Vinnie Caruana talked with Punkvideosrock about his solo album, Survivors Guilt, sleeping in the studio, finding a way to be a full-time musician, and a bit about The Movielife and what may be ahead.
Kanye West has released his video for “Wolves.”
Mayday Parade have been going strong for over ten years after their humble beginning in Tallahassee, Florida. The band is currently rocking their way across American on the Warped Tour. At the APMAs the band played alongside The Maine, with special guest Stephan Jenkins. I spoke briefly with the band about their success in this red carpet interview.
Light Years will be releasing an acoustic EP on September 9th through Rude Records. They’ve posted up a stream of “Let You Down.”
The Chainsmokers have released their new song “Closer” (feat. Halsey). Gotta love that Blink-182 reference.
Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface has gone platinum.
Twenty One Pilots celebrates its first million-selling album in the U.S., as Blurryface crosses the million sales mark. The album sold another 13,000 copies in the week ending July 21, according to Nielsen Music, bringing its total sales to 1.005 million.
Atmosphere have released their new song, “No Biggie.”
Refused have released a video for “Servants of Death” via Rolling Stone. The band will also be releasing a digital deluxe version of their last album, Freedom.
The video comes on the same day the band announces the “Digital Deluxe” version of Freedom. This edition features “Stolen Voices,” originally released as the bonus track of the Japanese version, and a live version of “Thought Is Blood.”
My Chemical Romance have shared “The Five of Us Are Dying” on Spotify and Apple Music. The song is an early version of “The Black Parade” and comes from their upcoming tenth anniversary release of the album of the same name.
The Bouncing Souls have released their video for “Up to Us.”
The Offspring has released their new song “Sharknado.” The track comes from the upcoming movie Sharknado: The 4th Awakens.
P.O.S has released the new track, “Wearing a Bear.” You can stream that below or on Apple Music.
Alex Morris, with a fantastic profile of Halsey for Rolling Stone:
She’s also, perhaps not coincidentally, really good at getting into stuff. A little more than two years ago, Halsey was not actually Halsey, she was Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, a 19-year-old community-college dropout, couch-surfing between basements in her native New Jersey and the Bed-Stuy/Lower East Side hovels of a badass, tatted-up crowd of “degenerate stoners” she met through her boyfriend two years before that, back when she was an arty, misfit high school kid taking AP classes and roaming the halls covered in paint. She’d gotten into the well-regarded Rhode Island School of Design, and then learned that she couldn’t afford to go. She’d found the college she could afford a waste of time.
This week’s main topic of Encore is focused on when we listen to music, and specifically: background music. Do we listen to music in the background while working? What about while doing other activities? What kind of music? What genres? Can we watch TV while working in the background? When do we listen to podcasts? And on top of that there’s talk about music’s role in our lives as we get older and grow up. What role does music have in our lives now? We also discuss some follow-up about last week’s Blink-182 episode, My Chemical Romance teasing things, Pokémon Go, and much more.
Also, we tease a special supporter bonus episode that is all about our “Top 3” pizza toppings and drinks. Supporters: that is now up in your awesome thread.
Levi Benton, lead singer of Miss May I, spoke with me briefly on the APMA red carpet about what’s up next for his band since signing to SharpTone Records.
I’m a big fan of the new Descendents album coming out today. We’ve also got releases from Billy Talent, Owen, and The Bouncing Souls coming out. If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.
The NPD is reporting that bluetooth headphone revenue has overtaken non-bluetooth headphone revenue for the first time:
According to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service, Bluetooth headphone revenue overtook non-Bluetooth for the first time in June accounting for 54 percent of headphone dollar sales and 17 percent of unit sales in the U.S.
The joy of not having a cord attached to my pocket is amazing. But Bluetooth still sucks, a lot. Trying to use multiple devices, not looking ridiculous with that behind-the-head cord, and the sound quality is still not there. Oh, and every time my phone doesn’t want to connect to the headphones I’m sure it’s punishing me for all the times I set it next to the charger instead of actually plugging it in because, what?, it’s not the boss of me.
My Chemical Romance will release The Black Parade / Living With Ghosts (10th Anniversary Edition) on September 23rd. The bundle is now up for order on the band’s website.
We’re currently booking up our sponsorship spots for the next few months, so, if you have a product or service you’d like to put in front of our audience, please reach out to me and let’s talk. We’ve been seeing some fantastic results with display ads and our feed sponsorships. I asked Creep Records’ owner William Angelos how the campaign we put together worked for him, and he had this to say:
I reached out to Chorus.fm when we signed JANK and I could not be happier. The new format has made ad space prominent and the click-through rate has been amazing. At the end of the day, we believed that if people heard JANK, they would love them. Chorus.fm helped immensely through their ads in getting people to give a new band a try. We will be using Chorus.fm for all future releases.
Our wonderful sponsors and amazing supporters have made the first four months of running Chorus feasible and exciting. Almost all of September is already booked up, but we have some openings in August and October and I’d love to get those filled up as well. I hope everyone is having a good day, I’m off to edit this week’s episode of Encore.1