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Hello. I wanted to take a moment to tell everyone here that today will be my last day as a Senior Editor for AbsolutePunk. I'll be moving into the "retired staff" category -- my username will still be red, but I won't be contributing any more news posts or reviews, etc, to the site any longer (though I'll continue to co-host the podcast with Jason). My last post, which I've published today, is a review of The Wonder Years' No Closer To Heaven. In an effort to not take up a bunch of homepage real estate, I've written a letter about this on my new personal blog -- you can read that here if you want. After five and a half years of writing for this site, it's safe to say that AP.net and its...
Thomas Nassiff on 09/02/15 - 09:44 AM
Last week, I had a chance to speak with Nick Thomas of The Spill Canvas during the tail-end of the band's One Fell Swoop Tour. In addition to an extended discussion of the One Fell Swoop tour, we also discussed the "hiatus" the band had undergone over the past few years, as well as the possibility of new The Spill Canvas music, and in what way that may be released. You can find the whole transcription of the interview here.
But the ten year thing was what really brought out the possibility of the Spill name. We would go out and do this tour, and if it feels good, if it feels relevant, and people want new music at all, we would be able to tell by the response. And the crowd response was...
Craig Ismaili on 09/01/15 - 11:08 AM
I was recently lucky enough to hold my first in-person interview with no other heart than Mac DeMarco during soundcheck at his recent Buffalo date. We talked about touring, pop music, wine and his new album, Another One. You can read the full interview here.
Yeah, you know, I was just exhausted. I think a lot of those songs sound sort of brooding, but that's how they felt when I went into it, and coming out [of recording], I was like, "Man, I gotta stop being such a sad shit about this," you know, "I'm pretty young, I get to tour the world, I get to play music for a living. Get a grip, dude." So I got a grip.
Aaron Mook on 09/01/15 - 06:26 AM
The Maine are stopping by to chat on the website today. If you hit the replies you'll be able to ask them questions about their latest release American Candy, their upcoming tours (dates are also in the replies), or really anything you'd like. The band will be chatting with blue verified names.

Update: The band has headed off to play their show tonight. Huge thank you to the band for answering some questions and everyone who came by to say hi! Make sure to check out their latest album and see them on their upcoming tour.
Jason Tate on 08/31/15 - 02:30 PM
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Jason Tate on 08/28/15 - 03:00 AM
The Maine will be joining us to chat on the website on Monday (8/31) at 6 PM (PST). They're about to head out on their free tour (dates in the replies) so make sure to stop by to talk to them about that, their new album, and other things of that nature.
Jason Tate on 08/27/15 - 03:03 PM
Later today I will be sitting down to talk to The Spill Canvas about their current One Fell Swoop anniversary tour. If you have any questions for the band, please leave them in the replies.
Craig Ismaili on 08/26/15 - 07:13 AM
At the recent Pinelands Music Festival, we spoke with CRUISR about the pressures of writing songs, the future of rock music on the radio, and when we can expect to see a full-length album. You can find the full interview here.
Thatís my opinion. Every song, whenever we work on songs I try to think, ďOkay, you donít have one song to speak for yourself at all. You donít have anything. You donít exist.Ē And then I make a song, and thatís going to be the song. I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself. But hopefully we put an album out that speaks to that.
Craig Ismaili on 08/26/15 - 06:44 AM
While Anthony and Staci have already given you their great photos from the Pinelands Music Festival, we thought we shouldn't just stop there. So over the next few days, we'll be bringing you some interviews from some of the best bands on the Pinelands lineup. First up, we have Philadelphia's PALMAS, who gave me one of the funniest interviews I've ever done. You can read the whole thing here.
We were putting out the EP, and we were playing at the Boot and Saddle, and itís now October 10th, our EP release show. But it was originally scheduled for Pope Weekend. And actually, one of your contributors, Staci, she sent me a text and said, ďI think you need to reschedule your show.Ē
Craig Ismaili on 08/24/15 - 01:38 PM
AP.net's forum members put together a compilation of original tracks. The track listing can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 08/24/15 - 12:02 PM
Recently, I was able to speak with Tim Kasher and Stefanie Drootin of The Good Life about the band's first album in eight years, Everybody's Coming Down. Check it out here.
I mean, itís what weíre all listening to now, and we joked around about it being our Weezer or our Built to Spill record. [Laughs] I think the Good Life used to feel like an entity that had to stand in contrast to Cursive, but now that weíre less active, The Good Life feels like it has more leeway to play rock music.
Aaron Mook on 08/24/15 - 09:27 AM
We had the chance to speak with John Nolan about his new solo album, Sad Strange Beautiful Dream. Check it out here.
This album was ridiculously autobiographical. Iíve never written so many songs that were so directly about an exact experience that I had. That was something that happened (on this album). Generally, I think my songs are about myself. I think Iím limited in that way. I donít feel like I, so far anyway, have been able to put myself in a character's head or another personís head and been able to write from their perspective. I havenít felt like Iíve been good at that. So most of my songs end up being about me in some way or another.
Craig Ismaili on 08/24/15 - 08:09 AM
Yep, something is being weird with the website at the moment and making it elongated. Looking into it.

