Archive | October, 2013

Veronica Falls

October 31, 2013


I’m not exactly sure where Veronica Falls’ Waiting For Something To Happen will end up on my year-end album list, but I know it’s going to be somewhere near the top.  I greatly adore it.  Today, however, is not about what VF have done, it’s about what they have coming up.  The band has readied a double a-side 7″ single, Nobody There/Need You Around, that will ship on December 9, and they’re about to head out on a short tour through lands that are far away from Austin (unfortunately).  Enjoy.

:Veronica Falls – Nobody There:  “There’s no use shouting, there’s nobody there.”  I’d like to say I planned to post such a scary line on Halloween, but I didn’t.  Sorry.  On another note, this is one fine pop song.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Forever Fest

October 30, 2013


Forever Fest is almost here!  Curated by Brandy Fons and Sarah Pitre, the festival is a legit labor of love, and you should go.  Because I want you to.  OK, so full disclosure here, I only the one reason why you should attended Forever Fest.  Brandy and Sarah, however, have 10 totally rad and reasonable points that they’ve put together just for you.  I dare you to read through them and not find something you’d like to attend!

PS – Check out the full Forever Fest schedule here.

1)  It’s the first ever festival dedicated to girlie pop culture!

If you’re a lady who loves Dirty Dancing, a woman who’s seen Sixteen Candles a thousand times, or a guy who can’t stop quoting Clueless, you’re still in search of a festival that meets your movie-loving needs.  Look no further – Forever Fest is for you!  It’s a festival that welcomes your inner teen while appreciating the fact that some things, like movies and people, just get better with age.

2)  We’re screening EMPIRE RECORDS!

What could be better than spending your days rocking out to 90s alternative music, throwing fake funerals, yelling “SHOPLIFTER!!” and, most importantly celebrating Rex Manning Day?  This movie celebrates everything that makes us nostalgic for the 90s and we’re following the screening with an awesome Red Manning Day Party at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel.  We will be dancing the night away to 90s hits performed by cover band Zoodust.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best grunge attire to compete in the Empire Records Employee Costume Contest!

Tickets are still available for the screening (which include the party) here, or you could just join us for the party by snagging a $5 ticket here.

3)  We are partnering with BuzzFeed Animals for The Cutest Show On Earth!

We’ve all sat down at our computers, clicked on that Facebook post “cat mom hugs baby kitten” and emerged two hours later after watching video after video of puppies trying to climb the stairs and panda babies sneezing.  BuzzFeed Animals specializes in cultivating the magical feelings that come from watching cute things be cute and Forever Fest is partnering with them to challenge attendees to a cute-off featuring life-changing categories such as The 25 Most Important Cats Of The 21st Century and Help, My Ovaries: A Giggling Babies Compendium.  All this cuteness along with games and prizes make this an easy addition to a list of reasons to go to Forever Fest.

Tickets are still available here.

4)  We’re doing a FREE young adult book panel with four of the most dynamic writers in the genre.

We are prolific readers of books deemed “young adult” and this panel is our chance to celebrate our obsession with these books despite the fact that we’re a little more “adult” than “young.”  We’ll be joined by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled And Messy and founders of Go Fug YourselfMegan McCafferty, author of the Jessica Darling series and Kirsten Smith, author of Trinkets co-writer of 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde and She’s The Man.

The panel is totally free, but you can also reserve a seat by purchasing a $5 food/beverage voucher here.

5)  Danceoke!

We love dance movies.  Things that usually matter in film, like a good script or strong acting, take a backseat to what’s really important: busting a move.  The only problem with these movies is that you can’t jump up from your seat and join the dance party … until now.  We’re partnering with GrooveFit Austin and Rain of Style for a Forever Fest edition of Danceoke, in which local crews compete by reenacting routines live on stage as the movie plays on the silver screen behind them.  The seats in the theater will mostly be for show because dancing is practically mandatory!

Tickets are still available here.

6)  SIXTEEN CANDLES up on the big screen with guests from the film in attendance.

We are fairly sure John Hughes is the reason we survived high school and the character we most identified with was Samantha Baker in Sixteen Candles.  A particularly rough day at school or extremely awkward interaction with an unrequited crush was just an opportunity to remind ourselves that Samantha had it worse.  We’re so excited to be screening this film with Liane Curtis (Randy) and Debbie Pollack (Marlene ‘Lumberjack’, a.k.a. “Sexy American Girlfriend”) in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.  For the ultimate high school movie we’ve schedule two different screening times, one at 7:00 and one at 8:30pm.

