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2010: A Year in Review
12/05/10 at 06:25 PM by Adrian Villagomez


2010: A Year in Review

Financial hardship is a common conversation point these days, and I didn't survive 2010 unscathed. Part-time retail hours, a layoff, unemployment checks, and an unhealthy heaping of disillusion were all on my mind this year. What does that have to do with my end of the year list, you ask? Well, when you're living on PB&J sandwiches, you can't really spare money for music. But my musical drought has ended (60-hour workweeks... thank God), and I made a late run to devour as much music as I could. I didn't reach my goal of thirty albums, but twenty-five isn't a bad consolation. I know I missed some albums I'll fall in love with later, and you should tell me what I still need to pick up. Of course, if there are some albums on my list you haven't listened to yet, get on it! Cheers to the new year.

Top Albums

Top AlbumsKevin Devine, where have you been all my life? Sure, I knew your duet "Cotton Crush" with Jesse Lacey was rockin' stuff, but I did not expect Brother's Blood to be my best musical experience of 2009. And why isn't everyone gushing over how very impressive Audrye Sessions' Radiohead/Muse inspired debut album is? Spread the word! I could blab about all these albums, but I'll save you the time - spend it listening to this excellent music instead.

Top Tracks

15. As Tall As Lions - "Is This Tomorrow?"
14. The Swellers - "Do You Feel Better Yet"
13. Paramore - "Where the Lines Overlap"
12. Portugal. The Man - "Do You"
11. Nightmare of You - "Hey Sweetheart"
10. Jay-Z - "Run This Town"
09. fun. - "Be Calm"
08. Brand New - "Bought a Bride"
07. Audrye Sessions - "Dust and Bones"
06. Manchester Orchestra - "Pride"
05. Third Eye Blind - "About to Break"

Third Eye Blind - "About to Break"I was walking alone on the ocean.
I felt a fever burning up all I am.
'Cause if there's one thing that I can't stand,
It's standing next to my fellow man.

04. Wale - "Shades"

Wale - "Shades"From a light skin girl to a dark skin brotha,
Shade doesn't matter, heart makes the lover.
Boy, you so beautiful.

03. Kevin Devine - "All of Everything, Erased" (this spot could be taken by any of the first five tracks off Brother's Blood)

Kevin Devine - "All of Everything, Erased"I prayed for providence,
God said, "Don't pray no more.
You went and made your mess.
Keep your blame off my feet."

02. P.O.S. - "Low Light Low Life"

P.O.S. - "Low Light Low Life"It seems we've fallen out of favor, the era ended on us.
Now the money's just paper, the houses all haunted.
We had a hell of a run before it caught up.
For all the corners cut we got an avalanche of sawdust.

01. mewithoutYou - "A Stick, a Carrot & String"

mewithoutYou - "A Stick, a Carrot & String"The horse's hay beneath his head
Our Lord was born to a manger bed,
That all whose wells run dry
Could drink of his supply.

Artist of the Year

P.O.S.

Artist of the YearWith one of the best albums of the year (featuring some of the most creative limited edition packaging I've ever seen), P.O.S. breathed new life into our scene in 2009. He earned himself a new group of loyal fans, and we're all looking forward to new music from the punk rocker turned hip-hopper.

Best New Band

fun.

Best New BandWipe those tears, fans of The Format, because fun. is pretty much the sweetest musical candy you could ask for. With its catchy pop hits ("All the Pretty Girls", "Walking the Dog") and heartfelt ditties ("Light a Roman Candle With Me", "The Gambler"), fun. came roaring out of the gates with Aim and Ignite. I'm thinking fun.'s freshman album is better than either of The Format's albums.

Most Disappointing Album

Say Anything - Say Anything

Most Disappointing Album...Is a Real Boy is full of wit, vulgarity, and young honesty; some may dub it a modern classic. In Defense of the Genre overextends its reach, but at least it hits its fair share of high points. Say Anything is simply forgettable. We should all be glad that Max Bemis is happily married, but his latest album is a pretty sad effort.

I Don't Get It

The Dangerous Summer - Reach For the Sun

I Don't Get ItI bought Reach For the Sun because Julia Conny seemed to really dig The Dangerous Summer. I have to admit, I don't see what the fuss is about. The album isn't bad, it just isn't very creative or special. The lyrics don't do much for me at all.

Releases I Rocked in 2009 That Weren't Released in 2009

AFI - Sing the Sorrow
Alkaline Trio - Crimson
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beautiful Mistake - This Is Who You Are
The Benjamins - The Art of Disappointment
Bush - The Science of Things
Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows
Cartel - Chroma
Cary Brothers - Who You Are
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Early November - The Acoustic EP
Eve 6 - Eve 6
Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swingin' Lovers!
The Format - Dog Problems
The Format - Snails
Green Day - Nimrod
Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel As School Children
Incubus - Make Yourself
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Jimmy Eat World - Static Prevails
John Anderson - Seminole Wind
Jonathan Vassar - The Hours and the Days
Lifetime - Jersey's Best Dancers
Midtown - Save the World, Lose the Girl
Muse - Absolution
MxPx - Teenage Politics
The Narrative - Just Say Yes
Ramones - Greatest Hits
Ramones - Ramones
Saves the Day - Can't Slow Down
Various Artists - La Bamba Original Soundtrack
Weezer - The Lion and the Witch

Released I Rocked in 2009 That Weren't Released in 2009Here are the quality albums and EPs I listened to for the first time in 2009. Well, a few of them I'd heard before (Green Day - Nimrod), but for the most part they were brand new listens for me. Pet Sounds is the first MP3 album I've purchased, and it opened up a new door for me when it comes to buying music. Gotta love Amazon MP3's awesome sales.

Crazy F@&%ing Song/Video I Couldn't Help But Love

Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Crazy F@&%ing Song/Video I Couldn't Help But LoveLady Gaga fascinates me. The outfits, the lyrics ("disco stick" is a hilarious euphemism), the fact that she actually sings live - what kind of pop artist does she think she is?? She's definitely an oddball, a throwback to some great showmen who came before her, namely Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Besides all that, songs like "Bad Romance" are way too catchy not to enjoy. Electro-funk verses combined with a traditional pop hook - consider me sold. And how about that video? It's like something Tool would think up, only less frightening and with more choreography. Yes, I am a bit googoo for Gaga.

Favorite Film

(500) Days of Summer

Favorite FilmJoseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the top young actors in Hollywood (alongside such greats as Ben Foster), so it's no wonder his performance helped catapult (500) Days of Summer to such critical acclaim. It's easy to smile from ear to ear when Gordon-Levitt's character dances through the streets after spending the night with his new lover, and it's just as distressing to watch that same joyful character's heart drop. (500) Days of Summer is a story about love that breaks away from cliche, replacing it with fresh narrative technique and a real relationship to delve in. It's lovely.

Best New TV Show

Modern Family

Best New TV ShowModern Family shines using the mockumentary format made famous by The Office, and the show's writing is near perfect. Its characters are interesting, likable, and pretty hilarious. If you haven't fallen in love with this not-so-traditional sitcom yet, you don't know what you're missing. Ed O'Neill picked the perfect time to return to the forefront of television.

