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This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast covers such topics as: the Paramore and Copeland tour wrapping up, the Mad Men finale, how music die-hards should tackle getting getting into huge "classic" catalogs, and do pieces from reviewers about the classics help kickstart that process? Then we talk about how I found a whole bunch of my old reviews in the archive and debate what I should do with them. Is it ok to make edits? Is it ok to keep them on my hard-drive and let them just fade away? What about a director's commentary version? How does reflecting on and reading your past writing influence your current and future writing? Can we just pretend that my Your Favorite Weapon...
Jason Tate on 05/28/15 - 01:45 PM
And the podcast returns. This week's episode has us looking at Thomas's change in career and the stages of life and jobs and everything related to growing up and older. We talk about what my long term plans for running AbsolutePunk may look like, or turn into, and where we see ourselves in a few years. We spend some time looking back at everything that's gone on over the past two weeks with Pure Noise Records, Set if Off, Warped Tour, the YouTubers, and that whole ... thing. Then, thanks to listener Lauren, we're able to take a lighthearted break to fantasize about where we'd want to live if we weren't living in the United States. Beer and beach please. We finish up this week's episode...
Jason Tate on 05/21/15 - 02:09 PM
This past week has been oddly stressful for the podcast hosts so we decided to not record an episode this week and take a few extra days to ourselves, to relax ... ok, you got me ... to drink. We'll be back next week, so if you have any questions you'd like for us to answer or topics to cover, please let us know in the replies. If you haven't checked out our podcast yet, now's a good week to get caught up! You can subscribe on iTunes or in our favorite podcast player Overcast. We're also thinking about putting together a Patreon page for the podcast so if you have any feedback or suggestions about what you'd like to see on that, please let us know as well. Hope everyone has a great rest...
Jason Tate on 05/14/15 - 12:35 PM
Did you know Thomas made homemade salad dressing? Me either. He's got the chef skills in this podcasting partnership. This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast features us answering some user feedback like "are you ethically allowed to download music you bought on vinyl?" before talking a little about Fall Out Boy's From Under the Cork Tree turning 10, some of the issues facing the whole Pure Noise Records stuff and why I feel obligated to use our platform for things that I find important (note: this episode was recorded on Monday), and then the obviousness of Matt Skiba saying he would would join Blink-182 if asked. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 05/07/15 - 04:37 PM
Another day, more radio silence regarding this. Some bands have spoken out, some remain silent, others about to embark on huge tours have deleted their tweets, and the band in question has said nothing. I checked their website today because I was curious when their next tour started. Not only because I was curious to see who their upcoming tourmates were and what they had said about this entire thing (looks like nothing), but I wanted to know the dates and get a feel for the timeline of everything coming up. To my surprise I see the AP.net logo sitting on their tour imagery. This is about the time my blood starts to boil. I turned down this sponsorship "opportunity" (so many air quotes)...
Jason Tate on 05/05/15 - 01:53 PM
"Oh, that's not obvious enough Rob. How about the Beatles? Or fucking ... fucking Beethoven? Side one, track one of the 'Fifth Symphony!' How can someone with no interest in music own a record store?"

This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast tackles one of my favorite scenes from the record-store-nerd classic High Fidelity: the best track ones. Thomas and I both pick our three favorites and discuss why they stand out above all the rest. We also discuss the importance of the first track on an album and if that importance is lessened in a world where most people are consuming music a la carte. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic, as well as your favorite album openers,...
Jason Tate on 04/30/15 - 02:31 PM
This was one of those episodes where when we finished recording we both knew we had a lot of fun recording it. I think that comes across in our spirited discussion. On this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast we talk a little about the Star Wars trailer, the acceptance of nerd culture in the mainstream, Brand New playing "Sealed to Me" live and if listening to live videos ruins the experience and creates unfair expectations about new music. We also touch on The Ataris as the lost band from a specific wave of pop-punk -- which leads into a talk about the things that could have been in the scene. We talk about The Wonder Years' new album being finished and what our expectations and...
Jason Tate on 04/23/15 - 03:01 PM
I recently talked with the fine folks over at Bridge the Atlantic for a few minutes about AP.net, the music industry, blogging online, and some other things. The video is a little choppy and out of sync but you can check it out over here.
