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Throwback Thursday: Danger Doom

July 31, 2014

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re heading back to 2005 for Danger Doom’s The Mouse And The Mask.  If you didn’t indulge in this one, Danger Doom was a collaboration between Danger Mouse and MF Doom, and all of the songs on the album were related to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.  During those days that late night block of programming was pretty much all I watched, so whenever I listen to The Mouse And The Mask I immediately get nostalgic.

By the way, this is technically a multi-layered TBT.  Not only do you get to revisit a great album with fantastic songs like Benzi Box, The Mask, and Mince Meat, but you also get to flashback to shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman – Attorney At Law, Space Ghost Coast To Coast and lots more.  You’re welcome.

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Lace Curtains

July 31, 2014

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Back in 2012 Michael Coomer (formerly of Harlem) started up Lace Curtains and put out an LP titled The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness.  It ended up landing at the very top of my album list that year and since then I’ve been impatiently waiting for a follow-up.  Well, it’s finally done and ready to be released, and I’m so very excited to soon have a new set of sure-to-be stellar songs to fawn over.  Below you’ll find the first track to be released off of Coomers upcoming full length.  It’s pretty damn great.  Enjoy.

:Lace Curtains – Wilshire And Fairfax:

A Signed Piece Of Paper is due out October 28 via Female Fantasy Records.

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Movie Breakdown: Guardians Of The Galaxy

July 31, 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:

Marvel momentarily tosses the Avengers aside to focus on a team made up of Chris Pratt, a Vin Diesel-voiced tree, a Bradley Cooper-voiced raccoon and a green Zoe Saldana.  James Gunn (PG-Porn) directs.

The Reality:

I really enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy.  It’s director James Gunn’s best work, the “a-holes turned reluctantly heroic a-holes” storyline is a lot of fun, pretty much all of the characters are immensely likeable, and its less than overt ties to the rest of Marvel’s universe means it feels (refreshingly, I might add) more like a standalone entry than a setup film.  If you’ve been looking forward to it, then you will not be disappointed.

And what about those of you who haven’t been anxiously awaiting its arrival?  Well, that depends.  If you’re open to a quirky space adventure (imagine a more over the top Fifth Element), then the answer is a definite yes.  If you’re hoping for a superhero-centric time at the theater, then I feel as though I should warn you that Guardians of the Galaxy is not that kind of movie.  It is very much its own colorful load of sci fi that’s complete with a full-on bizarro deep space vibe, and you won’t find a costumed hero anywhere in it.  Hopefully that doesn’t sound too bad to you though, as the super fun time that is Guardians of the Galaxy shouldn’t be missed.

The Lesson:

And the Marvel machine rolls on.

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Movie Breakdown: Get On Up

July 30, 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:

Tate Taylor (The Help) directs the James Brown story.  Chadwick Boseman (42) stars.

The Reality:

When I saw that Get On Up had a runtime of 138 minutes, I figured I was in for a thorough look at the life of the man known as The Godfather of Funk, Mr. Dynamite and The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.  This, as it turns out, was a rather silly expectation.  Get On Up is nothing more than a bunch of incoherent glimpses into the story of James Brown.  And to make matters worse, director Tate Taylor’s only consistent thread in the film is the one that showcases the famed musician as a colossal asshole.  Now, I actually do think this approach could have worked (because let’s face it, biopics often sugarcoat a lot about their subjects), but Taylor doesn’t take the time to dive into anything.  The movie largely plays like a montage of terrible things that James Brown did, and that’s just sort of unfortunate.  No one who sees Get On Up will learn anything about the songs that Brown wrote or why he sang or danced the way that he did, and when it comes to who he was as a person, they’ll walk out of the theater ready to label him as nothing but an egotistical dick.  What a bummer.  He very well may have been an intolerable person, but that still isn’t stopping me from feeling as though the musician part of him deserved a lot better than what is offered in Get On Up.

The Lesson:

Where’s the music?

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Cautiontape (Jennifer)

July 30, 2014

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Local indie pop rock quartet Cautiontape have been writing songs and honing their sound for the past year. The band is the latest project featuring songwriters and vocalists Jason Garcia (ex-Household Names, ex-Pow Pow) and Britani Kagan (ex-Petals).

