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Jason Tate on 10/23/15 - 03:00 AM
Last week, we got a chance to speak with the ever-amusing and ultra-talented Matt Nathanson. In our interview, Nathanson described the disjointed but ultimately satisfying nature of his brand new album, Show Me Your Fangs. We also discussed the unpredictable audience-request format of Nathanson's current tour, how some of the best records have "great topography" instead of being thematically or musically cohesive, and how elements of hip-hop and R&B have slowly crept into Nathanson's singer/songwriter-oriented music. Read the interview here.
Craig Manning on 10/20/15 - 11:10 AM
We'll be gathering some questions for the guys in 5 Seconds of Summer to answer soon. If you've got any good ones, feel free to leave them in the replies and we'll try to get them answered.
Joe DeAndrea on 10/20/15 - 09:44 AM
You can read our interview with Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench here.
So, I went home for half an afternoon and then I was in the studio every single day until we finished the record. And at one point, I had the impulse to change it from my studio to my apartment, because it was kind of like Ö thatís where I had felt the bleakest and worst ever. I was like, you know, Iíd like to take that same space and turn it into where I made the best thing Iíve ever done.
Joe DeAndrea on 10/20/15 - 09:06 AM
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Jason Tate on 10/16/15 - 03:00 AM
I'll be chatting with Julien Baker next week about her excellent debut, Sprained Ankle, which is set to drop next Friday. Feel free to leave any questions you might have for her in the replies!
Aaron Mook on 10/15/15 - 10:04 AM
I was lucky enough to sit down with Lydia to discuss the band's new album Run Wild for almost a half an hour. We talked to the band working with two different producers, the Illuminate pressing that they had nothing to do with, and why Leighton hasn't listened to his debut record in years, among other insightful topics. Check out the full interview here.
Leighton: To be perfectly honest, I have not listened to that record in years.

Matt: Itís like looking at a picture of yourself in high school.

Justin: You donít want to look at it, but itís the one hanging on your momís wall.
Craig Ismaili on 10/14/15 - 11:21 AM
We recently had the chance to chat with Pat Kirch about The Maine's latest record (and free tour cycle), American Candy. Find it here.
Weíve changed a lot between each album that weíve made, and thatís been because we just do what feels good at the time. I was 17 when we made that [first] record and Iím 25 now, and I feel like if you donít change during that time period youíre just trying too hard to hold onto something. And thatís not honest.
Anna Acosta on 10/14/15 - 07:11 AM
Last weekend, Philly-based Palmas rocked a packed Boot and Saddle in celebration of their upcoming EP release, To The Valley.

Click the replies for a review and a few photos or head to Flickr for the full album.
Staci Altomari on 10/14/15 - 05:23 AM
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Jason Tate on 10/09/15 - 03:00 AM
Turnover is on tour right now with Lydia, Seahaven, and The Technicolors, their third full US support tour since the summer started. They released Peripheral Vision to much critical acclaim back in the Spring, an album that our staff has enjoyed a lot, so we were pleased to be given the opportunity to talk to vocalist Austin Getz for a little while before the show. You can find the interview here. They revealed to us that they have been working on some new songs, and have even recorded a few with Will Yip which will be released sometime soon.
We just got done recording a couple songs with Will Yip. Those songs are already done. We did them two weeks ago. No release plans yet, we had...
Craig Ismaili on 10/06/15 - 09:46 AM
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Jason Tate on 10/02/15 - 03:00 AM
We recently interviewed Vince Staples about his debut full-length, Summertime '06. Check it out here.
I want a legacy in music. I donít want to be a hot rapper, because with all this shit thatís happening now, no oneís going to remember this shit in 10 years, man, in five. You know what I mean? No oneís going to remember these things. I want to be someone who can be remembered.
Jonathan Bautts on 10/01/15 - 11:37 AM
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Jason Tate on 09/25/15 - 03:00 AM
We recently interviewed Atlas Genius about their new album, Inanimate Objects. Check it out here.
Sonically, I feel like we really stepped it up with the sound of this album. I wanted it to sound bigger, but without it sounding Top 40 big. Thereís a certain glossy sheen you hear quite often on all the pop stuff, which is impressive but can get a little saccharine sweet. You feel like youíre going to get diabetes when you listen to it. We wanted to get a bigger sound on this album without it turning into a pop album.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/22/15 - 12:19 PM
Some AP.net forum members have released a compilation of '90s cover songs.

