Today we are launching the first-ever POZ and AP.net Fantasy Football Challenge with the help of our friend Soupy from The Wonder Years. We’ve set up 18 fantasy football leagues where you can get the chance to play with members from many of your favorite bands. Each of the band members has chosen a charity for their league to represent, and at the end of the football season, one winner will be chosen to receive all of the proceeds.
Each entry requires a submission of $20 (all to go to charity at the end of the season). Throughout the season, PropertyOfZack will be posting Power Rankings, charity blogs, and Playlists from each league.D
Check out all the details of how to enter, who’s playing, and much more below!
July is just a few days away, and there are a slew of great records coming out in the coming month that PropertyOfZack team members couldn’t be more stoked to hear. In today’s new Discussion, we’re highlighting our personal Most Anticipated July Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves - You’re Always On My Mind (7/2)
With brainy, beach-ready indie pop, A Great Big Pile of Leaves’ new album, You’re Always On My Mind, is the cute hipster girl you always wanted to ask out but were scared to because she was way smarter than you. The band lets its sun-soaked witticisms bask in the record’s infectious guitars and jaunty hooks, looking at the dog days of summer (both the beginning, “Fun in the Sun,” and the end: “Back to School”) with some serious rose-tinted shades. With Topshelf Records already in the middle of a banner year, A Great Big Pile of Leaves’ perfect poolside soundtrack of an album should keep the label’s accolades coming. - Erik van Rheenen
Late In The Playoffs - Alive & On Your Own (7/2)
You probably haven’t heard of Late In The Playoffs, and there’s a good chance you may not remember their name after reading this post. But I have confidence that you’ll hear from them again, and again and again. Late In The Playoffs’ Alive & On Your Own comes out next week, and it’s a fantastic pop-punk record somewhere in between The Starting Line’s Based On A True Story and the Midwestern emo of Owen. We’re way away from next year, but Late In The Playoffs will be one of the first bands on our Artists To Watch In 2014 feature. Don’t sleep. - Zack Zarrillo
Owen - L’Ami du Peuple (7/2)
A new Owen album is always cause for celebration, and Mike Kinsella seems to know how to change up his formula just enough to keep things interesting without ever losing touch with the project’s core of doomy, obtuse poetry and intricate fingerpicked guitar lines. Last time out, on 2011’s Ghost Town, Kinsella injected a jolt of electric energy into Owen’s traditionally staid sound, plugging in for a few ripping, distorted leads. It didn’t hurt that it also contained some of the strongest Owen songs to date — tracks like “The Armoire” and “Too Many Moons” have become staples of Kinsella’s live set. If the advance buzz for L’Ami du Peuple holds true, expect another strong release. - Jesse Richman
Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail (7/4)
Jay-Z and Kanye West have been friends and collaborators going back to the days when Yeezy was just another production horse in Jigga’s stable. But they’ve also been locked in a friendly rivalry which has, over the last few years, seen the emotional savant and the steely tactician pushing each other to new heights. So it isn’t a shock that, on the heels of West’s stealthily-recorded new album, Mr. Carter’s got one of his own to unveil. Magna Carta Holy Grail comes with names like Timbaland, Swizz Beats and Justin Timberlake attached, rumors of at least one track sampling Nirvana guitar lines (“Holy Grail”), and a groundbreaking ad campaign that threatens to eclipse the music. Yeezus is the current leader in the clubhouse for Album of the Year rights; now it’s Hova’s turn to take a shot at that throne. We’ll all be watching. - Jesse Richman
First Impressions have been going well so far, so we’re going to keep the feature going on PropertyOfZack. It’s a way for me give my thoughts to our readers on upcoming releases in a format that isn’t based off of a template review style.
Tonight I have my First Impressions on Owen, Matt Vincent and Alex Correia, and The Dangerous Summer's upcoming releases. Check out my thoughts on the three LPs/EPs below and let us know whether you’re excited for them or not!
Owen - L’Ami du Peuple (7/2)
The great thing about Owen is that if you like one release, you’re probably going to like the others too. That’s the nice added bonus to bands like Owen, Lydia, and Death Cab For Cutie. While their music from album to album is different, the core sound and abilities make writing bad music difficult.
Owen’s Ghost Town seemed to fly under the radar for many with an early leak and a sporadic touring schedule due to family and other duties. With any mainstay to our music listening, we expect another good to great release from Mike Kinsella under the Owen moniker every few years, and it’s nice to have that comfort from a favorite artist. But L’Ami du Peuple is a release from Owen that shouldn’t just slide into his greater catalog of music. There are true gems in this ten-song album for all Owen fans.
The record has the attitude, spirit, and music that should make both fans of I Do Perceive and New Leaves more than happy and excited. And, well, if you’re big fans of both of those releases, you’re going to be real stoked.
Tracks like “I Got High” and “A Fever” have continued to stand out for me as strong, a little witty, and a little blunt. The edge that Kinsella can provide feels smooth and is ever refreshing with L’Ami.
The general Owen fan and the fanatic Owen listener may very well meet together in the middle over appreciation of L’Ami du Peuple. It is one of Mike Kinsella’s best releases, and it shouldn’t be skipped over. Here’s to more Owen in 2013 and onward.
Pre-order L’Ami du Peuple here.
Matt Vincent, Alex Correia – Split (7/9)
We each have a band or an artist that we champion above all others, for reasons that don’t necessarily seem sensible to others. The bands we rant about usually tend to be on the smaller side of popular, but we know damn well that they should be a lot bigger to someone other than us. It’s our job to keep pushing, to keep hoping the music finds others that appreciate it as much as we do.
The American Scene is one of those bands for me. I was sold from the moment I hit play on their two-song split with Daybreaker that came out on Pure Noise Records in 2011, and even further sold on the 2012 release of Safe For Now. Thus the announcement of a Matt Vincent (the frontman of The American Scene) and Alex Correia (the frontman of The Tower and the Fool) excited me to an extra special degree.
You’d think a sad, mellow, and reflective batch of songs from both Vincent and Correia would be best served for a fall helping of music, but the summer environment works perfectly for these six tracks. Whether it’s on a walk or over a drink, these songs capture you and a state of your past. Yes, they’re those kind of bittersweet songs you love to hate and hate to love.
Being an indie rock-ish band in a pop-punk scene is hard, and often fruitless. The American Scene’s Safe For Now and The Tower And The Fool’s How Long have their crop of fans, but not quite as much as they deserve. These stripped down acoustic songs will hopefully give potential fans in our world, or another, a chance to find the bands and the material of the frontmen we’re listening to.
Don’t make me champion music that you should already know about. Pre-order Matt Vincent and Alex Correia’s split here.
The Dangerous Summer - Golden Record (8/6)
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!
POZ Sponsored Shows
BoySetsFire, No Trigger, Pentimento, Light Years, Maker [05/24-05/26]
Turnover, Koji [06/07-07/24]
Blake Schwarzenbach Disco Decathlon [06/12-06/29]
TWIABP, Pity Sex, Dads, Daylight [06/13-07/21]
Owen, Slingshot Dakota [06/17-06/26]
Alesana Headlining, Color Morale [06/18-07/02]
Jimmy Eat World [06/30-08/18]
Allison Weiss, Slingshot Dakota [07/17-07/22]
The Draft (3/4 Hot Water Music) [07/17-07/28]
2013 All Stars Tour [07/19-08/17]
Neutral Milk Hotel [10/22-10/25]
Previously Announced Tours: