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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

August 29, 2013

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Well, so much shit went down this month that it’s difficult to decide what exactly to write about. Should I talk about the slut shaming & cultural appropriation backlash surrounding the Miley Cyrus VMA performance? Maybe touch on the possibility of another unsanctioned military intervention in the Missle East by the U.S.? Or shall I play on the national nostalgia of the anniversary of the march on Washington? Since I’m no expert on any of these issues, I think I’ll do the responsible thing and just save my opinions for close personal friends in the shiny place we get to after a couple beers and just give you what I’m super alright at: a monthly hip hop mix. Here’s hoping it gives you some respite from dangerous critical thinking today, or at least gives you a good soundtrack to surf some opinion pieces.

Also, I had a great time DJing Side One Track One Presents last week and you should go to the next show in the residency on September 27 at Blackheart because John has incredible taste in music (and I’m not just saying that because he pays me the big not any bucks) and it’s free and fun.

:Abstract Rude – Thynk Eye Can (Haiku D’Etat mix):
:Raashan Ahmad – Cornbread:
:Madchild – Last Emperor:
:Azealia Banks – ATM Jam:
:Big Cats – Sirens (Big Cats Remix):
:Earl Sweatshirt – Hoarse:
:Joey Bada$$ – Killuminati:
:Amerigo Gazaway – Soul Flower (We’ve Got):
:The Rub – Feel You (Featuring Lil Fame And Misun):
:Sole – Definition of Slave (Featuring Open Mike Eagle):
:Empresarios – Esterolismo:
:Kendrick Lamar – Backstreet Freestyle:
:The Lady of Rage – Str8 Outta VA:
:Dessa – The Bullpen:
:Wu Tang VS The Beatles – Forget Me Not:
:Blackalicious – One Of A Kind:

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The Men

August 29, 2013

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The Men’s New Moon has been one of my favorite albums over the last few months, so I’m excited that they’ve announced a companion EP It’s titled Campfire Songs, and it’s an all acoustic five track effort that was recorded … around a campfire … while the band was making New Moon.  Grab it October 15 via Sacred Bones.  You’ll be able to catch the band at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Enjoy.

:The Men – The Seeds (Acoustic Version):  The original version of this is great, but I think the acoustic take is pretty much perfect.  Is there any way we can have people default to this instead of Wonderwall whenever it’s campfire sing-a-long time?

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Sugar Candy Mountain (Noah)

August 28, 2013

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Sugar Candy Mountain, the new group from burgeoning solo-artist Ash Reiter and her co-conspirator Will Halsey is a mish-mash of more than a few things – surf rock, a touch of garage, even a little bit of good-time party rock – but most of all, this shit is just fun. Halsey and Reiter have garnered their considerable experience and produced a slick, poppy collection of tunes that’d feel just right blasting out of the top of your mint-green convertible as you cruised Highway 1 with a cig dangling from your lips and a scarf blowing off your neck. I almost want to call it the logical progression of garage rock, but everything I ever say has something to do with garage rock, and I understand that it might get boring, possibly even derivative. What it is though is a refreshing blast of good times unencumbered by irony and/or depressing subtext. In a day when San Francisco’s scene has taken a decidedly downward turn it’s impressive to get a solid inhale of warm air and smiles but to hear it done with such confidence and style.

Sugar Candy Mountain’s new album Mystic Hits will be released on September 20.

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Growl, Santiago Dietche (Jennifer)

August 28, 2013

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During a recent tour, the van and trailer of local power pop/indie rock band Growl was stolen. Fortunately, their gear was safe inside the venue where they played, but their personal belongings were taken and they were forced to spend a small fortune on a rental van in order to finish the tour.

Tonight at Holy Mountain the band is holding a homecoming gig and fundraiser with their friends from Milezo and Good Talk ($5 for 21+, $7 under 21). Growl is one of my favorite local discoveries of this year; their live sets and songs are full of infectious energy that will win you over.

Growl’s lead singer and guitarist Santiago Dietche is releasing a solo acoustic album, Waxing And Roaring, next month. He will be celebrating the release of his first full length on September 5 at Cactus Cafe. On his latest release, he displays a more contemplative, melancholic side to his songwriting while still allowing the catchy, pop hooks to shine through.

He will be joined by Matt Hines from The Eastern Sea and Greg Mullen along with poetry readings courtesy of the folks from Foxing Quarterly.