Historic TV Moment

The Seinfeld Reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm

Historic TV MomentHere's something I learned in 2009: Curb Your Enthusiasm is prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay good. I'm a huge Seinfeld fan, so when I heard there was going to be a Seinfeld reunion on the HBO series, I knew it was time for me to become a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan. "The Seinfeld Reunion" actually extends to multiple episodes (not just one moment), and that's definitely something to be thankful for. Oh, and here's one more reason to check out Curb Your Enthusiasm: Leon Black is comedic gold.

Smiley That Should Be Renamed :adrian: in the Future



Keep Up with Me in 2010

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2009: A Year in Review
01/16/10 at 12:00 AM by Adrian Villagomez


2009: A Year in Review

Put aside that Star Trek Blu-ray, it's time to reflect on the great music that was released in 2009. I think my list of top albums this year is pretty varied, so maybe it'll help you discover some new music that tickles your fancy. Next year I hope to listen to more hip-hop (new and old) and tons of Beatles songs (want!). If you think of an album from 2009 that is sorely missing from my list, let me know.

Top Albums

30. Alex Day - Parrot Stories
29. Andrew Bird - Noble Beast
28. Weezer - Raditude
27. Fake Problems - It's Great to Be Alive
26. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
25. Clipse - Til the Casket Drops
24. John Nolan - Height
23. We Were Promised Jetpacks - These Four Walls
22. Mansions - New Best Friends
21. The Swellers - Ups and Downsizing
20. As Tall As Lions - You Can't Take It with You
19. Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
18. Little Boots - Hands
17. Dinosaur Jr. - Farm
16. Ace Enders and a Million Different People - When I Hit the Ground
15. Wale - Attention Deficit
14. Heartsounds - Until We Surrender
13. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
12. Paramore - brand new eyes
11. All the Day Holiday - The Things We've Grown to Love
10. Brand New - Daisy
09. Portugal. The Man - The Satanic Satanist
08. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
07. mewithoutYou - It's All Crazy! It's All False! It's All a Dream! It's Alright
06. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
05. Audrye Sessions - Audrye Sessions
04. Nightmare of You - Infomaniac
03. P.O.S. - Never Better
02. fun. - Aim and Ignite
01. Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood

Top AlbumsKevin Devine, where have you been all my life? Sure, I knew your duet "Cotton Crush" with Jesse Lacey was rockin' stuff, but I did not expect Brother's Blood to be my best musical experience of 2009. And why isn't everyone gushing over how very impressive Audrye Sessions' Radiohead/Muse inspired debut album is? Spread the word! I could blab about all these albums, but I'll save you the time - spend it listening to this excellent music instead.

Top Tracks

15. As Tall As Lions - "Is This Tomorrow?"
14. The Swellers - "Do You Feel Better Yet"
13. Paramore - "Where the Lines Overlap"
12. Portugal. The Man - "Do You"
11. Nightmare of You - "Hey Sweetheart"
10. Jay-Z - "Run This Town"
09. fun. - "Be Calm"
08. Brand New - "Bought a Bride"
07. Audrye Sessions - "Dust and Bones"
06. Manchester Orchestra - "Pride"
05. Third Eye Blind - "About to Break"

Third Eye Blind - "About to Break"I was walking alone on the ocean.
I felt a fever burning up all I am.
'Cause if there's one thing that I can't stand,
It's standing next to my fellow man.

04. Wale - "Shades"

Wale - "Shades"From a light skin girl to a dark skin brotha,
Shade doesn't matter, heart makes the lover.
Boy, you so beautiful.

03. Kevin Devine - "All of Everything, Erased" (this spot could be taken by any of the first five tracks off Brother's Blood)

Kevin Devine - "All of Everything, Erased"I prayed for providence,
God said, "Don't pray no more.
You went and made your mess.
Keep your blame off my feet."

02. P.O.S. - "Low Light Low Life"

P.O.S. - "Low Light Low Life"It seems we've fallen out of favor, the era ended on us.
Now the money's just paper, the houses all haunted.
We had a hell of a run before it caught up.
For all the corners cut we got an avalanche of sawdust.

01. mewithoutYou - "A Stick, a Carrot & String"

mewithoutYou - "A Stick, a Carrot & String"The horse's hay beneath his head
Our Lord was born to a manger bed,
That all whose wells run dry
Could drink of his supply.

Artist of the Year

P.O.S.

Artist of the YearWith one of the best albums of the year (featuring some of the most creative limited edition packaging I've ever seen), P.O.S. breathed new life into our scene in 2009. He earned himself a new group of loyal fans, and we're all looking forward to new music from the punk rocker turned hip-hopper.

Best New Band

fun.

Best New BandWipe those tears, fans of The Format, because fun. is pretty much the sweetest musical candy you could ask for. With its catchy pop hits ("All the Pretty Girls", "Walking the Dog") and heartfelt ditties ("Light a Roman Candle With Me", "The Gambler"), fun. came roaring out of the gates with Aim and Ignite. I'm thinking fun.'s freshman album is better than either of The Format's albums.

Most Disappointing Album

Say Anything - Say Anything

Most Disappointing Album...Is a Real Boy is full of wit, vulgarity, and young honesty; some may dub it a modern classic. In Defense of the Genre overextends its reach, but at least it hits its fair share of high points. Say Anything is simply forgettable. We should all be glad that Max Bemis is happily married, but his latest album is a pretty sad effort.

I Don't Get It

The Dangerous Summer - Reach For the Sun

I Don't Get ItI bought Reach For the Sun because Julia Conny seemed to really dig The Dangerous Summer. I have to admit, I don't see what the fuss is about. The album isn't bad, it just isn't very creative or special. The lyrics don't do much for me at all.

Releases I Rocked in 2009 That Weren't Released in 2009

AFI - Sing the Sorrow
Alkaline Trio - Crimson
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beautiful Mistake - This Is Who You Are
The Benjamins - The Art of Disappointment
Bush - The Science of Things
Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows
Cartel - Chroma
Cary Brothers - Who You Are
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
The Early November - The Acoustic EP
Eve 6 - Eve 6
Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swingin' Lovers!
The Format - Dog Problems
The Format - Snails
Green Day - Nimrod
Gym Class Heroes - As Cruel As School Children
Incubus - Make Yourself
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Jimmy Eat World - Static Prevails
John Anderson - Seminole Wind
Jonathan Vassar - The Hours and the Days
Lifetime - Jersey's Best Dancers
Midtown - Save the World, Lose the Girl
Muse - Absolution
MxPx - Teenage Politics
The Narrative - Just Say Yes
Ramones - Greatest Hits
Ramones - Ramones
Saves the Day - Can't Slow Down
Various Artists - La Bamba Original Soundtrack
Weezer - The Lion and the Witch

Released I Rocked in 2009 That Weren't Released in 2009Here are the quality albums and EPs I listened to for the first time in 2009. Well, a few of them I'd heard before (Green Day - Nimrod), but for the most part they were brand new listens for me. Pet Sounds is the first MP3 album I've purchased, and it opened up a new door for me when it comes to buying music. Gotta love Amazon MP3's awesome sales.

