Danny Brown collaboration called “Attak.” The song will appear on Rustie’s forthcoming sophomore release Green Language. The pair previously collaborated on Brown’s Old.
Some pop songs are timeless classics. Some play endlessly at weddings and on oldies stations. Others find renewed vigor in movie trailers or because their lyrics can be applied to Golden Grahams. Still others just, well disappear. We started with the top 10 songs of each year from 1900 to present (as calculated by the Whitburn Project), recording each songs Google hits, Wikipedia presence and last.fm scrobbles to calculate an obscurity score.
Title Fight have signed with Anti-Records and have a new album in the works. A video announcement is in the replies.
Title Fight States: “Our ability to choose our own path regardless of current or past status quos is a defining characteristic of Title Fight. We are humbled to be a part of the Anti- roster where we feel these qualities will be strengthened and supported.” Title Fight is in the studio now recording all new material with producer Will Yip and details on the forthcoming album are to be announced. Title Fight will play the This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia this July in addition to the Riot Fest dates in Toronto and Chicago this September.
If there is one thing I love in Austin, it’s going to punk shows. The crowds are always some of the coolest people with the craziest stories. July 16th was no exception, especially with Lower Class Brats and The Applicators, The Casualties filled Red 7 with killer energy.
Formed in 1990, The Casualties took the stage with less umph than Ive seen before but I think its because they were lacked the mohawk of frontman Jorge Herrera. The band tore through song after song of their enormous catalog, most of which is hardcore punk- so hardcore to the point that I cant always understand whats being said.
Living in Gainesville for four years taught me lots of things, and one of them was that there existed in Central and Northern Florida a hotbed of talented punk and emo bands. I watched groups like Gainesville’s Dikembe and Orlando’s You Blew It! play house shows before they signed to Tiny Engines and Topshelf Records, respectively, and I discovered Orlando’s Henrietta when they put out a split with Tallahassee’s Echo Base (who they will hit the road with this summer - dates in the replies) and South Florida’s Gillian Carter. Henrietta, which will release its debut LP, The Trick Is Not Minding, on August 28 via Animal Style, had a few older EPs which I then checked out at the time - and to my delight, they were another brilliantly talented Florida band that (again, at the time) wasn’t getting enough attention. Now they’re starting to get out there a bit more, and I’m happy to bring you an exclusive stream of their new song “Constantinople.” Check it out in the replies, and see how the band manages to meld weary, desperate-sounding vocals with its own brand of punk / post-hardcore / whatever you want to call it. It’s a finely tuned, finely crafted song that reflects the LP on a larger scale; rather than bludgeoning you with hook after hook or heavy-for-the-sake-of-being-heavy musicianship, Henrietta takes the time to let a song breathe and share its purpose. The Trick Is Not Minding is available for pre-order now.
Iceage has unveiled a brand new track titled “The Lord’s Favorite” with an official video which can be seen in the replies alongside some North American tour dates where the band will be showcasing new material from their as-yet unannounced new album.
You can read our interview with The Summer Sethere. The band is currently on the Warped Tour, and will be writing for a brand new record immediately after the tour is done, shooting for a Spring 2015 release.
Legendary came out in April of 2013, Id love to have a new record before April of 2015 just to say we got it out in under two years, thats really my main reasoning. I want to shorten the two year album cycle to about a year and a half, Id love to have it out in February.
You can read our interview with This Wild Lifehere. The band is currently on the Warped Tour, and will be releasing more video content in the fall, as well as writing new material. The band will also be one of the opening acts on Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil’s winter co-headling tour.
Were going to do a really large U.S. Tour in the winter that isnt going to allow us to do any fall touring because of Warped Tours radius clause. So well be home and weve discussed doing some different things. Were definitely going to put out more video content in that time, well be writing more because we want to get ahead of the next record our records been out for a month now, but were already writing.
SBTRKT will be releasing his new record, Wonder Where We Land, on September 23rd via Young Turks. You can check out the album artwork in the replies, as well as a stream of “NEW DORP. NEW YORK.” which features Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.
01) Day 1
02) Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)
04) Higher (feat. Raury)
05) Day 5
06) Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)
07) Osea (feat. Koreless)
08) Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
09) NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat Ezra Koenig)
10) Everybody Knows
11) Problem (Solved) (feat. Jessie Ware)
12) If It Happens (feat. Sampha)
13) Gon Stay (feat. Sampha)
14) The Light (feat. Denai Moore)
15) Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg)
Bear Hands have had some great success with their single “Giants” off their album, Distraction. So we’re lucky to bring you the premiere of the band performing the single stripped down for AltarTV. Head to the replies to check it out.
Beck's Song Reader will be seeing a traditional release on July 29th. Pre-orders are now up.
Benefiting the non-profit 826 Foundation, the Beck Song Reader album includes newly-recorded versions of all 20 songs from the original release by an all-star collection of performers including Jack White, Norah Jones, Fun., Jack Black, Juanes, Jarvis Cocker, Jeff Tweedy and many others including Beck himself.
In celebration of this week’s release of Anberlin's final album, Lowborn, we are posting an in-depth, three-part interview special looking back over the band’s 12-year career. Part II with vocalist Stephen Christian can be found here, while part I with drummer Nate Young is here.
Ive had so much success in the long term, and Im not trying to say it in any monetized way or the amount of CD sales. Im saying it by the fact that I went out, and Ill be able to tell my grandkids one day, Hey, follow your dreams, and really mean it, and then say that I did. I went out, had this crazy pipedream, and I just pursued it with all I had. Look at the places I got to go, and look at the people I got to meet, and look at the opportunities that I had, simply because I just wasnt scared to fail. I hope Ill be able to pass that on to other generations.
Purevolume has posted a video with artists talking about the ten year anniversary of Taking Back Sunday's Where You Want To Be. I’m unconvinced some of the bands are referring to the right album in the interviews, but still kinda cool — hit the replies to see for yourself.
Were going to put out a split EP in the fall with this rapper named GDP from Jersey. Hes a fantastic lyricist. I think it will be very positive. Hes in a project called #$ (Hash Money) its him and this DJ called Space Jesus. Tomorrow were going to meet up with him in Seattle. Hes going to come to all of the shows in California. Its all about keeping things freaky. It keeps things interesting.
You can now stream the new split from A Will Away and Head North. It’s out now via Giant MKT. You can also check out two new videos below - “Transparent People” from A Will Away’s side and “In The Water” from Head North’s side.