CHVRCHES will release their new album, Every Open Eye, on September 25th. The debut single will premiere tonight on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show.
Because the album was written over such a long period of time, it’s about the goods and the bads, the beginnings and ends. Personally, I’m in a good place right now, but there’s definitely anti-love songs on there as well. “Leave a Trace” is the middle finger mic-drop. It’s about that point where you’re like, “There’s no point having this conversation anyways: There will be no resolve, I won’t feel better about it, you won’t feel better about it, no outcome from this will actually change my reality.” It makes me feel better to write about...
Arcade Firewill releaseThe Reflektor Tapes, described as "a unique cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history" directed by Kahlil Joseph, on September 24th to theaters worldwide for a limited time. You can watch a trailer for the film as well as an eight-minute clip featuring the band's song "Porno" in the replies.
Musicians are a target for thieves because we carry a lot of valuable equipment in a van/trailer that takes a professional thief about one minute to steal. Here's a video where I show you the Dewalt Mobilelock, which helped us get almost all our gear back immediately after it was stolen last month while we ate lunch. I'm not getting anything to promote this, I just want more bad guys caught and more bands getting their stuff back. Show this to the bands you know, because sadly it's almost more a matter of "when" their stuff will be...
The flip side is that as things have grown, so has the amount of confusion caused by the name Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr. Some of it is no big deal and easily cleared up. But sometimes we get sad and bizarre requests sent to our social media sites or emailed to people we work with. We’ve had people drive long distances to shows only to be disappointed when they realize it’s a neurotic Jew and wild haired gentile from Detroit they’ve paid to see. A number of times now we’ve received hope filled inquiries from people who have dying relatives that only want to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr (the driver) before they pass. Those sorts of interactions...
A newspaper in Quebec got around the strict photography rules set by the Foo Fighters by sending a cartoonist to the concert and then sketching what he saw for the paper.
he team of Sun refused to sign the contract imposed by the group. Rather than appear before the grand stage of the Plains, our photographer Jean-Marie Villeneuve was able to circumvent the requirements of the Foo Fighters by finding an elevated point of view, apart from the "official" media area. The Sun has also hired the cartoonist's pencil Quebec Francis Desharnais ( Burquette , Chronicles of an unworthy daughter ) to capture the passage in the capital of the band Dave Grohl.
Silversun Pickups will be releasing their new album, Better Nature, on September 25th via their own New Machine Recordings label. You can check out the artwork in the replies and pre-order the record here.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Bandcamp became my main music streaming service. Given the amount of good music I have since come across, it only makes sense to bring attention to it weekly. Every Wednesday, I will highlight a record that I love on Bandcamp and hopefully create some discussion about albums that you, the readers, have also discovered and/or fallen in love with. My first pick is The Collection. It began with a text and link from fellow editor Brian Lion, "Start with "The Borrowers" and the song right after it -- big Typhoon sound." That's all it took. I was in love instantly. Their debut Ars Moriendi came out exactly one year ago today, but this record is timeless. Over 25...
Ghost Town keyboardist Evan Pearce has left the band due to his health. The remaining members will continue as a three-piece. They're currently putting the finishing touches on their third album, due out in the fall.
Touring has always been difficult for me due to my health and I can no longer continue to tour at the pace demanded by the success of Ghost Town without it further affecting my wellbeing. Kevin, Alix and Manny have all been great and I hope we'll have the opportunity to collaborate again in the future. I would also like to thank all the Ghosts out there for your support.
One of the things I wanted to try and explore in my solo material is working on really concise pop songs in the sense of 50s and 60s pop songs. If you listen to a song like Buddy Holly’s “Everyday,” that’s pretty much a perfect song as far as I’m concerned. The way that it’s structured is something completely different than your modern formula of song construction. So it’s just sort of my attempt to work closer to, not necessarily ripping off that kind of formula of the way that Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly and those types of songs are constructed, but how that makes me...
Stray From The Path have released their new lyric video for "Badge And A Bullet Pt. II", which you can check out in the replies. Subliminal Criminals drops August 14th via Sumerian Records. You can pre-order the record here.
We Hold Hands and We Jump will release their debut album, The Wonderful Things I'll Do, next month via NDE Records. The Pennsylvania duo play a style of folk that brings to mind Bright Eyes - but fronted by someone a bit quirkier, like Max Bemis. It's something a lot of AP.net regulars might enjoy, and we've got the band's very first single streaming. You can listen to "How to relax" over at the band's AP.net profile. Preorders will be up next week, so look out if you enjoy the song.
Emancipator will release his fourth full-length album, Seven Seas, on September 25th on Loci Records. You can find the album artwork and stream his new single, "Seven Seas" ft. Madelyn Grant, in the replies. He also announced a Fall Ensemble Tour with support from Wax Tailor, Blockhead, Yppah and Manatee Commune. Dates are also in the replies.
A new Tumblr, created by the SaferScene group from our forums that I talked a little about in last week's podcast episode, has launched to help people share experiences at tours and festivals.
If you or someone you know has been in an uncomfortable situation at a show, and you wish to help prevent situations like this occurring again, you can share it here . These testimonials will be compiled anonymously to make a small video documenting the problems faced by fans at shows.
The Top 50 Global Tours did a combined $1.73 billion, which is up nearly 5% over 2014 but still short of the 2013 record of $1.85 billion. The total tickets sold was 19.9 million, which was well up on last year’s 18 million but still short of the 2013 record of 21 million. The average ticket price of $87.13 declined by $4.58 or 5% from last year’s record $91.71. Top Tours The two biggest tours of North America grossed nearly the same amount of money but used wildly different approaches to touring.
Marc Hogan, writing for NPR on transparency (or the lack thereof) in the music industry:
Transparency is "the next big fight," says Casey Rae, CEO of the artists' advocacy nonprofit Future of Music Coalition, in an email. "The current environment has too many 'black boxes,'" he explains. "It's simply too easy for big companies to sit on money because they can't find out who to pay, or don't care to know. It's time to demand more accountability and transparency, and artists can play a crucial role in that push."