AP 226 featuring Saosin, Bright Eyes, The Oral History of Botch, and AP's Annual Health & Fitness Special
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COVER STORY: SAOSIN
This band of post-hardcore brothers from different mothers are constantly pushing and shoving each other toward greatness. With a determined work ethic and diehard fans, Saosin’s long haul to the top is getting shorter every day.
AP’S ANNUAL HEALTH & FITNESS SPECIAL
Unfortunately, not all of us have the freakish metabolism of, say, AP associate editor and Long John Silver’s enthusiast Tim Karan. (And, no, he doesn’t weigh 678 lbs.) For those who actually partake in aerobic activities and eat non-processed food on a daily basis, we offer up some expert advice on how to keep-and stay-healthy.
THE ORAL HISTORY OF BOTCH
Before you swore Underoath or said hello Norma Jean, this Washington state mathcore unit were bringing both the noise and the fury. J. Bennett lets those in and around Botch tell the story.
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES
While there were times when the men of FATA might’ve considered putting a revolving door in their practice space, nobody expected their frontman might want to use it. The result: The band’s best record yet.
From master tapes to a master cleanse, Conor Oberst has re-evaluated his entire worldview-and it sounds pretty damn great from here.
Seven years ago, these Northeast Ohio pop-punks built a career around God, guts and goofiness. Today, they’ve learned to let up in places.
Pop-punk’s favorite millionaire whipping boys still can’t get a break. But it’s cool: Turns out they never wanted one, anyway.
This decade-running, New England-based metal outfit wear their Iron Maiden shirts proudly and irony-free. Death to false metal, indeed!
Indiana Jones might have said, “It’s not the years, it’s the mileage,” but it could very well have come from the notebook of Leo, one of the American underground’s brightest talents.
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE
Kaddisfly frontman Christopher Ruff touts the benefits of music education in Op-Ed; and everyone from Panic! At The Disco to Mastadon (and you, of course) tell us if music videos are still relevant in the AP Poll.
NEW RELEASES/IN THE STUDIO
We preview albums from Nine Inch Nails, the Dear Hunter and more; and In The Studio spies on Bad Religion, Motion City Soundtrack and Paramore.
Our AP: DIY section is an exclusive guide for budding musicians, complete with even more exclusive pointers from rockers who’ve been around the block. This month, we get up close and personal with members of Sparta, Fear Before The March Of Flames, the New Trust and the Transit War and Atlantic Records A&R manager Mollie Moore. AP&R introduces you to four unsigned acts you should know; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration with KenAndrews; BYO Records gets the Label Profile treatment; Disclothesure gets everyone United; and Fuse VJ Steven serves us tidbits from the frontline of this year’s Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour in his AP-exclusive Untitled Rock Column.
Welcome to our newly revamped Screening section. Please turn off all cell phones. Keep talking to a minimum, as not to disturb your fellow readers. Also, be sure to throw away all garbage in the receptacles provided. Now, sit back and enjoy our feature presentation which includes some quality face time with Human Giant, Margarita Leviera, Marley Shelton and the rest of what’s new and hot in theaters and DVD players this month.
The AP Record Store has officially caught spring fever, bringing you the straight poop on new albums from Modest Mouse, Nekromantix, Limbeck, William Tell, the Chariot, Panda Bear, the Tossers, Poison The Well, the Academy Is..., Kings Of Leon and more; Sundowner, Haste The Day, Hot Rod Circuit, Grinderman and El-P all pay us a visit for some In-Store Sessions; the Doobie Brothers and the Adverts get respectively eviscerated and enamored in our classic-rock and classic-punk columns; plus, pay close attention to Playlist, Collector’s Cornerand Listening Station to get the full slate of tunes for the month.
10 ESSENTIAL post-hardcore albums of the ’90s
Sure, the term “post-hardcore” is thrown around as often as Britney Spears’ umbrella nowadays, but here we break down just where the phrase came from-and what bands defined it.