“Is it just a bad night or am I getting bad again?”
We have a brand new feature called “Making Of” where we look into how music podcasts have been started and we’re proud to have Modern Vinyl as our first podcast! We hope to continue this feature with some of our other favorite music podcasts, so let us know if you have any suggestions. Check them out here and check out the feature below on how they got started.
How did you all meet and start working together?
James: I was dating a girl who told me I should start writing for Modern Vinyl, and since I wanted to get my writing out to more readers, I tweeted at Chris (who was and still handles running the site’s social media) to see if we could get me on the team. Surprisingly enough, I’m still here but the girl isn’t. Funny how that works out. As far as the podcast team goes, Mike hopped on to talk about Say Anything’s latest record Hebrews and he injected some life into our conversation, so I suggested we keep him on as a permanent member. Hey Mike, you’re welcome. Without the podcast, I wouldn’t know what Chris or Mike look like. Part of me wishes I still didn’t… just kidding, homies.
Chris: I think I initially met Mike through a writer’s call I had put out. His writing samples were solid and he started right away with some reviews and features. James reached out to me via social media, as he said, and he’s been a great asset to the site ever since.
Really stoked to have had the chance to do this feature with the guys over at Modern Vinyl.
Green Day’s American Idiot was released ten years ago next week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Deanna Chapman, Erik van Rheenen, Ashley Aron, and Connor Sheehan, so enjoy and reblog to let us know your thoughts on American Idiot ten years later!
How American Idiot holds up in 2014
It’s hard to believe American Idiot came out ten years ago. The lyrical content of the album has easily stood the test of time. Many of the songs, notably “American Idiot,” still seem relevant today, especially with recent political issues that have occurred. For me, this album is still enjoyable to listen to and it continues to bring the same energy as it did when it first came out. It’s also the last great album to come from Green Day — the albums released after were mediocre at best, and this is coming from someone who is a huge fan of the band.
The album was revived with its Broadway rendition, and I believe that has also had a huge impact in keeping the album alive and relevant. I went and saw the musical (not on Broadway, unfortunately) and it reminded me why I love the album so much. It tells one hell of a story. The story made for a great album and a great musical. How many albums can you say have done that? Hands down, this album continues to be great in 2014.
– Deanna Chapman
Most important song on American Idiot
Amidst skipping recess to learn how to apply eyeliner with my fellow sixth grade girlfriends, a burned copy of American Idiot came into my possession. It was one of my first tastes of an album that completely satiated my musical desire from start to finish. The 17 songs on my iPod Nano included “Hollaback Girl,” “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies,” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” but the 12 tracks of American Idiot were something else. The draw for my young brain was seeing Billie Joe Armstrong all over Fuse and MTV plugging the album as a “rock opera,” a foreign concept to me at the time. However, the fact that the record’s dramatic nature was still something that pissed off my parents kept it on heavy rotation. Each track told a story in itself, but the album’s piece de resistance has to be “Homecoming.”
“I wish people could just say how they feel like ‘Hey I really don’t like when you do that to me’ or ‘Hey I’m in love with you’ or ‘Hi I really miss you and I think about you all the time’ without sounding desperate. Why can’t everyone be painfully honest and just save people the trouble.”
The American Scene hail from Berkeley, CA, and their release of Haze follows their 2012 album, Safe For Now. With this album, you can hear the progress they have made in the last two years and even since their debut, By Way Of Introduction. The band has started to gain more traction with this release, and it is well-deserved.
Right off the bat, title track “Haze” sets the tone for the album. The guitars really add that extra something to the song, and the instrumentation is well-balanced. The song immediately sucks you in and makes you glad that it’s just the beginning of the album with so much more to come. “Royal Blue,” the first single released, follows. The opening lines of, “I was a coward disguised as a lover/Of the beautiful, invisible truth” are some of my favorites from the album. The lyrics are outstanding throughout, but when this song was initially released, it’s what immediately got me hooked, and I just knew I had to listen to this album.
Really enjoyed reviewing this album. It would be awesome if you guys would check it out!