Sponsor: Your Favorite Record: ‘Take This To Your Grave’

Your Favorite Record

A message from this week’s sponsor:

Welcome to Your Favorite Record, a podcast where I talk to the designer behind the album artwork. Hear the stories straight from the source of what it was like to create the art behind some of your favorite records.

In this first episode, we sit down with Mike Joyce, the designer behind Fall Out Boy’s debut album Take This to Your Grave. An iconic record for Fall Out Boy fans and music fans alike. We talk the entire design process for the record, fonts used and why, the almost album cover options, the almost album names, and what it was like to work with the band at the beginning of their career.

Huge thank you to Mike Joyce for taking the time to sit down and chat with me to chat about this pivotal record. You can find and support Mike at stereotypenyc.com and at swissted.com.

I created this podcast because I was inspired by album art at a very early age, in fact this record (TTTYG) specifically is the reason I turned to design and wanted to be a graphic designer who worked in the music industry. This is a subject near and dear to my heart as a fan and as someone who is genuinely curious on the meaning and inner workings of album artwork.

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Sponsor: Rockwell Social Release New Single “Hopes Low”

Rockwell Social

This week’s sponsor is Rockwell Social, who just released the new song “Hopes Low” to all streaming platforms.

The submitted copy made me laugh: “New song from an old man. Aging pop-punker pop-punks again against family’s wishes.”

Ain’t that how it always is. Kyle, the “aging pop-punker,” also hosts a podcast called “Finding Emo.”

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Sponsor: MxPx to Release New Single, Livestream Friday

MxPx - Sponsor

This Friday, April 16th the long awaited MxPx single, “Can’t Keep Waiting,” will be available on all streaming platforms. “Can’t Keep Waiting” was first played live on the “Between This World and the Next” series. The fans got to see the song change and take shape every stream until it became what the band will be releasing at the end of the week. Pre-save “Can’t Keep Waiting” on Spotify.

To celebrate the release of “Can’t Keep Waiting,” as well as the sold out vinyl record box set, MxPx has also announced an All Request, Live Show on the internet, slated for April 16th, 2021 at 6:30pm PDT. The event will be streaming for FREE simultaneously on mxpx.com as well as the band’s FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Youtube accounts.

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Sponsor: Learning Curve – “Crack a Smile” Video

Learning Curve

Learning Curve have released a video for their new song “Crack a Smile.”

The band are two folks from the Cleveland area that met because their day jobs were next to each other, and that led to them talking about music, and going to shows and writing some music together. This new song is about wrestling with and searching for hope in dark times. It comes from the upcoming debut EP, Centerpiece, due out this spring.

RIYL: Indie pop.rock, power-pop, with just a tinge of pop-punk.

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Sponsor: Mordialloc Ducks Baseball Club Release New Caps


This week’s sponsor is near and dear to my heart.

Let me introduce you to the Mordialloc Ducks Baseball Club from Australia and the two new baseball caps that are now up for sale. And, to learn even more about them, here’s an introduction in their own words:

We’re the Mordialloc Ducks Baseball Club, the Little Baseball Club That Could. Based in the South-East suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, we’re a small amateur not-for-profit baseball club that focuses on growing baseball through socially enjoyable games rather than highly-competitive coaching. Half of our players had never played baseball before, but they’ve fallen in love with it.

Because we are the Little Baseball Club That Could, we sometimes do fun and audacious things that usually only the big clubs do, like creating highlight videos and designing New Era caps. We’ve had two 59FIFTY caps created, one with our on-field cap logo, and the other celebrating our mascot Quack Daniels, which we are selling through our website.

The team was founded in 2018 by a longtime AbsolutePunk and Chorus reader, and if you’d like to know more, you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Sponsor: American Thrills Release “Discount Casket”

American Thrills

American Thrills have released their new single “Discount Casket.” Check it out on Spotify.

This is the first track off of their upcoming sophomore EP, Old Things, which will be released on April 16th via New School Records (No Trigger/Twenty2) and Cat’s Claw Records (Bracket/Houseghost). The record will have a limited vinyl and cassette run and was recorded with Chris Teti (TWIABP/Hostage Calm).

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Sponsor: Post/War Release New Album


Post/War battle growing pains and the isolation of youth in their debut LP, Violet Light and a Hum, which is now streaming on all platforms. Violet Light and a Hum is an album that catalogs early adulthood’s experiences, the loss of love, lack of security, and the value of having people in your life. It’s inspired by the sad and aggressive music they were exposed to as teenagers, and the sound is a blend of indie alt-rock and the greatest hits of the Hot Topic t-shirt era. With heavy hitting nostalgia and catharsis, Post/War makes a grand entrance screaming their poignant refrain: you are nothing without the people you love.

RIYL: Citizen, Teenage Wrist, Thrice

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