Encore 141: Hobbies, Work, and Everything Between

On this week’s episode of Encore I am joined by special guest Jacob Tender. This week we discuss AbsolutePunk.net, SpinMedia, UnderTheGun and a lot of behind the scenes chaos that plagued the music web community over the past few years.

Interview: Lydia talks 'Run Wild' on their headlining tour

If there was a band that my girlfriend and I could describe as ours, it would be Lydia. They were the first band we saw together and we've seen them twice since. The latest show was in the same venue...

An interview with Lydia

“I think I’m going to shotgun a Redbull. They don’t affect me like they used to,” said Lydia guitarist Justin Camacho as I walked into the green room of Musica, Akron’s coziest music venue. “Damn, you got...

31 Days Of Halloween: 'Alien 3'

As is tradition, I lent my love of horror and science fiction to Under The Gun's 31 Days Of Halloween. My piece on Alien 3 was published [http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/10/05/utgs-31-days-of-halloween-alien-3/] this week. This year's series...

For The Love of Film: The Star Wars Holiday Special

My late friend [https://jacobtender.net/blog/rip-justin-proper/] Justin Proper of Under The Gun Review [http://underthegunreview.net/] had a running column for several years called “For The Love Of Film.” He once asked me to fill in for him...

RIP Justin Proper

My friend Justin was sick when I met him. He was sick as long as I knew him. It was his sickness that brought him to Ohio way too often, where I would visit him at the Cleveland Clinic not...

31 Days of Halloween: Aliens

My second entry in the 31 Days series, a follow-up to last year's column [https://jacobtender.net/freelance/31-days-of-halloween-alien/] on Ridley Scott's Alien. This was originally posted [http://underthegunreview.net/2014/10/19/utgs-31-days-of-halloween-aliens/] on Under The Gun Review. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------...

Joining Substream Magazine

In my last update [https://jacobtender.net/blog/leaving-ayzenberg/], I informed you all that I had ceased employment with Ayzenberg Group and was looking for work elsewhere, ideally in music. Today I'd like to share with you that I've found...

An interview with Anthony Raneri

This was a big one for me. As a long-time Bayside fan, getting to sit one-on-one with Anthony in the Grog Shop green room was really cool. We got coffee after. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In December, I had a last-minute opportunity to...

Review: Mansions - 'Doom Loop'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/11/13/review-mansions-doom-loop/] by Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Mansions Album: Doom Loop Label: Clifton Motel Genre: Crunchy Alternative Rock When I love a record as much as I loved...

An interview with Stages & Stereos

This interview comes with a little background story. At the time, I had recently started talking to a girl who had a few mutual friends. She liked music, so I though it would be cool to take her to a...

31 Days of Halloween: You're Next

This year, I wrote two entries for 31 Days of Halloween. In addition to my love letter to Alien [https://jacobtender.net/freelance/31-days-of-halloween-alien/], I also wrote about one of my favorite home invasion flicks, You're Next. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Of all...

31 Days of Halloween: Alien

This was my first entry in the 31 Days of Halloween canon. Because I didn't write anything for the series in 2012, I contributed a second piece on You're Next [https://jacobtender.net/freelance/31-days-of-halloween-youre-next/] as well. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Of all...

Review: The 1975 - 'The 1975'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/08/31/review-the-1975-the-1975/] on Under The Gun Review. Artist: The 1975 [http://underthegunreview/tag/The-1975] Label: Dirty Hit/Polydor Records (UK) Vagrant Records (USA) Genre: Pop, Rock, Indie Talkhouse, Drive Like...

Review: Parachute - 'Overnight'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/08/21/review-parachute-overnight/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Parachute Album: Overnight Genre: Pop, Rock RIYL: The Cab, A Rocket To The Moon, The Summer Set In 2009, a band...

Review: Late In The Playoffs - 'Alive And On Your Own'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/07/02/review-late-in-the-playoffs-alive-on-your-own/] by Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Late In The Playoffs Album: Alive and On Your Own Genre: Pop-punk Label: Unsigned Late In The Playoffs’ new album, Alive...

Review: John Mayer - 'Paper Doll'

This review was originally published [http://www.underthegunreview.net/2013/06/18/single-review-john-mayer-paper-doll/] by Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today, John Mayer [http://underthegunreview.net/tag/John-Mayer] did an odd thing. That is to say, John Mayer did something I...

An Interview with Will Pugh of Cartel

I remember this as my first remote interview, recorded over a frightening array of wires from first iPhone to my 2004 Dell desktop running Audacity. This was also the first time I got the personal cell number of an artist...

Review: Fall Out Boy - 'Save Rock and Roll'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/04/17/review-fall-out-boy-save-rock-and-roll/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Fall Out Boy Album: Save Rock and Roll Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Island/Decaydance “We’re definitely writing all the time,...

Review: Coheed and Cambria - 'The Afterman: Descension'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/02/23/review-coheed-and-cambria-the-afterman-descension/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Coheed and Cambria Album: The Afterman: Descension Genre: Progressive Rock Label: Hundred Handed/Everything Evil It seems strange to write an...

Review: Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark"

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/02/05/single-review-fall-out-boy-my-songs-know-what-you-did-in-the-dark/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yesterday, one of the most influential bands in my life made a huge return to music [http://underthegunreview.net/2013/02/04/...

An interview with Joe Flanders

This was the first and only interview that I ever conducted twice. After having a really great conversation with Joe about his work, I realized that I had not properly set up Audio Hijack to record the Skype session. Luckily...

Review: Blaqk Audio - 'Bright Black Heaven'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2012/09/07/review-blaqk-audio-bright-black-heaven/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Blaqk Audio Album: Bright Black Heaven Genre: Electronic Label: Big Death / Superball Music It has been a long wait for a...

Review: Coheed and Cambria - 'The Afterman: Ascension'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2012/10/11/review-coheed-and-cambria-the-afterman-ascension/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Coheed and Cambria Album: The Afterman: Ascension Genre: Progressive Rock Label: Hundred Handed/Everything Evil Sometimes bands don’t hit their...

Review: Go Radio - 'Close The Distance'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2012/08/22/review-go-radio-close-the-distance/] by Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Go Radio Album: Close The Distance Genre: Power-pop/piano rock Label: Fearless Records In 2007, I was introduced to the velvet...

Review: Jason Mraz - 'Love Is A Four Letter Word'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2012/04/23/review-jason-mraz-love-is-a-four-letter-word/] by Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Jason Mraz Album: Love Is A Four Letter Word Genre: Pop/ Soft Rock Label: Atlantic Records It’s been 10 years...

The Cure To Growing Older – A Musical Retrospective

I published this piece on my 19th birthday, just before my mom and best friend came down to my college campus to hang out and eat cake. It wasn't until later that evening that I logged on to check how...

Review: Fun. 'Some Nights'

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2012/02/21/review-fun-some-nights/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Fun. Album: Some Nights Genre: Pop/Indie Some bands are so unique, so distinct, that no amount of effort could ever...

Review: Daniel Rinaldi - 'Self Titled' EP

This review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2012/02/01/review-daniel-rinaldi-self-titled-ep/] by Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist: Daniel Rinaldi Album: Self Titled EP Genre: Pop Label: Unsigned I’m a sucker for pop music. Those who know me...

Live Review: Panic! At The Disco

photo: Aj SchweinhagenThis review was originally published [http://underthegunreview.net/2011/11/09/utg-photoslive-review-panic-at-the-disco-11611/] on Under The Gun Review. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 11/6/11 Venue: Bogart’s City: Cincinnati, OH Acts: Panic! at the Disco, Patrick Stump, Foxy Shazam In...