ALTERNATIVE ADDICTION BLOG
What's New with Alternative Addiction
Posted by: Ryan | January 20, 2020
It's the third full week of January 2020 and here's what we have going on.
First up, if you haven't checked out the Theory of a Deadman feature running on the front page, do it now. We talked with those guys about their new album and having more of a social conscience with their music and it was an interesting conversation. You can just head to the front page of the site and check that out there.
Next, we've got an interview that we did with Chad Wolf of Carolina Liar/The Federal Empire - that story will post coming up on Wednesday. Chad's a great guy and it was a fun interview and The Federal Empire music is insanely fun and really good too. Again, that's coming up on Wednesday.
Coming up on Thursday we'll have a new Podcast posting, it will be the first episode of 2020 and we've got a lot of great things in the works there too.
And last, but certainly not least we'll be launching a merch store soon, we'll have a newsletter blast sending out about that and some of the different things we're doing there. And finally, we'll be making a few minor changes to the site to make everything load substantially faster in the next few days too.
Thanks for visiting the site to those who do every week and thanks for supporting Alternative Addiction.
Welcome to 2020
Posted by: Ryan | January 09, 2020
The first week of the new year is just about wrapped up. Here's what we've got going on at Alternative Addiction.
First, Happy New Year! Thanks for your continued support of Alternative Addiction. This will be our 18th year in operation. Because of that, we were able to wrap up a whole decade of music. We've got our Top 200 songs of the 2010's posted. I'm sure we missed something, but it's still a damn strong list and one we took hours amassing. Check that out at https://www.alternativeaddiction.com/BestofaDecade2010s.
In addition to wrapping up the decade, we wrapped up the year too. You can check out that list at https://www.alternativeaddiction.com/Bestof2019
We've also got features with Emerson Hart and I Fight Dragons. Theory of a Deadman comes next week. We'll have a new music preview, a podcast, a newsletter, and lots more coming too so keep checking back to Alternative Addiction for more.
Jake Huffman Article and New Podcast
Posted by: Ryan | October 21, 2019
Here's what we've got cooking up at the end of the month.
Hey everybody, it's been a bit since we've had a blog post for you, but we're still going to keep this short and sweet. We updated two things at the end of last week that you need to check out.
The first is our article with Jake Huffman. The former McLovins drummer has a new double single out now called "The Layover" that you need to check out. Great musician - immensely talented - and the two songs on the new double single are both great.
Check out the article for that - it's on the front page.
The other big thing we have going on with Alternative Addiction that we updated last week is the Podcast. We've ran off like 8 in a row and we feel pretty good about it. The last one had a great lineup too so be sure to listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts to the show.
That's all for now,
Incubus Article and a New Podcast Coming This Week
Posted by: Ryan | September 10, 2019
Incubus. Incubus! INCUBUS! - And a Podcast too.
Ryan here with an Alternative Addiction update. I got to chat with Incubus scratchmaster and keys man Chris Kilmore last week - it was awesome. Talked about Make Yourself and the upcoming tour to promote the 20-year anniversary of the album. You can read that article now, it's on the front page of the site.
Also new this week - we've got a podcast. The lineup has been confirmed and we have all the songs ready to go, now we just have to throw 'em all together. That will get done in the next couple of days so be sure to be on the lookout for that too.
Thanks for visiting,
Ryan - AA
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Feature and More
Posted by: Ryan | August 26, 2019
Summer is winding down and here's what's new on Alternative Addiction.
Summer is winding down and here's what's new on Alternative Addiction:
First up, we launch a new feature today with Ronnie Winter of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. He talks about how sobriety has changed his life, mentoring younger bands, his family and more. Check that out, it will be up by the end of the day.
In addition to the new feature that launches today, we've also got a new podcast launching today. We've got 8 awesome songs and some great content there too.
We've also got another feature running with ReverbNation, we're going to see what else the service has to offer to scrap out 10 more bands for another run of Indie Songs of the Day.
