This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I came across Shore Acres Drive, a one man acoustic emo/punk band. Taking inspiration from the likes of Modern Baseball and Into It. Over It. and then adding an acoustic twist, the band's debut single "I Adjust" is both catchy and perfect for any angsty moment. Check out the single and a cover of Modern Baseball's "The Weekend" on the band's Bandcamp as 'name your price'. 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.
This week marked my 11th year anniversary on AP.net, which means that I have spent almost half of my entire life being an active member around here. This website has been, hands down, one of the most consistent things in my life over the past decade. Little did I know that signing up on that one punk website that covered all my favourite bands (I'm looking at you, The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Something Corporate... and literally every other pop-punk band that existed in 2002), would change my life forever. Without it, I would now probably be in some library killing brain cells with law school books instead of working in an industry that I'm passionate about. And more...
South By So What is right around the corner. I talked briefly with the brains behind the whole thing, Mike Ziemer, to get his take on festivals, the history of this one, and the future ... you can read the short Q&A in the replies.
My first show ever was in March of 2004. I did the show because the agent for an Audio Karate and Tokyo Rose tour needed a show for them in Dallas around SXSW and everything was full. I put them on a community center show I was throwing with local bands. Over the years March became our annual "anniversary" show and eventually turned into what we called South By So What?!. The name originally came from someone I worked with at a company called Buzz Oven who...
Soundsupply has released their latest drop -- this one is in partnership with the upcoming Fest.
1. Laura Stevenson "Wheel" (Don Giovanni Records)
2. BOYSETSFIRE "While A Nation Sleeps…" (Bridge Nine Records)
3. Restorations "LP2" (Side One Dummy)
4. Captain, We're Sinking "The Future Is Canceled" (Run for Cover Records)
5. Xerxes "Our Home Is A Deathbed" (No Sleep Records)
6. Run Forever "Settling" (Tiny Engines)
7. Plow United - Marching Band (Jump Start Records)
8. Drug Church "Paul Walker" (No Sleep Records)
9. Glocca Morra "An Obscure Moon Lighting An Obscure World" (Kind of Like Records)
10. Heartwell "Certainty of Change" (Kat Kat Records)
This week Mark Rose (Spitalfield) and Bob Nanna (Braid) stop by to talk about music, the industry, and their musician centric "song shop" like website downwrite.com.
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Kristin Thomson's article "Value Added Streaming" is a really well thought out piece on the future of streaming services.
As an advocate for musicians and songwriters, I’d like to see an increase in (a) audience size, (b) number of streams and (c) the payment per stream. But I also know that the per-play rate for on-demand streaming services was set through private negotiations between the platforms and the biggest record labels in the world, and that individual musicians (unless you are as powerful as Metallica or Pink Floyd) have almost no leverage over that (c) per-play rate.
On-demand subscription is still a crowded marketplace, currently represented in the US by Spotify,...
The first thing I would like to say about the unfortunate events that occurred the other day in Poughkeepsie is that it is unfair for me to publicly make a statement because my job allows me that platform, while the other gentlemen involved in this incident does not. So it’s only fair to entertain the thought that this gentleman may not agree with my accounts. And let’s also not demonize him; he must have friends and family that love him very much. [...] From this point, I was choked in such a rage-ful way that left me having the post...
All Shall Perish bassist Mike Tiner spoke with Metal Injection about how Suicide Silence's management basically gave the band no choice but to fire their former vocalist Eddie Hermida, who was then announced as the new vocalist of Suicide Silence a short time later.
Suicide Silence's management informed us of all of the things All Shall Perish would and would not be "allowed" to do. All Shall Perish could not play a show until Eddie was well "established" as the new singer of Suicide Silence. Suicide Silence's management told us that they would have to be well into their new album and touring cycle before All Shall Perish could be seen again with Eddie," Tiner told Metal Injection.
Crusades is a Canadian punk band that will issue its second LP, and first for No Idea Records, on November 5. The album has a really long title. It's Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment with Greater Fear Than I Receive It and we've got an exclusive stream of "The Expulsion" in the replies. The record has a long name for a reason – according to the band, it's a concept album centered around the life of philosopher, heretic and antichristian martyr Giordano Bruno as an archetype for the modern atheist, freethinker, artist, poet and lover. Listen to the track in the replies and let us know at what exact timestamp your mind explodes.
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