Encore

Encore

chorus.fm
A podcast hosted by Jason Tate of Chorus.fm about music, the music industry, news, pop-culture, and other semi-related topics. Some weeks we have industry special guests, some feature interviews with artists, some are a breakdown of a specific album, and
158: Mike Herrera of MxPx
Jul 31 • 83 min
MxPx released a new album last week, their first since 2012, and Jason Tate is joined by lead singer Mike Herrera to do a joint episode talking all about it. Show notes can be found at encore.fm. This podcast is sponsored in part by our listeners. If you…
157: Best of 2017
Jan 11 • 71 min
Craig Manning returns to the show to discuss the best albums of 2017. Show notes can be found at encore.fm. This podcast is sponsored in part by our listeners. If you listen and like what we’re doing, and want us to keep producing new episodes, please…
156: The Last Jedi
Dec 20, 2017 • 82 min
Jason Tate and Thomas Nassiff reconnect to talk about one of their favorite topics: Star Wars. This episode is full of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet — be warned. Show notes can be found at encore.fm. This podcast is sponsored in part by…
155: Fall Albums Part Deux
Oct 20, 2017 • 48 min
Ryan Gardner returns to the show to talk all about fall music. We start with talking about why we like fall music, what makes something, specifically a “fall album,” and then dive into some of our favorite albums and songs that we think fit into this…
154: Accidental Music Podcast
Sep 22, 2017 • 82 min
Deanna Chapman returns to the show to discuss music and technology. We talk about Brand New’s High & Low set (which Deanna saw in person), new albums from Mutemath, Foo Fighters, The National, PVRIS, and more, and then go deep on the latest Apple event.…
153: Science Fiction - Part Two
Sep 8, 2017 • 60 min
Thomas Nassiff returns to the show to discuss the album we spent years waiting on … Brand New’s ‘Science Fiction.’ This episode of the show differs from the previous episode in that we we spend most of the time talking about the album roll-out and the…
152: Science Fiction
Aug 24, 2017 • 96 min
Drew Beringer returns to the show to discuss Brand New’s new album ‘Science Fiction.’ After 8 years, it’s finally here. We do a deep dive through the album, talk about our history with the band, talk about where the album sits in the band’s career, and…
151: A Black Mile to the Surface
Jul 14, 2017 • 60 min
Drew Beringer returns to the show to discuss the upcoming album from Manchester Orchestra. The new album, ‘A Black Mile to the Surface,’ is due out on July 28th, 2017 and we do a deep dive on our thoughts and impressions of the album. Show notes can be…
150: Best of 2017 … So Far
Jun 30, 2017 • 66 min
Craig Manning returns to the show to talk about the best albums released in 2017 … so far. As we hit the midway mark of the year, it’s time for our annual tradition of discussing what albums we’ve fallen in love with during the first 6 months. Show notes…
149: Settling All Family Business
Jun 16, 2017 • 70 min
Deanna Chapman returns to the show to discuss a whole bunch of new music that’s been recently released. We talk about new music from Manchester Orchestra, Bleachers, Rise Against, and All Time Low. We also give some thoughts on Apple’s WWDC and their new…
148: Makes Me Laugh
May 19, 2017 • 87 min
Drew Beringer returns to the show this week to talk about the new albums from New Found Glory and Paramore. First we catch up a little (Drew got married!), talk a little basketball, Funkos, the usual. Then we dive into talking about New Found Glory and…
147: A Decade of ‘Anhedonia’
Apr 28, 2017 • 151 min
The Graduate’s ‘Anhedonia’ turned ten this week and former lead singer, Corey Warning, joins the show to talk all about it. We discuss the early stages of the band, recording the album, the stories behind some of the songs, and check in on what Corey has…
146: Let’s Do It Live
Mar 31, 2017 • 63 min
Thomas Nassiff returns to the show to talk about live albums and when and where we think they work. We talk about our favorites, live bootlegs, and wonder why more bands don’t release more live material. We also talk about March Madness, having birthdays,…