Track Listing
1. valencourt - Baby Britain (Elliott Smith)
2. bradsonemanband (Cootie Catcher) - Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)
3. nfarreller (As Gideon Weeps) - The Dope Show (Marilyn Manson)
4. Patterns in Traffic - The Freshmen (The Verve Pipe)
5. bradsonemanband (Cootie Catcher) - Fly Away (Lenny Kravitz)
6. mka12992 - Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)
7. Thisisgoodbye - Champagne Supernova (Oasis)
8. InfiniteArms (Zero Chants) - Karma Police (Radiohead) (demo)
9. phaynes1 - Bad Diary Days (Pedro The Lion)
10. xkhiemster - Good Riddance (Green Day)
11. teebs41 (Out of Service) - Wonderwall (Oasis)
12....
Jason Tate on 09/21/15 - 06:34 PM
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Jason Tate on 09/18/15 - 03:00 AM
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Riot Fest in Chicago, and while the weekend was a little imperfect it was nonetheless an amazing time filled with great music. I saw an enormous amount of bands, including Bayside, Thrice, Foxing, Doomtree, and many, many more. Hit the replies to read my experience at the festival.
Jake Jenkins on 09/17/15 - 12:15 PM
Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio (aka Baio) is releasing his debut solo album this week, The Names, and we talked with him about it here.
What was very exciting about making this record was realizing that nobody was particularly waiting for it. No one was particularly excited for it, but I knew I wanted to do it. I knew I had to do it, and that was very freeing for me. If I had made something and didnít like it, didnít think it was worthwhile to put out into the world, I just would have deleted it from my hard drive.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/17/15 - 11:02 AM
I recently caught up with Thousand Foot Krutch vocalist Trevor McNevan, in which he gave a lot great details in regards to the band's upcoming record, Oxygen:Exhale, as well as a look back on the ten-year anniversary of The Art of Breaking. The band will be heading out on a world tour this fall. Head here to check out the interview.
Oh man, always. Weíre always so blessed. Weíre fortunate to be around as long as we have, and I feel like weíre just getting going. To have that support grow up and stick with us and now their kids are growing up and getting on board, itís such a cool thing, you canít make that happen, itís such a blessing. Weíre very thankful, and Godís been such a blessing.
Jake Denning on 09/16/15 - 11:12 AM
The Front Bottoms surprised many long-time fans earlier this year when they signed to major label imprint Fueled By Ramen. Now the New Jersey group is gearing up to the release of their third full-length album and Fueled By debut, Back On Top (You can read AJ's review of the new album here.) We got the chance to chat with vocalist Brian Sella for an extensive phone conversation in which we discussed the decision to sign to a major label, what, if any, impact that decision had on Back on Top, what it's like to be from New Jersey, and a variety of other topics. You can find the entire interview here.
Our whole thing was playing in basements, and playing in small, shitty dive bars. To...
Craig Ismaili on 09/16/15 - 08:07 AM
(ICYMI: This is a follow up to 'Witch Hunts & Straw Men: Internet Discourse in 2015)

