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Show Of The Week

January 31, 2018

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In some ways, today’s recommendation is for all of February, as it’s the kick-off show for A Giant Dog’s residency that will happen at Beerland every Thursday throughout the month.  You need to hit one or all of the shows!  For tomorrow, the bill also includes Xetas, American Sharks, Nick Allison and the Players Lounge and DJ Apple Pie.  AGD are a blast on their own, but this really is one hell of a fun lineup.  Don’t miss it.

For fun, here are the rest of the shows set for the residency.

2/8 – A Giant Dog, Lola Tried, Flesh Lights, DJ Stee
2/15 – A Giant Dog, Trouble Boys, Pretty Shitty, DJ Tipton
2/22 – A Giant Dog, Missing Pages, Boss Eye, DJ Ali Ditto

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Booher, Skyline, North by North, Teenage Cavegirl at Hotel Vegas
- They Might Be Giants at Stubb’s
- Chill Russell at Stubb’s

Friday:
- Bad Lovers, The Reputations, Blood Pumps at Hotel Vegas
- RG Lowe, Caroline Says, Taft, Batty Jr. at the Sahara Lounge

Saturday:
- Jose Gonzales, Bedouine at the Long Center
- Sleigh Bells, Sunflower Bean at the Mohawk
- Dan Grissom (Some Say Leland), Adam Hilton (Linen Closet) at The Lemon Lounge
- Tennis, Overcoats at Emo’s
- Shivery Shakes, PR Newman at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Sunday:
- Daphne, Lomelda, New Holland at Barracuda
- Summer Swells, Mountain Time, Otis Wilkins at Cheer Up Charlies

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Quickdraw: Bat Fangs, Car Seat Headrest, Hop Along, Prawn, Soccer Mommy

January 30, 2018

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Enjoy.

Bat Fangs – Boy Of Summer

Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright and Flesh Wounds drummer Laura King make up the riffy and very fun Bat Fangs.  Check out their self titled debut when it gets released this Friday.

Car Seat Headrest – Cute Thing

I’m into any song that begins with “I got so fucking romantic, I apologize.”  Car Seat Headrest’s reworking of his older effort, Twin Fantasy, is due out February 16.

Hop Along – How Simple

I’ve never spent much time with Hop Along, but I’m planning on changing that via their third album, Bark Your Head Off (due April 6).  The first single is a fantastic slice of indie rock.

Prawn – Rooftops

If I had heard this Prawn song in 2005 when I was the height of my love for emo, I would have probably freaked out – it’s so good.  Run is out now.  On another note, why didn’t I go see these guys when they played Sidewinder last week?

Soccer Mommy – Your Dog & Cool

I whiffed on the first Soccer Mommy single, Your Dog, so I’m combining with their new one, Cool.  Both are great.  Clean is due out March 2.  You can see the act at Antone’s on February 10.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

January 29, 2018

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Here’s the playlist and podcast for the latest Homegrown!  I recommended a few shows for this week and rolled out new tunes by Caroline Says, Tres Oui, Loma and Hovvdy.  Also, there’s a Homegrown Live with Major Grizz coming up on February 16, and I played a new song from them  Enjoy.

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(NEW) Caroline Says – Sweet Home Alabama
(NEW) Tres Oui – Red Wine & Dry Ice
(NEW) Loma – Joy
BLXPLTN – Gun Range
Erika Wennerstrom – Extraordinary Love
(NEW) Major Grizz – Ringwormington
Chill Russell – Know What I Need
Booher – Autographin’ Bibles
A Giant Dog – Roller Coaster
(NEW) Hovvdy – In The Sun
Curtis Roush – Getaway
Wild Child – Sinking Ship

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

January 26, 2018

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Honestly, one of the hardest things for me is coming up with something to say that’s new every month for this blog. I’m mostly afraid of putting any real opinion on the internet, and I rarely have any epiphanies regarding music that would be worth writing online; I just like it and listen to it a lot and force other people to listen to it basically.  So, I guess here are my hot takes for January, and you can skip them and go straight to the playlist if you like, which is honestly fire:

  • I don’t think white people should wear tight khakis. They look like they’re naked from the waist down.
  • Apples have gotten too big. Like, how do I save a half a goddamn apple?!
  • HEB only has avocados in two flavors: mush and rocks.
  • You may never have an emotional connection with music like you did when you were 14 again, and that’s okay.
  • Spotify’s IPO will tank; don’t buy stock. (I am not a stock analyst and this is not legal advice.)
  • The production and transport of new clothing has a detrimental effect on the environment, and there is too much old clothing for it to be disposed of responsibly. Stop buying new clothes (except band merch, obvs.)

