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blink-182 Doesn’t Have “Their Shit Together,” Says Travis Barker

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 24, 2014

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Travis Barker further expanded upon blink-182's lack of recording new music in another new interview with the OC Weekly. Barker expressed that until the band has “their shit together” he will be focussing on different projects. Check out what he said below after the jump.

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Transplants To Release Cover Album

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 19, 2014

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Transplants will be releasing a cover album birthed out of Transplants Tuesdays. Check out details from a new interview with Travis Barker below after the jump.

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blink-182 Recording New Music Has Been “Kind Of A Challenge”

by Zack Zarrillo - Mar 19, 2014

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Things suddenly don’t look so good for new music from blink-182 in the near future. The band was already supposed to be recording their new album and follow-up to Dogs Eating Dogs, but it’s become apparent over the last few weeks that Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge, and Travis Barker weren’t in the studio together yet.

In a new interview with Noisey, Travis Barker stated that recording new music has been a “challenge” and that he can’t wait for the stars to align in terms of blink hitting the studio to sacrifice not recording on other projects. Barker hopes that the band can still hit the studio before Reading and Leeds this summer, but didn’t necessarily show full confidence in releasing music before the summer like originally planned. Check out part of the interview below after the jump.

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Travis Barker Autobiography ‘Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, And Drums, Drums, Drums’

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 20, 2014

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Travis Barker’s autobiography will be titled Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, And Drums, Drums, Drums. It will be released on June 24 via William Morrow. You can read a synopsis below after the jump.

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Travis Barker To Meet With Teenager Diagnosed With Rare Brain Tumor

by Zack Zarrillo - Feb 18, 2014

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A young teenager named Josiah was recently diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. Since his diagnosing, Josiah has started a campaign to meet his idol, Travis Barker. It looks like Josiah’s dream has come true. Check out an update from him below after the jump.

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Travis Barker In The Studio With Mod Sun

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 16, 2014

Travis Barker has been in the studio with Mod Sun working on a collaboration and a few other tracks. Check out a teaser below after the jump.

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Linkin Park, Travis Barker Perform “Bleed It Out”

by Zack Zarrillo - Jan 12, 2014

Linkin Park performed “Bleed It Out” last night with some help from Travis Barker. Watch a video of the performance below after the jump.

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Travis Barker Releases “Cuz I’m Famous” Music Video

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 31, 2013

Travis Barker has released a new music video for “Cuz I’m Famous” that features Paul Wall, Yelawolf, Hopsin, and Scoopdeville. Watch the video below after the jump. 

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Travis Barker To Release Memoir In Fall 2014

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 26, 2013

Travis Barker will be releasing a memoir in the fall of 2014. Barker has been working on the piece for months now, and the tell-all will shed many views on his life. Check out a message from Barker below after the jump. 

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Travis Barker In The Studio With Wes Borland

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 13, 2013

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Travis Barker recently spent some time in the studio with Limp Bizkit’s Wes Borland, Nine Inch Nail’s Danny Loaner, and Scroobius Pip. Check out an Instagram post from Barker below after the jump.

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Travis Barker Releases “Cuz I’m Famous” Ft. Paul Wall, Yelawolf, Hopsin

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 9, 2013

Travis Barker has released a new single called “Cuz I’m Famous” that features Paul Wall, Yelawolf, Hopsin, and Scoopdeville. Stream the song below after the jump.

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Travis Barker Releasing “Cuz I’m Famous” Single Ft. Paul Wall, Yelawolf, Hopsin

by Zack Zarrillo - Dec 5, 2013

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Travis Barker is releasing a new song called “Cuz I’m Famous” next week featuring Paul Wall, Yelawolf, Hopsin, and Scoopdeville. Check out the artwork below after the jump. 

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POZ Contest: blink-182 - Commemorative ‘Untitled’ Poster

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 18, 2013

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blink-182 wrapped up their residency of ten year Untitled shows in Los Angeles, CA last week, and it was clear what the five shows meant to both the band and their fans. To celebrate the ten year anniversary of Untitled, PropertyOfZack is excited to be teaming up with blink to give away a commemorative and limited poster from one of the shows. The contest will end on Black Friday, so enter here and check out the poster below!

