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We've had a great round of playlists so far since we started AbsolutePlaylist in January; everything from southern rock, to highschool crush mixtapes, to pop/punk nostalgia. Now we're turning to our community for submissions. Head over to our music forum for the rules. Just drop your submissions right in the thread and if you're chosen, you'll be featured on the front page!

If you missed the playlist this week, Blake Solomon put together an excellent one highlighting the 20th anniversary of Weezer's Blue Album. Check it out here.
Anthony Sorendino on 05/16/14 - 06:55 AM
Welp, the website tried to become self-aware this morning -- sorry about that. Fixed the bug in the software. So, hey, speaking of advertising: Japanese beverage maker Otsuka is sending a 1 kilogram titanium can filled with powdered sports drink to the moon.
The specially designed canister, which contains a shipment of Otsuka's Pocari Sweat powder, will mark a disturbing new frontier for humanity: the first commercial product delivered to another world for marketing purposes.
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 11:38 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 03:00 AM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast now has its own page here on the website (you can also find it on the footer of any page). If you're looking for the latest episode or want to send someone to a page to check out our podcast -- now you can. Also, this is a good time to ask for you to rate our podcast in iTunes if you have a spare moment. It actually does help get us some promotion on the iTunes store -- so we would really appreciate it! Thank you. Hope you're all enjoying, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave it for us in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/12/14 - 12:18 PM
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Weezer's Blue Album, we've put together a pretty cool playlist featuring some of the band's "deep cuts." No singles allowed, and we tried to include at least one song from all of their full-length albums. There's also a group of music videos featuring some of the best songs Weezer have covered, and some videos of the best covers of Weezer songs. So come inside and let Rivers and the Gang remind you why they made us love them in the first place, and why we'll continue to love them even as we all grow old and gross. Also, in case you missed it last week, Drew wrote up a very interesting article about just what a mark the Blue Album left on all of us...
Blake Solomon on 05/12/14 - 09:02 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 05/09/14 - 11:00 AM
I decided to get a little nostalgic with this week's AbsolutePlaylist by looking at some of my favourite Canadian pop-punk/punk tracks from the 2000s. Since I was born in 1990 that's the first decade I really started paying attention to music and while most of those bands aren't doing stuff in 2014 I know I'll never totally forget about them. Check out my picks in the replies and feel free to chime in with your favourite songs too.
Deborah Remus on 05/09/14 - 09:22 AM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Zack and I sat down with Nate Dorough from Fusion Shows to talk some insider baseball about putting on shows, booking festivals, a whole lot of Brand New stuff (weird how many of my conversations somehow come back to this), and why Fusion Shows doesn't charge any services fees on tickets for their shows. We also talk a lot about Bled Fest, which is coming up in Michigan on May 24th. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

Want to make sure you never miss an episode? You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, via your own RSS feed reader, on SoundCloud, or on Stitcher. You can also find all of our previous episodes...
Jason Tate on 05/09/14 - 02:13 AM
Am I the only person in the world that remembers the pop-punk band Larger Than Life? I was going through some old files on my computer and came across their EP If Tomorrow Never Came -- with the "resurgence" in pop-punk I feel like I should randomly submit bands that flew way under the radar before to Tumblr blogs and see if I can't get them some buzz. These guys, Unsung Zeros, The Goodwill ... someone would bite, right? Anyway, I tossed If Tomorrow Never Came up on SoundCloud and you can stream it in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/08/14 - 02:08 PM
Some sections of the website are going to start getting a little "lipstick on the pig" updates -- the first being our interview section. The new format can be checked out here and here, if you find any bugs or issues please let me know (including browser and operating system helps a ton).
Jason Tate on 05/06/14 - 05:44 PM
Emo is "back" and everyone has an opinion on it. On this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast we are joined by staffer Thomas Nassiff to talk about emo's return, the internet/fan backlash, the state and future of music online, the internet, "troll bands," and quite a bit more. The conversation is casual and the drinks were flowing. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