That's about all that's going on for now, thanks for visiting!
AA Radio No More
Posted by: Ryan | August 19, 2019
Sorry to pass this along to everybody but I've decided to turn off AA Radio. Everybody listens to specifically what they want all the time on Spotify and if they need a random playlist there - Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and pretty much any service that's used will help you out. We turned it off and put the money that was being used for that and put it into the service so the site loads a little faster. We apologize for the inconvenience for anybody out there, we'll keep doing our best to help you discover new music every week.
The FAIM Feature and More
Posted by: Ryan | August 15, 2019
The FAIM, Podcast, ISOTD, and More
As summer winds down, here's what's going on at Alternative Addiction.
First up, we talked with Josh Raven from The FAIM about the band's upcoming album, their work with Dave Feldmann and a lot more. It was a great interview and we wrote a big feature with it. You can read that on the front page now.
Speaking of The FAIM, their new album comes out on 9/13/2019 - along with like 10 other notable releases. It's going to be a big day for music. You can see the release dates coming out and the new music that's already out by going to http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/upcoming
We've got another Podcast coming up this Summer. We'll try and get to it this week, but it will probably post early next week or the week after.
The Indie Song of the Day is still going strong. We took submissions from a bunch of ReverbNation bands and we did a whole 10 day feature on that. That was a lot of fun. We're back to the normal schedule now, but look for another ReverbNation feature soon.
That's what's going on - we'll have another blog in the fall.
Almost the end of July - Here's what's up for this week
Posted by: Ryan | July 22, 2019
We're in the heat of the summer - and here's what's going on with Alternative Addiction this week.
It's Monday and here's what's going on at Alternative Addiction - first up today - we've got a new feature launching with Knox Hamilton. We talked with those dudes about their new single and their plans for the rest of the year. Look out for that by the end of the day.
Also today, we've got another episode of the Alternative Addiction Podcast posting. We've got a big lineup of ten songs featuring some great music - be sure to be on the lookout for that.
You might have noticed that the Indie Song of the Day hasn't been up for a week or so - that's because we were out of the office - today it launches again with a campaign we did with ReverbNation - we got thousands of submissions and we chose our favorite 10 - that starts getting posted today too.
That's all for now - keep checking back to the blog for more of what's new at Alternative Addiction.
Northern National & Podcasts
Posted by: Ryan | June 25, 2019
It's almost the middle of Summer!
Here's what's going on at Alternative Addiction at the end of June.
First, we interviewed Kanne from Northern National last week and the cover story is up and running on Alternative Addiction right now. Just head to the front page and click the link - it's there.
Next, our Podcast is up and running in full force. We're doing one about every two weeks or so and the third one will be up and running later today. We're working on a page just for that, but for now we'll just post a news update and it will be there. YOu'll be able to listen on Alternative Addiction, Spotify, and Apple Music. And then by the end of next week it will be at SoundCloud and YouTube too.
And finally, we're doing a lot more video content in the coming weeks. We posted our own bio of Eve 6 a couple of weeks ago, coming up this week we've got one of Stroke 9, and we're looking to post some more original content there too.
Podcast, Video, X Ambassadors & Northern National
Posted by: Ryan | June 17, 2019
Here's what'ss new on Alternative Addiction this week.
It's the third week of June and here's what's news new on Alternative Addiction.
We recorded a new Podcast. You can find more info and news on that here:
Wwe made a video featuring our biography of Eve 6. You can check out that video here:
We have a new cover story featuring X Ambassadors running now. We interviewed Sam Harris and talked about all things with the band's new album ORION. You can check that out here:
And finally, coming up this week we'll have a feature on Texas band Northern National. We spoke with Kanne from the band and we'll have that up and running on Thursday/Friday of this week.
