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Welcome to My Back Pages, a collaborative staff feature that will survey a landscape of renowned classics and unheralded gems alike, most of which no one around here ever writes a word about. The rules are simple and loose: we won’t cover anything from this millennium and we will avoid all or most AP.net favorites—though we might make an exception if something is nearing a milestone anniversary. Beyond that though, anything is fair game. So if you have an album, artist, or genre you would like to see discussed in this feature, feel free to throw us a few recs.

Today, we're resurrecting the feature after a five month hiatus. Chris disappeared off to the deserts and...
Craig Manning on 09/30/13 - 07:02 AM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 09/29/13 - 06:37 PM
I caught up with producer/engineer Will Yip (Balance and Composure, Man Overboard, Anthony Green, Title Fight ) after the inaugural Studio 4 Session last week. We talked about how he balances work with his personal life and how the Studio 4 sound stacks up against Sound City. Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation is set to release October 8th.
Right now, I have the chance to make the coolest music with my best friends, and I'm lucky. Why would I not do that every second I can?
Anthony Sorendino on 09/29/13 - 03:54 PM
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I came across the chilled out, experimental indie rock of New Jersey four piece Goodbye Tiger. Their new EP, Who Do You Call Home?, is four tracks of exciting experimentation that brings to mind earlier music from Foals and all of those super hip bands that that cute guy in your class, with the skinny jeans and Dinosaur Jr tee collection, listens to. If you want to win over his heart, have a listen to the EP on their Bandcamp. 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 09/29/13 - 01:18 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 09/29/13 - 09:30 AM
Story Of The Year is back and making the most of it - headlining this fall's Scream It Like You Mean It tour and releasing an acoustic version of its breakthrough debut, Page Avenue, on October 8th. Dan and Adam will be chatting about all that and more at 5 PM EST in this thread. Let's have some fun.

Update: The chat is now over - big thanks to Dan and Adam for taking time out of their day to talk with us. Make sure you see the band on the upcoming 'Scream It Like You Mean It' Tour and pick up 'Page Avenue Acoustic' in two weeks!.
Drew Beringer on 09/27/13 - 02:47 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 09/27/13 - 11:00 AM
This week on the 18th episode of the AbolutePunk.net Podcast, Jason and I talk with Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter about his upcoming four movement symphony project. What’s it like to tackle something completely unlike anything he’s done before? The in-depth discussion and answers may just inspire you to try it yourself.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 09/27/13 - 10:52 AM
Today's random interview: Patriot Rebel. You can read it over here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/27/13 - 10:23 AM
Today's random interview comes from Okta Logue. Check it out here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/26/13 - 09:01 PM
We'll be chatting with Anberlin and The Maine on Oct. 2nd at 8 PM EST/5 PM PST. The bands are heading out on tour together next month.
Christian Wagner on 09/26/13 - 03:03 PM
Sorry about the week off and lack of notice, everyone. The guy that owns my house keeps telling me I have to pay rent or something, so I've been looking into getting another one of these "jobs" (before you say anything, yes, I tried running the old '...but I'm an acclaimed comedy journalist' routine by him; surprisingly ineffective) and unfortunately it got in the way of my AP duties for awhile, but I'm back, baby dolls, and with arguably my biggest guest yet. Director of films such as Wet Hot American Summer & Role Models and one of the main creative forces behind such shows as The State & Childrens Hospital, I sat down yesterday with the fantastic David Wain. So head over to my blog to...
Cody Nelson on 09/26/13 - 05:03 AM
Today's random interview comes from Makari; check it out here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/25/13 - 07:40 PM
Today's random interview comes from Beretta Suicide. You can read it here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/24/13 - 06:04 PM
Our CEO/Founder Jason Tate was recently on Ray Harkins' "100 Words Or Less" Podcast.
One afternoon I spoke to Jason Tate, the founder of Absolutepunk.net, about a variety of subjects including focus, handling criticism and where he gets inspired. It's a great look at how to start something and continue to build it into something long lasting. Brought to you in conjunction with Propertyofzack.com. 100 Words is part of the How We Are Network, visit Howweare.org for more information.
Ryan Gardner on 09/24/13 - 12:08 PM
My pal Blake Morgan, known musically by his stage name Esto, is making a record about our home state of Michigan. The music is great, classy folk-pop stuff with some world music influences, jazzy grooves, and orchestral arrangements thrown in for good measure. You can help fund the record here.
Craig Manning on 09/24/13 - 11:27 AM
Today's random interview is from FOES. Read it here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/23/13 - 03:06 PM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 09/22/13 - 02:47 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 09/22/13 - 10:25 AM
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I found the wonderful Microwave. Microwave are a melodic post-hardcore band from Georgia who have just released their third EP, When The Fever Breaks, as 'name your price' through their Bandcamp. If you like Taking Back Sunday or the idea of Jimmy Eat World with a bit more edge, Microwave are the band for you. 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 09/22/13 - 10:06 AM
Today we have two interviews, coming from Orphan Disease and Parallels and Lies. Read them here and here, respectively.
Zac Djamoos on 09/20/13 - 02:52 PM
Podcasting is easy when you get to talk shop with one of your all-time favorite musicians. And on the 17th episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Jason and I got to do just that when we sat down with Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World. We talk about the band’s recent tour, recording and releasing Damage (the band's latest album), and the mindset behind why the band tries to write for themselves — not critics.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 09/20/13 - 11:33 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 09/20/13 - 11:00 AM
If I fall asleep the cats will find me.
ReviewsKings of Leon - Mechanical Bull (Blake Solomon)
Kevin Jenkins - Step Inside (Craig Manning)
Blake Solomon on 09/20/13 - 06:40 AM
I'll be stopping by Studio 4 in Conshohocken tomorrow to talk to producer/engineer Will Yip (Balance & Composure, Man Overboard, Circa Survive). Leave your questions in the replies.
Anthony Sorendino on 09/19/13 - 08:57 PM
Today's random interview is from Left for Red. Read it here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/18/13 - 02:20 PM
Another year in the books for the Absolute 100. Today we present to you the final 25 entries in this year's edition. It's as diverse and eclectic as lists come, so we hope you were able to find a band (or five) that became your new favorite. Thanks to all the AP.net staff who contributed this year and a big thank you to you, the readers, for checking out the 2013 Absolute 100.
Drew Beringer on 09/17/13 - 12:10 PM
You can download Xerxes' Our Home is a Deathbed for free on No Sleep Records' bancamp.
Zac Djamoos on 09/16/13 - 03:22 PM
Today's second interview comes from Batwings Catwings. Read it here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/16/13 - 02:42 PM
Today's random interview from the questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Sunsets The Day. Read it here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/16/13 - 01:39 PM
Reeling from the emotional train ride of Breaking Bad? Come hang out in the AP.net Turntable.fm room and spin some jams for solace.