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Movie Breakdown: Maze Runner – The Death Cure

January 25, 2018

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Pre-Screening Stance:

Will Maze Runner – The Death Cure be the walk-off home run that the series so desperately needs in order to make the YA film hall of fame?  Probably not, but I’ve seen weirder things happen.

Post-Screening Ramble:

Maze Runner – The Death Cure is long, boring and dumb.  I can’t say I was expecting much from it, especially after the uninspired Scorch Trials, but I thought that maybe series director Wes Ball would go all out for the finale just for the hell of it.  Well, he sort of did – this movie feels like the biggest of the three – but it’s a completely forgettable effort simply because there’s nothing in it worth caring about.  Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his super friends are barreling towards the end goal of freedom and no overseers, which seems like it should be important, but it gets glossed over by their strong desire to find the captured Minho (Ki Hong Lee).  This mostly just gets a bunch of nameless young-ins killed  Isn’t the goal to save everyone?  It’s so stupid!  Also, it’s really tedious.  The damn movie should have been called Maze Runner – Where’s Minho?.  There’s bunch of other stupid things at play here as well – like a super-secret-may-not-even-be-real city that has an enormous amount of refugees living outside of it, everyone’s perfectly stylized hair, and a “this is why you’re special” ending that’s super anticlimactic – but there’s no real need to dive into any of that.  Just skip this one and go live your life.

One Last Thought:

This is a completely spoiler-filled last thought, so if this movie is important to you DO NOT read any further.  OK.  Here I go.  Towards the end of the film Thomas gets shot and barely makes it out of a burning building.  As he’s being dramatically saved, he passes out and then wakes up on an island with all of his friends and a bunch of young refugees.  His unconsciousness, I assume, only lasted a day or so, but when he rises, the new (and only previously dreamed of) colony is fully built.  There’s huge tents and established traditions and shit.  How long was Thomas asleep?!  Years?  Why did he not seem at all fazed by a fully realized village that was built while he was napping?  I found this to be more unbelievable than a villain group called WICKED.

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Quickdraw: Hot Snakes, Hinds, Preoccupations, Ought, Mount Eerie

January 25, 2018

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Playing a bit of catch up today.  Enjoy.

Hot Snakes – Six Wave Hold Down

Hey look, Hot Snakes have announced their first album in 14 years!  It’s called Jericho Sirens and it’ll be out on March 16.  Judging by the track I have today, it would appear they’ve still got it.

Hinds – New For You

I think that Hinds are really going to turn some heads with their sophomore effort, I Don’t Run (due April 6).  Expect to love this effortlessly charming track off of the album.

Preoccupations – Espionage

There’s something bothersome about Preoccupations calling their next album New Material.  I guess it just comes off as lazy?  Either way, I’m still excited for it.  The first single is noisy in the right ways.

Ought – Disgraced In America

I appreciate how Ought can sound very weird and yet still be rather accessible at the same time.  Room Inside The World is due out February 16.

Mount Eerie – Distortion

Mount Eerie’s A Crow Looked At Me knocked me over last year.  I’m guessing his next effort, Now Me, will do the same.  It’s due March 16.  Before you hit play on the song, dim the lights, grab your headphones and take a deep breath.

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Show Of The Week

January 24, 2018

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There’s a variety of quality shows to pick from this week, but my eyes are largely on Wolf Parade at the Mohawk this Friday.  Last year, the veteran act put out Cry Cry Cry (their first album since 2010), and I not only placed it on my best of 2017 list, but I tagged it as my favorite WP release ever.  I bet that everything from the LP (plus the band’s older, also great tunes) will sound fantastic live at the Mohawk.  Let’s go.

