That might be my favorite running gag in the AbsolutePunk Podcast, but it unfortunately rings a little too true this week. Due to some technical issues, Drew wasn't able to join us for our recording, so you'll have to deal with just Thomas and me. This week we look at a variety of topics: Follow-up from last week and looking at a few questions and comments we saw. Things like do we love music based on merit or past love for an artist? Does all music from our formative years hold up or does it get more of a critical "pass" as we get older? Then we talk a little about Thomas' prediction in last week's episode that Tim had left Transit -- only to see it come true just hours after releasing the podcast. From there we dive into one of our favorite topics: growth of a band's career and longevity. Why do similar bands see different outcomes from similar situations? How did All Time Low survive Dirty Work when Boys Like Girls never really recovered? Does social media savvy give some bands the upper hand in this regard? We finish the conversation with a discussion about live shows and what we are looking for from a live performance these days. Yes, Blink-182 'suck' live and don't sound like their albums -- is that really a bad thing though? We offer a few different opinions on the matter. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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- Last week's episode thread.
- Slate article about nostalgia and why we like music from our youth.
- Tim leaves Transit.
- Article declaring Blink-182 played the worst set in the history of Reading.
- TN Recs: College football.
- JT Recs: New Counting Crows album, new Sir Sly album.
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