POZ Playlist: The Best Songs, Halfway Through 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 9, 2014

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This year just feels like such a great year. Whether you’re seeing live music, or basking in the emotions of a full record or individual song from a new album, it’s just great. 2014 is only halfway through, but we decided to put together a PropertyOfZack Playlist of TeamPOZ member’s favorite songs six months in. 

Check out our Playlist, let us know what your favorite songs on it are, and listen to these songs on Spotify while reading along below!

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The Hotelier - Dendron 

I lost a loved one at the turn of 2014. It would be hard to count the amount of hours spent around this woman who was near for so many events that changed and shaped my life.

You tend to face many foreign and challenging turns of events as you grow older, and this has been the most difficult one. Sometime music hits just at the right time when those moments come into lay. “Dendron” by The Hotelier has possibly hit me harder, in a relative way, than any song I’ve ever listened to has. The album itself is of course incredible, but this song is now forever cemented in a dark evening for me. I feel grateful and upset to have it.

Part of your charm was the way you would push me from / All of the traps that I just couldn’t see / Figures the one that was there to have tripped you up / would be the one that was set there by me.

Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)

Modern Baseball - Your Graduation

There’s something special about relating to every line of a song, feeling as if the writer picked your brain before putting pen to paper. “Your Graduation” is one of those songs for me, but what I find even more intriguing is how many people in completely different situations also relate to it so well. “Bullshit, you fucking miss me” is a line every bitter pop punk kid would love to say to their ex, and spawned a million “my life right now” posts on Tumblr. That’s what I think fans love so much about Modern Baseball, they are just some college kids writing songs about their lives with no pretensions of anything more, and that’s something everyone can relate to. -Connor Sheehan (@ConnorPOZ

The Menzingers – The Talk

We were all curious as to whether or not The Menzingers could follow up the brilliance of 2012’s On The Impossible Pastwith an album equally as incredible.  Those doubts were removed about .02 seconds into Rented World’s first single, “In Remission,” and the band’s fourth album has steadily dug its way into my subconscious since its release in late April.  Although each of the twelve tracks is stellar in its right, “The Talk” is the record’s clear standout, with the song’s two minutes and sixteen seconds jammed packed with the right mix of spite and substance.  “The Talk” is the perfect song for cruising down a country road on a long summer night and with the Fourth of July just around the corner, can one really ask for anything better? – Zac Lomas (@Infidelegate)

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PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 7, 2014

More and more albums seem to be coming out every year that we love here at PropertyOfZack, which is why we thought it would be a great idea to post a Midway Albums Of The Year List today on the site. The list includes our top ten albums and EPs through this point in the year voted on by POZ team members. So without further adieu, the PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List can be seen below!

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POZ Exclusive: The Menzingers Added To Fashion Meets Music Festival

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 25, 2014

The Fashion Meets Music Festival will be taking place from August 29th through 31st in the Arena District of Columbus, OH. The lineup has gotten even better with the news that The Menzingers will be joining the festival. Check out more details on it below after the jump.

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POZ Gallery

Jun 15, 2014

POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo POZ Gallery: Rented World TourFeatures: The Menzingers, LemuriaLocation: Webster Hall - New York, NYPhotos By: Taylor Rambo

POZ Gallery: Rented World Tour
Features: The Menzingers, Lemuria
Location: Webster Hall - New York, NY
Photos By: Taylor Rambo

Insisting The Menzingers Are The Most Important Punk Band We Have Today

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 3, 2014

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The Menzingers just kicked off the Rented World Tour, and it’s kind of a stellar experience. Thomas Nassiff from a review with the title Insisting The Menzingers Are The Most Important Punk Band We Have Today for AbsolutePunk, and it’s worth a read

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The Menzingers Announce UK/EU Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - May 13, 2014

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The Menzingers will be touring the UK and Europe with The Smith Street Band and The Holy Mess in October. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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POZ Groezrock Preview: Our Must See Bands And Artists (Day One)

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 30, 2014

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Groezrock kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack’s Zac Lomas will be on-location in Europe for one of the best festivals in 2014. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend at Groezrock. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the first day of the festival this weekend as well!

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NOFX
The Los Angeles skate punk legends rarely make it into the multitude of posts on PropertyOfZack, but when May 2nd rolls around and NoFX perform their seminal album Punk in Drublic in full at Groezrock it’s going to be hard to ignore the legacy that these four joking clowns have created.  Whether you breathe old school punk or are coming to Groezrock for pop-punk all stars like The Wonder Years, it would be a huge mistake not to catch NoFX close out day one with what may be one of the best punk albums of the past twenty years.  And if you’re not into the music then at least enjoy the myriad amounts of shoes, drinks, and possibly rotten fruit that will inevitably be thrown at lead singer Fat Mike, because, after all, that’s the only proper behavior at a NoFX show.

