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POZ Discussion: Albums That Deserve 10 Year Tours In 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 22, 2014

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Our music scene is going through an interesting cycle in the present day. There have been a large influx of young bands that have provided great excitement and passion for us all in the last few years, but we’re also entering a time where the influences of those bands are celebrating major anniversaries for their most loved albums. Bands like Say Anything, Jimmy Eat World, and Midtown, among many others, have seen ten year anniversaries come and go. We all expect there to be more than a few great ten year tours in 2014, but PropertyOfZack team members put together a list of a few more albums that we want more than anything to see toured in full in 2014. Check out the full Discussion and feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!

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Say Anything - Is A Real Boy
I hate being “that guy” that holds allegiance to a band or artist’s very first record and finds little-to-nothing in subsequent records to grab onto, but if we’re being honest, there are TONS of “those guys” out there, enough to make commemoration tours of seminal records a rousing success and continuing trend. When I realized a few years ago that anniversary tours were going to start becoming relevant to my (very old) self, one of the first ones I mentally put on my future years calendar was the potential tour for “Is a Real Boy” here in 2014. While I’m not sure if anything will ever feel as triumphant or cathartic as seeing SA tour on that record in tiny rooms right after it came out (“what say you and all your friends step up to my friends in the alley tonight?” might as well be a call to war), the record is one of the most musical and theatrical that our scene ever adopted, and listening to it in its entirety feels like a crazy anecdotal journey through the amusement park of someone’s brain. And even though I personally feel that SA hasn’t been able to capture lightening in a bottle like that since, the band has been around for a long time, fine tuning their craft, touring with frequency, and seems to have a lot of respect for what they used to write and where they came from - the most recent example being the rarities and B-sides tour they did last summer. If they pull off a 10-year tour for Is a Real Boy, I will be more than thrilled to see how Bemis and his gang herald and revere the record that put them on the map, and is one of the most brave, artistically interesting releases to have come out in independent music in the last ten years.  - Adrienne Fisher

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Jimmy Eat World - Futures
Jimmy Eat World is lucky enough to have two to three generations of fans; that’s just part of what happens when you release an incredible record followed by an incredible record followed by another incredible record. Many fans were lucky enough to witness a ten year tour for Clarity in 2009, but the band decided to not do another for Bleed American several years ago. Why would they for Futures? That album feels different to many, I think. You could look at it is the “younger generation” Jimmy Eat World fan’s Clarity. And it looks like the band recognizes it too.

Jimmy Eat World has apparently also been practicing some extra songs off of Futures lately, because they played one for the first time ever at a holiday show in New Jersey in December. There have been hints of a reissuing for the album on vinyl too, to mark its ten year anniversary. All the stars are close to aligning. Hook it up, Jimmy Eat World. - Zack Zarrillo

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Midtown - Forget What You Know
Of the dozens and dozens of bands from last decade that have recently appeared on the reunion circuit, the one from my own personal roster of favorites that’s been most glaringly missing is Midtown. For those with a self-proclaimed bleeding Drive-Thru heart like my own, the disappearance of Midtown from active duty in 2005 was 
a pretty unexpected blow, especially considering the then-recent release of their major label debut, Forget What You Know. It was a record that, at the time, felt like a weird outgrowing of pop-punk despite how the album prior had been even popper and prettier than the first one.

And the lyrical content of FWYK strayed even further from the expectations, presenting philosophical takes on existentialism and disillusionment that perhaps a bubblegum crowd of wide-eyed teenagers wasn’t quite ready to “get.” Given the timeline, Midtown had only less than a year of touring under their belt for the record before they dissolved, and now it’s been 10 years since the moody, almost modern-rock record fell into the laps of fans. Which means that we’ve had plenty of time to absorb and understand the mature undertones that made Forget What You Know so excellent, but mostly it means that we’ve been crying for almost a decade now for Gabe Saporta to step down from the disco dance floor of Cobra Starship and pick up his bass again, preferably in a New Jersey firehouse somewhere, with the rest of the band. Although I have little-to-no hope that a Midtown reunion anything will ever happen (especially not on the heels of something so obvious as a ten-year milestone), it never hurts to put the reminder out, every once in a while, that we the fans are still out here. - Adrienne Fisher 

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Senses Fail Frontman Posts Message In Response To Negative Nelson Mandela Comments

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 7, 2013

Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail published a message today following some negative response from fans after acknowledging the death of Nelson Mandela. Read it below after the jump.