You can still get tickets here.

7)  We are throwing the ultimate 80s dance party!

Following the screenings of Sixteen Candles Liane Curtis and Debbie Pollack will be joining us at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel to prove that girls just wanna have fun.  DJ Fuckin’ A will be there spinning 80s hits and we’ll have an 80s costume contest and a photo booth so we can all finally make our Jake Ryan dreams come true.  We’re already planning our outfits.

Tickets to the Sixteen Candles screening already include the party, but if you’re not going to the movie you can still come to the party for just $5.  Tickets here.

8)  The Wild Brunch – a.k.a the best Sunday afternoon of our lives.

Brunch is already the best part of Sunday, but at Forever Fest we’re going to have the ultimate brunch.  Along with great food and endless mimosas The Wild Brunch will feature a clip show saluting the sexiest men in Hollywood organized by highly scientific categories such as “shirtless” and “piercing gaze.”  It will be the most swoon-tastic brunch ever.

Tickets are up for grabs here.

9)  An Advance Screening of THE BOOK THIEF with author Mark Zusak in attendance.

The Book Thief is one of our all time favorite books and we are so psyched to see the movie based on it.  Lucky for us Fox is bringing us an advance screening of the movie, and the man behind the incredible story, author Mark Zusak, is coming to do a Q&A and book signing.  RSVPs for the screening are already full, but the book signing will be from 6:00 – 7:00pm this Sunday at the Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental hotel and it’s free and open to the public!

Additional details are available here.

10)  It will be the best weekend of your, and our, life!

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Tele Novella (Jennifer)

October 30, 2013


Austin quartet Tele Novella have prepped their first 7″ single, Don’t Be A Stranger. Only 250 copies will be pressed; you can pre-order one through November 8 (email here). Each single comes with a zine and homemade artwork from band members. After the deadline, they will not be available unless you come to one of their live shows or until they sell out. All proceeds will go towards funding their second 7″ single, Trouble in Paradise.

Just in time for Halloween, the band has posted a video for Don’t Be A Stranger, featuring each of them in their finest costumes. It’s a compliment to the slightly spooky yet sweet vibe of the song and its friendly advice of “but if the world is going to end, please don’t be a stranger.”

They have a few upcoming Austin shows worth catching – tomorrow night at The Owl , November 12 at Hotel Vegas, and then opening for The Octopus Project on December 6 with fellow psych/art pop band Borrisokane.

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Radioactivity (Dan)

October 30, 2013


The newest addition to Dirtnap Records is one with a few familiar faces. Radioactivity was formed by Jeff Burke, the front man for The Marked Men, and he then recruited Texas garage rock heroes Mark Ryan (The Marked Men, Mind Spiders) and Gregory Rutherford (Bad Sports, Mind Spiders) to fill out the roster.

The band just released their brilliant self-titled LP, which is as close to punk rock perfection as you’ll see this year. It features thirteen ferocious jams that are sure to please not only The Marked Men fans out there but anyone who loves power pop and power chords. As proof these guys are not fucking around, they have already announced that another album will be released in the not too distant future!

The band is currently touring Europe, but here’s hoping they add some Texas stops to the schedule very soon.

:Radioactivity – Locked In My Head:
:Radioactivity – World Of Pleasure:

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October 29, 2013


Warpaint made a nice splash with their debut album, The Fool, back in 2010, and since then the world has been anxiously waiting for a follow-up.  Well, it’s here … or at least it will be come 2014.  For now it’s just a new single.  Rough Trade will release the band’s self titled LP on January 21.  Enjoy.

:Warpaint – Love Is To Die:  I half-expected there to be some sort of forced hook/riff here, but instead this track turned out to be a patient, atmospheric effort.  Good for them.  By the way, slap on some solid headphones before you hit play.

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Quickdraw: Dott, Tennis System, Other Lovers, Kevin Morby, Caspian

October 28, 2013


Today’s music knows what you mean.  Enjoy.

:Dott – Small Pony:  Here’s a thoroughly catchy tune from Ireland’s Dott.  It’s sort of impossible to listen to it and not want to bob your head.  Snatch up Swoon when it gets released on December 3 via Graceface Records.

