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November 24, 2015


Well my friends, with today’s single track ramble, it’s time to start winding down here at SOTO.  From here out it’ll be nothing but year-end lists, holiday mixes and film reviews.  Are you ready?  Sure you are!

Now, let’s talk the London-based Sennen. The last time I heard from them was way back in 2011, and I honestly wouldn’t have guessed that they were even still together.  But they are, and they’ve got new tunes.  Down below you can check out the proggy first single off of their upcoming LP.  Enjoy.

:Sennen – Autopilot:

First Light is due out February 26.

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Quickdraw: Autolux, DIIV, EMA, Michael Nau, Leon Bridges

November 23, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Autolux – Soft Scene:  Admittedly, I didn’t like this song all that much the first time I listened to it.  I prefer my Autolux to be in full shoegaze form, and this Boots-produced tune is more trip hop than anything else.  It’s grown on me a lot though.  The band will put out a new album next year via 30th Century Records.

:DIIV – Mire (Grant’s Song):  I’ve been on the fence in regards to DIIV’s other singles off of their upcoming LP, but this latest one got me.  It’s moody and noisy in all of the right ways.  Is The Is Are is due out February 5 via Captured Tracks.

:EMA – Amnesia HazeEMA recently did the score for a film called #Horror, and this is one of the tracks off of it.  I really dig how atmospheric it is.  The #Horror soundtrack is due out December 11.

:Michael Nau – Winter Beat:  Michael Nau was a favorite of mine back in his Page France/Cotton Jones days, and then he just sort of disappeared.  Good to have him back.  His solo debut, Mowing, is due out February 19 via Suicide Squeeze.

:Leon Bridges – So Long:  Here’s a new one that Leon Bridges did for upcoming Will Smith-movie Concussion.  It’s a very pretty-sounding slow burner.  So Long is available now on iTunes.

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Raised Eyebrows: Thanks A Lot (Randy)

November 20, 2015


Thanksgiving is a brutal, yet rewarding endeavor. You cram a bunch of people together who share some of the same blood or have the same last name or some sort of wandering connection and they eat. They eat a lot. Too much in fact. This is the tradition and I’m not going to disparage it. Given all the shit in the world, it’s good that humans have set aside a day to tell others that they are appreciated. Every year there is a day where we eat too much, drink too much, talk about nothing in particular, argue, cry, laugh and fart. Thanksgiving is the best.

Here’s some tunes that’ll go good with basting turkeys and yelling at your Aunt Rose.

John Coltrane – A Love Supreme Part I – Acknowledgement (Coltrane makes you thankful for humanity.)

JJ Johnson – Horn of Plenty (The table centerpiece can be a big to do.)

The Byrds – I am a Pilgrim (Henceforth,  I will eat turkey to this every year.)

Bob Dylan – If Not For You (Nobody says it like he does, just nobody.)

The Cranberries – Ode to my Family (F Yes. Family and Cranberries.)

Dr. John – Peace Brother Peace (Sometimes things get crazy and Dr. John must intervene.)

Guy Clark – Texas Cookin’ (Guy gets funky when he talks about food.)

Bob Dylan – Country Pie (Country Bob in full on pie mode.)

New Lost City Ramblers – Hot Corn (I love this kinda thing.)

John Renbourn - Sweet Potato (November is sweet potato awareness month. RIP John.)

Ernest Tubb – Thanks A Lot (It says it all on the back of his guitar.)

Arlo Guthrie – Alice’s Restaurant Massacre (A holiday tradition.)

John Lennon – Cold Turkey (Day after sandwich jam.)

Steely Dan – Black Friday (Yacht rock while you online shop.)


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Show Of The Week

November 18, 2015


My BFF’s birthday is this Saturday, so I won’t be doing anything but drinking and yelling with her and others, but if I were able to go somewhere, I’d head to the Mohawk for an all local, all lady-fronted night of music.  Heartless Bastards, a longtime favorite of mine who earlier this year put out a solid album by the name of Restless Ones, are set to headline the show.  On the opener side of things, it’s Emily Wolfe, who is responsible for one of my favorite songs out of Austin this year – Cigarette Burns – and the lovely Jess Williamson, who is one of the best folk artists in town.  As I like to say, it’s a can’t-miss kind of gig.  Go in my place!

