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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

September 30, 2016

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Happy first weekend of ACL Fest everyone! Hope you’re enjoying the place you’re staying while your AirBnB guests enjoy your house! Here’s some tunes to listen to in your car or with headphones so you don’t annoy the people whose couch you’re crashing on.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Flying Lotus – Never Catch Me feat. Kendrick Lamar:  You’ll see these two artists at ACL on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and they are not artists you want to miss.

September Mix:

:M.I.A. – Bird Song (Diplo Remix):
:Camp Lo And DJ Przm – Hold the Floor:
:The Avalanches – Harmony feat. Shaggs Chamberlain, Jonathan Donahue & Jonti:
:BADBADNOTGOOD – Lavender feat. Kaytranada:
:Vince Staples – Smile:
:Mac Miller – Dang! feat. Anderson Paak:
:Frank Ocean – Slide on Me:
:Bionik – Ball Like Beijing feat. Lizzo:
:Busdriver – Eat Rich:
:Danny Brown – Ain’t It Funny:
:Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Mud:
:Action Bronson – Nordic Wind:

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Pretenders

September 29, 2016

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The Pretenders have had a busy week.  They not only did they announce a stop in Austin, but they let slip a new video.  Personally, I think the latter is kind of useless, as it’s just Chrissie Hynde and Dan Auerbach (he produced the act’s new album) standing around in a studio, but I think the song is good.  Hynde still has a great voice.  Enjoy.

:Pretenders – Holy Commotion!:

Alone is due out October 21 via BMG.  Be sure to catch the band at ACL Live on October 31.

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Show Of The Week

September 28, 2016

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The first of two ACL weekends is upon us!  I imagine that most of you are laying low until the festival and/or its late night shows begin, but I think you should consider jump starting things tonight with Okkervil River.  The indie stalwarts will be at the Parish in support of their new album, Away, and with them will be Landlady and Corvette Summer.  I’ve never seen them put on a bad show, so I know it’ll be a winner.  Be there.

By the way, my radio show – 101X Homegrown – is presenting SURVIVE’s album release party on Friday at Barracuda,.  I’d also recommend for you to head there, because I’m excited about it, but it’s sold out!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Matt Hines, Volunteer at Lamberts
- Poly Action, Kinky Machine, The Sour Notes, Bitter Birds at Cheer Up Charlies

Thursday:
- Balmorhea at Empire Control Room
- Residual Kid, Cop Warmth, Basketball Shorts, Mensroom, Zusammenbruch at Barracuda
- RZA: Live from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Stateside at the Paramount
- Frightened Rabbit, Julien Baker at the Scoot Inn

Friday:
- My Education, The Khost at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Eagle Claw, Fleshlights, Caskets, DJs Tweedy and Mike Byers at Hotel Vegas
- Andrew Bird, Sinkane, Lucy Dacus at Stubb’s

Saturday:
- Deep Time, Leather Girls, Polio Club, DJ Plan B at Hotel Vegas
- Xetas, New China, Popper Burns, Vampyre, R!ot Punch at Cheer Up Charlies
- M83, Tennyson at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Caveman, Cheerleader at Antone’s

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UVH (Single Premiere)

September 27, 2016

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These days my Austin recommendations are all done via my radio show – 101X Homegrown – but every now again I get asked for a premiere here at SOTO, and when it’s good, I go for it.  Today is one of those of times.  Below you’ll find a brand new single from UVH, a rad indie rock act that’s fronted by the big-voiced Larry Llodra.  It’s an infectious, swelling effort that has a total early-days Walkmen feel to it.  Enjoy.

The Last Fruit EP will be out soon via GTZ Records.  On October 30 the band will celebrate its release at Barracuda with Ringo Deathstarr, Xetas and Crooked Bangs.

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Quickdraw: Honeyblood, Aan, Tony Molina, Dirty Projectors, Mono

September 26, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Honeyblood – Sea Hearts:  I’m all about this new one from Honeyblood.  As its press release says, it’s “dangerously addictive”.  More please.  Babes Never Die is due out October 28 via FatCat.

:Aan – Hollywood Buyout:  Aan have apparently been around for about a decade, but this is my first time hearing them.  I like frontman Bud Wilson’s voice.  Anyone got an old song or two that they’d like to recommend?  Dada Distractions is due out November 18 via Party Damage Records.

