POZ 10Of’12: Topshelf Records Family

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 19, 2012

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PropertyOfZack is back with a new 10Of’12 End Of The Year Lists with our friends in the Topshelf Records family. Check out lists from Topshelf, Into It. Over It., Code Orange Kids, Slingshot Dakota, The Saddest Landscape, Diamond Youth, and so many more. Check them out below and come back every day for more!

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Venna (ex-The Felix Culpa) Announce New LP; Release Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 11, 2012

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Venna (ex-The Felix Culpa, Cut Teeth) will Third Generation Hymnal on February 5th via Broken Circles Record. Pre-order the album here and check out the artwork below by clicking “Read More.”

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POZ Contest: Braid, IIOI, DMND YTH - Metro

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 30, 2012

PropertyOfZack is stoked to be teaming up with Braid and Metro to give away a pair of tickets to see the band play Frame & Canvas in full alongside Into It. Over It., Diamond Youth, and Cut Teeth on December 16th in Chicago, IL. The contest will end on December 12th, so find out how to enter below! 

To win a pair of Braid Chicago tickets you must do each of the following things:

Braid, IIOI, Diamond Youth ‘Frame & Canvas’ December Dates

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 12, 2012

Braid, Into It. Over It., Diamond Youth, and Cut Teeth and will be playing Frame & Canvas shows together in December. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.” 

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POZ Stream: Creative Adult - Dead Air

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 16, 2012

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PropertyOfZack is stoked to be streaming Creative Adult’s (All Teeth, Lifelong Tragedy, Purple Mercy, No Sir) new Dead Air EP, which is out today. Pick up the EP here and stream it below by clicking “Read More!”

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POZ Track-By-Track: Cut Teeth - Televandalism

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 25, 2012

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Cut Teeth are releasing their Televandalism EP via Topshelf Records on July 24th. To promote the release, Dustin Currie from the band was kind enough to write-up a Track-By-Track for PropertyOfZack. Check out the feature below!

Who is Thomas Driscoll?
The title is sort of a play on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, with its “Who is John Galt?” refrain, and playing further on that it kind of has to do with my take on that book and her philosophy (which I realize I got something completely different out of than what the reader is probably supposed to). This song is basically about how as people we’re able to forge our own paths and create our own successes (and/or failures) on our own terms, and how the way we speak and present ourselves has a huge effect on that. Kyle wrote that choppy, sort of mathy bridge part on bass, which was extremely fun for the rest of us to try to learn. Definitely one of those musical “ahh” moments when it finally clicked for all of us. It’s also probably the most exhausting song I’ve ever played.

Desert Vines
Lyrically, this one’s pretty straight-forward. It’s essentially just an anti-war song. When I was a kid, my brother joined the Marine Corps. I always felt really conflicted, especially when he got shipped off to Afghanistan and Iraq, so I was always in full support of him and wanting him to come home safely and in one piece - but at the same time I was fully opposed to the entire concept of him being there. I just found myself asking ‘what for?’ a lot. Musically, this song has by far my favorite riff Dan has written, and I think was a really big turning point for us figuring out how to write songs together.

Gossip Choir
This was definitely the weirdest song to put together, for all of us, I think. We all just kept saying how none of us has ever really written a song like this before, a song that sounds this fucked up and eerie, but that we loved it. Naturally, I wanted to channel my inner Fox Mulder to turn it into a ghost story, based on an experience I had with an apartment a couple years ago.

Stone of Yap
I knew I’d wanted to use the line “you’ve gotta spend money to make money” for a chorus-type part for a song for a while, and this just seemed like a very opportune place to use it and build a song around the concept of currency - how it’s not a real, tangible thing at all, but it’s one of those few things that essentially exists because we collectively believe it to exist. This one was actually kind of a challenge to keep as short as we ended up keeping it, but I think it was for the best for this kind of song.

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Topshelf Records Sign Cut Teeth

by Zack Zarrillo - May 17, 2012

Topshelf Records have signed Chicago, IL’s Cut Teeth. Check out details regarding the signing and the band’s future below by clicking “Read More.”

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