Update: The room has closed.
Ryan Dennehy on 09/15/13 - 08:42 PM
This week on the Self Promotion Spotlight, I encountered Barricades, a pop-rock five piece from Boston. Their new album, With Perfect Aim is a clean-cut, catchy journey into pop-rock with hints of Jimmy Eat World, Futures, Fall Out Boy and Minus The Bear. Stream the record on their Bandcamp and get your sugary fix. 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 09/15/13 - 02:39 PM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 09/15/13 - 02:13 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 09/15/13 - 09:51 AM
In case you missed them during the week or didn't have time to read them before, head to the replies for a second chance to check out the interviews posted this week.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/14/13 - 08:45 PM
It's been the album everyone's been listening to and discussing all week - now you can get a little inside info on the writing and recording of Balance and Composure's new album, The Things We Think We're Missing, by listening to the sixteenth episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. Jason and I talked with Jon Simmons, Erik Peterson, and Bailey Van Ellis about the themes of the record, what it was like recording with Will Yip, and more.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 09/13/13 - 01:56 PM
All praise. Riot Fest finally kicks off in Chicago today at 4pm local time, and AP.net will be on site providing coverage each day. Refresh yourself on today's lineup/set times and check out the highly anticipated "food lineup" in the replies (they ripped off the Coachella lineup flier – it's pretty funny). Also, feel free to use this thread as an open discussion for all things Riot Fest today and keep up with our Riot coverage all weekend.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/13/13 - 11:25 AM
Good, Bad, Ugly is a new Friday feature where we highlight the best, worst and strangest news stories from the week prior. Consider it an official kickoff into your weekend, or something. Check out the inaugural column in the replies, where we can discuss the kickoff of fall's stellar release season, Zedd & Hayley, Riot Fest, A Day To Remember, MGMT and more.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/13/13 - 11:17 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 09/13/13 - 11:00 AM
A number of AP.net forum members have put together a compilation of original songs, which you can check out here. Very nice job everyone!

Track Listing:
Valencourt - Digging Up the Devil (Featuring Fred Mascherino)
Mark Beasley - Body In The Garden
A Little Bit - Lilac
Jake Jenkins - Untitled
Open To Fire - Take Me There
John Thomy - You're THe Bamboo to My Panda
Terrain - Long Winters (Acoustic)
The Kinky Rite - Carrion Carry-On (Carry on)
Life With People - Gilded State
Jake Jenkins on 09/13/13 - 10:17 AM
You can check out our interview with Dustin Kensrue here. Kensrue is currently working as a Worship Pastor over at Mars Hill Bellevue in Washington, and will be releasing his first solo Worship album The Water & The Blood on October 1st on Mars Hill Music.
I will definitely do more of a follow up to Please Come Home, I've been saying it for years, but I just haven't had a fair amount of material for it, so I threw it on the back-burner. So at this point, this was more of a priority and where I'm embedded, and what I'm trying to accomplish through Mars Hill Music. I do apologize to everyone who's waiting for a follow up to that record, it's not that I don't want to do it.
Jake Denning on 09/13/13 - 10:14 AM
Today's interview from the questionnaire offered to any and all bands is from Goldenboy. Read it here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/12/13 - 05:33 PM
Everything we've been doing over the last couple of months - from our guides to our playlists - have been leading up to this weekend's Riot Fest in Chicago. So there is only one thing left to do (other than, you know, attending the damn thing!) and that's to release our "must-see" acts at this weekend's festival. Since it's packed with many great bands, I asked Thomas Nassiff to count down his five most anticipated acts in addition to mine. You can check those out in the replies. You can find more information about Riot Fest at their website. Have fun this weekend and be safe!
Drew Beringer on 09/12/13 - 01:19 PM
In honor of Rise Against's Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013 release, we've teamed with the band to give away a signed CD and vinyl copy of the album. No 'Fastest Finger' or 'RT To Win' this time around - we want to hear why you deserve to win the set. Give us your best answer in the replies - we'll pick a winner tomorrow.
Jack Appleby on 09/12/13 - 10:27 AM
With one week of fantasy football in the history books, early-season winners and losers alike turned their attention to the waiver wire to get ahead of the game and pick up sleeper players. Now looking ahead to Week 2, we've got "Start-Em, Sit-Em" advice from Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years and some waiver wire suggestions from Brian Schmutz of The Starting Line. Both of these gentlemen are participating in our first-ever AP.net Fantasy Football Challenge, which raised over $2,500 for charity this year.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/12/13 - 09:23 AM
Today's fourth and final interview comes from Light the Avenue, and you can read it right here.
Zac Djamoos on 09/11/13 - 02:07 PM
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