What is your respect really worth? Look at yourself.
What is it worth?
Since he poked the bear I decided that this blog post is entirely about Aloneinthedark. There, I've officially called you out like Raneri did to that those other guys. Get offended by one word then realistically you got one long life ahead of you, kid.
Those bands aren't really pop-punk, though. Dream Homes by Dear Landlord is one of the best pop-punk records to come out in years. I'm not a huge fan of people classifying these pop-rock bands as pop-punk when they owe next to none of their sound to Screeching Weasel.
Jason Tate's Reply:
People should stop holding on to a genre label that looooong ago passed them by.
Is punk rock back? Or perhaps Dear Landlord just haven't been told that it's dead yet. Either way, Dear Landlord want to rule your headphones, and they have a pretty good shot. Why, you ask? Because their music an eclectic brand of Screeching Weasel and Rancid with some Dead to Me mixed in. They got gang shouts, frantic, short bursts of punk rock, and a rather rambunctious live show.
Their new record, Dream Homes (which you can buy here), is a big example of everything I've described before. Short, controlled bursts of fun punk rock that any punk (or even Oi!) fan is going to be blasting in his stereo for the rest of the year. You might even feel like you're in the mid 90's with this band blasting tunes in your ears.
The following three songs are from their new album, Dream Homes:
"Whiskey and Records"
Whiskey and Records
Buy the CD here!
Go out to one of their shows,buy some merch, and of course, tip your merch guy with money, not with sex. We don't need another incident.
While these Massholes have been at it for awhile, I think No Trigger needs some more support.
The boys of No Trigger formed quite awhile ago in 2000, and their raw brand of punk and hardcore has been thrashing up the east coast ever since. Gravel-like vocals, speedy, pounding drums and raw guitars highlight this band's repetoire, with straightforward lyrics and a live show that will kick you in the teeth.
The band sprouted up amongst the newer punk bands in the early 2000's, like Rise Against, A Wilhelm Scream, and Much the Same. They fit in well right away, and aside from a few CD-Rs they released a great EP called Extinction in Stereo and a stellar LP called Canyoneer. It was to be their latest release, which was in 2006. I'm throwing down a couple tracks from those releases for you to enjoy. If you want to buy them, or perhaps some No Trigger merch, head down here and grab yourself some.
If you're late to the party on The Hold Steady, then you obviously need to grab a drink and listen with me!
The men from Minneapolis straight up rock. That's it. If there is one band that makes you want grab a double whiskey and coke, it will definitely be The Hold Steady. The boys have been making critically acclaimed albums for quite some time now, but they have been getting more widespread attention in the last couple of years. They bring you a more classic sound of rock and roll, with beautiful keyed passages and rough but catchy vocals.
While they haven't released much lately, I figured I would do a write up on them. Why? BECAUSE A LOT OF YOU ARE NOT LISTENING TO THIS BAND. I'm pointing at YOU, person wearing the glasses! Their brand of rock is great, telling stories of long nights of drinking, love stories, and all done with true heart and talent. All of it is sincere, much better than that nevershoutwhatever bullshit!
The following are 3 songs from 3 separate releases, and you can purchase them all here.
"Your Little Hoodrat Friend" from the album Separation Sunday
Your Little Hoodrat Friend
"Hot Soft Light" from the album Boys and Girls in America
Hot Soft Light
"Constructive Summer" from the album Stay Positive
Go out to one of their shows! I guarantee you'll a fantastic time! And get some merch....
Oh and totally tip your merch guy, you spoiled brats!!
You know, I've seen a shitload of bands break up/go on hiatus in the last few months and honestly, I've probably heard of about 5% of them. Usually if a band makes even a minimal contribution to music I've probably heard of them. But lately, tiny fucking bands are breaking up and posting it on the site when 10 people have fucking heard of them. I'm sure there have been bands at this point who haven't made a full length and they feel they need to tell the world they broke up.
If you haven't been a band for more than 3-4 years or not released a full length, please don't "announce your break up". You never had it together to begin with. You're wasting news space.
A band that has been making basements and tiny venues shake in Seattle (and all over the country and Japan) has been the Shook Ones.
The first time you hear this band the first thing most hardcore purists say is: "wait is this a kid dynamite tribute band or something?" The answer is, no. The shook ones are their own being and to be honest, it's like your spazzy energetic friend in high school that sometimes didn't make sense. The band takes a deep hardcore punk sound and makes it a tad bit poppier, with hooks abound in the songs. Think of the band as a dangerous mix between Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, with a little bit of Saves the Day.