Our guest this week is Jason Tate – writer, music enthusiast, podcaster and founder of Absolute Punk. Amidst some technical issues, we spoke with Jason about his Absolute Punk journey, the advice he’d offer to bands who want their music heard by bloggers, and what happens when the internet meets real life…
Jason Tate on 04/21/15 - 01:31 PM
We recorded this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast mere hours before Brand New debuted a new song live ... we made a few predictions that come true and others that fail almost in real time. We talk a lot about Brand New's marketing roll out for "Mene," talk a lot about the song itself, and speculate on the band's future and what they may do next. Then we move into talking about All Time Low selling the most albums in a week but not having the "number one album" of the week and why that bothered Thomas enough to write an article about it. Can it be fixed? Should it be fixed? There's some Apple Watch tossed in here and some talk about Four Year Strong's new song as well. Good...
Jason Tate on 04/16/15 - 03:29 PM
iTunes recently put together a list of their favorite music podcasts and the AbsolutePunk Podcast was included in this list. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that reached out to them on Twitter and said you liked us, or left us a review, or has shared our podcast with a friend, or has listened to one of the past 78 episodes. We really appreciate it and are humbled by the support. I know, personally, that the launch of this podcast has been one of my favorite things we've done on the website in years. It's reignited a spark inside me to talk about music and our little scene here and the learning process from episode one to now has been a crazy fun journey. Thank you, especially,...
Jason Tate on 04/15/15 - 12:39 PM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast is a sucker for anything acoustic. And Morrissey. And we appreciate Brand New. This week we talk about Brand New releasing lyric books to fans and the significance of the band's recent actions and the stranglehold they have on the majority of this website. Then we look at Four Year Strong's future and compare and contrast their career with a variety of other bands. Are they regressing by going back to their "earlier" sound? Do we judge these new songs differently than other bands that tried something new and went back to the more accepted sound? And how does this all compare with All Time Low's new album and their career arc after Dirty Work? They're aiming for a...
Jason Tate on 04/09/15 - 02:24 PM
A few AP.net members who frequent the official Blink-182 thread in the forums put together a compilation of Blink-182 covers.

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Jason Tate on 04/06/15 - 10:51 AM
After one week off we return with a new episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. This week's episode looks at a whole lot of the most recent albums to come out: Death Cab for Cutie, Hit the Lights, All Time Low, The Maine, and Kendrick Lamar are all featured prominently. Which ones do we like? Which ones do we not like? Did Kendrick release the most "important" album of 2015 before the year's even a quarter over? We yawn our way through a little about Tom DeLonge wanting to write 15 novels and then we discuss Jay Z's Tidal and the future of music streaming online. What would make us switch? Will this service be anything or is it all just a waiting game until Apple releases whatever comes...
Jason Tate on 04/02/15 - 03:40 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast takes a break from our regular "discuss the topics in the news" format to bring you a special episode. What we wanted to look at this week were the scene classics. What are the albums that define this music scene? What makes an album a classic? And why would we, specifically, pick it? Each one of the hosts had to narrow their selection down to three albums. We wanted to put some constraints on the list to make the choices more difficult. Then we all picked one extra "under the radar" personal scene classic. An album we consider to be in the same pantheon as the others but one that was probably under the radar or got missed by most fans of...
Jason Tate on 03/19/15 - 11:11 AM
Sports! It's March Madness time. We've got an ESPN group set up for everyone to submit their brackets to and an official thread in our sports forum for all of the madness talk.
Jason Tate on 03/16/15 - 12:40 PM
After the thread and article the other day talking about wanting to make sure our music scene was inclusive to, and promoted, LGBTIQ+ bands, there were quite a few people asking for recommendations. A new thread has been created in our general forum with a whole lot of great recommendations. Definitely worth a bookmark and if you have any to add -- please feel free to join the conversation!
