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"Have any thoughts on that Drew?"

"Nope."

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...
Jason Tate on 08/28/14 - 01:48 PM
Our entertainment forum have created a mock fantasy TV show draft. Love TV? Check out what they've got going on and vote for your favorites.
Jason Tate on 08/26/14 - 12:38 PM
Last week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast featured an interview with Hopeless Records as we took a little mini-break from our regular conversations. This week we're back with a jam-packed episode that covers a variety of topics: We look at what it's like working in this industry and offer advice for those wanting to get into it, we discuss if album cycles lead to albums being overhyped and if bands basically get two albums before collapsing under the expectations. We also touch on musicians that genre-hop in order to prolong their careers, and we ask the question everyone seems to be wondering: Uh, what the fuck is going on with Transit? Is Tim still in the band? What's going on...
Jason Tate on 08/21/14 - 04:13 PM
I'm pretty sure I can count on one hand the amount of times I've taken a real vacation from this website. Usually even 'vacation' means I'm checking my phone every few hours and making sure all my emails are answered. However, this weekend I'm going to be heading to the coast with some friends for a few days and I am going to try and shut my phone off for most of that time. I'm looking forward to trying to decompress from the job and enjoy some good books, good company, and get caught up on listening to the backlog of my favorite podcasts. Before taking off I wanted to make sure we had a podcast episode up this week. We've really been trying to be consistent and have one of these up...
Jason Tate on 08/12/14 - 09:19 PM
Due to some scheduling conflicts we missed our regular recording date for this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. However, we buckled down and got it all recorded and edited today instead. Topics discussed in this episode include: As we get older do we fall into the trap of just listening to the group of bands we've been listening to for years? How do we feel about the new New Found Glory song and announcements? Just why did all that information leak early? Ditto for Yellowcard. And speaking of Yellowcard, how do we feel about their announced tour with Memphis May Fire? We talk a little about the blog post I wrote earlier in the week and finish up the discussion talking about...
Jason Tate on 08/09/14 - 07:00 PM
Coming off last week's two episode extravaganza, the AbsolutePunk Podcast returns this week to tackle a variety of new topics. "Why is this news?" might be the most asked question in the comments section of our website and in this episode we examine the question head on. We also talk about the phrase "guilty pleasures" when it comes to describing a band you like and why that term kinda sucks. We discuss the financial toll it takes on bands when they're robbed and what happens when a band that's actually small to mid-sized gets the stigma of being too big to be cool to namedrop. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 07/31/14 - 01:25 PM
I've spent more time in Logic Pro X over the last 48 hours than I care to admit. Now, following on the heels of yesterday's special episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, we have your regularly scheduled episode ready for listening. You can spend so much time with us over the weekend now! This week we touch on a variety of topics: Should we re-order how an artist has set a track listing? Why is everyone so judgmental online about music tastes? Are 5 Seconds of Summer a pop-punk band and why does anyone care? What is the point of an album review on AP.net? Will Andrew McMahon blow up this time? How did AP.net get popular and why? We tackle all these questions and more. The episode can be...
Jason Tate on 07/24/14 - 04:06 PM
Ever wonder what your favorite podcast hosts dream about? The answer is revealed in this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. We follow up last week's discussion with a few more thoughts on the best artist catalogs. Next, we move into some 'behind the scenes' talk by looking at if getting advances ruins the music listening experience for us, how we feel about bands going with "bigger press opportunities," and the overall use of embargoes by bands and labels. We finish up talking a little bit about Andrew McMahon's re-branding. Also, I just want to point out that starting now you can quickly get to any episode of the podcast by using the url: absolutepunk.net/podcast/# -- just...
Jason Tate on 07/17/14 - 02:43 PM
I'm damn excited to post this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, not only because now that I'm done editing I can go grab some food and listen to the new Gaslight Anthem album, but also because I'm really proud of this episode. This week's episode centers around "the best catalog bands" from our scene, but also includes: talking a little about that Four Year Strong EP, the whole Story So Far vs Warped Security fiasco, Amber Pacific's guest vocals mixup, conflict of interest in our jobs, and Eddie from Thrice joining Angels and Airwaves. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 07/10/14 - 03:58 PM
Happy 4th of July holiday-weekend to everyone in the states, and happy just regular end of the week to everyone else. This week marks the 40th episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Topics this week include: Brand New are in the studio (we have proof!), Upon a Burning Body hit a new low in "promotion," the staff's middle of the year top album list, and we end the podcast talking about Anberlin and how their final album holds up and acts as a bookend to the band's career. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 07/03/14 - 04:18 PM
Happy July! It is the 182nd day of the year, which means there are only 183 days left, which means we are halfway through 2014 so it is time to make lists. Today we present to you our Mid-Year Report, the very best of what came out in the first six months of the year as determined by your AP.net staff members. In the replies, you can check out our compiled staff list along with our individual rankings, and as always, please tell us what we missed, what's ranked too high or too low, or that you 100% agree with everything we've ever said.