:Tennis System – The Summer After:  There’s a high level of energy on display in this track, and it’s largely because Tennis System recorded it (and four others) in just one take.  I can’t even write a post in one take, so good for them.  The band will release their Part Time Punks Session EP on November 19 via Papercup Music.

:Other Lovers – New:  Some of the fellas in Austin’s Knifight have started a label, and Other Lovers (also from Austin) are the first act to join their roster.  Their sound is raw and inspired, and I dig it.  You’ll be able to grab the Born To Party/Born To Be Old EP on November 26 via Oscillations Records.

:Kevin Morby – Slow Train (Featuring Cate Le Bon):  This is a really pretty song, and I’ve had a rather difficult time ignoring my desire to just keep it on repeat and stare out a window.  Kevin Morby will release Harlem River on November 26 through Woodsist Records.

:Caspian – Hymn For The Greatest Generation:  Caspian have been making great post-rock music for a long time, so it doesn’t surprise me that this track is an attention grabber.  The band will put out the Hymn For The Greatest Generation EP on November 11 on Triple Crown Records.  They play Red 7 on November 19.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

October 27, 2013


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 is set to star in and direct a “big scale actioner” for Warner Bros.  The film is currently untitled, but it will reportedly follow a group of mercenaries trying to take down an African warlord.

Tom Cruise and Joseph Kosinski are set to reunite for Go Like Hell.  The film will center around Henry Ford’s decision to challenge Ferrari on the Le Mans track in 1966.

Jamie Dornan (Once Upon A Time) will replace Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Ethan Hawke and Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) will reunite for a currently untitled military thriller.

Tom Hardy is set to play Elton John in Rocketman.

Travis Fimmel (Vikings) has landed a role in Duncan Jones’ upcoming Warcraft.

Christoph Waltz has signed on for a part in Horrible Bosses 2.  Also, Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey may reprise their roles from the first film.

Rachel McAdams is reportedly close to signing on to star opposite of Keanu Reeves in Passengers.

Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, and Meryl Streep are reportedly being looked at for roles in lady-oriented Expendables off-shoot, The Expendabelles.

Robert Zemeckis has signed on to direct an adaptation of the acclaimed documentary Marwencol.  Leonardo DiCaprio may star.

Jason Statham is in talks to join Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s secret agent comedy Susan Cooper.

Benedict Cumberbatch may star in Doug Liman’s Everest, which would detail the story of competing climbers George Mallory and George Finch.

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood will star in an adaptation of Into The Forest.  The book centers around two sisters who find themselves struggling to survive after society suddenly collapses.

Emile Hirsch, Adam Devine (Workaholics), and Joaquin Phoenix are being rumored as possible choices to star in the in upcoming John Belushi biopic.

Jai Courtney (Jack Reacher) has signed on to star in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner.

Roland Emmerich recently noted that he has put together two versions of Independence Day 2 – one that features Will Smith’s Captain Steven Hiller and one that doesn’t.

Idris Elba is being rumored for a role in Jurassic World.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

October 25, 2013


Well, it’s the time of year each and every adult either despises or celebrates – Halloween. Whether you have kids and are excited about putting them in some kind of semi-ironic or cute get-up, or don’t and are elated/exasperated by the idea that there will also be adults in semi-ironic or cute get-ups (the sexy versions), there is one absolute about Halloween that you can’t deny: it produces the very best of the worst novelty hip-hop. It can be argued that mainstream hip hop is already full of monsters (i.e. people that brag about cars, money, sex, and violence), but when given the chance to riff on fictional bad guys, rappers can sometimes suffer from a lack of inspiration, producing some of the most awkward yet endearing tracks for public consumption this side of Christmas novelty rap (a subject I’ll address here in December). With all the backhanded praise I’ve just heaped on Halloween novelty rap, you just know there’s gonna be a bunch on this mix, and you’re right!

If you all aren’t going to the free Leprechaun In The Hood screening at the Alamo tonight, I expect to see you at the Blackheart for Side One Track One Presents. Also, listen to Hip Hop Hooray on Sunday from 2-3:30 where I’ll be playing my favorite Halloween novelty hip hop along with my friend and annual bringer of the Addams Groove: DJ John Grossyall.

