This week's a special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. We offer to you two topics: A discussion about Thomas's decision to retire from the website and a lengthy discussion about The Wonder Years' new album No Closer to Heaven. Not only was it a marathon podcasting session, but I think the result was one of our best episodes. We tried to really get into the details of looking at the reactions to an album from a die-hard Wonder Years' fan and someone who is pretty indifferent to the band's catalog. Someone that thinks the band is elevating themselves to rarified air in the music scene and pop-punk, and someone that's not convinced they're in that conversation yet. It's like the Odd...
In this episode, Mike Kinsella, Steve Holmes, and Steve Lamos of American Football break down the first song they wrote together, “The One with the Tambourine,” from their self-titled EP. They talk about being influenced by the Chicago music scene of the ‘90s, and how they combined alternative tunings, unconventional time signatures, and naiveté to craft their sound.
Ahead of tomorrow's release date for No Closer To Heaven, The Wonder Years have released a new song titled "Thanks For The Ride," which you can stream in the replies. (via Spin). Singer Dan "Soupy" Campbell also gave an interview, which you can read here.
I was at this turning point with the [new] record where I was like, “I don’t want to write about the suburban American experience anymore, because I’ve written about it a hundred times.” I was thinking about other things in life that I wanted to touch on. It started to feel like I was in a footrace with an expanding universe, and I was never going to get to the finish line.
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Happy Thursday everyone, today I'm happy to announce that we will be giving away a pair of three-day passes to Riot Fest Chicago (September 11-13)! To enter, leave a comment in this thread with your most anticipated set(s) of the weekend. I'll be choosing a winner at random later tonight. Be on the lookout for our most anticipated sets of the weekend feature coming on Monday, and if you still haven't gotten your tickets and don't want to rely on a giveaway, you can purchase three-day and single-day passes right here.
Four Year Strong's video for "Stolen Credit Card" is in the replies. As this post is in relation to Pure Noise Records, I'd like to direct your attention to this post where there's a lot of great information about consent education, sexual assault literature, and much more.
I loved that band, I started that band. That's me. I named the band - that shit came from me. [Being in Blink] cannot be the only thing in my life, or can it be the absolute priority. But can it be a part of my life? Absolutely. I love that band.
Car Seat Headrest has signed to Matador Records and will release his new album, Teens of Style on October 30th. You can watch his new music video for "Something Soon" in the replies.
1. Sunburned Shirts
2. The Drum
3. Something Soon
4. No Passion
5. Times to Die
6. psst, teenagers, take off your clo
8. Maud Gone
9. Los Borrachos (I Don't Have Any Hope Left, But the Weather is Nice)
10. Bad Role Models, Old Idols Exhumed (psst, teenagers, put your clothes back o)
11. Oh! Starving
This one of my favorite premieres I've been a part of. The San Francisco, CA, band ourfathers. will be releasing an EP called Movements soon, and we're streaming the first single in the replies. Now, ourfathers. are quite the dynamic group, with "III" pulling influences from all sorts of bands, with hints of Brand New, Moving Mountains, Pianos Become the Teeth, Thrice, From Indian Lakes, and everything in between - it's like the band mixed a bunch of this site's favorite artists and threw them together into one massive song, all produced by Dryw Owens of the latter group. The point is that you should listen to it, which is good, because it's sitting right there in the replies for you to...
Head North, an Absolute 100 alumnus, and Microwave have announced that they will be releasing a split 12" record on October 9th. The release will feature three new songs from each band, and will be released as a joint venture between Bad Timing Records and Side One Dummy Records. You can pre-order the album here. Hit the replies to see the album cover and tracklisting, as well as to stream Microwave's music video for a song titled, "but not often."
But Warped Tour 2015 finished its run nearly a month ago. Why are we still talking about it? The fact of the matter is that Warped Tour has significance in the alternative rock scene. For the past two decades, the traveling festival has provided a way for fans to catch a sizable portion of the subculture’s most popular acts in one chaotic swoop. While a visit to a single stop will reveal a diverse group of people, the significance of the tour is perhaps most weighty for the youngest of its attendees.
For these fans, this event is a cultural epicenter: a place where a community normally accessed via the Internet suddenly takes tangible form. It’s...
So you might have been bummed when news of the blue variant for Better Off's incredible new album, Milk, was sold out. But don't fret as a new unlimited red variant was just posted up for pre-order. Buy it now. Do it.
It was a really knee-jerk reaction for me. I guess I’ve never really given a correct answer [to why I left], but the truth is that I was just mentally stupid. When I go back and think about it [now], it’s just so strange.
Out of the entire catalog of music from the 90s, these are the tracks on the trajectory to survive. Some of my friends were deeply disturbed by what's been lost in time (e.g., Pearl Jam). And No Diggity isn’t just anecdotally timeless, it’s the fifth most-played song from the 90s. Note the tracks that hardly charted on Billboard, in their day. "Smells Like Teen Spirit," a track that never reached the Billboard Top 5 when it was released in 1992, is now the most-played song from the 90s.
In celebration of the 10 year anniversary, I’ll be offering 2 exclusive web store packages, the 10 Years of Transit package and One More Plane Ride Uber package. In the 10 Years of Transit package, for $49.99 fans will receive an autographed 12″x12″ book of the original Everything In Transit artwork, lyrics and liner notes on high quality stock with a side sewn binding, two dark blue marble vinyl records (limited to 2,500 pieces), and a 5″x5″ MFEO sticker (because, maybe we were…). For $74.99, The One More Plane Ride Uber Package will include all of the above, as well as a canvas tote bag for your...
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 ofThe 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...