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POZ Decade: blink-182 - Untitled

by Zack Zarrillo - Nov 12, 2013

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blink-182's Untitled turns ten next week. To state the album’s significance to most blink fans and PropertyOfZack is difficult. The album itself is directly responsible for the creation of this website, and because of it, Zack Zarrillo has taken on an entire Decade piece to celebrate the anniversary of Untitled. Listen to the album, enjoy the read, and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Untitled ten years later below!

How Untitled holds up in 2013
blink-182 took a risk on their 2009 reunion amphitheater tour. There was no guarantee the band could fill up 15,000 capacity sheds on almost each of their 50 dates of shows. But there’s a reason that the band came back to the world in 2009 with more fans than when they left it in 2005. It’s because of Untitled and the lasting value the band’s best album has.

blink-182 has diehard fans from not one, not two, but three generations: those in the mid-‘90s who discovered Cheshire Cat and then Dude Ranch; those in the early-‘00s who fell in love with Enema Of The State and Take Off Your Pants And Jacket; and then those in the mid-to-late-‘00s who were too young to know blink-182 while they were a band, but only found them afterwards. You need fantastic albums to be able to grow like that when you’re away, and Untitled shows it best. 

Most important song on Untitled
The most popular song on the album is “I Miss You.” In fact, it sold more singles than “All The Small Things” did, making it the band’s most popular song ever. But that’s too easy.

With almost everything blink-182 related, it depends. Are we talking about their most important song that represents what the band was from 1992 to 2003? Or are we talking about the most important song that represents 2003 through today?

The former criterion champions “Feeling This.” The song encapsulates everything that blink-182 is and does, and why they are the best at it. The back and forth vocals. The heavy sexualized lyrics. That fucking chorus. Those harmonies. That riff. Game over.

The latter criterion fits “Asthenia” best. The ambient-yet-still-punk breed that Untitled brewed is showcased best on this song. Tom’s vocals seem urgent, caring, and angry. The music gets absorbed through your body. The lasting product is telling. The song makes a great transition into Angels & Airwaves’ We Don’t Need To Whisper, and shows where the band was headed next if we would have gotten a new blink-182 album in 2006 or so, instead of in 2011. 

Did blink-182 succeed in following up Untitled?
Depending on how you look at it, there are three follow-ups to Untitled.

1) We Don’t Need To Whisper
Most fans weren’t ready for this album. It was too close to blink’s break-up, Tom was too much of a drug addict, etc. But man, it was hard to disagree about the great moments We Don’t Need To Whisper touted if you were at all a fan of blink’s Untitled. Songs like “The War,” “Start The Machine,” and, of course, “The Adventure” seem undoubtedly like blink songs if you can imagine a Travis Barker drumbeat and Mark Hoppus harmonies over them. Seven years later, We Don’t Need To Whisper still marks a top three output from Tom DeLonge’s musical career, behind only Untitled and Box Car Racer.
2) When Your Heart Stops Beating
This is the best writing we will most likely ever see out of Mark. While Untitled was clearly more DeLonge-centric, +44’s first and only record was Mark’s first experiment at being the only frontman, unlike Tom, who first tried with Box Car Racer. To this day, you will notice people across different social networks popping up here or there with a “Fuck, When Your Heart Stops Beating only grows better with time” comment. And it’s true. The writing on “Baby Come On,” “Lillian,” “Weatherman,” “No It Isn’t,” and “Chapter 13” ranges from heartbreaking to aggressive to fulfilling. 
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Travis Barker REM “Losing My Religion” Remix Released

by Zack Zarrillo - Oct 22, 2013

Travis Barker is releasing a remix of REM’s “Losing My Religion” on an upcoming mixtape called Scoopaloops by Scoop Deville. Stream the remix below after the jump.

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