Thomas Nassiff on 07/01/14 - 08:40 AM
One of the highlights of my week has become getting to talk with my two friends Thomas and Drew on our weekly podcast. Sometimes sitting down to edit the thing makes my eyes feel like rubber ... but it's all about powering through. This week's topics include: The Gaslight Anthem's two new songs and how we feel about having to post about "leaked" songs from bands we like, The Swellers saying goodbye and why they never seemed to break out the way we all expected, the disappearance of music videos, and personal space and touching musicians while they play. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 06/26/14 - 06:02 PM
This week was good and somewhat stressful around the website. Now that the weekend has arrived, I'm looking forward to a few days of relaxing, World Cup watching, and good beer. However, before that begins, I wanted to highlight some of the best stories, exclusives, and staff content from the past week. In general I'm not a big fan of too many "recaps" -- but one a week doesn't seem too crazy. I've broken the stories down into a few major categories below. If this looks horrible on the homepage, I'll need a moment to fix our CSS a little bit. It's a work in progress and any feedback is definitely welcome.

I think the highlight of my week on the website was the launching of the latest...
Jason Tate on 06/21/14 - 01:06 PM
This week's super-sized episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast pushes the two hour limit of awesome. First up we have an interview with Dan Campbell, of The Wonder Years and Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, where Dan and I talk about the band's new album and all kinds of stuff. Then we premiere a brand new song from the album called "St. Joe Keeps Us Safe" -- if you want to just skip straight to it: it appears around the 25:30 mark. After that Dan and I finish up our interview talking about the song itself, and he goes into a lot of great detail about the story and how he got in the headspace to even write this album. I know you want to just go play the song over and over again, but I...
Jason Tate on 06/19/14 - 11:47 AM
Sorry for this being a little late this week -- we recorded a day later than usual and I spent the morning editing. But, as another week comes to an end we've got another episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast for you. Topics include: Talking curmudgeonly about Warped Tour and this year's line-up and our favorite experiences from the festival, The Drama Summer, LP leaving Yellowcard and his new band with Ben Harper, New Found Glory's ability to write without Steve, Kerrang's "American Idiot" tribute, bands retiring old songs from their live shows, and that entire Saosin should replace Circa Survive in Anthony Green's life op-ed. We end with a talk about why bands should even record music in...
Jason Tate on 06/13/14 - 04:46 PM
The theme of this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast was originally to give our favorite albums released so far in 2014 ... but we ended up talking about so much more. We touch on web journalism/click-bait articles, festivals and the RiotFest layaway program, and even if EPs are still worth doing in the current music landscape. We also do get around to giving our favorite albums released this year (the lists are also in the replies) and we make it through a once again very needy and distracting cat that does not like when I podcast and ignore him, as well as a very punctual food delivery at Thomas' apartment. Good times are had. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Jason Tate on 06/05/14 - 04:39 PM
Thomas promises this is the last week his microphone will have an echo and I promise this is one of my favorite episodes of the AbsolutePunk Podcast yet. This week we talk about the Apple and Beats deal finalizing and how that plays into curated playlists vs full album listening habits. Then we touch on major labels and their structure and place in the industry before tackling the upcoming Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties album. We round out the conversation discussing if Blink-182 should just go on hiatus again, what other musical artists could maybe be billionaires someday, why Ronnie Radke is a moron, and why each of us choose to post something as news or to ignore it. The episode...
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 05:53 PM
There's an interesting thread and discussion taking place in the General Forum about the idea that when there is violence in the black community hip-hop is blamed, so should pop-punk and/or metal, and the ideas they propagate, also be blamed when misogyny shows up?
The cultural make-up of, say, pop-punk contributes to the misogyny of the overall culture, in which women are objects and the man is the nice guy, who, by virtue of being the nice guy, deserves the woman in the end, Whenever there's violence in the black community, the media looks to hip-hop as something which fuels the violence. Similarly, when looking at the Isla Vist violence, is pop-punk the musical reflection of...
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 10:51 AM
Today we're proud to welcome Dan Campbell, the frontman of The Wonder Years and the brainchild behind the new project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, to AP.net to chat in this very thread. Hit the replies to talk with Dan about the project and/or whatever you'd like really. If you haven't checked out the first song, "You Ain't No Saint," you can do that here, and you can pre-order the album here.

Update: The chat is now over, huge thanks to Dan for hanging out and answering questions. You can read all of his responses here if you missed the chat.
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 03:05 PM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Drew, Thomas, and I talk about the role of a "music critic" and our thoughts on negative reviews and negative commentary in general. Why write negative reviews? Why voice a negative opinion? All three of us had different takes on how this plays a role in our online lives. After that there's a lengthy discussion about the current "vinyl debate" and the ethics and business decisions behind licensing and selling vinyl both with or without the artist's explicit permission, and our personal thoughts on the topic and how it relates to our musical world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 02:40 PM
Today I learned that sometime a long time ago -- English critic and writer Leigh Hunt was quoted as saying, "music is the medicine of the breaking heart" -- I'm hoping his estate doesn't read music blogs.
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 11:47 AM
I'm out of town for the weekend, so there won't be an episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast coming today. Good time to catch up on all our past episodes though. Next week we plan to talk about the review process (especially negative reviews), and we'll probably also touch on the whole vinyl re-pressing shenanigan stuff.
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 11:04 AM
Welp, the website tried to become self-aware this morning -- sorry about that. Fixed the bug in the software. So, hey, speaking of advertising: Japanese beverage maker Otsuka is sending a 1 kilogram titanium can filled with powdered sports drink to the moon.
The specially designed canister, which contains a shipment of Otsuka's Pocari Sweat powder, will mark a disturbing new frontier for humanity: the first commercial product delivered to another world for marketing purposes.
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 10:38 AM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast now has its own page here on the website (you can also find it on the footer of any page). If you're looking for the latest episode or want to send someone to a page to check out our podcast -- now you can. Also, this is a good time to ask for you to rate our podcast in iTunes if you have a spare moment. It actually does help get us some promotion on the iTunes store -- so we would really appreciate it! Thank you. Hope you're all enjoying, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave it for us in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/12/14 - 11:18 AM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Zack and I sat down with Nate Dorough from Fusion Shows to talk some insider baseball about putting on shows, booking festivals, a whole lot of Brand New stuff (weird how many of my conversations somehow come back to this), and why Fusion Shows doesn't charge any services fees on tickets for their shows. We also talk a lot about Bled Fest, which is coming up in Michigan on May 24th. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/09/14 - 01:13 AM
Some sections of the website are going to start getting a little "lipstick on the pig" updates -- the first being our interview section. The new format can be checked out here and here, if you find any bugs or issues please let me know (including browser and operating system helps a ton).
Jason Tate on 05/06/14 - 04:44 PM
Emo is "back" and everyone has an opinion on it. On this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast we are joined by staffer Thomas Nassiff to talk about emo's return, the internet/fan backlash, the state and future of music online, the internet, "troll bands," and quite a bit more. The conversation is casual and the drinks were flowing. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/02/14 - 03:18 PM
Due to requests, the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast is now also available on the Stitcher platform.
Jason Tate on 04/30/14 - 10:53 AM
Weird announcement to have to make ... but, I just got word that a certain vodka company didn't like the name "ABSOLUTExclusive" and so we're going to have to change it. Seriously. I think it's hilariously stupid, but ... not my call. I spent a few seconds debating if we should just go with something like "GREYGOOSExclusives" or maybe go with a whiskey brand? Since it's obviously alcohol related. Maybe all go buy these shirts in protest? In the end I talked to staff and we decided to just call the section "exclusives." So, we'll be making those changes shortly where we can and I'll be buying my vodka from companies that don't have more money and lawyers than common sense.
Jason Tate on 04/28/14 - 10:24 PM
Check ... check ... is this thing on? The AbsolutePunk.net Podcast has returned. This week brings Joseph Marro stopping by to talk about the early years of The Early November, his time in Hellogoodbye, and his current adventures managing bands like You Blew It. Life in a band isn't always like it's made out to be in the movies. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies -- and oh how we're glad to be back!

