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Tomorrow on Steve “Renman” Rennie's broadcast “Renman Live,” Jeff Castelaz, President of Elektra Records, is the guest. Tune in live at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT to join the conversation. If you have any questions for the two to answer tomorrow, leave them in the replies, where you can also find a teaser video.
Ryan Gardner on 07/29/14 - 03:44 PM
VURSALimited (owned by Miss May I's Levi Benton) has released it's Spring line, and they're offering 15% OFF to us here at Absolutepunk, in addition to free shipping (in the United States). Type in promo code "ABSOLUTEPUNK" at checkout.
Jake Denning on 06/09/14 - 10:18 AM
Pure Noise Records is looking for 1-2 summer interns to work in the Pure Noise Head Quarters in Berkeley, CA. This is an unpaid internship - more details are below and interviews will begin ASAP.
Ryan Gardner on 05/31/14 - 11:44 AM
Mineral recently did an AMA on Reddit.
Glad to hear the music was a help to you. That is what is great about music. I grew up and became very involved in the church and Christianity. It was honestly one of my primary concerns at the time I wrote most of the lyrics on The Power of Failing. Really I think it was more about my spiritual and social anxiety as a whole.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 01:34 PM
CreativeLive will be doing a livechat with The Summer Set tomorrow. If you've got any questions for them, leave those in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 05/20/14 - 01:12 PM
The Felix Culpa have put a strange symbol up on their website and some pictures on their instagram. Are they back?
Zac Djamoos on 05/12/14 - 08:08 PM
Update: The reunion is happening. Mineral will play Fest 13 along with a short 20th anniversary tour.

Mineral has created Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. They posted photos of instruments. "Im'ma let you finish, American Football, but uh..."
Thomas Nassiff on 04/23/14 - 08:31 AM
Project Naptha is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to copy text from images on the web. I'm posting this because it's cool.
Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.
Jason Tate on 04/23/14 - 07:35 AM
Beats Music will begin selling in-app subscriptions on iOS. Probably a good move if the reports that say they have subscribers "in the low six figures" are true.
Beats CEO Ian Rogers says the decision to sell within the Apple app was fairly straightforward: More than half of Beats users use iPhones, and it’s very hard to get an iOS user to subscribe if you don’t sell in-app. Two other music subscription services — Rhapsody and Rdio — have also agreed to sell subscriptions within Apple’s app, though Rdio raised the price for for in-app subscriptions from $10 a month to $15 a month to accommodate Apple’s tariff.
Jason Tate on 04/21/14 - 03:23 PM
Coca-Cola's head of global entertainment recently sat down with Billboard to talk about their music strategy.
I think the payoff is it allows us to have another sensory experience for the brand. The vision is to have the same expression through music where people can find that happiness, that uplift, that positivity through music, through a Coke Spotify page, through something we’re doing on our web site, through one of the experiences we’re creating around the world. It's creating that consistent experience around music that brings to life our brand and what the brand means.
Jason Tate on 04/16/14 - 10:40 AM
Maura Johnston (disclaimer: she's a friend) writes a really interesting piece for Vice on the current state of music writing and poptimism.
"Poptimism"—which has long been in place in the ideological arsenals of music critics, from Robert Christgau on down—is not about blindly accepting every piece of radio-ready music that comes down the pike and hailing it as the next important thing. Instead, it's about throwing out the artificial distinctions that elevate Serious Mass-Appeal Music (usually made by men, and with guitars) over Frothy Bubbly Stuff (which often appeals to women as much as, if not more than, it does men). This is not to say that it tosses out complexity in favor of...
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 03:30 PM
Dropbox announced some cool new things today: First, they dropped Carousel, a place to store all your photos and videos. And then my favorite email app, Mailbox, is getting a Mac app (which I am particularly excited about) and coming to Android.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:41 AM
The Agency Group, an independent talent booking agency, and PledgeMusic have announced a strategic partnership today. The full press release can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/07/14 - 05:14 PM
Looks like Able Baker Fox is teasing something.
Zac Djamoos on 04/06/14 - 07:05 PM
Spotify has redesigned their platform ... going with a darker theme and feel.
