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Fuse TV web content manager
Bad Timing Records co-founder / head chef
Paper + Plastick Records label manager // AbsolutePunk.net writer
University of Florida alumnus

Good friend Ryan Russell put out an awesome photo book and there’s an equally rad 7” featuring Manchester Orchestra and Minus the Bear that came with it! Everything looks so great. Thanks No Sleep Records.

Good friend Ryan Russell put out an awesome photo book and there’s an equally rad 7” featuring Manchester Orchestra and Minus the Bear that came with it! Everything looks so great. Thanks No Sleep Records.

Fireworks - Oh, Common Life [Album Review]

mansions:

The short version of this post is that our first album, New Best Friends, has been reissued on limited vinyl by Bad Timing Records and goes up for sale at 1pm EST today. Click the photo to go buy.
The long version is that New Best Friends came out exactly five years ago. We were on tour in Baltimore with a band called The Lives of Famous Men. Non-band member attendance was in the single digits, and there wasn’t much record release hoopla besides us opening a box of CDs and putting them on the merch table. That was kind of a shame, because that album was really the culmination of a lot of my life up unto that point. I had been working on those songs since probably 2004 and had dreamed all my life of putting out a record on a real label like Doghouse Records. I had the opportunity to record with one of my heroes, Mike Sapone, who taught me so much about recording and production and how to make a record, that I can’t imagine doing anything that I’m doing now without that experience (I still label certain guitar tracks “saponeguitar” when recording cause I know exactly what that sounds like). After recording/mixing, there was another year of waiting for the record to come out (and putting out the EP Initiative in the meantime), so I was absolutely ready when the release date finally came. But there we were in Baltimore, feeling like nothing had really changed.
Not a lot changed in the year following either. The album got ok reviews, we did some bad tours and some good ones, we went through a few managers and band members, and I spent a lot of time asking myself what’s the point of releasing music. I love writing and recording, but why not just keep that to myself? Am I really that desperate that I need some stranger’s approval of something I’ve made? If I’m truly doing it for myself, then why does an audience matter?
The strange thing was that while I was having this whole dramatic inner struggle, people were somehow finding out about New Best Friends. People started showing up to shows and knowing the words. They started wanting more music, so we made another record. Then more people heard that and came to shows. Then we made another record, and now we’re headlining Madison Square Garden.
Ok not quite, but truthfully every time I see someone post a song or lyric from New Best Friends in some corner of the internet, or come up to the merch table and say how much they like it, it still makes me feel like “really? you actually heard it and liked it? you like our band?” No matter what happens, that record will always be our first, and it will always take me back to that feeling of putting some CDs on a merch table in Baltimore, wondering how we’re ever gonna sell these things. Everything is new again, like nothing has changed.

So Chris wrote this really great blog about New Best Friends…working directly with him on this repress via Bad Timing has been a great experience. Doing stuff like this is why I wanted to start a record label. This is the fun and meaningful stuff that I will remember most about my time spent working in this small corner of the music world. 
I reblogged this to share his thoughts on the album’s five-year anniversary, but if you’ve never heard NBF it’s truly the start of Mansions, which has become such a great band…you can listen here on Spotify or here on Rdio, and our repress will be for sale at 1pm EST today in our webstore.

mansions:

The short version of this post is that our first album, New Best Friends, has been reissued on limited vinyl by Bad Timing Records and goes up for sale at 1pm EST today. Click the photo to go buy.

The long version is that New Best Friends came out exactly five years ago. We were on tour in Baltimore with a band called The Lives of Famous Men. Non-band member attendance was in the single digits, and there wasn’t much record release hoopla besides us opening a box of CDs and putting them on the merch table. That was kind of a shame, because that album was really the culmination of a lot of my life up unto that point. I had been working on those songs since probably 2004 and had dreamed all my life of putting out a record on a real label like Doghouse Records. I had the opportunity to record with one of my heroes, Mike Sapone, who taught me so much about recording and production and how to make a record, that I can’t imagine doing anything that I’m doing now without that experience (I still label certain guitar tracks “saponeguitar” when recording cause I know exactly what that sounds like). After recording/mixing, there was another year of waiting for the record to come out (and putting out the EP Initiative in the meantime), so I was absolutely ready when the release date finally came. But there we were in Baltimore, feeling like nothing had really changed.

Not a lot changed in the year following either. The album got ok reviews, we did some bad tours and some good ones, we went through a few managers and band members, and I spent a lot of time asking myself what’s the point of releasing music. I love writing and recording, but why not just keep that to myself? Am I really that desperate that I need some stranger’s approval of something I’ve made? If I’m truly doing it for myself, then why does an audience matter?

The strange thing was that while I was having this whole dramatic inner struggle, people were somehow finding out about New Best Friends. People started showing up to shows and knowing the words. They started wanting more music, so we made another record. Then more people heard that and came to shows. Then we made another record, and now we’re headlining Madison Square Garden.

Ok not quite, but truthfully every time I see someone post a song or lyric from New Best Friends in some corner of the internet, or come up to the merch table and say how much they like it, it still makes me feel like “really? you actually heard it and liked it? you like our band?” No matter what happens, that record will always be our first, and it will always take me back to that feeling of putting some CDs on a merch table in Baltimore, wondering how we’re ever gonna sell these things. Everything is new again, like nothing has changed.

So Chris wrote this really great blog about New Best Friends…working directly with him on this repress via Bad Timing has been a great experience. Doing stuff like this is why I wanted to start a record label. This is the fun and meaningful stuff that I will remember most about my time spent working in this small corner of the music world. 

I reblogged this to share his thoughts on the album’s five-year anniversary, but if you’ve never heard NBF it’s truly the start of Mansions, which has become such a great band…you can listen here on Spotify or here on Rdio, and our repress will be for sale at 1pm EST today in our webstore.

The plural of vinyl is vinyl. 
New print series from Bad Timing Records, designed by Matt Delisle. 
12”x18” prints, for $12, and that includes shipping in a poster tube. That’s a pretty dope deal I feel. 
bit.ly/PLURAL 

The plural of vinyl is vinyl. 

New print series from Bad Timing Records, designed by Matt Delisle. 

12”x18” prints, for $12, and that includes shipping in a poster tube. That’s a pretty dope deal I feel. 

bit.ly/PLURAL 

Neck Deep / Knuckle Puck - Tour Split

The record label I run announced a new release today. We’re teaming up with Hopeless Records to do this Tour Split with Neck Deep and Knuckle Puck. Check it out if you like the pop-punks musics!

I’m selling some records.

If you want any, email thomas.nassiff [at] gmail.com. Not really looking to break the bank on anything. I just moved into a new apartment and I’m looking to soften the blow of some moving costs while clearing out some of my collection. Everything will ship within a week – I’m just waiting for LP mailers to come in on Wednesday.

A Loss for Words | No Sanctuary | Bone /500

Aficionado | Aficionado | Black /500

Banquets | Top Button, Bottom Shelf | Pink with Black Swirl /100

Broadway Calls | Good Views, Bad News | Opaque Green /400

Broadway Calls | Comfort/Distraction | Blue/Black /500

By Surprise | Mountain Smashers | Black /400

Cinematic Sunrise | A Coloring Storybook and Long Playing Record | Pic Disc /1000