I want to start by saying that this is not about any particular incident, but instead is addressing a larger issue that is prevalent in our scene Ė misogyny and the underlying theme that overall treatment of women is a footnote of little to no consequence. We are starting to know who the culprits are, but each time there is an accusation, the same general outcry goes up regardless of evidence provided, or even our own common sense in regards to how society works. In reality, we all know bad behavior is treated as though it were acceptable from young men. We wouldnít cling so tightly to the law to...
Anna Acosta on 09/15/15 - 07:42 AM
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Jason Tate on 09/14/15 - 06:01 PM
I recently spoke to Taka Moriuchi, lead vocalist for One OK Rock, about their upcoming record 35xxxv (out Sept. 25th), which is their first album sung entirely in english; it was produced by John Feldmann. We also spoke about guest appearances from Tyler Carter (Issues), Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens), and more. You can read the interview here, and pre-order it via iTunes.
I became friends with Tyler on the Warped Tour, and he actually kept singing the Japanese version of ďDecisionĒ, and he goes ďI memorized it! I memorized it!Ē and he told me that he needed to be on the American version.
Jake Denning on 09/14/15 - 09:20 AM
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Jason Tate on 09/11/15 - 03:00 AM
AbsolutePunk is teaming up with Trusty Chords and Five Star Bar to host a Riot Fest after party on Sunday, September 13 at 10 pm. Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms and The Falcon is even going to be one of our guest DJs so you definitely don't want to miss out! Lots of fun, $3 drinks and good tunes plus there's even a shuttle bus that will take you from the festival to our party. Hope to see you there! You can find more info in the replies.
Deborah Remus on 09/09/15 - 07:22 AM
I'll be sitting down with Donovan Wolfington tomorrow night to talk about their latest album, How to Treat the Ones You Love. Feel free to leave any questions you might have for the band in the replies!
Aaron Mook on 09/08/15 - 01:28 PM
The big weekend is almost upon us, which means it's time to start planning out our schedules for Riot Fest Chicago. Deborah Remus, Shana Davidson and I have picked a few sets that we're each excited to see throughout the festival, so check out our picks in the replies and be sure to let us know who you're most excited to see this weekend. Tickets for the festival can still be purchased here, so don't miss out!
Jake Jenkins on 09/08/15 - 11:36 AM
We recently caught up with Robert DeLong to chat about his new record, In the Cards, which comes out September 18. Check it out here.
I came out of the world of listening to a lot of Pedro the Lion, Jeremy Enigk and whatever. Those are the kinds of things Iím interested in. So if Iím going to sing lyrics, I want it to be meaningful. In a way, I feel like Iím appropriating dance styles as almost like a production vessel for songwriter songs. I donít know. Itís fun for me. Itís definitely different. Sometimes I think people donít know what to do with it.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/08/15 - 10:38 AM
Lately, there has been a lot of discourse on the Internet regarding how we talk about sexual abuse allegations. In those conversations, the real issue Ė which is the epidemic of abuse going on in our communities Ė often gets lost in the shuffle as skeptics and proponents of the status quo throw distraction after distraction into the ring.

Let me be clear: I am not talking about the rare occasion where an allegation is unfounded and/or proven to be merely attention seeking (which is reprehensible and inexcusable). I am talking about the vast majority of incidents where that is not the case Ė and I am also speaking on behalf of victims whose abuse is not acknowledged by the law...
Anna Acosta on 09/08/15 - 08:05 AM
This week is "National Suicide Prevention Week" and there's a bunch of resources I hope you'll read and share. As always, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open if you need to talk to anyone. I've used music most of my life to cope and get out of my own head, and if you're reading this site the chances are you do too. But I also know that sometimes talking to others, while hard, is what's needed.
Jason Tate on 09/07/15 - 12:55 PM
On Thursday I'm going to be boarding a flight from Winnipeg to Chicago and I know I won't be the only foreigner descending upon the city for Riot Fest this weekend. If you're wondering what landmarks, restaurants and bars you should be checking out then let Red Scare Industries point you in the right direction. The label has been based in the Windy City for over a decade and definitely know what they're talking about more than I do. Check out their entertaining guide in the replies and make sure you watch some of their bands at some point during the festival.
Deborah Remus on 09/07/15 - 11:22 AM
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Jason Tate on 09/04/15 - 03:00 AM
Hello. I wanted to take a moment to tell everyone here that today will be my last day as a Senior Editor for AbsolutePunk. I'll be moving into the "retired staff" category -- my username will still be red, but I won't be contributing any more news posts or reviews, etc, to the site any longer (though I'll continue to co-host the podcast with Jason). My last post, which I've published today, is a review of The Wonder Years' No Closer To Heaven. In an effort to not take up a bunch of homepage real estate, I've written a letter about this on my new personal blog -- you can read that here if you want. After five and a half years of writing for this site, it's safe to say that AP.net and its...
Thomas Nassiff on 09/02/15 - 09:44 AM
Last week, I had a chance to speak with Nick Thomas of The Spill Canvas during the tail-end of the band's One Fell Swoop Tour. In addition to an extended discussion of the One Fell Swoop tour, we also discussed the "hiatus" the band had undergone over the past few years, as well as the possibility of new The Spill Canvas music, and in what way that may be released. You can find the whole transcription of the interview here.
But the ten year thing was what really brought out the possibility of the Spill name. We would go out and do this tour, and if it feels good, if it feels relevant, and people want new music at all, we would be able to tell by the response. And the crowd response was...
Craig Ismaili on 09/01/15 - 11:08 AM
I was recently lucky enough to hold my first in-person interview with no other heart than Mac DeMarco during soundcheck at his recent Buffalo date. We talked about touring, pop music, wine and his new album, Another One. You can read the full interview here.
Yeah, you know, I was just exhausted. I think a lot of those songs sound sort of brooding, but that's how they felt when I went into it, and coming out [of recording], I was like, "Man, I gotta stop being such a sad shit about this," you know, "I'm pretty young, I get to tour the world, I get to play music for a living. Get a grip, dude." So I got a grip.
Aaron Mook on 09/01/15 - 06:26 AM
The Maine are stopping by to chat on the website today. If you hit the replies you'll be able to ask them questions about their latest release American Candy, their upcoming tours (dates are also in the replies), or really anything you'd like. The band will be chatting with blue verified names.