Update: Everything looks fixed now. Sorry about that.
Jason Tate on 08/21/15 - 12:33 PM
I recently spoke to We Came As Romans vocalists Dave Stephens and Kyle Pavone at the Portland, OR date of the Vans Warped Tour. We spoke about the band's brand new Self-Titled record (and it's leak 6 weeks ahead) working out on the road, and more. The record is definitely among my favorites of the year, so this was a fun conversation to have. You can read it here.
Itís not something a lot of bands do in their careers, itís a special feat for sure. Weíre really blessed; with record sales being down and our record leaking six weeks early, it just seems like everything was piled against us, and we had people telling us ďYou might not do top 10Öyouíve got this and this against youÖĒ But we...
Jake Denning on 08/21/15 - 12:17 PM
On Saturday, Staci Altomari and I took our cameras to the inaugural Pinelands Music Festival in Millville, NJ (along with Craig Ismaili and Shana Davidson who were on interview duty). Between the two of us, we shot sixteen bands, including Young Statues, You, Me, and Everyone We Know, The Spill Canvas, Vacationer, Good Old War, and Jukebox the Ghost. Head to the replies to check out a handful of our favorites. You can also see the entire day through both of our lenses in one big chronological album of the day.
Anthony Sorendino on 08/21/15 - 08:16 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/21/15 - 03:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/14/15 - 06:01 PM
We've got some long overdue user reviews for you today.

User ReviewsFour Year Strong - Four Year Strong (iChuckles)
Four Year Strong - Four Year Strong (tomtom94)
Nigel & The Dropout - Folderol (N. Hall)
Monster On Sunday - Baby Eater (emoneil)
Being As An Ocean - Being As An Ocean (Junkyarddog)
Aaron Mook on 08/14/15 - 09:16 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online -- this page has the goods. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 08/14/15 - 03:00 AM
Well, it's Friday. I hope everyone enjoyed Absolute 100 week. At this point we've given you 100 new and diverse bands spanning all kinds of genres to check out. I really hope you've been able to find a whole bunch of new artists to add to your collection. In case you missed this week's feature, you can find each day here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. There is also links to playlists below with artists from the feature. We'd love to hear from you about what bands you have checked out so far, what you think, and if there's any hidden gems out there you think we should give a listen to for next year's feature. Now, let's give all of the staff a round of applause -- finding 100 quality...
Jason Tate on 08/13/15 - 11:38 AM
It's the final day of bands for Absolute 100 week. The staff got together and found 100 bands we think you need to check out. Check the replies for today's list. Each band selected on the list comes with links to their social pages, links to where you can find music, a song selected for stream by the author, and a blurb about why they were picked and what they sound like.