Want to make sure you never miss an episode? You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, via your own RSS feed reader, or on SoundCloud. You can also find all of our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Interesting in sponsoring an episode of the podcast? This is a great...
Jason Tate on 05/02/14 - 04:18 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 05/02/14 - 11:00 AM
Welcome back to our weekly feature, AbsolutePlaylist, where a staff member or special guest compiles a playlist to help kick off your weekend. This week, you're lumped with me and my take on a soundtrack to "a day in the life" of somebody who has every fairly "normal" occurrence happen to him within a 24 hour period; morning routine, seeing friends and having fun, partying, debauchery, drink, drugs, fights, lust and of course the inevitable drunken regret at the end of the night. I hope you enjoy and can possibly see where I'm coming from. Check it out alongside my explanation and chime in with tracks you'd use to soundtrack the moments mentioned. Get involved!
Kyle Huntington on 05/02/14 - 07:34 AM
Due to requests, the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast is now also available on the Stitcher platform.
Jason Tate on 04/30/14 - 11:53 AM
Kodiak Jack filled out our interview; read it here.
We were always quoting sitcoms in rehearsals and one of them was the Mighty Boosh. So there was a character called Kodiak Jack and we just thought that sounded different and was kinda catchy, so why not? Plenty of bands got their names from characters in film and TV. So it just stuck.
Zac Djamoos on 04/28/14 - 08:29 PM
Yesterday we called The Menzingers' Greg Barnett and bothered him before he had some friends over for a BBQ. We talked about Rented World, Bruce Springsteen, how people are quick to dismiss new music these days and some other stuff. Read the full interview here and a snippet below.
I think of going on Spotify and looking into the first 20 seconds of something and saying, 'Yeah, it's not for me. I'm gonna put something else on.' It's just that quick. When you had to go to a record store and buy a record, you're almost semi-forced to like it because you just paid $14 for it. Now people are really, really quick to write things off without giving time for an album to really breathe. ......
Thomas Nassiff on 04/28/14 - 09:23 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 04/27/14 - 10:11 AM
The Tripdown Project filled out our random interview - take a minute or two and read it.
I can fix things!
Zac Djamoos on 04/25/14 - 09:27 PM
Check ... check ... is this thing on? The AbsolutePunk.net Podcast has returned. This week brings Joseph Marro stopping by to talk about the early years of The Early November, his time in Hellogoodbye, and his current adventures managing bands like You Blew It. Life in a band isn't always like it's made out to be in the movies. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies -- and oh how we're glad to be back!

Want to make sure you never miss an episode? You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, via your own RSS feed reader, or on SoundCloud. You can also find all of our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Interesting in sponsoring an episode of the...
Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 05:18 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 04/25/14 - 11:00 AM
We had a minor error on our news submission page that was making it look like you had to log-in to submit news -- sorry about that -- all fixed now. So, feel free to send in your news tips (anonymously or not). I know there are still a few things not quite working on the website (and the slowness on posting and editing still seems to creep up every now and again), but we're getting closer.
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 09:18 PM
The Liverspots took some time to answer our random interview, which can be found here.
I had been in a lot of bands before and had always been determined not to have a band name with the word, "THE," in it. For some reason, I now realized that I actually wanted to be a part of that tradition. I guess I figured that it was good enough for the Crickets, the Beach Boys, the Clash, and the Ramones...so it was good enough for us too. I wrote out a list of names that combined these ideas...the Dentures, the Catheters, etc. Most of these names were taken...so I went with the Liverspots. The rest of the dudes joined months later and never got a vote.
Zac Djamoos on 04/24/14 - 09:05 PM
Vain & Valor filled out our random interview; check it out.
Our very first weekender I was locked outside of the van half naked in the middle of nowhere at 3am. It was hilarious for everyone inside the van I'm sure, but for me it was one of those "Mom get me a grey hound ticket. I'm coming home!" moments.
Zac Djamoos on 04/23/14 - 06:40 PM
Melodic metal band Second Rate Angels filled out our random interview; read it here.
Id say its 'cause we manage to combine being heavy with melodic. Not too many metal bands keep it melodic nowadays - we do, and everyone is a sucker for a good melody.
Zac Djamoos on 04/22/14 - 09:18 PM
Tonight we're happy to welcome Equal Vision Records' I The Mighty to the website to chat with us! If you hit the replies you can chat with the band about their current happenings, tour-life, and much more.

Update: Chat is now over! Huge thanks to the band for hanging out with us today.
Jason Tate on 04/22/14 - 05:08 PM
Sontag Shogun's random interview is here.
We'd tour with a thirteenth century minstrel. You know they got into some crazy post-show antics. We'd also probably have had our tongues removed at some point for pissing off a minor lord.
Zac Djamoos on 04/21/14 - 09:08 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 04/20/14 - 07:35 AM
Today's edition of AbsolutePlaylist is brought to you by me, so it's not like any of the other ones since I am a deviant. Currently I date a girl who I went to high school with, but she didn't like me in high school despite some of the best-curated mix CDs ever given to anyone on the planet. I had seen the movie High Fidelity and she hadn't, so how is it possible that this best-laid plan didn't work? Today we investigate this further with a playlist of songs that I actually put on mix CDs for a girl that I liked in high school, complete with commentary. It's in the replies, of course.
Thomas Nassiff on 04/18/14 - 01:59 PM
Well, if you're not busy discussing if Record Store Day has been ruined, there are some cool releases coming out. Plus, I say getting outside to visit your local record store with some friends is as good an excuse as any (vinyl and beer is the secret to long living). We've created this open thread to discuss all the releases for this year. We'll keep it open throughout the weekend to post about what you've found and picked up and/or share any other deals that show up. Check the first post for some thoughts from staff on what they're looking to grab this year.
Jason Tate on 04/18/14 - 01:32 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 04/18/14 - 11:00 AM
We've had Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic and The Xcerts, now here's another Scottish rock band who look destined for great things. Fatherson released their debut album I Am An Island last week, and it's full to the brim with shimmering hooks and frontman Ross Leighton's charming brogue. Scroll down to check out the very slightly NSFW video for new track "I Like Not Knowing".
Andy Biddulph on 04/18/14 - 06:22 AM
Update: The chat is now over. Huge thanks to the band for hanging out with us today.

