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Quickdraw: Terry Malts, The Coathangers, Phantogram, CFCF, Polica

September 30, 2013

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Today’s music believes in you.  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – I Could Be Happy (Altered Images Cover):  I’m in the midst of Terry Malts-heavy stretch, and I love it.  Just law week they played a really nice show at the Mohawk, and now they’ve released this super catchy cover.  You might be able to get this track as a bonus if you jump now and order Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere, which is currently available on Slumberland.

:The Coathangers – Adderall:  This is one of the more impressive tracks that the Coathangers have ever delivered.  I really love the enormous amount of attitude packed into it.  The band’s split 7″ (with Audacity) is due out October 15 via Suicide Squeeze Records.  They play Red 7 on October 16.

:Phantogram – Celebrating Nothing:  While I would have preferred a new Phantogram full length this year, I’ll take an EP.  It does, after all, include this stellar song.  You can actually grab their self titled EP now via Barsuk.  See them at the Mohawk on October 27 (the 10/26 show is already sold out).

:CFCF – Beyond Light:  Grab some headphones before you hit play on this new track from CFCF, as it is intricate and totally deserving of all of your attention.  The world will be able to dive into Outsider when it’s released on October 21 via Dummy Records.

:Polica – Smug:  I’d be lying if I said this sultry number didn’t immediately vault Polica’s upcoming full length to somewhere near the top of my “most anticipated releases” list.  Shulamith is due out October 21 via Memphis Industries.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

September 29, 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!

Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Jurassic World.

Warner Bros. has reportedly reached out to Christoph Waltz and Emma Stone about parts in their currently-stalled Tarzan movie.  Alexander Skarsgard is reportedly still set to star in the film (if it ever resumes production).

Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is reportedly in talks for a role in Independence Day 2.

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in Gary Ross’ adaptation of John Steinbeck’s East Of Eden.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are set to do an R-rated animated film titled Sausage Party.  It’s said to center around a sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence.

Rob Riggle has signed on a part in Dumb And Dumber To.

Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) may direct an adaptation of ESPN: Those Guys Have All The Fun.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) are set to direct an adaptation of Tim Madigan’s memoir I’m Proud Of You.

Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush have landed roles in Alex Proyas’ Gods Of Eygpt.

Justin Long has signed on to star in Kevin Smith’s Tusk.  It’s said to be based on the true story of a man who offered free rent to anyone who would dress up as a walrus and hang out with him.

Hugh Jackman has joined the cast of Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie.  The film is said to center around a robot that gets stolen by two gangsters.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

September 27, 2013

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What an amazing weekend this is shaping up to be.  Tonight, you should stop by The Blackheart for another Side One Track One Presents! The last one was incredible, so if you missed it, now’s your chance to catch up with the awesome show-curatory abilities of our blog runner John. If you were at the last one, you already know how great a show this is, so I’m sure you’re already planning on going.  On Saturday The Sour Notes are playing for The Good Music Club at The North Door, and on Sunday, I guess everyone will be inside watching Breaking Bad, which is okay I guess, but is not live music, so get your shit together, Austin.

I’ll be on the air on Sunday from 2-3:30PM on KOOP 91.7FM in Austin and streaming on koop.org everywhere else if you wanna hear the stuff I like to play on the radio (hint: it’s cleaner than this mix, which is a little NSFW). Happy Friday, and please bump it loud.

:Lizzo – Pants VS Dress:
:Bigg Jus – Black Roses:
:Shad – Fam Jam (Fe Sum Immigrins):
:Big Cats – Kanye Remix:
:Wax Tailor – Lonely (Featuring Mattic):
:Earl Sweatshirt – 20 Wave Caps (Featuring Domo Genesis):
:CommoNasm (Common + Nas + TenDJiz’s Soviet Jazz) –  Geto Heaven:
:Jonwayne – And Bullshit (Featuring Zeroh):
:Jeremiah Jae – Guns N Butter:
:JJ Doom – GMO:
:Das Racist – Rapping 2 U:
:Rah Digga – Lessons of Today:
:Wu Tang VS The Beatles – Got Your Money:
:Take – Sweatson Klank – Incredibright:
:Death Grips – Hacker:

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Stream This

September 27, 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

Yuck – Glow & Behold
Haim – Days Are Gone
Deltron 3030 – Event II
Quasi – Mole City
The Blow – Self Titled
Tape Deck Mountain – Sway
Leverage Models – Self Titled
Unwound – Kid Is Gone
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations EP
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Those Darlins – Blur The Lines
Hunters – Self Titled
Static Jacks – In Blue
Boogarins – As Plantas Que Curam
Rubblebucket – Save Charlie EP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
Golden Animals – Hear Eye Go
Blitzen Trapper – VII
Migrant Kids – Self Titled
Deer Tick – Negativity
Elf Power – Sunlight On The Moon
Zachary Cale – Blue Rider
Dr Dog – B-Room
Rathborne – Soft

VIDEOS

Savages’ Silence Yourself is currently available via Matador.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin recently put out Fly By Wire on Polyvinyl.

