We all get excited to hear about guest appearances on upcoming albums that we’re looking forward to, even if they end up being terrible. Hopefully they end up being pretty damn good though. We thought it’d be great to do a PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The Best Guest Appearances from multiple bands in our scene. We put the tracks together in an Rdio Playlist to listen to as you read the Discussion as well. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your favorite guest appearances!
The Wonder Years - “All My Friends Are In Bar Bands (ft. Shane Henderson, Dave Mackinder, Matty Arsenault, Jamie Rhoden, Nik Bruzzese, Charlie Saxton, Nick O’Neill)
“Defend Pop Punk,” as belabored of a mantra as it is now, probably peaked in 2010, when Man Overboard slapped the trademark rifle on their debut full-length art, but The Wonder Years probably shouldered the bulk of the defending. And after The Upsides closed with the rousing “All My Friends Are in Bar Bands,” us pop-punk fans should’ve just considered the genre defended.
The list of singers featured on the track still reads like a veritable who’s-who of pop-punk (If pop-punk needed defending, The Wonder Years brought an army to do it): Shane Henderson of Valencia, Dave Mackinder of Fireworks, Matty Arsenault from A Loss For Words, Title Fight’s Jamie Rhoden, and Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard fame (oh, and Charlie Saxton, of all people). The guest spots themselves are short and sweet: everyone takes a quick step up to the microphone to sing “I’m not sad anymore / I’m just tired of this place / If this year would just end / I think we’d all be OK.” And with each emphatic delivery, you start believing it. - Erik van Rheenen
blink-182 - “All Of This (ft. Robert Smith of The Cure)”
Cataloging a band’s evolution in sound can be a fun process. “Well, it makes sense that song X sounds like this because the last song on their previous record started to go in this direction…The new album follows suit.” Or, “The guitarist in the band is new and his last band sounded like this, so here’s why that guitar part on song X sounds like this.” So on and so forth.
blink-182’s Untitled record has a lot of songs that make you question how they got there. ”All Of This” is probably the best possible example of that. It’s well known that Mark, Tom, and Travis grew up loving The Cure and Robert Smith, so being a fan of the The Cure or not, it’s rad to hear how the song came together.
The track is full of the back and forth known between blink’s vocalists, but Tom’s nasally vocals clash in a great sense with Robert Smith’s low, experienced, and calm verse and choruses. The song is the darkest sounding track on the album along with “I Miss You,” and it carries a special eeriness. “All Of This” in general is one of the songs on Untitled that proves its strength and well-roundedness. - Zack Zarrillo
Fall Out Boy - “What A Catch, Donnie (ft. Elvis Costello, Travis McCoy, William Beckett, Gabe Saporta)”
“What a Catch, Donnie” is the swan song of Fall Out Boy’s Folie a Deux. It’s not the album closer, but it is the album’s closure; a beautiful, piano-based ballad that focuses all of FOB’s talent and snark into one powerful, emotional track that seems to say everything at once about the state of FOB’s career and relationships without actually saying anything. I’ve always felt that it was one of, if not the, most important song Fall Out Boy’s ever written, and the sense of closure comes with particular obviousness in the finale.
Not only is there a reprise of a lyric from another Folie track sang beautifully by none other than Elvis Costello, there’s also a quilt of past lyrics interwoven into the end and sung by a cast of Fall Out Boy related characters, from Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) to William Beckett (The Academy Is…) to Gabe Saporta (Midtown/Cobra Starship). The significance of having all your best friends proverbially in the same room to close out a song that seems indicative of the dissolution of your band is not a detail to be overlooked, and the homage paid to old lyrics could even be considered a eulogy.
Fall Out Boy has never done anything without a double entendre or a deeper meaning, and “Donnie” is no exception. Thank God this swan ending wasn’t the last drop in the pan, though - otherwise we never would have gotten Elton John on “Save Rock and Roll.” - Adrienne Fisher
Long live A Very GK! Holiday Festival. The weekend festival will not be returning in 2013, or ever again. PropertyOfZack has confirmed with the festival promoter that the news isn’t a stunt like some fans were hoping it’d be.
We now know for sure that every member of My Chemical Romance is working on new music. Two of them have already released new songs and confirmed projects. Both Way brothers are up next.
The band will be releasing their recently recorded live album with a few new songs in October. But the band also hinted at a ten year Catalyst tour, which would be fun to say the least. One might begin to wonder however about what the band would do next after that tour. Can’t do a ten year tour for Coming Home, even though some of us would love that.
Live From The El Rey is a DVD/CD release of Jack’s Mannequin’s final show as a band. The release does not feature the enter set, but it does have 2/3 of the songs played that evening.
Calculate things like this beforehand. If you’re going to go into debt, either write that off as an expense for being in a touring band, or don’t tour at all.
This track will not be appearing on the band’s new album, which will be announced next week. It’s an interesting instrumental piece that features the audio from an old Hemingway speech.
The Monthly Summary
Albums Out This Month
The Weekly Tour Round-Up
Matt Pryor And James Dewees - 04/25/13
Skate And Surf Festival - VIP Tickets [Ended on May 3rd]
Make Do And Mend, CG, DMND YTH - Tickets [Ended on May 3rd]
Make Do And Mend, CG, DND YTH - Tickets [Ended on May 8th]
Skate And Surf Festival - GA Tickets [Ended on May 8th]
Without the likes of Bad Brains and Minor Threat, hardcore punk may have never reached its peak. Had Green Day or blink-182 failed to leave an imprint, today’s influx of pop-punk powerhouses may have never even materialized. What if Joe Strummer had opted for a 9-5 job, a life spent within the confines of a cubicle rather than a stage? Would punk rock have simply been a flash in the pan, a movement looked back upon with little wonder as to what could have been?
