It’s the end of the weekend again, so PropertyOfZack is back with a brand new Team Recommendations Playlist! Each weekend, different members of our team recommend both old and new songs for our viewers to listen to and enjoy. Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
Taking Back Sunday - MakeDamnSure
In seventh grade, I sought after more music. I had tasted the alt. scene with Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is…, and The All American Rejects, but wanted something a bit heavier. Enter Taking Back Sunday. On a whim, I asked the friend who had introduced me to the scene to get me more music, and his suggestion was to look up Taking Back Sunday. Of course at the time, the first thing I hear from them is this song, it’s music video all over Fuse. I immediately was set on loving this band. I went and downloaded ‘Louder Now’, but then dove right into their old self-titled and ‘Where You Want To Be.’ If that wasn’t enough to sell me on the band, with songs like “This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know) and “Number Five With A Bullet,” I stumbled across ‘Tell All Your Friends’ with one of my favorite songs, “Timberwoves At New Jersey.” I can credit my love for this scene with a few bands, but TBS’ “MakeDamnSure” made damn sure I stayed in love. - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
I Am The Avalanche - Is This Really Happening?
I’ve spent the last few months studying abroad in London and, while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, it has made me realize something: There is no city like New York. Cliché as it might sound, New York really does have a distinctive style all its own: a living, breathing personality that cannot be replicated. And I Am The Avalanche captures this phenomena better than Jay-Z and Alicia ever could. I didn’t think it was possible but I love New York City more than yesterday. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Envy On The Coast – Suckerpunch *Song is not on Spotify
It’s one of the most nostalgic times of the year and I’ve been reflecting on some of my favorite memories of college. Most of them involved escaping college and one of the best involved Envy On The Coast. There are very few bands that I would drive 11 hours in one day for, but when I heard that EOTC was breaking up, I knew that there was no way I could miss their final show. I had recently gotten a knee surgery and I knew that it would be hard to avoid getting crazy while seeing one of my favorite bands play for the last time, so I wore a skirt in hopes that my dignity would keep me stationary in the back if the risk of hurting myself wouldn’t. As soon as the band came back onstage for an encore with Suckerpunch, that plan went out the window. To this day, I have a torn ACL and a cavity that no band has been able to fill since the last time I saw Envy play. - Alyssa McKinley (@AlyssaOhNo)
New End Original - 14-41
Because Jade Tree has released some fantastic records. Because we start blind and end up dumb. Because college. Because this song is brilliant and evocative and sad. Because if you haven’t heard this song, you HAVE TO. - Marc Gary Gray (@marcgarygray)
Toh Kay - With Any Sort Of Certainty *Song is not on Spotify
The legal drama between Streetlight Manifesto and Victory Records is well documented, and one of the most troubling parts was the recent cancellation of the Toh Kay acoustic version of The Hands That Thieve. When Toh Kay released the first single and accompanying animated video I was stunned. Streetlight had been one of my favorite bands since the first time I ever heard “Point/ Counterpoint” and I could not wait to hear a reinterpretation of all of their new songs, but as usually happens with Streetlight, Victory Records got in the way and the album was abruptly shelved. While I have heard that the album can be found online, and Tomas has been quoted as saying “there is a Torrent of methods to accomplish this, and Google is your always loyal friend” as well as “If you want to steal our music, that’s fine, because that just means that some asshole who lives in a mansion can’t live in a bigger mansion,” the fact of that the matter is that if I could pay for this album I would, but due to stubbornness not only Victory Records not be making any money, but more importantly neither will Tomas Kalnoky and the rest of Streetlight Manifesto. - Connor Sheehan (@ConnorPOZ)
The Offspring - Turning Into You
For the last three plus weeks now, I’ve been on a huge Offspring kick, and no matter how hard I try (not at all), I just can’t seem to shake it. “Turning Into You” is a song from the band’s last record Days Go By , an album that didn’t get nearly enough attention as it deserves. Sure, The Offspring are band in the twilight of their career, but they’re still fully capable of writing great songs, and this one is no exception. It has a little bit of a Rise Against vibe at times, but the chorus is classic Offspring, and that’s never a bad thing. Give it a listen. - Brandon Allin (@allinbr)
Glocca Morra- Ya’ll Boot Hats? (Die Angry)
When I first relocated to Philadelphia, Glocca Morra was one of two bands that I felt that I needed to see right away. I had the opportunity of seeing them at Fest 11 and this song was the song that made me fall in love with this band. If you’re in a bad mood, please put this song on. Within the first few seconds you will have a smile on your face. Every time this song comes on I get up and dance. Glocca Morra is such a fun band to watch and definitely a band worth seeing in a room full of people just as hyped up and sweaty. Listen to this song and see this band, for your sake. - Allison Newbold (@allisonnewbold)
For so many of us, our First Concert Experience opened us up to the world of music we’re currently in. You may have gone to a stadium or arena show with your parents for a pop star at a young age, but what was your first “scene” show? We thought it would be great to do a new PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on all of our first shows, and our list includes some staff members and bands as well. Check out our Discussion below and feel free to your first concert experience!
Angels & Airwaves - Zack Zarrillo
My first concert experience could be best compared to an 18-year-old girl going to prom and having her virginity taken by her dream date. I am most certainly the girl in this scenario, and Tom DeLonge was my dream date.
Growing up in New York City, my parents didn’t really understand what shows were. And I didn’t really either. My first show wasn’t in a small room, it wasn’t in a house, it wasn’t in a basement. It was in 2008 when I was 15 years old in a 3,000+ cap venue called Roseland Ballroom.
I couldn’t miss the show. It took so long to convince my parents, and it finally paid off. Looking back at it, the lineup was kind of ridiculous. It was Ace Enders (The Early November), Fred Mascherino (ex-Taking Back Sunday), Meg & Dia, and Angels & Airwaves. Boy was I happy. It was truly a dream show for me. AVA played almost every song I could have asked for, and Tom played a Box Car Racer track.
He treated me so well. It hurts it hurts it hurts it hurts. (It didn’t).
Dance Party, Barcode - Matt Brasch (The Wonder Years)
The first show I attended was January 27, 2001 at the Knights of Columbus in Lansdale, PA. The bands were Bob Macadoo’s Dance Party, Barcode, Concept 7, Bad Influence, Live For Today and Royal Noise Brigade.
Coincidentally, it was the first show I had ever played. I remember my parents helping me unload my drums a few hours before doors and being extremely nervous but excited. Bob Macadoo’s Dance Party kicked off the show and got everyone moving. It was the first time I saw someone skank. My anxiety escalated throughout their set because we were next.
When my first punk band — Barcode — started playing, I was on cloud nine (until I put a stick through my snare drum head a few songs in). Luckily, Ryan from Bob Macadoo’s Dance Party was nice enough to let me borrow his snare for the duration of our set.
I got up front to watch the remainder of the bands for the show since it was a floor show and I was shorter than I am now. Though the room was filled and the experience was a bit overwhelming, everyone was welcoming and friendly. After leaving the show that night I decided that playing music, going to shows, and surrounding myself with music is what I wanted to do with my life.
Cartel, Fabulous - Erik van Rheenen
By way of a broken foot (not mine, thankfully), I lucked into my first scene concert. Because “Apologize” was kind of a cool song in 2008 I guess, I bought a ticket for OneRepublic’s Crocs Next Step Campus Tour at Gannon University in my hometown of Erie. A billion boring singles and an awful fashion trend later, pretty much everything about that last sentence embarrasses me.
But a handful of days before the show, lead singer Ryan Tedder broke his foot (there’s an “All the Right Moves” joke somewhere in there, but I’m too lazy to find it) and had to cancel the gig. High school me thought, ‘seriously, does a broken foot make it that hard to sing?’
So in a last-second scramble, Cartel was added to the lineup as the show’s headliner, and now I can’t imagine it any other way. I saw the “Honestly” video on VH1 a few times and loved it, so I made my friend (and concert going partner) Ethan burn me a copy of “Chroma” and tried to commit as many lyrics as I could to memory. The band was hot on the heels of its self-titled album, so it was a frantic dash to take in two albums in the span of like, six hours.
The opener — no-hit wonder rapper Fabolous — sucked, but when Cartel hit the stage, I pogoed like a good little pop-rock soldier and sang along with all the songs I knew (“Honestly,” “Burn This City,” and “Runaway”) and faked it through the ones I didn’t. I bought a shirt and wore it the next day to a chorus of “what the heck is a Cartel?” I didn’t care. Having a band that felt like my secret was the best feeling.
Testament, Savatage - Bob Nanna (Braid)
It wasn’t my very first show, but it was one of the first shows I attended unaccompanied by parents or chaperones. March 25, 1990. The Vic in Chicago. The lineup: Testament, Savatage, and Nuclear Assault. This was towards the end of my regrettable “metal phase.” (The next show I saw that year was actually Naked Raygun.) When I think back on it, it may have been this particular Testament show that pushed me more towards punk, or at least the punk ethic. It was more my speed.
Taking Back Sunday are finishing the writing for their next record today. Check out a tweet from drummer Mark O’Connell after the jump.
Taking Back Sunday ‘TAYF10’ DVD/CD Nearly Finished
We launched the Emo 8 round of March Sadness on this past Monday, and it’s been the most voted round yet! Voting for the Emo 8 round will end on Sunday night before the Forlorn 4 begins, which is why we thought it’d be a great idea to post our matchup guide for the current round of bands in the tournament again for a new Friday Discussion. Vote here until Sunday night and make sure to check out the analysis on each band while reblogging with your comments below!
90’s 1v3 Emo 8 Face-off: Jimmy Eat World vs The Get Up Kids
Jimmy Eat World, by Adrienne Fisher
Longevity: 18 years, 7 full lengths, one lineup change
Analysis: While the Get Up Kids boast an impressive career longevity and impact on “the scene,” it is pretty impossible to compete with the stability of Jimmy Eat World. Major label relationships, gold records, and worldwide commercial appeal are just some of the things that JEW has accomplished in their time, with their 8th studio record coming this year. No big deal, right?
The Get Up Kids, by Josh Hammond
Longevity: The Get Up Kids: 16 years (4 of which they were inactive), 5 full-length records, 2 lineup changes (pre-Four Minute Mile)
Analysis: From 1996 to 2011 The Get Up Kids were cranking out music in masses. The Kansas City collective pushed out 5 full length discs and a complilation album over that course of time. Additionally, they also released 4 Eps and 4 split discs with the bands Coalesce, Braid, The Anniversary and Rocket From The Crypt. A series of 6 seperate videos were released for the songs “Shorty,” “Overdue,” “Stay Gone,” “Man of Conviction,” and “The One You Want.” Tracks from the above releases found their way to 19 different samplers and “single release” discs over the course of that 15 years. They also managed to put out a live disc, Live From The Granada, which doubled as a break up album, and a release meant to celebrate their 10th anniversary.
Advantage: Jimmy Eat World
Early 00’s 1v2 Emo 8 Face-off: Brand New vs Taking Back Sunday
Brand New, by Josh Hammond
Longevity: 13 years, four studio albums, two EPs/splits, one lineup change
Analysis: Though still an active band, Brand New hasn’t released any new material since 2009. However from 2001 until present day, the band’s 4 full length albums have made quite an impact on the modern indie movement. The band built a following with their debut release Your Favorite Weapon before making waves with the cult favorite Deja Entendu, which would eventually go on to see gold record status. Peaking at #63, Deja Entendu would slowly take over the world. The band’s next two releases however would chart much better. The Devil and God are Raging Inside me would float to #31 on the US charts. However, it would be the band’s finally release Daisy that would make the biggest industry mark soaring all the way to #6. The often misunderstood album would be the band’s undoing however, as they would release it and never be heard from again.
While there is no certainty of the status of the band or if Daisy will serve as a swan song, what is writing clearly in the band’s legacy is their influence. Helping to spawn the careers of Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine and a handful of other indie big leaguers, Brand New’s family tree is as impressive as it is important.
Taking Back Sunday, by Erik van Rheenen
Longevity: 14 years, five studio albums, three EPs, four lineup changes.
Analysis: Taking Back Sunday’s lineup has cycled through a revolving door of members, eventually getting back to basics with its 2011 self-titled effort, recorded by the same members who pulled out all the stops on 2002’s seminal Tell All Your Friends. But with each lineup came a refreshing take on the TBS formula — angsty Where You Want to Be, straight-up rocker Louder Now, and vivaciously metaphoric New Again. Even if the lineup has never been the model of consistency, the band’s biting lyricism and pedal-to-the-medal instrumentation has. Taking Back Sunday’s got the mileage to get where they want to be; at the top of the March Sadness brackets.
Advantage: Brand New
Mid 00’s 1v2 Emo 8 Face-off: The Early November vs My Chemical Romance
Man Overboard released the first song off of Heart Attack, and many fans were surprised to hear an edgier, more aggressive sound. What do you think of “White Lies?”