Tix are $25 in advance of the show, $30 the day of.  Charly Bliss will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Sphynx, Chief Perch, Genuine Leather, Chakra Khan at Cheer Up Charlies

Thursday:
- Sleep at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Prawn, Football Etc., Caravela at The Sidewinder
- Name Sayers, Royal Forest, The Dan Ryan, Little Mazarn at the Mohawk
- PR Newman, Mean Jolene, Batty Jr., Star Parks at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- Good Field at Waterloo Records
- Matthew Logan Vasquez, Go Fever, Magic Rockers of Texas at Antone’s
- Robyn Hitchcock at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- Ringo Deathstarr, Blushing, Single Lash, All in the Golden Afternoon at Cheer Up Charlies
- Big Bill, Daniel Francis Doyle, The Infinites, Major Grizz, Talkies at Hotel Vegas
- Darkbird, Belcurve at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Microessions with Wiretree, Grace Pettis, Christina Cavazos, The River Has Many Voices at Mosaic Sound Collective
- Los Coast, Ray Prim at the Continental Club

Sunday:
- Think No Think, Zest of Yore, Semihelix at Hotel Vegas

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101X Homegrown Podcast

January 23, 2018

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Sorry for the delay here, I was out of town yesterday and didn’t have a moment to post this thing. Anyhow, dive in now! There’s show recommendations for this week, plus a lot of new tunes from the likes of Wild Child, Curtis Roush, Mobley, Dryspell, Jonathan Terrell and Erika Wennerstrom!  Enjoy.

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(NEW) Wild Child – Sinking Ship
(NEW) Curtis Roush – Getaway
Good Field – Surface Tension
Matthew Logan Vasquez – Same
Blushing – Hidden Places
(NEW) Mobley – Tell You
(NEW) Dryspell – You Without Me
Big Bill – Pharmacy
(NEW) Jonathan Terrell – Fade Into You (Mazzy Star Cover)
(NEW) Erika Wennerstrom – Extraordinary Love
Belcurve – Dirty Deeds (AC/DC Cover)

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Raised Eyebrows: Say Yes 2018 (Randy)

January 19, 2018

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I hate to start my year by re-thinking the last, but it seems to be my path over here at SOTO. 2017 continues to be a year of oddity and occasional brilliance (musically anyway.) The music created/released/reissued is a great example of its bizarro irregularity.

Here’s a rundown of a few things I failed to mention last year or am late to the party on, and also a few things coming soon that I am way excited about. May the universe give you all,  all the good it is willing to allow in the new year.

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Black Milk

January 18, 2018

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The great Black Milk has a new album, Fever, coming on February 23, and I am so pumped for it.  That guy just has one of the best voices.  Also, the production on the first single is fantastic.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

January 17, 2018

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I know that getting out for a show in icy Austin seems ludicrous right now, but the weather is actually supposed to be much more tolerable by tomorrow.  So, I believe that means you have no excuse to not go to Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow night for a rad local affair that features My Golden Calf, Royal Forest, Linen Closet and Jana Horn.  Have fun!

BONUS Recommendations:

Thursday:
- Aimee Mann, Jonathan Coulton at the Paramount Theater

Friday:
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Night Beats at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Hiss Golden Messenger at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- The Dream Syndicate, Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) at 3ten ACL Live
- Jessica Lea Mayfield, Sun Seeker at Barracuda
- The Crystal Method at Empire Control Room
- Bon Iver at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Otis Wilkins, Sun June at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Scott H. Biram at the Continental Club
- Brockhampton at Emo’s

Sunday:
- Pinback, Major Entertainer at the Mohawk
- Bon Iver at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Monday:
- Bon Iver at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

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Quickdraw: Jay Som, Car Seat Headrest, Walter Martin, Jack White, Frankie Cosmos

January 16, 2018

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Enjoy.

Jay Som – Pirouette

Jay Som became a big favorite of mine last year with her debut album, Everybody Works.  On January 26 she’s going to put out a 7″ with two unreleased tracks from the EW sessions.  The A-side is what I have today – it’s good.

Car Seat Headrest – Nervous Young Inhumans

While I would prefer a wholly brand new album from Car Set Headrest, I’m still excited about the re-recorded version of Twin Fantasy (due February 16), an older effort of his that I’ve seen tagged as a “Bandcamp classic.”  The first single is super catchy and charming.

