In a special Thursday edition of "The Countdown," I've decided to travel back ten years to rank the five best releases from the incredible year of 2003. Little did we know how good we had it back then - while I won't complain that this year's output hasn't been fairly good, 2003 was a year that showcased some of our favorite bands at the top of its game. I didn't realize how difficult this was all going to be - it kind of all hit me when I was staring at a list of 30+ great-to-classic albums and realizing I had to pick five. Seriously, check out what was released and then try to pick five! Anyways, my final five features at least one AP.net classic while leaving out a few other...
Oh hey, Miley Cyrus news that doesn't involve "twerking." According the New York Post (I know, I know), Cyrus teamed up with Kanye West after the VMAs to record a "Black Skinhead" remix that'll allegedly appear on an upcoming remix EP. I guess we'll see.
The records will be getting to us within the next 2-3 weeks. Like the first pressing, we'll put it up for sale once we have the records in hand, so probably around the third week of September. Here's the pressing info:
White w/ Blue Splatter – 500 units – available in the Bad Timing Records webstore
Solid White – 500 units – available exclusively via Hot Topic
So there it is. See you in a couple weeks.
This past weekend after a band discussion we asked Marcus and Delia to leave Dowsing. It was neither an easy decision nor one that was met with enthusiasm. In order to move forward as a band we needed to address issues that are not worth repeating on the Internet.
PropertyOfZack has posted a new Discussion on 'Major Shifts In Sounds' from bands in our scene (think: Catalyst to Coming Home, Your Favorite Weapon to Deja, etc.). What are some of your favorite or least favorite changes in sound for bands?
This is a fun one. PureVolume is giving away a bunch of band-drawn and autographed doodles from this past summer's Warped Tour and today they've giving away the The Wonder Years' doodle (drawn and autographed by Dan Campbell). How do you win that delicious doodle? Well, I know you're gonna have to get artistic and draw your own doodle of the band and hope that it impresses them. But make sure you check out all the details on how to win. There are a few steps. Good luck and have fun!
Luke Bryan remains at the top spot for the second week in a row, selling 159,000 copies of Crash My Party. John Mayer comes at #2 with Paradise Valley which sold 144,000, and at #3 is TGT, who moved 76,000 copies of their new album, Three Kings. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 4.9 million units, down 4% compared to last week, and down 3% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are currently at 181 million, and that's down 6% compared to the total at this point last year (192.5 million).
Check out a lyric video for a new A Loss For Words song titled "Distance (feat. Lynn Gunn of PVRIS)" in the replies. Before It Caves will be released on October 8 via Velocity Records/Rise Records. The album is also available for pre-order. You can find the album art and more details on the release (it features guest appearances from members of The Wonder Years and Polar Bear Club) in the replies.
02) Conquest of Mistakes
04) All This Time
05) No Pioneer
06) 20 Block
07) No Merit to Envy
09) The Kids Can't Lose
10) The Torch and The Name
11) Brace Yourself
12) Siesta Key
13) All Roads Lead to Home
Nine Inch Nails will also be releasing a remastered audiophile version of the band's upcoming new album, Hesitation Marks, which will be available as a free download to those who ordered the album through the band's website. In other related news, Trent Reznor told Spin that he "made it [the new album] as well as I could, and it costs 10 bucks, or go fuck yourself.”
I know that what we’re doing flies in the face of the Kickstarter Amanda-Palmer-Start-a-Revolution thing, which is fine for her, but I’m not super-comfortable with the idea of Ziggy Stardust shaking his cup for scraps. I’m not saying offering things for free or pay-what-you-can is wrong. I’m saying my personal feeling is...
You can listen to a new Test Of Time song titled "Riptide" in the replies. It's off the band's upcoming EP, The Price, which hits stores on September 10th via Bridge Nine. It's also available for pre-order.
One of my favorite punk records of the year is The Sheds' new record, I'll Be Fine. So I'm stoked to be teaming up with Mediaskare Records to give away a pretty dope prize pack. We're giving away five t-shirt/signed poster prize packs and all you gotta do to enter is give us one little tweet. Good luck.
A few weeks ago, Modern Life Is War played an unreal set at the This Is Hardcore Fest in Philadelphia. In the replies, you'll find video of the full set. Watch it - it'll make you a better person. The band's new album, Fever Hunting, hits stores on September 3rd and is available for pre-order.
Hidden In Plain View will be making its triumphant return to Philadelphia on September 7th at the Theatre of Living Arts. They'll be joined by I Can Make a Mess, Nightmares for a Week, and Young Statues. And we were thinking of giving away one pair of tickets to one lucky AP.net user today, sound pretty cool? Thought so. You can find the details on how to win by checking the replies. Fear not - if you're not a winner, you can still pick up tickets to the show. I'll select a winner by the end of the day.
Pop-punk has experienced a resurgence in the scene over the past few years, and Anchorless should be thrown right into the mix. Featuring former members of Tiefighter, the band shows their chops and have a very distinct So-Cal pop-punk style that we've grown to love on the site. Listen to "Just Because" in the replies and you can pre-order the EP here.
The Calgary Herald has written an excellent article explaining the new fees that will need to be paid if international artists want to book Canadian tours. Unfortunately these new regulations will greatly impact many of the bands covered on this website. A petition has been created and you can sign it if you're interested.
“If I have a one four-member American band at the Palomino, I’m looking at $1,700 Canadian just to get them on the bill — and that’s on top of paying out a sound tech, paying for posters, gear rental, paying the other bands, staffing,” Brown says, explaining there have been tweaks to the LMO in the past, but nothing this drastic or, in his eyes, damaging.
Just so everyone knows, we have a merch button at the top of our page that is a listing of all our OFFICIAL merch stores. Please don’t bother buying from anywhere else as it does not in any way filter through to us, nor do we have control over the quality of the product.
Also, I know our fans are smart enough to know that if there is a new release coming out that we haven’t advertised, then we obviously have nothing to do with it and again it is only profiting some third party that has no association with the band. We’d be more than happy if you just...