They’ve recently started recording songs for their debut EP, How We Shine, with Austin music veterans Robert Harrison (Cotton Mather, Future Clouds and Radar) and George Reiff, as producer and engineer respectively. Their keyboard-oriented pop grooves reveal their influences and musical nods to bands such as Metric and The Cardigans.

The band is reaching out to fans and friends for support on Indiegogo as they raise funds for recording costs; they’re hoping to finish the record by the end of September and then release it before the end of the year.

:Cautiontape – Delights Of Someone Dreamed:
:Cautiontape – The New Normal:

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Meatbodies

July 29, 2014

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For those of you who dig Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, White Fence, Thee Oh Sees and other similar acts, you’re going to really love Meatbodies.  The band is lead by Chad Ubovich, who used to play guitar for Cronin and was the bassist in FUZZ, and they have a rad blissed out psych rock sound that should immediately catch your attention.  Turn it up loud.  Enjoy.

:Meatbodies – Tremmors:

The band’s self titled is effort is due out October 14 via In The Red.

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Quickdraw: NehruvianDOOM, Joanna Gruesome, Alex Napping, Spray Paint, Black Milk

July 28, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:NehruvianDOOM – OM:  DOOM is quite possibly my favorite rapper ever, so I was all in for his collaboration with Bishop Nehru before I even listened to this song.  Thankfully, it turned out to be as rad as I figured it would be.  NehruvianDOOM will release their self titled effort on September 23 via Lex/Noizy Cricket.

:Joanna Gruesome – Jerome (Liar):  Here’s an infectious little gem from Joanna Gruesome.  They’re quickly becoming one of my favorite pop acts, and I hope a new full length isn’t too far off.  The band’s split 12″ with Trust Fund is due out September 23 via HHBTM Records.

:Alex Napping – Weak Knees:  If I were to make a list of new Austin bands that I’m really excited about, Alex Napping would land somewhere near the top of it – they just have such an overwhelmingly compelling sound.  Trust me when I say you’re going to dig their upcoming album.  Look for This Is Not A Bedroom to be released on September 23 via Punctum Records.

:Spray Paint – Rest Versus Rust:  Spray Paint are an act that folks in Austin have rightfully been buzzing about for a while now.  Just a heads up, they’re not exactly the kind of band you casually listen to, so you either have to fully commit to them or just get the hell out of the way.   Clean Blood, Regular Acid will be released on September 23 via Monofonus Press.

:Black Milk – Detroit’s New Dance Show:  I love Black Milk.  The guy never does anything twice, and I just really appreciate how dedicated he is to constantly shifting his sound.  This one-off effort is a catchy thumper, so be sure to crank the volume when you hit play.  BM’s next album is tentatively titled If There’s A Hell Below.  This song may or may not be on it.

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Weekly Movie News Rundown

July 26, 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!

James Gunn has officially signed on to write and direct Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.

Patrick Wilson has dropped out Ant-Man due to scheduling issues.  Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman have also left the film, but their departures are said to be due to their characters being omitted in rewrites.

Marvel is said to be interested in having Joaquin Phoenix star in their Doctor Strange film.

Edgar Wright is set to direct Baby Driver.  The exact plot isn’t known, but the film is said to be a collision of crime, action, music and sound.  He’s also said to be looking at directing an adaptation of Grasshopper Jungle.  It’s said to be Stand By Me meets Attack The Block.

Michael Finch (Predators) has been hired to pen the script for the adaptation of the game Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

Chris Terrio is said to be wanted to write the script for the Justice League movie.  He wrote Batman VS Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Dwayne Johnson recently hinted that he may be playing Shazam in Warner Bros’ upcoming slate of DC films.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts are set to star in Jean-Mar Vallee’s Demolition.  The film is said to follow a banker trying to put his life back together after the death of his wife.

Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones) is reportedly being considered for one of the lead roles in the Sam Raimi-produced adaptation of the game The Last Of Us.

Idris Elba has landed a role in Guy Ritchie’s Knights Of The Roundtable: King Author.

Michael Caine has signed on for a role in the Vin Diesel-lead The Last Witch Hunter.

