POZ Playlist: The Best Songs, Halfway Through 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 9, 2014

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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. 

Check out our Playlist, let us know what your favorite songs on it are, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading along below!

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The Hotelier - Dendron 

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)

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Reading, Leeds Add 48 Bands To 2014 Lineup

by Zack Zarrillo - May 29, 2014

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Reading and Leeds have announced 48 lineup additions including Jimmy Eat World, The Front Bottoms, La Dispute, Gerard Way, We Came As Romans, and a bunch of others. Check it out below after the jump.

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La Dispute Pay Tribute To Nirvana’s “Polly”

by Zack Zarrillo - May 27, 2014

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La Dispute have released a live video cover of Nirvana’s “Polly” in a new AV Club feature called Pioneering. Check out the great cover below after the jump.

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Small Hands For What: La Dispute, Lil Jon Mashup

by Zack Zarrillo - May 22, 2014

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A terrible human being recently remixed La Dispute's “Small Hands” and Lil Jon's ”Turn Down For What” into a track called “Small Hands For What.” Stream the song below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years, La Dispute, IIOI, More on No Sleep Records’s ‘A Comp For Mom’

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

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.

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Riot Fest Chicago, Denver, Toronto Announced: The Cure, Descendents, Weezer, And Plenty Fucking More

by Zack Zarrillo - May 13, 2014

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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!

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La Dispute Statement On Kevin Whittemore’s Departure

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 18, 2014

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.

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La Dispute, Guitarist Kevin Whittemore Parting Ways

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2014

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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.

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POZ 100 Words Or Less Podcast: Jordan Dreyer (La Dispute)

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 26, 2014

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.

Follow the podcast on Twitter here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and stream the new episode with Ray and Jordan below! 

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POZ Review: La Dispute - Rooms Of The House

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 25, 2014

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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.

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 16, 2014

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March 18th is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Hit the jump below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Mansions Tour Starts Tonight

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 14, 2014

La DisputePianos Become The Teeth, and Mansions kick off their kick ass tour tonight in North Carolina. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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La Dispute Stream New Album ‘Rooms Of The House’

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 10, 2014

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La Dispute will be releasing Rooms Of The House next Tuesday. Stream the full album below after the jump.

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La Dispute ‘Rooms Of The House’ Test Presses For Charity

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 4, 2014

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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.

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POZ Discussion: Most Anticipated March Releases

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 27, 2014

February is here, and we’re continuing 2014 with a jam-packed month of releases that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated March Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!

La Dispute - Rooms Of The House (03/18)
What is La Dispute? It’s hard to pin down a band that’s always changing, incorporating anything and everything into their special breed of emotionally-charged post-everything. Building on the experimental expansion of 2011’s Wildlife, the Michigan band worked with uber-producer Will Yip on Rooms of the House to push each sonic edge out a little bit further to the cusp of 80s and 90s college radio while still maintianing their trademark intensity. “Stay Happy There” is a bit Fugazi, a bit At The Drive-In, wrapped up in the sound of working through a cutting anxiety: “I will fix whatever is not the sweetness in your eyes, just sit down, please, sit down here at the table and we’ll talk. Somewhere televisions light up in the night.” Jordan Dreyer’s lyrics are only amplified by his exasperated delivery, the sound of a man emotionally drained and at the end of every rope he’s ever known. It’s the kind of music that helps someone through those late, lonely nights, catharsis defined through guitar strums and cymbal hits. Let it in. - Steve Ciccarelli

The Black Lips - Underneath the Rainbow (03/18)
The Black Lips, for more than a decade, has been a band that never does anything normal, and that includes selling a new record to the press. The Atlantaquartet’s upcoming seventh album, Underneath the Rainbow, has been described as “Elvis from the waist down,” which mostly harkens to the Tennessee setting in which the album was created, but also is a great example of the strange and misunderstood nature the group has cultivated in the public’s eyes. 

After the polished but enriching sound of the Mark Ronson-produced Arabia Mountain, the band turned to another unexpected producer/fan in Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney to produce their latest.  The writing process this time around came amidst a two-year touring cycle and the loss of several close friends, so much of the record is being described as reflective. As usual, it’s a smattering of different styles, including rock, blues, and even country jangles which fits greatly into the band’s unwillingness to be defined by a genre. Like any experience involving the Black Lips both on record and in a live setting it will no doubt be a wild ride for their fan base. - Jason Stives

Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon (03/25)
Remember a few years ago when Seahaven released their debut full-length packed with post-rock anthems for the frustrated young man in all of us? And how it was called Winter Forever and seemed to falter a little under the own weight of its self-imposed sadness? Well, their upcoming release this March has taken on a totally different direction even in just the title alone, baring for the world its intentions with the name Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only. And even though “Reverie Lagoon” sounds like the name of an isolated tropical retreat in a trashy romance novel, the shift in style might prove to be their strongest decision yet. “Silhouette (Latin Skin)” (both of the new record and the recent 7” of the same name) creeps in contemplative like a Deja Entendu era Brand New track, while “Flesh” cavorts as a casual alternative tune with some inflections of that Southern California beachiness of which I am both fond and jealous. So, while it’s yet to be seen if the record carries as much escapism promise as it claims to, I think we can all agree that we’re happy to be moving away from the unilateral bleakness of being in winter forever. - Adrienne Fisher

Fireworks - Oh, Common Life (03/25)
When it comes to Fireworks, I was a little late to the party. I didn’t get into the band until well after 2011’s Gospel, and I’ve never really forgiven myself for what I now refer to as ‘the lost years.’ However with this March comes the band’s new album, Oh, Common Life, and a chance for me to redeem myself for past mistakes.

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