We had finished the album, and we decided that we didn't need any interludes. It felt pretentious to do, and it already felt like adding too many tracks. I like to keep albums usually at 10 [songs], and we ended up with 12. Interludes would've brought it up to 14, and it would've felt a little too conceptual. We finished the album without the intro, and "AhHa" didn't feel like it set up the album properly. It was the very last day before we had to turn in the master, and we were up until 5 o'clock in the morning recording in my house and rearranging that intro. It was supposed to be turned in three...
HypeBot has posted an article explaining how artists can go claim their Apple Music Connect profiles. We talk a lot about Apple Music on this week's podcast and this is the one part of the service I'm less than excited about.
The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. Last week, Ryan D. shared his playlist of summer jams. This week, I'm here to take things in a completely different direction: roots music. From folk and alt-country to Americana and classic rock 'n' roll, this playlist encompasses the genres that have said "summer" to me longest. Whether you're heading out of town for a road trip or sitting on the porch drinking a beer late at night, this mix is ideal.
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Carly Rae Jepsen's new album, Emotion, is being released in the U.S. on August 21st, with new single "Run Away With Me" dropping next month. The record, with five extra tracks, is still scheduled for release in Japan on June 23rd.
Dick Costolo, Twitterís embattled chief executive, is stepping down, the company said Thursday. Jack Dorsey, the companyís co-founder and chairman, will serve as interim chief executive while the board searches for a permanent successor. The change is effective July 1. Twitter shares were up more than 7 percent in after-hours trading immediately after the news was announced.
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast covers three main topics: Apple Music, Thomas's new bi-weekly series on starting a record label, and us hiring some new staff on the website. We spend the good majority talking about what we think of Apple Music, where we think it'll be successful, where we think it'll fail, what we think of the presentation, what we hope for the future, and the re-birth of Ping. The other good chunk is about Bad Timing Records and what it's like to start a record label and how being a record label in 2015 compares to past generations. All-in-all this was a really fun episode to record and we think it turned out pretty great. The episode can be streamed...
Day Wave's new single "We Try But We Don't Fit In" is now streaming on Soundcloud. Fans of The Drums, Real Estate and their ilk will love the lo-fi surf pop act and can expect his debut EP, Headcase, on July 17.
Kayla St. Onge and Jonathan Diener (The Swellers) teamed up over at The Run Out with a really good piece titled "Pop Punk and Feminism: Intersectionality and Microaggressions":
If you ask anyone at a show if theyíre against racism, they will most likely say yes. If you ask them if theyíre for LGBT rights, theyíll most likely say yes, but you have to think critically about these things. Any idiot can say they arenít racist because the picture we have of racism is white men in hoods lynching people. But they forget to examine the social norms we have been bred with. Another large part of racism (and any kind of discrimination) are microaggressions. Microaggressions are small, subtle, and...
It's with great pleasure that we welcome Charlie Joseph to staff today. Charlie is joining us as a contributing interviewer/article/editorial writer and if the conversations we've been having in the staff chat are any indication -- we are all in for a treat! She's written up a little welcome message below, so please join me in welcoming her to staff!
Say Anything City Pride Contest: Share your cityís image this week and the winning city will get a personalized song written by Max! The song will be available as a free download, there will be an exclusive tee design available only at your cityís show and Max will perform the song that night!
It looks like July 10th, 2015 will mark the date the music industry shifts to Friday as the global release day. I guess I'm gonna have to tweak our albums in stores post.
More than 45 countries have signed up to the global release day initiative, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. However, in some countries, particularly in Asia, local music repertoire will still be released on different days. For instance, in Japan domestic acts will continue to release new music on Wednesdays, two days earlier than international repertoire.
On the heels of the band's recent lyric video for new single "Different Colors," Walk the Moon has now released a full music video for the song, shot during their recent Talking is Hard Tour. You can view it in the replies
Sudden Suspension recently signed to Bad Timing Records and will release a new EP called There's A Bigger Picture Here on June 16th. You might remember when we premiered "As Good As It Gets," and today we are streaming the whole thing. Similarly to that song, the EP contains straightforward fast-paced pop-punk songs, perfect for fans of Knuckle Puck or Forever Came Calling. The bass flexes on "Eventually," while "Cheap Seats" cranks the pace up the max with arguably the best chorus here. Give it a listen below if you're looking for a good EP for summer drives with the windows rolled down. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order it.
Today I'd like to officially welcome AJ LaGambina to our staff! Aj will be joining us as a contributing reviewer and helping out on other things around the site. Please give a hearty welcome to Aj in the replies and read a message from him below. We've got a few more to come!
Want to see Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind at Jones Beach on June 14th? If you can attend the show and want to win tickets post in the replies and I'll pick some winners randomly to give a pairs of tickets to.