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After wanting to throw my computer against a wall when Logic Pro X stopped doing what I needed it to last week, I was finally able to get it working and put together our latest episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. This week's episode has booking agent Dave Shapiro from The Agency Group joining Zack and I. The conversation centers around what role a booking agent plays in a band's career and a lot of what goes on behind the scenes with bands and tours. Plus, I get to ask "who first came up with the idea for that bury the hatchet tour?" ... and then make snarky marketing department jokes. Good times all around and a really informative episode. The episode can be streamed and/or...
Jason Tate on 01/13/14 - 12:40 PM
By now you've probably had your fill with all of the "End of the Year" lists and whatnot, so naturally it's time to transition into what albums we're anticipating the most in 2014. I feel like this year's edition came a little bit earlier than usual, which is great because our list features over 80 prospective releases spanning over a wide array of different genres. Twelve months from now we'll see how well we did with our picks, but until then you should head on over into the replies and check out which albums we're excited for and why. As always, we welcome your own picks and discussion. Enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 01/13/14 - 07:41 AM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 01/12/14 - 06:48 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 01/12/14 - 08:21 AM
Continuing on with highlighting some of our individual Best of 2013 lists, today we're bringing you lists from staff members Thomas Nassiff, Kyle Huntington, and myself. We're also showing off industry lists from O'brother and Greg Dunn of Moving Mountains. There should be no shortage of new music to check out here, so start your Saturday off right with some albums you may have missed from 2013.
Jake Jenkins on 01/11/14 - 10:54 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 01/10/14 - 11:00 AM
To continue our Best of 2013 highlights, today's staff lists include Keagan Ilvonen, Zac Djamoos, and myself. The industry lists come from Equal Vision Records / Rory Records Bands and Joseph Marro of The Early November. Be on the look out for more featured lists throughout the upcoming days.
Ryan Gardner on 01/10/14 - 08:26 AM
Here's our interview with Nanaki.
Zac Djamoos on 01/09/14 - 10:15 PM
To continue our Best of 2013 highlights, today we're showing off my list, known affectionately as "Pitchfork Lite," Jack Appleby's, and Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. Check back tomorrow for more staff and industry lists you may have missed.
Ryan Dennehy on 01/09/14 - 07:14 AM
Just as Drew stated yesterday, we will be taking the next week or so to highlight individual lists from our final Best Music of 2013 feature. Today, we're all about the letter C, so check out lists from esteemed staff members Cody Nelson, Chris Collum, and myself, and uncover a few great records that you may have missed last year.
Craig Manning on 01/08/14 - 07:05 AM
Go to this thread to find our interview withThe Manchester Social Club.
Zac Djamoos on 01/07/14 - 09:50 PM
Over the next couple of days we will be highlighting specific individual lists from our final Best of 2013 feature. Today, we're showcasing the stellar lists from staff members Deborah Remus and Blake Solomon, along with my very own perfect list.
Drew Beringer on 01/07/14 - 02:43 PM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 01/07/14 - 08:33 AM
In the small lull right before we get ready for all the great releases in 2014 -- we've got one last "best of 2013" feature for you to peruse. This one is full of top album lists from all of our individual staff members as well as lists from bands, labels, industry execs, and more. There's over a hundred different lists to check out and discover new music from.
Jason Tate on 01/06/14 - 11:50 AM
In the first Self Promotion Spotlight of the new year, I came across the wonderful Every Atlas, a three piece from California. The band's shaky, slightly fragile indie rock is quite reminiscent of Bad Books and Manchester Orchestra, and makes for quite an interesting midpoint between all out indie rock and and the indie folk sound which was a little prominent a few years ago. The band's new single "Fragile Bones" is name your price on their Bandcamp and their new album Older Oak is due out this Spring. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the Self-Promotion forum.
Kelly Doherty on 01/05/14 - 10:10 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 01/05/14 - 09:14 AM
Here is Shining Through's interview.
Zac Djamoos on 01/03/14 - 09:47 PM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 01/03/14 - 11:00 AM
Today's two interviews come from Animus and Phoenix Calling and can be found here and here, respectively.
Zac Djamoos on 01/02/14 - 07:45 PM
Hope everyone had a great holiday and is starting off 2014 on the right foot. Pretty sure I've already broken most of my resolutions. The "holiday theme" has been retired for another year, I know, sad day. Anyway, we will be releasing a whole bunch of staff and band/label "best of 2013" lists early next week when everyone's champagne and egg-nog hangovers are subsiding and the rest of the music industry starts coming out of hibernation as well.
Jason Tate on 01/02/14 - 01:20 PM
Just want to wish everyone a Happy New Years! Thanks to every reader for a great 2013 and every staff member for everything you do on a daily basis. Please be safe tonight guys -- don't drink and drive -- and start off 2014 with something loud and musical.
Jason Tate on 12/31/13 - 02:06 PM
As 2013 comes to a close I wanted to take a look at what the biggest stories of the year were here on AP.net. It's been a pretty crazy year for music news ... but it seems no story was bigger than the viral Shone campaign. The top 10 are below, were you here for them all?