This band is pretty much on tour most of the year and are definitely a band worth going to see if just for its frantic pace and fun atmosphere. I'm going to bring you three tracks from their fucking excellent 2009 LP The Unquoteable A.M.H.
It's a furious blend of rock, punk and hardcore!
BTW If you need an absolutely beautiful Anthony Green kind of voice lulling you with his tones, don't listen to this band. Oh, and stop being so stuck up! If you like it, you can buy it here, or you can go to their show, support them by grabbing some merch, and tip your god damn mother fucking cunt swilling merch guy!
"Birds On Ice"
Birds on Ice
Buy the album here
Sit Ubu Sit, Good Dog.
Enjoy Your Thursday!
Who said Canada can't rock out? Living With Lions disagree!
The rough and tumble boys from Vancouver house are making something special. Something that wouldn't seem unfamiliar to a crowded basement or even CBGB's (RIP). The boys meld a bit of millencolin, a bit of A Wilhelm Scream and even some Loved Ones along with it. What you get is a ripping good time (yeah, I said it) with speed and raw power, all while having way too much fun to stand it. Whether it be slow or fast, these guys have it going on. The boys have hit the road running and have toured with the Swellers and are going to beripping it up with A Wilhelm Scream in October.
They have a new record called Make Your Mark and it's a sweet combo of fast and slow, poppy and hard, intricate and raw. It's a must buy for you music fans out there, so I would suggest it to anyone. The following are a few tracks from the album, and a link right here so that perhaps you feel inclined to grab a copy.
She's a Hack
A Bottle of Charades
Do you like? Buy it from the link above and tell all your friends you liked them before they became huge selloutz!?
Better yet, go to their shows, buy some merch, and tip your merch guy!
Polar Bear Club are pretty much the shit. Technical yet raw, emotional yet very very blunt.
The team of Jimmy Stadt, Emmett Menke, Nate Morris, Chris Browne and "Baby Goose" have created an electric combination of straightforward rock, punk and a bit of hardcore while they're at it. Think of it as perhaps the bastard child of Hot Water Music and Boys Night Out. The anchor of this band is Jimmy Stadt, possessing singing vocals that could calm a savage beast, but a bark that could scare a junkyard dog.
Yes, but a lot of APnet already knows about them. Why are you even doing a write up about them?
Because of Chasing Hamburg. The album I'm listening to right now could be on par with their stellar Sometimes Things Just Disappear and cause a big wave in this mostly saturated scene. It's a great record and I would recommend it to anyone who likes good rock and roll in general. Jump up on it, kids! I thought I would put something from each of their previous three releases.
"Election Day" from The Redder The Better EP
"Hollow Place" from Sometimes Things Just Disappear
"Living Saints" from Chasing Hamburg
Get on it! Buy what you can online and go to the show and grab a shirt, and don't forget to tip their merch guy!
Raging power chords are coming out of San Francisco and they are called Heartsounds
Heartsounds is a combo of Ben Murray and Laura Nichols and what they make is good, fast, pop punk. You may remember Laura and Ben from a Metal Band called Light this City. What they're bringing to the table is in the vein of the Swellers, Much the Same, a wee bit of Paramore (I mean WEE) and a modest scoop of The Loved Ones. You get Raging power chords, strong male and female tandem vocals (one of my favorite parts) and they're just starting up, so jump on that bandwagon now!
What your getting is straight up fast pop punk:
The Song Inside Me
Or even more of it, with Laura at lead vocals (with I believe is Nick from the Swellers as a guest)
I Climbed for Miles ft. Nick Diener
And For you folks who just can't get enough of that sweet mid paced pop punk!
These two are capable of big things, and you should friend them (unless you think that's weird) because they deserve it. I believe they have a pre-order on their myspace. Get out there and rock out to them!
I hope they become your favorite!
P.S. Yes, I realize the girl is really cute. Don't make it a selling point, make it the music!
Given the recent spike of new users it has definitely made this place into a madhouse. People taking drastic sides, people making threads only to be shat upon quickly, like a well placed surgical strike. To be honest, the things I'm so frustrated with regarding the website have NOTHING to do with me. But, It's like watching a city that you grew up in and shaped you become a slum full of stupidity, gossip, and an influx of social pariahs.
