Jason Lancaster wrote a lengthy statement on his blog about the recent break-up of Go Radio.
I’ll jump to the chase and tell you that I am deeply offended but the idea going around that my love Dee had anything to do with my departure from the band. She, in fact, was the only one to ask me to stay. We had so many talks where I would tell her how I was feeling, we would pray together, and I would leave again to let her fend for herself and smile while she did it. She was nothing but absolutely supportive of my career and never ONCE asked me to leave.
If you haven't been keeping up with Dan Ozzi's columns on VICE's Noisey, you should perhaps start doing that. Today's writeup is about the "emo revival" and how it doesn't exist – people just started paying attention again. Feel free to agree or disagree in the replies...do you think we've entered a specific new "golden age" for the genre or is it just a perceived increase in interest from a new crop of listeners? A clip of the blog is below.
Emo’s current situation can all be traced back to the early 2000’s when whatever dumb, lazy music journalist was the first person to start calling MTV-friendly bands like My Chemical Romance, The Used, and Fall Out Boy “emo.” For the record: they...
Here's something interesting. In promoting their collaboration "A Light That Never Comes," Steve Aoki and Linkin Park released a teaser video that appears to show the use of a pirated version of Lennar Digital's Sylenth 1 software. Unique Squared has an opinion piece & evidence on the issue, outlining several possible outcomes from the situation. Does it bother you that financially-stable musicians are still stealing the software that helped them become successful? Does it not matter?
Update: Steve Aoki has addressed the concerns via his blog, where he shows proof of purchase and explains the pirated software.
However, the honest truth is that screenshot is in fact of my road...
If you know me at all, you know that for the past decade Coheed has been my favorite band, and will most likely be just that for the remainder of my life. Their Keywork logo was the first thing I ever saw fit to be permanently inked on my body. I write the type of music I write because back in high school, when I started really analyzing what type of rock avenue I wanted to take, they opened up my mind. Announcing this tour today has been surreal to say the least.
Former The Downtown Fiction drummer and current From Indian Lakes manager, Eric Jones, wrote a blog about signing a record deal, what it means for bands, the misconceptions behind it, and advice for young bands - check it out here.
I think a big misconception amongst young bands is that signing to a label is the end-all be-all. That it is the pinnacle of your career. But here’s the truth: at best, it’s a platform to build off of. I wish someone would’ve told that to me when I had first signed. I hate to say it, but I got a little lazy. The entire band did. We waited for the label to make us rich and famous, as if the label could churn out the hits, put a few 0’s in our bank accounts,...
From Indian Lakes Manager Eric Jones wrote an interesting blog post about band management and the mindset behind successful managers - check it out here. On a related note, would you be interested in a AP.net chat with band managers and tour managers? Let us know in the replies.
Okay, this is going to take a minute: Derrick from The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Dieposted a blog regarding the leak of his band's record, Whenever, If Ever. He explains why the band tried to get the leak taken down (tl;dr: because Topshelf Records didn't want the record online) but simultaneously does not seem to care if you download the leak. He also admits to oftentimes ripping records from Bandcamp if they aren't available for pay-what-you-want download and added this: Fuck, I leaked American Radass, that most recent Circle Takes the Square Record, the most recent mewithoutYou record, and even more recently a new Self Defense Family EP. The linked post...
Let me remind you guys of something here. Throughout this entire year of touring with BOTDF, everyone who toured with them knows what that man does. Everyone knows how/who he is. But everyone is too scared of him to do a thing about it. I’ve had countless fans come up to me and tell me how rude he was and how creepy he was with them. I’ve seen many girls who were not of age with him and eventually on the bus with him. I’ve seen him treat his entire crew and band like animals. I’ve seen him...
Keeping with the Fest theme, Ryan Willems from Dikembe took the time the give those who are going to Fest some things to certainly keep an eye out for when in town this weekend. Hit the replies to read his blog about what you should spend some time doing while in and around Gainesville.
