The Xcerts will be releasing a new single called “Shaking In The Water” on July 21st. Read a message from the band below after the jump.
We’ve actually been playing this song live for quite a while now so we’re excited to finally release it. Originally this song had a real 60’s vibe to it and it was really jangly. Over time it got progressively heavier, i then entered a world of fuzz and the song was truly born. Musically It’s very simple and very fun. Lyrically the song is about helplessness and how i was solely to blame for finding myself in a regretful postition with another person. In previous songs / records i have always found a scapegoat when singing about something i’m to blame for but i’ve grown up a bit and this time round i’m throwing my hands in the air and admitting my faults.
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.