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POZ Playlist: Our Favorite Songs Of 2013 (So Far)

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 8, 2013

We’re wrapping up our Midway Discussion posts on PropertyOfZack this week, and our staff put together a new Playlist of Our Favorite Songs Of 2013 (So Far). Check out our Team Playlist and listen to the songs on Spotify while reading everyone’s thoughts! 

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Alkaline Trio - I Wanna Be A Warhol
"I Wanna Be A Warhol" was the first song of 2013 that grabbed me and make me say, "Fuck, this is rad." I’ve never been an Alkaline Trio fan, but not for lack of trying. My friend introduced me to a song in 6th grade called "Dethbed," and I thought I’d fall in love for the band, but I didn’t. So, I was very pleasantly surprised when I heard "I Wanna Be A Warhol." The chorus is my favorite of the year, and the song as a whole is just fantastic. My Shame Is True is the first Alkaline Trio record I really enjoy, and boy do I enjoy it. - Zack Zarrillo
letlive. - 27 Club
All production woes aside, The Blackest Beautiful  is one of the biggest and best records of the year, and “27 Club” is an absolute banger. It’s fast, aggressive, and packs that trademark letlive. punch that will keep you coming back for more. It may be the last song on the album, but it’s certainly near the top of the pecking order. - Brandon Allin (@TheRealBrandonA)
The Wonder Years - Passing Through a Screen Door 
Talk about feels. Listening to the words and imagining the emptiness and anxiety Soupy still feels about his life after TWY’s raging success is enough to make anyone question their existential progress. Reminiscent of the melancholy “I’m not sad anymore” emotion, Screen Door makes me question if we will always be looking for an escape, even when doing what we love. But of course, you can’t help getting pumped by the driving force of the song in true TWY fashion. - Mandy Trombley (@itsmandalina)
You, Me & Everyone We Know - Better Men
You, Me & Everyone We Know has a history fit for a VH1 Behind the Music special, but Ben Liebsch’s journey sure has produced some great music. His latest effort,  I Wish More People Gave a Shit, takes the focus away from Liebsch’s personal struggles and focuses more on the struggles of society. The most important and thought-provoking of the four songs, “Better Men,” focuses on the continual issue of rape culture, as Liebsch calls into question what more can be done from the men of the world to help prevent the rape of women. The song’s biting lyrics and catchy chorus will resonate with any listener, whether they’re an old fan or someone listening to see what all the hype is about. And with such a delicate subject at hand, there may not be a more thought-provoking song to come out all year. - Donald Wagenblast (@MyLifeIsDon)
Cartel - Uninspired
"I’m a bit overwhelmed / some may call it uninspired / but what is there left to do / when someone’s so young and admired?" These are the lines Will Pugh opens with in "Uninspired," the first single off Cartel’s most recent album. "Uninspired" tackles the last few years of the band’s career and how they’ve been feeling stuck. It’s vulnerable, passionate, and lays bare all the doubt and difficulties Cartel has dealt with since the success of Chroma. Cartel has always been one of the unsung heroes of the scene and it’s a shame, because Collider is probably one of the best albums to come out so far this year. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz) 

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The Wonder Years Announce First Japan Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jul 2, 2013

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The Wonder Years will be going to Japan for the first time in August. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years “The Bastards” Warped Performance

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 30, 2013

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Check out The Wonder Years performing “The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves” at Warped Tour this summer below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years, Real Friends At Neck Deep To UK Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 26, 2013

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The Wonder Years and Real Friends have added Neck Deep to their upcoming UK tour. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years, Paramore “Coffee Eyes” / “Pressure” Mashup

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 25, 2013

A mashup of The Wonder Years' “Coffee Eyes” and Paramore’s “Pressure” has been released. Stream it below after the jump. 

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Weekend Recap: Bands Not Allowed To Say “Mosh Pit” At Warped, Attila Use Homophobic Slurs To Call Out A Homophobe

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 24, 2013

First Impressions: Owen, Matt Vincent/Alex Correia, The Dangerous Summer

We have a new First Impressions post up to discuss the new releases from Owen, Matt Vincent and Alex Correia, and The Dangerous Summer. 

Bands Not Allowed To Say “Mosh Pit” / “Wall Of Death” On Warped Tour Due To Lawsuits

It looks like phrases like “Mosh Pit” and “Wall of Death” are no longer allowed to be said at Warped Tour anymore due to potential lawsuits from parents. More details on how this is being enforced or set in place at all can be read in the original post.

Attila Call Out Jonny Craig, Ronnie Radke, Christofer Drew In New Song

Attila have released a new song called “Callout.” In it they point fingers at multiple frontmen in our scene. The key part of the song is where they call out Mike Reynolds (ex-For Today) for being a homophobe by asserting that he is a “faggot.” #trollcore. 

Fall Out Boy Guitarist Posts Blog On Fan Expectations + Interactions

Joe Trohman has posted a thoughtful blog on what fans expect from bands following their set in terms of interactions and what is actually reasonable. It’s a worthwhile read.

The Wonder Years, The Swellers Discuss Negative Aspects Of Genre Rules

Lots of good reads came from the weekend. If you want some thoughts regarding what bands in our scene think about genres, you should check this interview out.