:Binary Star – Wolf Man Jack:
:Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Hell Sent:
:FELT – Ghost Dance Deluxe:
:MC Chris – Halloween:
:Geto Boys – Mind Playin Tricks:
:Run-D.M.C. – Ghostbusters:
:Snoop Dogg – Murder Was The Case:
:Dr. Dre – Murder Ink instrumental:
:Big L – Devil’s Son:
:Something Anything – Monster Rock:
:Da’Shade Moonbeam – They Are Coming:
:People Under the Stairs – Creepshow:
:Ras Kass – Interview With A Vampire:
:Mac Miller – Born On Halloween:
:Doug E. Fresh And The Get Fresh Crew – Spirit:
:Braille – Frankenstein:
:Aesop Rock – Homemade Mummy:
:Onyileatron5000 – The  Crazy Organistinator:
:DJ Snyder – Monstrous (ft. Brainthirst):
:DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince – A Nightmare On My Street:

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Stream This

October 25, 2013


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.


Russian Circles – Memorial
Los Campesinos – No Blues
Yamantaka / Sonic Titan – Uzu
Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)
Son Lux – Lanterns
Bardo Pond – Peace On Venus
Whores – Clean
Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial
Audacity – Butter Knife
Botany – Lava Diviner (True Story)
Widowspeak – The Swamps EP
Minor Alps – Get There
Body Parts – Fire Dream
Gringo Star – Floating Out To See
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Cut Copy – Free Your Mind


Swearin’ will release Surfing Strange on November 4 via Wichita.  They play the Mohawk on December 10.

Beach Fossils’ Clash The Truth is out now.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Arctic Monkey’s AM is out now on Domino.

His Clancyness’ Vicious is out now on FatCat Records.

Besnard LakesUntil In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is out now on Jagjaguwar.  The band will play Red 7 on November 22.

The Creases will release the I Won’t Wait 7″ on November 11 via Rough Trade.

Spires’ Candy Flip single is out now.

Girls Names will release The Next Life EP on October 29 via Slumberland.

Jim James’ Regions Of Light And Sound Of God is out now on ATO.

I Break Horses will put out a new album early next year.

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October 24, 2013


The always great Fun Fun Fun Fest is just two weeks away, and one of the acts on the lineup that I can’t wait to see is M.I.A.  It’s been years since I last saw her perform, and I’m curious to see what kind of a show she’s doing these days.  I imagine it’s still a fun time, but crazier.  Or perhaps calmer?  Guess we’ll see.  Be sure to grab her new album, Matangi, when it (finally) gets released on November 5 via Interscope.

:M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.:  Only M.I.A. can sound so frenetic and random but also still manage to pack a message that’s worth listening to.  Now excuse me, I need to get back to philosophizing while dancing.

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Clipd Beaks (Noah)

October 23, 2013


We’re at a weird place for psychedelia. Bands like Tame Impala have made it as accessible as any time prior to its heyday, while on the other side of the glowing, swirling pink canyon, you have bands like Clipd Beaks. If I was going to throw my hat in a ring, I’d say Clipd Beaks represent the possibility, the potential even, of psychedelia – music that pushes against the boundaries of sound while still maintaining a structure, albeit a loose one. Clipd Beaks don’t fuck around though, All Ways Closer, the first track off their upcoming cassette release Lost Offerings, is a slow, plod through a swirling haze of burnt ozone and falling ash, this isn’t your upbeat, good-trip LSD velvet painting, no this is the industrial psychedelia of the future. Music spawned from the concrete confines of the last few remaining buildings, the tentative grasp on life and reality only held there by the need and want to make tunes. This is scorched earth with a melody.

:Clipd Beaks – All Ways Closer:

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Jonny 8 Track, Nic Armstrong (Jennifer)

October 23, 2013


Jonny 8 Track is the moniker used by British songwriter Jonny Aitken. He explains that he “writes songs about having a day job, for anyone who has ever had a day job.” I met Jonny eight years ago in Austin when he was the drummer for Nic Armstrong And The Thieves, and I was charmed by his manic energy and enthusiasm (see the evidence here). In 2007, after leaving the Thieves and returning to England, he picked up the guitar, established himself and started writing songs as Jonny 8 Track.  He released his first EP, 8 hours Work, 8 Hours Sleep, 8 Hours For What We Will, earlier this month.

In the title track, he sings about the emotions in the life of the working week ranging from the crushing reality of Monday to the elation of the weekend. Music is still very much part of his world in 33 RPM – “But my world turns at 33 RPM/I play my favorite record ’til the end/Grab the needle/Start over again.” He also reflects about his time spent in America in All America Taught Me – “All America taught me was to wish I was somewhere else.”