Keep Shelly In Athens recently released At Home via Cascine.

Young Galaxy recently released Ultramarine through Paper Bag Records.

Foals released Holy Fire earlier this year.

Charlie XCX will put out a new album next year.

Psychic Friend’s My Rocks Are Dreams is currently available.

US Girls’ Free Advice Column EP is out now on Bad Actors, Inc.

Deptford Goth’s Life After Defo is currently available on PIAS America.

Jon Hopkin’s Immunity is out now.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Morcheeba will release Head High Up on October 14 via PIAS.

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Movie Breakdown: Don Jon

September 26, 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:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in Don Jon, which he both wrote and directed.  It appears to be a potentially dirty tale about a guy who is addicted to porn.

The Reality:

Don Jon is worth seeing, but I would make sure to walk in with tempered expectations.  Yes, there are some genuinely funny moments sprinkled throughout the film and it does have a message that’s refreshingly positive, but there’s also a variety of things that constantly remind you that Don Jon is the work of a first-time director.  The tone and the pacing often take wonky turns, and the aforementioned message is presented in such a heavy handed fashion that it might as well have been scribbled on the screen with crayons.  So, if you must, catch a matinee and then get on with waiting for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s next directorial effort.

By the way, Don Jon is rated R, but know that it falls on the lighter side of that scale.

The Lesson:

Let me know when JGL gets a couple more films under his belt.

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Movie Breakdown: Rush

September 26, 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:

Ron Howard directs a movie that may or may not be the European version of 1990′s Days Of Thunder.

The Reality:

Rush is a really solid film.  If you’re an avid fan of F1 (or just racing in general, actually) then I think you’ll find a lot to like.  Ron Howard does a nice job with the racing scenes, and the portrayal of the real-life rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) is inspired and very easy to fully invest yourself in.  I honestly spent the entire movie rooting for both characters, which is a bit bizarre when you consider how different they are from each other.  At any rate, if you like your drama with some adrenaline, then add Rush to your list of movies to see.

The Lesson:

Good racing movies are something the world needs more of.

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The Tontons

September 26, 2013

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If I could steal one thing away from Houston, it would definitely be the Tontons.  Fronted by the ever endearing Asli Omar, they’re currently one of my favorite pop rock acts.  Below you’ll find their latest single (a full length is expected next year).  Be sure to catch the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.  Enjoy.

:The Tontons – Veida:  You have to appreciate the way this quartet layers their sound here.  Every time you think the song is about to do nothing but follow Asli’s soaring vocals, the shimmering arrangement drops out and you’re left with something a bit more guitar heavy.  More please.

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Mike Donovan (Noah)

September 25, 2013

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Mike Donovan, former frontman of experimental rock weirdos Sic Alps, has been a lot of places as a musician. Even just in his lengthy time in the various formations of Sic Alps, Donovan went from at time unlistenable noise to fuzzed out takes on Brit-Pop, to a sort of wailing riff on folk. Sic Alps is gone now though, the many many iterations finally just fading out to nothing and Donovan is on his own with a new album from Drag City.

What, may you ask, is Donovan doing now that he’s taken up the axe solo? Surprisingly, he’s making a pretty conservative, relatively normal take on acoustic blues. There’s a couple of guitars, an enjoyable repetitive guitar twang, and the Donovan’s almost gravelly voice leading it all down a fairly beautiful path of, er, bluesiness. Is it what I was expecting Mike Donovan, cut free of the moorings of band, to do? Not at all. And that’s what’s so great about Donovan, in whatever endeavor he strives to complete, it all sounds good. It all sounds like the unfettered talent of Mike Donovan is in the driver’s seat. And that my friends, is never a bad thing.

:Mike Donovan – New Fieldhand Bop:

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Friends Of Lizzy, Trumpeter Swan (Jennifer)

September 25, 2013

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If you were seeing bands along Red River in Austin about a decade ago, then the name Friends Of Lizzy might ring familiar to you. Last year the band got together to record a new album, and Broken Record was released last week.

The title track, One Of Them Goes Like This, Tip Of My Tongue and Pedal Steel displays the band’s signature style with its dual or group harmonies, crunchy guitar riffs, and a catchy, singalong chorus. The lyrics of Austin Hollywoodland shows biting commentary towards what some might describe as the “hipsterization” or “Californication” of Austin (“Portland misses you” and “You’ve got that LA style”).

