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The drummer of As Cities Burn has posted a blog concerning the backlash to their new song.
The most reasonable response I can come up with is kind of a "WTF did you expect?". Has As Cities Burn ever put out music that wasn't drastically different than a previous release? We change our band every time we get together. It's incredibly freeing. CNS was a product of wanting to break the chains of the HXC world and write music that could get us on tour with Jimmy Eat World. Going into HOHW, we pretty much knew we weren't going to be a band anymore so we said fuck it and LITERALLY wrote whatever we wanted. This included writing a song that we thought sounded like Tom Petty and then...
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:52 AM
Hands Like Houses vocalist Trenton Woodley has written a blog in response to Pixable's recent article on the lack of women on major music festivals, particularly Skate & Surf.
Jake Denning on 04/13/15 - 10:50 PM
Photographer Matt Vogel has posted two excellent blogs on his website about how to excel as a music photographer. Check out "My Workflow: How To Stay Sane as a Music Photographer" and "How To Create Value For Yourself as a Music Photographer" over on his website.
There are thousands of aspiring music photographers out there and standing out from the crowd isn't easy. This isn't a tell-all blog post for how to become successful but I wanted to share a few things that helped me get to a place where the bands I work for see me as a valuable asset of their team.
Anthony Sorendino on 01/19/15 - 07:10 AM
Jake Luhrs, lead vocalist of August Burns Red, has written a blog about Ferguson and the Christian church, which you can read over at HeartSupport.
The problem is that many of the comments on the civil rights issues being raised that we’ve seen from white “self proclaimed Christians” is one of back-biting, snide comments, and pointing to statistics on crime within the African-American community as opposed to getting to understand their brothers and sisters in Christ’s perspective and exactly why and how they’re hurting. Many don’t understand the systemic injustice and profiling that can happen to our brothers and sisters simply because of the color of their skin. And it’s because they’ve...
Jake Denning on 12/08/14 - 12:44 PM
Ben Weasel has written an open letter to Fat Mike about punching fans. Full thing is in the replies.
You and I both know this sort of thing barely registered a blip on the radar in punk not so long ago, but times have changed, my friend. It’s a brave new world, and you and I are a couple of dinosaurs, lumbering around, knocking into shit and making a nuisance of ourselves. The kids are not pleased. But not to worry – your PR expert Ben Weasel is here to save the day for you!

First, apologize. I know – you’ve done it. Not good enough. You need to apologize again. And again. And again. You need to keep apologizing for the rest of your life. People who had nothing to do with the...
Jason Tate on 11/06/14 - 03:23 PM
Bring Me the Horizon have responded to the criticism of their new song "Don't Look Down."
We appreciate the level of passion both good and bad for DLD. We are really proud of what we created, but at the same time, we understand peoples confusion and panic after hearing the track. We were approached by radio one to score a piece of music for a rescore of the movie Drive. Now if you’ve seen Drive i’m sure you will agree neither anything from our previous albums, nor drown would of fit very well with the vibe of that particular movie, so we decided to create a piece of music that did justice to the amazing scene we was given. we took the opportunity to make something completely different,...
Jason Tate on 10/30/14 - 12:02 PM
Mark Joseph Stern, writing for Slate, looks at the psychology and neuroscience for why nostalgia plays such a large role in our musical preferences.
To understand why we grow attached to certain songs, it helps to start with the brain’s 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 you’ll 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...
Jason Tate on 08/27/14 - 05:33 PM
Henry Rollins has posted another blog on LA Weekly.
In the short amount of space afforded here, hear me out. Like a lot of people, I have battled depression all my life. It’s nothing special, in that it’s too common to be considered unique. This state has made me have to do things in a certain way to remain operational. There have been some truly awful stretches, as I am sure there have been for anyone who deals with depression, that have at times rendered me almost paralytic. Hours pass and I slow-cook on a cold spit. I have likened it to being a peach in a can of syrup yet fully conscious. In an attempt to keep moving along, I must stay in the immediate present tense, acutely aware of...
Jason Tate on 08/25/14 - 03:45 PM
Grimes has penned a blog where she states she will not be donating money from the Ice Bucket Challenge to the ALS Association because they test on animals. In a statement to the Daily Banter, an ALSA spokesperson has responded:
Significant advances have been made in ALS and other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease using model systems such as rodents, flies and worms to better understand disease mechanisms and to develop therapies. With advances in technology made possible through research funding from the ALS Association, different approaches to minimize the use of these model systems are being developed. Similar to organizations globally, the ALS...
Jason Tate on 08/25/14 - 10:43 AM
Vox have written an article on the downfall of Mark Driscoll, the pastor at Mars Hill. If you're not familiar, this is the church where Dustin Kensrue is currently.
According to Kiley, Driscoll's steady "fall from grace" provides an illustration about how power can corrupt even the best of us. Kiley was loaned a copy of Driscoll's high school yearbook, which was a testament to how charismatic and likable he was: his many accolades included Most Likely to Succeed and Nicest Guy. "He wasn't always this macho, chest-thumping, I'm-gonna-kick-the-shit-out-of-you guy," said Kiley. There was a time, he said, when Driscoll genuinely seemed to want to help people.
Jason Tate on 08/25/14 - 10:36 AM
Henry Rollins issued an apology about his recent comments on suicide. LA Weekly will be posting another piece from Rollins on Monday.
For the last 9+ hours, I have been answering letters from people from all over the world. The anger is off the scale and in my opinion, well placed. The article I wrote in the LA Weekly about suicide caused a lot of hurt. This is perhaps one of the bigger understatements of all time. I read all the letters. Some of them were very long and the disappointment, resentment and ringing clarity was jarring. That I hurt anyone by what I said, and I did hurt many, disgusts me. It was not at all my intent but it most certainly was the result.

