From Red City Radio:
16-September - Houston, Texas
Leaving Brownsville for Houston was interesting for the sole fact that about 20 minutes out was a border patrol checkpoint. Apparently the dogs at the checkpoint could sense that we were lovers of all things canine and wanted us to hang around for a little longer. So after being detained and checked for past criminal history and outstanding warrants as men in rubber gloves took every belonging in the van dumped them on ground we were told to leave. Good thing too because as much as those dogs were cute we had a show to play in Houston. And we play we did. At a club called Walters. It was fun. Sleep. Wake. Van.
18-September - Lafayette, Louisiana
We had a day off between Houston and Lafayette so went took a side trip to New Orleans. I have a lot of family there so I’m very familiar with the city. We dropped the trailer off at my aunt’s house on the West Bank and then drove into the city for cheap drinks and bad decisions. Both were achieved. Lafayette’s show was at the Wild Salmon, which silly name aside, was a very cool place with great food and friendly staff. This also marked our first day with Flatfoot 56 on the bill. Super nice guys which is good because they are so freakishly tall they could probably rip us all apart without breaking a sweat. All in all it was a pretty good set. We had some small tech problems but nothing major. Stayed at a very nice place that night and hung out with some off kilter but extremely nice people who were beyond generous. Good times.
From Red City Radio:
Currently on some state highway on the way to West Palm Beach, FL
So this is one of those tour diary things that I used to be stoked about doing about a year and a half ago but am now currently dreading. The fact is you can’t type and sleep at the same time. Science. You also can’t watch a movie and craft some coherent account of your travels which is another downside to this endeavor. And honestly I’m just fucking lazy. But alas I am informed that on occasion I luck into vomiting out an entertaining yarn or two so this where we are people. With me hastily hunting and pecking on this laptop keyboard and you, the masochistic reader, along for the ride. So let’s get to it.
13-September Dallas, Texas
Believe it or not until this show we had never played Dallas before. Sure it’s only 2.5 hours from home but we’re Ft. Worth men and that’s the way it has been for a while. That said Dallas is a lovely monument to urban sprawl and “bigness” in general and we were more than excited break the seal on playing there. It’s our first tour date with the Ataris. And after meeting them I cannot say enough about what great people they are. Fun dudes. As an added bonus the wives/girlfriend accompanied for funsies. Fun show aside from some monitor (read as sound guy) issues. We packed our shit up and drove to our man Jared Ahmed’s house in Ft. Worth where sat around the fire pit and drank beer until some ungodly hour.
14-September San Antonio, Texas
After an uneventful drive we arrive at Club Korova. Very cool bar/venue. Large, good sound set up and the décor was dominated by Stanly Kubrick themed art and trinkets. It was a large bill that night with a total of six bands so in the interest of maximizing crowd potential it was decided that three locals would play, then us, then The Ataris, then one last local. Needless to say it was a late night and when we finally arrived at our home for the night were exhausted but glad to have plenty of space and a few beers to drink before we went to bed. The next day was a long drive to Brownsville so we’d be getting up fairly early. We probably still stayed up too late but whatever….we’re professionals.
The Paper + Plastered Tour is officially off with The Ataris, Flatfoot 56, and Red City Radio. It’s one of the best early-fall tours this season, and we’re stoked to be doing a brand new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature to promote it. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
Sonic beauty and the proof that innovation and art triumphs indeed triumphs over commerce. This album is more punk than your entire record collection.
Wilco - The Whole Love
Incredible songwriting. Chaotic musicianship that reminds me of what I loved about seeing artists like Fugazi perform live. It felt like it could self destruct at any second. It was unpredictable. Like Coltrane… or Miles. The most powerful art makes you want to quit what you are doing.
Black Sabbath - Masters of Reality
An insane band with so many crushing album tracks that are far stronger that the singles that made them famous. Bill Ward’s performance on this album destroys any drummer out there. Dear suburban white kid… Listen to this album, Throw away your double bass pedal and get a clue.
Title Fight - Floral Green*Song is not on Spotify
A great group of sincere, kind individuals with their hearts and hands planted firmly in my 90’s youth. Everything I loved about Quicksand, Sebadoh, Jawbreaker, Failure, Seaweed, Fugazi… Post-punk is back in all it’s beauty and is ready to crush your heart wide open.
Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
To those narrow minded souls… everything you know is wrong. Here is a fine example of a powerful singer / songwriter whose incredible work in the 70’s was far overshadowed by his more popular yet not so incredible work from the 80’s. This is the album that made me see the light of just that… This was Elton (and of course Bernie Taupin) writing their interpretation of a folky, organic, americana album. Strangely, one of his most commercially unsuccessful albums and in my eyes, one of his best. Elton’s backing band on this album, (the obscure U.K. rock band Hookfoot) blow my mind… especially the drummer.
Rolling Stones - Between The Buttons
I grew up with a father who had a very extensive record collection. I feel I was very lucky to have been schooled on great music at an early age. However there were always some artists that I guess for a long time, As a kid, I kind of wrote them off for their hits. The Stones were one of those artists. They indeed do have some great A sides. But then finally when I got older, I went back and re-visited “Exile on Main Street”, “Sticky Fingers”, “Between The Buttons”… It was only then that I finally realized how wrong I was and how much more was left to be discovered. Get all three of those LP’s, drop the needle and see what you too were missing.
Superchunk - On The Mouth
I still remember when I was 15 and first heard Superchunk’s - “On The Mouth” for the first time. It had the pissed off angst of all the punk albums I loved, yet it also had the heart and imagery of the alt rock albums that moved me at the time. This album, Sonic Youth - “Goo” and My Bloody Valentine -“Loveless” will forever take me back to that summer where times were more simple, when I sat up in my room at night, lights out, letting these songs take me to the colorful, vivid places a small town kid could only imagine. Thank you “120 Minutes” for bringing Chapel Hill to shitty rural Indiana back then and forever changing the life and path of one young midwestern boy.
Dinosaur JR. - I Bet On The Sky *Song is not on Spotify
This has what I feel one of the best Lou Barlow songs on any Dinosaur album… or Sebadoh album for that matter. The song is called “Rode”. Somewhere in the midst of all of J’s songs full of crushing, blistering guitar loudness, sits this simple little pop number. Maybe the contrast is another reason why it just feels so right. Is the album as good as “You’re Living All Over Me” or “Bug”… Fuck no. But comparing it to those albums is like comparing something in the now to a frozen memory of then. They are just two completely separate places in my life and that would be impossible to recreate. It is still a great album, it has a lot of soul and it is currently in my virtual tape deck.
These are eight albums. I am Kristopher Roe. Thank you for listening to me ramble about music. Now go listen to some. Goodnight.
Here’s a link to my acoustic album “Hang Your Head in Hope for your readers to check out.
It’s available on a pay what you want basis. Thanks again. - Kris Roe
The Arrivals – Simple Pleasures In America
This song was the first song we ever got into by the arrivals and has an amazing element of catchiness to it. It’s about how they where challenged by a friend to write a song that was about what they like and not always about what was wrong with the world. Its very tongue and cheek but will have you singing along in no time. One of our favorite Chicago bands.
Mewithoutyou – Cardiff Giant
This band has been consistently on our favorite bands list for years. This song from their newest record has a great beat and couples groove and lyrical ingenuity together to make for a great listen. This album is great!
Noi!se – Idle Action
There is just some times when you got to get your oi! out and rock out to some gritty street sensitive music. Noi!se does this well and also makes it intelligent. This (when it is done right) makes for some killer music. Good to see some good American Oi! bands.
The Downtown Struts – Swiss Army Life
When you have been listening to music for a very long time there is an affinity you develop when you hear a good play on words. Besides being of one of our favorite newer bands out of our home town scene, these guys also know how to write a song. Good lyrics couples with great riffs and catchy sing along parts makes sure you are never bored.
Brandon Reid – If I Fell *Song is not on Spotify
This singer song (writer who we first came in to contact with when he was playing guitar for a band out of Alaska called the Scurvies) blew us away with his solo album called stuck int he city. His voice and lyrical genius catches you in a way that is completely authentic and real. Hoping to see some big things from him in the days ahead.