:Tony Molina – Hung Up On The Dream:  Here’s the latest single from the great Tony Molina.  It’s got a pretty sound, but the lyrics are a real bummer.  The Confront The Truth EP is due out October 28 via Slumberland.

:Dirty Projectors – Keep Your Name:  Oof.  This sure is one sad (and weird-sounding) break up track.  Regardless, it’s the Dirty Projectors first new tune since 2012, and I think it’s great to have them back.  No word yet on a new album.

:Mono – Requiem For Hell (Single Edit):  Mono’s new album will be here in a couple of weeks, and I’m so excited for it.  They just speak to me.  Side note, put on headphones for this post rock beauty.  Requiem For Hell is due out October 14 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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Movie Breakdown: The Magnificent Seven

September 23, 2016

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Pre-Screening Stance:

I don’t believe anyone asked for a remake of The Magnificent Seven, but one has arrived.  It’s directed by the solid Antoine Fuqua, and it has a high quality cast that consists of Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Pete Sarsgaard and more.  My guess is that it’s going to be fun but forgettable.

Post-Screening Ramble:

2016′s The Magnificent Seven is a big dumb pile of rocks, but it’s a good time.  Denzel Washington (pretty much all of the actors in the film essentially just “play” themselves, so character names are not necessary) meets a pretty lady who needs an impossible amount of help, and since her plight appeals to him, he signs on.  From there he gets very lucky and is able to quickly and effortlessly assemble a team of fellas who are good at telling jokes and killing people. – not all people though, the right people (i.e. bad guys).  Then shots get fired, knives get thrown, quips get tossed about, villainous statements get made and countered by heroic declarations, and so on and so forth.  It’s all rather predictable stuff, but thankfully it’s wrapped in just the right amount of style.  I especially appreciated director Antoine Fuqua’s commitment to the close up shot in the film.  Everyone gets a chance to show off what they can do with their eyes, and I felt like this provided some weight and tension to what’s an overall silly experience.  I also liked the way Fuqua unabashedly makes everyone look as badass as possible at every turn.  Because why not.  Additionally, someone should be given a high five for not just casting a bunch of white dudes.

If you’re looking for something fun, you could do a lot worse than the latest take on The Magnificent Seven.

One Last Thought:

Is it unfair that I’m already wondering what else Chris Pratt has to offer as an actor?   I feel like I’m ready to see him switch things up, but then again I guess he hasn’t really been Mr. Charming Funny Guy for all that long.  I don’t know.  Maybe I should let him roll with it a while longer (at least through Passengers).

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Raised Eyebrows: Rad Jazz Guitar (Randy)

September 23, 2016

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This month we delve into some of Jazz’s most pioneering and exploratory guitar players. Jazz music has and always will be an American concern. The U.S. continues to be home to the greatest players to ever be associated with the mammoth musical genre. Here’s a playlist of past and present day players who are all incredibly singular, challenging, and totally badass.

Sonny Rollins – The Bridge (featuring Jim Hall)

Sonny’s three year hiatus from recording found him practicing over 15 hours a day on the Williamsburg Bridge from 1959-1962.  When he returned, he involved the great Jim Hall. Hall does just about everything on the title cut of this Rollins LP.

Pat Martino – Baiyina

Pat Martino gets far out on his fourth Prestige LP. The album includes flute, tabla and tambura, not to mention some truly rad improvs from Martino himself.

Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Unity Live 1968 (featuring Pete Cosey)

Pete Cosey is not a household name. He is however a volcanic guitarist who played on many must-hear 70s Miles Davis albums. Here we find Cosey let loose on this essential recording by Philip Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble.

Larry Coryell – Lady Coryell

Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the highest peak of expression from a guitarist in the world of jazz circa 1968.

Sonny Sharrock – Who Does She Hope To Be?

Sharrock’s last LP is an astonishing disc that featured both Pharoah Sanders and Elvin Jones and was released in 1991. No one sounded like Sonny and here is the prime example of Sharrock’s ability to make you stop dead in your tracks and listen!

Marc Ribot/Noel Akchote – Song for Marc

The 1997 LP credited to Noel Akchote/Marc Ribot/Eugene Chadbourne called Lust Corner is an important reminder about the infinite freedom one can have once the rules are understood.

