#240 – February 2010
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BLOOD RUNS DEEP: 23 BANDS WHO SHAPED PUNK
This month, we’re marking our 23rd anniversary by taking a look through punk’s back pages to salute some of the bands whose work has (either prominently or covertly) influenced the scene today. In addition to short profiles on such crucial bands as BLACK FLAG, BAD BRAINS, FUGAZI, CRO-MAGS, EARTH CRISIS, BUZZCOCKS,DESCENDENTS and many others, we also got dudes from your favorite bands to represent each of our choices. What do members of AFI, ALKALINE TRIO, FALL OUT BOY, PARAMORE, RISE AGAINST, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, ANTI-FLAG, JIMMY EAT WORLD and many others know that you don’t?
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
After two years and thousands of miles logged, the Black Parade has finally come to a close. Gerard Way talks to AP about their new DVD, the perils of touring and what the future holds for My Chem.
WE THE KINGS
It’s a long way from Bradenton, Florida, to the CBS Morning Show. The boys in We The Kings know that, and that’s why in their universe, infectious enthusiasm will always beat snotty jadedness.
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE
Ace Enders explains why change in the music biz isn’t always for the better in Op-Ed; and everyone fromPhantom Planet to Forever The Sickest Kids (and you, of course) tell us if you can judge an album by its cover in the AP Poll.
We preview albums from Alkaline Trio, Cute Is What We Aim For and more; and In The Studio checks up onDashboard Confessional, Rise Against and Senses Fail.
It’s a long way from your garage to Madison Square Garden (unless you live right next door), so if you’re planning a career in rocking and/or rolling, you’re gonna need all the advice you can get. This month, our AP: DIY section is overflowing with insider information from members and crew from the likes of Saosin, the Matches, Circa Survive, Architects, Hellogoodbye and Aiden. AP&R introduces you to eight unsigned bands who may not stay that way for long; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration with Alex Varkatzas of Atreyu; and Bad Cat Amps gets the Company Profile treatment.
Unless you’re listening to Does It Offend You, Yeah?, the Republic Tigers and Charlotte Sometimes, you cannot be tried as a cool person in a court of law.
Allow us to introduce you to some of the hottest gear burning up our closets. This month, get to know CardboardRobot and a whole slew of sunglasses. Plus, collect some essential products for surviving your favorite summer festivals.
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 Judah Friedlander, Chris Pratt and the rest of what’s new and hot in theaters and DVD players this month.
Kick off summer in the cool AC at the AP Record Store-you won’t be able to work on your tan, but you will be able to improve your music education with new albums from Weezer, 2*Sweet, Terror, We Are Scientists,Tilly And The Wall, the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet, H2O, Socratic, Wolftron, Dosh and more; our In-Store Sessions with the Cute Lepers, Shai Hulud, Spiritualized, and the Notwist are almost as refreshing as a glass of icy lemonade; our classic-rock and classic-punk columns on Night Ranger and the Eat equal a dip at the local pool; and Playlist, Collector’s Corner, Readers Chart and Listening Station are more fun than a Slip ’N Slide. Well, maybe not. C’mon. What’s more fun than a Slip ’N Slide?
10 ESSENTIAL “DISAPPOINTING” ALBUMS
You know that album that at the time it came out, you just really didn’t like-even if it was recorded by a really stellar band? But now, you look back on it and realize that album was actually really awesome? Yeah. Us, too. This month, we collect 10 essential supposedly “disappointing” albums that upon second (or 11th) listen, turned out to be gems.