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are set to produce an adaptation of Manimal.  The TV show was about a man who mastered the ability to morph into various animals to fight crime.

This Week’s Notable Trailers

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 25, 2014

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Guys guys guys, there was a very real possibility today that I wouldn’t get this post in for S1T1 today because I’ve been crazy busy planning Austin’s very first ever hip-hop festival. Luckily, I’m turning it in right in time so I can cash that big fat blog paycheck John Laird sends me every month. Hold on a sec, John just told me there’s no money in blogging. I don’t understand? Why am I doing this then? Just so people can listen to new hip-hop they’ve never heard and rediscover old tracks they might have forgotten and just generally have a good ole’ Friday dance party at their desks? Well, okay, I guess that’ll do for now. But, hey, if you love hip-hop, consider donating to Weird City at the link above so we can bring some amazing acts to Austin. We’ll be making a big announcement soon and I think you’re gonna like what you hear. Well, now I guess let’s get to the music. Happy Friday, my loves.

:J Dilla – Reality TV (Featuring Black Thought):
:Brothaz Bent – Temple Of The Living Swing:
:Strange Fruit Project – Get Live (Featuring Erykah Badu):
:Sweatshop Union – Oh My:
:Skyzoo And Torae – Rediscover (Featuring Blu):
:Slimkid3 And DJ Nu-Mark – Bouillon:
:Open Mike Eagle – Qualifiers:
:CYNE – African Elephants:
:Common Market – Gol’dust:
:Common – Kingdom (Featuring Vince Staples):
:Amp Live – Penny Nickel Dime (Featuring Anya and Prof):
:Toussaint Morrison – Darkside Imperials:
:Yelawolf – I Wish (Featuring Raekwon):
:Latyrx – It’s Time (Featuring Zion I):
:Da Fat Cat Clique – Da Flow:
:Das EFX – Mic Checka (Remix):

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Stream This

July 25, 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 ➡ Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Hooray For Earth – Racy
The Muffs – Whoop De Doo
Tame Impala – Live Versions EP
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Wildest Dreams – Self Titled
Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old
Dana Buoy – Preacher EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Spoon

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Throwback Thursday: The Raveonettes

July 24, 2014

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Oddly enough, I actually decided on Monday that The Raveonettes would be the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. I’d like to say I knew there were about to surprise drop a new album and make my decision as relevant as possible, but I didn’t.  I’ll just have to chalk it up to Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo doing me a solid.  Anyways, let’s get on with going all the way back to 2003′s Chain Gang Of Love, an album that I listened to repeatedly when it first came out.  For some reason at that time I was fascinated with how the LP was recorded in B flat major.  I also was rather obsessed with That Great Love Sound, which I still think is one of The Raveonettes’ best songs.  Other tracks on the album that I really love include Let’s Rave On, Chain Gang Of Love, and New York Was Great.  Enjoy the flashback.

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Quickdraw: The Rentals, The Unicorns, TOPS, Slow Magic, The Raveonettes

July 24, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Rentals – 1000 Seasons:  It took 15 years, but The Rentals have finally rallied up a third full length.  Feel free to rejoice and to stop shaming band leader Matt Sharp.  On a related note, this first single is total indie rock goodness.  Lost In Alphaville will be out August 25 via Polyvinyl.

:The Unicorns – Rocketship (Daniel Johnston Cover):  And next up for a comeback, The Unicorns!  I’m all about this act reforming, as they’ve long been a favorite of mine.  Here’s hoping they decide to craft some new material and not just put out previously unreleased stuff (like this cover).  The reissue of Who Will Cut Your Hair When We’re Gone? is due out July 29.

:TOPS – Way To Be Loved:  I’m not too familiar with Montreal’s TOPS, but I’m really liking this indie pop tune of theirs.  I’ll have to make a note to check out their upcoming album.  The band will release Picture You Staring on September 2 via Arbutus.

:Slow Magic – Hold Still:  This track has put the upcoming Slow Magic LP on my anticipated list.  By the way, there’s a total “wait for it” element at play here, so be sure to stick with the song until the sexiness comes in at the end.  How To Run Away is due out September 9 via Downtown Records.  See Slow Magic at Holy Mountain on September 17.