Crazy F@&%ing Song/Video I Couldn't Help But Love

Lady Gaga - "Bad Romance"

Crazy F@&%ing Song/Video I Couldn't Help But LoveLady Gaga fascinates me. The outfits, the lyrics ("disco stick" is a hilarious euphemism), the fact that she actually sings live - what kind of pop artist does she think she is?? She's definitely an oddball, a throwback to some great showmen who came before her, namely Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. Besides all that, songs like "Bad Romance" are way too catchy not to enjoy. Electro-funk verses combined with a traditional pop hook - consider me sold. And how about that video? It's like something Tool would think up, only less frightening and with more choreography. Yes, I am a bit googoo for Gaga.

Favorite Film

(500) Days of Summer

Favorite FilmJoseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the top young actors in Hollywood (alongside such greats as Ben Foster), so it's no wonder his performance helped catapult (500) Days of Summer to such critical acclaim. It's easy to smile from ear to ear when Gordon-Levitt's character dances through the streets after spending the night with his new lover, and it's just as distressing to watch that same joyful character's heart drop. (500) Days of Summer is a story about love that breaks away from cliche, replacing it with fresh narrative technique and a real relationship to delve in. It's lovely.

Best New TV Show

Modern Family

Best New TV ShowModern Family shines using the mockumentary format made famous by The Office, and the show's writing is near perfect. Its characters are interesting, likable, and pretty hilarious. If you haven't fallen in love with this not-so-traditional sitcom yet, you don't know what you're missing. Ed O'Neill picked the perfect time to return to the forefront of television.

Historic TV Moment

The Seinfeld Reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm

Historic TV MomentHere's something I learned in 2009: Curb Your Enthusiasm is prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay good. I'm a huge Seinfeld fan, so when I heard there was going to be a Seinfeld reunion on the HBO series, I knew it was time for me to become a Curb Your Enthusiasm fan. "The Seinfeld Reunion" actually extends to multiple episodes (not just one moment), and that's definitely something to be thankful for. Oh, and here's one more reason to check out Curb Your Enthusiasm: Leon Black is comedic gold.

Smiley That Should Be Renamed :adrian: in the Future



Keep Up with Me in 2010

AP.net Profile | Blog | Last.fm | Twitter

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View other staff and band members' end of the year lists
Tags: absolutepunk business, aoty, best of 2009, eoty
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Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Unsigned
06/25/09 at 10:49 PM by Adrian Villagomez
You remember the Absolute 100, I'm sure. The AP.net staff secretly assembles a long list of bands that deserve positive attention, we post said list to much fanfare, and readers discover new favorite music in the process. I'd like to help out in compiling an impressive list for 2009, but the problem is I don't have a lot of time to scour the earth (aka Myspace) for "so-good-why-aren't-they-more-popular??" artists. So how about you help me out by naming some quality, lesser known acts (with accompanying links) in the comments section of this entry. Unsigned acts, preferably. Forget about bands that spray nauseating neon colors all over their Myspace pages, but don't be afraid to get genre creative -- I could use some new hip-hop in my life. C'mon, show me what I'm missin'.
Tags: absolutepunk business, absolute 100
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Two Years On Staff
06/04/09 at 10:46 PM by Adrian Villagomez
Two years ago (06/04/07) I became an AbsolutePunk.net staff member. Much love to my fellow staffers who keep this joint running and to the members who make it all worth it. Here's to another year and more great music.

Now that summer has started, it's a perfect time for shamelessly catchy power pop.
Tags: absolutepunk business, staff anniversary
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The Best News Post I've Ever Made
05/15/09 at 01:30 PM by Adrian Villagomez
The return of Blink-182 to the stage.
Tags: absolutepunk business, blink-182, news
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My Room (Under Mom's Roof)
03/30/09 at 01:29 AM by Adrian Villagomez
Now that college is over I'm in apartment limbo until I land a job. So for "AP.net Cribs" (don't sue us, MTV), I'm going to showcase my current headquarters at my mom's house, which I've been living in and out of for about seven years. I won't bother with pictures of the rest of the house, because those rooms don't have the Adrian stamp on them. With that being said, welcome to my space.



Bed, window, closet. Nothing crazy going on in here, but I did recently recover that Jimi Hendrix poster from my brother's old closet and give it a new home on my wall. Play on, Jimi.



While I was away at college my mom decided to move our former living room TV into my room. This thing is a beast. Since moving back it's provided me with hours of ER, Bones, and bad reality programing. It also stopped working about a week ago, so for now it's an over-sized paperweight. I'm in no rush to get it fixed.



Arctic White Maple Fretboard Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster and Peavey Rage 258 Guitar Amplifier with TransTube Technology. Both of these reliable machines are a little over a year old, and they are not shown enough attention.



I love reading, and this is one of three bookcases in the house. What you see are about 20% of the books hanging around my casa. With a few exceptions, this case is reserved for books I plan to read soon.



Masculine looking bed, I know. The only bedsheets I've ever purchased myself (navy blue) are on my queen sized monster, which is currently in another room. I really like the placement of the bed in regards to incoming window light - reverse the pillows and you got a prime reading area.



DVD collection with a Urethra Chronicles VHS (cowabunga, don't forget TMNT!) for cool points. Critique: needs seasons four and five of Entourage.



Here's a walk in closet women could be jealous of. I'm not big on owning tons of clothes, so I wisely use my space for more important things, like video games. And who's that waving you in...



... why, it's Spider-Man, complete with a billion posable joints! There's some collectible (i.e. nerdy) junk set up in my closet. Some comics, a couple Mr. Potato Heads, and one sweet X-Men lunchbox all have a home in here.



I own quite a bit of video games. These were mostly accumulated while I was working at Game Crazy and clearly had more money than I knew what to do with. I've only played a handful of these, and some of them (such as God of War, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (Limited Edition), Shadow of the Colossus, and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords) are still factory sealed. You can check out my collection over at IGN.com. Good to know that if I'm ever in a pinch I can sell all these for a couple thousand bucks.



Here's the packed CD tower organized in something like chronological order, with older purchases on the bottom. There's a Brand New / Safety in Numbers Split EP in there somewhere.



I'm looking to purchase a nice, sturdy wood case to hold all my CDs. Until then, these scattered jewel cases will sit atop video game and music boxes. My growing collection needs a new home.



Finally, lets step outside in the sunshine to take a look at my ride, a 2006 Pontiac G6. A big thank you goes out to moms everywhere who hand down sleek cars.

There you have it, folks. Thanks for taking a peek into my living area. Now make sure you check out other staff members' cribs that are clearly more badass than my own:

Julia Conny | Mike Kraft | Blake Solomon | Paul Tao
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"Porno" Breeds Views
01/17/09 at 02:16 AM by Adrian Villagomez
If you want thread views, drop "porno" in the thread title. I wonder how many searching perverts were disappointing by the lack of nudity in our Zack and Miri Make a Porno thread. It's probably the top viewed thread in AP.net Entertainment forum history.

