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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
Star Wars, vinyl, and the music industry? Yeah, we've got all that on this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Topics include: The new Star Wars trailer! What do we think? What are we excited about? Why am I so afraid of being burned again!? Then we move into a topic near and dear to all of our hearts: vinyl records and our collections. We answer a fan submitted question about turntables, our buying habits, and why we like the medium. We finish the week off with a talk about the entire Pomplamoose situation and everything that's been swirling around that topic. I mean, everyone else has beaten the moose to death -- we might as well chime in. The episode can be streamed and/or...
Jason Tate on 12/04/14 - 02:15 PM
Well, this year sure seemed to go by quickly. We're currently gearing up for the end of the year feature where we compile all of our favorite albums into a big database for you to search through. While the staff are stressing over putting together their lists, and members are encouraged to post their favorites in our forums, we're also continuing our tradition of asking for lists from band members, label folk, and others in the music industry. If you fit into one of the aforementioned categories and would like to submit your list to us -- please do so here. Everyone here at AP.net would like to wish you all a happy and safe holiday season, keep an eye out for this feature right around...
Jason Tate on 12/01/14 - 05:09 PM
December 1st -- the holiday season is upon us! Time to break out the holiday theme. If it doesn't change automatically, or you are all bah humbug and don't like fun ... you can change the default theme in your options
Jason Tate on 12/01/14 - 11:51 AM
Like Christmas music? The General Forum has posted their annual "Christmas Song List" thread for compiling and talking about all the relevant Christmas tunes that are out there. Great place to start when you're making your holiday playlists.
Jason Tate on 12/01/14 - 11:45 AM
Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone. Since we'll all be munching on turkey and mashed potatoes for the next few days, we wanted to get our AbsolutePunk Podcast episode up a little early this week. Maybe give you something to listen to on your travels or to drown out the family bickering? Whenever you choose to give it a spin, we've got a good one for you this week. This week's topics include: Talking about Fall Out Boy's new song and album, their release plans, and all that. Then we move into a discussion about Copeland's new album and finish up talking about what we're thankful for this year ... music moment wise. We want to wish everyone a great and happy Thanksgiving, thank you for...
Jason Tate on 11/26/14 - 03:42 PM
Well, we've made it to 60 episodes of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Damn. This episode also feels like the first in a while where the whole gang's back together. Topics this week include: some alcohol talk and favorite drinks, follow-up on how CD decluttering is going, diving into the whole process of looking for new staff members and the state of online writing/publishing. We finish this episode talking about how the end of the year is coming and how we need to start preparing for putting together our lists and making sure we don't forget anything and we touch on our thoughts on 10 year album shows as well. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 11/20/14 - 03:43 PM
On last week's episode of the AP.net Podcast, Drew and I talked a lot about writing online, the future of album reviews, and stuff like that. I also hinted at the idea of bringing on more staff contributors here at the website and spent the weekend bouncing around a bunch of ideas with all the current staff members. Well, we decided it's time to expand. We think we've got news posting down pretty well (although all staff can post news), so we're looking mostly for those interested in writing album reviews and doing interviews with bands, record labels, and other industry folk. If this sort of thing seems up your alley, we've got a little application form you can fill out here. We just...
Jason Tate on 11/17/14 - 04:25 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast is now complete and ready for you to consume. Topics include: Going deep on Drew's decision to let his Pianos Become the Teeth review be one of the last reviews he writes for a little while. We look at the reasons, the feeling of being "jaded" by music reviews and losing the fun of just talking about music in general. Then we touch a little more on Spotify and the future of music listening. I spent a lot of time thinking about this topic over the past week or so and lay out some more of my thoughts on why this matters at all. Then we again touch on the idea of "backlash" and the way arguments occur online: a defense of the two extremes...
Jason Tate on 11/13/14 - 12:28 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast took a little detour getting here ... however, through some mishaps and weirdness we find our way. Topics this week include: More soundscan/album counting discussion and how it works. We look at Taylor Swift's album sales and her decision to pull her albums off Spotify. Was this a good idea? Why would she do this? Is Spotify really the solution to the music industry's woes? Doubt it. Then we talk a little about the backlash bands see online when they get popular and speculate on the reasons behind this. This sort of devolves into some podcast therapy about dealing with the internet in general. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded...
Jason Tate on 11/06/14 - 02:50 PM
Episode 57: the return of the Drew-jedi. It also features me fighting off a cold and a really weird sounding voice. But, beyond that, we've got a great episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast for you this week. This week's topics include Taylor Swift's new album and the release and promotion behind it, the relevance of CDs in 2014 and Jason's attempt at decluttering, Drew's return and his love for a bunch of albums out this week, and other goodness. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 10/31/14 - 01:59 PM
The weeks just seem to be flying by now, and we're back with a brand new episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. This week's topics include: Should bands break up and stop making music if they've stopped progressing as songwriters and musicians? How do we feel about scores on album reviews? Worth it? Pointless? Then we look at two big topics: The new Transit album and our thoughts on it (this was recorded the day before Thomas posted his review on the website), and Brand New and their recent demostravaganza. Do we think they'll put these songs on a new album? Would we be upset if they did? Wouldn't a 7" series release of the demos be awesome? We talk about all this and more! The episode can...
