POZ Decade: Midtown - Forget What You Know

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 1, 2014

Midtown’s Forget What You Know was released ten years ago last week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today. We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Brittany Oblak, Sydney Gore, and Adrienne Fisher, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Forget What You Know ten years later! 

How Forget What You Know holds up in 2014
It’s no secret to anyone that Midtown is one of the bands with an intense, cult-like following. However, a lot of this “cult” seems to have formed after the band had (for the moment) parted ways. When Forget What You Know was originally released in 2004, neither critics nor fans really made a huge connection to the album. The band was not receiving attention the same way their pop-punk peers at the time were, and they were playing shows to barely 200 kids. However, as soon as the announcement of the band’s break-up came and lead-singer Gabe Saporta went full-steam ahead with his other project, (this little band you may have heard of named Cobra Starship), everyone seemed to be sipping the Kool-Aid. 
 
With the demise of Midtown and the birth of Cobra Starship, it seemed that the “grass is always greener on the other side” part of the human condition kicked in for most Midtown fans (even though I would personally venture to say Midtown is unarguably the better band in any case).  The mythology of Midtown more than the band or record itself seems to have created the most widespread appreciation of this album by fans over the past ten years, all building up to their long-awaited reunion at this year’s Skate and Surf festival. The blunt, adamant, and self-assured nature of Midtown’s Forget What You Know still holds a tight grip on its place in alternative music in the company of today’s (conversely) neurotic and unsure world of awkward, fumbling pop-punk bands. From the shouting, beseeching chorus of “Give It Up” to the unapologetic “Empty Like The Ocean”, Midtown certainly still saves. – Brittany Oblak
 
Most important song on Forget What You Know
Selecting a song from Forget What You Know is by no means a simple task. Some will take the easier way out and go with “Give It Up” or “Is It Me? Is It True?” and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with either of those choices. For me though, “Empty Like The Ocean” is the track that always sticks. That opening guitar intro sounds like an alarm is being set off, and Midtown is giving us a wake-up call.
 
The song is so raw, biting and brutally honest, and you can feel Gabe’s sense of dark desperation wash over you. “I don’t care where you come from/ If it’s awful there/ All of us are alone/ I forget where I come from/ And I don’t care,” he sings in the chorus. The energy from this song momentarily releases you from the heavy burdens weighing you down in your life, and the guitars build these intricate layers of intensity, giving the tune an eerie, sinister vibe. The emotion is dripping everywhere, as emphasized by every drumbeat, and nothing is faked or forced. (Like how many orgasms can you fake if you’re fucking someone meaningless, ya know? Gabe gets it.)
 
We all get lost inside our heads as we try to decipher what our individual purpose in this world is, but all we can really do is dance it off and sweat it out. This is why I’ve always loved Midtown, and when I listen to this track, I know that this is what they were all about for this album. - Sydney Gore

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Off The Record: Mo Wax, Mo Problems

by Zack Zarrillo - May 20, 2014

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Off The Record, a new podcast hosted by Jesse Cannon and Zack Zarrillo, last week, is slowly hitting its stride, and we’ve greatly appreciated you listening.

We’re back this week with a new episode titled Mo Wax, Mo Problems that focusses on the recent vinyl reissue controversy surrounding Cartel and Enjoy The Ride Records, marketing vinyl releases and general excitement, and what the job of record labels are or should be in 2014

Please take a listen if you’re interested and make sure to check out the Off The Record website for show notes on the episode and for more information on how to keep up to date with us.

Follow the podcast on Twitter here, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes here, and stream the third episode below! 

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Midtown’s Final Song From Their Final Reunion Show

by Zack Zarrillo - May 20, 2014

Midtown wrapped up their reunion this past weekend at Skate And Surf. Check out the band closing their reunion out with “Just Rock & Roll” below after the jump.

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Midtown’s ‘Forget What You Know’ Comes To Vinyl

by Zack Zarrillo - May 15, 2014

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Midtown will be releasing the ten year addition of Forget What You Know on vinyl on June 24th. Check out details below after the jump.

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Midtown Secret Reunion Show Set List

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

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Midtown just played their first show since breaking up last decade, and it was to about 300 people with no barricade. You can check out their set list from the incredible show below after the jump.

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POZ Skate And Surf Preview: Our Must-See Bands (Day 1)

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

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Skate And Surf Festival is just a few days away now, and we hope you’re all as excited as we are for an incredible weekend in Asbury Park, NJ. We thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Acts for the first day of the lineup today, with a day two feature coming tomorrow. Check out ticket/lineup information for the festival here, our list below, and reblog to let us know who we need to see while we’re at Skate this weekend!

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Midtown
Reunions have been something that have become engraved in both the Skate And Surf-then-Bamboozle-then-Skate And Surf culture. Whether it was The Movielife, Further Seems Forever, Fall Out Boy, or something in between, there’s just nothing like the excitement that comes from not seeing your favorite band in 10 years, and then seeing them again. That’s part of why Skate And Surf 2014 is so goddamn exciting. We’ve been waiting for years to hear Midtown sing, “I wish I could hate you for the rest of my…” and we’re just days away now.

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Saosin
There were rumors for years about Anthony Green being interesting in a reunion once again with Saosin. That time has come. Saosin of course only have one EP with Green and a few b-sides, so expect the set to be quick and incredible. What may be more interesting might be the “new ideas” Saosin will be playing.

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Citizen
Citizan frontman Mat Kerekes was very young – and still is very young – when Youth came out, and the result of youth (lmao) is a relative inexperience performing live. As the band has toured more, though, Kerekes has vastly improved both his stage presence and the quality of his vocals, making Citizen a can’t-miss act when they come to town. The same can be said for a Skate & Surf Day 1 lineup that has a bit of a weak middle; simply put, don’t miss them.