Just a few weeks ago Foxy Shazam released a brand new album titled Gonzo. Today they're here to chat with you guys! Hit the replies to join the conversation and ask the band any questions you may have.
Jason Tate on 04/17/14 - 01:39 PM
Next week, I The Mighty will be hitting the road with Architects (UK) and letlive. On Tuesday, the 22nd, they'll be chatting on the site homepage at 5pm PST. It's the day before the tour kicks off, so it should be a great time. Mark your calendars and come chat!
Ryan Gardner on 04/17/14 - 10:46 AM
Check the replies for the user reviews submitted recently!
Anthony Sorendino on 04/16/14 - 08:31 AM
Foxy Shazam just released a new album for free a couple of weeks ago, and now we've invited them to come chat with everyone here on the website. This Thursday, April 17th and 5pm PST the band will be doing a chat here on the homepage. Add it to your calendars!
Jason Tate on 04/14/14 - 04:04 PM
Our interview with Boys On The Radio can be found here, the new project from Lovedrug's Michael Shepard.
I would say what balanced out Lovedrug, as far as the writing was concerned, was the other guys in Lovedrug were very much more into the indie side of music, the cooler, underground music. I was always kind of the pop guy who brought some of the hookier stuff to the music. So when I sat down to do a record by myself, essentially Im writing pop songs. Ive been going through this huge 80s thing lately. I was largely influenced by artists like Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, stuff like that that I grew up loving, kind of writing from a modern standpoint but with a little bit of that...
Jonathan Bautts on 04/14/14 - 01:47 PM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 04/13/14 - 08:45 AM
The terse Lumberjerks filled out our inteview; read it here.
The band started between two brothers who just wanted to play their music.
Zac Djamoos on 04/11/14 - 02:32 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 04/11/14 - 11:00 AM
If you caught our discussion thread yesterday, you probably noticed where we were heading. The first quarter of 2014 is officially over and I'm officially overwhelmed with new releases; I feel like the best are falling through the cracks. Do you feel like you're missing out as well? Well, have no fear! We're here with a special quarterly edition of the AbsolutePlaylist, highlighting some of our favorites from the past three months. Check out the playlist in both Spotify and Rdio renditions in the replies.
Anthony Sorendino on 04/11/14 - 06:44 AM
Again, we've got two interviews today, courtesy of Left Behind and My Space Invaders. You can read them here and here.
Zac Djamoos on 04/10/14 - 09:22 PM
We've certainly had an impressive first quarter of 2014 with new releases. Who's your front runner so far for Album of the Year? What albums have you connected with from January, February, or March of this year? Have there been releases that have flown under the radar that you want to share? Head to the replies for a discussion about everything you've loved about 2014 so far and make sure you return tomorrow for a special treat!

Edit: Head over to our special edition of the AbsolutePlaylist featuring some of our favorites from the past quarter.
Anthony Sorendino on 04/10/14 - 06:37 AM
Today we've got two random interviews for you, from Swedish metalcore group Surviving the Charade and Iowan electronic duo Koffins, which can be found here and here, respectively.
Zac Djamoos on 04/09/14 - 04:16 PM
I've decided to create a dedicated technology forum. Interested in technology? Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the like? Now there's a dedicated place to talk about it on the site.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 01:33 PM
Our interview with Local Natives can be found here.
We never came into the band being like, All right, were going to be this grunge-down, indie band forever, or were going to be a mainstream band. Were just doing what we want to do, making the music were happy with and proud of. If that reaches to a larger audience, awesome. Like I said, were totally content with where we are now. Hopefully, it keeps going in a positive direction and we can keep this as our careers.
Jonathan Bautts on 04/08/14 - 10:26 AM
Lower Lifes filled out our interview. Read it here.
Id get rid of lyric videos. My favorite part of listening to an album growing up was NOT knowing the words and piecing together my own version until someone corrected me. I SWORE the Fall Out Boy lyric was "a loaded gun complex" for the longest time when that album came out, but things like that would be so memorable. Now you watch a lyric video and read along and you just think someone had to type these awful words and coordinate them with the song. Im so sorry."
Zac Djamoos on 04/07/14 - 09:27 PM
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