Update: The band has headed off to play their show tonight. Huge thank you to the band for answering some questions and everyone who came by to say hi! Make sure to check out their latest album and see them on their upcoming tour.
Jason Tate on 08/31/15 - 02:30 PM
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Jason Tate on 08/28/15 - 03:00 AM
The Maine will be joining us to chat on the website on Monday (8/31) at 6 PM (PST). They're about to head out on their free tour (dates in the replies) so make sure to stop by to talk to them about that, their new album, and other things of that nature.
Jason Tate on 08/27/15 - 03:03 PM
Later today I will be sitting down to talk to The Spill Canvas about their current One Fell Swoop anniversary tour. If you have any questions for the band, please leave them in the replies.
Craig Ismaili on 08/26/15 - 07:13 AM
At the recent Pinelands Music Festival, we spoke with CRUISR about the pressures of writing songs, the future of rock music on the radio, and when we can expect to see a full-length album. You can find the full interview here.
Thatís my opinion. Every song, whenever we work on songs I try to think, ďOkay, you donít have one song to speak for yourself at all. You donít have anything. You donít exist.Ē And then I make a song, and thatís going to be the song. I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself. But hopefully we put an album out that speaks to that.
Craig Ismaili on 08/26/15 - 06:44 AM
While Anthony and Staci have already given you their great photos from the Pinelands Music Festival, we thought we shouldn't just stop there. So over the next few days, we'll be bringing you some interviews from some of the best bands on the Pinelands lineup. First up, we have Philadelphia's PALMAS, who gave me one of the funniest interviews I've ever done. You can read the whole thing here.
We were putting out the EP, and we were playing at the Boot and Saddle, and itís now October 10th, our EP release show. But it was originally scheduled for Pope Weekend. And actually, one of your contributors, Staci, she sent me a text and said, ďI think you need to reschedule your show.Ē
Craig Ismaili on 08/24/15 - 01:38 PM
AP.net's forum members put together a compilation of original tracks. The track listing can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/24/15 - 12:02 PM
Recently, I was able to speak with Tim Kasher and Stefanie Drootin of The Good Life about the band's first album in eight years, Everybody's Coming Down. Check it out here.
I mean, itís what weíre all listening to now, and we joked around about it being our Weezer or our Built to Spill record. [Laughs] I think the Good Life used to feel like an entity that had to stand in contrast to Cursive, but now that weíre less active, The Good Life feels like it has more leeway to play rock music.
Aaron Mook on 08/24/15 - 09:27 AM
We had the chance to speak with John Nolan about his new solo album, Sad Strange Beautiful Dream. Check it out here.
This album was ridiculously autobiographical. Iíve never written so many songs that were so directly about an exact experience that I had. That was something that happened (on this album). Generally, I think my songs are about myself. I think Iím limited in that way. I donít feel like I, so far anyway, have been able to put myself in a character's head or another personís head and been able to write from their perspective. I havenít felt like Iíve been good at that. So most of my songs end up being about me in some way or another.
Craig Ismaili on 08/24/15 - 08:09 AM
Yep, something is being weird with the website at the moment and making it elongated. Looking into it.

Update: Everything looks fixed now. Sorry about that.
Jason Tate on 08/21/15 - 12:33 PM
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