Chicago Underground Quartet – A Re-Occuring Dream

Jeff Parker is best known for being a member Tortoise. His tone is so instantly recognizable and his work remains an important bridge between jazz, experimental and indie.

Bill Frisell/Ron Carter/Paul Motian – Worse and Worse

All three of these dudes are legends. They all kick ass on this LP. The contrast of consonance and dissonance on this track is unreal.

Rudresh Mahanthappa/Steve Lehman – Circus

Liberty Ellman is a NY guitarist. He plays with Henry Threadgill’s Zooid, Steve Lehman, and countless others. He’s a genius.

Mary Halvorson Quintet – Crack In Sky (No. 1)

Mary Halvorson is the most exciting guitarist currently living on Earth.

Nels Cline – Why Was I Born?

Cline’s newest album Lovers is Cline’s definitive statement as a player.

BONUS TRACKS:

Sandy Bull – Blend

Not jazz, just awesome and features jazz drummer/legend Billy Higgins

The New Philadelphians – The Hustle

Marc Ribot and Mary Halvorson set fire to this disco classic.

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Cherry Glazerr

September 22, 2016

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Today I’m rolling out the latest song from Cherry Glazerr.  It’s the trio’s first single via their new label, Secretly Canadian, and I’m into it.  To be honest though, I didn’t start out a fan of the track.  When I first gave it a listen I thought it sounded like a band who’s trying too hard, but I’ve come around now (that guitar riff is wildly catchy) and I’m genuinely happy to be sharing it with you.  Enjoy.

:Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys:

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Show Of The Week

September 21, 2016

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There are a lot of great shows happening this week. A lot.  And I’m admittedly pretty excited about most of them, which means that it’s difficult to pick just one gig to recommend.  So, here’s what I’m going to do – list one show that’s local, and one that isn’t.

Local Pick Of The Week:  The goods folks in East Cameron Folkcore have readied a new album, Better Off, and on Saturday at Empire Control Room they’ll be celebrating the release of it.  Along with them will be The Bread, Town Hall Devils, Sich Rada, Name Sayers, Harvest Thieves, A Sinclair, Possessed By Paul James and Like Dogs.  That’s a packed lineup!  I hope the bar stocks enough whiskey.

Non-local Pick Of The Week:  Cymbals Eat Guitars only release good albums and they’re rad live, so you have to go see them at Sidewinder on Sunday night.  They’ll be there with Field Mouse, who just released a very catchy LP called Episodic, and Wildhoney.  The show is also in celebration of Sidewinder’s one-year anniversary.  That’s even more reason to be there!

PS – If you’re interested in some of the stuff I’ve been working on lately.  I’ve got a Red Bull Sound Select showcase on Thursday at Barracuda with The Ponys, In The Whale and BLXPLTN.  RSVP HERE for $3 entry!  I’ve also got an early (as in it starts at 6pm and will be over around 9pm) show on Saturday at the Oasis for 93.7 KLBJ that features Ume, Abram Shook and Leslie Sisson (of Moving Panoramas).  This one is FREE!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Titus Andronicus, A Giant Dog at Barracuda
- Beirut at Stubb’s
- Old 97′s, Dalton Domino at 3ten ACL Live
- Kanye West at the Erwin Center

Thursday:
- Adam & the Figurines, Jean, Plantation Band, John Wesley Coleman, The Mammoths at the Hole in the Wall
- Fort Never, Mobley, NGHT HCKLRS, Lou Rebecca, Tres Oui, Shimmer Island at Cheer Up Charlies
- Andrew W.K. – The Power of Partying at The North Door
- Night Drive, Anoraak, Troller, Lambda at The Swan Dive
- Toadies, Emily Wolfe, Oil Boom at Stubb’s
- Kaytranada at Emo’s

Friday:
- Alabama Shakes, Corinne Bailey Rae at Austin360 Amphitheater
- Classixx, Alex Frankel, Harriet Brown at the Parish
- Ruby & The Reckless, Purple, MCG, The Wild Now at Empire Control Room