The moral of the story is every career begins and ends with an influence. A mentor that can both help shape and define an artist’s output. For New Found Glory, the long-running pop-punk quintet who today find themselves a tutor of sorts for their successors, look no further than the Ramones. Without the groundwork laid by the iconic punk rock outfit, a band often credited as the forefathers of the genre, it’s difficult to even say if Coral Spring’s finest ever would have materialized.
In comes Mania, a six-song tribute to the patriarchs of punk rock. Fans of both bands will be ecstatic, as all the hits (with the exception of the customary “Blitzkrieg Bop”) are here. Hook-laden cuts poached from the Ramones discography, including fan favorites “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “The KKK Took My Baby Away,” have been adequately slapped with a fresh coat of paint, and while the songs themselves certainly feel tailored to a band in New Found Glory’s vein, the five-piece do a super job of breathing new life into the tried and true classics.
Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 20th, and we’re excited to say goodbye to the money in our wallets. There are over 400 releases that can be seen here, but we’re highlighting just a few more special releases that are coming out tomorrow. Check out our RSD Preview here and some more albums coming out below!
Record Store Day arrives on this Saturday, April 20th. And though our wallets may not be ready, our hearts certainly are. There are a great amount of releases coming out this year for the music holiday (around 400), and we wanted to start a Discussion/Preview on the records that PropertyOfZack members are looking forward to most. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your most anticipated Record Store Day releases!
Manchester Orchestra | Frightened Rabbit / Manchester Orchestra | Grouplove - Split
To say we were excited when Andy Hull tipped us off about this release a few months back would be an understatement. A split featuring Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit, and Grouplove? Well that’d be some serious shit right there. Wait. A split that features collaborative songs from MO/Frightened Rabbit and MO/Grouplove? Now that’s something else all together. This is going to be a true collector’s piece for Manchester, Frabbit, and Grouplove fans alike. Plus, we’ve heard the songs. They’re great. - Zack Zarrillo
New Found Glory - Mania 12”
When the pop-punk mainstays recorded a cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” as a bonus track for 2011’s Radiosurgery, most fans wrote it off as a fun one-off of a classic punk anthem. We were wrong. Jordan Pundik and crew went throwback for this year’s Record Store Day, releasing a limited edition 12” Ramones cover EP called Mania. If you ever wanted to jam to a more poppy, less punk-y “The KKK Took My Baby Away” or “Rockaway Beach,” now’s your chance. The EP quashes all worry of a rumored NFG hiatus, and will be a fun little stopgap between Radiosurgery and whatever new tunes come next. - Erik van Rheenen
Their/They’re/There - Their/They’re/There 12”
Grammar nerds and fans of twinkly guitars, pensive lyrics, and prog-rockish melodies, rejoice. Evan Weiss, Matthew Frank, and Mike Kinsella’s super-group is finally releasing its self-titled debut EP for Record Store Day. Coming out on Polyvinyl Records, if the two songs we’ve had the chance to hear (poppy-progressive hybrid “Concession Speech Writer” and riff-heavy, tongue-in-cheek named “Their/They’re/Therapy”) are any indication, this is a true-blue Kinsella sort of record. This might be the most talented trio to form a super-group be all the tunes we get from these guys. - Erik van Rheenen
Now, Now - Neighbors Deluxe LP
Now, Now (then Every Children) stirred up initial interest with its debut release, Cars. Fans waited and waited for their follow-up, which came in the form of a shortened moniker and a digital partnership with No Sleep Records. It was an EP called Neighbors. The EP will finally be seeing physical treatment on Record Store Day this year with special die-cut artwork and the Neighbors remixes as an added perk — not that fans needed one. This was an excellent release that showed the band’s full potential, and it’s a RSD exclusive that every Now, Now fan needs to try to hunt down. - Zack Zarrillo
Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory has released a message to fans following being released from the hospital after getting shocked onstage last night at the Chain Reaction. Read his statement below by clicking “Read More.”
Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory was shocked onstage last night at the Chain Reaction, and many fans were unsure and concerned about night two of their back to back shows. The band has now confirmed that tonight is going on as planned. Check out a tweet form the band below by clicking “Read More.”
Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory was shocked onstage last night by a microphone, which caused him to collapse. He has now been released from the hospital and his heart has been cleared. Check out a tweet from Gilbert below by clicking “Read More.”
NFG’s Chad Gilbert Electrocuted By Mic On Stage
A promoter in Virginia last night called members of The Wonder Years’ support crew “faggots.” POZ will have a statement from a member of the crew on last night’s situation coming later today.
Chad Gilbert was shocked onstage by his microphone yesterday and did not come back out - we’ve heard reports that he is okay, but the band has yet to make an official statement.
Fall Out Boy are going big this fall with an arena tour. This will come several months after the release of their new album and spring touring plans.
The band is back writing new demos. It looks like we may not get a new Taking Back Sunday until early-2014, depending on when the band hits the studio.
The tour will feature original frontman Scott Wade out on vocal duties for the band.
This isn’t looking good for the 1,500 people that spent $250 on what was supposed to be a beautiful and perfect box set.
Way is taking a trip down memory lane again, but this time with Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.
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