Rise Against will be releasing a ten year addition of Revolutions Per Minute with ten bonus tracks via Fat Wreck Chords this May.
Is it real? Is it just a placeholder? We’ll see soon.
Taking Back Sunday filmed and recorded their Tell All Your Friends ten year shows this past fall. Hopefully we’ll see a release sometime in early-summer to hold us over until we get our next TBS record.
It seems a guitarist and the bassist of Gatsbys dropped the ball on recording new music with the rest of the band, and for that, we will be getting no new music. Gatsbys is dead, once again.
The list grows and grows and grows. What are you picking up this April?
We are two full weeks into March Sadness with excellent vote-in and Sad 16 rounds. Some Sad 16 match-ups were blowouts and some were close calls, which is all the more reason to be stoked for the start of the Emo 8.
The 8 bands voted through the Sad 16 round of March Sadness are now pitted against each other in their 90’s, Early 2000’s, Mid 2000’s, and Modern Day Emo brackets. Click “Read More” below and join us in voting for a band in each emo bracket through Sunday evening, and the Forlorn 4 will launch on Monday!
We were incredibly surprised by the overall response at the announcement and vote-in round for March Sadness from both our viewers and bands participating in the competition, so we are certainly ready to launch the Sad 16 bracket round.
The 16 bands voted into March Sadness are now pitted against each other in their 90’s, Early 2000’s, Mid 2000’s, and Modern Day Emo brackets. Click “Read More” below and join us in voting for a band in each emo bracket through Sunday evening, and the Emo 8 will launch on Monday!
We launched March Sadness on Monday and it’s been incredible to see how well the POZ alternative to March Madness has been going so far. Voting for the vote-in round will end on Sunday night before the Sad 16 begins, which is why we thought it’d be a great idea to release a “stat sheet” on all 20 bands selected with information on their careers and why they were picked for March Sadness. Vote here until Sunday night and make sure to check out stats on each band while reblogging with your comments below!
Lifespan: 1993-1999, 2004, 2011-present
Members: Bob Nanna, Todd Bell, Chris Broach, Damon Atkinson
Albums: Frankie Welfare Boy Age Five, The Age Of Octeen, Frame And Canvas, Movie Music, Vol. 1 + 2, Lucky To Be Alive
Labels: Divot Records, Mud Records Polyvinyl Records, Glue Factory Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Braid may have not reached levels of success like The Get Up Kids or Jimmy Eat World, but the band left its mark on emo and indie-rock with its early releases, and most certainly Frame And Canvas. (ZZ)
See: Killing A Camera off Frame And Canvas
The Get Up Kids
Lifespan: 1995-2005, 2008-present
Members: Matt Pryor, Jim Suptic, Rob Pope, Ryan Pope, James Dewees
Albums: Four Minute Miles, Something To Write Home About, On A Wire, Guilt Show, There Are Rules
Labels: Doghouse Records, Vagrant Records, Quality Hill Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Major players in the mid-1990s emo-takeover, these blue collar Kansas City natives took the punk approach to their association with the genre. Not only did they publically denounce the idea, they also detested it. Hell, Jim Suptic even went on the record to apologize for an contribution the band might have had in influencing the bands that would follow in their foot steps. However, there is no denying the thumbprint that the band left on the emo world. They helped put Vagrant Record on the map and fueled a sound that spread the nation like wildfire. They may not have intended to light the torch, but they certainly threw gasoline on the flame. (JH)
See: Holiday from Something to Write Home About
Jimmy Eat World
Members: Jim Adkins, Tom Linton, Zach Lind (guitars), Rick Burch
Albums: Static Prevails, Clarity, Bleed American, Futures, Chase This Light, Invented
Labels: Capitol Records, Dreamworks, Interscope Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
With a sound embedded in raw and vunerable lyrics and hook as infectious as they come, Jimmy Eat World strikes hard as the most approachable and embraced band on this list. With Bleed American (i.e. self-titled) snagging airplay in ever major market (and many smaller markets) the band took over the world and broken the hearts of everyone in their way. With well over 2 million album sales, they without question took emo to the bigger stage and larger scale. (JH)
See: Hear You Me from Bleed American
The Promise Ring
Lifespan: 1995-2002, 2005, 2011-2012
Members: Davey von Bohlen, Jason Gnewikow , cott Beschta, Dan Didler
Albums: 30˚ Everywhere, Nothing Feels Good, Very Emergency, wood/water