145: Hiding Music From Our Parents
Mar 17, 2017 • 66 min
Ryan Gardner joins the show to talk about growing up in the music scene and the bands that first got us into music, starting young with writing online and how to parlay that into some kind of career in the future. Freelancing, journalism, and how this…
144: Write Better Songs
Mar 3, 2017 • 69 min
Jesse Cannon has credits on albums from The Menzingers, to Man Overboard, to The Cure. He has managed bands, produced bands, and has written multiple books about the music industry and navigating the current realities of being a musician and a songwriter…
143: Favorite Bands
Feb 17, 2017 • 87 min
Craig Manning returns to the show for a discussion all about favorite bands. We talk about who are favorite bands are, what makes them our favorites, how that’s changed over the years and what it means to be a “favorite,” and what artists have the best…
142: After the Party
Feb 3, 2017 • 77 min
Thomas Nassiff returns to the show to discuss the new album ‘After the Party’ by The Menzingers. The album comes out on February 3rd, 2017, and we do a deep dive through the release and our thoughts on the songs and band in general. Show notes can be…
141: Hobbies, Work, and Everything Between
Jan 20, 2017 • 88 min
Special guest Jacob Tender joins the show to discuss AbsolutePunk.net, SpinMedia, UnderTheGun and a lot of behind the scenes chaos that plagued the music web community over the past few years. Then we move into a discussion about creating things and the…
140: Most Anticipated of 2017
Jan 6, 2017 • 63 min
Deanna Chapman returns to the show to discuss our most anticipated albums of 2017. What made the list and what did we decide to leave off? Do we really have to mention Brand New … again? We also talk about movies we are looking forward to, discuss music…
139: Best of 2016 & Rogue One
Dec 23, 2016 • 112 min
This week’s super sized episode features a lengthy discussion about our favorite albums of 2016. We go through our top 10 and break down why those albums were important to us this year. The second half of the episode is all about ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars…
Bonus Episode 3: Pixar Movies
Dec 8, 2016 • 19 min
This episode is a special bonus episode that was recorded for supporters of Chorus.fm. The hosts discussing their top three favorite Pixar movies and Thomas finds a new way to give listeners a heart attack. Hosts + More: Jason Tate Thomas Nassiff…
138: Quarter Life Crisis
Dec 2, 2016 • 72 min
This week’s episode has us making plans to see ‘Rogue One’, talking a little bit about Thanksgiving, and then looking at A Day to Remember’s lawsuit, a screenplay based on The Menzingers, Brand New’s TDAG 10-year anniversary, and some listener questions…
137: Scale of Loneliness
Nov 18, 2016 • 71 min
This week’s episode looks at a variety of listener questions, things like: favorite music for road trips, recent albums we think may end up being classics, and music we listen to for specific moods we may be in. We also talk about new music from…
136: Fall Albums
Oct 28, 2016 • 89 min
On this episode Jason and Thomas break down some of their favorite, or recommended, “fall albums.” What makes an album a fall album? Why did we pick what we did? And what other habits do we have when the weather gets cold. We also talk a little about…
135: Integrity Blues
Oct 20, 2016 • 80 min
This week’s episode has special guest Craig Manning returning as we do a deep dive on the upcoming Jimmy Eat World album, ‘Integrity Blues.’ The album comes out on October 21, 2016, and we talk about our history with the band, their catalog, and then go…
134: It’s Been Too Long
Oct 14, 2016 • 105 min
Thomas and Jason catch up after a few weeks of not having talked to each other. There’s some talk about new Apple products, AirPods, Apple Watches, and then a lengthy talk about seeing Blink-182 live and all the bands that opened for them. We end with a…
133: Goodbye, Yellowcard
Sep 28, 2016 • 86 min
On this week’s podcast Jason brings along special guest Craig Manning to discuss the final Yellowcard album and say goodbye to the band. Yellowcard have been a part of the formative years of our lives, and on September 30th they will release their last…
