We had a few extra Playlists sitting around and thought it would be a great idea to put The Xcerts, O’Brother, Full Of Hell. together for a new PropertyOfZack Playlist feature. Check out the Playlists below while listening to the songs on Spotify and reading everyone’s thoughts!
White Denim - It’s Him!
The opening track from “D”, it feels like this song should be the opener for all records, everywhere. Every album should start like this.
Title Fight - Secret Society
This song is so simple i feel like it’s harbouring some secret higher purpose that you have to decipher, like the Da Vinci code… Only, i think it’s probably just about a girl or something…
School of Language - The Rockist Pt 1
The Brewis brothers are one two of the most undervalued people in British music. They were in the Futureheads before they blew up, and they carried on making amazing records after that band started sucking. This song doesn’t even have words, just endless vowel sounds that, eventually, become more meaningful than any schmultzy platitude.
A Tribe Called Quest - Mr. Muhammad
This record (Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm) is really important to me, the production is everything i think hip hop should be: Alive and personal. Too many hip hop records today have that cold, drum-machine sound, and it’s bumming people out. Put this record on and smile because swag is a dumb word anyway…
Karen Dalton - Something on Your Mind
Having said that, this lady is hear for you, when you want to be bummed out. She will help you feel like that with her music, to the point that you will feel ridiculous, crying in the post office. (warning: Do not listen to this music waiting in line at the post office, it will break you.)
Band Of Horses- Dumpster World
BOH have always had a few strands of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young DNA stuffed in their collective back pocket but it has never been more apparent than in this track from their new record Mirage Rock. As it moves on they bring in their signature indie inflected rock but you can totally imagine riding a nice thoroughbred to this song.
Bad Books - Pyotr
A beautifully grotesque tale of forbidden love and decapitation. Ticks all my boxes.
The Cure - The Only One
Although this track was on their last studio album, it sees that Goth bloke and his assortment of ever changing mates return to the classic Cure pop songs that made them so bloody famous. However much I adore their dark, earth swallowingly depressing material ala Disintegration or Pornography, I will never tire of the awkward pop anthems.
Wild Nothing - Shadow
I have recently been introduced to this band and it makes me wonder why i am always late to the good parties. I often ponder if my invitations get mixed up in the mail as i am often directed to the bad parties therefore leaving me without cake and sulking that i don’t enjoy modern music. This band sound like The Cure, very lush, very good.
Ryan Adams - This House Is Not For Sale
There’s not much to say about Ryan Adams that hasn’t already been said. He is a truly great songwriter and even though a few think this album may be a little over the top in self deprication, i adore it. This song is so simple yet so affective. The lyrics are so vivid and play out much like a story, it’s almost as if you are watching a film rather than listening to a song.
Red House Painters - Smokey
If there is a songwriter that can make me weep on demand it is Mark Kozelek. How he can portray so much beauty in sadness is beyond me, it’s something i long for as a fan of melnacholic music and as a writer. “I’m broken down, you caved my karma in, i’m staying up waiting for you like a fool”…….i would write more but i am genuinely fighting back the tears.
Birds In Row - Among the Ashes
This is the 1st track off of their ep, Collected. I love that this band is both patient and punishing. We just got to meet these dudes and play 3 shows with them and Touche Amore in Europe. They’re such sweethearts. It’s ridiculous that this band is a 3 piece. I (Michael) can’t wait for them to come to the States again sometime. They have a new record coming out soon on Deathwish.
Baroness - Take My Bones Away
This song gets me every time. I just recently got into Baroness and this is one of my favorite songs right now. Driving. Catchy. Solos. Memorable. Gotta love it. - Michael
the Soil & the Sun - You Alone Know *Song is not on Spotify
This is the 7th track off of their new album and not only are they unreal at making music, they are very dear friends and incredible people. This song literally makes me (Jordan) laugh every time I’ve heard it live. It’s so damn good.
Efterklang - Step Aside
This song has been out since 2004. It’s the 3rd track off of their first full-length album and it’s, in my (Jordan) opinion, way ahead of its time. Unreal song. Future of music. Life-changing. - Jordan
Converge - Grim Heart / Black Rose
This is the 9th track off of No Heroes, my favorite Converge song from my favorite Converge record. Its got two separate sections in this song, each having a different vibe. This is the most unique Converge song in my opinion, in the reason that its catchy in vocal melodies and creates the same intensity as all the other Converge songs, in which their riffs are infectious and get stuck in my head. This song is tastefully slow and heavy; it continues to build and build, where it ends up fast and really loud. My favorite drum parts and tones lie at the end of this track.