Now Spotify functions more like the familiar iTunes interface, where you have a home base of all your favorite jams. Except instead of keeping a copy of the actual sound files, it’s a cloud-based collection. This is a big step up from the Starred playlist, which was just a rearrangable list of songs that couldn’t be sorted. You can dump whole artist catalogs, albums, or friends’ playlists into Your Music, and then sort it all any way you want.
Jason Tate on 04/02/14 - 10:43 AM
Last.fm announced today that is canceling their subscription radio streaming service.
Piggybacking on Spotify and other services like it could get Last.fm tracks in front of more users and make a bigger impact that the radio streaming service did overall. The company says that this change won't affect the Spotify partnership, and users will still be able to listen to stations on the company's new player.
Jason Tate on 03/26/14 - 05:20 PM
Tyler Glenn, the lead singer of Neon Trees, has come out as gay in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
Tyler Glenn — lead singer for Provo, Utah New Wave-pop quartet Neon Trees and a Mormon his entire life — reveals he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, March 28th). "I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," he tells RS' Caryn Ganz. But he is now: Glenn speaks candidly about his first gay experiences, his band's reaction to his coming out and his complicated relationship with his conservative religion in our new story.
Jason Tate on 03/24/14 - 12:13 PM
Reports are coming in that a car struck and injured multiple tonight at SXSW. We'll update this post when more information is available. Our thoughts are with everyone in Austin tonight.

Update: It looks like 23 injuries, 5 in critical condition, 2 deceased. Fuck.
Jason Tate on 03/12/14 - 11:57 PM
Lady Gaga will be the keynote speaker at South by Southwest this year. Read a statement from SXSW organizers in the replies.
Chris Collum on 03/08/14 - 09:01 PM
Rainfest 2014 have announced their full line-up, which includes headliners Andrew W.K. and 7 Seconds. Head to the replies for the full list of bands, head here for 3-day passes.
Jake Denning on 02/15/14 - 10:06 PM
Fly South in Orlando is looking for interns -- if you check the replies you can see what they're looking for.
Jason Tate on 02/13/14 - 01:05 PM
Caraboo (that's this band) will play its first show on February 18 at the Amityville Music Hall on Long Island.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/20/14 - 09:46 PM
alt-J bassist and guitarist, Gwil Sainsbury, has made a "personal decision" to leave the band.
Kyle Huntington on 01/12/14 - 03:14 AM
Some past Nervous Energies performers - Owen, Slingshot Dakota, Mixtapes, Pity Sex, Tigers Jaw, Into It. Over It., Lemuria and Now Now - are the featured subjects of an eight-piece print pack that you can pick up for $20 in Ryan Russell's webstore if you're interested.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/07/14 - 02:46 PM
The Soroka Agency is looking for a Philadelphia and Berkeley, CA-based spring intern. More info can be found in the replies.
Christian Wagner on 01/07/14 - 08:38 AM
Lorde has opened up about a variety of topics in a new New York Times interview.
People like to paint me in a certain way, but I’m a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally, I just don’t think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It’s not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies — I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn’t felt necessary for me.
Jason Tate on 01/02/14 - 11:58 AM
To Write Love On Her Arms' annual "Heavy and Light" shows will take place on January 11th in Los Angeles, CA and January 19th in Orlando, FL. The line-up includes Jon Foreman, The Summer Set, Mary Lambert and more. Tickets and additional information can be found here.
Joe DeAndrea on 01/01/14 - 06:06 PM
Nirvana, KISS, Hall and Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/17/13 - 11:33 AM
Big Chocolate will be doing a Reddit AMA tomorrow at 5pm EST/2pm PST. Ask him about his love of video games, why he thinks Android is better than iOS, or anything else you'd like to ask.
Jake Denning on 12/12/13 - 10:18 AM
The BBC Sound of 2014 longlist has been revealed and can be seen in the replies. Some fantastic artists including Royal Blood, Nick Mulvey, Banks, Sampha and Chloe Howl are included.
Kyle Huntington on 12/02/13 - 05:06 AM
Most airlines and TSA agents will give musicians trouble if they try to bring instruments as carry-ons, but it appears the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 made it entirely legal. Section 41724 is below, as pointed out on Ari's Take. Ever taken an instrument on a plane?
"An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage, if
(A) the instrument can be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat, in...
