One of the cool perks offered by the Reggie and the Full Effect Kickstarter was the ability to get Reggie to cover any song you wanted. AP.net reader and backer, Peter, had RATFE cover He is Legend's "Dicephalous" -- and because Peter is awesome -- he wanted to share it with everyone. You can check it out in the replies.
We're excited to be working with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to give away rare vinyl test pressing of their new album, Unvarnished. You can enter to win on Facebook and Twitter. Two winners (one from each contest) will be chosen at random next week.
Yesterday, Hopeless Recordscelebrated its 20th year of being a label. While many know Hopeless as a label that's released some of our users favorite albums of all time, it's also dedicated a lot of time, resources, and money to charity via Sub City, its nonprofit subsidiary. What's for certain is that Hopeless Records has been an integral part to this website, the scene, and many music fan's lives. Today, I'll be counting down my five favorite Hopeless Releases - feel free to add in your own lists as well. Here's to another 20 years!
Jay Z ranked his own albums on his blog this morning. Ranking of albums? Kinda feels like an AP.net thread. Anyway, his annotated list is below ... agree? Disagree? He definitely got Kingdom Come right.
1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album... fuck... Streets, Where I'm from, You Must Love Me...)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it's good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone...)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone... oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many...
Spotify has posted a nice little "Year In Review" app, which will calculate some stats on your personal streaming. Check it out, and post your Top 10 songs in the replies, so we know how many times you listened to "Get Lucky."
The Alexisonfire Vinyl Box Set will go on sale Christmas Day, for $250. It includes Alexisonfire (2xLP), Watch Out! (2xLP), Crisis (2xLP), Old Crows/Young Cardinals (2xLP), The Switcheroo Series (12"), Death Letter (12"), Dog's Blood, (12"), Math Sheets Demo (10"), Aussie Tour (7"), Insulation Tapes (7"), Crisis Bonus Tracks (7"), Death Letter Bonus Tracks (7"), a 28 page photo book, a vinyl slipmat, 45 adaptor, and digital downloads of all included songs. More info on the band's website.
Illusions' new single, "Cowards," is debuting in the replies via a lyric video. The track features a guest spot from Palisades vocalist Lou Miceli. The Orlando, FL post-hardcore group will release their debut EP, Origins, on January 7 through Harbor Records.
Today we are excited to premiere Fever Fever's new video for "Hallucinate." Not your normal indie-rock/pop band, these guys use instrumentation techniques to craft their sound for this track, including ukuleles and xylophones. Watch it in the replies. The video is part of Mug & Brush Sessions, a new YouTube music series that features national and local bands playing stripped down versions of their music in the vintage, intimate setting of the Mug & Brush barbershop located in Columbus, Ohio. The Mug & Brush Sessions is a collaboration between the Mug & Brush barbershop owner Jim Morris, audio engineer Keith Hanlon, and FWD: Video & Social Branding.
Today we're premiering Liferuiner's video for "H A R V E S T / F A M I N E." The pulse-pounding track is complemented by a video of equal intensity - utilizing quick cuts and lots of motion to keep the adrenaline pumping. Watch the video in the replies.
WENN is reporting that the US version of Morrissey's autobiography has been edited to various degrees, including the editing out of details surrounding his relationship with photographer Jake Walters.
The tome, titled Autobiography, details several anecdotes involving Walters, and Morrissey writes movingly of their two years together, but in the U.S. release, which was published on Tuesday (03Dec13), many details in the original book are missing or edited down.
Soundscan has confirmed that A Day To Remember's Common Courtesy has sold 92,874 copies. A portion of the press-release is below.
Today Neilsen Soundscan verifies that the band sold 40,550 copies through their own digital direct to fan presale as well as 52,324 albums through traditional retail outlets such as Best Buy, iTunes and Hot Topic. In total, the new album has sold 92,874 copies in the US alone. The album will not debut on the Billboard chart this week due to the untraditional nature of this release but the band is very thankful for the overwhelming support and loyalty of their fans. Had Common Courtesy been eligible the band would have had a Top 10 debut this week.
Psychologists have said it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. On the 22nd day, you’ve found the way. On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a “plant-based breakfast” everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought…
Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas...