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Modern Baseball's You’re Gonna Miss It All debuted at number 84 on the Billboard charts with 4,473 copies sold. Check out a message from Run For Cover below after the jump.
POZ Review: Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All
PropertyOfZack met up with our buddies in Modern Baseball a week or so ago to film a brand new Session in celebration of You’re Gonna Miss It All. Pick up the new record here, and watch the band perform stripped down versions of “Your Graduation” and “Pothole” below!
POZ Review: Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All
by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen
When life turns to shit, most of us in this scene probably bypass the supportive confidant and go straight to music as our first comfort. Maybe a forlorn conversation littered with hints of self-doubt and cravings of clarity comes later, but right off the bat that beautiful language flowing through the headphones taps straight into that empty part of our hearts or our brains or our souls and allows us to relax. The chords and the words are our crutches, allowing us to persevere and reminding us that most injuries are only temporary. Finding a friend in the music, when another human is the last creature you want to come across, is part of what this scene is all about.
Chiefly, I look for honesty and sincerity, of which the human race sometimes falls short. The best records are the ones that speak for me; the ones I constantly revisit when I’m not sure how to decipher my labyrinth; the ones with lyrics that end up in my tweets. Smart, clever and endlessly interesting, no matter how many times it drips out of the speakers on repeat. While they may tackle universal topics, these albums and I converse in a way that is completely individualized.
That’s how You’re Gonna Miss It All struck me. On the first full rotation (and each time since), Modern Baseball’s sophomore album simultaneously comforted me in my distress and stimulated deeper thought. It’s raw, reckless and emotional, much like the true human condition. There’s no bullshit or fakery. There is only naked honesty.
Take “Charlie Black” and “Timmy Bowers” – working together, these two essentially guide you through the mental dichotomy of a breakup, “Charlie Black” by day and “Timmy Bowers” by night. The former begins by taking the listener into the stalled-out mind of a person left behind. The bass, guitar, and drums are tightly wrapped around one another, allowing plenty of space for Jacob Ewald’s nasally-yet-brash vocals to proclaim, “I’m pretty good at feeling sorry for myself/Making up fake lives/But nothing, like, tangible.” As if reading from a diary, the lyrics describe an empty state of mind and daydreaming about terrible events that end up on the six o’clock news. Why? As the chorus melodically explains, “Tragedy’s got my heart a-beating/Re-thinking all my days.”
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Modern Baseball You’re Gonna Miss It All is up for a $5 Bandcamp sale via Run For Cover Records for a limited time. Pick it up below after the jump!
Run For Cover Records have taken the wraps off of their new video feature, Record Selection. Watch the first episode with Ian Farmer of Modern Baseball below after the jump.
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 February Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
Diamond Youth - Shake (02/04)
Okay, so I know I already gushed about this upcoming EP when we covered our most anticipated music for the first half of 2014, but with the recent showing of the latest song from Shake, “Red Water,” I’m here to reinforce the interest. Like skateboarding through a horror house, “Red Water” drives a tense and kinda spastic spirit, yet still could be mistaken for a dark and moody surfer’s anthem - something Diamond Youth has toyed with before (on older songs like “Cannonball”). Right now, we have three of the six tracks in our hands - the patient alt-rock “Can’t Shake the Feeling” and the flash-in-the-pan punk jam “MDIC,” and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what other flavors of rock n’ roll Diamond Youth have pulled into the finished product. - Adrienne Fisher
Broken Bells - After the Disco (02/04)
For fans of James Mercer’s music, a new Broken Bells record might be refreshing, considering the rather mixed reception of The Shins’ fourth studio album, Port of Morrow, in 2012. The follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut, After the Disco, Mercer’s sophomore collaboration with Brian Burton (a.k.a Danger Mouse) doesn’t have a lot riding on it, other than excitement at another go at this spacy alternative rock act.
The album’s lead single “Holding On for Life” has been out for about 3 months now and with its eerie, Bee Gees-esque disco style, it casts a strange aura over this upcoming effort; one that is both exciting and a bit worrisome, depending on how fans felt about the band’s first record. Regardless, it’s a record that comes early in the year that will either linger for the rest of 2014 — or be forgotten in a few months. - Jason Stives
Modern Baseball - You’re Gonna Miss It All (02/11)
The first time I’d ever heard of Modern Baseball was well over a year ago, during my first week writing for PropertyOfZack. I’d arbitrarily picked their record off a list for my first POZ review because their name was the quirkiest sounding one - no hype, buzz, or even prior knowledge of them contributed to that selection. Being a member of this blog, I think we’ve all taken a little bit of pride in watching this band in particular take off, and consequently feel excited for the places they’re headed this year - specifically in the release of their upcoming full length You’re Gonna Miss It All. The new songs released for streaming (“Your Graduation,” “Rock Bottom”) dip right back into the personal and stream-of-consciousness charm of the debut; precious, rambling college-indie manifestos that make me wish I felt half as confused as I did when I started college 8 years ago, if only to enjoy the record from a more in-the-trenches point of view rather than an auxiliary one. My review of Sports stated that “Modern Baseball exhibits a lot of promise and boasts their grasp on the fundamentals of good songwriting,” and I think 2012 me writing that review just summed up why 2014 me can’t wait to hear what they’ve got on the new LP. - Adrienne Fisher