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In 1997, blink-182 Broke Away From The Pop-Punk Pack

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 16, 2014

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AV Club has posted their next article in an ongoing punk series that is taking readers year by year through the 1990’s in relation to the scene. This week’s article is titled In 1997, blink-182 Broke Away From The Pop-Punk Pack and focuses on blink, Jimmy Eat World, Misfits, and more. Read the full piece here and a snippet below after the jump.

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POZ Discussion: Deserted Island Albums

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 9, 2014

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It’s somewhere between Lost and Pirates Of The Caribbean and you’ve found yourself trapped on a deserted island in the middle of an ocean. The good news is that for some reason you found out your iPod will never die, but only if you remove every album you have on it except for three very special ones. What would your Deserted Island Albums be? That’s the theme of a new PropertyOfZack Discussion that includes each POZ team member picking three of their own deserted island albums with a description to go along with one of them. Reblog to let us know what yours are, and check out our Discussion below!

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blink-182 - Untitled, by Zack Zarrillo
Crafting my Deserted Island Albums list was supposed to be simple, but then I thought about it a little more. Do I just pick my top three favorite albums of all time? Hm, no. blink-182’s Untitled is an obvious choice because it is my “everything” album, but The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (my number two) probably wouldn’t be something I would want to listen to all day if I was stuck alone. Forever. Regardless, Untitled was always going to be there. It’s the perfect blink-182 album for the same reason it’s a perfect (for me) Desert Island album. There’s the uplifting energetic “Feeling This” and “Go,” mixed with the lovestruck “I Miss You” and “Down,” paired with the introspective “Asthenia” and “Not Now (I’ll be taking the UK version, please) and the hopeless “I’m Lost Without You.”

I could write a whole bunch of words on the album, but I already did that last year when Untitled turned ten.

Regardless, the record is what I’d want to hold ever-so-tightly to my chest on a lonely island because it hits on almost every emotion I could ask for. And with a limited choice in music for potentially forever, that’s a pretty good fit.

I’m also bringing…
Jack’s Mannequin - Everything In Transit
Mansions - Dig Up The Dead

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Something Corporate - Leaving Through The Window, Adrienne Fisher
When I was 16, I wrote a Xanga entry that simply said “Midtown is my favorite band, but if I had to listen to one album for the rest of my life, it’d be Leaving Through The Window. Since basically nothing’s changed in 10 years, in either the music scene or my emotional development, I’m sticking to my statement. While I can’t say that “Punk Rock Princess” would be the best soundtrack to myself Tom Hanksing my survival and isolation on this deserted island, the record’s got plenty to say on dreaming of escape and/or rescue - come on, the opening song’s even called “I Want to Save You.”

On a serious note, this album’s stood the test of time better than most records that’ve won my stamp of Favorite Ever, and I’d imagine that if I was struggling to keep sane while coping with my new island life, I’d want a comforting record on in the background that I know will never get old and has the ability to be somewhat uplifting. You know, something to keep me going when I’m tracing Emoji patterns in the night sky to pass the time or outlining my Twitter handle in rocks on the beach to let passing planes know just who exactly needs saving.

I’m also bringing…
Fall Out Boy - Take This To Your Grave
Saves the Day - Through Being Cool

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Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue, by Becky Kovach
It’s probably no big surprise that Ocean Avenue is my number one Deserted Island Album. Beyond just being my favorite album by my favorite band, it’s the album that made me fall in love with music and the album that made me want to get involved in the industry in the first place. Ocean Avenue is the album I go back to every time I start to doubt where I am or what I’m doing. And I could listen to it on repeat for pretty much forever, because it stands just as strong now as it did the first time I ever heard it. Plus, Ocean Avenue is the perfect summer album. What could be better for a deserted island?

I’m also bringing…
Bayside - The Walking Wounded  
Fall Out Boy - From Under The Cork Tree

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Bayside – Self-Titled, by Brandon Allin
In all reality, despite any kind of optimism, being stranded on a deserted island, alone, devoid of any kind of food, water, and supplies, would hardly be a vacation. One thing that might make the situation a little more bearable would be music, a few of your favorite records to help the hours pass by, and maybe even keep you sane.

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Covers, No. 1: blink-182 Alternate Artwork

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 8, 2014

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DLSL Design Co. are starting a series simply called Covers that feature alternative versions of album covers by your favorite bands. DLSL is kicking off the series with reworked version of Enema Of The StateTake Off Your Pants And Jacket, and Untitled by blink-182. Buy the covers here and check them out below after the jump.

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blink-182 Doesn’t Have “Their Shit Together,” Says Travis Barker

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 24, 2014

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Travis Barker further expanded upon blink-182's lack of recording new music in another new interview with the OC Weekly. Barker expressed that until the band has “their shit together” he will be focussing on different projects. Check out what he said below after the jump.

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The Weekender: Keep Getting Them Checks

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 22, 2014

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

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blink-182 Recording New Music Has Been “Kind Of A Challenge”

blink-excitement seemed to be at an all time high this past fall. If you had the option to buy 182 stock, any time between September and December would have been the right move. Big festivals were contrasted with the small rooms. An anniversary was met with five sold out residency Untitled shows in California. A new full-length was talked about openly with promised studio dates by the end of February. What more could you have asked for?

January and February came and went and blink-182 did not announce that they were in the studio. Now, in a new interview, Travis Barker confirmed the band members couldn’t figure out how to all schedule being in the same studio together for an extended period of time, which means recording has been pushed back indefinitely. There will be no new blink music by the summer as promised, most likely. There will likely be no new blink-182 music in 2014.  

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Yellowcard Sign To Razor & Tie Records; Releasing Album This Fall

Didn’t see that one coming, did you?

What Yellowcard and Hopeless Records did together in 2011 was, and still is, extraordinary. The end cycle for Paper Walls saw the band quickly fading away, and Yellowcard rightfully went on a break. Since then, Yellowcard have been the largest they’ve ever been following the pinnacle of success that Ocean Avenue brought on. Sure, having a number one hit is everything, but having a steady career playing 2,000 cap rooms is nothing to complain about. It’s something to write home about.

When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes and Southern Air were both successful as were their respective touring cycles. So, why leave Hopeless? Sure, another label may have been able to bring Yellowcard back like Hopeless did, but also maybe not.

What does Razor & Tie do for Yellowcard that their current label wasn’t? Most people we’ve spoken to don’t seem to know.

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The Ready Set Signs To R&T; Announces ‘The Bad & The Better’

Ah, the return. The Ready Set has moved on to Razor & Tie following several years in limbo dealing with a major label and a “failed” follow-up to a major radio single success. Razor & Tie seems like a good fit for the band, considering the popier side of label, but it’s hard to know what you’re getting with Razor & Tie, which is why the move seems questionable for Yellowcard as well (see above).

Saves The Day, Kevin Devine, Hit The Lights, and Such Gold all had generally underwhelming cycles with the label. Which one of these two bands will be follow suit?

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Thrice Likely To Tour, Record New Music

That’s a surprise. Thrice may be coming back even sooner than fans were expecting. Dustin Kensrue, the man who calls the end-hiatus shots, seems to be getting ready to be willing to do another Thrice tour, and maybe even another Thrice record, in the not too distant future.

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Tigers Jaw Stream “Nervous Kids” From ‘Charmer’

Charmer is real. The album will be released via Run For Cover Records on June 3rd. “Nervous Kids” is the first song off of the release, and it’s a perfect transition from 2011’s Two Worlds

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Finch To Release New Album In 2014

Finch are going to try to do this thing again. Now is undoubtedly the right time following a very successful 10-ish year tour in 2013 in addition to a spot on Warped Tour this summer. 

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Travie McCoy Announces New Single With Brendon Urie

No one is better at timing “comeback” singles with popular artists than Travie McCoy. The new track with Brendon Urie could deb a big hit for both.

blink-182 Recording New Music Has Been “Kind Of A Challenge”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 19, 2014

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Things suddenly don’t look so good for new music from blink-182 in the near future. The band was already supposed to be recording their new album and follow-up to Dogs Eating Dogs, but it’s become apparent over the last few weeks that Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker weren’t in the studio together yet.