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Descendents
Plain and simple, there wouldn’t be pop-punk without the Descendents and if that’s not enough to get you to catch their set at Groezrock then I suggest you look up some videos of Descendents shows in the 80s to get a real understanding of the passion these guys bring to every live performance.  Not only is Milo Aukerman still one of the most charismatic frontmen in the history of punk, but his cohorts are also some of the tightest musicians in the world, with Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton, and Bill Stevenson all (No, ALL!) capable of hitting every note with a precision not often seen in the realm of punk.  Catch these guys while you can and join the lucky group of people who can proudly boast about the religious experience that is the Descendents live in concert.

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The Menzingers
Not only have these Pennsylvania natives just released their fourth studio album Rented World, but they’ve also been viciously cutting across every roadway the world has to offer in the past year bringing their boisterous performances to as many people as possible.  I’m never one for using superlatives since absolutes do seem to be impossible in such an imperfect world, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that The Menzingers put on the best live show out of any band I’ve seen in the past year.  There is something pure and unadulterated about the raw power and passion that the Philly-via-Scranton quartet injects into every set, something that makes you feel like you’re being told the truth and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

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The Menzingers “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore” Stripped Down

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 26, 2014

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Watch The Menzingers play an acoustic version of ”I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore” below after the jump.

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The Menzingers “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore” Secret Release House Show Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 24, 2014

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The Menzingers played ”I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore” at their secret record release house show in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Check out a video below after the jump.

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POZ Gallery

Apr 23, 2014

POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PAPhotos By: Allison Newbold

POZ Gallery: The Menzingers Secret Release House Show 
Features: The Menzingers, The Holy Mess, Nona 
Location: Golden Tea House - Philadelphia, PA
Photos By: Allison Newbold

POZ Review: The Menzingers - Rented World

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 23, 2014

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by Adrienne Fisher, edited by Erik van Rheenen

There’s a lot to explore on this new Menzingers record. Hell, there’s a lot to explore on every Menzingers record – ever since the release of their debut full length all the way back in 2007, the guys have written literary references, symbolism, imagery, and good old fashioned heart & soul like breadcrumbs into their songs with airtight proficiency. Anyone into contemporary quote-unquote punk in 2014 wouldn’t dare deny the songwriting chops that the PA quartet have driven home over and over again, especially with 2012’s instaclassic On the Impossible Past that brought all kinds of new meaning to how kids felt about diner waitresses and the dead-ends inherent in the things we deem Good or Nice. But the unfortunate thing about developing the attachments that we do to particular bands and records is that we do it in a very specific manner that’s nearly never reproducible – and with reasons unbound from rationality, we construe this lack of reproducibility into feeling let down by our band if they don’t deliver exactly what we think we should expect from them.
 
Rented World is not another On the Impossible Past, but there’s absolutely no reason why it should be. For that reason, I cannot stress enough that unpacking this record on its own accord instead of stacking it up against your personal anticipations will beget the best and most surprising connections - instead of telling you the dismal stories about the muscle cars and the bottoms of bottles, the Menzingers have created a record that requires your active involvement. It’s calling to be explored, to be listened to thoughtfully, and to be granted merit based on what it is, rather than what it’s up against. The shift in approach bears a little resemblance to how Saves the Day turned on a dime with In Reverie; they’re still stoking the influential fires of discontent, but it addresses the pains and strains of burgeoning real-life in a more universal way, rather than a focused mission statement through more “literary” means.
 
Even though I’ve already suggested that this record isn’t necessarily as immediate as I now perceive OTIP to be, you can see plenty of the cards that the Menzingers are holding off the bat. Some of those cards are facing upward and say straightforward, bleakly incorruptible things like “I don’t wanna be an asshole anymore” or overtly call back titles of the last record (“Bad Things.”) The keystone lyric from the first-released “In Remission” utters over a bridge “if everyone needs a crutch, then I need a wheelchair,” providing continuity of the self-paralyzing themes for which the Menzingers are heralded; it’ll take no one by surprise when that line is inscribed into punk rock canon a couple of chapters after “I’ve been having a horrible time pulling myself together” first appeared.

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The Menzingers “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 22, 2014

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The Menzingers have released a new music video for ”I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore.” Watch it here via StereoGum or below after the jump.

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Albums Out This Week

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 20, 2014

April 22nd is just two days away, and there are a few great releases coming out this week. Hit the jump below to check out the album details and download information for all the great records coming out this week!

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The Menzingers Stream ‘Rented World’

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2014

The Menzingers' will be releasing Rented World on April 22nd via Epitaph Records and can be pre-ordered here. Stream the full album now via Spin here or below after the jump.

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The Menzingers On The Punk Community’s Reaction To Success

by Zack Zarrillo - Apr 14, 2014

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The Menzingers caught many off guard with the On The Impossible Past. The band recently spoke about Rented World as a follow-up and the potential worry to how the punk scene often deals with band’s following a successful release. Read the full interview here via Blare or a snippet below after the jump. 

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