In case you missed it: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Jason Tate on 08/13/15 - 10:43 AM
This Sunday, I'll be sitting down with Mac DeMarco to discuss his new album, Another One, world tours and relationship advice. If you have any questions for Mac, feel free to leave them in the replies.
Aaron Mook on 08/12/15 - 07:52 AM
We've made it to the middle of the week ... it's day three of Absolute 100 week. As a recap: This is where the staff get together and scour the internet for 100 bands we think you need to check out. All week long we will be unveiling the artists in buckets of 25. Check the replies for today's list. Each band selected on the list comes with links to their social pages, links to where you can find music, a song selected for stream by the author, and a blurb about why they were picked and what they sound like. If you're looking for new music: time to bookmark.

In case you missed it: Part 1 | Part 2
Jason Tate on 08/12/15 - 06:35 AM
It's day two of Absolute 100 week. As a recap: This is where the staff get together and scour the internet for 100 bands we think you need to check out. All week long we will be unveiling the artists in buckets of 25. Check the replies for today's list. Each band selected on the list comes with links to their social pages, links to where you can find music, a song selected for stream by the author, and a blurb about why they were picked and what they sound like. If you're looking for new music: time to bookmark.

In case you missed it: Part 1.
Jason Tate on 08/11/15 - 10:44 AM
Today marks the start of Absolute 100 week here on the website. This is where the staff get together and scour the internet for 100 bands we think you need to check out. Over the next few days we will be unveiling all of the artists in buckets of 25. Check the replies for today's list. Each band selected on the list comes with links to their social pages, links to where you can find music, a song selected for stream by the author, and a blurb about why they were picked and what they sound like. If you're looking for new music: time to bookmark.
Jason Tate on 08/10/15 - 12:00 PM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online -- this page has the goods. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 08/07/15 - 03:00 AM
Every month I'm going to be featuring a pick from the AbsolutePunk community. This month's pick is from Matthew Buonanno (Spencer Control), who has chosen an album most worthy of being called "Best of Bandcamp." Read his beautiful writeup below.

Jonathan Cooke is not a man easily deterred. Simultaneously an exercise in rolling with the punches and an ostensible labor of love, his project Illustrated Manual has produced, as of yet, a single official release by the name of The Long and Tangled Beard. Recording it over the course of three years, alongside vocal cord surgery, and inside apartments, houses, and studios from Connecticut to San Francisco, Cooke was determined to bring The...
Lueda Alia on 08/05/15 - 10:15 AM
Last week, I attended Motley Crue's sold-out performance in Eugene, OR at the Matthew Knight Arena, with special guest Alice Cooper. Head to the replies for my thoughts on the performance.
Jake Denning on 07/31/15 - 12:21 PM
Yes! It's Friday, which means we're back with another AbsolutePlaylist. This week, I've got a playlist that represents most of what I've been listening to regularly in the gym this summer as the heat gets into the triple digits. If you like heavy music, this one's for you. Head to the replies to check it out.
Jake Denning on 07/31/15 - 10:24 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/31/15 - 03:00 AM
We recently spoke with Joywave about their debut album How Do You Feel Now? Check it out here.
What gets sent to radio and whatís decided on as a single seems really arbitrary. We didnít make the record trying to make any singles. There was no song where we were like, all right, this one has to be this certain way, outside of ďDestruction.Ē The spots that we made quote-unquote ďcatchyĒ in that song are a joke. Itís tongue in cheek.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/30/15 - 11:23 AM
If you have been jamming Lord Huron and Ace Enders' new albums, it's time for Side Saddle to be on your radar. Having collaborated with Rick Parker (Lord Huron, Good Old War) on their debut LP, The Astorian, in 2014, the six piece folk-pop ensemble are back with a brand new EP, entitled Young Professional, released on July 20. While doing my research on Side Saddle for this feature, one thing became very clear: while some songs make you want to dance, and others make you want to weep, they will always make you want to sing along.

