Rancid Good Charlotte Give Up The Ghost Mindless Self Indulgence Lamb Of God Less Than Jake
#180 – March 2010
In the past five years, America’s favorite punks have weathered so many personal hardships, they could’ve taken a permanent vacation. Tom Lanham learns about the truth in advertising behind the title of Rancid’s new album, Indestructible.
DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE: A.P.’S DIY ISSUE
Doesn’t matter if you make your statement with a pen, a guitar, a camera or a sewing machine; you’re still reacting against current choices.” This month, we solicit sage advice from people in the worlds of underground film, publishing, fashion and music to help you get your creativity off the couch and onto the road.
Forget Home Economics: E.C. Star, Merch Lackey and Breakdance America tell you how to go from basement chic to boutique.
Hollywood isn’t all about connections and casting couches. Mike White, Lance Bangs and Nikki Reed prove that filmmaking is still an art form-not a tick on a 15-minute stopwatch.
The revolution may not be televised, but it will be printed-if our all-star panel has anything to do with it. We host roundtable discussions with the zinesters behind Hit It Or Quit It, Slave, Chunklet, Hanging Like A Hex and Verbicide, and indie publishing companies AK Press, Feral House, Akashic Books and Soft Skull Press to find out why publishing is such a vital part of punk culture.
ASK THE EXPERTS
Ready to tour, make a record, get signed or have swag made? We have industry experts answer your FAQs and offer the straight advice on how to get your rock on.
SYMPATHY FOR EVERYONE
For over a decade, Long Gone John’s Sympathy For The Record Industry label has given the world crucial discs from Bad Religion, Hole, the Donnas and the White Stripes. And here’s why he does it.
PAY NO MINDLESS
DIY electro-pricks Mindless Self Indulgence offer more support for your endeavors than one of your granddad’s high-school jockstraps.
WHAT A DISCHORD WORLD IT COULD BE
Dischord Records co-founder Ian MacKaye confirms why many start-up label founders use the seminal DC label as a valid role model. THE UPS AND DOWN OF GRAVITY In the mid-’90s, this groundbreaking San Diego indie label would’ve ignited the sparks that influenced today’s screamo scene. And in a mere three years, it was all over.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US
A.P.’s fearless leader, Mike Shea, looks up from his iBook long enough to thank all of you for coming to our 18th Anniversary party.
We preview upcoming discs from Type O Negative, Eve 6, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Year Of The Rabbit, the Dandy Warhols and Sense Field; get in-the-studio updates from Strike Anywhere, the Rapture and Sugarcult; and list over 100 new CDs to rock while your DIY self keeps it real.
The A.P. Poll asks if indie record stores are on the way out; Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden takes on lovers and haters; Give Up The Ghost wake up from a legal Nightmare; Wire and Buddyhead go head to head; Anti-Flag show us how to stage a political protest; Lamb Of God lead the new wave of American heavy metal; and Andrew W.K. goes to summer camp. All that plus gossip, games and a look at the most DIY artist in America-nope, it ain’t Fugazi.
While Cillian Murphy bares all for us 28 Days Later, and Justin Theroux opens a can of whoopass in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, we crash the studios for a look at what’s new in theaters and DVDs.
None More Black speak; the Sun freak; and Four Tet tweak. Plus nine more mix-CD additions in the Lowdown.
Loved by many, hated by more and just plain perplexing to everyone else, the San Diego electro-grind ensemble strive to enrapture and annoy ear owners everywhere.
SKATERS WHO DON’T SHRED
All these years, skate culture has ingrained ultra-fast punk and hip-hop soundtracks into rail riding. Grandaddy, the Oranges Band, Mt. Egypt, Thrasher photographer Nik Freitas and Tommy Guerrero are opting to change the sound of skating.
The A.P. Record Store rocks, rates and reviews new discs from the Mars Volta, NOFX, Radiohead, Darkest Hour, the New Pornographers, Dropkick Murphys and more; Less Than Jake and Death In Vegas stop by for In-Store Sessions; plus, Reissues, and we tell you who in A.P.’s art department can’t get enough Davey Havok in this month’s Listening Station.
A.P.’S READER SURVEY
Tell us everything we want to know, and nobody gets hurt. Oh, what the hey-we’ll throw in some swag, too…
10 ESSENTIAL DIY SOUNDTRACKS
We give it up for 10 of the best CDs, EPs and Web leaks that haven’t just celebrated DIY culture; sometimes, they’ve even launched whole movements.