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Nothing Personal

All Time LowBeginning at around 3:30pm eastern time Tuesday, pop punk homeboys All Time Low began quite the Twitter storm with two simple words: Nothing Personal.  From their own twitter accounts, singer/guitarist Alex Gaskarth, guitarist Jack Barakat, and drummer Rian Dawson (bassist Zack Merrick seems to be missing on Twitter thus far) began firing tweets in rapid succession. In true ATL fashion, most of them were just dirty insults directed at band members and friends. However, each message ended with the words: “Nothing Personal.” The gimmick exploded in popularity, gaining attention from teenage girls everywhere and even drawing tweets from Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, as well as Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and +44.

Finally, some eight hours and countless Fail Whale sightings later, Gaskarth, Barakat and Dawson simultaneously tweeted a link to Gaskarth’s MySpace page. In his blog, Gaskarth  explains that Nothing Personal is actually the title of ATL’s new album, which is due for release in July. The guys went on to tweet a link to AbsolutePunk.net where fans can listen to an exclusive leak of the track “Weightless” off of the upcoming Hopeless Records release. According to the blog post, Nothing Personal became a “top key word on the site” (Twitter). In all, ATL pulled off pulled off a pretty decent scheme to build hype for their new album, for being a bunch of Baltimore suburban clowns–nothing personal.

All Time Low next appears in the area as part of Fall Out Boy’s Believers Never Die Part Deux Tour. They’ll join Metro Station, Cobra Starship and Hey Monday at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on April 25.

In newish music news, listen to the lastest releases from Ace Enders & a Million Different People, New Found Glory, This Providence, and You Me And Everyone We Know, you’ll thank yourself.

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Facts and Fiction

The Downtown Fiction w/Parachute & The Goodnight Anthem @ Jammin' Java 4/10The Daily Chorus has reported that Fairfax,VA’s The Downtown Fiction has been causing quite the stir as of late. Their self-titled EP debuted on iTunes’ top 30 albums of last week. And if you thought that things couldn’t get any sweeter for the local trio, TDF also debuted at #93 on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart. I admittedly have no idea what  it takes to get on the Billboard HeatSeeker chart, but I assume that its quite an acheivement. The band, comprised of Cameron Leahy on guitar/vocals, David Pavluk on bass/vocals, and Eric Jones on drums/samples, will make their next local appearance at Jammin’ Java in Fairfax with Parachute (ex-Sparky’s Flaw, Parachute VA) and The Goodnight Anthem. I got a chance to meet Pavluk last year at Jammin Java where he worked and also performed with his former band, The Midnight Appointment. I wish him and his band the best, and hopefully I’ll be able to see them when they’re in town.

In other news, I was able to catch Tim Be Told when they played at Ebenezer’s Coffee House in DC. It was a great show and fun to watch. If anyone has heard that they may be changing their name to either Luan Be Told or Jim Be Told, that’s completely untrue.

Finally, look out for new releases next Tuesday, March17. St. Patrick’s Day album drops include Where Are You Now by This Providence, I Am The Hint by The Hint, and When I Hit The Ground by Ace Enders & a Million Different People. I’ve been looking forward to This Providence’s new album since the release of The Bright Lights EP in October 2008, and I’ve been a fan of Ace Enders since The Early November‘s beginnings. Justin Goldberg of SupJustin.com had some good words for Ace’s latest effort on his Twitter account.



Drop It Like It’s March

Not Without a FightNow that March is here, let’s look ahead to some highly anticipated albums that will be dropping this month. New Found Glory is set to release their sixth studio album, Not Without a Fight, on March 10. But if you’re like me and count all of NFG’s EPs and things like From the Screen to Your Stereo 1 & 2, than it’s really their 17th or so album. This will be the Coral Springs, FL easycore outfit’s first release on Epitaph Records since signing with the label last September. New Found Glory set the stage for pop-punk/emo rock music earlier in the decade as part of a heavily touted Drive-Thru Records lineup that also included the likes of Finch, Something Corporate, as well as The Starting Line. Currently finishing their tour of Japan, the band will return to the States shortly and begin touring the US with Bayside, Set Your Goals and Shai Hulud. NFG is also scheduled to appear at this year’s Bamboozle in May before a short stint of European shows.

Who Are You Now?Fueled By Ramen’s This Providence will release their sophomore effort, titled Who Are You Now? on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. This album follows the release of The Bright Lights EP back in October of last year. The quartet, fighting out of Seattle, WA, are currently on the Snakes & Suits Acoustic Tour in support of The Academy Is… with Evan Taubenfeld. Following Snakes & Suits, This Providence will slither into Washington, DC next on April 24 with Copeland, Paper Route and Brooke Waggoner. Check out the new single, “Letdown,” on TP’s MySpace.

Finally in other news, the band that was formerly known as Sparky’s Flaw is now formerly known as Parachute VA. The band confirmed via Twitter that they have indeed dropped the VA from their moniker, and are now simply, Parachute.  The band cites legal reasons for originally including the VA in their name.



JM for the Eyes, TP for the Ears

Quick update here with new video and music.

Jack’s Mannequin filmed performances of three tracks off their new album, The Glass Passenger for liveDaily Sessions. The session features acoustic versions of “Annie Use Your Telescope,” “Bloodshot,” and their latest single “The Resolution.” Download the mp3 version of all three performances using this link, and Saving Link As…

Also, Fueled by Ramen‘s indie/rock group This Providence released their The Bright Lights EP yesterday. The EP has three brand new tracks, as well as a “renovated version” of the previously released song “My Beautiful Rescue.”

Both bands are currently on tour and will be playing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. Hammers and Strings: An Evening With Jack’s Mannequin and The Glass Passenger, with special guests Fun & Treaty Of Paris, will visit on Nov 20. The show is not yet listed on the 9:30 Club website, but tickets are available here. Meanwhile This Providence is supporting Reliant K on their Uncle Fest Tour and will appear in DC on Oct 21.