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SPB eBook anniversary giveaway

Posted April 17, 2019, 10:01 p.m.
SPB eBook anniversary giveaway

A lot has happened since 2003, when SPB first launched onto the worldwide web. Three-fourths of the site founders moved on to new projects. People graduated from college, got married, found careers, and more. Staff comes, goes, and sometimes returns. As the world changes, SPB remains focused on independent music through it all.

When SPB turned 10 in 2013, we celebrated with the release of a book, All Downhill From Here. We're proud of sticking around; we're proud of our work. We also want to thank you for supporting us. 2018 marked our 15th anniversary, and to celebrate we're giving away 15 ebook copies of All Downhill From Here. We gave away several earlier this year, but we're back with more free copies. 

Enter the contest here. (Or purchase a physical book here.)

Win a copy of our ebook

Posted Dec. 23, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Win a copy of our ebook

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A lot has happened since 2003, when SPB first launched onto the worldwide web. Site founders moved on to new projects, people graduated college, got married, found careers, etc. Staff comes and goes, but SPB remains focused on independent music throughout all of these changes.

When SPB turned 10 in 2013, we celebrated with the release of a book, All Downhill From Here. We're proud of sticking around; we're proud of our work. We also want to thank you for supporting us. 2018 marked our 15th anniversary, and to celebrate we're giving away 15 ebook copies of All Downhill From Here. Enter the contest here.

(You can also purchase a physical book here.)

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Site News SPB giveaway: I Against I + Switch Bones CDs

Posted Oct. 8, 2018, 10:35 a.m.

SPB giveaway: I Against I + Switch Bones CDs

Scene Point Blank is excited to team up with White Russian Records for a label giveaway including the newest CDs by I Against I and Switch Bones. We reviewed I Against I here, plus we ...

Site News Radon's More of Their Lies giveaway

Posted Aug. 26, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

Radon's More of Their Lies giveaway

Scene Point Blank is proud to team up with Radon to share their latest record, More of Their Lies. The album was released on CD earlier this year (Eager Beaver Records) and was just issued ...

Site News Retox Twit takeover

Posted Aug. 27, 2016, 9 a.m.

Retox Twit takeover

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Justin Pearson of Retox, Head Wound City, and more, will be guest tweeting from the Scene Point Blank account for the duration of the upcoming Retox tour, from Sunday August 28 to Friday Sept. 16.    

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Site News SPB & Coin Toss Records giveaway!

Posted May 26, 2016, 9:37 a.m. in Site News by Loren

SPB & Coin Toss Records giveaway!

Scene Point Blank is pleased to work with Coin Toss Records on a new giveaway that features the entire label catalog, #s 1-8. That includes ...

CTR1: Sick Symptom - Demo
CTR2-: Ends Meet - Nothing To Show
CTR3: Killer Shades - No Comply
CTR4: Spirits – s/t
CTR5: Drug Control – s/t
CTR6: The Record Collection - Revolutions
CTR7: DSGNS/Venomspitter - split
CTR8: Spirits/Die Faster - split
 
Visitors can also to enter to win by clicking on our COMPETITIONS tab at the top of the page.

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Site News 1QI: Aideen, Andy, Spyros and Scott

Posted May 4, 2016, 3:10 p.m. in Site News by Cheryl

1QI: Aideen, Andy, Spyros and Scott

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us on facebook and twitter and we'll post one interview every ...

Aideen
SPB/Spyros: How did you get started as a music writer? And what was it that drove you to that direction?
Aideen: I don't have the musical talent to be a musician, but I love writing and I love music so pursuing music journalism seemed like a natural progression from there. I started by writing a (very small, practicality invisible) blog and got a few things published, and then went on to study journalism for a few years.
Andy
SPB/Nathan: How much does the music you listen to shape you as a person - is it difficult to separate yourself from the music, or is it who you are, etc. 
Andy: My taste in music has evolved and expanded greatly over time, and to some extent, I am not as connected personally to music today as I was at various points in the past.  At times, I've found albums or pieces of music that I really felt a strong connection with and seemed in perfect harmony with where I was as a person.  Songs About Leaving by Carrissa's Wierd was one such album - for better or worse, it represented where I was at the time when I discovered it.  Even today, it ties me to a specific place, time, and mindset even though that mindset isn't where I'm at now. Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol. II will always remind me of a friend's apartment where it was often played almost continuously.
In the past decade or so that I've been doing music reviews, I've explored more music rather than really dwell on albums like I did in the past.  This has been exciting in its own way since I've happened upon a lot of interesting material, but I haven't gotten as connected to most of it since I often simply move on to the next thing - I don't have as much time as I used to to devote to listening.  Still, it's hard to deny that music has shaped my personality. Though I still have an appreciation for harder and more aggressive music that I listened to almost exclusively in my youth (and definitely played a part in shaping who I was at the time), I'm more interested today in finding new adventures with music that stimulates my imagination. My recent listening habits almost certainly have toned down certain aspects of my personality, which probably isn't an altogether bad thing.
Spyros Stasis
SPB/Andy: (How) Has work in sound engineering affected your music tastes and/or reviewing?
Spyros: It has not affected so much my outlook on the quality of the production, so it does not mean that when I cannot listen to the old Darkthrone albums anymore. I still consider that sometimes certain bands or artists do require a more rough production, something that would not be as polished, for instance, staying with my Darkthrone example, I cannot imagine Transylvanian Hunger with a pristine production.
However, sound engineering in general got me into more experimental music and artists that would try and push the boundaries of what is supposed to be the norm sonically. So I think it had a great influence in me becoming more open-minded about the music I listen to.
Scott Wilkinson
SPB/Loren: Who's your dream interviewee?
Scott: Well that's a tough question, years ago it would have been George Harrison but due to unforeseen circumstances that can't be arranged (unless you have some pull Loren). I think now it would be Peter Gabriel. My main interest in him would be centered around Genesis and his constant refusal to reunite with the rest of the gang and yet be willing to tour with Sting...

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Site News Special batch of Halloween reviews

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 10 a.m. in Site News by Loren

Special batch of Halloween reviews

photo by Ray Bodden via flickr

In addition to our regular Monday posting of new reviews, we've got an extra 6 Halloween themed reviews and extra blog posts now live.

Thanks to Andy for the extra work.

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Site News Win Bad Cop/Bad Cop Swag!

Posted June 15, 2015, 6:04 p.m. in Site News by Loren

Win Bad Cop/Bad Cop Swag!

Bad Cop/Bad Cop - Not Sorry

SPB has teamed up with Fat Wreck Chords to offer a prize package related to this month's stream of Not Sorry from Bad Cop ...

Label Fat Wreck Chords is celebrating their silver anniversary this year.

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Site News 1QI: Scott Wilkinson, Loren, Aaron H, Spyros Stasis

Posted Feb. 2, 2015, 1 p.m. in Site News by Cheryl

1QI: Scott Wilkinson, Loren, Aaron H, Spyros Stasis

Welcome to our almost daily quickie Q&A feature: One Question Interviews. Follow us on facebook and twitter and we'll post one interview every ...

Scott Wilkinson (Scene Point Blank)
SPB/Aaron H: What album changed or had the biggest impact on your life?
Scott: I would have to say Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. The record came out when I was 12 and dominated my record player (yeah I'm that old). The Eastern influence was there in “Within You Without You,” as well as the psychedelic sound of “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.” The two killer tunes on the record for me were “A Day in The Life” and “She's Leaving Home.”
Loren (Scene Point Blank)
SPB:/Spyros: Which is the most difficult and which is the most enjoyable part of being an editor for a music webzine? 
Loren: The most difficult is simply finding time. As a global site that, in turn, means we get submissions from everywhere and at all hours of the day. The most enjoyable part is in connecting with musicians and labels, the people who create what I love. It’s given me another level of connection to an art form I’ve always appreciated, and I like to think it’s also given me a deeper understanding.
Aaron H (Scene Point Blank)
SPB/Loren: What's a band totally outside of your typical stylistic preferences that's you're an avid fan of?
Aaron: I'd say there are two answers I could give for this. I grew up with a mom obsessed with ‘90s pop/alt-country so a lot of that was playing in the house while I was growing up. I latched onto Garth Brooks and I have never let go. I can still sing most of those early hits. He was also the very first concert I ever went to. The other would be Otis Redding. He's in my top 5 all-time favorite artists. Sorry I didn't exactly give you a "band."
Spyros Stasis (Scene Point Blank)
SPB/Scott: What was the best show you have seen this past year? 
Spyros: It has to be the gig Neurosis did in Athens back in July (2014). I had seen them twice in the UK, but that last time in Athens really stood out for me. I mean, when you see them at stage playing songs from A Sun That Never Sets and Given to the Rising they are just insane. But when they go back to their earlier days with "Locust" and "The Doorway" it is just a whole different experience. Three times I've seen them now and cannot wait for the next one.

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Site News We're giving away copies of All Downhill From Here

Posted Jan. 8, 2015, 7:59 p.m. in Site News by Loren

We're giving away copies of All Downhill From Here

The cover for 'All Downhill From Here'

Like what you see at Scene Point Blank? Last year we released our first collective book to commemorate some of our finest memories. It's ...

Site News Win a copy of the debut from Charnia

Posted Sept. 29, 2014, 5:15 p.m. in Site News by Loren

Win a copy of the debut from Charnia

Charnia - Dageraad

Win your own copy of Consouling Sounds latest release, Dageraad by Charnia, courtesy of Scene Point Blank and our friends and Consouling Sounds. Visit our ...

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