Tags: absolutepunk business, entertainment forum, porno
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Guess What My #1 Album Is
12/23/08 at 07:59 PM by Adrian Villagomez
I finished my 'Best of 2008' article today, but for now it's still top secret until our wonderful Julia puts together the compiled staff list. We have a complex, state of the art system for deciding on the best albums of 2008, so Julia is probably hunched over a few supercomputers as I write this entry. You'll get all our results soon, so look forward to a good amount of reading.
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2008: A Year in Music Review
12/21/08 at 10:16 PM by Adrian Villagomez


2008: A Year in Music Review

Ah, another year with AbsolutePunk.net. I'm feeling like a veteran now. I'm Adrian (in case you don't know me), and below you'll find the music that shaped me in 2008. I'm fairly sure I've listened to more new music this year than any other year of my life, and I'm hoping to dive into even more in 2009. But in case I left out your favorite artist/release/etc., let me know what a dummy I am for missing ______. See you all in 2009, and thanks for the memories.

Top Albums

25. The Scenic - Find Yourself Here
24. Rivers Cuomo - Alone II: The Home Recordings of Rivers Cuomo
23. Matt Pryor - Confidence Man
22. Fall Out Boy - Folie ŗ Deux
21. The New Frontiers - Mending
20. Right Away, Great Captain! - The Eventually Home
19. The Matches - A Band in Hope
18. Good Old War - Only Way to Be Alone
17. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
16. Augustana - Can't Love, Can't Hurt
15. The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
14. Northstar - Broken Parachute
13. Ace Enders and a Million Different People - The Secret Wars
12. Tourmaline - The Swindle
11. Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
10. Dorsey - The Skeleton Show
09. Val Emmich - Little Daggers
08. Valencia - We All Need a Reason to Believe
07. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
06. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
05. Atmosphere - When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
04. Astronautalis - Pomegranate
03. Lydia - Illuminate
02. The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
01. Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow: A Musical

Noteworthy EPs

03. Straylight Run - Un Mas Dos
02. Manchester Orchestra - Let My Pride Be What's Left Behind
01. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - The Fiery Works II

Noteworthy EPsI only listened to a handful of EPs this year, so here they are. Funny enough I ended up reviewing two of them. All three are worth a try, but make sure you download The Fiery Works II for free. Nothing to lose, and as you can read below, it contains one of my favorite songs of the year.

Top Tracks

10. Matt Pryor - "Where Did I Go Wrong"
09. Lydia - "This is Twice Now"
08. Forgive Durden - "Meet the King"
07. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - "Drought of Snow"
06. Valencia - "All at Once"
05. Astronautalis - "The Wondersmith and His Sons"

Astronautalis - "The Wondersmith and His Sons"I am a lover, lady,
Who sees just what you dream.
I know you're going crazy
Livin' with him and without me.
You trust me, don't you baby?
Yeah, you'd hand your life to me.

04. Conor Oberst - "Danny Callahan"

Conor Oberst - "Danny Callahan"There's no system, there's no guarantee
That the love you feel you carry inside can be passed.
But you try, I know you do, you still talk to your plants.
Ask, "How are you gettin' on alone?"

03. The New Frontiers - "Black Lungs"

The New Frontiers - "Black Lungs"If I was blind,
Said that everything's fine,
Would you kick me out the back door?
Or would you show me what I'm looking for?

02. Atmosphere - "Dreamer"

Atmosphere - "Dreamer"Little girl was her first reason to breathe,
And her little man was the first man she believed in.
She gotta live right and do right by self.
She do for self, she don't want your help.

01. The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"

The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my first wife.
Everybody leaves, and I'd expect as much from you.
I saw tail lights last night in a dream about my old life.
Everybody leaves, so why, why wouldn't you?

Best Cover Art

10. Young Widows - Old Wounds
09. Search the City - A Fire So Big the Heavens Can See It
08. The Human Abstract - Midheaven
07. Lydia - Illuminate
06. Transistor Transistor - Ruined Lives
05. God is an Astronaut - God is an Astronaut
04. Johnny Foreigner - Waited Up Til It Was Light
03. Blacklisted - Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God
02. Wolftron - Flesh & Fears
01. Sleepmakeswaves - In Today Already Walks Tomorrow

Best Cover ArtA note to bands that actually care about having their cover art make it onto my end of the year lists: if the central figures on your respective covers have their arms spread out wide, they have a good chance of landing you a spot in my top five. I haven't listened to most of these albums yet, but I sure am interested after being taken in by their covers.

Best Music Video

Manchester Orchestra - "I Can Barely Breathe"

Runners-Up:

Manchester Orchestra - "Golden Ticket"
Manchester Orchestra - "Now That You're Home"

Best Music VideoA dark spin on The Wizard of Oz, a drawn bird flying to life across pages, and a stop-motion lumberjack with one lofty goal - Manchester Orchestra's music videos are an unusual blend of creativity and graphic savvy. Enjoy them, and make sure to pick up the band's album I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child if you don't own it yet.

Band of the Year

Forgive Durden

Artists Discovered (Past and Present)

+44
Ace Enders and a Million Different People
Aqualung
Astronautalis
Atmosphere
Augustana
Autopilot Off
Blackpool Lights
Bon Iver
Conor Oberst
The Gaslight Anthem
Good Old War
The Graduate
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
The Hold Steady
The Kooks
Lydia
Matt Pryor
Modest Mouse
The New Frontiers
Radiohead
Right Away, Great Captain!
Tourmaline
Val Emmich
Valencia
Vampire Weekend
Wolftron

Artists Discovered (Past and Present)Here are the "new" artists I listened to in 2008. Some of these artists are brand new (like Good Old War), but most of them were established before 2008. I'm not attempting to pass off the older artists as newly established, I'm simply listing off what's new to me. Of course I heard some of these artists before 2008 (see: Radiohead), but it was this year that I finally listened to one or more of their albums/EPs. As you can tell by the list, it's been a great year for discovery.

Best New Feature on AP.net

Amazon MP3 Deal of the Week

Best New Feature on AP.netI'm a big fan of Amazon.com, so of course I was excited when Jason let the staff members know that we were going to be teaming with the uber-popular online retailer. Now we're working with Amazon MP3 to "bring inexpensive, high-quality, DRM free music to our readers" - how wonderful. This means we can give readers the heads up when our favorite albums (example 1, 2) are available for download at about the price of a Happy Meal. Make sure to keep up to date with these deals, and also check out AbsolutePunk.net's Recommended Listening. We know what good is.

AP.net Thread of the Year

Lol Wut

Runner-Up:

Thursday - Common Existence - Feb 17th

AP.net Thread of the YearAP.net and Amy Hopler. Amy Hopler and AP.net. It's cyclical, it's disturbing, it's funny as hell. If you're looking for a twisted romance heavily steeped in AbsolutePunk.net "epic" history, make sure to read the first post by anamericangod in "Lol Wut." And if you want to skip ahead to the fireworks in "Thursday - Common Existence - Feb 17th," check this out.