I have had a...
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/23/14 - 07:12 AM
Amir Goldberg, writing for Stanford Graduate School of Business:
We like believing that our decision to download a song to our smartphone is the result of conscious, perhaps even rational, individual choice. But above all, we are social animals. Every decision, even the most banal, is deeply rooted in our cultural identity. Musical taste is never merely about melody or lyrics. Studies find a consistent relationship between, on the one hand, ethnicity, education, and income, and, on the other, musical and other preferences. Our decisions tend to be similar to those who are like us socio-demographically. Struggles over the qualitative value of our preferences are therefore also struggles...
Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 03:21 PM
Henry Rollins has penned a piece for LA Weekly called "Fuck Suicide."
When someone negates their existence, they cancel themselves out in my mind. I have many records, books and films featuring people who have taken their own lives, and I regard them all with a bit of distain. When someone commits this act, he or she is out of my analog world. I know they existed, yet they have nullified their existence because they willfully removed themselves from life. They were real but now they are not. I no longer take this person seriously. I may be able to appreciate what he or she did artistically but it’s impossible to feel bad for them. Their life wasn’t cut short — it was purposely...
Jason Tate on 08/21/14 - 01:56 PM
Kate Bush has asked fans to not pull out cameras at her shows.
We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.
Jason Tate on 08/19/14 - 10:28 AM
Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees has penned a piece for The Guardian.
This past year I decided to come out, and since doing so – on my own terms, and in my own way – I have met and heard from hundreds of other men and women like me who feel deeply connected to their religious beliefs and yet are proudly, or sometimes shamefully, gay. As a proud gay Mormon man, I’ve received a lot of questions: How can you be Mormon and be gay? How can you be a part of a religion that doesn’t accept you?
Jason Tate on 08/18/14 - 11:24 AM
Stray From the Path have posted a blog post about the horrible situation currently unfolding in Ferguson, MO.
A lot of people have been asking for our thoughts on what is happening in Ferguson, MO. I will admit, as things started unfolding, I tried to stay away from social media. As I have talked out against the Police in the past…those conversations escalate almost immediately, and last time It was hard for me to keep my composure. My only hope is that now people will start to see what we are talking about. Journalists attacked, media has been blacked out, an 18 year old has been killed and the police are showing their true colors.
Jason Tate on 08/18/14 - 10:25 AM
Brian Eno has penned a second article about the conflict between Palestine and Israel. The first was posted last week.
How do you think it looks to the rest of the world when they see Israel mincing the Palestinians in Gaza and then discover that America is (still) giving them about 18 million dollars in military aid each day – while righteously proclaiming about Human Rights? And how do they feel when they see Tony Blair receiving a $1 million dollar Peace Prize from some Israeli institution presumably for managing to remain completely unresponsive to the Palestinians?
Jason Tate on 08/06/14 - 10:20 AM
David Byrne has published a letter from Brian Eno about the current Israel and Palestine conflict.
Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don't get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that's the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don't think that's the reason… but I have no idea what it could be. The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. All of you symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can't work it out: I know you're not the only people like...
Jason Tate on 07/30/14 - 01:24 PM
Brendan Kelly's penned a new blog about the "sexting" case currently taking place in Manassas, VA.
I don’t really think that I’m out of line when I say that a bunch of grown men pulling a kid into a room and injecting him with a drug that will cause him to get a boner and then taking pictures of said boner is a fucked up, terrible thing. Yet that’s exactly what seems to be on the verge of happening in Manassas, VA as retribution for a 17 year old guy texting a picture of his boner to his 15 year old then-girlfriend during a sexy text exchange. The girl seems to have texted pictures of herself to the boy as well, but it was the girl’s mom who found the boner on her daughter’s phone and...
Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 10:35 AM
Paul Blest, writing for The Runout:
It’s not about capitalism, or classism, or (laughably) adhering to a “corporate model,” or musicians trying to make a quick buck off of their fans. It’s about basic respect for another human that made something that you genuinely get enjoyment out of. If anyone alive in punk rock is adhering to a corporate model, it’s the fan that refuses to pay a fair price for shows, merch, and music. All of the hallmarks are there – benefitting, for the least amount of money, off of someone else’s work. These are sometimes the same people that claim to be “activists” (although their activism often amounts to nothing more than a few tweets) or in favor of workers’...
Jason Tate on 07/08/14 - 10:38 AM
Tim Cohen of The Fresh and Only's, writing for for Impose Magazine, gives his take on how artists should view critical feedback.
I agree that music is meant to be heard, discussed, danced to, felt by many and the world over. And each has the unalienable right to like or dislike whatever one experiences. This reviewer seems to identify as part of a bigger group, i.e. the listening public, and asserts that “nobody,” not one of them, wanted us to create said album. “Wow!” I thought for a second, “It really IS us against them, isn’t it?” But, reviewer: Speaking on behalf of more than just yourself, as an editorial journalist, is not only dangerous, it is symptomatic of a greater confusion....
Jason Tate on 07/07/14 - 10:25 PM
Taylor Swift has penned an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on the future of music:
In mentioning album sales, I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. It isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album, and as artists, that should challenge and motivate us.

There are always going to be those artists who break through on an emotional level and end up in people's lives forever. The way I see it, fans view music...
Jason Tate on 07/07/14 - 02:37 PM
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