Treasure Fleet – Vices *Song is not on Spotify
While lyrically this song has very little relevance to us the tune is amazing and gets stuck in your head like the plague. The song has a great driving drum beat with cool vocal action. Treasure fleet isn’t the kind of band that we normally get into but good music will always get credit from us. It’s also the side project for the singer of the Arrivals.
Bruce Springsteen – Death To My Hometown
What can we say other than he is the boss! Some songs you just can relate to and speak to you. Love the use of horns as well.
Leatherface – I Want The Moon
There is just something about gritty English vocals that scream the words tough to me. This song and the album that its on is in the top three favorite albums of all time. It has great technicality and song structure and still keeps the aggro up.
Knucklehead – Cosmetic Youth
This band is just good punk and roll. Great opening track for a great album through and through. Album is called new black list. Song is gritty and punches well. Makes you want to throw your arm around the shoulder of the person your standing next to and do a few roundabouts in the circle pit.
AM Taxi – Dead Street
By far one of the most underrated bands out there. Am Taxi takes catchy music to a whole new level. Great band, amazingly tight, and awesome song. - Tobin J. Bawinkel
The Menzingers - Nice Things
I love this song so much. I think it’s genius how they made a verse and a chorus so catchy with the same riff throughout. The outro is amazing as well. They write the kind of songs I wish I wrote.
I Am The Avalanche - Holy Fuck
This band’s latest record is one of my favorite of the last couple of years, and this couldn’t be a better opener. These guys are one of the best live bands we’ve played with. Yep.
Hostage Calm - Rebel Fatigues
If you wanna listen to a song that will stick in your head for days, this is your track. Best dudes. Be sure to check out their new record.
Apologies, I Have None - Long Gone
Can’t say enough about their new record “London.” Get it. Seriously, don’t blow it.
I Am The Avalanche’s spring headliner is coming to a close, but we were lucky enough to have Hostage Calm and Red City Radio, two bands featured on the tour, put together a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
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Big In Japan - She’s Awake
I was a big fan of Zoinks and The Gain so Big In Japan was right up my alley. This song in addition to having an epic intro has some of the best verse harmonies in pop punk.
Less Than Jake - Ghosts of You And Me
My absolute favorite LTJ song. You know the story of how Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys would sit alone in his room and listen to Be My Baby over and over again? That’s how I feel about this song.
The Copyrights - Button Smasher
It’s such a simple song about that person who never knows how to play the game so they just mash buttons all the time, and they NEVER LOSE. Hilarious and catchy.
The Menzingers - Good Things
If there is a better opening track to an album this year I haven’t heard it. And I doubt I will. Nuff said.
Piebald - The Stalker
My favorite Piebald song. Lyrically it’s just really tongue in cheek yet smart as well. Perfect windows down, yelling at the poor sap next to you as you wait for the light to change, spring time song.
Houseboat - My Life Hurts *Song is currently not on Spotify
One guitar, one voice, a great melody, then drums kick in, then the band kicks in and you have one hell of a song about failure, growing up and loss. Not many people can write a pop punk song this good.
The Gamits - Dotted Lines *Song is currently not on Spotify
I. Fucking. Love. The. Gamits.
I Am The Avalanche - Amsterdam
This my jam off of Avalanche Unitied. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see them play on tour.
Maritime - Peopling of London
I think Human Hearts was a vastly underappreciated album from last year. Listen to this song and tell me you don’t love this band. Go ahead. I’ll wait right here.
Nighlights - Think They Show Speed Racer Here?
Another band and album that didn’t get their due last year. It’s a real shame Matt left the band.
When the winter weather finally subsides and the first rays of spring sun hit my face I always feel compelled to make a playlist that is predominately pop punk. i do it every year and this year was no different. That playlist is usually 3-4 hours long so since I can’t post it all here a select ten songs. Enjoy. - Paul Pendley
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John K. Samson - iPetitions
This man is a true master of his craft.
Anne - Lower Faiths *Song is currently not on Spotify
Shoegazey with a little pop sensibility. “Dream Punx” was probably my favorite record of 2011.
The Nerves - Hanging On The Telephone
The original. Incredible power pop.
Young Statues - Spacism
This band is amazing and the slide guitar in this song is amazing.