132: A Back-Up Thomas
Sep 15, 2016 • 69 min
This week’s podcast comes with special guest: Deanna Chapman! (Thomas is on vacation and watching football games and stuff.) On this episode of the podcast we talk about how the music scene has changed over the years and what first drew us to it. Jason is…
Bonus Episode 2: Breakfast Food
Sep 8, 2016 • 21 min
This is a special bonus episode discussing our top 3 breakfast foods that we recorded for supporters of Chorus.fm. It was released exclusively last week to all supporters, but we’re pushing it out now to everyone so you can see what you’re missing. Thank…
131: Forgotten Free Time
Sep 2, 2016 • 71 min
This week’s episode has Thomas checking out Blink-182 and The Menzingers live, what we think the best album rollouts are, and why, and then we tackle our main topic of the week: how do we choose where and how to spend our free time? Sponsor:A Day to…
130: Planes Fly Fast
Aug 19, 2016 • 81 min
This week’s podcast finds the hosts talking about traveling and the routines related to flying. We discuss (as spoiler free as possible) ‘Stranger Things,’ we gush about the new The Menzingers’ song, and we talk about Green Day’s new one as well. We also…
Bonus Episode 1: Pizza Toppings & Drinks
Aug 4, 2016 • 14 min
This is a special bonus episode of Encore. Originally shared with just the supporters of Chorus.fm, we decided to release this episode to all podcast subscribers a week later so everyone could get a little taste. In this episode your podcast hosts debate…
129: Background Music Monsters
Jul 29, 2016 • 78 min
This week’s main topic is background music. Do we listen to music in the background while working? What about while doing other activities? What kind of music? What genres? Do we watch TV? And more than that there’s a talk about music’s role in our lives…
128: I Have Takes That Need to Be Heard
Jul 15, 2016 • 82 min
This week’s podcast is all about Blink-182 and their new album ‘California.’ Thomas really hates it. Jason likes it more. We discuss our history with the band, what we think about the songs, why Jason is more positive about the album and the “feel” it…
127: Best of 2016 … So Far
Jun 30, 2016 • 81 min
This week’s episode focuses on the best albums that have come out so far in 2016; our favorites up to the mid-way point of the year. We also discuss the end of Yellowcard, new Every Time I Die, Paramore, and Eisley. We’d love to hear what your favorite…
126: It’s Been a Good Two Weeks
Jun 10, 2016 • 91 min
This week’s episode looks at a lot of the music that’s come out in the past few weeks: The Hotelier, PUP, Thrice, and Saosin. We also look at the new music from Descendents, Sum 41, Yellowcard, and A Day to Remember. Plus, there’s a nice tangent all about…
125: I Too Am a Nightmare
May 27, 2016 • 66 min
This week’s episode takes a look at Brand New’s new single “I Am a Nightmare,” the new Chorus logo, the changes at Twitter, how Bandcamp is doing, and Riot Fest. Sponsor:Creep Records: Check out the latest release from JANK and make sure to use the promo…
124: Advance Music Culture
May 13, 2016 • 90 min
This week’s episode looks mostly at “Advance Music Culture” and what the expectations are for journalists that get advances. Has the music press become too “braggy”? What about bands that don’t want people to “hype” up their albums? We also talk about the…
123: Bored to Death
May 6, 2016 • 74 min
This week’s episode is mostly about Blink-182 and their new song “Bored to Death” and upcoming album ‘California.’ Of course we talk about that a bunch. There’s also some talk about Drake, a couple listener questions, and some talk of beer and basketball.…
122: Song Clip Fiasco
Apr 29, 2016 • 81 min
On this week’s episode we mourn the passing of Prince, discuss Beyonce’s surprise album release and look how perfect the marketing behind this roll out seemed to be, and try and predict what the new Blink-182 song you’ve all heard would sound like three…
121: Teaching a Brand New Fan to Fish
Apr 22, 2016 • 71 min