Jason Tate on 03/13/15 - 09:54 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast begins with a talk about Blink-182 exhaustion and yet our need to talk about Tom DeLonge's new song. I am not a fan. Thomas likes it. We discuss if we're grading Tom on a curve, the overall impact of not having Jerry Finn as a guiding force in the Blink world, and the plausibility of the whole Blink-183 rumors. From there we talk about how underrated Dashboard Confessional seems to be and the band's return, a bunch of albums got announced this week and we touch on a few, and then we finish up the episode answering a question about being self-employed and needing to be self-motivated. Thomas and I share stories about striking the balance...
Jason Tate on 03/12/15 - 01:17 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast feels like we've taken a time machine into the past. We've got talk about Adam from Taking Back Sunday calling Jesse Lacey a dick, Tom DeLonge releasing solo music that may or may not be songs originally pegged for Blink-182, Brand New finally re-pressing Deja Entendu on vinyl ... and me being stubborn as shit about waking up at some ungodly hour no matter what the reason. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 03/05/15 - 08:14 PM
Looking through the results of our reader poll for the year's most anticipated albums is always enlightening to me. For one, it gives a snapshot into the collective minds of all our readers that just reading comments and posts never really shows. I mean, you all love Brand New, so I guess that kinda shows. But it also shows where there's a tad difference between the readers and the albums that appeared on our staff anticipated list. It shows that while there's a group of commenters that seem to strongly dislike Kanye West, he makes the list above All Time Low, Motion City Soundtrack, and Thrice. All of the names up at the top are well traveled and known quantities, but there are some...
Jason Tate on 03/03/15 - 12:48 PM
If you're in or around Philly we've got a pretty cool team up with our friends over at Creep Records. They've got these cool "approved" stickers to put on all albums in their store that have either appeared on our staff end of the year list or have received a high review score. If you're in the area, stop on by and check it out, say hi to the owners, and give them a follow on Twitter.
Jason Tate on 03/01/15 - 03:17 PM
In this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast, Thomas tries to coin the phrase "Chopper" for a song that is a "chart topper." I'm not sure how well this is going to work out -- I say it gets chopped. This week's topics include: The glaring lack of women in this week's Skate and Surf lineup, Bayside's song release about shock-rock bands and subsequent blog post about their own lyrics, Simple Mind covering all of Brand New's The Devil and God..., and Nate Ruess' new song and roll out. We end with some recommendations and a little after show talk about advice for getting into the music industry. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 02/26/15 - 01:35 PM
Just a quick reminder about voting in our reader poll for your most anticipated album of the year. Results will be posted at the start of next month.
Jason Tate on 02/24/15 - 12:36 PM
Last week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast focused a lot on Brand New ... this week's is all about the better band: Shone! Ok, not really. But we do touch a little on the marketing strategies of a variety of bands and when and where "viral" marketing actually makes sense. We also look at if we think Jesse Lacey could parlay his band's success into a solo career and what that might sound like. We then have a good discussion on Zane Lowe joining Apple and what that could mean for the music industry, Apple's products and services, and the ramifications on how we consume music. This was a fun one. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 02/19/15 - 03:18 PM
Just a quick reminder about voting in our reader poll for your most anticipated album of the year. Results will be posted at the start of next month.
Jason Tate on 02/17/15 - 03:28 PM
Maybe I'm biased, but this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast is one of my favorites we've recorded. We start out looking at why Brand New has been able to maintain an almost unprecedented amount of "hype" for their band given their relative silence compared to other artists. We move from there into a look at the announcements from Fun. and Nate Ruess over the past week and how they compare and contrast what went down with Blink-182. We talk a little bit about the Grammys and how they are failing to live up to their stated mission and what they could possibly do to fix it. And then we finish out this week's episode diving into conflicts of interest and the ethics of having a...
Jason Tate on 02/12/15 - 03:39 PM
Our servers are having an issue syncing at the moment so there's probably some weird bugs going on with what threads are being marked as read, where comments and new threads are showing up, and things like that. We're trying to get it fixed as soon as possible. Sorry about this.

Update: I think we got everything fixed. Please leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter if you're still seeing issues.
Jason Tate on 02/12/15 - 01:28 PM
Just a quick reminder about voting in our reader poll for your most anticipated album of the year. Results will be posted at the start of next month.