Labels: Jade Tree Records, ANTI- Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Nothing Feels Good proved to be one of those records that helped define many of the bands around The Promise Ring, and helped put Jade Tree Records on the map for the label itself and the emo and hardcore bands that filled its roster. (ZZ)
See: Is This Thing On? from Nothing Feels Good
Sunny Day Real Estate
Lifespan: 1992-1995, 1997-2001, 2009
Members: Jeremy Enigk, Nate Mendel, William Goldsmith, Dan Hoerner
Albums: Diary, Sunny Day Real Estate, How It Feels To Be Something On, The Rising Tide
Labels: Sub Pop Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Diary to many is as important as Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity. Though there are so many emo bands not featured on March Sadness, Sunny Day Real Estate is one that could not be skipped over. (ZZ)
See: Seven from Diary
Members: Jesse Lacey, Vinnie Accardi, Garret Tierney, Brian Lane
Albums: Your Favorite Weapon, Deja Entendu, The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me, Daisy
Labels: Triple Crown Records, Razor & Tie Records, Interscope Records
Why They’re In March Sadness:
Deja Entendu translates as “already heard,” which is a little ironic (don’tcha think?) since most of us got totally floored by the maturity and originality behind the powerhouse record. Sure, Your Favorite Weapon, John-Nolan beef song and all, might be more snotty and angst-driven, but Deja Entendu quantum leaped Brand New up the emo scale. Poised, poetic, and brilliantly subtle, Deja Entendu set the gold standard for emo-injected alternative rock for much of the 2000s, at least until Brand New topped themselves in sadness and quality on The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. (EV)
See: Me vs. Maradona. vs. Elvis from Deja Entendu
We’ve talked about doing a fun POZ response to March Madness for well over a year now, and today is the day that we are launching March Sadness - an emo-lover’s substitute for NCAA bracket season (it’s cool if you dig the basketball too, this is just sadder).
March Sadness consists of a vote-in round (that’s today!) followed by 16-bracket spots broken down into 90’s, Early 2000’s, MId 2000’s, and Modern Day Emo. We are limiting ourselves to 20 bands that will be voted down to 16 by Monday’s Sad 16 launch.
We realize “emo” is both a subjective word and genre, but March Sadness is all about us having fun and interacting as a community. So please click “Read More” below and join us in voting for four out of five of your favorite bands in each emo category through Sunday evening, and the Sad 16 will launch on Monday!
- Warped Tour announced the Acoustic Basement lineup.
- Fall Out Boy are releasing their new record a month early.
- For Today were robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gear.
- The Wonder Years finished recording their new record.
- fun. won two Grammy awards.
- Manchester Orchestra parted ways with their bassist.
- Touché Amoré began writing new music for an LP.
- Travis Barker will be playing Warped Tour as Psycho White.
- Fall Out Boy are headlining Skate And Surf.
- Andrew McMahon was forced to cancel his dates with fun.
- Transit, Seahaven, and Young Statues announced a tour.
- The Postal Service released a new song after ten years.
- Taking Back Sunday began writing new music.
- Jonny Craig is asking for $20,000 to record a new EP.
- Andy Hull and Scott Hutchinson are working together on a project.
- Mark Trombino is opening up a donut shop.
- Streetlight Manifesto were finally given an album release date.
LP4 has officially be tracked. Suburbia solidified the band’s position following The Upsides, but we’ll see this record either keep The Wonder Years right where they are or take them to grand new heights. A release should be out mid-May prior to the band’s first stab at headlining Warped Tour.
What? $20,000 for an EP? Yes, Jonny Craig is asking for his very close fans and friends to donate 20 grand to him that will strictly go into the recording and release for a brand new EP. Craig will not spend more than $5,000 of the $20,000 on the recording process of the EP. We at this time are not sure what he would be doing with the remaining $15,000, but hey, you can guess for us!
That makes us feel nearly as sad as listening to Give Up does.
The Taking Back Sunday crew has huddled together in West Virginia to begin writing their sixth record. It should be noted that this is only the second time where TBS will have the same lineup for two consecutive albums.
Ben Liebsh is back in the studio working on new YM&EWK songs following a mini-EP release late last year. Hopefully Ben reveals more information soon on a backing band and future plans.
Nate is working with hip-hop artists and has hopes of collabing with Ellie Goulding, so who says Jack can’t take a stab at something too.
The cat is out of the bag, again.