We’re closing out the year of PropertyOfZack Playlist with one last Team Recommendations feature on our staff’s favorite songs of 2013. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Touché Amoré – Just Exist
I just knew. From the first time I pushed play on this song, I just knew. All of a sudden Is Survived By became my most anticipated album of the year, and the record sure enough ended up becoming my favorite of the year. “Just Exist” is a perfect example of the power Touché Amoré can bring when they combine both of their lyrical and musical talents. - Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
On My Honor – Indrid Cold
If you’re at all familiar with my suggestions throughout the year on these weekly playlists, then my choice of On My Honor should come as no shock to you. I frequently suggest their songs. Despite my slow slip from pop-punk to emo/hardcore preferences, I can’t ever stop loving my dudes in On My Honor. I remember a show last year (yes this song is a 2013 song, but it was also on a 2012 split) in Knoxville. They announced this as a yet-to-be-named song, and the place blew up with excitement. Lyrically, it’s one of my favorite songs of all time, and on top of that, it reminds me of a great show, a great night post-show when we all (I’d say 90% of the people that attended that show) hung out at Drew’s, and a great group of friends I have (OMH and their fans, and my friends in Greensboro [also die-hard On My Honor fans]). The message of the song is simple, be who you are and keep doing what you know is right. That is better than any false support you’ll get from people who don’t matter. - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
Fall Out Boy - The Phoenix
The announcement of Fall Out Boy’s triumphant return may have coincided with the release of “My Songs Know…” but I think it was second single “The Phoenix” that made the whole thing real for me. The sinister and cinematic string intro, the shouts that have become a rallying cry for fans everywhere (“Put on war paint!”), the Earth-shattering note Patrick Stump hits just before the final rounds of the chorus (you know what note I’m talking about). “The Phoenix” is bold and aggressive from start to finish, an anthem for the diehards whose heartbeats ticked away the minutes until the hiatus was finally over. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Mansions - 100 Degrees
I didn’t really listen to Mansions much before this year, even with some folks (ahem, Zack) persistently insisting that I do so. In 2013, I listened to Mansions. A lot. And then kicked myself for not taking the boss’s advice sooner. There’s something vaguely Ben Gibbard-ish about “100 Degrees,” and it’s not just that scorching temperature of a lyrical conceit. (Perhaps Christopher Browder also sat beneath a willow tree?) The fuzz hits hard, the guitar solo hits harder, and perhaps Browder’s restrained vocal delivery hits the hardest of all. An incredible focal point on an incredible album. - Erik van Rheenen (@TheRealVandyMan)
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark [Light ‘em Up]
I struggled with this decision for a while, but I ultimately came to the conclusion that this song had to be my choice for song of 2013. Don’t even lie to yourself, as soon as you saw the news that Fall Out Boy was off hiatus, this song was your everything. The build up to the chorus still gets me pumped every time I hear it. “Light ‘em up” wasn’t just part of a song title, but a victory cry that FOB was back and ready to kick all kinds of ass. The entire album is pretty great, but “My Songs Know” is the triumphant soundtrack that will forever bring us back to that day in February when “the take over, the break’s over” went from lyric to reality. - Ashley Aron (@ashleyoverdrive)
Justin Timberlake – Spaceship Coupe
This might not be the song I listened to the most this year, or even my actual favorite, but the most gloriously half-absurd/half-amazing song of the year belongs to Justin Timberlake. It starts like some kind of nu-soul before dropping the most insane synthesized bass line and some kind of drum pattern that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Nine Inch Nails record. “I’m just trying to find the alien in you,” JT croons, before a single piano note repeats over and over and over and over enough to finally become a hook. Some serious Prince worship going on here, especially with the bridge guitar solo—and the fact that it’s really just a song about gettin’ down in the back of a car. My favorite part has to be the beginning of the second verse: “Everybody knows that you’re from outer space,” followed by a brief pause before the background singers confirm that the subject of the song is indeed from “outer space.” More specifically “that milky way.” “Spaceship Coupe” is pure, unabashed fun. Pulling from so many different genres and distilling them into something purely now isn’t an easy feat, and might even be a shark-jumper if it wasn’t just so damn good. - Steve Ciccarelli (@stevecic)
Producer Will Yip will be releasing his Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilation on October 8th. The comp will feature exclusive (new) and previously unreleased songs from bands like Title Fight, Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, Man Overboard, Citizen, Turnover, Daylight, Koji, Tigers Jaw, Polar Bear Club, Dead End Path, Sainthood Reps, Mongoloids, None More Black, Light Years, Pity Sex, and Anthony Green. Check out the artwork and track listing below after the jump.
PropertyOfZack is happy to have O’Brother, Native, and Daylight together for a new Playlist as they dig deeper into their late-summer tour. Check out their tour routing here and the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Junior Astronomers - Touching War
This was the first new song I heard these guys play live a few years before they released ‘Dead Nostalgia’. Now it’s out, and it’s still one of my favorite tracks off the record. Don’t sleep on this band and buy their record now.