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Fire & Ice Festival Announced

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 8, 2013

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Senses Fail, Real Friends, Citizen, and more will be placed the Fire & Ice Festival on December 14th in Poughkeepsie, NY. Check out more details below after the jump. 

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POZ Playlist: Senses Fail Fall Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 28, 2013

Senses Fail are out on a fall tour with For the Fallen Dreams, Expire, Being As An Ocean, So Many Ways, and The Acacia Strain. We’re happy to have the band and So Many Ways together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!


Morrisey  - Everyday Is Like Sunday
I used to pretend to hate Morrisey. That was a waste of time and eventually futile. 
Twitching Tongues – Eyes Adjust
Bring back the 90’s. This band is so much better than most of what anyone listens to. 
Turnstile – Keep It Moving
Bounce, positive message, fun hardcore. 
Deafheaven – Dream House
Beautiful music. Never thought I would hear such a mix of genres and it work so well. 
Balance and Composure – Tiny Raindrop
I want to be Jon’s tiny rain drop. Record is amazing. 
Deftones - Rosemary
Consistantly puts out some of the most thought provoking, moving music. Still love this record almost a year later. 
Poison The Well - Ghostchant
Highly underrated record from the worlds most underrated band. Please go back and listen. 
Harms Way - Timing
Makes me want to lift heavy things and yell at people in traffic. Really awesome band doing some really cool things in the hardcore world. 
Xibalba - Soledad
Lots of cool music coming out of the LA hardcore scene and these guys are probably my favorite. 
Jets To Brazil – Sweet Avenue
My favorite song of all time.


Selena Gomez - Music Feels Better
Selena’s new album is action-packed with hits. This is the track that stuck out the most to us, and has since become the soundtrack to setting up our gear.
Ariana Grande - Baby I
Again, another album that is is 100% pure pop gold. There isn’t a bad song on it, but we picked this one because it seems to get the most plays on the way to practice.
Waka Flocka Flame - TTG (Trained To Go)
A deep cut off of Waka’s classic “Flockavelli.” Honestly, how could you listen to this song and NOT get pumped and want to punch your fist through a wall?
2 Chainz - Where U Been?
After releasing a trap classic like “BOATS”, you know 2 Chainz had to deliver a great follow-up. He did just that, and this is one of the numerous bangers on it. 

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POZ Special: Mealtime With Buddy - Fatuous With Crumbles Feta + Kale And Red Cabble Slaw

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2013

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We resurrected Mealtime With Buddy last week on PropertyOfZack, and we’re back for another serving today. Check out Senses Fail’s upcoming dates for their fall tour with For the Fallen Dreams, Expire, Being As An Ocean, and The Acacia Strain and read up on Buddy’s recipes for Fatuous with Crumbles Feta and Kale and Red Cabble Slaw below!

Fatoush w/ Crumbles Feta

Ingredients
2 pieces of pita bread
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
coarse salt and fresh pepper
1 1/2 cups cooked red kidney beans
1/2 cucumber
1 shallot,diced
1/2 cup, fresh flat leaf parsley
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
crumbled feta to taste

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Toast the pita over the flame of a gas burner. Drizzle w/ olive oil, and season with salt.

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Tear into pieces and toss with kidney beans, cucumber, shallot, parsley, lemons juice and olive oil in a large bowl.

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Senses Fail Add So Many Ways To Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 19, 2013

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Senses Fail have added So Many Ways to their US tour. Check out their added dates below after the jump.

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POZ Special: Mealtime With Buddy - Vegetarian Pad Thai

by Zack Zarrillo - Sep 9, 2013

Mealtime With Buddy debuted on PropertyOfZack just about two years ago, and it was one of our favorite features of all time. And that’s why we’re incredibly excited to be bringing Mealtime back for a limited run this fall as Senses Fail gears up for their upcoming fall tour with For the Fallen Dreams, Expire, Being As An Ocean, and The Acacia Strain. Read up on how Buddy’s Vegetarian Pad Thai recipe and try not to get too hungry with all the accompanying pictures!

Ingredients:
8 oz. dried Pad Thai rice noodles, OR enough for 2 people (linguini-width)
1-2 eggs (vegans can substitute 1/2 cup soft tofu - see instructions below*)
4 green onions, white parts sliced and kept separate from green
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 fresh red or green chili, sliced
3-4 “heads” of baby bok choy
2-3 cups bean sprouts
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, OR substitute cashews

Pad Thai Sauce:
1 Tbsp tamarind paste, t
1/4 cup vegetable stock (or faux-chicken)
3+1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce 
1/2 to 1 tsp. chili sauce 
3 Tbsp. brown sugar, or more to taste
1/8 tsp. ground white pepper
3-4 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying
lime wedges for serving

Preparation:

1) Bring a pot of water to a boil and switch off heat. Soak noodles in the hot water for 4-6 minutes, or until limp but still too firm to eat. Drain and rinse with cold water. Noodles must be under-cooked at this stage in order to come out right (they will finish cooking later when they are stir-fried).

2) Combine ‘pad Thai sauce’ ingredients in a bowl, stirring well to dissolve the paste and sugar (if your tamarind paste is thick, only add 1 Tbsp. If thin/runny, add 1.5 Tbsp). Note that this sauce should have a very STRONG-tasting flavor that tastes sour-sweet first, followed by salty and spicy. Set aside.

3) Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 Tbsp. oil plus the white parts of the green onion (reserve the rest for serving), garlic, galangal/ginger, and chili. Stir-fry 1 minute to release the fragrance.

4) Add the bok choy plus stock. Stir-fry 2 minutes, or until bok choy is bright green and slightly softened.

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Senses Fail Release Grindcore Video Game

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 23, 2013

Senses Fail have released a new video game via GameChanger called Grindcore via iOS and Android platforms. Download the iOS version here and check out screenshots below after the jump.

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Senses Fail Release “Between The Mountains And Sea” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Aug 2, 2013

Senses Fail have released a new music video for “Between The Mountains And Sea.” Watch it below after the jump.

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POZ Presents: The Weekly Tour Round-Up

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 14, 2013

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It’s time for The Weekly Tour Round-Up! There are a ton of great tours going on this summer and fall that 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!

New Tours:

POZ Sponsored
Bellwether, The Weeds [07/14-07/25]

North America  
State Lines, No Good News, Second To Last [07/21-08/16]
Happy Body Slow Brain [07/25-08/03]
 
The Dangerous Summer [07/30-09/13]  
Defeater [08/06-08/11] 
Paradise Fears [08/09-08/18]
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus [08/10-08/18] 
The Pretty Reckless [09/20-11/11]  
Minus The Bear, Tera Melos [09/09-09/24]
30 Seconds To Mars [09/27-10/12]   
Senses Fail [10/04-11/10] 
Pearl Jam [10/11-12/06] 

United Kingdom|Mainland Europe
On My Honor [08/22-09/07] 

Australia
The Plot In You, For The Fallen Dreams [09/11-09/22]
Warped Tour [11/29-12/08]
 

Asia
The Get Up Kids [11/09-11/10]

Previously Announced Tours:

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Senses Fail Announce US Fall Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 11, 2013

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Senses Fail will be heading out on a long US fall tour with For the Fallen Dreams, Expire, Being As An Ocean, and The Acacia Strain. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Senses Fail “Between The Mountains And The Sea” Music Video Stills

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 21, 2013

Senses Fail are gearing up to release a new music video for “Between The Mountains And The Sea.” Check out stills below after the jump.

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Senses Fail Announce Australian Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - May 23, 2013

Senses Fail will be heading to Australia in August. Check out the dates below after the jump. 

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Weekend Recap: B&CLPII Is Done, Senses Fail Retire “187,” TSSF Releasing New Song

by Zack Zarrillo - May 13, 2013

Balance & Composure Finish LP2; Album Coming This Fall

Fans who have been waiting for the follow-up to Separation don’t have to wait too much longer. Balance & Composure’s second album will be coming this fall via No Sleep Records.

TSSF, Matt Vincent, LWL Releasing New Songs This Week

We’ll be getting new music from The Story So Far, Matt Vincent (The American Scene), and Living With Lions this week. Pure Noise seem quite busy.

Tom DeLonge Finishes First Sci-Fi Screenplay

The first of two upcoming Tom DeLonge screenplays have been written.. We know Tom, Aliens still exist.

The Wonder Years 24 Hour Record Release Tour Set List

The madness is officially over. The Wonder Years managed to play four shows in three timezones in 24 hours. 

Paramore Bassist Breaks Foot Onstage

Jeremy Davis managed to break his foot onstage this past weekend, but will not be missing anytime with the band.

Senses Fail Perform “187” For The Final Time

Senses Fail chose to retire “187” at a hometown-ish show in Asbury Park this weekend. You can watch the last performance by clicking that link above.

Senses Fail Perform “187” For The Final Time

by Zack Zarrillo - May 12, 2013

Senses Fail performed “187” for the final time last night in New Jersey. Check out a video of the song being played for the last time below after the jump.

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