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2017 SOTO Staff Picks

December 7, 2017

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Here’s your chance to take a look at what the SOTO staff dug in 2017!  Enjoy. CHUCK LOESCH (Happy Metal Fun Time) Mors Principium Est – Embers Of A Dying World (AFM) Igorr – Savage Sinusoid (Metal Blade) Junius – Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light (Prosthetic) Kreator – Gods Of Violence (Nuclear Blast [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: 2017 RIP (Randy)

November 17, 2017

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Before the holidays kick in, I wanted to take a moment here to look back on the incredible artists that we have lost in 2017. 2016 hit hard with Bowie and Prince, and 2017 did not let up. Here are a small group of musical artists who each found their own unique space within this [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: Greatest Ladies II (Randy)

October 19, 2017

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Last month I talked about some legendary female artists, and it was so much fun that I’d like to continue on with the theme. So for October, I’ll be focusing on some important contemporary female artists. Each one of them represent uniqueness and impending importance. Courtney Barnett Barnett’s perspective is singular. Rock is safe in [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: Greatest Ladies (Randy)

September 15, 2017

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Women are amazing. They offer a unique sensitivity and viewpoint to music that just can’t be matched by men. This month, I’d like to focus on some seminal female geniuses who have graced this planet with art that continues to look forward, inform, and inspire. Laurie Anderson Laurie Anderson is a brilliant artist/musician. Anderson’s music [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: 2017 So Far – Part II (Randy)

August 18, 2017

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This year is brimming with excellence on the recorded music front. In my second installment of noteworthy records from 2017, I’m finding female artists to be totally ruling; continuing to transcend the lines of genre and influence. 1. James Elkington – Wintres Woma This is based purely on the ecstasy of the single “Make It [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: NMASS 2017 (Randy)

July 14, 2017

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The dog days of summer are here in Austin, TX folks. It’s HAF. Overwhelmingly so. And though there may not be a way to beat the heat, there is a way to profoundly radiate over at the New Media and Sound Summit (NMASS) at Springdale Station (979 Springdale Rd Austin, TX 78702) THIS WEEKEND! NMASS [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: 2017 So Far (Randy)

June 23, 2017

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2017 is looking pretty, pretty, pretty good thus far for records. Ambient music is having a true renaissance, some artists are making pure statements and others are successfully treading new ground. So let’s take a look at the some of the best releases thus far in 2017, shall we? 1. Hayden Pedigo – Greetings From [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: Dick’s Picks Vol. 1-36 (Randy)

May 19, 2017

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Since the long-awaited release of The Grateful Dead’s historic May 1977 run a few weeks back, my eternal love for The Dead has been rejuvenated and endless ultraness has been revealed. 5/8/77 is without a doubt one of the Dead’s finest hours. It includes one of the few “New Minglewood Blues” I will proudly jam, [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: Choice Ra Cuts (Randy)

April 21, 2017

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Sun Ra was an artist who was way ahead of the curve. He was so ahead of the curve, that we may never catch up to his music or his views in our lifetime. But it’s fun to try! This month I’ve got some choice cuts from the realm of Ra spanning from 1956-1970. “Sunology [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: RIP Larry Coryell (Randy)

March 24, 2017

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First wave fusion guitarist and Texas native Larry Coryell passed away in February at the age of 73. Coryell was born in Galveston, Texas and spent his formative years in Seattle before moving to New York in the mid 60’s. There he cut his teeth with Chico Hamilton, Gabor Szabo, and Gary Burton. Coryell is [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: Jazz Freedom (Randy)

February 16, 2017

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Things aren’t great right now for lots of reasons. I think often of a quote from Sun Ra that says, “The real aim of music is to co-ordinate the minds of the people into an intelligent reach for a better world and an intelligent approach to the living future.” I have little other commentary except [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: 2016 Hangover (Randy)

January 20, 2017

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2016 was a year many of us of would like to have forgotten for a variety of reasons. But as stated before, for better or worse, 2016 was one of the finest years for music this century. I was able to wrangle together mixes featuring 90 different records from 2016 that needed your attention in [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: Top Albums Of 2016 So Far – Part 2 (Randy)

November 11, 2016

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2016 may be a bad year for many things but music is not one of them. It’s now confirmed (by me) that 2016 has been the best year for music this century! We haven’t even hit December yet and the amount of quality releases put out in 2016 is just GONZO. Back in August, I [...]

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Raised Eyebrows: Recalling Franco (Randy)

October 21, 2016

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This month we honor the passing of one of Africa’s finest musicians. Franco Luambo Makiadi was a phenomenal Congolese guitarist. He was a founding member of of the rumba group OK Jazz and leader of TPOK Jazz, which were both among the most successful and influential Congolese groups of the 20th century. His death on [...]

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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 [...]

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