Advance tickets are available here, but you can WIN a pair of tix to the show through SOTO by sending an email here with DIETCHE as the subject.  We’ll pick a winner the day of the show.

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Glasser

August 27, 2013

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After spending “the last year and a half” on the follow-up to 2010′s Ring, Glasser (aka Cameron Mesirow) is ready to put herself back on everyone’s radar.  Let’s do her a favor and speed up that process.  The first single awaits you below.  Her currently untitled album is due out in October via True Panther.  Enjoy.

:Glasser – Shape:  While I totally get the Bjork comparisons that this song is generating, I think it’s a lot steadier and more focused than most of what the famed Icelandic singer’s frenetic personality has ever allowed.  Grab headphones!

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Quickdraw: Dismemberment Plan, Polica, Of Montreal, Yawn, Courtney Barnett

August 26, 2013

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Today’s music believes that knowing is half the battle.  Enjoy.

:Dismemberment Plan – Invisible:  I didn’t so much care for the Dismemberment Plan’s first new song in 12 years, but I’m digging this second single and its inspired indie rock ways.  Uncanny Valley is due October 15 via Partisan Records.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Polica – Chain My Name:  This track has totally owned me over the last few days, and I’m not sure when I’ll tire of awkward attempting to dance to it.  Polica will release  Shulamith on October 22 via Mom + Pop.  Catch them at Emo’s East on November 15.

:Of Montreal – She Ain’t Speaking Now:  The upcoming Of Montreal album is really starting to look like it’s going to be a straight up indie rock-oriented effort, and that is fine by me.  Lousy With Sylvianbriar is due October 8 via Polyvinyl.  See the band at the Mohawk on November 15.

:Yawn – Summer Heat:  I figured Yawn were a new act, but apparently they had a well received LP back in 2011.  Is any of it as refreshing as this song?  If so, I need to seek it out.  The band is currently in the midst of putting together their sophomore effort.

:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  This song is definitely overly wordy, but Courtney Barnett’s voice has such a classic sound that she’s able makes it work.  I’m definitely interested in checking out The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas whenever it’s released via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists/Milk.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

August 25, 2013

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Time for your weekly movie news update!  Below you’ll find a slew of sentences meant to provide a brief glimpse of what’s been going on over the past week in movieland.  If something leaves you desperate for more info, then my advice is to do a little extra research on one or all of the following fantastic sites:  Latino Review, Dark Horizons, Ain’t It Cool News, CHUD and/or JoBlo.  Read on!

Ben Affleck has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to appear as Batman/Bruce Wayne in multiple films.

Bryan Cranston is being rumored as the preferred choice to portray Lex Luther across multiple films in the DC Cinematic Universe.

Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) has signed on for a role in Fast & Furious 7.

Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 is now Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak.  A reason has yet to be given.

Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster) is set to reprise her role as Jen Yu for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny.

Clint Eastwood will reportedly replace Steven Spielberg as the director of American Sniper, the Chris Kyle biopic.  Bradley Cooper is still set to star.

Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene) is reportedly in talks for the role of Scarlet Witch in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Timur Bekmabetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) is reportedly in talks to direct a remake of Ben-Hur for MGM.

Rumor has it that Marvel has reached out to Bradley Cooper about voicing Rocket Raccoon in Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) will reportedly replace Ben Affleck as the director of the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand.

Natalie Dormer (Game Of Thrones) has landed the role of Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockinjay – Part 1 & 2.

Idris Elba will star in an adaptation of Beasts Of No Nation.  The book centers around a boy who is forced to join a group of mercenaries when a civil war engulfs his country.

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Stream This

August 23, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
Volcano Choir – Repave
Neko Case – The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight
Black Joe Lewis – Electric Slave
Forest Swords – Engravings
Bent Shapes – Feels Weird
Disappears – Era
Dent May – Warm Blanket
Ghost Wave – Ages
The Dodos – Carrier
Belle And Sebastian – The Third Eye Centre
Weiss/Cameron/Hill – Drumgasm
How Sad – Indian Summer EP
Zula – Twin Loss

VIDEOS

Diarrhea Planet’s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams is out now on Infinity Cat Recordings.

American Sharks will release their self titled debut on September 17 via In The End Records.

Night Beds’ Country Sleep is out now on Dead Oceans.