Seriously though, who gives a fuck about Gabe Saporta? Yeah, we get it, he helped get millionaires an EP released, therefore making the music scene less legitimate. When's the last time the scene has been legitimate anyways? Remember when WE were the enemy? Yeah, our scene's the one that "used to be good". Shit's changing, get over it. There will always be the bands that stand apart and make something listenable. Hell, there are bands that will give us hope. All I know is the interview doesn't matter anymore. Whatever he says is just going to make us angrier.
Honestly, I'm sick of being angry.
I haven't been blogging (meaningfully) for months. I finally figured out why. I just don't fucking care anymore. I used to love and care about the scene. But everyone who's been here for a long time (aside from the few that do a really excellent job of rolling with the punches) is turning into a bunch of broken fucking records. You can only do so much over the internet to fix things wrong. Or you can look at the futility of bitching about this kind of stuff.
I don't know about you, but I guess all of this bitching has just made me jaded. Jaded like the lot of you.
I'll leave you with this:
You can look at the scene and judge it as much as you want. Just remember this, please.
There are 2 genres of music now. Good Music and Bad Music. That's all.
"Anyway, what were we talking about? Oh, yeah! My opinion on music suddenly being free. Right. Love it. I think itís awesome. Canít say enough good things about it.
Look, this is a stupid conversation 100% of the time, and hereís why. Everyone would rather make money. If thereís a dude just digging holes because he loves digging holes, and then suddenly digging holes becomes profitable, and he can just do what heís been doing but heíll get a check for it, heíll take the fucking money (unless heís retarded). So pretending that the money just cheapens everything or it doesnít matter is, every time, disingenuous or plain old stupid. Youíd be dumb not to want to get paid for doing something you love. If I could get paid to hang out at a bar or get blowjobs from my old lady, Iíd jump at it. So IN WHAT FUCKING UNIVERSE IS A MUSICIAN GOING TO BE HAPPY THAT MUSIC IS SUDDENLY FREE???? BUT BUT BUT BUT, thatís the small half of why this is a stupid conversation.
The big half is this: itís free. It is. Thereís nothing you can do about it, thereís no point in acting like youíve been slighted. You havenít. Shitís changed. Remember the guy digging holes? When digging stops being profitable, he can either go back to digging like he did before, for the love of it, or he can fucking adapt and move on like HUMAN BEINGS DO EVERY FUCKING DAY, YOU PUSSIES!!!!!!
Look, there used to be an industry built around shoeing horses. There were places that made horseshoes, people who put em on, took em off, people that built the nails, I donít fucking knowÖbear with me. Well, at some point, probably right around when the car started getting popular, these poor schlongs all went out of business. You know why? The world changed. All the bitching in the world about tradition or how itís gentlemanly to ride a horse or how this one is right and this one is wrong didnít sway anything. Shit done changed and the option is, cry about it and look absolutely pathetic, or fucking sack up, look around and figure out what the fuck youíre gonna do.
I canít stand listening to these fuckers in the industry bitch about illegal downloadsÖNot because I wouldnít like more money. Of course I would, but itís so fucking wimpy. Itís like crying because itís raining. Hey, pussy! Itís gonna keep raining. You can either catch a cold crying out there, or you can fucking look for a place to dry off. I mean, musicians gripe and gripe because their profits are shrinking, and sure, that sucks, but the idea that since they used to make X amount of dollars and now they donít, theyíre allowed to just complain and throw a fit is just childish. Hey, I used to be allowed to shit my pants, and then some lady would come along and wipe my ass and put new pants on me. I used to shower in a room full of ten year old boys, I used to be able to eat cupcakes all day and never gain a pound. Thereís A FUCKING MILLION THINGS that change on this earth, every day, and some are a real bummer (not being able to just eat cupcakes) some are the result of taking responsibility for yourself (shitting my pants) and some are just what fucking happens when shit changes (Iím no longer ten). This situation with music is really all three, but humans are at our best and most innovative when we adapt. Thereís never been an exciting discovery made from complaining about the way things used to be. Thereís never been progress made by sitting stubbornly in the rain or the road and thereís never been a blowjob received by someone who was such a pussy that the world turned and they just rolled over and cried.
Thatís why this is a stupid conversation. I donít have time to complain about the fucking tides, man. Iíve got real shit to worry about. Right? Good. Now, can everyone please just shut up about it forever? The old way is done now. Fucking get used to it. Thank you."