IN THE RAG
It seems that everybody has an opinion about Bergen county, New Jersey’s most famous post-emo quintet. AP sets the record straight for the band’s ardent fans, as well as for those cynics who couldn’t accomplish as much when they were the same age.
THE 2004 AP READERS POLL RESULTS
Our readers’ opinions are as unique as they are-which, of course, means we can expect a ton of message-board fighting over this year’s AP Readers Poll results. But, hey, at least the majority of you can agree that Green Day still rules.
THE BIG TAKEOVER
In this annual special, AP’s editors turn over a chunk of the magazine to the folks who make it happen-the readers, of course-and we not only print your questions for the bands we’re interviewing; we find out something about the people asking those questions, too.
Bright Eyes main man Conor Oberst starts his year with the release of two contrasting albums of multi-directional catharsis and the realization that the whole of his creative life is greater than the sum of the parts the media latches onto.
48 HOURS WITH JIMMY EAT WORLD
Photographer Stewart Isbell rode along with Jimmy Eat World as the band took New York City by storm, from Webster Hall to The Late Show With David Letterman. You weren’t there? Here’s what you missed, complete with commentary from the Jimmys.
We go In The Studio with Ben Folds, Boy Sets Fire and Vendetta gray2, and preview over 100 new discs just itching for some of that leftover Festivus money to be spent on them.
The AP Poll mashes together morals and music; Punk Voter answers the question “What Next?”; Thrice drummer Riley Breckenridge gives his monthly music lesson; Sum 41’s Dave Brownsound takes us to guitar school; John Feldmann of Goldfinger turns up his nose at our stinky cheese; Hawthorne Heights’ JT Woodruff lets us inside his head; the Black Maria, Mae and Cattle Decapitation make this month’s Low Profiles a study in opposites; and Built By Wendy builds a better wardrobe. And that’s just the first few pages...
Joseph Fiennes makes Shakespeare proud-and wears tights-in The Merchant Of Venice; Jennifer Hall don’t need no stinkin’ cue cards in Unscripted; director Doug Gray promotes the great grunge Hype!; and we preview the cinematic winter parkas adding extra heat and insulation in theaters and DVD players this month.
Forget Amoeba; the AP Record Store is the only place where you can get expert opinions on brand-spankin’-new releases from Bright Eyes, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Camera Obscura, Hopesfall, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Sage Francis, the Plain White T’s and more; In-Store Sessions with Strung Out and the Shins; righteous reissues in Collector’s Corner; and our staff’s iTunes favorites in Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL ALBUMS OF 2004 Like our readers, AP’s editors can at least agree to disagree on the sounds that move ’em, as evidenced by our year-end list of the past 12 months’ best music.