The Maine and Anberlin's co-headlining fall tour with Lydia and From Indian Lakes kicks off today, and we’re stoked to have all four bands together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the tour routing here and the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
Paul Westerberg- Let The Bad Times Roll
In honor of The Replacements reuniting, I chose this PW track. When we first started as The Maine we heard from more than a few people that some of our tunes were reminiscent of their sound. I didn’t realize how much of a compliment that was at the time, but Westerberg’s tunes with and without The Replacements have slowly become some of my favorite material to date.
Neil Young - Unknown Legend
This song is essentially two chords. This is why Neil Young is a legend (pun intended). I respect what this man has done and continues to do for music. Nuff said.
Steely Dan- My Old School
Dreams were just realized when I was fortunate enough to catch The Dan live at Red Rocks a few weeks ago with my brothers. Ten thousand people were groovin’ in the rain to the sweet sounds of Walter Becker, Donald Fagen and gang. Needless to say, it was RELIGIOUS. If you don’t like Steely Dan then we really can not be friends.
Ryan Adams - Starting To Hurt
It’s rather easy to be intimidated by a catalogue as extensive as Ryan Adams, but without fail I continue to find gems like this while musically perusing. This tune is off a collection of demos which he appropriately titled Demolition. I love the structure of this tune, that verse melody gets me every time. Can’t help but be reminded of the Pixies when I hear this track.
Jackson Browne - These Days
Originally recorded by Nico, I read that Browne wrote this at age 16. Are you fucking kidding me? I would sell half my left leg and my folks’ home to write this at age 25 let alone 16. That little fact gives me hope as a songwriter. After you give this a listen, check out Nico’s version, if you dig the Velvet Underground you’ll probably jam her take.
John Lennon - Watching The Wheels
I am reminded of a dear friend when I hear this song. One of the many reasons I adore music, it’s ability to arouse nostalgia. I know where I was when I first heard this song, who I was with, what we were doing, etc. Beautiful song, beautiful arrangement, beautiful nostalgia.
Radiohead - (Nice Dream)
I go on Radiohead binges from time to time. Right now I am on a major The Bends kick. The album is stellar to say the least. Thom Yorke has a knack for infectious melody and together they create quite the mood altering sounds.
I’m going to let this Radiohead bender ride for as long as it needs to.
George Harrison - If Not For You *Song is not on Spotify
George would be jealous of John if he knew that didn’t include him on this list. I’ve developed a mild obsession with Mr. George and think he is near the top of my list of favorite songwriters. The simplicity in the chord structure accompanied by the incredibly thought out production makes for pretty extraordinary tunes. Right on George!
Velvet Underground - I’m Set Free
It’s always fun listening to songs you’ve heard one million times and finding something new on listen one million and one. I’m amazed how this song delivers such a powerful message with only a guitar, a few tom drums, and a some distant vocals. As a musician, you could learn a thing or two from performances like Velvet Underground’s. Sometimes less is more.
Laid Back - Bakerman
One of these songs is not like the others. “Bakerman” may fly out of left field, but it’s summertime and this groove is contagious. The guitar lead, the horn stabs, all I have to say is the bakerman bakes one hell of a loaf. These dudes have been going hard since the early 80’s and just recently released a new album. If you keep baking, I’ll keep eating my friends!
I hope you enjoyed these tunes as much as I do.
In the words of Frank Zappa, “don’t eat the yellow snow”!
Nick Curran - Tough Lover
While we were recording Vital, our studio drum tech, Matt, showed us this song by a skinny, tattooed white guy that sounds like Little Richard. One listen was all I needed to be convinced considering the song was stuck in my head after the first “Wooooo!”. The song is so lo-fi (in a good way) and distorted, but it’s also honest and true to its roots. It causes nostalgia even if you never longed for times past. Here I am a year later and I still have this one on steady rotation.
J.D. McPherson - North Side Girl *Song is not on Spotify
Honestly, I nearly mistook this for a Nick Curran song the first time I heard it in 2012. Not necessarily because they sound so similar, but because I thought that maybe it was a new Nick Curran song that was being released. Turns out, they released their respective albums in the same year. They are simply two guys doing old-school rock ‘n roll very well. McPherson originally released his Signs and Signifiers album in 2010, but it was thankfully given a reboot by a major label two years later, which is how I and most of the world came to hear of him. The shuffle beat of this song is infectious. It gets in your head and won’t quit, which is probably why a two year old album still managed to become number one on billboard’s heat seekers. It’s just that good.
Tribes - We Were Children
A song that starts with a total Pixies-esque riff and talks about being children in the mid-nineties is going to find its way into my heart. Add the fact that it’s totally catchy and you will definitely hear this song if I have control of the stereo.
It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this winter and more are getting announced each week! Below you’ll find all the tours going on over the next few months, with newly announced tours listed above previously announced tours. So check out all the tours if you’ve missed any of them and make sure to mark them down on your calendars!
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BoySetsFire, No Trigger, Pentimento, Light Years, Maker [05/24-05/26]
My Ticket Home, For All I Am [06/11-07/07]
RX Bandits [07/05-08/01]
From Indian Lakes, Tallhart [07/07-08/03]
Heart To Heart, Hundredth, Counterparts [07/12-08/02]
The National, Frightened Rabbit [09/08/09/22]
Previously Announced Tours:
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Winter - Spring
From Indian Lakes on Steve Miller
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Behind The Booths
Mondays mean BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the PropertyOfZack feature today with Joey Vannuchi of From Indian Lakes. The band released a great new album called Able Bodies towards the end of 2012, and we’re stoked to have the band on the site today before they head out on tour with Lydia this spring.
In this week’s feature, Joey discusses his love for The Steve Miller Band, who have had a heavy influence on how Joey writes music and how he sees it as well. Listen to songs by Steve Miller here and check out what Joey had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
From Joey Vannuchi of From Indian Lakes:
Growing up in the mountains for most of my life, i mostly was exposed to classic rock and country music. I think a lot of it stuck, but none more than The Steve Miller Band. They might still be my favorite band of all time.
The way i write is heavily influenced by Steve Miller in the way that I also want to write any song that comes to me, no matter the genre. He would write a five or six minute rock jam with guitar solos and huge intro and outro included, and the next song would be a shorter pop song or a sweet folk inspired ditty. All of the songs would be great and i could never choose a favorite. Thats the sort of music i try to create. I want people to hear our songs and not care that it’s not RocknRoll or it’s not pop or blues or anything in between. I like that classic bands like this didn’t do an entire record of the same songs.
To list a few examples, think of songs like the stoner pop jam “The Joker”, the synth driven slow jam “Wild Mountain Honey”, or the borderline country “Dance, Dance, Dance”. “Rock’n’ me” has one of the best rock intros ever written in my opinion, and “Take the Money and Run” is an awesome example of his ability to blend a bit of funk in the mix. “Swingtown” is my personal favorite song from the band. It has inspired me to always work harder and harder to find that perfect song to open a record. It also has some ridiculously sweet drumming throughout the track and somehow manages to make the synth solo something to be taken seriously.