Walter Martin – Ride Down The Avenue

Walter Martin (formerly of The Walkmen) has a new album, Reminisce Bar & Grill, coming on February 16.  I whiffed on the really solid track he put out back in December, so I’m making sure you get the new one that was just released.  It’s a must-listen if you’re a big fan of AAA radio.

Jack White – Connected By Love

Jack White is back.  I’ve always been into whatever he’s doing, so I’m feeling a little weird about being pleasantly surprised by the new single.  I may have been subconsciously about to burn out on him.  In any case, his album, Boarding House Reach, will be out later this year.

Frankie Cosmos – Jesse

Frankie Cosmos will release their Sub Pop debut, Vessel, on March 30.  If it’s anything like their 2016 release, Next Thing, then I’ll love it.  They’re certainly off to a strong start with a stellar first single.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

January 15, 2018

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  It features the premiere of Belcurve’s cover of AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds (off of The Stacks: Songs From The Oasis), new songs from Mind Spiders, Blushing and Thee Conductor, and a variety of show recommendations for this week.  Enjoy.

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Good Field – Surface Tension
My Golden Calf – Young Pioneers
Royal Forest – Goldwallpaper
Fever Bones – It’s Hard To Look Away
(PREMIERE) Belcurve – Dirty Deeds (AC/DC Cover)
The Hermits – Ruby Red Summer
(NEW) Mind Spiders – Outside
Hovvdy – Cranberry
(NEW) Blushing – Hidden Places
Booher (Featuring Pocket Sounds) – Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)
Loma – Relay Runner
(NEW) Thee Conductor – Oh, The Raven

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

January 12, 2018

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This time of year everything sucks. I mean the shiny bits of Christmas and the holidays are fading out and all that is left are the gloomy bits of winter. Metal, of course, soundtracks the season perfectly, but even that gets tedious in January, a few new albums, songs, videos or whatever, but overall kind of the sleepy time.

Fortunately for this metalhead I am about to embark on another installment of 70000 Tons of Metal! The first cruise of its kind invites me, because of the stupid podcast I host (TheMetalPodcast.com), to come each year and do some interviews and enjoy the ride. 60 bands, multiple stages and lots and lots of booze. Good times had by all every year and I thought I’d give you and I a bit of a playlist of the acts sailing the seas at the beginning of February…so enjoy!

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Movie Breakdown: The Commuter (Noah)

January 11, 2018

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Pre-Screening Stance:

It’s my first film of the year and though I know it’s another over-plotted, run-of-the-mill action flick by Jaume Collet-Serra and his elderly star, Liam Neeson, my optimism is high.

Post-Screening Ramble:

Jaume Collet-Serra has somehow carved a niche into the world of action-filmmaking based solely on the strange formula of his pictures. The Commuter does not alter this trend. Liam Neeson, who has now become an actor who should be credited “As Himself,” stars as a former-cop turned insurance agent who – after getting canned from his job – is offered $100,000 to find and kill someone on his daily commuter train. It’s basically Speed meets Under Siege 2 meets Unstoppable. And though this “dream” combo does sound entertaining in the dumbest of ways, Collet-Serra doesn’t add anything new. Instead we watch an old Liam Neeson (he talks about being 60 somewhere between five to ten times in the picture) sweatily running around on a train getting increasingly sinister phone calls from Vera Famiglia while interacting with a bunch of generally lacking side characters as he tries to find a person named “Prin.” And just when you think you’ve seen enough of Neeson rolling around under trains, barking commands at people and somehow (at his self-professed advanced aged) fighting off knife-wielding opponents, the film takes a sharp turn and becomes an exposition heavy, police negotiation flick. It fits into the madcap, off-kilter world of Collet-Serra’s oeuvre – action and sweaty Liam first, sensible plot last – but is it good? No.

One Last Thought:

I’ve never seen a movie with great actors squandered so mercilessly. Patrick Wilson is a blip in this film, same with Vera Famiglia, and worst of all Sam Neill, after his absolutely brilliant performance in Hunt for The Wilderpeople is relegated to the timeless sideline of “gruff older cop.” Phew, this turd of a flick must’ve cost more then a few shiny doubloons.

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