Saturday:
- Think No Think, The Golden Boys, The Gospel Truth, SXSW at The Swan Dive
- Capyac, Ishi, Honor System at The Sidewinder
- Hovvdy, Alexalone, Neat, Kellen at Cheer Up Charlies
- Rocky Votolato, Chris Staples at the Parish
- Otis the Destroyer, Ringo Deathstarr, Casual Strangers at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Nic Armstrong and the Thieves, Great Shapes at Spiderhouse

Sunday:
- Radioactivity, US Weekly, Nosferatu at the Mohawk
- Junebug Spade, She Sir, The Early Stages at the Mohawk
- Stephen Svacina and Friends at Hotel Vegas
- James Blake at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Monday:
- Lissie at Antone’s
- Alice in Chains, Staticland at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Tuesday:
- The Howling Hex, Crooked Bangs, Hidden Ritual at Beerland
- The Spill Canvas at the Parish
- Big Thief, The Deer, Gracie Terzian at Antone’s
- Coheed and Cambria, Saves the Day, Polyphia at Stubb’s

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Patience

September 20, 2016

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In case you missed it, Roxanne Clifford (from the great Veronica Falls) has been releasing music as Patience.  Back in May she put out a very pleasant track called The Church, and she’s now following it up with … well, a very pleasant track.  This is a trend that I’m willing to fully get behind.  Enjoy.

:Patience – The Pressure:

The Pressure 7″ single is due out September 30 via Night School Records.

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Tony Molina

September 19, 2016

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Tony Molina jumped onto my radar back in 2014 with his very swift (it’s just under 12 minutes long), very Weezer-esque LP Dissed And Dismissed, and I’ve been championing him ever since.  No one writes a better 45 second song than him!  Granted, I don’t really know of anyone else that purposely keeps things that short, but that’s not the point because even if there was someone else – Tony would still be the best at it.  At any rate, below you’ll find the latest quick shot from him.  It’s rad.  Enjoy.

:Tony Molina – See Me Fall:

The Confront The Truth EP is due out October 28 via Slumberland.

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Movie Breakdown: Blair Witch (Noah)

September 16, 2016

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Say what you will about remakes and sequels and prequels and all the other shit Hollywood is heaving on to the screens these day, but I’m excited for a new journey into the Black Hills of Burkittville, Maryland. It’s a great, unexplored world to toy with and director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) has yet to fail us. Please sir, don’t fail us now.

Post-Screening Ramble:

At this point, with every film gracing the silver screen a spin-off or sequel or remake or whatever else they’re calling unoriginal properties these days, it doesn’t seem completely crazy that Lionsgate is releasing a sequel to the inventor of the shaky-cam, found footage film, The Blair Witch Project. Or even that they wrangled hot-as-hot-hot fire horror director Adam Wingard to take the property on. These are the times we live in. So, before you stumble into Blair Witch, ask yourself, “How much does it bother me that this is a sequel of a beloved (abhorred) modern horror classic?” or even, “What am I expecting from a step back into the world of the Blair Witch?” Because either question is going to decide for you, savvy film watcher, if you should be even considering purchasing a ticket and schlupping your way into the theater for two hours of found-footage, shaky-cam madness. Because, Blair Witch is certainly a sequel (new characters, new creepy crawlies, new, horrible ways to bite the dust) but it could be a remake. Wingard, and his writing partner Simon Barrett, have applied a touch of gloss to the original film’s nausea inducing panic, but for the most part, in spirit and in composition, this is The Blair Witch Project for a new generation. A fledgling documentarian (Callie Hernandez) wants to make a film about Heather’s (the snot-soaked girl from the first film) brother James (James Allen McCune) and his extended search for his Blair Witched sister. With two friends, and a pair of stoner, urban legend seekers in tow, they venture into the woods, and well, shit goes down. Wingard and Barrett aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel with this one, both the spirit and the execution of Blair Witch hew almost exactly to the film that came before. And in doing so, they manage to make a film suffused with the same sort of creeping dread of the first film. The first thirty minutes of Blair Witch are a master class in making boredom feel ominous. We watch the intrepid quartet of bumbling filmmakers set up their film work, drive places, and then, slowly enter the woods, learning just enough about each of them to feel slightly attached. But as an audience, we know that shit is going to hit the fan, and because Wingard drags out the set-up (almost too long to be honest) the weight of their entry into the woods is brutal. Sure, once they get into the woods, the filmmakers use their entire bag of jump-scare tricks to get your heart racing and your pulse pounding, but it’s the quiet moments, between a tree falling or the discovery of a creepy wood figure that allow the ominous tone the directors have adeptly fostered to really breath. This is classic jump-scare horror almost to a tee – big noises, characters shrieking on to the screen, lightning and noise – it’s all here, and for the most part it works. And for the most part this is a solid follow-up to the landmark original. But that’s the thing, the original Blair Witch Project redefined what you could do with horror, and trying to base this, a lovely homage (but nothing more), to that, well, it’s impossible. This film isn’t going to change the way you look at horror filmmaking, but it’s a well-crafted, low-budget shocker that does just what it sets out to do.