Daybreaker | The Northbound Trains EP | Purple /200

Chuck Ragan | Covering Ground | Red /300

Fang Island | Major | Black

Forecast, The | Everybody Left | Coors Brown /100

Forever Came Calling | Contender | Clear with Orange Splatter /200

Great Lakes USA | Live Fast, Die Whenever | Brown /100

Great Lakes USA | Live Fast, Die Whenever | Trans Red /150

Great Lakes USA | Live Fast, Die Whenever | Trans Green w/ Black Swirl /250

Great Cynics | Don’t Need Much | Green

Half Hearted Hero | Whatever | White /200

Into It. Over It. | Twelve Towns | Clear /350

Into It. Over It./Koji | IIOI/KOJI Split | White /400

Luther | Siblings & Sevens | White /200

Midtown | Save The World, Lose The Girl | Clear w/ Blue & Yellow Splatter /1500

Mixtapes | Even On The Worst Nights | Blue /600

New Found Glory | Mania: A Tribute to the Ramones | Pink/Black Swirl /500

No Trigger | Tycoon | Olive /500

Propagandhi | Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes | Black

Rise Against | Suffer and the Witness | Black

River City Extension | The Unmistakable Man | SXSW Limited Blue Edition /100

River City Extension | The Unmistakable Man | White 2xLP /400

Sharks | The Joys of Living: 2008-2010 | Blue/Black /300

Silverstein | Discovering the Waterfront | Clear /1000

Star Wars | Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | Black

This Time Next Year | Drop Out Of Life | Dark Orange /250

This Time Next Year | Drop Out of Life | Tour Press Black 56/250

Tigers Jaw | Two Worlds | Yellow /300 | Gatefold LP

Young Statues | Young Statues | Clear Splatter /200

I wrote about the movie ‘Drinking Buddies’

I also wrote about four other movies I’ve seen this year. I’m keeping a list. 

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson are comfortable in their roles to the point where it doesn’t very much feel like they’re acting as much as they’re friends you’ve known for a while. Very “everyman” characters and I got that sense from the beginning of the film, it helps you get comfortable in the story right away. I wouldn’t call it an entirely new take on the typical rom-com, but it’s certainly less corny than many and it does a great job of not leaving you with the happy ending that you’re expecting throughout most of its runtime, which is obviously the benefit of it not coming out of a major studio. It’s a movie about people and the way people interact with other people – specifically, Wilde and Johnson play best friends who maybe want to be more than best friends, but you know, it’s complicated, and what if it ruins our friendship and stuff. It does a good job of portraying the lives of many Millenials in the sense that not much really happens during the film. Drinking beer is an excellent rally point around the concept of nothing happening, and drinking is an easily relatable central theme because it provides a common, near-universal thread of basic social interaction in a film that, like I already wrote, is wholly about human interaction.

The characters are the type who are afraid to say what they want to say and there’s nothing wrong with finding that relatable – at the end of the day, what happens to them is much, much more common than the extreme heartbreak or extreme elation found at the climax of many romantic comedies, and for that reason it’s worth a watch. ‘Drinking Buddies’ doesn’t jump off the page but it’s thought-provoking for a romantic comedy and an excellent choice that won’t get old for Friday Netflix nights with a six-pack; and when you think about it, that’s quite an achievement.

We all have a bit of both light and dark inside us.

We all have a bit of both light and dark inside us.

think about everything you’re seeing here

think about everything you’re seeing here

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Year-End Record Sales: Justin Timberlake Nabs Poorest-Selling Top-Selling Album Ever

absolutepunk:

Billboard reported year-end SoundScan numbers today, revealing that Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience led the way in 2013 with 2.43 million units sold. The 20/20 Experience is the worst-selling top-selling album in a year since SoundScan began recording data, while 2012’s top-selling album (Adele's 21) moved 4.41 million units (not to mention a year-high 5.82 million in 2011 as well). Vinyl record sales continued a trend of improving by double-digit percentage points year-over-year since Record Store Day was invented, with 6.1 million vinyl LPs sold (33% more than 4.55 million in 2012). Robin Thicke took top single honors with “Blurred Lines” garnering 6.5 million downloads in a year that saw digital download sales decline for the first time ever (2013’s 1.26 billion songs downloaded is 6% less than 2012’s 1.34 billion). The rest of the top-10 lists for albums and singles can be seen below.