STRFKR’s Miracle Mile is out now on Polyvinyl.  They play Emo’s East on October 11.

Army Navy just put out The Crushed EP on The Fever Zone Records.

Traams will release Grin on September 24 via FatCat Records.

Golden Suits’ self titled debut is out now.

Superchunk just released I Hate Music via Merge.

Pelican will release Forever Becoming on October 15 via Southern Lord.

Soft Metals put out Lenses last month.  They play Red 7 on September 11.

The Delta Mirror’s Better Unsung is out now on Lightwave.

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Movie Breakdown: The World’s End

August 22, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are back together in order to wrap their Cornetto Trilogy.

The Reality:

The World’s End is one of the craziest, nerdiest films I’ve seen in quite some time.  Where Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz are essentially clever parodies, The World’s End is so much its own thing that it makes me wonder if the plan all along was to make a couple of accessible comedies and then do some amazingly bizarre flick just for fun.  Either way, I’m thrilled it exists, and I greatly appreciate that the mighty trio of Wright, Pegg, and Frost made sure to wrap the Cornetto Trilogy in the biggest, weirdest way possible.  I can’t wait to see it again.

The Lesson:

There’s nothing better than not being disappointed.

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Yuppies

August 22, 2013

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Yesterday I stumbled across a song by Omaha’s Yuppies, and I ended up spending quite a bit of time reveling in its sloppy glory.  Now it’s your turn to do the same.  The track awaits you just below.  The band’s self titled debut is expected out September 15 via Dull Tools, which is run by Andrew Savage (of Parquet Courts fame).  Enjoy.

:Yuppies – Hitchin’ A Ride:  “I hope this is all just a fucked up dream!”  Not much is better than the way this line is desperately wailed over the song’s scatterbrained arrangement.  If you disagree, then you’re silly.

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Movie Breakdown: You’re Next

August 21, 2013

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People are doing traditional-style reviews all over the web, so we decided to try something different.  In each “breakdown” we’ll take a look at what a film’s marketing lead us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

After two-plus years of festival buzz, the home-invasion-themed You’re Next finally gets a wide release.  Horror fans everywhere are seriously pumped.

The Reality:

As it turns out, You’re Next is as hyped – it’s smart, aggressive, and well made.  I have no idea why Lionsgate decided they needed to sit on this film for so long.  We should be talking about a sequel right now.  In any case, you must get out and see You’re Next, as it is definitely this year’s most badass flick.

By the way, be sure to see You’re Next with friends.  You’re going to want to high-five a lot throughout the movie, and that’s difficult to pull off if you’re riding solo.

The Lesson:

Nobody should put awesome films in a corner.

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The Villas, The Eversons, Austin Music People (Jennifer)

August 21, 2013

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Sometimes all you need to make your day are some sweet, singalong harmonies, catchy guitar riffs, and a driving drum beat. You can find those qualities in the latest singles from Austin’s The Villas. I love the clear, bright sound, but it packs a punch and is still a bit rough around the edges. You can catch them perform tonight as part of a showcase presented by The Mixx at Spider House Ballroom.  Burgess Meredith and Aviateur are also on the bill.

Another recent power pop/guitar pop favorite comes from the Wellington, New Zealand quartet The Eversons. This month they released a three song single of Creepy (this tune can also be found on their 2012 album, Summer Feeling). The new single contains two great additions – a Japanese language version of Creepy and the skiffle/rockabilly romp of Stick Around. The animated video for the single is a colorful, eye-popping Saturday morning cartoon meets Japanese anime delight. The upbeat, sugary sweet fun of the tune is made even better by the sarcastic, slightly sour bite lurking underneath.

If you haven’t had your fill of live music shows in Austin lately or just haven’t been out for awhile, brace yourselves. This Friday and Saturday Austin Music People is spearheading the event known as United We Jam, taking place from 7pm to 2am at a variety of venues, bars and restaurants on Red River and the East Side. Each venue will charge a small cover; proceeds will benefit the efforts of AMP who advocate for Austin’s local music industry. In addition to the wide variety of bands and genres represented, there will also be the opportunity to register to vote. This is a valuable opportunity to support your local music scene and your city by making your presence known at the shows as well as casting your ballot during our upcoming elections.