This week’s episode looks at The Story So Far kicking a fan, a discussion of our favorite bands growing up and if we still listen to them, what services we use to discover new music, why Jason posts about mainstream music these days, Taylor Swift and…
120: No Guilt, Just Pleasure
Apr 15, 2016 • 87 min
This week’s episode looks at the first week of Chorus.fm, takes a look at a whole bunch of upcoming movies (Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts, Civil War) gives some thoughts on Batman v Superman, and talks a little about comic books. Then we dive into this…
119: chorus.fm
Apr 8, 2016 • 74 min
This week’s episode looks at the backstory, the creation, and the founding of chorus.fm. Hosts + More: Jason Tate Thomas Nassiff @encorepodcast Subscribe on iTunes: chr.us/encoretunes Show Archive: chorus.fm/encore If you like our show, please rate it in…
118: The Great Tank Top Purge
Mar 3, 2016 • 102 min
We start by talking a little about the Academy Awards, do some follow-up on last weeks “best 10 albums of the last 15 years,” and then tackle some reader questions. Thomas recounts his history with Set Your Goals, we give some updated thoughts on The…
117: Ten Albums, Last Fifteen Years
Feb 25, 2016 • 136 min
So what are your ten favorite albums of the last fifteen years? That’s the question that makes up the main topic of this week’s episode of Encore. The rules are simple: favorite albums, 2001-2015, there can be only ten. We’d love to see your lists in the…
116: More Pineapple Drinks Please
Feb 11, 2016 • 67 min
This week we discuss Thomas going on a cruise, some about the Super Bowl and the half-time show, and the internet’s reaction to the half-time show, and some about the commercials. We then tackle the main topic this week: Discussing albums we don’t like in…
115: Tell Your Mom About Our Show
Feb 4, 2016 • 81 min
This week’s episode starts with a discussion about fostering creativity and how we try to stay sharp and inspired and not fall into a rut. It’s hard. We want to be better at it. Then we look at the RIAA changing up how they certify albums, Brand New…
114: Get That Superhero Money
Jan 28, 2016 • 71 min
This week’s episode of Encore looks at quite a bit of the news that broke over the past week. We talk about Kanye West releasing information about what is now ‘Waves,’ Brand New and Modest Mouse going on a huge tour, Yellowcard’s ‘Lights and Sounds’ turns…
113: A Batman Army
Jan 21, 2016 • 91 min
This week’s episode of has us looking at a variety of interesting, and diverse, topics. We talk a little about the next ‘Star Wars’ being pushed back, a little about Thomas’s collection of Funko collectables, and a little about Thomas wanting to buy an…
112: Just Dive in
Jan 14, 2016 • 77 min
On this week’s episode we look at the best stretches of three or more songs in albums, our preference of albums over playlists, bands going on hiatus, and if the internet has gotten more hostile lately. We then move into discussing the passing of David…
111: Sound of Sirens
Jan 7, 2016 • 73 min
Welp, here we are with the first episode of this year’s Encore podcast. This week finds us giving a little follow-up on our past two episodes (Star Wars and End of the Year Lists), before diving into questions about albums we’re looking forward to in…
110: Best of 2015
Dec 31, 2015 • 69 min
This week Thomas and Jason look at our favorite albums that came out during the year, discuss how we picked them, why we picked them, where we put them, and then also talk a little about other “favorites” in the year (movies, TV shows, etc.). I’d like to…
109: The Force Awakens
Dec 22, 2015 • 116 min
With the holiday weekend coming up we wanted to make sure you had enough time to download this week’s episode of the Encore podcast early! That way you can download the episode for any long flights, drives, or just needing a way to drown out some drunk…
108: You Don’t Want Demoitis
Dec 17, 2015 • 57 min
Today’s episode looks at the lead up to ‘Star Wars’ (of course), before looking at this week’s topics: Brian Fallon’s new song, The 1975’s new song, Paramore losing a member, Cartel releasing an acoustic album, The Starting Line releasing a new song, and…
107: Very Bowl of You
Dec 10, 2015 • 73 min
On this week’s episode we talk about the idea of banning cell-phones from shows using a new service called Yondr, our thoughts on the new versions of Brand New’s ‘Leaked Demos 2006’(Note: This was recorded before #nobodymovesgate), speculation on why Sal…
106: Never Ending Mashed Potatoes
Dec 3, 2015 • 89 min
After a wonderful little holiday break, Encore is back with an episode spanning everything that’s happened over the past two weeks. We talk about our Thanksgivings, real vs fake Christmas trees, Adele flat out destroying sales records, Foo Fighters…
105: Stuffed With Delicious
Nov 19, 2015 • 84 min
This week we look at if an early leak will hurt Adele, the idea of an “infinite” movie franchise, going to shows by yourself, what can impact the price of vinyl, if an artist contributing music to a political campaign bugs us, and the big topic: How would…
104: There Will Be a Quiz
Nov 12, 2015 • 105 min
This week’s episode tackles world building in movies and where it works (Star Wars, Marvel, etc.) and where it fails (Spectre). We talk quite a bit about Star Wars in this one — spurred by a certain someone live tweeting their first viewing of the series…
103: Another Loser Anthem
Nov 5, 2015 • 89 min
This week we look at why pop-punk no longer seems capable of writing a hook and can be painfully un-catchy at times, if we like “deluxe” albums, what albums we play most on vinyl, following up the Victory vs Spotify kerfuffle, Good Charlotte is back, we…
102: Pop-Punk Ladder
Oct 29, 2015 • 87 min
This week’s topics include: Basketball is back, the Star Wars trailer was released and watched, some bands do “follow backs” on Twitter and that’s kinda weird, music being listening to exclusively on YouTube, advice for someone wanting to be a music…
101: Viking Wizard Eyes
Oct 22, 2015 • 63 min
This week’s episode has us discussing some football, talking a little about other podcasts we like to listen to, the idea of “self-titled” albums and if they should have a certain “feel” to them or not. Then we discuss Thrice’s ‘Vheissu’ turning 10 and…
100: This Is Encore
Oct 15, 2015 • 99 min
We made it to the 100th episode of our podcast — now it’s time to shake things up. Today we’d like to introduce you to the new podcast: Encore. We’ve undergone a name change, a little re-brand, and we’re coming at you with a brand new special episode this…
99: Books, Bugs, and Bands
Oct 8, 2015 • 73 min
Topics this week: Andrew McMahon’s single finally getting some traction and our thoughts about singles taking off a while after they debut, The Wonder Years/MCS split, Foxing’s new song and album, Moving Mountains returning, Brian Fallon recording with…
98: We’re Still Here
Oct 1, 2015 • 75 min
We’re back after a mini (and unforeseen) little break in our podcasting schedule. But, things are now back on track. This week’s episode of the podcast looks at some follow-up on our last episode and The Wonder Years, Apple Music’s trial ending and if…
97: No Closer to Heaven
Sep 2, 2015 • 123 min
We offer to you two topics: A discussion about Thomas’s decision to retire from the website and a lengthy discussion about The Wonder Years’ new album ‘No Closer to Heaven’. Not only was it a marathon podcasting session, but I think the result was one of…
96: An American Recipe
Aug 27, 2015 • 90 min
This week we look at the great american recipe: Coca-Cola Classic. Other topics include: Should rock music have more “music collectives,” can we really believe bands when they say they’re on “hiatus” these days, what we would do if we owned a label and a…
95: Synchronized Lightsaber Dancing
Aug 20, 2015 • 94 min
Wave. We’re back from our one week break and are immediately talking about Star Wars. It’s exactly what you would expect from a podcast named AbsolutePunk, right? This week we look at how the whole Pure Noise Records/JJR situation impacted being able to…
94: Legacies
Aug 6, 2015 • 82 min
When we finished recording this week’s podcast episode I tweeted that it was my favorite we’ve done in a while. Listening back today while editing I still feel that way. We touch on a lot of bigger overarching themes this week. If you’ve never given one…
93: Hey, I Love Your Work.