There is the saying of “you can’t go home again” but it sure is nice to visit and reminisce once in awhile.

Trumpeter Swan is a musical project helmed by Drew Patrizi (ex-What Made Milwaukee Famous). Its debut album, Listen For The Clues, was released in 2010 and the second album, Magnitude Of Now, was released earlier this month. The latest album also includes an expanded band lineup featuring other Austin ex-pats – Clay Fain (from Friends of Lizzy, Ideal Soul Mart, Crawling With Kings, The Ashes) and Quinn McCarthy.

The LP is full of solid pop songwriting. Drew Patrizi takes heavy themes and moods and turns them into highly listenable and infectious tunes filled with handclaps and singalong worthy verses; the songs combine the melancholy and contemplative with the uplifting and inspiring. Nicole, I’m Telling You is a highlight with its message of hope and encouragement to a friend in times of doubt and trouble.

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Turbo Lightning

September 24, 2013

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Jeff Byron has been keeping himself pretty busy since the Mae Shi called it quits a few years ago.  He’s formed Batwings Catwings, Physical Forms, and now he’s got a new project called Turbo Lightning.  Nice work ethic, Jeff!  The band has a self titled EP that’s due out on November 15.  Enjoy.

:Turbo Lightning – Faster Than Light:  You know what you get when you toss together some crunching guitars, energetic drumming, and a nice bit of lady vocal work?  A pop rock tune with a big sound that I can’t help but love.

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Quickdraw: Best Coast, The Callas, Mazes, Daytona, Cass McCombs

September 23, 2013

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Today’s music knows where you live.  Enjoy.

:Best Coast – I Don’t Know How:  I’ve never really found myself totally in love with Best Coast, but I seriously can’t get enough of this (admittedly somewhat sappy) pop tune.  I’ve been singing the damn thing for days now.  The band’s mini-album, Fade Away, will be out October 22 via Bethany Cosentino’s Jewel City Label.

:The Callas – Anger:  I feel like I should already know about The Callas (you know, since they’ve been around for a decade), but this meaty track is my first time hearing them.  Shame on me.  Am I Vertical? is due out November 18 through Inner Ear.

:Mazes – Hayfever Wristband:  It’s possible my brain isn’t working, but I don’t remember Mazes ever sounding this frenetic.  I dig it.  A lot.  Here’s hoping there’s more of the same on Better Ghosts.  The mini-album is expected out on November 21 via FatCat Records.

:Daytona – The Road:  Here’s a new one from Daytona that swells and shimmers in a way that immediately puts a skip in my step.  Nothing wrong with that, right?  The band’s self titled debut is due out November 19 via the Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

:Cass McCombs – Brighter! (Featuring Karen Black):  If you’ve never listened to much Karen Black, then you can probably count on this beautiful track inspiring you to give the late singer some of your time.  Cass McComb’s 22-track effort, Big Wheel And Others, is due out October 15 via Domino Records.  He’ll play the Belmont on November 22.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

September 22, 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!

Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead) may direct an adaptation of the game Dante’s Inferno.

Kelsey Grammer has joined the cast of Expendables 3.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is being rumored to be playing the villain in Avatar 2.

Leigh Whannell, who wrote the first two Insidious movies, has been hired to pen a third entry.

Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney will reportedly end their partnership in 2014.

Michael Fassbender has joined the cast of Slow West.  No plot details are known, but it is said to be a western.

Bryan Cranston will star in the Jay Roach-directed Trumbo.  The movie will follow the life of writer Dalton Trumbo.

Adam Sandler is said to be close to signing on to star in The Cobbler.  It’s said to center around a shoe repairman who can jump into the lives of people whose shoes he repairs.

Pixar has delayed The Good Dinosaur to 2015 (and Finding Dory to 2016), and will now have no theatrical releases in 2014.

Paul Greengrass is no longer set to direct the Aaron Sorkin-penned The Trial Of The Chicago 7.  He and the studio apparently had budgetary disagreements.

Cate Blanchett will direct an adaptation of Herman Koch’s The Dinner.

Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) has landed a role in Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken.

Leonardo DiCaprio is set to produce and star in a Woodrow Wilson biopic.  The film will be based on Scott Berg’s Wilson.

Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) has been hired to direct MGM’s remake of Ben-Hur.

Keanu Reeves may star in The Criminal.  It’s said to be a crime thriller based on interviews conduced with Russian and Finnish felons.

Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) will star in Term Life.  The movie is said to follow a man trying to survive long enough for his insurance policy to kick in so that he can leave his estranged daughter a million dollars.

Neil Marshall (The Descent) has been hired to write and direct the English remake of Troll Hunter.

