Makeup For The Silence

The digital home of music writer Jesse Richman

Makeup For The Silence

Tag: meta (Page 1 of 6)

I’m Still Here

… for now.

Turns out it’s been an entire year since I posted something over here. 

I hope you’ve been well.

Between moving and working and having a kid and Tumblr’s transformation from a repository of great music writing/writers to whatever you’d call a kudzu patch if kudzu was made entirely of animated GIFs of TV shows I don’t watch, it just hasn’t happened.  Indeed, if you were paying attention, you’d have noticed I never even wrote up last year’s Top Ten list. (If you want to see what albums made it, click over to my Lists page – it’s largely the same as what I voted for in last year’s Pazz & Jop.)

While I’ve slowed down a bit, I’m still doing regular music writing, albeit largely in print. Tumblr, in its infinite glitchiness, has eaten all of my links on a number of my subpages, including my clips page, so I’ve been very delinquent in updating it and linking out copies of my print pieces. That said, I’ve got some story ideas I’d like to pick up on in the new year, and while I should be more diligent on pitching new outlets, I also have a few that I don’t think will find a home if I don’t make one for them. (The nice part about having a day job – I can afford to pursue things I won’t get paid for, if I can find the time.) Plus, I’d like to start putting my small-but-not-Twitter-small ideas down again. So I’m hoping that in 2017, I’ll be doing more writing over here… kinda.

Kinda, because I’m sort of over Tumblr, and one of those first when-I-find-time projects will be to move Makeup For The Silence elsewhere. If you happen to visit via actually typing the site name in a browser or with a bookmark or something, you’ve got nothing to worry about – wherever I go, the URL will follow. If you follow along via Tumblr dashboard…maybe? I may still keep the blog portion of the site here (with a little necessary pruning) and just port all the static pages elsewhere. Or I might move my blogging to a WordPress or to Medium or somewhere else. If I do that, I’ll be sure to let you know, repeatedly.

But before those things happen, I’m going to proceed with the end of the year as I typically do, last year excepted. So, tomorrow, the year-end mixtape will go up. On Friday (or maybe tomorrow too), some thoughts on 2016 in music and outside of it, and maybe some numbers and links and stuff to go along with them. And then once the new year rolls around, my Top Ten Albums Of 2016 – with write-ups, I promise!

Here we go again…

Simple Math 2015: Simple Math Is Dead; Long Live The Gospel According To Saint Me

Simple Math 2015: Simple Math Is Dead; Long Live The Gospel According To Saint Me

Veruca Salt – The Gospel According To Saint Me

In October, a catastrophic hard drive failure cost me my entire iTunes library – more than 85,000 songs collected over just shy of two decades. (Really! I started building my digital library way back in 1996, with live Husker Du bootlegs acquired from online trading communities and handfuls of punk and ska rarities downloaded off of sketchy FTP servers.) It doesn’t seem recoverable, not without a small fortune, and very possibly not with one either. I haven’t quite decided if I intend to try and rebuild or not. The real value of the collection was the stuff that can’t be found online anymore (or ever); the parts I could replace are the parts that it might not be worth replacing rather than just resigning myself to streaming from now on instead of ownership. Fortunately, my life has been far too busy to spend time worrying about, or even contemplating, what to do.

Not that iTunes would have been much use for my tallying this year’s Simple Math anyway – over the last few years, it’s largely become an archive of non-digitally-accessible tracks and a repository of star ratings, something to track what I’ve listened to and whether I’ve liked it, but not how much I’ve listened to it. And the one thing it was most useful for – keeping track of which albums I listened to over the course of the year – fell by the wayside when I ceased to add albums to my library post-crash. Meanwhile, my Spotify “Year In Music” feature didn’t, so far as I can tell, include anything I played offline, and certainly doesn’t include anything I loaded onto my account locally. And my Last.fm, by dint of not scrobbling Spotify plays on mobile, is essentially useless in providing any kind of accurate stats about my listening this year.