One Last Thought:

This film terrified me. Seriously. I covered my eyes through much of the end of the film and screamed, out loud, more than once. Afterwards I slunk to my empty home and jumped at every noise, every flicker of the lights, every voice that drifted in through my window.

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Kim Gordon

September 15, 2016

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“Whoa.”  This is what stumbled out of my sleepy head this morning when I first listened to Kim Gordon’s new single.  Her voice is a commanding force throughout it, and I really dig the swirling, sloppy arrangement.  I hope Kim has more of the same coming soon.  Enjoy.

:Kim Gordon – Murdered Out:

The Murdered Out single is available now via Matador.

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Show Of The Week

September 14, 2016

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The ageless wonders known as Dinosaur Jr. will be playing ACL Live on Friday!  Since reuniting in 2005, the band has released four pretty damn good albums (one of them – Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not – just came out this year) and it doesn’t look like they plan on slowing down anytime soon.  You should go get in on the fun.

By the way, don’t forget that the Mohawk is still in the midst of celebrating its 10th birthday.  See below for their remaining anniversary shows!  Side note here, I think that Dan Deacon and Octopus Project show on Saturday is going to be a blast.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Roaring Sun, Growl, Pollen RX at the Mohawk
– Anthony Green, Mat Kerekes, Secret Space at the Mohawk
- Stephen Svacina, Payton Green, David Israel, Nick Allison, Western Homes, Phillip’s Calling at Beerland

Thursday:
- Ramesh, Chelsea Cope, Semihelix at Hotel Vegas
- GZA, Magna Carda, Anya at the Mohawk
– Pujol, Lochness Mobsters, Planet Manhood at the Mohawk
- The Gents, MCG, Jinx and the Hammer, Big Coat at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- Mutual Benefit, Quilt, Soft Healer at Antone’s
- Roky Erickson, Ringo Deathstarr, Moving Panoramas at the Mohawk
– The Inverters, Microscopic Telescope at the Mohawk
- Hikes, Flesh Lights, Gloves INTL, Stiletto Feels, Shmu, UVH at Cheer Up Charlies
- Danny Malone, Migrant Kids at the Parish
- Bidi Bidi Banda at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- Dan Deacon, The Octopus Project, Cherubs at the Mohawk
– Goblin Cock, Funeralizer at the Mohawk
- Melvins, Helms Alee at The Sidewinder
- Henry + the Invisibles at Empire Control Room
- Tegan and Sara, Shura at Stubb’s
- Edison Chair at Stubb’s
- David Ramirez, Walker Lukens & the Side Arms at the Scoot Inn

Sunday:
- OBN III’s, Snooty Garbagemen, Boss Eye, Nameless Frames, Carl Sagans Skate Shoes at Barracuda
- Sauna Youth, Borzoi, Empty Markets at Beerland

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Wavves

September 13, 2016

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First of all, sorry for the wonky posting schedule that’s been in play here at SOTO for the last month or so – I’ve been out of town a lot.  That’s all done now though (for a while anyways), so hopefully I can get things back to normal.

Now, about today’s music, it’s a Weezer cover from WavvesApparently the two have teamed up for a limited-edition split 7″ that features an unreleased Weezer track and Wavves’ take on You Gave Your Love To Me Softly, which was originally done by Rivers Cuomo and Co. back in the 90s for the Angus soundtrack.  Enjoy.

:Wavves – You Gave Your Love To Me Softly (Weezer Cover):

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