In a new interview with Noisey, Travis Barker stated that recording new music has been a “challenge” and that he can’t wait for the stars to align in terms of blink hitting the studio to sacrifice not recording on other projects. Barker hopes that the band can still hit the studio before Reading and Leeds this summer, but didn’t necessarily show full confidence in releasing music before the summer like originally planned. Check out part of the interview below after the jump.

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Vote blink-182 For Warped Tour’s Battle Of The Bands

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 17, 2014

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Warped Tour is hosting its annual Battle Of The Bands competition online with Ernie Ball to give several bands the chance to play live at a stop of the tour this summer. Small time entry blink-182 were added to the polling, and this local band needs your help. Find out more details on how you can help take this band to the next level below!

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blink-182 Vinyl Reissue Release Dates, Details

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 7, 2014

All of blink-182's catalog is being reissued on vinyl over the next six months. Check out release dates and details below after the jump.

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Hear The Original Version Of blink-182’s “Please Take Me Home,” Titled “Jessica”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2014

Though this made it onto the internet several years ago, it seems that most blink-182 have never heard it. An original version of “Please Take Me Home” from the band’s Take Off Your Pants And Jacket release was titled “Jessica” and was played live by the band all the way back in 2001. Check out the first version below after the jump.

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blink-182’s “Going Away To College” Covered By Los Campesinos!

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 21, 2014

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blink-182's “Going Away To College” was recently covered by Los Campesinos! Stream the song below after the jump.

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blink-182 50% Off President’s Day Sale

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 16, 2014

blink-182 are holding a 50% off deal for President’s Day. Check out details below after the jump.

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The Weekender: Blind Justice, blink Demoing City Lights Breakup, Sum 41 Don’t Know When To Stop

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 15, 2014

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Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you. 

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Blind Justice Accused Of Illegally Taking Nude Photos From Girl

The genres of punk and hardcore are were built by outcasts who decided it would better to stick together and create rather than take advantage and destroy. Decide what side you’re on, and don’t attempt to fool anyone by saying anything otherwise.

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blink-182 Demoing New Music

Momentum seems to have slowed down for blink-182. In November and December it seemed clear that the band had plans to begin recording their follow-up album to Neighborhoods in February, but that seems very unlikely. 

The band has plans for a summer in Europe, but music needs to predate that plane and boat ride blink. Will we see a June or July release? That’s what’s necessary if blink want to take over the world, again.

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City Lights Call It Quits

From the band:

We have decided to call it quits because we’ve all come to a time in our lives when we’re ready to take on new opportunities. For some of us, that involves continuing to play music, and for others it involves working behind the scenes in the industry. We firmly believe that we can contribute to not only our own musical growth, but to the growth of our music scene in general by taking on these new opportunities, and continuing without City Lights.

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Sum 41 Making A New Album; Band Auditioning Drummers

The real question Sum 41 needs to ask is, “Does anyone want to hear new music from us?” It’s a little hard to believe that the answer is “Yes.”

Sum 41 put out three incredible records in a row, and they have all stood the test of time. Underclass Hero, while not a fan favorite, was a huge success in the mainstream world. Screaming Bloody Murder was a major failure in every regard.

Since then, the band lost another lifetime member. Since then, Deryck Whibley’s personal and physical life have fallen apart and he has become a laughing stock among fans.

It might be time to just stick to the hits, if the hits can even draw people out.

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For Today: It Was Frustrating Because I Really Do Love Gay People

There’s a point where it’s better to say no comment then to say something no one believes. 

Boob Ranch: blink-182 Lullabies

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 13, 2014

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Sparrow Sleeps have made lullaby renditions of classic blink-182 songs. Listen to the Boob Ranch and pick it up below after the jump. 

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blink-182 Demoing New Music

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 12, 2014

blink-182 are officially demoing new music. The band had originally planned to hit the studio in the very near future, but have not updated fans in a few months. Check out a tweet from the band below after the jump.

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Mark Hoppus’ Favorite Album Of All Time

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 12, 2014

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Mark Hoppus of blink-182 is just one of 26 individuals in bands to list their favorite albums for a new Thought Catalog feature. Check out Mark’s pick below after the jump.

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