Top-Selling Albums
1. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (2.43 million)
2. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2 (1.73 million)
3. Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (1.52 million)
4. Imagine Dragons - Night Vision (1.4 million)
5. Bruno Mars - Unorthodox Jukebox (“just under” 1.4 million; released in 2012)
6. Florida Georgia Line - Here’s to the Good Times (1.35 million; released in 2012)
7. Drake - Nothing Was the Same (1.34 million)
8. Beyonce - Beyonce (1.3 million; counts Dec. 14-29 only)
9. Blake Shelton - Based On A True Story (1.11 million)
10. Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail (1.1 million)
Top-Selling Singles
1. Robin Thicke - “Blurred Lines” (6.5 million)
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - “Thrift Shop” (6.15 million)
3. Imagine Dragons - “Radioactive” (5.5 million)
4. Florida Georgia Line - “Cruise” (4.69 million)
5. Lorde - “Royals” (4.42 million)
6. Katy Perry - “Roar” (4.41 million)
7. P!nk - “Just Give Me A Reason” ft. fun’s Nate Ruess (4.32 million)
8. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - “Can’t Hold Us” (4.26 million)
9. Bruno Mars - “When I Was Your Man” (3.93 million)
10. Rihanna - “Stay” (3.85 million)

Gonna try to do this #JanuaryRecordADay thing…the first one is any record you want, so makes sense to me to start with the first Bad Timing Records release of 2014 and an album that I love a lot.

Valencia - We All Need A Reason To Believe

Gonna try to do this #JanuaryRecordADay thing…the first one is any record you want, so makes sense to me to start with the first Bad Timing Records release of 2014 and an album that I love a lot.

Valencia - We All Need A Reason To Believe

Things in Lists

Because you haven’t read enough of these yet….

1. The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation

I wrote about this one for Fuse’s end of the year list, which I won’t paste in its entirety because it’s pretty long. But here is a clip:

If you’re not a pop-punk fan, I’d suggest forgetting every preconceived notion you have about the genre; with its versatile musicianship and lyricism that should strike a chord with teenagers as easily as listeners heading into their 30s, ‘The Greatest Generation’ will apply a sledgehammer to what you think you know about this type of music and give you an album that you can connect to for years to come.

2. Have Mercy - The Earth Pushed Back

I also blurbed about this one for Fuse

The quiet-loud-quiet-loud-quiet-very loud structure works well on ‘The Earth Pushed Back,’ as Have Mercy’s dual vocalists take turns either yelping for their lyrical lives or barely whispering love songs. If I were to instruct any stranger to listen to only one album that came out in 2013, this would, without a doubt, be that album.

3. Red City Radio - Titles

This is the only album on my top 5 that I haven’t already written about this year. But I have perhaps listened to it more than any other album on this list. For those reading who don’t know, I’m the label manager for Paper + Plastick Records – and Red City Radio is, in personal taste, my favorite band on the label along with Pentimento. I listened to ‘Titles’ throughout multiple mixing stages, throughout the mastering process and finally in the final form that we presented it to the rest of the world – and by the time I heard that final version, I was already in love with these songs. If you like throaty punk rock but have a penchant for catchy hooks, this album is a must-listen. It’s good in every season, too.

4. Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We’re Missing

This is one of the few albums that I wrote a proper review for this year:

Rock and roll music confronts struggle, life, death, love, loss, relationships of all types, situations real and imaginary. We listen and strongly relate to stories told through the eyes of characters we’ll never meet, filtered through the lens of someone’s mind which we’ll never fully understand. It’s a beautiful thing this music presents us with, the chance to explicitly escape reality while simultaneously being our best weapon to confront it. While electronic music and radio pop often find themselves fixed in the permanent present…rock and roll knows no hour. It’s as limitless and boundless as anything in this world can be, and ‘The Things We Think We’re Missing’ illuminates that beautifully.”

5. Moving Mountains - Moving Mountains

Here’s a clip from what I wrote for the AP.net staff list:

Earlier this year, I attempted to write a review for this album and utterly failed. Is it enough to call it “pretty”? Ambitious? Devastating? It’s near-perfect in many ways; while it’s not as explosive as ‘Waves’ or other earlier MovMou material, it’s almost impossible to tell that the band hasn’t been operating in this exact wheelhouse for its entire career. … The guitars are riffy when they need to be (the end of “Seasonal” is jaw-dropping) and provide ambience when they’re supposed to. The vocals are used either for cutting lyricism or simply as an additional instrument in the ether. The drums provide the jam backbone when we need them to and they’re soothingly electronic when it fits. Nary will you hear such desperate-sounding musicianship in spots, either – it’s a true rarity for music to sound as emotional as lyricism, but that’s the case in many songs on this record. Since I can’t really say anything bad about this album – I really think it’s a masterpiece of a record and nothing short – I’ll just shut up and ask you to listen for yourself.”