Writing duo Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia (Human Target) have been hired to adapt the game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon.

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Zoe Knows Instrumentals

September 20, 2013

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Have you ever realized that there were just no words? That no matter how many lyric booklets you combed through, how many lyrics websites you clicked on, sing alongs you sang, there just weren’t any lyrics that explained how you felt?

I think that we’ve all been there, and that’s why instrumental music plays such an important role in my life. Sometimes you need to be left alone with your thoughts to understand your thoughts. Instrumental music can help me sort things out. The instruments may have a very specific “feel” to them, but the lack of specific words is what makes these songs so easy to fit to your needs. Unsurprisingly, some of these songs are from movie soundtracks, so you may have already heard them and not realized it. I fear trying to write about instrumental music in any sensible way might be a bit of a challenge for me.

However, I will say this; you will see themes in these songs. There will be a lot of piano. Some of them fall into the category of quieter, more morose — I find that I am most drawn to instrumental music on my more challenging days. However, To West Texas gives me more hope than any song I’ve ever heard. I’ve always imagined that Gymnopédies is what museums sound like at night after everyone has left. The upbeat, fast-paced Music For a Found Harmonium (points if you know which movie the song is from) never fails to make me smile.

The violin in Movement IV makes my heart race. Nick & Norah’s Theme is the perfect auditory representation of the stomach-butterflies of a crush. La Valse D’Amelie feels like the wonderment of fast city streets. Divisondero feels like meeting an old friend for coffee the first time in years. There Is No Goodbye, Chunky Rice (an excellent companion to an amazing graphic novel) expresses the pain and release of the goodbye that it’s protagonist is trying so hard to deny.

Variation XIV is off of an album I’ve written about many times, and every single song on that record sounds like a waterfall to me. And I had to return to Yann Tiersen once again, because Comptine might truly be the ultimate song about sorrow. And yet – no instrumental song or album has touched me more than the grandness, the all-encompassing, the unspoken words of Sufjan. And thus, In The Countenance of Kings must close us out.

:Explosions In The Sky – To West Texas:
:Erik Satie – Gymnopedies-No 2. Lent et Triste:
:Patrick Street – Music For a Found Harmonium:
:Graham Reynolds – Movement IV – Late at Night-The Astronomer:
:Mark Mothersbaugh – Nick And Norah’s Theme:
:Yann Tiersen – La Valse D’Amelie (Orchestral Version):
:Balmorhea – Divisondero:
:Bill LePage – Finale – There is No Good-bye, Chunky Rice:
:d’Eon – Variation XIV:
:Yann Tiersen – Comptine D’un Autre Ete – l’Apres Midi:
:Sufjan Stevens – Movement I – In the Countenance of Kings:

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Stream This

September 20, 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

Icona Pop – This Is … Icona Pop
Jesu – Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
Frankie Rose – Herein Wild
Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir
Islands – Ski Mask
Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day
Au Revoir Simone – Move In Spectrums
Juliette Commagere – Human
American Sharks – Self Titled
Love Inks – Generation Club
The Crooks – Hold Fast
Oh Land – Wish Bone
Matt Pond – The Threeep

VIDEOS

White Denim will release Corsicana Lemonade on October 29 via Downtown.  They’re set for both weekends of ACL.

Black Books’ self titled album is due October 15 via Believe Recordings.

Yuck will put out Glow & Behold on September 30 via Fat Possum.

Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is out now on Jagjaguwar.

MGMT’s self titled album is out now on Columbia Records.

Bass Drum Of Death have a self titled effort that’s out now on Innovative Leisure.  They play the Parish on October 18.

Static Jacks will release In Blue on September 30 via Old Friends Records.

Sebadoh’s Defend Yourself is out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Laura Veirs’ Warp And Weft is out now Raven Marching Band.

Solange’s True EP is out now on Saint Records.

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is out now.

St. Lucia’s When The Night is due October 8 via Neon Gold/Columbia.

In The Valley Below released the Peaches EP this week via Capitol Records.

We Are Scientists will release their Business Casual EP on October 15 via Dine Alone Records.

HSY just released their self titled EP on Buzz Records.

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Swearin’

September 19, 2013

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There’s been a nice bit of buzz for Swearin’ swirling around recently, and I’m here to tell you that it’s all totally warranted.  Jump below for proof via the band’s new song.  They’re all set to release Surfing Strange on November 5 through Salinas Records.  On December 10 they’ll play the Mohawk with Waxahatchee (who I’m also digging this week).  Enjoy.

:Swearin’ – Watered Down:  Every now again a song like this comes along and quickly reminds me that there’s just nothing better than a stellar piece of indie rock.  I really can’t wait to hear more of Swearin’s new stuff.

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