With Fest 11 just a couple days away, today you'll be getting a couple guest blogs from guys in bands that will be partaking in the annual punk rock festivities in Gaineville, Florida. First, Dave Klyman from Restorations has written a blog for us on the rigors surrounding Fest, and you can give that a read in the replies.
Photographer Adam Elmakias has posted a 5 part blog, detailing in depth the first 29 days of the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. He has also updated his webstore with limited edition metallic prints, featuring Pierce The Veil and Of Mice & Men. You can also watch an 90 minute video showing Adam's point of view on the tour through his GoPro lens on his camera, which you can view in the replies. If you enjoyed yourself at the Warped Tour, you definitely need to check this stuff out.
Pentimento spent the spring recording their debut full-length, but have now written up a lengthy blog post detailing their future plans. They are going back into the studio to record another two songs in order to make sure the album is the product they want to make, then release their first LP in fall. I suggest reading the blog, since it's hilarious.
One of AP.net's readers, Dustin, was also at the At The Drive In reunion show the other night. He wrote up a pretty cool blog about the experience that I've included below. Also, don't forget to check out Adam's review here.
As promised, Scattered Trees are keeping a studio blog here on AP.net now that they are recording their sophomore album with David Newfeld. Read the most recent update below and keep up with their blog here for more updates, videos, etc.
Our friends If These Trees Could Talk have just kicked off their European tour, so we asked them to start a tour blog here on AP.net and keep us updated throughout. Their guitarist Mike wrote a quick update before the band left a few days ago, which you can read below.
I didn't feel it necessary to write a recap for SXSW at this point, but I wanted to take the time to thank the wonderful community of AP.net, and all of the friends I have made here over the years. They are what make our website so special, and they are the reason why, despite anxiety attacks, Adam and I got on stage at the AP party to thank all of them -- and all of you. So head over here to read my extremely mushy blog if you have some time to kill.
Last night I finally sat down to unload a lot of my thoughts on this year's South by Southwest music festival. You can read it here. Thank you to all the people and bands that continue to inspire me. To the industry, artists big and small, managers, publicists and anyone involved in the day to day out there - don't ever forget why you started your job to begin with. Never let the little naive kid who just wanted play a show or even attend one get smothered by the business side of things. Thank you and enjoy. You can read all of our coverage here.
Yesterday, a fire spread across the web of our social networks when Invisible Children posted a video to spread awareness of Joseph Kony. Beyond the topic of the video itself, it was very interesting to watch people's reactions to it throughout the afternoon, and their "knowledge" of what Invisible Children does and doesn't do. Seeing as word spreads quickly, IC had their own response to such "knowledge" which was also getting around the same social platforms as the video had just done. At the beginning of February, I went a week without social networks, I've been jotting down a lot of thoughts in the weeks that have passed with having it back, but I think yesterday's discussion, or lack...
Last night I watched The Felix Culpa's documentary To We, The Nearly Departed. It made me think long and hard about all the bands that have made an impact in my life that were only around for such a short time due to one reason or another. You can read my reflection on the documentary here. Head to the replies and let us know if you think it is truly better to burn out, or to fade away...
A lot of people think the biggest perk to this job is meeting your favorite bands. For me, it's meeting the people that back those bands. Generally, they're the biggest fans. I'm speaking about label owners. I've written a piece pertaining to them and the bands that make up their small communities. The biggest question I want you to think about is what does a label mean to you past the music? Is it just a brand? Besides the music it puts out, what else about your favorite label makes you gain garner interest in it?
Craig Owens has started a new weekly segment on his website titled "Mondays with Craigery" in which he recommends different bands and songs that have touched his life. You can check out his first one here.
In light of yesterday's news of reunions by both At the Drive In and Refused (as well as many reunions to date), I've given some thought to seeing the past moments we cherish being played out in the present. After reading this, hit the replies and let us know your favorite moment that no reunion could ever recreate. Was it in a basement? Was it with less than 50 people? Did the performance floor you, and at that moment, did you know that particular band would be something special years later?