Most Anticipated Releases of 2009

16. I Am the Avalanche
15. Third Eye Blind
14. New Found Glory
13. Saves the Day
12. Two Tongues
11. Say Anything
10. +44
09. Kevin Devine
08. Radiohead
07. The Decemberists
06. Straylight Run
05. mewithoutYou
04. Fun
03. Manchester Orchestra
02. Bright Eyes
01. Brand New

Smiley That Should Be Renamed :adrian: in the Future



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Interview the AP.net Staff: My Answers
10/18/08 at 11:22 PM by Adrian Villagomez


Hi, my name is Adrian. Those of you who follow this blog probably already know that, but I'm writing this introduction for the benefit of anyone who followed this link from the staff interview. I've been hanging around AbsolutePunk.net for a long time, though I've only been on staff for a little over a year. I have a few duties around here, not very glamerous overall, but it's highly rewarding to be a part of AP.net. I've lived in Texas most of my life, but I'm planning on moving out of state next year with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. Some of my hobbies include listening to music (duh), reading, and playing video games. There's a ton more to find out about me in the answers below, so please enjoy.

AP.net: How did all of you come about being staff on the site?

Adrian VG: Before I joined staff I was a registered member for a loooong time. I was more of a casual visitor, posting occasionally in news threads, though I always admired AP.net and its staff members. About April 2007 I started posting on the site a lot more, and the idea of joining Jason Tate and company became a driving passion. So, I pestered the hell out of Jason, constantly reminding him of my intention to become a staff member Ė I even volunteered to work on the FAQ section if he needed help with it. After months of bugging the hell out of him, he mentioned the possibility of having me help out with the weekly entertainment round-up. I helped Mr. Joe DeAndrea with the round-up for a few weeks, and as far as Iím concerned, this post convinced Jason I deserved a spot on staff Ė I was hired that night (cue an image of me jumping for joy). It was my best night on AP.net ever.

What's your favorite part about being staff?

My favorite part is receiving ďthank youĒ messages from individuals. Itís nice to have people reading my reviews and checking out my blog, but the personal messages are the best (this includes messages from bands, producers, fans, etc.). But to be more specific, receiving messages from AP.net members thanking me for introducing them to ______ or simply thanking me for my work is a phenomenal feeling.

What's an obligation you do as a staff member that readers might not realize requires the amount of work it does?

Compiling multiple reviews for a news post takes more time than people might think. Itís a lot of copying and pasting, really mundane work (extreme example). Also, I can be terrible at returning e-mails and private messages, so those are extra work too I suppose.

Have there been any news posts you've felt proud to break to the world and/or be a part of?

"We're a band called The Format. We make weak pop music. What the fuck would you fight at our show for?" There are always going to be idiots attending shows, and Iím glad this jerk was busted by The Format. Probably the best news post I ever made.

Any forum drama you'll never forget?

Iíve been around for a while, and thereís been a lot of drama over the years. To take it old school, AP.net vs. man-overboard.net was a big deal back in the day. If I remember correctly, both sites started out as Blink 182 fan sites, and when AP.net upgraded to a more general music site, so did man-overboard.net. There was clear competition (ďanimosityĒ would probably fit) between Jason and the other siteís webmaster, which resulted in too-fun-to-look-away public tongue lashings. Jasonís always been e-fighting with other webmasters; heís a real brawler, that one. And of course, who can forget scene points? Those were epic. Most of the people who use ďepicĒ in regards to AP.net toss around the word too casually. I donít.

What is the meaning of life?

To seek out the meaning of life, and to leave the world a better place than when entered.

Do you guys find it easy to balance your jobs and your staff duties on here?

I balance school and staff duties here without much stress, but Iím actually refraining from a part-time job largely due to my time spent on the website.

Do you enjoy getting to know AP members and users on the forums?

For sure. There was a period last year when I was averaging 30 Ė 100 posts a day, so I regularly conversed with the same members day in, day out. Iíve cut down on posting, but I still enjoy talking to members when opportunities arise. Moving away from the casual, there are some members on the website I could see myself becoming good friends with if I wasnít (relatively) isolated in Texas.

What bands would you consider most important in the scene today?

Hmm, this question is pretty broad, and can encompass the past, so Iím going to comment on two bands that are alive and kicking. When it comes to mainstream status and area of influence, Iíd say Fall Out Boy have made, and continue to make, a huge impact. I see them as the Blink 182 for the kids who are in high school now. Iíd also like to mention Brand New because of their popularity within the scene and their ability to modify their sound while still remaining undeniably relevant. They may not ever grace the largest of stages, but those of us who have latched onto the band wonít let them go easily.

What bands have shaped the way you look at music?

Classic rockers such as Boston and The Who, 90s alternative rock bands like The Wallflowers and Bush, Blink-182, and too many others to list.

Who is the sexiest of them all?

Not me (but thanks, DrewB).

Adrian: who would you rather live with, Jason or Anton? (Same question for the other two, just the other people subbed).

If living with Anton means Iíd have to move East, Iíd rather head West with Jason. Then Iíd call up Anton and convince him to move over as well Ė he can bring his Nintendo Wii with him.

Are you guys all friends?

Oh yeah, I like everyone on staff. Iíve hung out with Blake ("Cake"), Drew ("Paper Walls"), and Lally ("Who needs a shirt?"), and I would like to see them again sometime in the future. Iím also sure to seek out Anton (we owe each other beers) and Jason (he can show me his Spider-Man toys) down the road; Iíve conversed with both of them throughout the past year, and Iíd like to get to know them better.

What's the staff forum like?

Behind the scenes music drama, website brainstorming and work, and the occasional staff chatting. Itís a must read.

What's been your favorite big thread that people talk about months after its creation?

Iím going to steal Blakeís answer, because that thread was tons of fun. Now I just have to find a real girl who wants to have public sex with me in my open jeep after buying groceries from a gas station in the nude.

All staffers should tell what their favorite band, book, and movie are in this.

Favorite band: Brand New. Favorite book: I have no absolute favorite, but I recently fell in love with Watchmen. Favorite movie: Pulp Fiction.

What is one thing about AP.net you would change but cannot for whatever reason (too difficult to implement/disagreements/etc.)?

I like the site name, but I realize it has affected us in negative ways, and it probably would be better changed.

Do any of you hate each other?

I donít hate anybody here.

What's your favorite flavor pop-tart?

Strawberry.

How many hours of sleep have you lost because of ap.net [working, chatting, etc.]?

Iím unsure, though the exact number would be too embarrassing to reveal.

What ever happened to Frank Giaramita? Do you think he's still alive?

Last Login: 06:05 AM (07/03/06)

How many beers has Blake Solomon drank in one sitting?

Probably a whole keg full. Blake knows how to par-tay.

Where and when were each and every one of the staff members conceived, and how long did said mating session last?

Made in Mexico slash Texas, (re)produced in 1985ģ.