Even if I were able to get accurate stats, I’m not entirely sure what I’d find – this year has been one of change and upheaval, and my listening habits have been as chaotic as the rest of my life. The latter half of 2015 saw the bittersweet end of PropertyOfZack; a relocation from the urban hum of New York City to suburban south Florida; a farewell to six years of steady employment and a hello to a whole lot of question marks; and, six weeks ago, the birth of the most beautiful baby boy in the whole world*. Heck, truth be told, I’ve probably listened to more lullabies – played via Lionel’s sleep machine, by way of a decade-old iPod – in the last month than music the rest of the year combined.

The bottom line is that, after a four year run, the yearly tabulation post I’ve been dubbing Simple Math is, for all practical purposes, dead.

That said, Makeup For The Silence has, from the start, been about music and storytelling and the places where those intersect. And if 2015 is the year I stop quantifying the music side of the equation, it is also the perfect year to shine a light on the storytelling I’ve done. While 2015 marked the end of PropertyOfZack, it also saw me making my presence felt more than ever at Alternative Press, as well as opening up new doors at Myspace and the Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. And though things are currently a little to busy to focus on pitching elsewhere, I’m hoping that 2016 sees my writing finding its way into even more new spaces.

But it wasn’t just my reach that grew this year – I think I’m more proud of the writing I did in 2015 than any year prior. So, instead of recapping my musical stats, I thought I’d instead share some of the highlights of my year behind the keyboard. Welcome to The Gospel According To Saint Me. It’s gonna get loud; it’s gonna get heavy.

It Just Isn’t Like The Old Days Anymore – Mayday Parade [Alternative Press Magazine 328 / November 2015]

My first cover story for a national publication would have been the highlight of my year in any year. Mayday Parade, pop-punk’s ultimate play-it-safe band, bucked all expectations by growing darker and more daring at the exact time when most career-minded bands would have dialed back on the Risk-O-Meter. I suppose the jury is still out commercially – though it’s hard to imagine the band’s camp wasn’t disappointed by the precipitous fall-off in album-over-album sales, the band’s first in three outings – but Black Lines is an artistic triumph, and I think I did justice to the story of the album’s genesis.

Sting, Bon Jovi And More Help Celebrate 80 Years Of Overtown Legend Sam Moore [Miami New Times]

Writing for the New Times might not come with the paycheck or the prestige of other publications, but the access it’s granted me to big-name artists from across the pop spectrum is priceless. This year I had the good fortune to chat with everyone from piano-pop legend Ben Folds, to Emily Haines of Canadian indie heavyweights Metric, to up-and-coming tropical house DJ Bakermat. But none topped interviewing Sam Moore, one half of Sam & Dave, the voices behind “Soul Man,” “Hold On, I’m Comin’” and a dozen more hits that defined the sound of Memphis Soul at the turn of the ‘70s. I don’t really have a bucket list, but if I did, chatting with a member of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame would have been near the top.

Crawling Towards the Sun: The Hush Sound’s Bob Morris Starts Again, Again [PropertyofZack]

It’s easy to forget that 90% of the hot new buzz bands you’ll have served to you on a platter this year will be the ones flipping the metaphorical, and often literal, burgers a decade from now – talent (and, often, fanbase) be damned. Morris is back with a new project, Le Swish, but he’s also got a new outlook on life and some new ideas on where and how music should fit into it. His story isn’t unique, but you might think it was for how rarely it gets told.

SXSW Wrap-Up: These Things Happened. These Things Mattered. [PropertyOfZack]

South By South West is a strange chimaera, a beast of many looks that serves many masters, but it often only gets photographed from its “good” side. Truth is, there’s a lot more than happens at the industry’s yearly bacchanal than the anointment of next big things and the grousing of never-will-bes. There are other stories to be told and, while they’re not sexy, they’re frighteningly easy to find. But when the hype-makers are the ones charged with creating the official record, they develop a nasty habit of only recording what’s hyped. SXSW is so much more than anyone seems to talk about, and it deserves better treatment. With what will be a 3-month-old son, I’ll be missing out on SXSW 2016, but you can be sure my heart will be there, in all the corners the cool kids aren’t.

Andrew W.K. Isn’t Partying Hard Anymore, He’s Got Too Much Else Going On [Myspace]

Conversing with Andrew W.K. was everything I could have imagined it would be; the man is a whip-smart deep thinker and a master of introspection, and better yet, he uses his powers for good. It felt almost criminal to have to edit down Wilkes-Krier’s soliloquies on art, feeling and life into interview-sized snippets.

Start Today: Bad Religion [PropertyofZack]

Bad Religion aren’t only foundational figures in SoCal punk and stalwarts of the current scene, they’re a remarkably consistent machine that’s churned out excellent album after excellent album for more than 30 years. That voluminous output makes their catalog as intimidating as it is deep, and made them the perfect candidates with which to launch our Start Today feature.

Matisyahu Spent The Past Five Years Discovering His True Self [Broward-Palm Beach & Miami New Times]

When your bizarre musical schtick is just a reflection of your unusual real life, what becomes of your career when that life drastically changes? It’s a question to which Matisyahu’s fanbase is still working out the answer, even if the man himself seems more certain than ever of who he’s supposed to be.

10 Things You Should Know About Phoebe Ryan [Myspace]

Pop singer/songwriter Ryan’s star is on the rise, but with only an EP to her name to date, it doesn’t seem that anyone has really plumbed her backstory yet. There’s nothing groundbreaking in our conversation, just some fun and revealing anecdotes that I haven’t seen told elsewhere – and really, isn’t that what this is supposed to be about? Sometimes the workaday pieces are the ones you’re happiest with.

Matter Of Time: A Chroma Q&A With Cartel’s Will Pugh [PropertyOfZack]

I first saw Cartel live in 2004, opening for Brandtson and the Rocket Summer in support of their debut EP. The full length they were writing at the time, Chroma, would top my very first Yearly Top Ten list in 2005. I’ve interviewed Will before, but sitting down with him before the band played that album in full, on occasion of its 10 year anniversary, felt especially significant. What followed was a marvelously candid discussion of not just the album’s stratospheric rise, but the band’s slow and steady descent over the decade that followed – one that’s landed them at a true career crossroads today.

Links to everything else I wrote this year after the cut.

Features:

Interviews:

Reviews:

Live Performance Previews:

Other Music Writing:

If you enjoy these, as always, you can find a complete archive of everything I’ve written on the Clips page.

*every new parent says this about their child. All of them are correct.

#328 Mayday Parade – Alternative Press

#328 Mayday Parade – Alternative Press

Three Cheers for Five Years

propertyofzack:

by Jesse Richman

I never planned to be here. I hadn’t written anything in any “official” capacity since my days at my college paper, and that was nearly a decade in the rearview when I was convinced to sign on here. Sure, I still dabbled – a couple of LiveJournals here and there; a tumblr for personal-oriented music writing (that’s still around and will have some new life injected into it soon). But when a blink 182-loving internet friend named Zack (RIP ASchismOfZack.tumblr.com!), who had just started turning his little music blog into a slightly less little music blog, asked me back in 2010 if I would chip in with some reviews, I thought it would make for a fun exercise and a nice distraction from the salt mines that are New York legal document review projects – and nothing more.

(My first review? A Circa Survive Daytrotter session. Why in hell was I reviewing a Circa Survive Daytrotter session? Reading it now, it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, which maybe means I haven’t come as far as I think I have.)

