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This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast covers such topics as: 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 how I found a whole bunch of my old reviews in the archive and debate what I should do with them. Is it ok to make edits? Is it ok to keep them on my hard-drive and let them just fade away? What about a director's commentary version? How does reflecting on and reading your past writing influence your current and future writing? Can we just pretend that my Your Favorite Weapon review doesn't exist? (Yes.) We end with a news lightning round covering Rise Records being sold, Fireworks and Polar Bear Club going on hiatus, and NFG and YC going on tour. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below. Want to make sure you never miss an episode? You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, via your own RSS feed reader, on SoundCloud, via Overcast, or on Stitcher. You can also find all of our previous episodes archived on our podcast page, iTunes and SoundCloud. Hosts: Thomas Nassiff Jason Tate Show Notes: Jason saw Paramore play. Thomas saw them a couple weeks ago. Are they the best live band from this “scene” right now? One of Jason and Thomas’s collective favorite shows, Mad Men, is over now. We talk about that a bit. Who won the World Series? The Start Today series on PropertyOfZack (and Thomas’s contribution) sparked an interesting Twitter conversation. Do people need a column to tell them where to start listening to an established artist? Why don’t they just click play? Do music nerds (like us) think about delving into an established artist’s catalog in a different way? Do we feel an obligation to not listen to just one Beatles album — but ALL the Beatles albums? That ties into something we’ve discussed before — do album reviews matter? For us, it’s about building a connection with a reviewer (or a reviewer building a connection with his or her audience), developing trust. After that connection is built, does the review still matter? Or is it just the “yes” or “no” recommendation? Is reviewing selfish? Jason just dug a bunch of old album reviews that he wrote out of the archive graveyard. Should he re-publish them? Is he allowed to edit them if he does? If he is allowed to edit, should it be grammar only? Thomas recommends a “director’s commentary” type of feature. News lightning round! **laser sounds** Rise Records sold to BMG for lots of money. Fireworks and Polar Bear Club are on hiatus now. New Found Glory and Yellowcard are doing a co-headline tour, and releasing a 7”. They’re covering each other (newer songs). Thomas Recommends: The Pixar Story, Jurassic Park (those are both movies, like, c’mon). Jason Recommends: Paramore’s whole catalog, Mad Max, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Have a question or topic you'd like us to cover on a future episode? Leave a message in this thread or tweet with #AskAP. If you like the podcast, could you please rate and review us on iTunes? It really does help. Also, if you have any feedback or questions for us to discuss in next week's episode, please let us know in this thread. Thank you. Want to sponsor?Interested in sponsoring an episode of the podcast? This is a great way to reach our loyal audience about an album or song release, special merch sale, upcoming tour ... or even an app, service, or product to sell. We can even do things like play a portion of your song and have our hosts talk a little bit about it and give thoughts. Each sponsorship also comes with a link in the podcast post right here on the homepage. Email us for more information or find out availability here. (read full post)

Green Day To Headline NiFi Music Fest

Green Day will be headlining the NiFi Music Fest in August. Submitted by LukeOfSuburbia (read full post)

U2's Tour Manager, Dennis Sheehan, Passes Away

U2's tour manager's, Dennis Sheehan, was found dead in his hotel room in Los Angeles. Submitted by LukeOfSuburbia (read full post)

Bob Morris From The Hush Sound Starts Le Swish

Bob Morris from The Hush Sound has a new band called Le Swish. (read full post)

Fun Fun Fun Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for this years Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX has been announced. It's in the replies. Submitted by Cameronisonfire (read full post)

Max Martin Scores 20th Number One Single

Max Martin has scored his 20th number one single with Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood." Martin remains in third place among songwriters with the most No. 1s in the Hot 100's 56-year history. He trails only Paul McCartney, with 32 No. 1s, and John Lennon (26). (read full post)

Lydia Working With Colby Wedgeworth and Aaron Marsh on New Album

Lydia will be working with Colby Wedgeworth and Aaron Marsh on their next album, tentatively set for a fall release. “Devil is way happy … Devil was very much a summer record. The next one will be, in my opinion, very much a fall record. We’re going to release it right around the fall, and I feel like … Devil is like ‘Yeah, let’s go to a pool party,” Keller explains while his band mates erupt into laughter at his word choice. “The new record is going to be like ‘Let’s go to a park and watch the leaves fall or some shit. It’s a little moodier. That’s my piece.” (read full post)

Stream Chuck Ragan and Rocky Votolato Split

Chuck Ragan and Rocky Votolato's split, Kindred Spirit, can be streamed in the replies via AVClub. (read full post)

Brand New to Play Oppikoppi Festival

Brand New will be playing the Oppikoppi festival in South Africa on August 9th. They've also put up pre-sale for some Texas dates. (read full post)

Waster Sign With No Sleep Records

Waster have signed to No Sleep Records for the release of their new EP, SKRWD, due out September 4th. (read full post)