PropertyOfZack is starting a new string of Playlist features from our own team to highlight our favorite songs released in the present month. January started 2014 right in terms of music, and we’re stoked to share some of our most played songs of the month with you. Check out our Team Playlist, let us know what your favorite tracks of January were, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts!
You Blew It! - A Different Kind of Kindling
I was a big fan of Grow Up, Dude, but I needed a little more from You Blew It!. That’s mostly because I’m an entitled asshole. Kidding? But really, as a music fan, you often dream up where the puck will slide to for an artist’s next release. I did that for You Blew It! with Keep Doing What You’re Doing, and they so happened to steal my dream from me. “A Different Kind Of Kindling” is the best example off of the band’s great new record of what I hoped for. We got a great record, now here’s to a great year. - Zack Zarrillo
You Me At Six - Be Who You Are
Warm and upbeat drums, a dancing guitar melody, and Josh Franceschi’s sultry voice make this song a short but ever-so-sweet standout track on You Me At Six’s new album. I was swooning the first time I heard the lines “You are my light in the dark/Don’t change/Just be who you are,” and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
The Lawrence Arms - The YMCA Down the Street from the Clinic
We waited eight years to finally get a follow up to the brilliance that is Oh! Calcutta! and my, oh my, did the Chicago trio come through with Metropole. Not only does the album show maturation on all fronts, but it includes this track, which may go down as the greatest in the band’s discography (although “Are You There, Margaret? It’s Me, God” will most likely always take this honor). The lyrics are a perfect mix of sardonic wit and brutal honesty, which is all one could ever ask for, really. Zac Lomas (@Infidelegate)
Versa - Illusion
A year ago, VersaEmerge was becoming less known for their music and more for the drama: lack of new music, barely any shows, canceling a summer on Warped, and being dropped from Fueled By Ramen. Now, we see the reemergence [pun fully intended] of Sierra and Blake as VERSA, their Neon EP containing three tracks of dreamy synth & catchy beats. I’m super intrigued to see if Versa will catch on and if the duo will be successful in rebranding themselves, but only time will tell. In the mean time, I am definitely obsessed with this track from the EP and you should be, too! - Ashley Aron (@ashleyoverdrive)
Check out The Hundred Acre Woods performing an acoustic version of “All I Love” below after the jump.
The Hundred Acre Woods are releasing Cold In The Morning tomorrow via Lame-O Records, and to complete a great cycle of content with the band PropertyOfZack is stoked to be hosting a Track-By-Track feature on the EP as well. If you like what you hear make sure to pick it up via Lame-O here and check out the Track-By-Track below!
by Ali Killian, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Just a few days ago, my best friend posted a Facebook status that read, “The words ‘punk,’ ‘punk rock,’ and ‘pop punk’ get thrown around in the worst ways. Just please stop.” As I read it, I laughed to myself. I knew as soon as Andy saw this review, he would probably accuse me of being the most recent perpetrator of this crime of overgeneralization he was directly advocating against.
And with good reason. For decades, genres have been used more as marketing labels than actual descriptions of music. Many want to take the genre naming game back to where it began — using musical characteristics and the conventions or values typically shared within the musical style to define the genres, rather than hand-picking the label that will sell the most records. This task may prove to be cumbersome, though, since seemingly every genre is an offshoot of an offshoot of an offshoot of an earlier label, and because bands tend to have an array of influences, resulting in music that reflects those various genres.
Where does that leave us? Essentially deciding for ourselves what the nuanced differences are between genres, depending on how we view each style of music, or just agreeing with however the hell the band members describe their tunes; they are the ones creating them, right?
Well, Andy, and those of like mind, take a deep breath — The Hundred Acre Woods’ Facebook says they are a folk-punk band from Philadelphia (yes, folk-punk from the Northeast), and I say they’re a damn good one at that.
January is here, and we’re kicking off 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 January Releases. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with what you’re looking forward to as well!
The Hundred Acre Woods, our Artist Of The Week, are releasing a great new EP titled Cold In The Morning on January 14th via Lame-O Records. PropertyOfZack is happy to be premiering the EP a week early, so if you like what you hear make sure to pick it up via Lame-O here and to stream the EP below!
The Hundred Acre Woods are releasing Cold In The Morning on January 14th via Lame-O Records. Stream a new song called “City Lights” via AbsolutePunk here and check out the album artwork below after the jump.
Modern Baseball, The Hundred Acre Woods Announce Winter Tour
by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Lame-O Records are starting to roll up their sleeves. After catapulting their maiden band Modern Baseball into the arms of Run for Cover Records, Lame-O’s now put out a new split 7” with MoBo and pals The Hundred Acre Woods, featuring two songs from each of the Philadelphia bands.
Modern Baseball is still writing the same blushing, knobby-kneed songs that shot their 2012 full-length Sports into the buzz-o-sphere, and their contribution to this split shows the band at the exact same level of confidence as they were in Sports (in both themselves and in their songwriting). “(240)” is as endearingly pathetic as ever, sounding like it was written to be background music for a Peanuts comic strip, while the alternate version of “Re-Do” moves the rollicking original into sensitive-guy piano and clangy-acoustic guitar territory.
Does it work? Well, since Modern Baseball has a beloved reputation for writing overly-relatable songs and this version sounds like it was recorded in your (yes, your) living room, survey says yes. A special hat-tip to the well-placed piano smashes to mark lyrical moments of discord - it’s predictable, but still delightfully appropriate.