Somehow, five years and something like 350 reviews, interviews, profiles, features and op-eds later (not to mention lord-only-knows-how-many editing jobs), I’m still here. I’ve stretched my writing muscles, put myself through a training regimen and discovered that this is something I want to make part of my professional life, long after I’d left any such pretensions behind. I’ve become a regular contributor at Alternative Press. I’ve gotten to chat professionally and personally with the people whose music has meant so much to me. I’ve flown to Austin for SXSW (4 times!), to Chicago for Riot Fest. I’ve sat in a 3-hour traffic jam only to get drenched in the most miserable rain you can imagine – with some of the best people you can imagine – at Skate & Surf. I’ve spent Christmas Day each year banging out cheeky holiday “reviews,” to this day still my favorite regular feature we’ve had, and one I was happy to sheppard. I’ve built bridges to places and people I never knew existed, and burned a few that needed burning. I’ve made lifelong friends in Zack and Connor and Ashley and Erik, and in so many of our former staffers, not to mention all the friends I’ve made in the wider punk community via this little website. I’ve sparked new friendships from old acquaintances (suppy, Adrienne!). I’ve found a community – multiple communities, really – that don’t have me questioning whether I belong. And hopefully, somewhere along the way, I’ve written something that touched someone, that made them open their eyes to something they didn’t see before, be it out in the world or within themselves.

I’ve also shuffled jobs; met an incredible woman who, to my continual daily amazement, agreed to marry me; and, in the coming months, will be moving across the country and becoming a father. A lot changes in five years. I know this place has changed me for the better. I hope that maybe, in some small way, it changed you for the better too.


I want to give special recognition to all of the badass women who have been part of #TeamPOZ over the years. From our first editor-in-chief Emily Coch on down, women have held it down on our front end, our back end, our Reviews section, our Showcase section, our Photo galleries, our op-eds – everywhere. So to Emily, Adrienne, Ashley and Deanna and Caitlin (who have just started a great new podcast), Maysa, Sydney, Brittany, Becky, Ali, Marie, Hilary, anyone else I’m unfortunately forgetting right now (I’m sure there’s a few) and all of our awesome female contributors over the years – thank you for making this place better than it ever had any right to be.

I’m not writing this to pat ourselves on the back. We didn’t put out a special call for women, or institute a quota, or set out trying to make a statement. We simply went looking for the most talented, most passionate, most awesome people we could find – and this is who we wound up with. Which means that if you’re running a music site and it doesn’t look like this, you are actively doing something wrong. Do better. Our strength as a scene will always follow directly from the diversity of our voices.


My staff bio begins, “Jesse was the first staffer at PropertyOfZack, and will be here until someone turns out the lights.” When I wrote that, I didn’t expect that we’d be choosing to flip the dimmer switch quite so soon, but here we are and here I am, keeping my word. In the five years I’ve been here, we’ve accomplished so much. We took a husk of computer code on a free platform and pumped that shell so full of spare minutes and hours, excitement, curiosity, hard work, anger and love that it became something wonderfully special, vibrantly alive and singularly ours. We took this place we built, filled it with family and made it a home. Maybe we’ve outgrown that home; the fact that it’s now time to leave in no way diminishes what we’ve accomplished here.

PropertyOfZack was great. PropertyOfZack is great. Ever will it be.

Turn the lights off, carry me home.

Today, we said goodbye to PropertyOfZack. Tomorrow, life goes on.

RIPOZ

propertyofzack:

by Zack Zarrillo

PropertyOfZack has not been the most financially successful or popular entity that I’ve worked on this year, but in many ways it has been the most rewarding. With that in mind, the site will be coming to an end within a week from now.

Why?

My life is in a period of deep change and instead of risking integrity, happiness, or feeling guilt – I would rather PropertyOfZack say goodbye the right way. Timing is everything, after all. I haven’t looked at our traffic in many months, but I appreciate the dedicated daily, weekly, or monthly readers of the site now more than ever. I’d rather bid you a proper farewell than a lackluster finale. Burnout, not fade away.

And a good farewell we have planned. Friends of the site will be filling our page in the week ahead with farewell posts of all kinds. From sappy to serious to somewhere in between. We won’t be publishing news or commentary in our final week. Just words. I hope you’ll read them and say goodbye with me.

The last seven months have felt like one slow rolling accomplishment. To regain control of the website and to be able to publish smart and pointed words from my friends and colleagues while dabbling deeper with my own writing, commentary, and podcasts has been great.

