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!
Set Your Goals - Only Right Now
After a lackluster third full-length, this band released a pair of digital singles last year to nearly unanimous applause. Since then, I feel like people have forgotten about all those two songs, and in some cases, this band altogether. “Only Right Now” is a fun, upbeat pop-punk jam that should find its way on to any summer mixtape. Consider this a reminder to revisit it. - Brandon Allin (@allinbr)
All Teeth – California Sons
Real on that North Bay stuff. - Ali Carcache (@alicarcache)
Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue
Nothing says “summer” like Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” so it only makes sense that as the weather gets nicer this album goes into permanent rotation on my iPod. - Becky Kovach (@beckystrz)
Fireworks - You Weren’t Born With A Bag Of Sand In Your Hands
One of my first shows was Fireworks and The Wonder Years in 2009. This band is one of the main reasons I’m in love with our scene. This song’s fantastic and I can’t wait to see how their upcoming album turns out! - Mike Sheffey (@SheffeyzTweetz)
Northstar - The Pornographer’s Daughter
When you need toshow everyone in traffic just how emo you are by singing along to some early 2000s anthem penned by dudes from Alabama. You know, for those times. - Marc Gray (@marcgarygray)
Sum 41 - In Too Deep
I was listening to Sum 41 the other day, while deeply saddened about the band all but falling apart, and it was magnificent. Whether it’s “In Too Deep,” “Over My Head,” or “Pieces,” Sum 41 had the ability to write great and catchy songs. “In Too Deep” was the first pop-punk song I ever heard, so lets jam that today. – Zack Zarrillo (@zzarrillo)
Yellowcard are continuing recording some sort of music in the studio, though we don’t quite yet know what the band is workign on. Check out a tweet and picture from the band below by clicking “Read More.”
Yellowcard’s Ryan Key Suffers Vocal Chord Hemorrhage
Yellowcard are back in the studio and have posted a short clip of their time in there. Watch it below by clicking “Read More.”
Yellowcard’s Ryan Key Suffers Vocal Chord Hemorrhage
The Fall Out Boy frontman went on a rambling, rather non-cohesive rant about our culture’s tendency to hate anything that gains popularity or success. It may not be a well put-together blog, but it’s worth a read.
Travis Clark was jumped this weekend and was seriously banged up, needing 14 staples in his head. Clark has been discharged and will be resting his injury off.
We’re getting deep into the lineup now with only a few more weeks of announcements coming. What do you think of the lineup at this point?
There will be well-over 200 releases coming out on RSD13 this year, and everyone will have something to buy.
Some fans seem to think the band is recording an acoustic version of Ocean Avenue, time will tell.
Three tequila, floor.
Everyone’s a critic, and man, are we a tough crowd. When it comes to high-profile albums, us fans are quick to let rampant anticipation shoot our expectations sky-high. But unfortunately, we’re just as quick to turn that excitement into sheer disappointment when records can’t meet their lofty expectations. When expectation and reality butt heads, we don’t exactly give some albums fair shakes.
So here’s a look at ten albums from Editor-in-Chief Erik van Rheenen that took a fan beating when they came out, but really just deserve a break. Feel free to reblog with any albums you think need to be championed as underrated masterpieces too!
Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear
Anarchy, My Dear took a fan pummeling for not being …Is Still a Real Boy, and fans got up in arms over “Admit It!” getting sequeled. But besides the pent-up furor behind “Burn a Miracle,” Anarchy, My Dear finds Max Bemis at his romantic best and in sync with his pop sensibilities. Love-struck tunes like “So Good” and “Say Anything” aren’t songs of youthful rage and rebellion, but then again, this isn’t the same young and angry Max Bemis singing these songs. This is a happily married Bemis with a baby girl on the way, so forgive him for not writing “Futile” all over again. Just take Anarchy, My Dear at face value: a quirky collection of pop-rock jams.
The Ataris - Welcome The Night
So Long, Astoria is the landmark pop-punk album no one remembers: thirteen tracks of achingly nostalgic teenage anthems, gift-wrapped in soaring sing-along choruses and crunchy guitar riffs. After four years of silence, Kris Roe and company released Welcome the Night, a fuzzy, bleak contemplation on life. It pulled a 180 on fans, swapping energy for an ambience of rainy day despair. But it works. Roe turns in an absolutely heartbreaking performance, and it’s perfect listening for hazy winter nights. Don’t expect any road trip sing-alongs like “In This Diary,” and sink right into Roe’s troubled mindset with him.
Yellowcard - Lights And Sounds
If Welcome the Night came out before Lights and Sounds, Yellowcard would’ve suffered from a good case of Ataris-itis. After the feel-good juggernaut that was Ocean Avenue — and all of its bright-eyed youthfulness and beach-soaked power chords — the band dropped the simple melodies of pop-punk and wrote a straightforward alternative rock album. Much maligned as it is, the album was Yellowcard’s coming-of-age story more than Ocean Avenue ever was. Ryan Key’s voice is both fragile and polished, and his lyricism is on point. It stacks up surprisingly well against Yellowcard’s stellar discography.
New Found Glory - Coming Home
Unlike their pop-punk compatriots in Yellowcard or the Ataris, New Found Glory didn’t stray from their roots to sound serious or dark. They diverted from their well-worn pop-punk formula to write a simple pop album. There are no gang vocals, no chunky guitar riffs, and no fast, furious punk songs. Instead, Jordan Pundik is at his most vulnerable, sounding equal parts sincere and heart-on-sleeve romantic, especially on “It’s Not Your Fault” and “Boulders.” It’s not popular opinion, but another album in the Coming Home vein would be more than welcome in New Found Glory’s catalog.
Brand New - Daisy
Daisy was the album every Brand New fan wanted, but not the album every Brand New fan expected. Whereas every last detail of Deja Entendu and The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me felt calculated and mapped out, Daisy cried havoc, opened the creative floodgates and let slip the dogs of war. The venom on Daisy — the aggressive “Sink,” blockbuster single “At the Bottom” — seeps into Jesse Lacey’s vocals, Brian Lane’s frenetic drumming, and Vin Accardi’s unbridled guitar riffs. The pop sensibilities fans missed aren’t gone; just hidden.
- Fall Out Boy have reunited.
- Warped Tour announced its next six bands.
- The Postal Service confirmed a 2013 reunion.
- The Mars Volta called it quits.
- Coachella announced their 2013 lineup.
- Homophobia spread throughout a Nashville-based music venue.
- Paramore released the first single off of their new album.
- A Day To Remember announced the support for their spring to
- Of Machines are reuniting for a final EP.
- Manchester Orchestra and Thrice released their long-awaited split.
- Allstar Weekend are going on a hiatus and creating a new band.
- MegaUpload returned to the world as Mega.
- Skate And Surf added a slew of bands to its lineup.
- Enter Shikari will begin recording new material in February.
- We The Kings are recording a new album.
- Shone confirmed their debut album release date.
- Tyler Carter came out as bisexual to support our community.
- Andrew McMahon announced his first solo headlining tour.
- The Maine will be self-releasing their fourth album.
- LIGHTS will be releasing an acoustic version of Siberia.
- Yellowcard have major ten year plans for Ocean Avenue.
- Bon Iver’s two albums went gold.
- Run For Cover announced their subscription 7” series.
- Brian Fallon will be releasing a solo record this year.