Whats the biggest perk of being on staff?

Getting a hold of new music I wouldnít check out on my own.

Do any of you guys hope to work in other areas of the music business in the future?

ďBusiness,Ē no, not really. But creating music with a group, well, thatís another story.

Who is the biggest asshole on the staff?

Scott Irvine, but I like it.

Anyone bands in the scene you really hate?

I havenít heard a second of music from most bands in the scene that are ďhated.Ē So I donít know exactly what Metro Station sound like, and judging from what others say, thatís a good thing.

Anton, how do you pronounce your last name?

ďDJ-ah-moooooose.Ē

How do the absoluteexclusives and front page spotlights get decided on? Is it record company money, staff taste or what? Could you please put some non-flavor of the moment scene bands on there?

With some bands itís pretty much a no-brainer and no debate is needed Ė if Thrice want to give us an AE, weíre going to take it while the offer is hot. Itís the same deal with other bands we strongly support. And if Jason or GPress want to give a band an ABSOLUTExclusive spot, they got it. Otherwise the staff makes a group decision about the band, usually through a poll in the staff forum. And I can tell you from experience there have been many ďflavor of the moment scene bandsĒ shot down in the staff forum.

Oh and as a follow up, Staff: when there is a new band you are really getting into, do you make it a point to put their news out on the homepage and/or bug the boss to make an absoluteexclusive out of them?

I usually gush about new bands and releases in my blog rather than any other outlet, though I have posted news for bands Iím preferential towards.

Are there any recent albums you think will still be remembered 4 or 5 decades in the future?

Forty years, eh? I plan on keeping all of my albums, so Iíll remember most of everything. And though the mainstream uses and disposes of music as quickly as possible Ė see: MTV Ė the music that shapes us is not easily extinguished from memory.

Ideal tours?

Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Northstar, just to make the boy inside of me giddy with joy. Yep, my answer implies time travel.

Favorite releases of 08 so far?

Thanks for the reminder Ė I really need to listen to more music from í08 before the year is up. Right now I really like When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold by Atmosphere and The Secret Wars by Ace Enders and a Million Different People.

Thoughts on how the music industry can save itself from self destruction?

Record labels need to sign bands that deserve to have their music heard, not the bands that produce the same sound thatís been heard 100 times before.

Who makes the lamest jokes?

Blakestar, but they make me laugh since Iím lame myself.

Are any of you actual musicians?

I recently bought an electric guitar, which I play casually, and for years I played the bass guitar.

Biggest disappointments of the year?

Some tracks on A Band in Hope by The Matches are pretty weak. Thatís probably my biggest disappointment.

Thoughts on the new emotronic trend?

I hadnít heard of it until now.

If Metro Station plays a show and there's no one around to see them, do they still suck ass?

How philosophical. Iím sure some kids like the band, so let them have their fun.

Who was the photographer bitch that looked like a haggard clown, can't remember her name, where'd she go?

Jac Vanek is a Buzznet girl now, isnít she?

Do you keep in touch with old staffers? Carlson?

Iíve talked with a few former staffers before, but not in any major capacity. Fun fact: Rob Carlson was the second staff member added to my friends list after Jason. That was back in í05, and I have the ďAutomated System MessageĒ to prove it.

What brought you to AP.net in the first place?

Back when I was about fourteen I became a huge fan of Blink 182 and was searching online for some information on the band. I stumbled upon AbsolutePunk.net, a Blink 182 + MxPx fansite that was soon closing down its doors so the webmaster could start up a music website. Iíve been here ever since.

If you could ban any other staff member, who would it be?

Iíd ban Jason for a day, because it would be funny and the guy deserves a day off.

What were your former usernames before becoming staff members?

Emopunk (2002 - 2005), Nameless Hero (2005 - 2007).

Which staff member do you think has the horrible taste in music?

Lame question.

Any guilty pleasures that not many other people know?

I listen to country music sometimes, but I donít feel guilty about it. I would feel shamed if I was ever busted singing along to a pop tune like ďThese WordsĒ by Natasha Bedingfield in a falsettoÖ which Iím not doing right nowÖ

What is the most embarrassing thing you've said/done?

Iíve embarrassed myself countless times, but Iíll take this opportunity to share an embarrassing moment my friend experienced when we were on Brand Newís tour bus a few years ago. As my friend was walking up to Vin Accardi for an autograph, he placed his foot on a video game controller, and rather than put his full weight down and perhaps break the hardware, he let himself fall to the floor instead. My friend hurried to his feet, after which Vin gave him a quizzical look and asked, ďDid you just do that?Ē

Seeeeriously, if you guys bought a song from Max Bemis are you going to let us hear it? I thought that was the plan all along...

Jealous much? Sorry, I had to. I think Jason will hand out the song eventually; for now itís just an inside treat for us.

What are your hidden talents?

Thatís between my lover and me.

And what site is your biggest competition?

AbsolutePunk.net has a reputation for surpassing its competition, so whoever they are, they wonít be competition for long.

What do you see as the current [and potential] role of AP.net in the music industry? Considering all the promotions, tour sponsorships, exclusives and whatnot, do you see the website expanding into any other specific ventures in the future?

AP.net is going to grow in the areas it excels in. So when it comes to introducing new bands to the masses, featuring exclusives from current favorites, and so forth, weíre going to continue as a great resource for music lovers. But I also think Jason is going to keep AP.net close to its core, and I donít see him attempting to turn ďAbsolutePunkĒ into the next big record label or magazine, at least not anytime soon.

I know almost nothing about the behind the scenes. How does the job system work? Do you all get in an office or is it all online and you guys just meet up on your own time. How do people get staff'd?

We staffers are spread out all over North America, so our meeting point is the staff forum of the website, where we interact on our own time. Iíd say the official AP.net office is located in Jasonís house Ė thatís where the magic happens. People are hired onto staff when they show they can benefit the website in some way, and specific members are usually recommended by current staff members.

It seemed like Jason used to review albums a lot. What happened with that?

Jason is now blogging his ideas about new albums in his popular ďFirst ImpressionsĒ feature. To be honest, I wish Jason still reviewed albums. Years ago when I was a much more casual member of the website I enjoyed reading Jasonís reviews. I still remember in his review of Living Well is the Best Revenge, a few tracks in he said something like, ďIf youíre not jumping on your bed and playing the air guitar by this point, you donít know good music.Ē They were fun reads written by someone I could relate to.

If fruits could be president, which one would you vote for and why?

I would vote for an apple thatís joined by a cabinet of assorted (and delicious) fruits.

How many of you are in college (or have gone already)? What are (or were) your majors?

I attend the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Iím an English major. I used to minor in Philosophy, but Iíve since dropped that like a bad habit.

You get three albums to take to an island and three bands can come to play live at any time. However, the three bands cannot have written the three albums you have taken. The live bands play what they want also, meaning you cannot say "Play this album for me live." What bands and albums would you choose?

Three albums: Pinkerton by Weezer, Stay What You Are by Saves the Day, and Decomposer by The Matches. Three bands: blink-182, Brand New, and The Get Up Kids.

