Q:Which song is about wanting to kill yourself?
Modern Baseball Release “Your Graduation” Music Video
The best music video you’ve seen this year
What The Hell Is A “Revival?”
March Sadness 2014 has started with a bang. To accompany this year’s tournament of sadness, PropertyOfZack will be running several Perspective pieces to highlight Emo in all its glory. Enjoy What The Hell Is A “Revival?” below!
March Sadness 2014
by Jesse Richman, edited by Erik van Rheenen
It’s funny how much can change in a year. When we launched March Sadness last winter, we called our bracket of newly-prominent bands “Modern Day Emo.” Dads, Balance & Composure, Into It. Over It., and The World Is A Beautiful Place did battle, and Dads accomplished the near-unthinkable, marching through a gauntlet to edge out not just their cohorts, but even the mighty Brand New for the championship to be crowned Kings Of Emo.
This year though, it was readily apparent from the get-go that “Modern Day Emo,” as a name, was out. For March Sadness 2014, no title but “Revival” would do.
Yep, I said it. Revival. Emo Revival. #emorevival. Each time I type that, it pisses you off just a little bit more, doesn’t it?
Why is that, though? What about the concept of a revival so aggrieves you that you bristle at the very name, even though its existence is undeniable?
Yes, undeniable. Take, for example, the poster boy for the emo revival (and I can almost see him wincing in my mind as I type that — apologies, but it is what it is), one Evan Thomas Weiss. Evan is out there crushing it right now! Intersections, his Triple Crown-released second proper full length as Into It. Over It., has garnered praise everywhere from Alternative Press to Pitchfork for its smart lyrics and intricate craftsmanship. He headlined sold-out shows at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and Philly’s Union Transfer this past week. Sold out! He’s undeniably one of the leading lights of the emo revival.
“But! But! But!”
I hear you, Mr. Aggrieved Fan.* Go ahead, have your say.
Great piece by Old Man Richman
Mansions’ ‘New Best Friends’ Reissue Now On Sale
Mansions’ New Best Friends reissue is now on sale via Bad Timing Records in addition to a never before pressed 7” (The Biggest Lie b/w Tangerine). The reissue features all-new alternative artwork designed by Mansions frontman Chris Browder himself. The record and 7” can be bought here. You can check out pressing and variant info below after the jump.
Full Disclosure: Bad Timing Records is half owned and operated by Zack Zarrillo, founder of PropertyOfZack.
THIS IS ON SALE NOW
Slaves (Jonny Craig) Releasing Debut Album This Summer
Jonny Craig starts a band called SLAVES. Management of Jonny Craig reblogs post about SLAVES with a black dude.
The short version of this post is that our first album, New Best Friends, has been reissued on limited vinyl by Bad Timing Records and goes up for sale at 1pm EST today. Click the photo to go buy.
The long version is that New Best Friends came out exactly five years ago. We were on tour in Baltimore with a band called The Lives of Famous Men. Non-band member attendance was in the single digits, and there wasn’t much record release hoopla besides us opening a box of CDs and putting them on the merch table. That was kind of a shame, because that album was really the culmination of a lot of my life up unto that point. I had been working on those songs since probably 2004 and had dreamed all my life of putting out a record on a real label like Doghouse Records. I had the opportunity to record with one of my heroes, Mike Sapone, who taught me so much about recording and production and how to make a record, that I can’t imagine doing anything that I’m doing now without that experience (I still label certain guitar tracks “saponeguitar” when recording cause I know exactly what that sounds like). After recording/mixing, there was another year of waiting for the record to come out (and putting out the EP Initiative in the meantime), so I was absolutely ready when the release date finally came. But there we were in Baltimore, feeling like nothing had really changed.
Not a lot changed in the year following either. The album got ok reviews, we did some bad tours and some good ones, we went through a few managers and band members, and I spent a lot of time asking myself what’s the point of releasing music. I love writing and recording, but why not just keep that to myself? Am I really that desperate that I need some stranger’s approval of something I’ve made? If I’m truly doing it for myself, then why does an audience matter?
The strange thing was that while I was having this whole dramatic inner struggle, people were somehow finding out about New Best Friends. People started showing up to shows and knowing the words. They started wanting more music, so we made another record. Then more people heard that and came to shows. Then we made another record, and now we’re headlining Madison Square Garden.
Ok not quite, but truthfully every time I see someone post a song or lyric from New Best Friends in some corner of the internet, or come up to the merch table and say how much they like it, it still makes me feel like “really? you actually heard it and liked it? you like our band?” No matter what happens, that record will always be our first, and it will always take me back to that feeling of putting some CDs on a merch table in Baltimore, wondering how we’re ever gonna sell these things. Everything is new again, like nothing has changed.
Wow. It’s truly such an honor to be putting this on vinyl, again. Please read Chris’ blog above and pick up a copy at 1PM EST if you want to grab this.
Sixteen I want to be different
I’m holding this inside
Aside from you
Eighteen this year of reason
The pictures they do what
I wish they wouldn’t do