Jul 30, 2015 • 65 min
Did you know Thomas can dunk? This is the episode where Jason tries to convince him to rename his basketball team “Defend Pop-Dunk.” This week we also talk about if listeners will accept the “new” Blink-182, what the “hiatus” means for The Gaslight…
92: A Bad Use of Real Estate
Jul 23, 2015 • 72 min
We answer questions about if Warped Tour should take a year off to get their shit together, if in hindsight we think Apple’s acquisition of Beats was worth it, thoughts on PVRIS, thoughts on DRM, the impossibility of answering a “three favorite albums of…
91: Carried by Nostalgia
Jul 16, 2015 • 68 min
This episode starts out with a talk about … what did you expect? … beer. We answer a reader question about if Fueled by Ramen would be a good fit for The Wonder Years, we talk about buying glasses and seeing Acceptance and The Money Pit over the weekend.…
90: Astronaut Tamagotchi
Jul 9, 2015 • 72 min
This week touches on some Apple Music follow-up: what’s it like with the app a week in? Are we still using it? What are the hang ups? Why does the iOS app not respect album artwork selections? What are our favorite smart playlists? Then we talk a little…
89: Capital G, Capital I: Good Idea
Jul 2, 2015 • 69 min
What happens when the power goes out in the middle of recording a podcast? Welp, you lose the first few minutes of your talk about The Wonder Years apparently. We were able to salvage the conversation using a back-up recording; however, Thomas’s vocals…
88: The Memory Goes First
Jun 25, 2015 • 68 min
This week’s a good one and we look at quite a few topics. We start by talking about Warped Tour, our favorite memories, our favorite years, and the correlation between beer and our willingness to attend in the future. We then answer some listener…
87: Podcast Zero
Jun 18, 2015 • 68 min
This week’s episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast begins with some sports talk before pivoting into our favorite Star Wars scenes, I guess we learned we’re the kind of nerds that like sports and science fiction. Weird. The main topics looked at this week…
86: Apple (Unicode Sign) Music
Jun 11, 2015 • 72 min
This week’s episode covers three main topics: Apple Music, Thomas’s new bi-weekly series on starting a record label, and us hiring some new staff on the website. We spend the good majority talking about what we think of Apple Music, where we think it’ll…
85: Sending Beer Through The Mail
Jun 4, 2015 • 66 min
This week touches on some follow-up from last week, discusses thoughts and predictions on if Apple will release a new streaming service next week at WWDC and what we’d like it to be, and then we look at building hype online in 2015 and The 1975’s ability…
84: Like a Bad Haircut From High-School
May 28, 2015 • 73 min
Topics include: 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…
83: Sorry Internet
May 21, 2015 • 70 min
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 Jason’s long term plans for running AbsolutePunk may look like, or turn into, and where we…
82: Homemade Dressing
May 7, 2015 • 61 min
Topics include: 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…
81: Side 1, Track 1
Apr 30, 2015 • 81 min
This week’s episode has our hosts tackling the question of the best opening album tracks. We 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…
80: Selfies With Celebrities
Apr 23, 2015 • 79 min
On this week’s episode 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…
79: Eenie Mene Miney All Time Low
Apr 16, 2015 • 59 min
We recorded this week’s episode 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…
78: We Appreciate Brand New
Apr 9, 2015 • 69 min
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…
77: Indie Rock for Adults
Apr 2, 2015 • 70 min
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…
76: Scene Classics
Mar 19, 2015 • 69 min
What we wanted to look at this week are 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…
75: A Condescending Tone
Mar 12, 2015 • 53 min
This week’s episode 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…
74: Every Band is Fighting
Mar 5, 2015 • 52 min
This week’s episode 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…
73: Chopped
Feb 26, 2015 • 62 min
In this week’s episode of the podcast, Thomas tries to coin the phrase “Chopped” for a song that is a “chart topper.” I’m not sure how well this is going to work out. This week’s topics include: The glaring lack of women in this week’s Skate and Surf…
72: A Twisted Carnival
Feb 19, 2015 • 56 min
Last week’s episode 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…
71: And The Award Goes To …
Feb 12, 2015 • 58 min
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…
70: Podcasters in a Bubble
Feb 5, 2015 • 56 min
We return 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…
69: We Need to Talk About Blink-182
Jan 31, 2015 • 83 min
We spend most of this episode talking about everything that went down this week in the Blink-182 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…
68: The Changing Tides
Jan 22, 2015 • 40 min
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…
67: Vinyl Without The I
Jan 15, 2015 • 57 min
Have you heard about the new service “VNYL”? If you haven’t … you’re about to. This week’s episode 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…
66: Looking Back on 2014
Jan 8, 2015 • 71 min
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…
65: An AMA Christmas
Dec 23, 2014 • 57 min
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 want to say thanks to everyone that asked us any questions, we’ll definitely be doing this again…
64: I’m The Best Hypocrite
Dec 18, 2014 • 53 min
Topics include: 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…
63: Are You An Emo Band?
