If you're in or around Philly we've got a pretty cool team up with our friends over at Creep Records. They've got these cool "approved" stickers to put on all albums in their store that have either appeared on our staff end of the year list or have received a high review score. If you're in the area, stop on by and check it out, say hi to the owners, and give them a follow on Twitter.
Looks like the demos and other odds and ends from Tom DeLonge are now up for pre-order on TomDeLonge.me. If you buy the digital album you'll get one song on March 9th, one on the 23rd, one on April 6th, and the album comes out April 20th.
We recently posted about the fantastic Cedar Boulevard, a rock band who are drawing comparisons to the likes of You, Me and Everyone We Know and A Day To Remember. Now, we have two pairs of tickets to their show tomorrow night (Sunday, March 1st) at the Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, CA and the two users that reply to this post first will receive a pair each! This is an all ages event too so happy posting!
MTV sat down with Amy Fleisher Madden, founder of Fiddler Records, to talk about her new book. I've been meaning to steal a few extra hours to read this book, which by all accounts is great.
The first band that I signed that really broke through was New Found Glory. After their EP, I released the first Dashboard Confessional record and that was an uphill battle the whole way. From there, some smaller bands: The Bled, The Higher, Name Taken and Recover. Just a few indie darlings.
All Time Low's second song from their new album will be "Kids in the Dark," Amazon has it listed at both March 10th and April 7th for release. A low-quality clip of the song has appeared on Youtube and is in the replies.
When asked about playing a song like "There's No 'I' In Team," which directly references a longstanding feud with the band Brand New (specifically front man/former Taking Back Sunday bassist Jesse Lacey), Lazzara continues to add fuel to the old fire. "I think Jesse Lacey is just a dick," he says. "He just sucks. He's not a good person." Lazzarra goes on, "Who am I to say?", he says. "There's somebody out there that's gonna say I'm not a good person. I don't know."
Set Your Goals vocalist Matt Wilson did an in-depth interview with Lambgoat, where he discusses the band's old label, Eulogy Recordings, and how they've never paid out royalties for Mutiny!; he also gets into other aspects of the band's bumpy past. Certain tidbits are very interesting: Epitaph Records paid over $100,000 to buy out the band's contract from Eulogy, SYG got interest from Pete Wentz but that ended after a bizarre mishap, and the band is proud of Burning At Both Ends but acknowledges that fans "deserved better." He even mentions the vague possibility of Mutiny! 10-year shows in 2016. The full interview can be read here.
Tensions between band and label at this point were at...
London pop punks Spineless Yes Men will release their new EP, The Death of Denmark, on March 30th through Speaking Tongues. You can stream the lead track, "Ramleaze Drive," in the replies. It's equal parts Enema of the State-era Blink-182 and Frank Turner, which means you'll be singing "Don't want you on your own..." for the rest of the day.
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Drake continues to prove how indomitable he is right now - every single song from If You're Reading This It's Too Late has entered the Billboard Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Chart, giving him a grand total of 21 songs appearing on the chart, which works out to 42% of the chart. This breaks his own record of 14 songs on the chart at one time (which he matched last week), to give you an idea of how insane this is.
Head to the replies to watch a Quiet Country Audio session with A Will Away. The Connecticut emo quartet (and recent Quiet Fire Media signees) perform "Good Things," "Home," "Livin'" and "Ten or Eleven."
In this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, Thomas tries to coin the phrase "Chopper" for a song that is a "chart topper." I'm not sure how well this is going to work out -- I say it gets chopped. This week's topics include: The glaring lack of women in this week's Skate and Surf lineup, Bayside's song release about shock-rock bands and subsequent blog post about their own lyrics, Simple Mind covering all of Brand New's The Devil and God..., and Nate Ruess' new song and roll out. We end with some recommendations and a little after show talk about advice for getting into the music industry. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
On February 26, the FCC approved new, stronger network neutrality rules that regulate internet access like a public utility. Network neutrality supporters hailed the proposal. But Republicans in Congress say that it will lead to excessive regulation of the internet. They're working on legislation that would partially reverse the rules.
Some of you reading may like the band Fire and Ice, and some of you may want to know that they recently posted a varietyof homophobic tweets and basically said they don't care if anyone is offended. I asked the label why they'd keep a band like this on their roster and didn't hear back. I think everyone can make their own decisions about what music they listen to and what they can put up with from artists ... but for me, this is one of the lines that renders a band unlistenable in my book.
Black Veil Brides' Andy Biersack didn't like being heckled at the band's show in Vancouver, BC. Hit the replies for some of the fan filmed footage where Andy leaps from the stage to go fight the heckler.
Buffalo's Del Paxton is the latest band to sign to Topshelf Records' incredible lineup and we have a new song from the band's upcoming 7" split with Gulfer. Del Paxton's brand of emo/indie/you name it is infectious as it is heavy-hitting. But don't take my word for it, check out the band's killer new track, "Bad Batch," in the replies and then pre-order the split (in stores 4/7) from Topshelf.
The change comes after global record labels association IFPI announced today that Friday will be deemed as release day in all key countries round the world, following consultation with indie and major labels, artist representative organisations and music retailers.
The move means that artists will be able to instantly release their music on the...