A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Avalanche United is a 2011 studio album by the band I Am the Avalanche. "Holy Fuck" – 2:58 "Brooklyn Dodgers" – 3:06 "Amsterdam" – 2:59 "I'll Be Back Around" – 2:34 "Is This Really Happening?" – 3:08 "This One's On Me" – 2:32 "Dead Friends" – 3:49 "You've Got Spiders" – 2:23 "The Gravedigger's Argument" – 2:05 "Casey's Song" – 3:22 "The Place You Love Is Gone" – 2:45 "Gratitude" – 3:57 "Conan O'Brien" - 2:53 Vinnie Caruana – vocals Michael Ireland – guitar Kellen Robson – bass Brett "The Ratt" Romnes – drums Brandon Swanson – guitar
Alternative rock is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music; the term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, seen to be descended from punk rock. Alternative rock broadly consists of music that differs in terms of its sound, social context and regional roots. By the end of the 1980s, magazines and zines, college radio airplay, word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles such as noise pop, indie rock and shoegaze.
Most of these subgenres had achieved minor mainstream notice and a few bands representing them, such as Hüsker Dü and R. E. M. had signed to major labels. But most alternative bands' commercial success was limited in comparison to other genres of rock and pop music at the time, most acts remained signed to independent labels and received little attention from mainstream radio, television, or newspapers. With the breakthrough of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the 1990s, alternative rock entered the musical mainstream and many alternative bands became successful. In the past, popular music tastes were dictated by music executives within large entertainment corporations. Record companies signed contracts with those entertainers who were thought to become the most popular, therefore who could generate the most sales; these bands were able to record their songs in expensive studios, their works sold through record store chains that were owned by the entertainment corporations.
The record companies worked with radio and television companies to get the most exposure for their artists. The people making the decisions were business people dealing with music as a product, those bands who were not making the expected sales figures were excluded from this system. Before the term alternative rock came into common usage around 1990, the sort of music to which it refers was known by a variety of terms. In 1979, Terry Tolkin used the term Alternative Music to describe the groups. In 1979 Dallas radio station KZEW had a late night new wave show entitled "Rock and Roll Alternative". "College rock" was used in the United States to describe the music during the 1980s due to its links to the college radio circuit and the tastes of college students. In the United Kingdom, dozens of small do it yourself record labels emerged as a result of the punk subculture. According to the founder of one of these labels, Cherry Red, NME and Sounds magazines published charts based on small record stores called "Alternative Charts".
The first national chart based on distribution called the Indie Chart was published in January 1980. At the time, the term indie was used to describe independently distributed records. By 1985, indie' had come to mean a particular genre, or group of subgenres, rather than distribution status; the use of the term alternative to describe rock music originated around the mid-1980s. Individuals who worked as DJs and promoters during the 1980s claim the term originates from American FM radio of the 1970s, which served as a progressive alternative to top 40 radio formats by featuring longer songs and giving DJs more freedom in song selection. According to one former DJ and promoter, "Somehow this term'alternative' got rediscovered and heisted by college radio people during the 80s who applied it to new post-punk, indie, or underground-whatever music". At first the term referred to intentionally non–mainstream rock acts that were not influenced by "heavy metal ballads, rarefied new wave" and "high-energy dance anthems".
Usage of the term would broaden to include new wave, punk rock, post-punk, "college"/"indie" rock, all found on the American "commercial alternative" radio stations of the time such as Los Angeles' KROQ-FM. Journalist Jim Gerr wrote that Alternative encompassed variants such as "rap, trash and industrial". In December 1991, Spin magazine noted: "this year, for the first time, it became resoundingly clear that what has been considered alternative rock – a college-centered marketing group with lucrative, if limited, potential- has in fact moved into the mainstream"; the bill of the first Lollapalooza, an itinerant festival in North America conceived by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, reunited "disparate elements of the alternative rock community" including Henry Rollins, Butthole Surfers, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails and the Banshees and Jane's Addiction. That same year, Farrell coined the term Alternative Nation. In the late 1990s, the definition again became more specific. In 1997, Neil Strauss of The New York Times defined alternative rock as "hard-edged rock distinguished by brittle,'70s-inspired guitar riffing and singers agonizing over their problems until they take on epic proportions".
Defining music as alt
In Currents is the third studio album by the Early November. In Currents was released on July 10, 2012 following an extended hiatus, marking the band's first release in six years. In Currents debuted at number 43 on the Billboard 200. In October, the group went on a headlining US tour with Seahaven in support of the album. In between some of the dates on the tour, the group supported All Time Low. On October 5, a music video was released for the title track, "In Currents". On May 22, 2013, a music video was released for "Tell Me Why". All songs written by Ace Enders. "A Stain on the Carpet" - 3:33 "Frayed in Doubt" - 3:40 "In Currents" - 3:25 "Digital Age" - 2:06 "Tell Me Why" - 3:46 "Close to You" - 3:31 "Guilt & Swell" - 3:42 "That's Not Your Real Name" - 2:55 "Like a Kid" - 3:51 "Smell of This Place" - 3:25 "Wearing the Tie" - 3:24 "Call Off the Bells" - 4:23 "That's Not Your Real Name" was released by Ace Enders on his 2012 EP "Share with Everyone"
The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path
The Mother, the Mechanic, the Path is The Early November's second full-length album. The triple disc concept album was released on July 2006 via Drive-Thru Records; the recording of the album began on February 28, 2005 and took over a year until its completion due to the nature of a triple disc record, Enders changing the concept of the story several times mid-record, the lack of focus which led to a mid-recording nervous breakdown. This forced the album's release to be postponed from its original June 2005 street date to July 2006; the third disc, The Path, was written by Enders and Jeff Kummer, co-produced by Enders. According to an interview with Enders on Episode 17 of the Voice & Verse Podcast, there were multiple versions of the story that were recorded and considered. Though the first version to be submitted to Drive-Thru Records was not accepted, the label was supportive and asked that some changes and additional work be done. In the end, it was Enders and those artistically involved with writing and presenting the story who re-worked the story and its presentation multiple times before it became the final product, despite rumors that Drive-Thru Records had turned down the story seven times for quality control issues before approving it.
Enders did the artwork for The Mother, the Mechanic and the Path, drawing up a father in a mechanics uniform named Matt, a mother and a son named Dean, for the cover and booklet. Recording took place at Portrait Recording Studios in Pompton Plains, New Jersey with Enders and Chris Badami producing the sessions. Badami mixed and engineered the recordings, he was assisted by Paul Spinella. Several people contributed to the recordings: David Rimelis, Arthur Fiacco, Elizabeth Hostetter, Andrea Schultz, Angela Cordell, Richard Dispenziere, Peter McGuinness, Kenny Sorenson, Brian O'Neal and Lynsie Crespo, Badami. George Marino mastered The Mechanic disc and Greg Calbi mastered The Mother disc, both at Sterling Sound in New York City, New York. Badami mastered The Path disc at Portrait Recording Studio; the concept album is broken down into three chapters: The Mechanic – the proclaimed "rock" disc of the album, showcasing the heavier side of the band. According to singer/guitarist Ace Enders, The Mechanic is the group's "safe bet", the album they would have made if it had only been one disc.
It represents the technical progression from its predecessor The Room's Too Cold, hence the title. The Mother – a unplugged effort in the vein of The Early November's The Acoustic EP and Enders' solo CD I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business; the disc focuses on the band's mellow facet, featuring a more natural sound, conveyed by the use of predominantly acoustic instruments and few effects or filters. The Path – an audio theatre of sorts, which mixes dialogue between a young man named Dean and his psychiatrist with soft background music; the psychiatry sessions that narrate the story are interrupted by short "musical"-esque songs introducing the interaction of other characters. The songs cover a wide range of musical genres, including blues and folk. "A Little More Time" was premiered through AbsolutePunk on May 30, 2006. The Mother, the Mechanic, the Path was released on July 11. Once released, Drive-Thru Records made an effort to boost record sales with various promotion campaigns, bonus offers and price discounts.
During the first weeks of sales, purchases of The Mother, the Mechanic, the Path from Best Buy were accompanied by a bonus DVD, while Target customers were rewarded with an exclusive bonus track. In mid-September, the band went on a UK tour alongside Anberlin; as of January 2007, the band has sold 78,669 copies of The Mother, the Mechanic, the Path. In May 2014, the album was released on vinyl through TDR Records. All songs written by Ace Enders. "No Good At Saying Sorry" has been rereleased under Ace Enders' side project, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business, album titled "Dust'n Off The Ol' Guitar" Personnel per booklet. The Mother, the Mechanic, the Path at AllMusic
AbsolutePunk was a website, online community, alternative music news source founded by Jason Tate. The website focused on artists who are unknown to mainstream audiences, but it was known to feature artists who have achieved crossover success, including Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, The Gaslight Anthem, Thrice, All Time Low, Jack's Mannequin, Paramore, Relient K, A Day to Remember; the primary musical genres of focus were emo and pop punk. On March 31, 2016, it was announced that founder Jason Tate would be re-acquiring AbsolutePunk from SpinMedia and the website would be shuttered and folded into Tate's new music and social platform, Chorus.fm. The next day on April 1, all of the domain names and social media accounts associated with AbsolutePunk were being redirected to Chorus.fm. Founded June 6, 2000 by Jason Tate, the website focused on music industry news, included album reviews, articles and photo galleries; the site allowed user interaction via a vBulletin Internet Forum system.
Special accounts were afforded to industry figures and band members denoting them as such, with threads created to allow users to interact with them. The website started as a Blink-182/MxPx fan site. In 2005, the site was drawing six million hits daily. By 2006, the website was noted for engaging teenagers, was beginning to chip away at the dominance of MySpace, according to OMMA online media magazine; the social media network Buzznet purchased AbsolutePunk in May 2008. AbsolutePunk's community included over 500,000 music fans, making it one of the largest alternative music zines on the Internet; the site was run by contributor-turned-moderators who worked for the site but were not paid. They wrote reviews and conducted interviews all in their free time. Though it lost some content because of numerous server switches over the years, AbsolutePunk still featured over 55,000 news articles, 2500 reviews, 500 interviews, 52,000 files in its multimedia gallery. ABSOLUTExclusives and recent album reviews were displayed prominently at the top of the site's news feed, while other stories were listed in descending chronological order.
The staff conducted frequent interviews with bands and asked the AbsolutePunk community to contribute questions in advance. They ran numerous contests via both an opt-in lottery system and through news items, with the latter awarding prizes to the users who replied the fastest while meeting certain criteria. One of AbsolutePunk's main purposes was to connect music fans with one another through its extensive online forums; the forums featured over 318,500 registered members. They were divided into a number of different sections, split into categories such as entertainment, sports and education. Users were encouraged to contribute their own media to the site, such as album reviews and news submissions; as most of the site functioned on the same bulletin board system, forum activity would spill out into album reviews and news stories as well. The website gained a strong following in the alternative music scene over the years, allowing it to sponsor various tours and host or premiere exclusive content from many bands.
In the August 2007 issue of Blender, owner Jason Tate was named #18 in their list of Top 25 "Most Influential People in Online Music". On June 1, 2005 vocalist and pianist Andrew McMahon of the bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin was diagnosed with leukemia. AbsolutePunk raised $16,400 for the Leukemia Research Foundation by selling over 6,000 orange gel bracelets online; the wristbands read "I Will Fight" in reference to a well-known song by Something Corporate. AbsolutePunk
Imbue is the fourth studio album by The Early November. On March 10, 2015, "Narrow Mouth" was premiered through Billboard's website. A music video was released for "Better This Way" on April 30, it was filmed during a show. In April and May, the group went on a tour of the UK and Europe with support from You Blew It! and A Great Big Pile of Leaves. Imbue was released on May 12 through Rise Records. Following this, the group embarked on a US tour, they were supported by Restorations. On May 17, a music video was released for "Boxing Timelines". In August and September, the group went on tour with Better Off. On June 14, 2016, a music video was released for "Narrow Mouth". All songs written by Ace Enders. "Narrow Mouth" - 4:31 "Better This Way" - 3:31 "Magnolia" - 3:33 "The Negatives" - 4:16 "Boxing Timelines" - 4:34 "Circulation" - 4:38 "Harmony" - 3:41 "Cyanide" - 3:37 "I Don't Care" - 4:15 "Nothing Lasts Forever" - 3:44 Arthur "Ace" Enders – vocals, rhythm guitar Jeff Kummer – drums Joseph Marro – guitar, piano Bill Lugg – lead guitar Sergio Anello – bass