Dec 12, 2014 • 56 min
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…
62: The Vinyl Moose
Dec 4, 2014 • 66 min
Topics include: The new Star Wars trailer! What do we think? What are we excited about? Why is Jason 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…
61: I’m Thankful For ____
Nov 26, 2014 • 62 min
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…
60: Pronouncing ‘Mmhmm’
Nov 20, 2014 • 62 min
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…
59: Cornucopia of Mishaps
Nov 13, 2014 • 63 min
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…
58: Podcast Therapy
Nov 6, 2014 • 55 min
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?…
57: Sell My Old CDs, I’m Off to Heaven
Oct 31, 2014 • 58 min
Topics include the new Taylor Swift album, 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. Show Notes: absolutepunk.net/podcast/57 Subscribe on iTunes:…
56: Fight Off Your Demos
Oct 23, 2014 • 59 min
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…
55: Where’s my lyric sheet?
Oct 16, 2014 • 60 min
This week’s episode 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…
54: Pumpkin-Pop
Oct 9, 2014 • 65 min
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:…
53: I Guess This is Growing Up
Oct 2, 2014 • 61 min
This week the main discussion topic is 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…
52: It’s Really F*cking Good
Sep 19, 2014 • 58 min
Topics include: Revisiting the entire “U2 on your phone” thing after it 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…
51: U2, Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, OH MY!
Sep 11, 2014 • 71 min
This week we look 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…
50: Sweaters Unfold Themselves (Fall Album Discussion)
Sep 4, 2014 • 55 min
This week we look at the tech issues AP.net has faced (and my potential liver failure as a result), the possibilty 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…
49: Transitioning From Transit
Aug 28, 2014 • 57 min
Due to some stupid technical issues Drew wasn’t able to join us for our recording and so you’ll have to deal with just Thomas and Jason on this week’s episode. This week we look at a variety of topics: Follow-up from last week and looking at a few…
48: Do The Genre Hop
Aug 21, 2014 • 74 min
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…
47: Hopeless Records Interview
Aug 13, 2014 • 50 min
Coming a few days early this week due to Jason heading out on a short vacation (check the show notes for more info). This week we have an interview episode that we recorded back at the end of last year with our friends over at Hopeless Records. The…
46: The Weekend Will Save Us All
Aug 9, 2014 • 79 min
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…
45: Why is this news?