The Wonder Years, The Swellers Discuss Negative Aspects Of Genre Rules

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 22, 2013

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Soupy of The Wonder Years and Jono of The Swellers recently spoke with Blare about music and if false rules around genres are the worst part of being a musician. Check out the full interview here and a snippet of it below after the jump.

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PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 19, 2013

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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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The Wonder Years “Dismantling Summer” Live From Warped Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 19, 2013

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Check out The Wonder Years performing “Dismantling Summer” on Warped Tour below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years, Real Friends Update UK Tour Routing

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 18, 2013

The Wonder Years and Real Friends have updated the routing for their UK in November. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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Veara Release New Song Ft. Soupy Campbell

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 16, 2013

Veara have released a new song called “Growing Up Is Killing Me” featuring Soupy Campbell of The Wonder Years. Stream it below after the jump.  performing a new song live called “The Worst Part Of You.” Check it out below by clicking “Read More.”

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The Wonder Years Warped Tour Set List

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 16, 2013

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The Wonder Years are currently on the main stage of Warped Tour. Check out their set list from day one below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years, Real Friends Announce UK Tour

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 11, 2013

The Wonder Years and Real Friends will be touring the UK in November. Check out the dates below after the jump.

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The Wonder Years Release Live Video Of “The Bastards”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 4, 2013

The Wonder Years have released a live video of “The Bastards, The Vultures, The Wolves.” Watch it below after the jump.

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Friday Discussion: The Best Guest Appearances

by Zack Zarrillo - May 31, 2013

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We all get excited to hear about guest appearances on upcoming albums that we’re looking forward to, even if they end up being terrible. Hopefully they end up being pretty damn good though. We thought it’d be great to do a PropertyOfZack Friday Discussion on The Best Guest Appearances  from multiple bands in our scene. We put the tracks together in an Rdio Playlist to listen to as you read the Discussion as well. Check out our list below and feel free to reblog with some of your favorite guest appearances!

The Wonder Years - “All My Friends Are In Bar Bands (ft. Shane Henderson, Dave Mackinder, Matty Arsenault, Jamie Rhoden, Nik Bruzzese, Charlie Saxton, Nick O’Neill)
"Defend Pop Punk," as belabored of a mantra as it is now, probably peaked in 2010, when Man Overboard slapped the trademark rifle on their debut full-length art, but The Wonder Years probably shouldered the bulk of the defending. And after The Upsides closed with the rousing "All My Friends Are in Bar Bands," us pop-punk fans should’ve just considered the genre defended.

The list of singers featured on the track still reads like a veritable who’s-who of pop-punk (If pop-punk needed defending, The Wonder Years brought an army to do it): Shane Henderson of Valencia, Dave Mackinder of Fireworks, Matty Arsenault from A Loss For Words, Title Fight’s Jamie Rhoden, and Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard fame (oh, and Charlie Saxton, of all people). The guest spots themselves are short and sweet: everyone takes a quick step up to the microphone to sing “I’m not sad anymore / I’m just tired of this place / If this year would just end / I think we’d all be OK.” And with each emphatic delivery, you start believing it. - Erik van Rheenen

blink-182 - “All Of This (ft. Robert Smith of The Cure)”
Cataloging a band’s evolution in sound can be a fun process. “Well, it makes sense that song X sounds like this because the last song on their previous record started to go in this direction…The new album follows suit.” Or, “The guitarist in the band is new and his last band sounded like this, so here’s why that guitar part on song X sounds like this.” So on and so forth.

blink-182’s Untitled record has a lot of songs that make you question how they got there. ”All Of This” is probably the best possible example of that. It’s well known that Mark, Tom, and Travis grew up loving The Cure and Robert Smith, so being a fan of the The Cure or not, it’s rad to hear how the song came together.

The track is full of the back and forth known between blink’s vocalists, but Tom’s nasally vocals clash in a great sense with Robert Smith’s low, experienced, and calm verse and choruses. The song is the darkest sounding track on the album along with “I Miss You,” and it carries a special eeriness. “All Of This” in general is one of the songs on Untitled that proves its strength and well-roundedness. - Zack Zarrillo

Fall Out Boy - “What A Catch, Donnie (ft. Elvis Costello, Travis McCoy, William Beckett, Gabe Saporta)”
"What a Catch, Donnie" is the swan song of Fall Out Boy’s Folie a Deux. It’s not the album closer, but it is the album’s closure; a beautiful, piano-based ballad that focuses all of FOB’s talent and snark into one powerful, emotional track that seems to say everything at once about the state of FOB’s career and relationships without actually saying anything. I’ve always felt that it was one of, if not the, most important song Fall Out Boy’s ever written, and the sense of closure comes with particular obviousness in the finale.

Not only is there a reprise of a lyric from another Folie track sang beautifully by none other than Elvis Costello, there’s also a quilt of past lyrics interwoven into the end and sung by a cast of Fall Out Boy related characters, from Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) to William Beckett (The Academy Is…) to Gabe Saporta (Midtown/Cobra Starship). The significance of having all your best friends proverbially in the same room to close out a song that seems indicative of the dissolution of your band is not a detail to be overlooked, and the homage paid to old lyrics could even be considered a eulogy.

Fall Out Boy has never done anything without a double entendre or a deeper meaning, and “Donnie” is no exception. Thank God this swan ending wasn’t the last drop in the pan, though - otherwise we never would have gotten Elton John on “Save Rock and Roll.” - Adrienne Fisher 

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