Jason Tate on 02/10/15 - 03:01 PM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast returns this week with a look at all of the follow-up from last week's Blink-182 extravaganza. From there we dive into other topics like: How do we feel about combining two records to make one record? Can you swap out a song in a tracklisting to make the album better? We discuss Cartel's upcoming 10-year tour and vinyl pressing for Chroma and reminisce about the "band in the bubble." We also look at the one band we missed when we were talking about lasting legacies from this scene: Paramore. And then we close on talking a little about The Wonder Years' 10-year shows and how that band does not feel like they've been around that long. The episode can be streamed...
Jason Tate on 02/05/15 - 02:48 PM
A few weeks ago we brought you our Most Anticipated of 2015 feature and explained what albums we were most looking forward to this year. As Drew is known to say: "Our list was perfect." Now we want to hear what your most anticipated albums of the year are and have created a handly little poll for you to fill out. At the end of the month we will tally up all the results to see how the community list compares with the staff list. Go forth and vote!
Jason Tate on 02/02/15 - 03:47 PM
The week began with Blink-182 ... and it's going to end with Blink-182. On this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast we spend most of the time talking about everything that went down this week in the Blink camp. We look at what news broke, our first reaction to it, what we think of how it all came out, how we think this will impact the band's legacy, what we think the band should (or will) do next, and so much more. We also touch a little on Acceptance's reunion at Skate and Surf and Drew's thoughts on the new Fall Out Boy album which he'll be reviewing early next week. And if you didn't think the universe had a sense of humor: please explain how our episode numbers worked out for this to...
Jason Tate on 01/30/15 - 10:45 PM
Due to some scheduling issues with travel (insert Thomas looks like he doesn't want to be there joke here), our podcast episode won't be recorded until tonight. Gee, I wonder what we're going to talk about? I hope to have that edited and posted early tomorrow morning, so make sure you subscribe to our feed if you don't want miss that once it goes up. In other update news: I recently tore out all of the crap on our Tumblr page to make it a far better reading experience not only via a web browser, but also in your dashboard. All of our formatting, tags, snark, and little extras should work far better now and the full desktop experience is actually a pretty nice, no distractions, view of...
Jason Tate on 01/30/15 - 01:05 PM
Thomas is in Germany this week, Drew's in a state of sports-despair, and I'm in Arizona. That doesn't mean we don't have an episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast for you though. This week's podcast was recorded directly after our episode last week, and Thomas had to go pack for his trip, so it's just Drew and I. We don't have a whole lot of follow-up because we hadn't even aired the last episode when we were recording this one. We touched on two main topics this week: When someone recommends a band to us, how do we dive into their catalog? Newest release first? Oldest? Their most popular? If a band has a big catalog, is it a deterrent from trying to get into the band? After that we spend a...
Jason Tate on 01/22/15 - 10:52 AM
It's that time of year once again. 2014 has finally wrapped up and we've arguably covered a wider array of music than ever this past year which leads us into one of the most exciting times of every year: looking into the future. We've once again assembled a lengthy list of bands and artists we're looking forward to hearing from in the new year. Will 2015 finally be the year that we get a new Brand New album? Will Fun. release their highly anticipated follow up to Some Nights? Who will release the surprise album of the year contender like The Hotelier did in 2014? These are all things we've tried to tackle and I'd like to think we came pretty damn close. So jump to the replies, see...
Keagan Ilvonen on 01/17/15 - 08:31 PM
Have you heard about the new service "VNYL"? If you haven't ... you're about to. This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast discusses this new Kickstarter backed company in detail. We also touch on a few other albums we're anticipating in 2015 that we missed last week, a topic that leads us into talking about reunions and all the albums that came out in 2005 that may be up for a ten year tour this year. We talk about some of our favorites, some of our wishes, and the year that was defined by Fueled by Ramen Records. We finish up the episode talking about the new All Time Low song and their marketing plan and the potential success of the upcoming record. Oh, and horses. We also talk...