Jul 31, 2014 • 75 min
“Why is this news?” might be the most asked question in the comments section of our website — this week we tackle the topic head on. We also talk about the phrase “guilty pleasures” when it comes to describing a band you like and why that term kinda…
44: Defend Pop-Punk T-Shirts For All
Jul 24, 2014 • 93 min
And now for your regularly scheduled podcast episode. 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 judgemental online about music tastes? Are 5 Seconds of Summer a pop-punk band…
43: The Gaslight Anthem’s “Get Hurt” Discussion
Jul 23, 2014 • 96 min
In a special edition episode of the podcast, the three of us talk about our impressions of The Gaslight Anthem’s new album from first listen all the way up to now. Then we tackle the whole thing track-by-track and give thoughts, complaints, and discuss…
42: The Red Sweatpants
Jul 17, 2014 • 75 min
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…
41: Strongest Catalogs and Blood Samples
Jul 10, 2014 • 79 min
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…
40: Just Watch the Fireworks
Jul 3, 2014 • 80 min
Topics 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…
39: The Flying Arcade Monkeys
Jun 26, 2014 • 86 min
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, the disappearance of music videos, and personal space and touching musicians while they play.…
38: Aaron West and the Roaring Two Hour Podcast
Jun 19, 2014 • 123 min
Topics Include: Interview with Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years/Aaron West, song premiere of Aaron West’s “St. Joe Keeps Us Safe.” Then the guys talk about the new The Gaslight Anthem album, discuss when bands change their sound and you stop being a fan,…
37: Murder My Ears
Jun 13, 2014 • 82 min
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,…
36: Best of 2014 … So Far
Jun 5, 2014 • 83 min
Jason, Drew, and Thomas set out to talk about their favorite albums released so far in 2014, but that turns into a much longer conversation that touches on web journalism, festivals, if EPs are still worth doing, and so much more. Sponsor: Disc Makers’…
35: Thanks Random Internet Guy
May 29, 2014 • 82 min
Topics include Apple buying Beats, if Blink-182 should go back on hiatus, why each of us post or don’t post news, and a lengthy discussion about Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years’ new side project.
34: Being Negative, Buying Vinyl, Inspiring Hashtags
May 23, 2014 • 98 min
Jason, Drew, and Thomas talk about the role of a critic and their thoughts on negative reviews and negative commentary. They also touch on the hot-button “vinyl debate” over music licenses, ethics, and their personal thoughts on the topic and how it…
33: No Fees, No Problem
May 9, 2014 • 68 min
Zack and Jason talk to Nate Dorough from Fusion Shows about the behind the scenes baseball of booking bands, running festivals, and why Nate never charges services fees for tickets. Sponsor: idymusic.com
32: I Miss Brokencyde
May 2, 2014 • 82 min
Emo is back and everyone has an opinion on it. This week AP.net staffer Thomas Nassiff joins Drew and Jason to talk about emo coming back, the internet/fan backlash, and the current state and future of music.
31: Is This Band Thing Worth It?
Apr 25, 2014 • 53 min
Joseph Marro of The Early November and formerly of Hellogoodbye joins us to talk about the early years of life in a band on Drive-Thru Records all the way up to his current work as a manager. What’s life like in a band? Is it worth it? What keeps them…
30: Anticipating The Letdown
Jan 23, 2014 • 77 min
Drew, Zack, and Jason all sit down to talk about what albums they are anticipating most this year. Brand New? Blink-182? 30 Seconds to Mars? It’s all in there.
29: I Thought This Was AbsolutePUNK?
Jan 16, 2014 • 53 min
Drew and Jason talk about the upcoming albums from Against Me! and The Lawrence Arms. We’re bringing the punk back.
28: Life of a Booking Agent (Guest: Dave Shapiro)
Jan 11, 2014 • 54 min
This week Jason and Zack are joined by booking agent Dave Shapiro, of The Agency Group, to talk about the role touring plays in the life of a band.
27: End of the Year Round Up
Dec 20, 2013 • 86 min
Drew, Zack, and Jason talk about EOTY lists. What’s the process behind putting them together, what’s on their own, and why does everyone get so angry if their favorite band isn’t on it?
26: Songs vs Production (Guest: Jesse Cannon)
Dec 13, 2013 • 78 min
A few minutes in Jason asks — “who can I blame for that Transit album?” — and so begins the discussion with Jesse Cannon (he’s probably had something to do with at least one album you like) about production, mastering, mixing, recording, DIY, punk, and…
25: Toby of Emery
Dec 6, 2013 • 39 min
This week Drew and Jason talk with Toby of Emery.