It’s been worth the wait to hear Jonny channel his voice, personality, and experiences  into this infectious, charming, and reflective collection of songs.

Speaking of Nic Armstrong and The Thieves, they crash landed from Nottingham, England onto the Austin music scene in 2005. The original lineup called it a day in 2007, but Nic has continued to write songs and play shows (solo and with a new group of Thieves, which currently features the members of The Sweet Nuthin).

I’ve been eagerly anticipating a new record, and it will finally arrive on November 11 when The Pocketless Shirt EP gets released.  The guy has sharp, solid songwriting that gets under your skin and in your head.

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Pollen (Single Premiere)

October 22, 2013


Today I’m happy to present to you one of Austin’s newest bands, Pollen.  The trio formed earlier this year, and they accurately describe themselves as punk-inspired garage rock.  Below you’ll fine the premiere of their new single.  Watch out for their debut EP in the near future, and be sure to go see them when they play Trailer Space on November 16.  Enjoy.

:Pollen – AR AK:  Considering that Pollen essentially just came into existence, Maud Morgan, Ben Hirsch, and Andy Palmer certainly sound comfortable together.  It’s impressive.  What’s also to love is this track, which is a catchy garage rock tune that feels favorably lifted out of the 90s.

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Quickdraw: Audacity, Genuine Leather, Jungle, Tycho, POS

October 21, 2013


Today’s music thinks you’re so pretty.  Enjoy.

:Audacity – Couldn’t Hold A Candle:  I’m really digging the pop garage/punk sound that Audacity has on display in this catchy track.  The band will release Butter Knife on October 29 via Suicide Squeeze Records.  You will be able to catch them at Beerland this Thursday.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  I love that summer is finally on the way out here in Austin, but this breezy pop number actually makes me sort of miss it. Genuine Leather are currently in the midst of working on a new full length.

:Jungle – Lucky I Got What I Want:  This might just be me, but every time I listen to this I can’t help but be reminded of Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes-era TV On The Radio.  I like it.  Jungle will release The Heat EP tomorrow via B3SCI/Chess Club Records.

:Tycho – Awake:  Just go ahead and grab your headphones for this, as it’s another superbly crafted song by Tycho.  A new full length is currently in the works.  If you’re awesome and coming to Fun Fun Fun Fest next month, Tycho is on the lineup.

:POS – Fuck Your Stuff (Marijuana Deathsquads Remix):  I think the original version of this track is perfect, but I definitely still dig the ominous mix its been given here.  The remix of POS’s last album, We Don’t Even Live Here, is due out tomorrow.  It’ll be free!  Marijuana Deathsquads play Emo’s East on November 15.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

October 20, 2013


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!

Josh Brolin is reportedly in talks to star in Jurassic World.  Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3), and Nick Robinson (Kings Of Summer) have already signed on.

Jonas Cuaron (Gravity) has been hired to pen the script for The Lost City.  The film is said to be about Atlantis.

Simon Crane, who has mostly done second unit director work (World War Z, Troy), has been hired to direct the Hot Wheels movie for Legendary.

Dwayne Johnson is set to star in San Andreas, which is said to be a disaster movie that will center around the fault line of the same name in California.

Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Theo James (Underworld: Awakening), Christian Cooke (Magic City), and Jamie Dornan (The Fall) make up the list of possible replacements for Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd are being rumored as the preferred choices for the lead role in Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.  Rashida Jones’ name is also being tossed around as a possibility for The Wasp.

There’s a rumor circling that says Tim Burton may develop and direct Beettlejuice 2.

It’s being speculated that X-Men: Days Of Future Past will be released in 48fps.

Haley Joel Osment has landed roles in Kevin Smith’s Tusk and Max Landis’ Me Him Her.

Rose Byrne is reportedly in talks to star opposite of Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s upcoming spy comedy, Susan Cooper.

Guillermo Del Toro recently said that he has begun work on the script for Pacific Rim 2.

Henry Selick (Coraline) is set to direct an adaptation of A Tale Dark & Grimm.  The book follows Hansel and Gretel, but they escape their own story and end up in a variety of dark fairytales.

Writing duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) have said that they play for their remakes of The Mummy and Van Helsing to have a shared universe.

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