1) Shone Viral Campaign
2) Fall Out Boy Announce New Album + Song
3) Mayday Parade Chat
4) 2013 Top 30 Albums by Staff
5) 55th Grammy Award Open Thread
6) The Wonder Years Song + Chat
7) 86th Academy Awards Open Thread
8) For Today's Guitarist Says "No Gay Christians"
9) Fall Out Boy Release "The Phoenix"
10) Chat with William Beckett
Jason Tate on 12/30/13 - 03:59 PM
Only a day or so left of 2013. Well, that certainly went by quickly. On the 6th we will be posting all of our individual staff lists for the best albums of the year (still a little bit longer of that weird lull that hits the music industry) but then we'll be hitting the new year hard. So, this is the last reminder that if you're in a band, work for a label, or are involved in the industry -- we want to feature your favorite albums of the year in our end of the year database. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists to this address and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (if you're in a band, is it a band list, or is it an individual band member...
Jason Tate on 12/30/13 - 02:44 PM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 12/27/13 - 11:00 AM
Happy Holidays, everyone! The comedy thread regulars are over at Plug.DJ having a hilarious night playing their favorite bits. Feel free to head over and spin your favorite jokes!
Cody Nelson on 12/24/13 - 03:47 PM
Click here to read our interview with No Bragging Rights. The band will be recording a brand new album with Will Putney in April.
Right now, my theme is anger. I see it every day...in our scene, all over. It's going to definitely be an angry record, where I talk about the pros and cons of it. I get angry a lot, which is crazy, because people say “Oh you're so passive, you're so this and that...”...I just deal with it differently, I'm 30, I've had years to learn how to deal with my anger. I'm excited to write about it, I feel like it's going to be a fun challenge, and try to spin some positives from it.
Jake Denning on 12/24/13 - 12:16 PM
This is that time of year where everything starts slowing down in the music industry and online. We'll still be keeping things updated around here through the new year -- but it'll probably be a little slower than usual. I just wanted to take a few moments to thank everyone for reading the website throughout 2013, and that we here at AP.net wish you all a happy holidays.
Jason Tate on 12/23/13 - 02:14 PM
Last week we posted the AP.net staff "Top 30 of the year" -- soon after that Drew, Zack, and I recorded a podcast to talk about posting the list, the predictable backlash, and then talked a little about our favorites of the year and why and how we pick them. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 12/23/13 - 01:57 PM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 12/23/13 - 08:41 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 12/22/13 - 08:08 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 12/20/13 - 11:00 AM
Alexis Kings' interview is here.
Zac Djamoos on 12/19/13 - 09:18 PM
Read an interview with She Hit Me First here.
Zac Djamoos on 12/18/13 - 10:29 PM
I made a playlist from the AP.net staff's "best of 2013" list on Rdio, so if you haven't checked out all the albums yet -- now you can.
Jason Tate on 12/18/13 - 11:43 AM
Sorry I'm late on this. Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 12/17/13 - 06:50 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 12/15/13 - 06:34 AM
Check out The Written Years' interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 12/13/13 - 07:47 PM
A few minutes into our latest episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast I ask -- "who can I blame for that Transit album?" -- and so begins the discussion with Jesse Cannon (he's probably had something to do with at least one album you like) about production, mastering, mixing, recording, DIY, punk, and how the music scene exists today and might in the future. I really like how this episode came out -- it's more of a back-and-forth discussion with Zack, Jesse, and myself about a variety of topics. You can stream or download it in the replies, and after listening hit me up here or on Twitter if you have thoughts to share about any of the topics.

Want to make sure you never miss an episode?...
Jason Tate on 12/13/13 - 05:21 PM
The staff are almost done compiling our site-wide list, but we still want label/band/industry people lists! If you're in a band, work for a label, or are involved in the industry -- we want to feature your favorite albums of the year in our end of the year database. We've made it super simple again this year: just email us your lists to this address and make sure you make it clear who the list is for (if you're in a band, is it a band list, or is it an individual band member list? If you work at a record label, what label?). We'll be compiling everything together and post it all around the new year with the official AP.net staff lists as well.

Note: This way of submitting lists is for...
Jason Tate on 12/13/13 - 02:17 PM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 12/13/13 - 11:00 AM
You can read Aerolyn's interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 12/12/13 - 09:58 PM
Formed only a year ago, Head For Cover recently released their debut album, Last Year's Dead Weight. Today, we are streaming the whole thing. Hit the replies to check it out. Fans of the more pop-punk/melodic parts of A Day To Remember or Four Year Strong should enjoy this one. The band has already been on tour with the likes of Hawthorne Heights and Set It Off, but their sound leans more toward the pop-punk side of the spectrum.
Ryan Gardner on 12/12/13 - 09:13 AM
Read Dead Winter's random interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 12/11/13 - 09:48 PM
Today's interviews are from The Disparrows and Death of Paris and can be read here and here.
Zac Djamoos on 12/10/13 - 10:36 PM
The A.V. Club is in the midst of running through its busy "end of the year" coverage for 2013, and we recently got the chance to speak with Josh Modell, the site's Editor-in-Chief, and Kyle Ryan, its Editor, about their "23 best albums of 2013" list. Over the course of the interview, we talked about the year's best records, how the A.V. Club tabulates its year-end lists, whether or not it's currently cool to like Drake or Fall Out Boy, and a plethora of other musical minutia. Read the interview here.
Craig Manning on 12/09/13 - 01:36 PM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 12/08/13 - 08:47 PM
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