IN THE RAG
Donnas guitarist Allison Robertson faced off with L7 chairwoman Donita Sparks to gossip over hot boys, designer drugs and being slaves to rock ’n’ roll. Aww, who do we think we’re kidding? More like high school talent shows, The Sound Of Music and Kurt Cobain....
YEAR IN REVIEW
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was an age where Good Charlotte’s Joel Madden was able to reproduce. Who knew? Alien spawn aside, 2007 has officially come to a close and we couldn’t say farewell without asking our editors to throw in their two cents about what they loved-and hated-this year. To see how your picks stack up, check out our READERS POLL, EDITOR LISTS and HOMETOWN HEROES.
It seems like everybody has an opinion about Paramore. We know AP readers sure do, as they voted them Best Band Of 2007. Jonah Bayer sits down with the members to discuss everything from mindless haters to crises of faith to the art of coping with accelerated adolescence
COHEED AND CAMBRIA
Anxiety, drug problems and other uncertainties threatened to destroy America’s favorite science-fiction-obsessed neo-classic rockers. Fortunately, the members of Coheed tidied up their own universe before taking on the world once more.
INCOMING: LOVE LETTERS, HATE MAIL & SOUND ADVICE
AP’s very own Mike Shea discusses the state of the scene in Op-Ed; and everyone from the Academy Is... to Saves The Day (and you, of course) tell us if they prefer digital downloads or hard copies of albums in the AP Poll.
We preview albums from Bullet For My Valentine, the Mars Volta and more; and In The Studio checks up on Murder By Death, Russian Circles and Story Of The Year.
Before you can D.I.W.A.T.O.H.P.C (do it with a team of high-priced cronies) you have to D.I.Y. We won’t tell anyone that you use our AP: DIY section for help. This month we’ve got tips, tricks and traps to avoid from members of Between The Buried And Me, Blessthefall, Gym Class Heroes and Set Your Goals, along with the techs and other experts who keep ’em running smoothly. AP&R has eight more unsigned bands you need to know now; Chalkboard Confessional talks inspiration with Nick 13 of Tiger Army; Daytrotter gets the Company Profile treatment; and Fuse VJ Steven stresses the importance of punctuality in his AP-exclusive Untitled Rock Column.
If you’re not already listening to Louis XIV, Jet Lag Gemini and Girl In A Coma, we won’t tell. But, while no one’s looking, you better load ’em up on your iPod, stat!
Allow us to introduce you to some of the hottest gear burning up our closets. This month, get to know Glamour Kills and a ton of winter goodies. Plus, we realize that looking good isn’t just about your duds; it’s also about your ’do... And your makeup... And your nails... You get the picture.
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 Shannyn Sossoman, AJ Buckley and the rest of what’s new and hot in theaters and DVD players this month.
Worried about shedding those unsightly holiday pounds? Us too. That’s why The AP Record Store is here to provide some new jams for your workout regiment, including new discs from Simple Plan, Cat Power, Moros Eros, Saviours, Carbon/Silicon, Dri, Sham 69, Aloha, Saul Williams, Tusk and more; our In-Store Sessions with the Playing Favorites and Protest The Hero are sure to get you back on that treadmill; our classic-rock and classic-punk columns on Mountain and Amebix are like Sweatin’ To The Oldies, but enjoyable; and if you sign up for a three-month membership today, we’ll throw in free consultations from Collector’s Corner, Playlist and Listening Station.
10 ESSENTIAL ALBUMS OF 2007
Sure, you already know Tim’s gonna pick Thrice, Rachel’s gonna pick Wilco, Scott’s gonna pick Minus The Bear, Leslie’s gonna pick Tegan And Sara, and Jason’s gonna pick some band with an offensive name. But can you guess the rest of our favorite albums of the past 365 days?