Like I alluded to above, I’m facing many changes, in both my life and my career path. Closing POZ is undoubtedly the largest one. It’s going to be something. I feel profoundly sad, but this decision feels right. Identity is an incredible thing, one that I’ll soon be lacking. For now.

I’m excited for the future, even if my greatest fallback and comfort is now being put to rest.

It’s going to be a big week. Thank you all for your eyeballs and support.

So, this is happening. I’ll post more about this in the coming days, but M4TS has been here before PropertyOfZack and it will be here after PropertyOfZack. Indeed, I’ve sorely neglected this blog for a long time, and I think I’m ready to inject a little life back in.

If you are in the future, you are about to read my Top Twelve Albums of 2014

if you are in the present, we now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress

(which is to say things are getting back to normal around here!)

((and don’t forget, you can find all my past Top Ten’s right here!)

MY (WHOLLY IDIOSYNCRATIC) TOP TEN ALBUMS OF 2014

Starting today, I’ll be counting down my Top Albums of the last year, one each day until we hit #1. 

As I’ve done for the last few years, I’m jettisoning the traditional “album” approach and will be considering each artist’s entire output for the year. In an era ruled by digital releases, SoundCloud demos and artists who often see no reason to hold songs back just for the sake of selling them as a collection, it’s the only approach that makes sense to me. Sure, many artists still work on a traditional release schedule – it’s just that I don’t see any reason to penalize those who don’t. If I could listen to it this year, it should count, regardless of how it’s been packaged. And indeed, nearly half of this year’s list contains EP’s, 7"s, singles, demos, or other output outside of the traditional LP format.

That’s not to say that those packaging decisions aren’t important – in fact, there are a few entries on this list that rank where they do specifically because they evidence craftsmanship in their sequencing and their curation. Making a great album is a larger task than releasing a handful of great singles, and there’s a particular joy in listening to an album that holds your interest from front to back and compels you to pay attention. That joy is certainly a consideration; it’s one, among many.

Finally, as usual, I couldn’t hold myself to only 10 entries on this year’s Top Ten list. So without further ado, here comes #12!

Simple Math 2014: Close Your Eyes (and Count To Fuck).

Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (and Count To Fuck) (feat. Zack de la Rocha)

At the end of each of the past three years, I ran a piece titled Simple Math here which collected all of my “music stats” for the year prior.This year that all went to hell. Count to fuck, indeed.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I’m a particularly statistically-minded guy. I’ve gobbled down advanced baseball stats like they were the latest diet craze since before I could catch a fly ball. I spent years grinding at poker tables and studying charts until I could intuit the odds of almost anything happening. And, for over a decade, I’ve been tracking (im)precisely what I’ve listened to each year on both AudioScrobbler / Last.FM and via iTunes.

That all changed in 2014. This was the year I got on board (almost fully) with the cloud. I’ve gotten miles of mileage out of my Spotify subscription, supplementing that which can’t be found on their service with mp3s. The problem is that Spotify is very inconsistent with its scrobbling, or, more precisely, it consistently doesn’t scrobble when either listening via iPhone or in offline mode. Unfortunately, that’s 90% of how I consume music.

Additionally, Spotify doesn’t play well with iTunes. I’ve made a consistent effort to add to my iTunes library anything that I’ve listened to on Spotify (or YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, etc) but there are certainly unaccounted for tracks, especially singles which would have received a sub-3 star rating. And this year, I spent far more time listening to individual songs than I did to full albums.

The end result is that, for the first time in a long time, I don’t have concrete data on what I’ve listened to, or how much I’ve listened to it. Indeed, I don’t even have marginally useful data from which to extrapolate. Last.FM tells me that “Tongue Talk” by the Holidays is my most-played new track of 2014, with nineteen spins. The true number is something like five times that, if I had to guesstimate. Meanwhile, the track doesn’t have a single play in iTunes.

In the end, I’ve decided that convenience (such as it were) outweighs my desire to number-crunch. It’s a choice that pays off 11.5 months of the year, and then bums me out for two weeks. Unfortunately, this is those two weeks.