:The Raveonettes – Sisters:  Because why the hell not, The Raveonettes just up and dropped a new full length this week.  This song (the lead single?) has the fuzz really turned up, and that has me hoping that Pe’ahi is nothing but a big wall of noise.  I can’t wait to have some time to check it out.

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Movie Breakdown: Lucy

July 24, 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:

Luc Besson gives Scarlett Johansson the ability to use 100% of her brain.  Morgan Freeman watches what happens.

The Reality:

Unfortunately, Lucy and I didn’t see eye to eye.  I figured the combo of director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Transporter, District B13) and Scarlett Johansson (the Black Widow-portraying badass) would provide me a wonderfully explosive time, but Lucy is actually short on the action and heavy on the philosophizing.  No thanks.  Maybe it’s because I only use the minimum amount of my brain capacity, but I just didn’t have any interest in watching Johansson slightly tilt her head to side, stare off into space and then ramble on about what it means to exist.  I just wanted to watch her walk into a room and kick ass.  Then after that I wanted to watch her walk into a bigger room and kick more ass.  Sure, there’s some of this in Lucy, but Besson doesn’t let it build into anything.  Every time there’s a cool moment he immediately kills any momentum it generated with a closeup of Johansson thinking or making some elaborate heady statement.  Again, no thanks.

I won’t say I hated Lucy, but it certainly was disappointing.  Instead of showing me something worth remembering, the film focuses on delivering the sort of conversations that drunk philosophy majors have at parties.

The Lesson:

Never go full brain.

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Black Books, Tele Novella (Jennifer)

July 23, 2014

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This Saturday Black Books will headline an evening at the Mohawk that includes some of my current favorites like Little Radar, Wiretree, Modern Medicine and Supermoon. This is the first headlining show on the Mohawk’s outside stage for Black Books.  Be sure to show up to hear some of their new tunes!

The sounds on the lineup vary from the dreamy pop/rock of Black Books to the various shades of psych infused indie rock from Little Radar, Modern Medicine, Young Tongue, and Isaiah the Mosaic, there’s power pop from Wiretree and Supermoon (previously Paul Banks and The Carousels), and alt-folk from songwriter Brandy Zdan.

You can’t argue with an $8 cover when it gets you seven bands.

Another worthy show taking place this Saturday is the Tele Novella-thon – a tour fundraiser for Tele Novella – at The ABGB. The main priority is to raise money for a van so that the band can reach all of their upcoming tour dates, but they’re also hoping there’s some left over to put towards recording an album. Admission is free, but donations will be taken at the door.

The ABGB will be featuring a special “Tele Novella” beer, and the lineup includes several great local bands – Slugbug, Daniel Francis Doyle and The Dreams, a Bo Bud Greene reunion, The Black and Borrisokane.

PS – If you can’t attend their show this weekend, you can help out on the Indiegogo fundraiser page. With 10 days to go, they’re currently at their halfway goal.

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Elephant Stone (Dan)

July 23, 2014

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We’ve all heard of indie rock, so let’s familiarize ourselves with the hindie rock of Elephant Stone. The group is led by led by Rishi Dhir (vocals, bass, sitar) and also features Miles Dupire (drums) and Gabriel Lambert (guitar). They released their debut album in 2009, The Seven Seas, and they followed it up with their eponymous sophomore LP in 2013. It was this record that first brought my attention to Elephant Stone. The album is a criminally underrated collection of catchy jams which pull from a myriad of influences.

The band hails from Montreal, which I found ironic since Knock You Off Your Mountain, the lead single off of their new album The Three Poisons, sounds a lot like an Of Montreal tune. Except where Of Montreal turns up the quirk and whimsy, Elephant Stone busts out the sitar, reverb, and psych rock. Both are equally danceable but I’m partial to the heavier, rumbling sound of Elephant Stone.

The Three Poisons is an extension of the pop sound I loved so much on their last album and overall it’s a clear progression for the band. They have perfected their sound and are set to impress with the release of The Three Poisons on August 25  via Hidden Pony Records.

:Elephant Stone – Knock You From Your Mountain:
:Elephant Stone – Heavy Moon:

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