X Ambassadors Feature and More
Posted by: Ryan | June 10, 2019
Here's what's new on Alternative Addiction
It's the second week of June already and here's what's going on with Alternative Addiction.
Last week we posted a feature on Skrizzly Adams. It's a great read and we definitely encourage you to check it out. This week we've got a new feature going up on X Ambassadors about their upcoming album ORION. We talked with Sam Harris about their upcoming album, his relationship with his brother and more.
Also new with AA this week - we'll have another podcast - that's two in two weeks. A new modern era record. But seriously, we've got a great show this week and one you should definitely check out.
Other stuff we have going - we'll have a new AA Bio video up on our YouTube channel with Eve 6. That's been a blast to make this past week and it's almost done. We'll also have a new feature with Northern National and lots more.
Skrizzly Adams and More
Posted by: Ryan | June 03, 2019
It's June 2019 - and here's what's new on AA.
It's June 2019 - and here's what's new on AA.
Read the new feature on Skrizzly Adams - http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/Features/going-full-indie-with-skrizzly-adams
Skrizzly gave us a great interview and the feature is worth reading.
We also updated the Podcast for this week with new songs by Late Night Thoughts, The Fame, Middle Life, Atlas Run, and more.
The Maine & Jenny Kern
Posted by: Ryan | May 20, 2019
Here's what's new with Alternative Addiction this week.
First, we've got two new features for you. We talked with Pat from The Maine about the band's new album and we also talked with Jenny Kern about her work on her new EP.
Along with those two new features we've got some big plans for next week. Look out for a new Podcast on Monday and then we'll also have some new video content coming your way next week.
New Collective Soul Feature and More
Posted by: Ryan | May 14, 2019
Spring is in full swing here at Alternative Addiction.
Spring is in full swing here at Alternative Addiction.
First, we've got a new feature with Collective Soul. We chatted with Will Turpin about the band's upcoming album and their tour plans around it. Go and check that out now.
Next up, the server was down for a couple of days. We apologize for that, but as you can tell everything is up and going now.
And finally, Alternative Addiction radio is probably going away again. We took too much time to find a solution to bring it back and now that it's back, it's really not needed anymore. It's really not being listened to, so yeah - that's probably going to happen. We apologize for that, it's just how things are sometimes. We'll give it a month or two to see if the traffic to it picks up, after that we'll probably just get rid of it.
That's all, thanks as always for visiting,
New Feature Stories
Posted by: Ryan | April 08, 2019
There's lots of new feature stories on Alternative Addiction right now.
Just a quick blog post for you this second week of April; we've got lots of new feature stories on Alternative Addiction. We talked with Lincoln of Wild Party about the band's new song "Recipe." We also talked with Silvertung's Speed about their new EP, Norman Matthew about his new project As Strange As Angels, and of course we have the feature on Picture This running on the front page now too. Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks, we have stories lined up with Bad Suns and Sublime With Rome too.
New Charming Liars Feature
Posted by: Ryan | March 26, 2019
Here's what's new with Alternative Addiction - including a new feature on Charming Liars.
It's been a bit since we've posted a blog entry, but there's still a lot going on with Alternative Addiction.
First, Charming Liars have a new release out and we also did a new interview with the band. Check out the feature on the front page.
The other big features we have - we talked with Josh Ramsay about the new Marianas Trench album "Phantoms" - check that out here - http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/Features/marianas-trench-a-positive-approach-to-ghosts
We also talked with Josh Katz from Badflower about the band's new album http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/Features/badflowers-josh-katz-talks-ghost-recent-success
By the end of the week we'll have a new feature with the guys from Picture This - then next week we're catching up with Lincoln from Wild Party.
Posted by: Ryan | February 13, 2019
We've got new features galore coming to Alternative Addiction.
Going to be a quick blog post, but here's what we have coming for features on Alternative Addiction: Judah & The Lion, Marianas Trench, Layto, Picture This, Charming Liars, Badflower, and lots more - that covers the next month or so. There's a lot going on with our cover stories right now and we're pumped about it.