Jack Appleby on 11/25/13 - 12:03 PM
Pitchfork has introduced The Pitchfork Review, a quarterly publication that the company says will feature "long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons and other ephemera ... document[ing] music culture, past and present." The introductory rate if you sign up for the first four issues is $11.25 per issue in the United States, and the single-issue / newsstand price is $19.96. Instead of selling ads, Pitchfork has locked in Converse as the exclusive advertiser for the first year and there will be an accompanying 7" with exclusive tracks. Fast Company has a short profile on the news, where Pitchfork CEO Ryan Schreiber draws parallels between the company launching online in 1996,...
Thomas Nassiff on 11/21/13 - 07:21 AM
Producer and all-around good guy Chris Common (former drummer for These Arms Are Snakes; producer/engineer of some of your favorite albums from Pelican, Minus The Bear, and many more) recently fell and cracked his head open. 17 staples and 2 MRIs later and Chris now has medical bills upwards of $7,000. He's created an Indiegogo project to help pay those bills. Check it out and help if you can.
Drew Beringer on 11/13/13 - 07:02 PM
The Working Group Artist Management is looking for an intern. If you're in the Springfield, MO area (or can work from remotely from home) and can start immediately -- send an email and resume here.
Jason Tate on 10/31/13 - 01:19 PM
I'm going to be interviewing Austin Getz of Turnover this Monday. If you have any questions, leave them in the replies.
Zac Djamoos on 10/26/13 - 12:14 PM
It looks like A Thorn For Every Heart will be reuniting next month.
Drew Beringer on 10/22/13 - 01:38 PM
A Great Big Pile of Leaves had their van broken into last night in Chicago. Their Facebook has the details of what they lost - and what to keep an eye out for if you live in Chicago - and if you'd like to help, pick something up from their merch store.
Thomas Nassiff on 10/19/13 - 09:41 AM
Looks like Failure is getting back together.

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Drew Beringer on 10/18/13 - 10:43 AM
States will be doing a live Ustream chat tonight at 8pm EST. Be sure to check the band's Facebook for the link as they'll be performing new songs.
Keagan Ilvonen on 10/13/13 - 12:36 PM
Lauren Mayberry (vocalist for CHVRCHES) has written an excellent op-ed for The Guardian discussing why she will not tolerate online misogyny. It's a must-read article on a very important topic in today's society.
What I do not accept, however, is that it is all right for people to make comments ranging from "a bit sexist but generally harmless" to openly sexually aggressive. That it is something that "just happens". Is the casual objectification of women so commonplace that we should all just suck it up, roll over and accept defeat? I hope not. Objectification, whatever its form, is not something anyone should have to "just deal with".
Drew Beringer on 09/30/13 - 12:23 PM
We might be able to get our hearing back - scientists have found a potential cure for permanent deafness caused by loud noise exposure, infection and toxic drugs, using a drug that stimulates the inner ear.
Jack Appleby on 09/30/13 - 12:35 AM
We the Kings launched an indiegogo to fund their fourth album. It was fully funded in less than 24 hours but you can still give money to the project.
Joe DeAndrea on 09/27/13 - 02:26 PM
Haulix recently talked with Doug Van Pelt, former editor of HM Magazine, about starting a magazine in the 80s and the changes, costs, and sacrifices associated with keeping it alive.
Ryan Gardner on 09/26/13 - 11:42 AM
You can pick up Hostage Calm's Lens for pay-what-you-want on their bandcamp.
Zac Djamoos on 09/23/13 - 03:57 PM
The owner of a long-running local venue and recording studio called The Talent Farm in Pembroke Pines, FL is currently seeking a new investor or partner to take over running the establishment. In the short term, they are looking for some help to stay afloat while the future of the venue takes shape. If you'd like to help, you can donate and equally as important for those living in the South Florida area, please share the news. The Talent Farm is not only a prime location for local South Florida bands to play, but has hosted shows by many AP.net favorites such as The Wonder Years, Title Fight, Balance and Composure, Fireworks, Man Overboard and too many more to name. Chances are that most...
Thomas Nassiff on 09/20/13 - 11:09 AM
Looks like something will be happening in the Mansions camp this Thursday.
Drew Beringer on 09/09/13 - 12:13 PM
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