So which parts of my musical year are still quantifiable? Well, as of December 31, 2014:

  • By my count, over the course of the year, I listened to 107 LPs, EPs, 7″s, splits or compilations released in 2014.
  • There were 1,236 songs released in 2014 added to my iTunes library this year.
  • I attended 48 individual shows this year, along with 43 sets over days at SXSW; 8 sets at 1 day of Warped Tour; 29 sets over 3 days at Riot Fest Chicago; and sets over days of CMJ.
  • In total, that makes for 189 sets at 63 shows.
  • I wrote track review (along with lighthearted holiday song reviews for the annual PropertyOfZack Xmas Review Extravaganza); published 28 interviews, including a 4-part interview with Rob Rowe (Whitewaits / Cause & Effect) and a 2-part interview with Derek Sanders (Mayday Parade) & Lauren Wilhelm (Dazy The Girl); wrote part or all of 15 feature pieces, including missives from SXSW; contributed to 7 PropertyOfZack staff playlists; and, best of all, had pieces published in print, both feature pieces for Alternative Press.

The full list of albums and EPs from 2014 that I’ve listened to this year, alphabetical by artist, is after the cut.

  1. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
  2. Alburn – Mouthful of Glass
  3. Allison Weiss – Remember When
  4. Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – s/t
  5. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  6. Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker
  7. Animals As Leaders – The Joy Of Motion
  8. Antarctigo Vespucci – Soulmate Stuff
  9. Antarctigo Vespucci – I’m So Tethered
  10. Anthony Green – Winter Songs
  11. Ariana Grande – My Everything
  12. Basement – Further Sky
  13. Beach Slang – Cheap Thrills On a Dead End Street
  14. Beach Slang – Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken
  15. Being As An Ocean – How We Both Wondrously Perish
  16. Betty Who – Slow Dancing
  17. Betty Who – Take Me When You Go
  18. Big Data – 1.0
  19. Bleachers – Strange Desire
  20. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
  21. The Cab – Lock Me Up
  22. Candy Hearts – All The Ways You Let Me Down
  23. Charli XCX – Sucker
  24. The Cloudy Mountain Band – Demos
  25. Copeland – Ixora
  26. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Voodoo
  27. Dads – I’ll Be The Tornado
  28. Darlia – Candyman
  29. Darlia – Knock Knock
  30. The Downtown Fiction – Losers & Kings
  31. Dum Dum Girls – Too True
  32. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways
  33. Four Year Strong – Go Down In History
  34. Foxy Shazam – Gonzo
  35. Frnkiero andthe Cellabration – Stomachaches
  36. The Front Bottoms – Rose
  37. Future Islands – Singles
  38. Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
  39. Have Mercy – A Place Of Our Own
  40. The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There
  41. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  42. Information Society – _Hello World
  43. Onelinedrawing – Me & You Are Two
  44. Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
  45. Kitten – Kitten
  46. Knuckle Puck – While I Stay Secluded
  47. La Dispute – Rooms Of The House
  48. Live – The Turn
  49. Masked Intruder – M. I.
  50. Michael Jackson – Xcape
  51. Mikey Mo – All I Have
  52. Moden Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
  53. Mongol Horde – Mongol Horde
  54. Moose Blood – I’ll Keep You In Mind From Time To Time
  55. MYRONE – MYRONE
  56. Mystery Skulls – Forever
  57. No Devotion – Stay / Eyeshadow
  58. No Somos Marineros – Lomas Verdes
  59. Old 97’s – Most Messed Up
  60. Owl City – Ultraviolet
  61. Paolo Nutini – Caustic Love
  62. Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
  63. PUP – PUP
  64. Pvris – White Noise
  65. Rachel Taylor – Come Alive
  66. Real Friends – Maybe This Place Is The Same & We’re Just Changing
  67. Restorations – LP3
  68. Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
  69. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2
  70. Ryan Adams – Ryan Adams
  71. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
  72. Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only
  73. Set It Off – Duality
  74. Sir Sly – You Haunt Me
  75. Sledding With Tigers – A Necessary Bummer
  76. Somos – Temple Of Plenty
  77. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  78. Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
  79. take nothing, leave everything – winter
  80. Taylor Swift – 1989
  81. This Wild Life – Clouded
  82. Tiger’s Jaw – Charmer
  83. Tiny Moving Parts – Pleasant Living
  84. Toby McAllister – Christmas Bedroom Demos
  85. Transit – Joyride
  86. Twin Forks – Twin Forks
  87. Unicorn Kid – Brain Wash
  88. Vacationer – Relief
  89. Veruca Salt – MMXIV
  90. Warpaint – Warpaint
  91. We Are The In Crowd – Weird Kids
  92. White Lung – Deep Fantasy
  93. Whitewaits – Island
  94. Wild Adriatic – Big Suspicious
  95. Xerxes – Collision Blonde
  96. You Blew It! – Keep Doing What You’re Doing
  97. You Blew It! – You Blue It
  98. You + Me – Rose Avenue
  99. 5 Seconds of Summer – She Looks So Perfect
  100. VA – Adventures / Pity Sex
  101. VA – Death To False Music Vol. 1
  102. VA – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 40th Anniversary
  103. VA – In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety
  104. VA – Punk Goes 90’s Vol. 2
  105. VA – Spitback / Power Wrench
  106. VA – Whirr / Nothing
  107. VA – Mat Kerekes / Chris Kerekes Winter Split