Boxers or briefs? (for the males)

Boxers. My boys need to breathe.

McDonald's, BK or Wendy's?

Itís the King for a reason.

Coke or Pepsi?

Coca-Cola, preferably bottled in Mexico.

Fall Out Boy good or bad? I say bad.

Good. And From Under the Cork Tree is better than Take This to Your Grave.

Favorite color?

Blue.

How many sugars in your coffee?

Two, please.

Yankees or Red Sox...? if you had to pick.

Iím from the South, so the rivalry means little to me. Iíll go with the Red Sox because of those sweet Boston accents.

Shower or bath?

Shower.

Which band members lurk on here constantly that you know of?

Band members who constantly lurk are the ones who arenít logged in, so I wouldnít know.

What are your happiest and saddest days as music fans?

Iím not sure about the saddest, but I was probably happiest being crammed near the stage at a Brand New show when they were touring with Hot Rod Circuit and Eisley. It was the Deja Entendu era, you understand.

How do you all know each other/work together when you're not all living in the same place? The wonders of the internet, I'm sure, but is it difficult/annoying?

The staff forum and e-mail exchanges keep us running without too much trouble. Iím sure itís an easier system than staff conference calls would be.

Where do you think the future of pop-punk is going?

Iím pretty out of the loop when it comes to pop punk. Yes, Iím pretty tired of it, and no, itís not going to disappear yet. I figured All Time Low would be MTVís mini-Fall Out Boy by this point, but Iím not sure if thatís happened or not.

How many emails does Tate get a day?

I get five e-mails a day and I canít handle them. Jason gets about 500.

What other offers did absolutepunk/Tate get besides Buzznet in the past?

I know heís been offered A&R jobs, though there have to be tons of offers I donít know about.

What's your favorite show you've attended?

To quote myself, "I was probably happiest being crammed near the stage at a Brand New show when they were touring with Hot Rod Circuit and Eisley. It was the Deja Entendu era, you understand." This was somewhere in Texas, sometime after Deja Entendu was released. Hey, Julia and I match!

Who's the best live band you've seen?

I havenít seen many bands live, but I was very impressed by the way Billie Joe Armstrong and company held captive an entire amphitheatre of kids on my date of the Pop Disaster tour (see further below). Green Day were pros that night.

What's your favorite review on this site, and who wrote it?

Iíd probably pick one of Jasonís older reviews if they were still in the database; also, Blake is constantly fascinating me with his writing style.

Thoughts on Pitchfork?

I donít visit other music websites. Are we battling them like we did punknews.org?

To everyone except Jason: If you all made decent-good money, would you work here full-time? ..as a career?

Yes. It would be fantastic to work for my favorite website and continue my own creative endeavors at the same time.

Why is ap.net always referred to as ap.net? Isn't that confusing for newbies because the actual website http://www.ap.net is COMPLETELY unrelated? I mean, I guess if you're already here you know how to get here, but it's a little weird isn't it?

I like it, I use it. Itís not tough to get used to in this abbreviated text message-centric world we live in.

Would you rather go deaf or go blind?

I donít want to think about losing a sense.

If you could only listen to one album the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pinkerton by Weezer. Easy choice.

Favorite song of all time?

Damn, tough choice. ďEverlongĒ by the Foo Fighters.

What is one band that a lot of people on here like (for instance, Brand New, lol) but you cannot get into?

For me itís more like, ďWhat bands do people gush about that you still havenít given a chance?Ē Anberlin, Death Cab for Cutie, Elliott Smith, the list goes on.

Who benches the most?

Chris ďCatastropheĒ Fallon.

Who is always the one that falls asleep first and gets messed with at all the ap.net staff member slumber parties?

Blake, but only because he wants the attention.

Who is the biggest drama queen in the secret staff forum?

The staff members who arenít on staff anymore.

One thing you absolutely hate about this site?

People who are tough (see: unwarranted dickheads) with a keyboard, but would skirt from a fight (verbal or otherwise) in real life. But this complaint extends far beyond AP.net.

One thing you absolutely love about this site?

When people connect through music, movies, or life in general.

What year do you think Brand New will release their next album in?

2009.

What are your opinions on the Jonas Brothers?

Havenít bothered to form one.

Favorite scene trend?

ďDon't cut your fabric to this year's fashion.Ē I've always dug that album title.

The next big genre?

Rock Ďní roll.

What are you afraid of? (failure, spiders, sock puppets etc)

Aliens.

Does it suck to keep a level of professionalism when you post about bands you absolutely despise?

Iíve posted about bands I donít like Ė itís no big deal. I canít say I ďabsolutely despiseĒ any bands Iíve posted about though.

Have you ever faced legal issues concerning the website?

I have not yet been served a subpoena.

Best staff prank?

I donít know if itís the best, but I have a special place in my heart for my initiation.

What's the best avatar you've ever seen?

King Jason.

Have you ever had an experience when you've received an album you'd never heard of and instantly thought. "These guys are gonna go places"?

The Long Goodbye by Dorsey.

How many hours a day, on average, are you guys just sitting on a computer?

Two to five.

What's your favorite band from MORE than ten years ago?

The Get Up Kids. If they donít count, Iíll say Boston.

Who is/was your favorite boyband?

Blink 182.

Over the next few months, what releases are each of you looking forward to most?

Manchester Orchestra EP/DVD. Julia and I match once again.

If somebody had to CEO other than Jason, who would it be?

Jason has said GPress. I say GPress, Anton, and Julia.

If AP.net were a high school, what roles would each of you take on (nerd, jock, whore, etc)?

Geek.

What was your first real concert you attended?

My first show was the Pop Disaster Tour in Selma, Texas at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. It was on May 10, 2002, and as with every show back in high school, my friends and I drove for hours to get there. Jimmy Eat World opened, Green Day followed, and Blink 182 closed.

How often do staff see each other in person?

Itís a rare (and delightful) occasion for me.

What's the greatest opportunity/event you've experienced because you were AP staff?

I should work on creating a better answer to this question.

Do you have one central building somewhere where you pop in from time to time, or Jason's house?

Oh yeah, I hang out at Jasonís house all the time. Just the other day Jesse Lacey, Pete Wentz, and Max Bemis showed up to play foosball and watch Gossip Girl.

What is one idea you would like to see implemented into the site?

The return of AbsoluteINK. Anamericangod can be hired to help Blake with it once it really takes off. Iíd also like band members to have more of a presence posting around the site.

What was the most difficult thing you had to do for your job?

Trying to keep up with the user review queue after the feature exploded and before Chris was hired.

Is there something you listen to that would surprise us?

Brooks & Dunn and Run-D.M.C. may surprise some people.

Do any of you think that Victory Records has any worthwhile artists signed at the moment? If so, who are they?

The only recent Victory Records album Iíve heard is Find Yourself Here by The Scenic, and I like it.

Who are your respective favorite record labels?

