This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to spend my extended Thanksgiving weekend watching The Front Bottoms on their current tour, Back On Tour, at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. The performance was energetic, and the crowd was packed to the gills. Hit the replies to read my review of the show, and check out some pictures I took of the evening as well.
Craig Ismaili on 12/02/15 - 08:27 AM
Back in August, during the Absolute 100, we told you to look out for a Connecticut-based band named A Will Away. Now, as they're coming up on the recording process for their full-length debut, we sat down to chat with vocalist Matt Carlson and guitarist Collin Waldron to discuss their new label, fitting cohesive themes into an EP, and how to cram existential philosophy into pop songs. You can find the full interview here.
ďFinding Comfort in the Pointlessness of LifeĒ is the theme of the record. Bliss is that feeling of finding comfort in the pointlessness of life. Itís the idea that once youíre happy for you, the idea that once you acknowledge everything else is passing, everything...
Craig Ismaili on 11/05/15 - 10:10 AM
The Front Bottoms surprised many long-time fans earlier this year when they signed to major label imprint Fueled By Ramen. Now the New Jersey group is gearing up to the release of their third full-length album and Fueled By debut, Back On Top (You can read AJ's review of the new album here.) We got the chance to chat with vocalist Brian Sella for an extensive phone conversation in which we discussed the decision to sign to a major label, what, if any, impact that decision had on Back on Top, what it's like to be from New Jersey, and a variety of other topics. You can find the entire interview here.
Our whole thing was playing in basements, and playing in small, shitty dive bars. To...
Craig Ismaili on 09/16/15 - 08:07 AM
I was recently lucky enough to hold my first in-person interview with no other heart than Mac DeMarco during soundcheck at his recent Buffalo date. We talked about touring, pop music, wine and his new album, Another One. You can read the full interview here.
Yeah, you know, I was just exhausted. I think a lot of those songs sound sort of brooding, but that's how they felt when I went into it, and coming out [of recording], I was like, "Man, I gotta stop being such a sad shit about this," you know, "I'm pretty young, I get to tour the world, I get to play music for a living. Get a grip, dude." So I got a grip.
Aaron Mook on 09/01/15 - 06:26 AM
While Anthony and Staci have already given you their great photos from the Pinelands Music Festival, we thought we shouldn't just stop there. So over the next few days, we'll be bringing you some interviews from some of the best bands on the Pinelands lineup. First up, we have Philadelphia's PALMAS, who gave me one of the funniest interviews I've ever done. You can read the whole thing here.
We were putting out the EP, and we were playing at the Boot and Saddle, and itís now October 10th, our EP release show. But it was originally scheduled for Pope Weekend. And actually, one of your contributors, Staci, she sent me a text and said, ďI think you need to reschedule your show.Ē
Craig Ismaili on 08/24/15 - 01:38 PM
We had the chance to speak with John Nolan about his new solo album, Sad Strange Beautiful Dream. Check it out here.
This album was ridiculously autobiographical. Iíve never written so many songs that were so directly about an exact experience that I had. That was something that happened (on this album). Generally, I think my songs are about myself. I think Iím limited in that way. I donít feel like I, so far anyway, have been able to put myself in a character's head or another personís head and been able to write from their perspective. I havenít felt like Iíve been good at that. So most of my songs end up being about me in some way or another.
Craig Ismaili on 08/24/15 - 08:09 AM
The AP.net staff is here to bring you a different playlist every Friday to soundtrack your summer. Last week, we took your suggestions and crafted a Feel Good Hits of the Summer Playlist. This week, things are getting a little bit darker. We're taking you to one of the staples of summer: the late night drive. This is one to throw on while your aimlessly cruising through the backstreets at 3 AM. So roll those windows down, and check out the playlist in the replies.
Craig Ismaili on 07/03/15 - 06:53 AM
Update: The "Feel Good Hits of the Summer" playlist is now available in the replies!

Today is the first Friday of the Summer. As if on cue, the weather in the Northeast has opened up, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill have finally stopped tormenting us, and the sun has been shining all week here. Most importantly, though, today has been a monumental, long-awaited day in United States history. That landmark decision, among other reasons, has us filled with joy today. While we weren't able to put together a playlist to share with you all today, we will be back next Friday with our weekly installments of staff-curated Summer Playlists. Today, though, we want to create an open discussion....
Craig Ismaili on 06/26/15 - 12:45 PM
The secret is out. Moving Mountains have been added our Topshelf Records CMJ Showcase that weíre sponsoring with our friends at PropertyOfZack. The Showcase will be taking place in Brooklyn, NY tonight with Into It. Over It., The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Slingshot Dakota, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Diamond Youth, Have Mercy, and Prawn. Check out extra details for the event in the replies and RSVP on Facebook here!
Drew Beringer on 10/19/12 - 01:09 PM
Let's pump the jams in the AP.net turntable room. Join here.
Drew Beringer on 06/14/12 - 09:16 PM
I'm currently rocking some tunes over at Turntable. Come in with an open mind and let's have a good time discovering some new bands and reminiscing over our favorite songs.
Drew Beringer on 04/18/12 - 11:21 PM

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