For non Safari users - try out bandweb from Alternative Addiction. Search your favorite artist and all songs, videos, articles, reviews, and content on Alternative Addiction will show up on the page. Simple, but fun.
That's really it, we're constantly working on updating and upgrading things so keep checking back to Alternative Addiction for more of the best new music.
What's New in February
Posted by: Ryan | February 01, 2019
Here's what's new and what's coming this February on Alternative Addiction.
Hey guys and gals it's the first day of a new month and here's what's happening on Alternative Addiction.
Features and Exclusives: Expect to see exclusive content with Judah & The Lion, The Pretty Vicious, Savage After Midnight, Layto and lots more this month. We'll have the Switchfoot article on the front page of the site until about Wednesday or so and then we'll swap that out.
Indie Song of the Day: If you haven't checked it out yet, be sure to do so. We feature a different indie artist every single day. It's been a ton of fun. We feature some different stuff from time to time, but it's all decent stuff that's worth a listen. Today's ISOTD artist is Skrizzly Adams and he's definitely worth a listen.
Charts: The Top 20 Singles Chart gets updated on Mondays/Tuesdays - so there will be a new one of those coming at the start of next week. The Unsigned Top 10 gets updated on the first day of the month. The same goes for the Top 10 Albums chart. They've both been updated for February so check that out.
Be sure to check the blog for more announcements and check the site for more content every day. We've got lots of exciting stuff coming up with podcasts and video content too.
Thanks for following along,
Switchfoot Feature and More to Come
Posted by: Ryan | January 25, 2019
Here's what's new and what's coming on Alternative Addiction.
We're almost a month into 2019 and we're working dilligently on new content and new features on Alternative Addiction.
This week, we launched a brand new front page feature with Switchfoot. We don't have next week's cover story pinned down quite yet - but it's pretty close to being done. Look for a new feature to launch on the front page of the site in the Wednesday/Thursday range of next week.
As for Switchfoot, we talked with drummer Chad Butler about the band's new record and how it's different than some of their more recent stuff. Butler also talked about the band's chemistry and their charity work too. Check out that feature on the front page of the site.
As for what else is coming, there's lots more on the horizon with video content, podcasts, and more, just keep checking back. Remember if you want to contribute, we're always looking for people, just get in touch with the email address in the bottom of the site or on the unsigned page.
New Taking Back Sunday Feature | Exclusive Canyon City Vid
Posted by: Ryan | January 14, 2019
We've got two big exclusives this week on Alternative Addiction!
It's a big week at Alternative Addiction. First, we've got an exclusive cover story with Shaun Cooper. He's talking about Taking Back Sunday's new best-of release, "Twenty" - and what twenty years of the band means to him. It's a great read and "Twenty" is a great listen too.
Also this week, we've got a great video - hopefully the first of many Alternative Addiction Original videos - this is from Canyon City/Paul Johnson. In the video Johnson does an acoustic version of his song "Lost Sparks" and he does a damn good job of it. Go to the videos page to check it out.
Next week at Alternative Addiction we'll have another podcast and we'll also have Switchfoot as a feature story.
Welcome to 2019
Posted by: Ryan | January 09, 2019
The new mobile side of things has launched and lots more.
Here's what's new at Alternative Addiction:
The new version of the site has launched. It's not a drastic change but it's a bit of a change. The biggest change is the site has been formatted for mobile. We're still getting some bugs out, but as we do that - it's up and running. So, be sure to browse on your phone. We're working on an application where you can launch the radio and our other content.
There's a podcast up and going! Yeah, it's from December 2018, so we're already up and going but it's running and it's there for your listening pleasure. You can listen to it on the new music slide out on the front page or you can go to the unsigned page and listen to it there.
Be sure to check out the Best of 2018 list that Dallas put together. It's his favorite songs of 2018. It's here - http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/bestof2018.