"Young Professional is the story of love lost and love found in the concrete jungle of New York City," according to Ian McGuinness, Side Saddles' lead singer...
Lueda Alia on 07/29/15 - 11:11 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/24/15 - 03:00 AM
A Lot Like Birds' guitarist Michael Franzino was literally alone in the woods when he wrote his outstanding debut, Somewhere In The Sierras, under the pseudonym alone.. From the very first track - an imposing introduction whose cinematic quality is reinforced through Italian lyrics - the album sucks you into Franzino's reality, where everything is coloured by a Hannibal-esque intensity. Every song is a piece of the story, with the powerful "Close Without Closure" being one of the highlights of the album. It's dark, it's beautiful, it's defeating -- it's glorious. In his own words: "Great art comes from struggle, so I intentionally forced myself in a position to feel my emotions as...
Lueda Alia on 07/22/15 - 11:44 AM
We recently spoke with Dustin Kensrue about his long-awaited second solo album, Carry the Fire. Check it out here.
After so long, it was hard to pick where it was going to go. Originally, I had this other project I was thinking I was going to do as well. I was going to make the solo record a lot more stripped down, and it ended up feeling like it was too many things to juggle at one time. I combined some of the ideas that I had for this separate project into the more folky stuff and just let it be a mixture.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/21/15 - 11:22 AM
Check out our photos from the July 12th Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party featuring Nate Ruess, the War on Drugs, MSMR, Civil Twilight and John Faye and Those Meddling Kids in the replies.
Staci Altomari on 07/20/15 - 02:37 PM
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Jason Tate on 07/17/15 - 03:00 AM
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...
Lueda Alia on 07/15/15 - 10:39 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/14/15 - 06:01 PM
We recently spoke with Mike Shinoda about the return of Fort Minor, as well as the past and future of Linkin Park. Check out the interview here.
I kind of donít care where and if [Fort Minor] fits in. For me, trends will come and go. Rap music right now is in a really exciting place... Thereís a lot of room for individual, unique voices. Iím excited for what thatís going to develop into in the coming years. My role in it isnít to be a part of any movement, or a part of anything at all. I just make what I make. If people dig it, then they dig it.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/13/15 - 11:18 AM
The second quarter of 2015 has been absolutely loaded with musical releases. If you're still struggling to digest it all, have no fear! We're proud to present 150 of the best and brightest releases from April, May, and June. We've got everything from pop/punk, to country, to hip-hop, to indie, and everything in between. If you can't find something that you like and haven't heard before, feel free to PM me with an angry message. This playlist has been one of my favorite projects for the site; I've really fallen in love with some of these new discoveries. Check out the nine hour playlist in Apple Music, Spotify, and Rdio renditions in the replies. Happy discovering!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/10/15 - 05:28 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online -- this page has the goods. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 07/10/15 - 03:00 AM
Today, I am very proud to share something our users have been hard at work on. Under the direction of kyle is hk, a rather large group of us have voted and ranked our Top 50 Albums of 2000-2015. You can hit the replies to read our list (complete with blurbs from the users), see what artists got the most votes, look at each year's top three albums and discuss what should or shouldn't have made the list. Then, you can head over to this thread to participate in our Top Albums of the 90s list. Awesome work, everyone; what a time to be alive.
Aaron Mook on 07/08/15 - 07:50 AM
"What I'm working for is something more than free."
Staff InterviewsJason Isbell (Craig Manning)
Wolf Alice (Jonathan Bautts)
Craig Manning on 07/08/15 - 07:36 AM
We spoke with U.K. breakout Wolf Alice about their debut album, My Love Is Cool. Check out the interview here.
Weíre four weirdos from North London who spent a good two years playing everywhere trying to get the fine folk of England to pay attention to us, so itís blowing our minds that weíve got the chance to do that over in the U.S.A. too. The U.S. crowds are so, so, so much fun. People yell stuff like good restaurants to check out or just welcome you to the city DURING the breaks between songs. Itís how I imagine American football games to be, full of team spirit and chanting. A good crowd at a show in the U.S. can be like getting hit with a sledgehammer and totally elevates the vibe.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/08/15 - 05:42 AM
Our interview with Simple Plan can be read here. The band's new album will be released this fall.
For us, it's exciting, because we've got to keep growing and we have to adapt and try new things. It's a weird thing as a band, especially as you have more longevity, it's almost like you can't win because you don't have the excitement of being the brand new band. So people are like, "Okay, what have you got now? It's your fifth record."
Joe DeAndrea on 07/07/15 - 07:32 AM
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