POZ Turns Five: Song Of Ourselves

propertyofzack:

image

Last week, we celebrated five years of great content on PropertyOfZack. Those five years would not have been possible, or nearly as rewarding, without an incredible team that grew and shifted over the years. January 2015 will ring in a new era for POZ, but before we move forward, we wanted to give team members the opportunity to spotlight and celebrate their thoughts and passions for and around the site. 

Songs Of Ourselves features a writeup from 14 different team members, some of whom have been with us since the day the site was born or as recent as this past spring. 

The past five years have meant much more to me than I could ever put into words, but my team was able to help me to do that. I teared up while reading these. Thank you, TeamPOZ.

– Zack

Related Stories:
Five Years Of PropertyOfZack  
POZ Turns Five: Our Favorite Features
POZ Turns Five: Our Favorite Interviews 
POZ Turns Five: Our Most Important Albums 
POZ Turns Five: The Biggest News We’ve Broken 

Read More

When I created MakeupForTheSilence years ago, the idea was it would be a place for me to write about music and myself and the ways and places where the two intertwine. 

As I’ve done more and more writing elsewhere over the past few years, it’s a subject I’ve revisited less, not because I have any less interest in it than before, but just because I’m busy writing about other music-related things. But it’s still something I think about regularly.

We’ve spent the past week at PropertyOfZack celebrating our 5th birthday. The site is due to undergo some serious changes in the new year, and this seemed like an appropriate time to look back, take stock and celebrate what we’ve accomplished. This is the capstone — an entirely solipsistic love letter to ourselves and the music, and that spot where we meet.

Cody Carson of Set It Off quote - I'm not a perfect person. I have flaws, I fuck up, I don't feel like I should have to hide who I am from anybody.

Alternative Press 317 – Set It Off Interview

Cody Carson of Set It Off quote - I'm not a perfect person. I have flaws, I fuck up, I don't feel like I should have to hide who I am from anybody.

alternativepressmag:

Perfect is boring.

Full interview in AP 317 // Dec 2014

I really enjoyed my conversation with Cody; he’s a kid in the midst of the same sort of personal transformation I think everyone his age goes through, only he’s doing it under the spotlight — one he craves, but I think also resents a little bit, or is at least beginning to make peace with.

I wish I could have squeezed much more of our talk into the piece; there’s a lot more behind what he puts forward that 2,000 words could possibly capture. That said, I think I did a good job at least distilling the themes and motifs of his life down to a single complex shot.

Pick up AP 317; it’ll be worth your little bit of cash and time.

Page 1 of 6

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén