This year just feels like such a great year. Whether you’re seeing live music, or basking in the emotions of a full record or individual song from a new album, it’s just great. 2014 is only halfway through, but we decided to put together a PropertyOfZack Playlist of TeamPOZ member’s favorite songs six months in.
PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List
I lost a loved one at the turn of 2014. It would be hard to count the amount of hours spent around this woman who was near for so many events that changed and shaped my life.
You tend to face many foreign and challenging turns of events as you grow older, and this has been the most difficult one. Sometime music hits just at the right time when those moments come into lay. “Dendron” by The Hotelier has possibly hit me harder, in a relative way, than any song I’ve ever listened to has. The album itself is of course incredible, but this song is now forever cemented in a dark evening for me. I feel grateful and upset to have it.
Part of your charm was the way you would push me from / All of the traps that I just couldn’t see / Figures the one that was there to have tripped you up / would be the one that was set there by me.
- Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Modern Baseball - Your Graduation
There’s something special about relating to every line of a song, feeling as if the writer picked your brain before putting pen to paper. “Your Graduation” is one of those songs for me, but what I find even more intriguing is how many people in completely different situations also relate to it so well. “Bullshit, you fucking miss me” is a line every bitter pop punk kid would love to say to their ex, and spawned a million “my life right now” posts on Tumblr. That’s what I think fans love so much about Modern Baseball, they are just some college kids writing songs about their lives with no pretensions of anything more, and that’s something everyone can relate to. -Connor Sheehan (@ConnorPOZ
The Menzingers – The Talk
We were all curious as to whether or not The Menzingers could follow up the brilliance of 2012’s On The Impossible Pastwith an album equally as incredible. Those doubts were removed about .02 seconds into Rented World’s first single, “In Remission,” and the band’s fourth album has steadily dug its way into my subconscious since its release in late April. Although each of the twelve tracks is stellar in its right, “The Talk” is the record’s clear standout, with the song’s two minutes and sixteen seconds jammed packed with the right mix of spite and substance. “The Talk” is the perfect song for cruising down a country road on a long summer night and with the Fourth of July just around the corner, can one really ask for anything better? – Zac Lomas (@Infidelegate)
No Sleep Records has announced A Comp For Mom, a tribute to the late Linda Hansen, founder Chris Hansen’s mother, who passed away in April. Featuring unreleased songs from The Wonder Years, Into It. Over It. and many more, all money raised will go into the Linda Hansen Memorial Fund to help pay outstanding medical bills. Pre order the album here and check out the track list as well as a message from No Sleep below.
We don’t know how they do it, but they always manage to do it, plus we’re sponsoring it! Riot Fest 2014 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this September in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. The lineup will feature The Cure, Weezer, Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, and about 50 other bands that you’ll want to throw your money at. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineups below after the jump!
Riot Fest Toronto Lineup Announced
La Dispute announced at a hometown show last week that the band and guitarist Kevin Whittemore are parting ways with each other. The split was an amicable one that comes from Whittemore transitioning his passion from playing guitar on tour to building guitars at home. The band has released a statement that can be read below after the jump.
PropertyOfZack has confirmed that La Dispute announced at a hometown show last night that the band and guitarist Kevin Whittemore are parting ways with each other. We have reached out to the band for a statement and will update this post with any further news. You can stream Rooms Of The House below after the jump.
POZ Review: La Dispute - Rooms Of The House
Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute. Ray and Jordan discuss acting, the process of creativity, and unintentional beginnings. The conversation is an open and revealing one for fans who ask to find out more about the band, so make sure to check this episode out if you’re interested.
by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen
La Dispute has never been a band that bothered mincing words. Both their previous records are wordy as hell and confidently approached their lyricism from a literary standpoint, but Rooms of the House could almostbe better considered as a collection of short stories rather than a grouping of songs. It’s not unusual for any contemporary artist to rely on anthemic statements or everyman anecdotes to leverage a connection with a fan base, but La Dispute has always somehow gotten their listeners to rally around lyrics that are more artistically done and don’t exactly boast a general, unifying sentiment (“I think I saw you in my sleep, darling” being a prime example - no one knows why we freak out over that line, but we definitely do).
Even if your prowess doesn’t lie in dissecting the meaning behind words, the subtle way that the songs on Rooms just work together develops a tangible sense of wholeness, much like how a series of rooms make up a house. The use of repeated scenes or symbols create an interconnection between songs that any student of literature would recognize immediately, and as every good writing student knows, it’s always better to show what you mean, rather than tell what you mean. That’s probably the strongest thing that La Dispute has brought to the table on this record - things like the repositioning of furniture or the radio in the background may be unimportant in their own standing, but their repeated presence, referenced over and over by the narrator, create these snapshot scenes and stories that the songs delineate with obsessive and vivid detail.
La Dispute will be releasing Rooms Of The House next Tuesday. Stream the full album below after the jump.
La Dispute are auctioning off three test presses made for Rooms Of The House. Money from the auction will go to several charities. Check out details and a new song below after the jump.