I donít judge according to record label, but I have an affinity for Vagrant Records. Remember, they released Something to Write Home About. Iím also keeping an eye on Favorite Gentlemen and Procrastinate! Music Traitors.

40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Knocked Up, or Pineapple Express. Which is the funniest?

40 Year Old Virgin. I laughed out loud quite a bit during Pineapple Express, but I was drinking at the time, which assisted the comedy.

Do you guys feel like you're making an impact on the way people view bands? Say you don't like a band and write about your opinion will carry over to a user?

I think some people will listen to a band if I praise them, so I suppose the inverse may be true. But if I donít like a band, I usually donít bother voicing my opinion.

If you weren't/aren't committed to anyone in a relationship in the "real world," who would you most want to date and/or marry from AP.net - member or employee? Facebook? MySpace? (Other sites inserted here)? Why?

Does Natalie Portman post here?

How many hours per day do you listen to music?

A bit more than the hours Iím in front of the computer, so two to six hours a day. I always listen to burned CDs in my car, and yeah, I sing along too.

Favorite brands of cereal/what do you generally eat for breakfast, if at all?

I donít usually catch breakfast, but Kellogg's Special K Red Berries is my favorite cereal.

How much time do you put into the site weekly?

I check in on the site every few hours during the day, and I actually put in work anywhere from three to ten hours per week. This particular interview is taking a long time to complete!

So whats the whole story with Jared Kaufman leaving? I just remember lots of drama.

Iíd welcome Jared back with open arms.

When is Madison Bleek / Absolutedrama.com coming back? That gossip board was the shit.

Madison Bleek moved to Russia to escape the AP.net related controversy. He (or she) will not be returning.

How many of your real life friends know about what you do on AP?

My good friends know. Iíve even made profiles for some of them filled with inside jokes that no one but me finds funny.

What would you be doing with your life if AP didn't exist?

Tough to say, since Iíve been hanging around this website for about half of my life. This website has shaped and affected me in big ways. Still, Iím sure Iíd be much the same person, except Iíd have a different hobby to occupy my time throughout the day.

Favorite memory? Proudest moment as a member of the staff?

My favorite memory is getting hired, and Iím always happiest when I receive ďthank youĒ messages.

Even though not much time has passed, are you happy with (any of) the changes that AP has gone through?

Quite a bit of time has passed (in internet years), and I see this website constantly improving. I donít want to think about life before Who Quoted Me? or the User Control Panel.

If you could choose any one more site member to be a staff member, in any capacity (either moderator, reviewer, user review editor etc), who would it be?

duffmanrxbandit (interviewer, reviewer, blogger), okcomputer1016 (reviewer), CatchThePhoenix (reviewer), anamericangod (weíll work it out), El_Jeffe (music forum moderator).

How many songs do you have on your Ipod/MP3 player?

660 at the moment. But thatís only about 5% of my music library.

What is everyone's favorite 80's pop/synth-pop song?

ďTake on MeĒ by a-ha.

What movie has your favorite music in it?

American Pie. I love the scene when Stifler opens the door to his house and shoos away the band geeks Ė I believe Oleander can be heard coming from inside. Can't Hardly Wait has a great soundtrack as well. Also, Garden State implements The Shins beautifully.

Who is your favorite user on the site (not a staff member)?

hardluck.

What band has contributed most to AP.net?

Fall Out Boy.

How is it determined what bands/members get their user names in blue?

Being signed to a record label is usually a distinguishing factor.

What is each of your Mega Tour consisting of:
1 headliner band active today
1 band that is defunct or no longer active
1 band that is not big yet but you want to break out
1 band that is underground/local that is not well known


Brand New / The Get Up Kids / Manchester Orchestra / David Shultz and the Skyline.

If you read through all of these words, accept my thanks. Also, if you think I'm cool enough go ahead and add me as a friend on AP.net and Facebook. All the best.
Tags: absolutepunk business, adrian villagomez, staff interview
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Tyrannosaurus Travis
10/16/08 at 07:45 PM by Adrian Villagomez
Props to rookie staffer Travis Parno for being such a hard worker. I was a big fan of Travis' writing back when he was a user reviewer, and now he has a wider audience to impress with his talent. But I'm writing this as a public thanks for his editing work with user reviews, which is much appreciated. Great job buddy, you're a first-rate addition to the AP.net team.
Tags: absolutepunk business, staff, thank you, travis parno
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Wikipedia Cares About Adrian Villagomez
10/03/08 at 07:54 PM by Adrian Villagomez


I know this is weak in comparison to Jason's hundreds of platinum records, but consider me pleasantly surprised.

Oh, and that Straylight Run review surpassed 5,000 views, making it my most viewed review to date. It's also the 20th review I've written for AP.net. Shazam!
Tags: absolutepunk business, cool, review, wikipedia
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Wikipedia Doesn't Care About AbsolutePunk.net
09/30/08 at 06:18 PM by Adrian Villagomez


Get that "citations for verification" and "notability guideline for web content" shit outta here. Some1 fix plz thnx.
Tags: absolutepunk business, complaint, stupid, wikipedia
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Hang on It's a Long Ride, Never Seems to End
09/15/08 at 04:24 PM by Adrian Villagomez
Remember the staff interview we're working on? It's going to be massive. It took me days to contribute my part (I responded to most of the questions), and staff members keep piling on more answers. I've been reading the responses as they're posted by individual staff members, which makes it manageable (and fun!), but the final result is going to be tough to get through. I hope Jason gets long winded with his responses and we have an even grander finished product. I'm looking forward to reading Anton's responses, which he's probably working on right now.

I have a huge pile of books to read for my final semester of college. Huuuuge. More than 20, less than a billion. Somewhere in between. Given the gray hairs forming on my head while I'm simply thinking of the mountains of words I have to climb between now and December, I may be invisible from time to time. In all honesty, the less AP.net for me in the coming months, the better. I'll pop in for work when I can, but I'm already spreading thin.

For those interested, in the past few weeks I've been listening to the following bands: The Decemberists, The Format, The New Amsterdams, Straylight Run, Augustana, Lydia, and David Shultz. Maybe I'll write up some formal recommendations for some of those bands, but we'll see about that.

Who else is excited about the Cowboys / Eagles game tonight? In case you're on the fence about who to root for, remember that Tony Romo will help you if you're unhappily stuck with a flat tire. Lets go 'Boys!
Tags: absolutepunk business, college, life, utsa
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Julia Conny and the Absolute 100
09/02/08 at 06:07 PM by Adrian Villagomez
"Julia Conny and the Absolute 100" - sounds kind of like a hip band name, no? I prefer "Conny Ball Z and the Absolute 100."

Anyway, everyone should give Julia a big e-hug for all the work she put into the Absolute 100 feature this year, just like she did last year. Not only is she a talented writer, but a hard worker as well, someone who's always willing to lend a hand. She's basically the queen and the duchess of AP.net rolled into one crazy cool package. Thanks Ms. Conny, you rock our world.



Absolute 100 Plug: A Great Big Pile of Leaves.
Tags: absolutepunk business, absolute 100, julia conny, staff
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