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Quickdraw: Maps, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Destruction Unit, Mazes, Woods

June 30, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Maps – To The Sky (M83 Remix):  I spent a lot of time with this remix over the weekend.  I just really dig the way M83 warped it into something that’s incredibly atmospheric.  On August 19 Mute will release Maps Realigned, which consists of remixes from Maps’ first three full lengths.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Chambers:  The single that Cymbals Eat Guitars recently put out is a fantastic track, but this second one is just something else entirely – a total leap forward for them.  Hard to not think the band will really blow up once they release Lose on August 26 via Barsuk.  See them at Red 7 on October 8.

:Destruction Unit – Dust:  Here’s a super solid rock number that Destruction Unit did for Adult Swim’s 2014 Singles Program, which has been rumbling along now for about a month.  If you haven’t already, you should go check out what’s been released so far.

:Mazes – Astigmatism:  It hasn’t even been a full year since Mazes put out a full length, but here they already with a follow-up.  This first track off of it is upbeat, fun and loose.  I like it a lot.  Look for Wooden Aquarium on September 9 via FatCat Records.

:Woods – Tomorrow’s Only Yesterday:  Earlier this year Woods put out a solid album, With Light And With Love, and now they’re following it up with the Tambourine Light 7″ on July 8 via Captured Tracks.  This catchy piece of psychedelia is the b-side on that release.  See Woods at Holy Mountain on August 20.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

June 29, 2014

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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!

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Casino Royale and other Bond films) have reportedly been brought in to rework the script for the next Bond entry.

Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. to direct a remake of Victory.  The original film followed a group of POWs who have to play a soccer match against the German Nation Team.

Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) has been hired to direct Snow White And The Huntsman 2.

Pacific Rim 2 has been given the release date of April 7, 2017.

Shane Black has been hired to direct a new Predator sequel.

The WarGames remake is starting to come together.  Dean Israelite (Grace of Monaco) is expected to direct, and Ansel Elgort (The Fault In Our Stars) and Tye Sheridan (Mud) are said to be the main two up for the lead role.

Ridley Scott has officially committed to make this next film The Martian.  Matt Damon will star.  The movie is said to follow an astronaut who is stranded on Mars.

Sylvester Stallone is reportedly set to star in Rambo V.  The film is said to feature the titular star against a Mexican drug cartel.

Star Wars: Episode VII is said to be keeping its December 2015 release date and will not be bumped to May 2016.

Joe Carnahan (The Grey) is set to direct Five Against A Bullet.  The movie is said to center around a Mexican politician who hires the world’s five best bodyguards to protect him during an election.

Ben Kingsley will voice Bagheera in Jon Favreau’s version of The Jungle Book. The cast already includes Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Lupita Nyong’o as Rakcha.

John Turturro is reportedly trying to get permission to write and direct a Jesus (from The Big Lebowski) a spin-off film.

Director Breck Eisner (Sahara) has dropped out of The Karate Kid 2.  He apparently had a scheduling issue.  No word yet on who will replace him.

Zak Penn (The Avengers) has been hired to rewrite Ready Player One.  The film is said to be about a young teen trying to complete a treasure hunt in his favorite game so that he can take over the company behind it.

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Stream This

June 27, 2014

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From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Beverly – Careers

Secret Cities – Walk Me Home
OOIOO – Gamel
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde – High LIfe
I’m An Island – Crown Jewel EP
Steve Adamyk Band – Dial Tone
Xeno And Oaklander – Par Avion
Camera Shy – Jack-O-Lantern EP
Turn To Crime – Can’t Love
NONONO – We Are Only What We Feel
Kestrels – The Moon Is Shining Our Way EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
FKA Twigs

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

June 27, 2014

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In a city that prides itself on being the “Live Music Capitol of the World”, there’s one thing conspicuously missing from the equation. At Austin Mic Exchange we’ve continually sought to create new opportunities and help grow the #ATXhiphop scene, but the growth is so much that it’s time to evolve.

Hence the WEIRD CITY HIP-HOP FESTIVAL, the first of its kind in Austin, aimed at creating an annual concrete hip-hop conference to attract and book national talent and to truly give Austin artists a chance to take their rightful spot in the Live Music Capitol. We’ve launched our IndieGogo campaign to make this the best it can be this week, and you can have a stake in bringing this event to Austin, and cheap tickets! This is really happening. And it’s gonna be AMAZING.

This month’s mix is what I’ve been jamming – it’s been a pretty mild summer in Austin, meaning I don’t get the urge to bump super aggressive raps, so this mix varies from summer grooves to more thoughtful tracks. Happy summer!

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Open Mike Eagle – Doug Stamper (Advice Raps):

Open Mike Eagle’s just released and bitterly hilarious Dark Comedy is chalk full of amazing tracks.  Doug Stamper has the added benefit of the hardnosed advice raps of Hannibal Buress.  Check out the video here.

JUNE MIX:

:Salt N Pepa – Push It:
:RiFF RAFF – How To Be The Man (Featuring Slim Thug And Paul Wall) (Houston Remix):
:Duke of Earl – My Summer Kicks:
:Big K.R.I.T. – Mt. Olympus:
:Amerigo Gazaway And Yasiin Gaye – Travellin’ Man Pt. II (Distant Lovers Mix):
:Ghostface Killah – Six Degrees (Featuring Danny Brown And BADBADNOTGOOD):
:Truth Universal – Mic Checks and Balances:
:Aesop Waits – Reeperlawn:
:Dilated Peoples – Good As Gone:
:L’Orange – Need You (Featuring Blu):
:Scuare – These Words:
:Death Grips – Black Quarterback:
:Shabazz Palaces – They Come In Gold:
:Busdriver – Ego Death (Featuring Aesop Rock And Danny Brown):

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Movie Breakdown: Snowpiercer

June 27, 2014

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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 led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

The US finally gets a chance to watch Captain America participate in the train-centric version of The Hunger Games.  Bong Joon Ho (The Host) directs.

The Reality:

The world is frozen and a huge train houses humanity’s last survivors.  The poor reside in terrible conditions in the tail section while the rich live it up in the front cars, and the only person that can end this injustice is CHRIS EVANS.  If that has you jazzed up, then prepare to be disappointed, as Snowpiercer is not the latest summer spectacle.  Sure, it has a variety of slick moments, but the movie never really shifts into some big sci-fi adventure.  Director Bong Joon Ho keeps everything tightly packed inside of the Snowpiercer and instead focuses on letting the actors shine (Evans and Tilda Swinton are particularly great) and slowly unveiling exactly what is going on throughout the train.  I personally loved the way that the action takes a backseat to an actual story, but I can see how it would be a downer for anyone looking for an adrenaline-fueled time at the theater.  See Snowpiercer if you’re open to an experience hat’s a little more cerebral than shiny.

The Lesson:

I’m Team Bong Joon Ho.

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Movie Breakdown: Transformers: Age Of Extinction (Noah)

June 26, 2014

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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 led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impression:

Every time I watch a new Transformers film I tell myself “never going to do that again” and then enough years go by where the portion of my brain irrevocably damaged in the process ceases to exist and a new Transformers film comes out and I’m like, “Can’t be worse than the last one.” That’s where I am now.

The Reality:

Transformers: The Age of Extinction is a perhaps the very first 700 hour film about a United Nations of robots coming together to stab things with giant swords. Seriously, I think Michael Bay has broken some sort of robot movie record, as his newest entry into the film-series-based-on-a-toyline-based-on-a-cartoon tops out at almost three hours, and oh man, if you could cram another second of robot-fighting-robot-fighting-building-fighting-car I don’t know exactly where. Not that it matters, but Transformers 4 (though I’m counting this as the 5th, 6th, and 7th entry) sees the Autobots, now enemies of the state, once again joining with the humans (bitterly though) to fight off aliens and other bad robots. This time the hulking robots are joined by Mark Wahlberg (playing an inventor who clearly never got the shit kicked out of him in high school), his jailbait daughter, an Irish rally car driver (seriously, who thinks this shit up?), the annoying guy from Silicon Valley, Stanley Tucci (in the budget they have a line that says “talented actor”), Frasier, and a whole host of voice-over talent (not that it matters as the movie is so bombastically loud, any and all voices just sound like the screams of innocence, or my neuron receptors dying). This film is better than the other three films, as the story, for the most part, makes sense, and Stanley Tucci is less annoying than the other famous people they clutter into the other entries. And that’s perhaps the best thing I can say for it. It’s better than three of the worst films ever made. It’s also loud and long and looks and feels like every other Michael Bay film (borderline racism included) and when the last six hours of robot destruction came to an end, I felt like the survivor of some sort of natural disaster. And maybe that’s just what Michael Bay is going for, to pound me in the face with so many explosions, moving parts, and vaguely patriotic one-liners that when you exit the theater you’ve actually experienced both the mental damage and the numbing shock that actually getting stomped on by a 30-foot robot would feel like. Always depend on Michael Bay to take you to the next level of filmmaking.

The Lesson:

I will never see another Transformers film again.

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Throwback Thursday: School Of Seven Bells

June 26, 2014

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I figured that their recently released Joey Ramone cover (hear it here) would be the final track to be put out by School of Seven Bells, but yesterday the band announced that they have at least one more album to deliver.  Before passing away, Benjamin Curtis apparently recorded all of his parts for an LP, so now frontwoman Alejandra Deheza will enter the studio to wrap it all up.  Fantastic!

To celebrate the good news, I’m using this week’s Throwback Thursday post to remind you of the band’s stellar 2008 debut, Alpinisms.  The wonderfully layered album is still an effort that I revisit regularly, especially whenever I’m in a headphone-only mood and want something to get lost in for a bit.

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Quickdraw: School Of Seven Bells, Tycho, The Weeknd, FKA Twigs, Slow Magic

June 26, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:School Of Seven Bells – I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up):  Just when I thought the unfortunate death of Benjamin Curtis meant that School Of Seven Bells were gone forever, the remaining members release this rad Joey Ramone cover and announce a new album (Curtis contributed to both before passing away).  Awesome.

:Tycho – Awake (Com Truise Remix):  Nice work here by Com Truise.  I love Tycho’s Awake so much that I didn’t think I’d like hearing anything about it altered, but this remix is the right combo of slick and bouncy.  Grab this one-off track while you can and then seee Tycho at Emo’s on September 20.

:The Weeknd – Often:  Admittedly, this is one super ridiculous song.  I can’t seem to get it out my head though, so I’m sharing it with all of you to guarantee that I’m not the only one walking around and mumbling “Often, often/Girl I do this often/Make that pussy poppin’/Do it how I want it.”  No word yet on when The Weeknd will put out a new album.

:FKA Twigs – Two Weeks:  Those of you who have yet to familiarize yourself with FKA Twigs should immediately use this immaculate track as a way to do so.  I get the feeling that she’s going to really take off when her debut arrives.  Look for LP1 to be released on August 12 via Young Turks.

:Slow Magic – Girls:  It’s been a busy week for Slow Magic.  Not only did he put out this vibrant single, but he signed with Downtown Records and announced a large tour.  Good for him (and us).  See Slow Magic at Holy Mountain on September 17.

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Movie Breakdown: Transformers: Age Of Extinction

June 26, 2014

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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 led us to believe, how the movie actually played, and then what we learned from it all.  Read on!

The Impresssion:

MICHAEL BAY.  TRANSFORMERS.  MARK WAHLBERG.  EXPLOSIONS.

The Reality:

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a work of art.  Yep, a chaotic, nonsensical, super flashy and bizarre work of art.  I’m not at all sure what the movie was actually about, as the story, the characters, and even the action scenes all completely transform (sorry for the pun, but it’s somehow the only appropriate word to describe it) into something else whenever Michael Bay gets bored with them.  I assume he did all of this so that at no point is his 165-minute long endeavor not FULL ON ENTERTAINMENT, but he instead achieved the total opposite – Transformers: Age of Extinction is a tedious experience.  I wouldn’t recommend seeing it unless you’re just really in the mood for a needless eternity of sensory overload.

The Lesson:

I do what I want. – MICHAEL BAY

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Summer Swells (Jennifer)

June 25, 2014

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Just in time for the summer season, Austin’s Summer Swells have released a new single titled The Herbalist (b/w Intentions).  The title track feels like a country dance hall meets beach party with its surf rock vibe, tambourine crashes, twangy, reverb soaked guitar riffs and vintage Hammond organ fills. The B-side takes you just to the country dance hall with its winsome, mournful vocals and slow dance shuffle.

If you can’t make it over to the Blackheart on Friday for the SOTO PRESENTS show with Major Major Major, The Mole People and Löwin, then you should consider attending Summer Swell’s single release party at Cheer Up Charlie’s. It’s a solid show that also includes the adventurous indie rock of Royal Forest, who are working on the follow up to the stellar 2013 album, and the sunny, laid back grooves of Sounds Del Mar, who are planning to release their first full length this summer.