In addition to the showcase presented by SOTO (Side One Track One Presents),  I also highly recommend checking out Oh No Oh My (Farewell Show) w/ Royal Forest & More and Good Field w/ Black Books, Pageantry, Feverbones. Wherever your music taste falls, you can’t go wrong with seeing any of these strong, diverse lineups.

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Bad Sports (Dan)

August 21, 2013

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It’s no exaggeration that Bras from Bad Sports has been my most anticipated album of the year. Their last release, Kings Of The Weekend, was genius, and I love the other bands the members belong to: OBN IIIs, Mindspiders, Video, and Wax Museums.

Bad Sports features Orville Neeley III (guitar/vocals), Daniel Fried (bass/vocals), and Gregory Rutherford (drums). At their core, they are still very much a Texas garage rock band, but they’ve expanded their game on the very good Bras, which I was able to hear last week. The tracks are distinctive with numerous influences sprinkled throughout. You can hear elements of late 70’s New York punk as well as Cheap Trick power-pop and Television noise rock. There are even a few tracks that remind me of OBN IIIs, one of Orville’s other bands. However, not all of Orville’s vocals and lyrics here have the snarl and fury he displays in OBN IIIs. On Bras he shows expanded songwriting chops as he sings about being the nice guy that finishes last, being stuck in a terrible place, and as he pleads for a girl to let him into her heart.

There’s something for any fan of garage rock or punk to love on this record. Below are three of my favorite tracks from the album. The album isn’t on sale until August 27, but if you can’t wait a week to hear the rest of the album, you can stream it now at Spin.

:Bad Sports – Get You:
:Bad Sports – Let Me In:
:Bad Sports – Terrible Place:

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This is a Gregory recording the drums for Free Spirit, another track off of Bras.

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Quickdraw: Parquet Courts, Volcano Choir, Tristen, Why?, Peelander-Z

August 20, 2013

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Today’s music would like to know what you’re doing this weekend.  Enjoy.

:Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now:  This track has such an infectious attitude about it that I think I’m finally ready to find a spot on Parquet Court’s bandwagon.  The Tally All The Things That You Broke EP is due October 8 via What’s Your Rupture?.

:Volcano Choir – Comrade:  Is it possible that I prefer Volcano Choir over Bon Iver when it comes to Justin Vernon?  I’m starting to think I might.  The former is certainly a lot more accessible.  Repave is due September 3 via Jagjaguwar.  Stream the album in its entirety here.

:Tristen – No One’s Gonna Know:  I dig this song, but I’ll admit it’s a little weird to hear the normally reserved Tristen in full on pop mode.  I wonder if all of the new album is like this?  Caves is expected out on October 15 via Pupsnake Records.

:Why? – Murmurer:  And in today’s really cool news, Why? have put together an EP that features songs about particular fans.  You’ll be able to grab the Golden Tickets EP on September 17 via Joyful Noise Recordings.  The band will play the Mohawk on September 27.

:Peelander-Z – Ride On The Shooting Star:  There’s nothing like a brand new Peelander-Z track to help get your day going.  Metalander-Z is due out September 10 via Chicken Ranch Records.  Catch the band at the Mohawk on September 28.

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Quickdraw: Terry Malts, Quasi, Black Books, Joanna Gruesome, Black Milk

August 19, 2013

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Today’s music isn’t sure about you.  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – Walking Without You:  Here’s your adrenaline shot for today.  Terry Malts are the absolute best, and I can’t wait for their new album.  Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere is due on September 9 via Slumberland.  The band will play the Mohawk on September 26.

:Quasi – See You On Mars:  I’m starting to really look forward to Quasi’s upcoming double LP.  The first two singles (that would be You Can Stay But You Got To Go and this playful number) have been pretty great.  Mole City is due out October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  Catch the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  This atmospheric track packs a real punch, and it makes me think that Austin’s Black Books are seriously ready for much bigger things.  Good for them.  The band will put out a self titled effort on October 1 via Believe Recordings.  Their next show in town is August 24 at the Mohawk.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  I think it’s safe to say that Joanna Gruesome’s late summer emergence has been a welcomed one.  They sure know how to write a hook.  The anticipated Weird Sister is due September 10 via Slumberland.

:Black Milk – Perfected On Puritan Ave:  Every time I get a new Black Milk single I hope he’ll suddenly go from underrated to beloved.  So, is this the one that forces such a deserved jump?  You tell me.  No Poison No Paradise is due out October 15 via Fat Beats/Computer Ugly.

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