Dallas and I also threw together another Addiction Predictions list. The music we like to go big or start getting on people's radars even more this year is here: http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/nextin19.
Also, we've got Spotify Playlists galore - you can click the Spotify logo anywhere on the site to go and see that. We'll add a playlist for Next in '19 this coming Friday.
Alternative Addiction radio is still back up and running. If you haven't checked that out yet, be sure to do so.
Working on it!
Posted by: Ryan | October 01, 2018
As we're approaching the end of 2018, we're getting ready to launch a new Alternative Addiction
Alternative Addiction has lots of new stuff coming. Let's give you the roundup.
First up, Alternative Addiction Radio is back, and even though it's been a modest start, we haven't done much to push it on our end. We've wanted to upload as many songs as we possibly can and get a gigantic set of liners and radio imaging done too. Barring any difficulties, we'll be uploading the last of the archived songs tonight and we'll be having all the liners done through the course of the rest of the week. That stuff is in the works and we can't wait to have the station going back full force once again.
Now, the other thing we're doing is a better mobile version of the site. We're doing that and implementing a new navigation system too. We've done this with five pages so far, and with the way the database works and everything else, we have about eight pages left to go. We're hopeful we're done with things by the end of October, but the start of 2019 is more likely.
The podcast is still coming back too. We just have to catch up with some other things first. There are two podcasts that we have planned. First, is the standard Alternative Addiction Podcast featuring some great indie and unsigned music. Then, the other thing we're doing with Podcasts is the Alternative Addiction Songwriters Sitdown. (Alliteration is fun.) We're planning on a special 20 minute podcast where we sit down with some of the great songwriters of the past twenty years and talk shop. We've got lots planned with it, we just need to actually sit down and get going.
That's what's going on now with Alternative Addiction. Thanks to you guys for checking the site every week/every day. Your continued support is appreciated.
Thanks again guys - Ryan
New Cover Story, New Mobile Site and More
Posted by: Ryan | August 21, 2018
We've got a new cover story and some updates coming your way this week.
First, when it comes to LIVE, we're working on it. They're busy on the road and we're coordinating a time to talk to Ed K and the guys.
Now, for the fun stuff. We've got a new cover story this week with one of our favorite new bands, The Wrecks. They're awesome and they told us a cool story about recording their first EP and we talked a bit about their upcoming Panic Vertigo Tour which should be really exciting.
Now, the rest of the stuff. We've got a site redesign getting ready to roll out by the end of the year. This guy will feature a full mobile layout, so no more zooming, and it will also feature some cool new features too. I can't say whether it will go live by the end of this week or by the end of the year but it's coming and little by little we keep progressing.
Speaking of progressing, we're adding songs back every day to the radio station. We just wrapped up adding all the songs from 2015 and now we're on to 2014. It's been fun looking back on the archives every week and seeing what songs were where, which you can check out to by just clicking on the archives section.
So, there ya go. LIVE: working on it. The Wrecks: worked. New Layout: Almost done. Radio: forever working. and Archives: you should check it out.
It's August and It's Happenin'
Posted by: Ryan | August 07, 2018
Hey everybody, here's the latest of what's going on with Alternative Addiction
Hey everybody, here's the latest of what's going on with Alternative Addiction:
The radio station is back and the reception has been less than ideal lol. We'd like to get those numbers up, if the interest is there, we'll keep doing it. If the interest isn't then we'll move on. But, just a reminder that Alternative Addiction Radio is back up and going, we're adding new stuff to it every day, and it's been fun so far.
NIGHT RIOTS has the feature going on right now. We talked with Travis from the band about their latest single "On The Line", just a reminder to go and check that out. We're also working on getting an interview set up with Ed K from LIVE about what those guys are up to. That might post as early as next week but likely it will go live in a couple of weeks. We're also working on setting up something with The Wrecks.
