PropertyOfZack is putting Anberlin, A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Have Mercy, and Tallhart together for a mega-Playlist feature today. Check out their Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Biffy Clyro - Modern Magic Formula
Considering Biffy’s new album, Opposites, is a double disc, it took me a while to really dig into all the material after purchasing it. “Modern Magic Formula” is the second song on disc two making it the twelfth tack overall, but once I got there, I was hooked. The song rocks from opening note to closing hit. It’s a great example of the band’s big rock sound, especially when considering they are a three piece.
Modest Mouse - Trailer Trash
The first time I saw Modest Mouse was a couple of years after “The Lonesome Crowded West” was released and I didn’t know anything about them. I went to the show because a friend needed a ride. During the set, some guy kept yelling “Trailer Trash!” from the crowd. Truthfully, I don’t even remember if they ended up playing it or not, but I do know that fourteen years after that night, this song is still on on steady rotation. All memories aside, it’s definitely one of those songs you show someone when you are trying to play a band’s best material. It’s almost a cacophony between the drums, bass and guitar, but it all fits together so well with the vocals in the end. Also, I’m not sure many rock lyricists could pull of the line “and I’m sorry if I dissed you” without getting laughed at, but Isaac Brock makes it work.
Icona Pop - I Love It
Right before our last tour started, my wife was blasting this song in the car one night. I wanted to hate it so much, but something about the vocals reminded me of those female fronted nineties groups like Elastica and I got pulled in. So much so, that I took a chance and played it on our back room stereo one night before a show. Our guitarist Christian asked who it was with interest rather than throwing something at me, so I guess I’m not alone in my weakness for how catchy this song is.
All Get Out - Lucky Bastard
We brought All Get Out on tour earlier this year. It was rad watching them perform every night, but the thing we really took away from that run was this song. Every night there was at least one person walking around singing the verses or chorus because the music is about as catchy as it gets and the lyrics are just awesome. Months later “Lucky Bastard” is still on rotation on a more than few playlists on the bus.
Churchill - Change
The first time I heard this song I was driving when it came on the radio. I turned up the volume, which is usually a good sign of interest I suppose. The song’s pre-chorus is catchy enough to be a chorus in its own right and the actual chorus is even more infectious. I’m also a sucker for the big, roomy drums throughout the song. Churchill is one of the newer bands on my list and I hope they keep turning out great music like this.
Nick Lowe - Cruel To Be Kind
Every now and then, you hear an old song you’ve heard a ton of times growing up and you finally stop and pay attention. “Cruel To Be Kind” is one of those songs. I was once told that all of the greatest songs can be broken down to an acoustic guitar and vocals and still retain what makes them great and this is a good example of that. Take away the bass and drums and the song still showcases Nick Lowe’s great story telling sensibility that really makes the music come alive.
The Sword - Veil of Isis
I realize I have a pretty diverse list here, but that’s why music is amazing. There is truly a song for every mood of every day. If you want to see me get pumped, play a song by The Sword. Pretty much all of their songs deal with some fantasy or sci-fi subject, but the music here tells as much of a story as the lyrics. The riffs are the right mix of catchy and impressive.
Hot Chip - How Do You Do?
I don’t dance (not well anyway) and I don’t like going to clubs, but I would be happy doing both of these things if Hot Chip was blasting out of the speakers. This song is so persuasive that I can’t help but get in the a dancing mood when listening to it. Strangely enough, it gets me really excited before shows. I guess that’s where that dance vibe comes into play.
Stan Getz & Joåo Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
Songs like this are so soothing that they often make amazing but ignorable background music. Then you realize, “wait, this song is awesome!” It makes me think of a 1960s cocktail party where everyone is mixing drinks and dancing around a record player just as happy as they can be. I don’t understand 90% of the lyrics because they’re Portuguese, but again, it’s something I love about music. A song can be in a completely foreign language and still evoke emotions inside the listener.
Rocket From The Crypt - On A Rope
RFTC is one of the bigger cult bands from the 90s and early 2000s, but also one of the more underrated in my opinion. They truly had their own thing going on mixing punk with a big, classic rock sound to give us memorable and sing along worthy songs. The opening riff to this song with its scratchy imperfections and mirroring of the chorus melody sets up the listener for a massive, ear bending rock song that clocks in at just under 3 minutes.
Ben Kweller - On My Way
Love cruising around with the windows down to this album. Super cool, and relaxing, but also gets energetic and rocks your face. The track “On My Way” is simple and so creative. Kweller’s got it like that. Music I can listen to a thousand times and not get sick of.
Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Recently rediscovered this song and has been playing in my head non-stop ever since. Brings me back to a strange, nostalgic place but in a way where I feel like Dumb & Dumber actually was an experience of my life rather than a movie I watched.
Raw, gentle, delicate, beautiful stuff. Takes me to another place. - Peter Weiland
Daft Punk - Get Lucky
Classic super funky/catchy Daft Punk but bringing it with a new live band approach this time. Pharrell on vocals + Nile Rodgers on chickn’ pickin’ guitar + a stinky funk bass line = all night booty shakin’.
NK - Shoulder Gorilla
Angry and pulsating, imagine the Beastie Boys and Mike Patton backed by a machine gun drummer with bazooka laser guitars. Heavy stuff.
Justin Timberlake - Let the Groove Get In
Reminding me very much of MJ’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin” in a good way, this track is full of tasty thick rhythms, production treats and tons of hyped group backing vocals. Another booty shaker. - Matthew Fazzi
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A Major k. 622 Movement I: Allegro *Song is not on Spotify
My grandfather was constantly bumping this jam all summer long, complaining that the soloist (whoever it was) was not maximizing the potential of the instrument. He would then pull out his axe (clarinet…not the destructive chopping device of horror movie and lumberjack fame) and show me how it was done. At the time I was much more interested in going fishing and eating macaroni, but now I hold these distant memories in the highest regard as my first primer in musical taste and discernment of tone.
The Appleseed Cast - As the Little Things Go
This always brings me back to our spring tour with this band. The live version is even more butt kicking with the modified vocal section at the end. A great work for subterranean city travel, airplanes taking off and other wacky forms of transportation. - Tucker Yaro
The Little Ones - AWOL
I don’t have much to say about this song except that I love this band and I wish that this chorus repeated a million times and was the chorus to every song ever written in the history of the universe.
Young Statues - So You Wait *Song is not on Spotify
One of my favorite bands and some of the best people I know. The entire “Age Isn’t Ours” EP is fantastic, so that’s what I’m really recommending. - Tyler Soucy
The Format - The First Single
It takes me back to when I was 14 and driving around with friends in Nick’s old Saab. I’m also pushing for a Format reunion.
The Jealous Sound - Got Friends?
I got friends and sometimes we just get high. - Swindle
Taylor Swift - 22
It’s so catchy and I’m in love with her.
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Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the second of two PropertyOfZack features today with Matt Fazzi of A Great Big Pile Of Leaves. The band just released You’re Always On My Mind via Topshelf Records, so make sure to download it here.
In this week’s feature, Matt talks about his love for Tears For Fears. Matt discusses how he found TFF, his nostalgia for them, how the band transcended the sound of the 80s, and so much more. Listen to songs by Tears For Fears here and check out what Matt had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Matt Fazzi of A Great Big Pile Of Leaves:
Most people only know Tears For Fears for having some of the biggest hits of the 80’s (the songs “Shout” or “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” may ring a bell), but my love for them runs much deeper than the simple radio hit or two. A big reason why I love this band so much is because my Mom always had them on constant rotation when I was growing up, so I have a deeply ingrained nostalgic attachment to their music. It feels like these songs have been around me for my entire lifetime. If I had to pick a favorite band, Tears For Fears might surprise a few people as my answer. Although, I should mention that, technically, I consider The Beatles and TFF to be equals on the top of that list. But for the purposes of this little write-up, I’ll stick with the more unconventional fave.
Tears For Fears reaches much further with their musical range than most realize. In my opinion, they were one of the few bands to truly transcend the sound that’s pigeonholed most of the music that came from the 80’s. Transitioning from new-wave electronic, synth-heavy pop, to r&b/jazz/soul, to blues, to rock n’roll is no easy feat, but TFF were able to seamlessly blend genres without sacrificing anything along the way. At the core, there’s a richness and diversity in their music and approach to rhythms, song arrangements, orchestration, harmony and melody, that definitely harkens back to the those lads from Liverpool. I’ll even make the claim now that their most recent album, 2004’s “Everybody Loves A Happy Ending”, sounds a lot like if The Beatles had a chance to make just one more album together. They are one of those rare bands where I’m still finding new details to love in their music and production after the millionth listen.
July is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out in the coming month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated July Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves - You’re Always On My Mind (7/2)
With brainy, beach-ready indie pop, A Great Big Pile of Leaves’ new album, You’re Always On My Mind, is the cute hipster girl you always wanted to ask out but were scared to because she was way smarter than you. The band lets its sun-soaked witticisms bask in the record’s infectious guitars and jaunty hooks, looking at the dog days of summer (both the beginning, “Fun in the Sun,” and the end: “Back to School”) with some serious rose-tinted shades. With Topshelf Records already in the middle of a banner year, A Great Big Pile of Leaves’ perfect poolside soundtrack of an album should keep the label’s accolades coming. - Erik van Rheenen
Late In The Playoffs - Alive & On Your Own (7/2)
You probably haven’t heard of Late In The Playoffs, and there’s a good chance you may not remember their name after reading this post. But I have confidence that you’ll hear from them again, and again and again. Late In The Playoffs’ Alive & On Your Own comes out next week, and it’s a fantastic pop-punk record somewhere in between The Starting Line’s Based On A True Story and the Midwestern emo of Owen. We’re way away from next year, but Late In The Playoffs will be one of the first bands on our Artists To Watch In 2014 feature. Don’t sleep. - Zack Zarrillo
Owen - L’Ami du Peuple (7/2)
A new Owen album is always cause for celebration, and Mike Kinsella seems to know how to change up his formula just enough to keep things interesting without ever losing touch with the project’s core of doomy, obtuse poetry and intricate fingerpicked guitar lines. Last time out, on 2011’s Ghost Town, Kinsella injected a jolt of electric energy into Owen’s traditionally staid sound, plugging in for a few ripping, distorted leads. It didn’t hurt that it also contained some of the strongest Owen songs to date — tracks like “The Armoire” and “Too Many Moons” have become staples of Kinsella’s live set. If the advance buzz for L’Ami du Peuple holds true, expect another strong release. - Jesse Richman
Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail (7/4)
Jay-Z and Kanye West have been friends and collaborators going back to the days when Yeezy was just another production horse in Jigga’s stable. But they’ve also been locked in a friendly rivalry which has, over the last few years, seen the emotional savant and the steely tactician pushing each other to new heights. So it isn’t a shock that, on the heels of West’s stealthily-recorded new album, Mr. Carter’s got one of his own to unveil. Magna Carta Holy Grail comes with names like Timbaland, Swizz Beats and Justin Timberlake attached, rumors of at least one track sampling Nirvana guitar lines (“Holy Grail”), and a groundbreaking ad campaign that threatens to eclipse the music. Yeezus is the current leader in the clubhouse for Album of the Year rights; now it’s Hova’s turn to take a shot at that throne. We’ll all be watching. - Jesse Richman
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves will be releasing You’re Always On My Mind on July 2nd via Topshelf Records. Pre-order the album here and check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves Stream Song Ft. Justin Pierre (MCS)