British Theatre - The Gift’s Demands” Dyed In The Wool Ghost *Song is not on Spotify
British Theatre are Michael J. Vennart and Richard A. Ingram. 2 ex members of Oceansize. They are based in Manchester, UK. Oceansize is one of my new favorite bands that I had recently discovered through our friends Biffy Clyro from Scotland, who Michael Vennart now plays guitar for. Oceansize is tastefully heavy, ambient, fast, slow and patient at the right times. This project is no different in those aspects. This track is ambient, electronic, and has a really chill groove. Both of their EPs are worth listening to. - Johnny
Blonde Redhead - My Plants Are Dead
This is a track off of their latest release “Penny Sparkle” I love Blonde Redhead because they have the power to hypnotize you with their songs. Most of their songs are very repetitive but some how, is still able to keep the listener captivated. This song has a great groove to it and may be one of the most sexiest songs I’ve heard ever.
Cave In - Iron Decibles
This is off of their latest release “White Silence” This is not your not typical Cave In song but it’s still a great song. I really like the production for this song and the vocal melody gets stuck in my head constantly. Cave In is one of my favorite heavy bands and Caleb has the best bass tone in the world. - Anton
Old Man Gloom - Common Species
Off their newest record “No”. This whole record is sick, absolutely punishing. The first time I listened to it all the way through I couldn’t help laughing nervously at how heavy it was.
Fiona Apple -Every Single Night
Been listening to her new album “The Idler Wheel…” A lot. I’ve always loved Fiona Apple, and in my opinion, this my be some of her best songwriting. The production is really cool as well, very organic sounding record. - Tanner
This is a selection of songs to listen to on your way home from work, or while you are out with someone you love, like a nephew or cousin. This playlist is dedicated to David Bland and all the poor souls that live in Berlin, Maryland.
PropertyOfZack is stoked to be hosting our fifth Quiet Country Audio Session with O’Brother. The band is out on their Triple Crown Records Tour with Moving Mountains and Caspian, and we thought it would be a great time to post our best QCA Session yet.
Watch O’Brother tape fantastic versions of “Machines Part I + II” as they appear on Basement Window below by clicking “Read More.”
O’Brother are about to kick off their Triple Crown Records Tour with Moving Mountains and Caspian, so we figured it would be a perfect week to release our best Quiet Country Audio Session yet with the band. We’ll be posting the full feature on Thursday, December 6th, but have a great trailer ready to go a few days early.
Watch O’Brother’s QCA Session trailer below by clicking “Read More!”
PropertyOfZack had the chance to interview Tanner Merritt from O’Brother a few weeks ago in New York City on Circa Survive’s Violent Waves Tour. Tanner and I discussed the band’s great touring opportunities in 2011 and 2012, what the advantages and disadvantages are to opening big shows, the response to Garden Window, and the beginning of a new writing process. Check it all out below!
For the record, could you state your name and role in O’Brother?
I’m Tanner, and I play guitar in sing in O’Brother.
The Circa Survive fall tour has just kicked off. The lineup is so deep, and this is one of the most exciting tours of the year. Do you feel the same?
I think every band has said that this is the best lineup they’ve ever played with, even Circa. This is their favorite lineup they’ve put together. It’s an awesome tour. It’s really cool.
The three openers are younger bands, compared to Circa, but it all makes sense.
That’s very true. I’m really glad they decided to take out a few young bands.
The year has been spent supporting Garden Window, and there have been big tours with Thrice and a co-headliner, and now this. Has it been a successful year on the road?
It’s been really busy. It’s been one of our busiest years, but that’s to be expected. We’ve been on some great tours that we’ve been lucky enough to be a part of.
Garden Window took a while to come out.
It took a while. The response has been good. We’re seeing things begin to grow for us. People are hearing the record more, and they tell us they appreciate it. It’s been great.
We spoke with Fred from Triple Crown last week, and we spoke about touring opportunities the bands on the roster have had. Younger bands often get a nice tour here and there, but then trek it out. That’s how it works, but O’Brother have gotten big grabs.
It goes both ways. We have been incredibly fortunate, incredibly fortunate to be friends with all these bigger bands and for them to take us all out on tour and stuff like that. Sometimes you just want to play a small show where everyone knows who you are. It’s still a rush to go and play to a ton of people. It’s a different energy. You have to put on a different show and try to hold people’s attention who don’t know who you are, which is different when you’re playing to people who are specifically there to see you.
Do you think that it would be a bad idea to only tour with bands that are Circa’s size? Do you think it’s important to play the small shows too?
The people who come up to see us on these tours, even though it’s far less than everyone else, usually say that they would like to see us play a longer set. This year has been a year of us doing opening slots for big tours. Most of the people who have come out to see us want to see us play more songs. Some of these tours are only 25 minute sets, and we have ridiculously long songs. So we only play five songs a night. I think it’s important for people to see all they want to see.
Would you say that all these opportunities between big and small tours has sort of extended the life of Garden Window?
Our fan base, I feel like it grows every time we do one of these tours. I think that’s obviously the biggest plus.