That's really all that's happening right now, that's at least what I can share. We'll have some more stuff for you very soon, including a lot of exciting stuff, but until then keep checking back to the front page and the blog to see what's going on with Alternative Addiction.
Summer is Almost Over
Posted by: Ryan | July 31, 2018
August is here (like in 12 hours) - here's what's happening this week on Alternative Addiction
We're adding to the radio station every day. Yesterday it was 21 songs, today it was 12. Every day we're adding more.
The Indie Song of the Day is going everyday, (well most days) it's a cool feature that you can hear a new indie band every day. Not everything is something we'd usually feature, sometimes we feature something from a Dutch Instrumental guitarist, sometimes we'll feature a mainstream act. Either way, it's a fun feature to check out every day.
Speaking of features. We've got a new cover story launching tomorrow with... Night Riots. Travis Hawley goes back roughly a decade with the site and he's actually hosted the AA Podcast once, which was pretty cool. We're happy that Night Riots is seeing the success that they're having. That feature goes live on 8/1 and will be up there until we have another feature with Ed K of LIVE. Yes, that's coming in August too.
Finally, we're still looking for people so if you want to take photos, do interviews, host a podcast, write an article - or just contribute to Alternative Addiction, email me at Ryan@alternativeaddiction.com
Posted by: Ryan | July 26, 2018
It's Thursday, and here's the latest about what's going on with Alternative Addiction.
It's Thursday, and here's the latest about what's going on with Alternative Addiction:
We just added a bunch of new songs to the radio station this week. I believe we're at 50 so far on the week. Maybe a little more than that. We're adding songs every day from archived Top 20 singles charts starting with the most current and working our way backwards. We're halfway through 2016 right now and we'll be on 2015 next week.
Speaking of archives... that's something you need to check out. All of the charts since Alternative Addiction started are there. We're constantly working on the navigation process to make it a little simpler but it's something that's a work in progress. Still, there's a ton of content there.
The other thing with the archives that's pretty cool is that all the charts are archived in Spotify too. You can click on the archive link and listen on Spotify ore you can look us up in Spotify and check out the 500 or so playlists from previous charts that we're rocking.
With Spotify, we have the most recent Top 20 playlist named plainly so it's something you can follow and listen to it every week too.
Our cover feature with William Ryan Key is still running and looks to be running on the front page for at least a couple of days. Be sure to check that out. We're working on a couple of different exclusives for the next cover story too. I don't want to confirm anything just yet, but it's super exciting and we're pumped.
One last thing before I sign off of this entry. We're always looking for help, it's not a paying gig, but it's a really fun hobby. We're looking for writers, photographers, video content, audio content, graphics... pretty much any help we can get. It's been a decade long hobby for me and it's led to a lot of cool opportunities. I'd love to open that door for somebody else too. So, if you're interested you can reach out to email@example.com. We'd love to hear from ya.
That's it for today - thanks for visiting
Posted by: Ryan | July 23, 2018
Here's what's happening on Alternative Addiction
What's up everybody and happy Monday. Here's the latest on what's going on AlternativeAddiction.com. Last week we updated our cover story feature - it's on former Yellowcard frontman William Ryan Key - read the story here
Also going on this week - we've got lots of news. News on Mike Shinoda, Panic! at the Disco, Halestorm, and a lot more check that out at AlternativeAddiction.com/MusicNews.
The Top 20 has been updated with new stuff from The Story So Far, Muse and Kodaline. Check that out under the Top 20 section.
We've also added about twenty songs to the radio station so far this week. We'll try to do at least 50 more this week.
We're still trying to get the podcast set back up too. It's just about finding the time to do it, so hey if you've ever wanted to start a podcast and you'd like to do one for us, drop us a line and let us know. We're always looking for help with news posters, writers, reviewers, photographers, YouTubers and just help in general.
Thanks for checking in. Keep checking back to the blog to see what we're working on.