Jason Tate on 01/15/15 - 06:36 PM
The first AbsolutePunk Podcast of 2015 is here and we're using it to look back at 2014 and everything we loved (and hated) about it. This week's topics include our feelings on the staff "best of" list and how that all came together. We also take a look at our own personal lists and what made those lists and what was left off -- we discuss a few of the albums at random and look at the most surprising inclusions. Then we talk a little bit about why some of the albums on our lists weren't talked about much during the year and then ended up being in the top tier. We finish up talking about our most anticipated albums for this year (a topic where we're now allowed to mention Brand New) and we...
Jason Tate on 01/08/15 - 04:41 PM
With December ending and 2015 here (still weird to type), it's time to retire the Holiday Theme once again. I'll leave it available for selection for the next month or so in your options with the other color themes we have available. Until next year my winter friend.
Jason Tate on 01/06/15 - 12:36 PM
Let's give it up for the new year ... 2014 comes to an end tonight. Just want to wish everyone a safe and happy new year. Enjoy your night and next day hangover, we've got a lot of cool things coming up next week.
Jason Tate on 12/31/14 - 01:23 PM
The website is seeing some weird database issues at the moment and has been unresponsive at times. We've got a team looking at it and hope it have everything back and running silky smooth in no time. I'm really sorry about this ...
Jason Tate on 12/30/14 - 11:36 AM
I want to wish everyone a safe and fun holiday season. The website always slows down a little toward the end of the year, no doubt because we're all stuffing ourselves with good food and drinks (hopefully some good music too). If you're looking for something to do over the next few days, the AbsolutePunk Podcast released our AMA episode for Christmas, we've got a thread up in the general forum for "best of 2014" lists (the staff feature will be up on January 5th), and there's a pretty fun "what did you get for Christmas" thread up as well.
Jason Tate on 12/26/14 - 01:02 PM
This holiday week is always a little slow around the website ... but, we didn't want to leave you hanging without an episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. We recorded a special "AMA" episode that goes through a whole bunch of questions asked to us either on the website or Twitter (using the #AskAP hashtag). We cranked out a whole bunch of them and I put a run down of those questions in the show notes. We want to say thanks to everyone that asked us any questions, we'll definitely be doing this again in the future -- so if you have feedback, let us know! Thank you to everyone that listened or gave this podcast a try this year, I think I speak for all three of the hosts when I say that it...
Jason Tate on 12/23/14 - 03:38 PM
Last call for band, label, industry EOTY lists! We're collecting "end of the year lists" right here for our year end feature. This way of submitting lists is for industry related folk and bands only. If you're a member/reader/special person of the website, you can post your top albums of 2014 lists right here in our forums. We are almost done with all our staff lists, look for these on January 5th.
Jason Tate on 12/23/14 - 02:13 PM
Season one of the Serial podcast ends today ... but we're going to keep right on trucking. This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast covers Green Day being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songkick's declaration of the "hardest working band" in music, the NYT article that claims the internet is bad for the industry and suits are good, and Wondering Sound cutting operations and the future of publishing online. We hope you enjoy. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 12/18/14 - 05:32 PM
Quick reminder to bands, labels, and industry folk that we're collecting "end of the year lists" right here for our year end feature. This way of submitting lists is for industry related folk and bands only. If you're a member/reader/special person of the website, you can post your top albums of 2014 lists right here in our forums.
Jason Tate on 12/15/14 - 02:43 PM
Sorry for being a little late this week, we recorded this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast last night. But here it is! This week's topics include: What is emo music!? We look at genres and labels and how they can so easily get attached to one's identity and everything that goes along with that. We take a brief detour to discuss just how does one live your life "the pop punk way" before discussing taking selfies on stage and that whole hoopla. We end the episode looking at ranking albums and how Max Bemis ranked his own albums recently. Do we agree? Who would we like to talk to and get their ranking of albums? Then we talk a little about Angels and Airwaves and their recent...
Jason Tate on 12/12/14 - 02:29 PM
Quick reminder to bands, labels, and industry folk that we're collecting "end of the year lists" right here for our year end feature. This way of submitting lists is for industry related folk and bands only. If you're a member/reader/special person of the website, you can post your top albums of 2014 lists right here in our forums.
Jason Tate on 12/08/14 - 01:17 PM

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