Jason Tate on 10/23/14 - 03:48 PM
Today's the last day our curated Soundsupply drop is available. 10 albums. 15 bucks. Worth it.
Jason Tate on 10/20/14 - 03:35 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast looks at the music industry and the business it's become. We start by looking at record sales and how in 2014 we don't really have an accurate way of counting them. This then leads to a question posed to us on Facebook about when bands break up and there's this huge wave of support, where were all those fans during the band's career? We also look at some of the behind-the-scenes aspects to Thomas's New Found Glory review and all of the comments he's seen on this site and elsewhere. Was his review disrespectful to the band? Why did the new album get a 4 when the last album got an 8? How does a reviewer's opinion change and what...
Jason Tate on 10/16/14 - 05:53 PM
We're following the trend of putting pumpkin spice in everything and we've shoved "pumpkin-pop" into this week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. This week's topics include: How does album artwork set the tone or mood for an album? Does it matter at all? We explore where we think it works and where we think it fails (looking at you Set it Off). Then it's time to tackle the big news of the week: Hostage Calm's break up. We touch a little on Jason's thoughts on the new Andrew McMahon album, a little on Drew's thoughts on the new Transit, and then we get some director's commentary on Thomas's New Found Glory review. He explains his thought process and the other hosts ask questions. The...
Jason Tate on 10/09/14 - 06:12 PM
We've teamed up with our friends over at Soundsupply to offer a curated "drop" -- a collection of 10 handpicked albums by our staff for only $15. We've got albums from Patent Pending, Half Hearted Hero, The Caterpillars, Junior Battles, Free Throw, and even more on here. So, head over to their site and check it the whole collection, stream some of the songs, read the blurbs written by staff members -- and pick up the drop.
Jason Tate on 10/08/14 - 12:18 PM
Hope you enjoyed our little foray into pastel colors yesterday. I've reset the default theme to red, but if you liked the purple I've left it as an option in the settings (at the bottom).
Jason Tate on 10/08/14 - 11:40 AM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast returns this week with the main discussion topic centered around growing up with bands and their musical progression versus growing out of bands as you get older and your tastes change. We use the upcoming release of two albums, Yellowcard and New Found Glory, as sort of the backdrop to this talk. This then leads us into talking about bands having to compete with their past albums for attention, the editorial by Talib Kweli posted earlier this week, and, of course, a brief foray into the whole stage diving thing. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 10/02/14 - 04:35 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast has us revisiting a few of the topics from last week as the entire "U2 on your phone" thing became a much larger story than we anticipated. We then look at the idea of having a "collection" of music and how or why that plays a role with digital files, streaming, and the rise of vinyl. Then we discuss the pretty awesome new Manchester Orchestra album and release method, and then talk a little bit more about Yellowcard's new one as well. We finish up with a discussion about Senses Fail signing with Pure Noise Records and thinking aloud about why bands still sign with records labels. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Jason Tate on 09/19/14 - 02:53 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast looks at the recent Apple event and the surprise release of U2's new album. Kind of weird that just a few years ago the industry was against free music and now it's a race to almost see who can do it 'best.' We talk a little about the announced devices and the demise of the iPod Classic. Then we dive into discussing Fall Out Boy's latest single, the new New Found Glory tracks, Yellowcard's new songs and if we should judge albums based on just a couple of songs or not, and then finish it off with a lot of praise for Have Mercy. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 05:58 PM
We've made it to 50 episodes of the AbsolutePunk Podcast! Just want to take a moment to thank Drew Beringer, Thomas Nassiff, and all the guests we've had on the first fifty episodes of this thing. Been a pretty wild ride and I think these past 15 or so have been where we really are hitting our stride. Everything seems to flow really well and each week of recording has been a whole lot of fun. This week we look at the tech issues AP.net has faced (and my potential liver failure as a result), the possibility of Fall Out Boy releasing a new single and if it's even possible for big bands to keep secrets, and then we dive into the main event: fall albums. We talk about what makes an album...
Jason Tate on 09/04/14 - 09:28 PM
It looks like we're going to have some server issues for a little bit around here -- I'm really sorry about that. You can follow me on Twitter for updates on how much I drink while we get this settled.
Jason Tate on 09/02/14 - 02:05 AM
"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 - 02:48 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 - 01:38 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 - 05:13 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 - 10:19 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 - 08:00 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 - 02:25 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 - 05:06 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 - 03:43 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 - 04:58 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 - 05:18 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 - 09:40 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 - 07:02 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 - 02:06 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 - 12:47 PM
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 - 05:46 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 - 05:39 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 - 06:53 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 - 11:51 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 - 04:05 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 - 03:40 PM

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