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Jason Tate on 04/25/14 - 04:18 PM
We had a minor error on our news submission page that was making it look like you had to log-in to submit news -- sorry about that -- all fixed now. So, feel free to send in your news tips (anonymously or not). I know there are still a few things not quite working on the website (and the slowness on posting and editing still seems to creep up every now and again), but we're getting closer.
Jason Tate on 04/24/14 - 08:18 PM
The NBA playoffs start today and the NHL is in full-swing ... if you like talking sports (or like reading Drew rants), check out our sports forums.
Jason Tate on 04/19/14 - 11:47 AM
Well, if you're not busy discussing if Record Store Day has been ruined, there are some cool releases coming out. Plus, I say getting outside to visit your local record store with some friends is as good an excuse as any (vinyl and beer is the secret to long living). We've created this open thread to discuss all the releases for this year. We'll keep it open throughout the weekend to post about what you've found and picked up and/or share any other deals that show up. Check the first post for some thoughts from staff on what they're looking to grab this year.
Jason Tate on 04/18/14 - 12:32 PM
I've decided to create a dedicated technology forum. Interested in technology? Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the like? Now there's a dedicated place to talk about it on the site.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:33 PM
Former AP.net staff member Jamie Pham has written a book. I Could Be The President is now available.
Jason Tate on 03/28/14 - 12:57 PM
We're aware of some of the wonky bugs going on with the website at the moment. I think I've figured out and am aware of most of them -- but if you come across something could you let me know in the replies (or if the site's not working to post on Twitter)? Sorry for the inconvenience we are definitely trying to get everything sorted out. This is why I drink.
Jason Tate on 03/21/14 - 02:14 PM
There will be scheduled maintenance on the AP.net database and servers tonight at 10pm (PST). It should take about two hours and the site may be unusable or down during the process. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Jason Tate on 03/19/14 - 07:23 PM
It's the most wonderful time of the year: March Madness! We've got our official bracket challenge group up (winners get prizes, of course), and the discussion thread in the sports forum is made. On Wisconsin!
Drew Beringer on 03/16/14 - 04:41 PM
What albums would you call "AP.net classics"? The albums that when you hear you think of this website?
Jason Tate on 03/04/14 - 03:48 PM
Read an interview with our own Drew Beringer about vinyl collecting and records on Now Spinning.
My older cousin gave me a copy of Rage Against The Machine’s debut album and then my first purchase on my own was Weezer’s Blue Album. From then on through all levels of schooling (middle, high, college) any extra income I got from my part-time or summer jobs went to buying music. Still does!
Ryan Gardner on 01/31/14 - 03:21 PM
The results are in for our Most Anticipated of 2014 (Reader's Poll Edition) and I don't think many of you will be surprised at the results. All in all, we had thousands of votes and we tallied up the top 30 band's you're anticipating new music from this year. Check it out in the replies. Thanks again for participating!
Drew Beringer on 01/29/14 - 12:20 PM
It's podcast Friday! Today's episode has Drew, Zack, and I talking about our most anticipated albums of the year. Or that's what the premise was until we kind of just started talking about music and anticipating being let down by music. Bonus: Drew's one true love, 30 Seconds to Mars, is revealed ... and I piss off a good portion of our listeners by trashing on their favorite bands. The episode comes on the heels of our "most anticipated" feature, as well as right before we announce the results of the reader poll for your most anticipated albums of the year (there's still time to vote). The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies. Also, Drew and Zack are getting new...
Jason Tate on 01/24/14 - 11:17 AM
Quick reminder to fill out our reader poll for your most anticipated albums of 2014.
Jason Tate on 01/20/14 - 10:09 AM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Drew and I get together to talk about the new albums from Against Me! and The Lawrence Arms. Both albums are releasing at the end of this month and they're both albums we think you should listen to and spend some time with. Why do we love them? Listen to the podcast to find out. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 01/17/14 - 11:26 AM
Earlier this week we posted the staff's Most Anticipated Albums of 2014 feature ... now it's your turn. We want to know what you are anticipating most this year -- so if you could fill out this quick reader poll, we will be compiling the top submissions into a AP.net reader's most anticipated albums of the year feature.
Jason Tate on 01/15/14 - 11:59 AM

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