6. Less Than Jake - See The Light
7. A Wilhelm Scream - Partycrasher
8. Polar Bear Club - Death Chorus
9. Modern Baseball - Sports
10. Daylight - Jar

11. Shad - Flying Colours
12. Paramore - Paramore
13. The Swellers - The Light Under Closed Doors
14. The Flatliners - Dead Language
15. Light Years - I Won’t Hold This Against You

16. Defeater - Letters Home
17. Into It. Over It. - Intersections
18. The World Is A Beautiful Place… - Whenever, If Ever
19. Fall Out Boy - Save Rock & Roll
20. The Story So Far - What You Don’t See

Additionally, every year I try to do something with my EOTY lists that you don’t see all that often. For the past couple years, I’ve picked out some records from the previous year that my opinion has changed on with another year of listening. This will be a bit more fleshed out when the AP.net staff releases individual lists in January.

Albums From 2012 That I Was Wrong About

The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

Um….overrated….kinda. I love this album – a year later, I no longer think it’s better than The ‘59 Sound, but I do still love it. It’s only on this list because I wouldn’t have it No. 1 from 2012 anymore…and if you look down at the next part of this list, you’ll see where I re-ranked it. 

Basement – Colourmeinkindness

Underrated. I DIDN’T RANK THIS LAST YEAR! Why did I not listen to this album really at all in 2012?! I don’t know. I am really dumb. This record is so good. It took Daylight’s ‘Jar’ to make me come back to ‘Colourmeinkindness,’ and for that I really thank Daylight.

2012 Top 10, Redone

Here’s how my 2012 list would look if I did it today. The parentheses indicate where I had the album ranked last year.

1. (2) The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
2. (3) Pentimento – Pentimento 
3. (1) The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
4. (4) Yellowcard – Southern Air
5. (5) Hostage Calm – Please Remain Calm

6. (unranked) Basement - Colourmeinkindess
7. (8) Japandroids – Celebration Rock
7. (unranked) You Blew It! – Grow Up, Dude
8. (14) All Time Low – Don’t Panic
9. (7) Make Do And Mend – Everything That You Ever Loved
10. (6) Daytrader – Twelve Years

Reblogged: Beyoncé Wins Most Punk Artist Of 2013

propertyofzack:

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by Thomas Nassiff

"New rules," right? Jay-Z set a bar this year when he announced Magna Carta Holy Grail two weeks before its release date, selling Samsung one million units and earning himself a platinum record before any marketing had begun. 

But his wife might have just one-upped him.

After almost an entire calendar year of teasing her massively loyal fanbase (and the rest of us) with clipscommercial appearances and generally not saying anything at all about her new album during her entire world tour (she also cut her hair!), Beyonce drops a new 14-song album at midnight on Friday the 13th with 14 accompanying music videos. Oh, and HOV, Drake and Frank Ocean all make appearances. OH, and Columbia Records said this week that her new album would be dropping in 2014. So much for that…

It’s December. The music industry, as it does every year, is about to go on hiatus for half a month. The Christmas albums have come out and the Grammy nominations are already here. No one releases new music this close to the new year for many reasons – one major reason is that Internet traffic dies during the holiday season, meaning that online marketing has a limited reach. 

But when your marketing strategy costs zero dollars, who gives a fuck about that? Putting a new album on iTunes doesn’t cost anything. Releasing a 14-song album with 14 music videos comes with its production costs, sure, but this thing costs $16 online. And here’s a prediction – Queen Bey will chime in on this week’s Soundscan reports with sales around the 500K mark (and maybe more), even though she has a 3-day disadvantage by dropping the self-titled LP on a Friday instead of a traditional Tuesday.

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I wrote this before the album finished.