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.