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The Early November
Uh huh, let’s see here…The Early November playing a show in New Jersey. If you need any more of an explanation as to why you should watch that happen, then I don’t know what to tell you.

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Midtown Have Worked On Two New Songs

by Zack Zarrillo - May 14, 2014

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Voice & Verse, Evan Lucy’s podcast, is back with episode number ten featuring Gabe Saporta of Midtown on the heels of the band’s reunion. In the episode, Saporta confirmed the band has worked on two new songs, though there aren’t necessarily plans to do anything with them at the moment.

You can subscribe to Voice & Verse podcast via iTunes, or listen below as well!   

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Midtown Playing Secret Warmup Reunion Show?

by Zack Zarrillo - May 5, 2014

Midtown are reuniting over Skate And Surf weekend for two kickass shows, but it looks like the band will be playing a secret warmup show as well. A band called “Merman” is listed at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY on May 14th, just a few days before Skate. Rumors are trickling out that Merman is Midtown. Check out details below after the jump.

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Midtown Will Consider More Shows; Ten Year Tour Likely Not Happening

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 5, 2014

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Midtown are back! But the future is a little unclear past two Skate And Surf appearances. Frontman Gabe Saporta has said that the band is not opposed to more shows, but there’s no guarantee. In addition, Saporta confirmed that a Forget What You Know tour is unlikely. Check out a full interview with the band here and a snippet below after the jump.

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March Sadness: Sad 16 Announcement + Voting Begins

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 3, 2014

Just like last year, we were incredibly surprised by the overall response at the announcement and vote-in round for March Sadness from both our viewers and bands participating in the competition, so we are certainly ready to launch the Sad 16 bracket round.

The 16 bands voted into March Sadness are now pitted against each other in their 90’s, 00’s, Reunion, and Revival brackets. Head below and join us in voting for a band in each emo bracket through Sunday evening, and the Emo 8 will launch on Monday! 

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POZ Roundtable: March Sadness - Why We Picked These Bands And Why You Should Vote For Them

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 28, 2014

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It’s the second year of March Sadness, and we finally have an answer to “What the heck is that band doing in the bracket?” POZ team members Zack Zarrillo, Erik van Rheenen, Adrienne Fisher, and Jesse Richman teamed up with Tom Mullen of Washed Up Emo fame for an impromptu roundtable session to decide which bands should make the cut for this year’s tournament. Agree? Disagree? Read our reasonings and let us know and then vote to make sure your favorite bands push through to the Sad 16!

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POZ March Sadness: Announcement + Vote-In Round

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 26, 2014

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It’s clear that PropertyOfZack is to blame for the term “Emo Revival” that sprung up in 2013. The bands had nothing to do with it. March Sadness started an undeniable thirst for sadness last year, which is why we’re so happy to make you sad again today with the announcement of March Sadness 2K14: The sadder, weaker, and emoer substitute for NCAA’s March Madness.

March Sadness consists of a vote-in round (that’s today!) followed by 16 bracket spots, broken down into ‘90s Emo, ‘00s Emo, Reunion Emo, and Emo Revival (uh, duh). We are limiting ourselves to 20 bands that will be voted down to 16 by Monday’s Sad 16 launch.

We realize “emo” is both a subjective word and genre, but March Sadness is all about us having fun and interacting as a community. So please head below and join us in voting for four out of five of your favorite bands in each emo category through Sunday evening. The Sad 16 will launch on Monday!

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The Weekender: Emmure Exercise Free Speech By Promoting Gun Violence, Midtown/Saosin Reunite + Skate & Surf, MCR Bow Out, Oberst Libel Suit

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 23, 2014

Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

Emmure Have Audacity To Title New Song “Bring A Gun To School”

Yes, other bands have outrageous song titles. The Front Bottoms “Taking My Uzi To The Gym,” we know. 

Emmure are not The Front Bottoms. Emmure have a stained record of being misogynistic, crude, and disrespectful to their fans, their surroundings, and anyone who has unfortunately heard of their name.

In 2012, the band attempted to make money from selling shirts off of the horrible, deadly, and world-shaking events that happened at Columbine. It is clear that Emmure simply does not give a fuck, have no morals, and have no desire to be not terrible individuals. Whether Emmure asked for it or not, thousands of people love their music, which means the band has a direct avenue into their fan’s heads and minds.

Promoting school violence and the killing of individuals once is a sick joke, twice proves that you should go to hell.

Skate And Surf Festival: Midtown, Saosin With Anthony Green

John D went for it. Midtown are reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. Saosin are reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. Hidden In Plain View reuniting for this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. The Early November, Circa Survive, and your literal boy DMX are also playing Skate And Surf Festival.

There are many doubts from fans who flocked to the often-shaky festival last year, but when you book top-heavy acts that people have begged to see for five to ten years, you’re set. Skate And Surf 2014 is going to be big.

My Chemical Romance Stream Final Song “Fake Your Death”

My Chemical Romance officially released their final song this week called “Fake Your Death.” It’s almost like they wrote it knowing they were going away.

Conor Oberst Files Libel Lawsuit Over Rape Claim 

From AP’s report:
He says the media coverage that resulted from the three posts in the comments section of a blog has damaged his career, especially in New York where most of the major music publishing houses are headquartered. He says he was in the company of his brother, bandmates or then-girlfriend at the time of the claims. The suit also says the woman who made positive social media comments about Oberst in the past decade.

Skate And Surf Festival 2014: Midtown, Saosin With Anthony Green

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 17, 2014

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Book your ticket now. The 2014 Skate And Surf Festival lineup brings reunions from Midtown and Saosin with Anthony Green in addition to The Early November, Hidden In Plain View, DMX, and many others. You can check out the fully announced lineup so far below after the jump.

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