Whirr - Reverie
I can put this track on repeat and zone out like I can with Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent)”, M83 “I Guess I’m Floating”, and Sigur Ros “Untitled 4”.
Nine Inch Nails - Right Where It Belongs
I had the privilege of seeing NIN at Lollapalooza this year. It was the best performance I have ever seen from start to finish. Their lights/production were on point, their sound was immaculate, and their playing was flawless. They didn’t play this song, and I’m glad they didn’t because I would’ve cried in the middle of tens of thousands of people.
Cult of Luna - Vicarious Redemption
This is the third track to one of my favorite releases of 2013, ‘Vertikal’. Although a 19 minute track, it does not feel like it at all.. it’s tasteful and loud when it needs to be. If you like dark and heavy, this is it.
Jesu - Losing Streak
How can a song be so catchy yet so heartbreaking? I don’t know, man. Ask Justin Broadrick.
Sigur rós - Yfirborð
Experiencing Sigur Rós live has been something on my bucket list for years. I got to experience it for the first time when my girlfriend and I, along with some of the dudes in my band and their girlfriends, drove up to Chicago in April. my jaw dropped when I heard this song. ‘Kveikur’ came out and this song sounds just as it does live.
Queens of the Stone Age - I Sat By The Ocean
At first, I thought this song was a little poppy for QOTSA. But the more I listened to it, the more it made sense to me. This band is smart and great at what they do, and this song grooves hard.
Alice In Chains - Phantom Limb
O’Brother had the absolute pleasure of doing a short tour with these guys (what?). I was behind the stage setting up guitars when their drummer, Sean, came up to me and started talking about politics. Their whole crew was looking for him. Moments later, they sound checked with this song and it sounded massive even from behind the stage. It’s insane that this band is still releasing amazing records. It’s hard to believe that they formed the year I was born.
Kowloon Walled City - The Pressure Keeps Me Alive
I discovered this band recently and listen to them on Spotify more than any other band.
Dead In The Dirt - The Pit of Me
Atlanta’s variation of punk, hardcore, sludge, and grind at the same time. Listen loudly. - Johnny Dang
Summer tour playlist: What I’ll be listening to.
Before every tour I make a conscious effort to load my iPod up with new albums and new challenges to listen to when I’m driving. I’m pretty happy with my latest haul and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel so I can delve in. (In alphabetical order)
AA Bondy - American Hearts
My new favorite folk sensation. He seems to be brining a different message to the table and I like his approach. It’s not stale, very refreshing.
Barbarossa – Bloodlines
This album has been taking over everything I do, how I drive, how I run. I saw him open for Junip in June (he’s actually touring in Junip as well) and I was floored. Very tasteful electronic music paired up with super soulful and jaw dropping vocals. His voice is seriously haunting. “S.I.H.F.F.Y.” will keep you coming back for more and more.
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow’s Harvest *Song is not on Spotify
I’ve been listening to this since it has dropped. It’s so challenging that I wouldn’t expect anyone to understand it on the first listen. You have to truly detach yourself from your expectations and understanding of music, and just listen. It’s the soundtrack to what Earth will be like after humans are go. This album is a movie, it will change your perception and unearth some very deep rooted fears about life.
Brighter Arrows – Dreamliner *Song is not on Spotify
This album just came out on the The Ghost is Clear Records. It’s very special to me. Not only is written by some dear friends of mine, but it’s honestly so good it’s a little terrifying. I feel like there’s a lot of bands out there right now trying to emulate this sound, but Brighter Arrows snuck out and did it without anyone knowing it. It’s epic, emotional and quite a journey. Listen to it in its entirety to see the whole picture.
Broadcast - Tender Buttons
This album is in now way current, but it is my go to road trip album because of how upbeat the music is. Another treat is Trish Keenan’s lyrics, it’s like listening to a well worded book on tape.
We’re back with part two today, which takes fans of the label past the music and gives a better look into the employees that make Run For Cover as great as it is day in and day out. We have three videos, all shot by Alex Henery, that tell the story of employees at the label and also give us a look into mailorder, customer service, and Small Talk/Tuesday’s With Tay.
Be sure to check out RFC’s oral history here and part two of Inside below!
Part One: An Oral History
Our good friend, and maybe one of your favorite producers, Will Yip has officially announced his Off The Board: A Studio 4 Family Compilationthat will be released on October 8th. The comp will feature exclusive (new) and previously unreleased songs from bands like Title Fight, Circa Survive, Balance and Composure, Man Overboard, Citizen, Turnover, Daylight, Koji, Tigers Jaw, Polar Bear Club, Dead End Path, Sainthood Reps, Mongoloids, None More Black, Light Years, Pity Sex, and Anthony Green.
Purchases of records, shirts, and other memorabilia from the comp will go directly towards Yip buying Studio 4, the studio where he makes some of the best albums we’ve heard in years. Check out the store here to buy the comp and other goodies and a press release with all the details below!
POZ Perspective: Will Yip And The Power Of The Neve