River City Extension and Diamond are two bands that we’re big fans of at PropertyOfZack, so we decided to put them both together for a new Playlist. River City’s playlist got a little help from two touring members as well. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
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Middle Brother - Daydreaming
I decided to start digging into Middle Brother when I fell in love with Dawes. This would now make me a fan of all 3 songwriter’s individual projects. I was pleasantly surprised by how subtle their record is and I appreciate that. This song is the opening track, and remains quintessential example of the solid songwriting these guys are capable of. Short and sweet, Daydreaming is a great tune. - Joe
Stuart Duncan; Chris Thile - Here and Heaven
I fell in love with this song when I first heard it and it hasn’t left my playlist rotation since! It’s about playing it safe with love and not taking chances, always going got the sure thing; it has a driving insistence to the underscore and a minimalistic buildup that propels you forward at all times, along with vocals that make my ears happy :) - Dan
Brainiac - Hot Metal Doberman’s
Rarely can I tell what the singer is saying, but the song and
recording as a whole delivers it’s own feeling and purpose. It’s a raw
creative endeavor from a band that is making the music they know how
to. It’s strange and makes me uncomfortable, but it’s been reminding
me of the importance of staying weird. - Mike
Metric - Calculation Theme
I was introduced to Emily Haines by a co-workers work playlist about 6yrs ago and I have been hooked ever since. This song comforted my 22 year old self during a rough broken heart situation and her lyrics and melodic lines have constantly inspired me. And Emily is a bad ass rockgoddess…just sayin! - Nicole
Dr. Dog - Lonesome
It has hip hop roots with a country twang and a chorus that I can never seem to get out of my head. Banger. - Sam
Daydreaming - Middle Brother.
Joe introduced me to this song right when I got to Jersey in may. A pleasant song and relevant to my life, it keeps ringing out when things get quiet. Thanks Joe. - Ben
Fiona Apple - Waltz (Better Than Fine)
I’ve only just recently discovered all of her music, and Im still not over the initial shock of the genius and beauty of her songwriting; this is one of the standouts. it comes out of the gates with tons of patience, but from right around two minutes when the clarinets and eventually the rest of the orchestra comes in to the end the song blooms into one huge celebration of the present. i dont believe in the wasting of time. she’s wonderful. - John
City And Colour - Sleeping Sickness
It seems strange to find clarity and peace of mind in such a sorrowful song and artist, but Dallas Green’s catalogue guides me towards a somber catharsis. This brief sobriety allows all of my facades to simply melt away leaving me with a clear mind for approaching anything from an upcoming show to the personal trials of life on the road. - Pat
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Marvin Gaye - Mercy Mercy Me (Title Track)
While Motown was pushing Marvin Gaye to stay within the top 40 mainstream, he instead came out with this album, a radical departure from the Motown sound. It then became one of the top albums that the label ever released and is by far his best. It’s inspiring that one of the most influential records was created out of experimentation, as opposed to following convention.
Radiohead - Idioteque
This is the song that opened my mind to other genres. At that point I had grown up listening to punk, emo, and rock. I was somewhat stubborn towards anything outside of that realm. I have since learned that there are good songs and there are bad songs, which has nothing to do with genre.
The Beach Boys - I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
Not only is the music great, but the subject matter really speaks to me. I find myself questioning a lot of things at this point in my life. Sometimes I feel like I wasn’t made for these times either. Not to mention, Pet Sounds may be one of the best records ever created. - Justin
Hot Water Music - No Division
On of my favorite Hot Water Music songs. No matter how many times I listen to it, it still makes me feel so positive and motivated to stand out and do something.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dosed
This one is just an awesome RHCP ballad. I don’t really know what it’s about, but its so beautiful and sad at the same time…and it makes me feel cool.
Bush - Swallowed
Bush has always been one of my favorite 90s alternative bands. This could be their sweetest song. I remember calling into DC101 all the time after school to request this one. - Brendan
Pennywise - All Or Nothing
This is the title track song from Pennywise’s new album that just came out on Epitaph Records. This is also the first album with their new singer, Zoli Teglas. Pennywise is one of my all time favorite bands, and I’ve always loved Ignite(Zoli’s other band) as well. This song captures the old classic Pennywise sound. It’s very fast and intense, Zoli’s voice crushes through, and it also has a positive message to give 100% in everything you do.
Weezer - Surf Wax America
Are you kidding me? This album is insane. Flawless in my opinion. Surf Wax America is my favorite song on it because I love the beach, I love surfing and skateboarding, and it’s just so catchy. Deep down this song is very defiant and punk rock. “I’m going surfing because I don’t like your face, I’m bailing out because I don’t like the race.”
Good Riddance - Weight Of The World
My best friend Daniel and I used to go to his beach house in NJ every summer when we were kids. We’d go to the same record store every single day and check out all the punk and hardcore albums. One day I picked up, “A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion,” and we listened to it everyday for the rest of the summer. This song is the first track on the record and I’ll never forget the way I felt the first time I heard it. - David
Millencolin - No Cigar
Here’s a real emotionally charged, generation defining, sentimentally satiating punk rock hit anthem. You may recognize it from Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which is fine. But it’s so much more to me. I recently found out my brother has listened to this song 1,000+ times in his iTunes library (and we don’t have very similar tastes in music). You tell me what song you can listen to 1,000 times. I know you can’t so don’t even try.
Young The Giant - Apartment
Let’s go ahead and turn the clock to 2010. The lead track from the bands self-titled LP, this song really just kidnaps you for 4 minutes. It’s one of those songs where the lyrics fit the mood so well. I listened to this a lot last winter and it seemed so fitting at the time. It makes me feel like walking down the street at night while it’s snowing. So pretty.
Queens Of The Stone Age - Everybody Knows You’re Insane
I’m starting to realize that I might just be picking these for sentimental reasons, but whatever. This song is great and pretty much puts all the reasons I love QOTSA into one song. This has become my NYC soundtrack…a while back I went up there by myself without much of a plan, just walking around at night and watching people. It felt great, and I remember just playing this song on repeat for some reason. Now I can’t go to NYC without listening to it. - Sam
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