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Steve Adamyk Band (Dan)

June 25, 2014

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Hailing from Ottawa, The Steve Adamyk Band have been stalwarts on the Canadian underground scene for the some time now. Steve Adamyk started the band (obviously) to highlight his solo material after stints in The Million Dollar Marxists and Sedatives. The group is now set to release their fourth LP, Dial Tone, on July 1 (CANADA DAY!) via Dirtnap Records.

The group has always been adept at blending 70’s British punk with 80’s power pop. However, on Dial Tone they opt for a more garage rock sound that’s probably best described as trash-pop. Whatever you call it, the results are 13 blistering songs over 28 minutes. It’s a collection of fast, catchy, and hard-hitting jams that connect right away.  I could listen to tunes like Careless, M.R.I., and Crash Course In Therapy on an endless loop. This is a band operating at its peak powers and if you love power pop, you need this record. You can stream the whole album now and then pre-order the new LP.

:Steve Adamyk Band – Careless:
:Steve Adamyk Band – Crash Course In Therapy:

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This Will Destroy You

June 24, 2014

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Texas’ own This Will Destroy You have announced that they’ve put togther a new album, and the rather sizable portion of me that obsesses over instrumental post-rock is all tingly and whatnot.  Jump below to check out their masterfully crafted first single.  Before you do, though, I very much recommend tossing on a good pair of headphones.  The song is definitely one that deserves your undivided attention.  Enjoy.

:This Will Destroy You – Dustism:

Another Language is due out September 16 via Suicide Squeeze.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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Quickdraw: Bleached, Spider Bags, White Fence, Honeyblood, Menace Beach

June 23, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bleached – For The Feel:  Bleached have a three-song 7″ on the way, and this is the title track.  Because it’s just what they do better than most and there’s no reason to change anything, it’s a really catchy surf rock number.  The For The Feel 7″ is due out on September 16 via Dead Oceans.

:Spider Bags – Japanese Vacation:  I’m quickly figuring out that the fellas behind Spider Bags really know how to write a hook.  No wonder Merge recently snatched them up.  The label will release the highly anticipated Frozen Letter on August 5.

:White Fence – Like That:  I’ve long been a fan of White Fence and their lo-fi ways, but I’m sort of excited by the news that Tim Presley (with Ty Segall) opted to step everything up for the new album.  As this song shows, a cleaner sound actually fits the act well.  To The Recently Found Innocent is due out July 22 via Drag City.

:Honeyblood – Super Rat:  Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale are the duo behind Honeyblood, and this song features them being really pissed with someone.  “I will hate you forever/You really do disgust me.”  Props to them on the grudge-holding front.  The band will release their self titled album on July 15 via FatCat Records.

:Menace Beach – Tennis Court:  There’s a distinct 90s rock vibe all over this track from Menace Beach, and I’m really digging it.  I’d like to hear more from the band as soon as possible.  Look for the Tennis Court/Lowtalking 7″ on September 1 via Memphis Industries.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

June 21, 2014

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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!

Rian Johnson is said to be set to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII.  His deal reportedly also allows him to write the treatment for Star Wars: Episode IX.

Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) has been hired to rewrite the script for Doctor Strange.

Colin Firth is no longer set to lend his voice to Paddington.

Rumor has it that a standalone Batman film will arrive in 2019.

The next Bourne movie has been delayed to 2016.  Justin Lin is still set to direct.  Matt Damon is not expected to appear in the film.

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) has been hired to direct a big screen version of The Outer Limits.

Aaron Sorkin is talks to write the adaptation of Flash Boys.  The book deals with the practice of high-frequency trading on Wall Street and how it became a way to rig the system.

Mark Ruffalo recently noted that Marvel is once again considering ways to do a Hulk standalone film.

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Sad Bastard Music: June Gloom (John Gross)

June 20, 2014

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The sadder the song, the better the song – that’s the motto

Welcome to the latest in a monthly installment of your round up for the perfect sad bastard songs for most any occasion. You know how sometimes you just need to NOT hear a Lil’ Wayne remix but rather an alternate recording of Sounds of Silence? Yes! Let’s do that sort of thing! Pour yourself some cold whisk and crack the cardboard on a fresh box of Kleenex for the latest in great songs of misery, lonesomeness and significant others getting new significant others!

:The Last Names – You Don’t Own Me:  The Last Names are the project of the adorable couple Justin Rice (of Bishop Allen fame) and Darbie Nowatka (radical designer and also of Bishop Allen). In 2012 they set off on a goal of the self-explanatory 52 Covers which yielded wonderful results notably here with the cover of 60’s girl pop queen Leslie Gore’s You Don’t Own Me. While the original song is empowering and may or may not have helped lead to the second wave feminist movement, it’s somber re-working here by the Last Names makes the self-confidence bolstering and assuring empowerment all the more necessary from a distressing situation. Get all 52 covers they recorded together for free HERE.

:The Weakerthans – Left and Leaving:  Ah, the Weakerthans. This is from John K. Samson, (Propaghandi!) who put out his second softer, more emotional and literary venture in 2000 called Left and Leaving. Picking a single song off this record is a tricky task so I’ll go with the titular one. Here in this song the passage of time after a breakup is explored in poetic minutia, right down to the throwing away of once cherished birthday cards from a past life. Urgh.

:The Beach Boys – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times:  “Sometimes I feel very sad.” Depression, alienation, and theremins! God bless Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys! The struggle is real for this Pet Sounds protagonist here who likely is a projection of Brian Wilson himself. It’s safe to say that he hasn’t always had the most healthy mental state of mind in his days. In fact it’s common knowledge that this surfer boy wiped out and suffered multiple nervous breakdowns while crafting some of the most perfect songs … well … ever. He just wasn’t made for those times … God only knows that bringing barking dog sounds and sci-fi Russian antennae box instruments into the studio coupled with crippling doubt, pressure and despair can make a guy feel out of place. This is just one of many beautiful, beautiful songs on that record and I love it.

:Chad And Jeremy – A Summer Song:  This is one of those interesting ones that at a casual bird’s eye listen could be confused as a happy song. It’s got a riffy little poppy hook, it’s got swelling strings, horns, Chad and Jeremy harmony talking about summer days and dreams but really it’s a song about loss and remembrance of a brief summer romantic fling. It’s simple in that there’s only a few chords but the aural flourishes of other instrumentation elevate this song to an above average 1964 song. Hey so much so that it made the soundtrack for Rushmore. “They say that all good things must end some day”

:Del Shanon – Two Silhouettes:  This 1963 cut is basically the moment in Biz Markie’s Just A Friend when his heart goes down south for a whole song. “Two silhouettes on the window shade, Has caused each dream I had to fade, I started walking up to your door, Turned around, (turned around), What’s the use, (what’s the use), You don’t love me anymore”

It never charted in America but it’s a good simple, short sad track that is one of my many favorite Del Shannon songs.

:Trisha Yearwood and Aaron Neville – I Fall To Pieces:  Originally by the great sad bastard song queen Patsy Cline, this version is from a compilation called Rhythm, Country and Blues that pairs country singers with … you guessed it, R&B stars. The lyrics here are simple and truly heart crushing. “… each time I go out with someone new, You walk by and I fall to pieces …” The delivery in this version from Yearwood and Neville is wildly good. I promise. I know it’s not “cool” to post Trisha Yearwood songs on a blog with such hip credibility such as Side One Track One but I’m pushing that goddamn envelope.

:Me First and the Gimmies Gimmies – Speechless:  This Lady Gaga cover appears on the punkers lastest (brilliantly titled) album Are We Not Men? We Are Diva! After the boy left the girl the girl vows to never talk or love again. How could she? Most people I guess already know this as a wildly popular Lady Gaga song but I have to confess I still haven’t heard the original but this cover does it for me in a fun way.  With their takes on Cher, Dolly and a ton of other lady icons this pop punk record is surprisingly summer jamable and along the way touches on some quality sad cornerstones as well. Also note the solid homage to the Dead Boys’ Sonic Reducer which can also be found as the hook in the Beastie Boys An Open Letter to NYC.

SONG OF THE MONTH

Lykke Li – No Rest For The Wicked

She’s back! I was lucky enough to help with Lykee Li’s very first US show during SXSW of 2008 in a Birds Barbershop parking lot. It’s a special memory because I’ve so enjoyed seeing her career flourish and get more and more acclaim and realize that I am not the only super fan out there. She’s been thru heartbreak and she’s got that special knack for capturing brokenness and above all making great breakup albums. Her new album I Never Learn is out now and is fantastic. The proof is in this video!

“I let my true love die

I had his heart but I broke it every time

Lonely I, I’m so alone now”

NO DANCING!

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