Get tix here.  Doors at 8pm.

More shows for you to possibly indulge in …

Growl, Winter, Que Pasa?, Lolita Lynn at Hotel Vegas

Flesh Lights, Sweet Talk, Slow at The Sidewinder
Lomelda, Cowboy Crisis, Pageantry, Battle Bend at Cheer Up Charlies

Stiletto Feels, Slomo Drags, Otis The Destroyer, Gossamer Frontier, Borrisokane, Good Field, Young Mammals, Major Major Major at Cheer Up Charlies

Wand, Hidden Ritual, Borzoi at The Sidewinder
Beat Happening Tribute Show with Deep Time, Big Bill, Xetas, Black Gum, Shana Falana at Cheer Up Charlies
Amplified Heat, Rare Birds, Kay Odyssey at Hotel Vegas

Family of the Year, Kaleo at the Parish

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The Eastern Sea

November 17, 2015


Well look at that, late last week The Eastern Sea did us all a favor and released their long-gestating album, The Witness.  Hooray!  Christmas has been saved!  Although, now I don’t have anything to nag frontman Matt Hines about whenever I see him around town, and that’s kind of a bummer.  We’ll probably have to talk about “normal” stuff or whatever.  Oh well.  Speaking of Mr. Hines, I asked him to tell me which song off of the new LP he liked most as a second single (the first one, Silver Spoon, is in lyric video form down below), and he said Boy In Blue.  So, I have that for you today.  I’m hoping you’ll dig it and then use it as a reason to buy The Witness.  Enjoy.

:The Eastern Sea – Boy In Blue:

You can see Matt Hines perform solo tonight at Geraldine’s.  The full band’s next show is at the Parish on December 5.

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November 16, 2015


Rhymesayer’s upcoming 20th-anniversary show looks super rad, but it’s in Minneapolis and I’m in Austin, and it’s on a tough date for me.  So, I can’t make it.  Or can I?  I had convinced myself it was a no-go, but now there’s a new Atmosphere track out that’s put the show back on my brain, and I want to make it work!  Anyhow, listen to the duo’s latest track.  It’s a good one.  Enjoy.

:Atmosphere – This Lonely Rose (Featuring Blueprint And Aesop Rock):

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

November 13, 2015


This month we have been inundated with the power of mother nature bringing the rain back to Texas. In just a few weeks of rain and storms a drought that was in place for almost a decade had its back broken, and there are no signs of the rain shutting off for the next few months. One of the rainiest Fall and Winters we have seen in a long time.

So I figured there was an opportunity to aggregate a bunch of songs about rain, thunder and floods for you this month. I really just skimmed the top of my memory (and some Twitter followers) to compile a list of metal songs that fit, but once I got going this could have been about 200 hundred songs! So sit in a gloomy place, grab your umbrella and enjoy the rain …

:Mastodon – Blood And Thunder:
:Dio – Naked In The Rain:
:Viking Skull – Heavy Metal Thunder:
:DRI – Acid Rain:
:Trivium – Brave This Storm:
:Enslaved – One Thousand Years of Rain:
:Motorhead – Thunder & Lightning:
:The Red Chord – Send The Death Storm 1:
:God Forbid – The Rain:
:Slayer – Raining Blood:
:High on Fire – Fire , Flood & Plauge:
:Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain:
:Megadeth – Dance In The Rain:

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Stiletto Feels (Single Premiere)

November 12, 2015


If you fondly remember Austin’s own Fresh Millions, then you’ll be happy to know that Geoff Earle has a new project by the name of Stiletto Feels.  A while back the band put out a groovy track in anticipation of the release of their debut album, and now they’re premiering a second single here at SOTO.  It’s slinky as fuck.  I dig it.  So will you.  Enjoy.

:Stiletto Feels – Monster:

The Big Fist is due out on November 20 via GTZ Records.  The band will have an album release party with Slomo Drags, Otis The Destroyer, Gossamer Frontier, Borrisokane, Good Field, Young Mammals and Major Major Major at Cheer Up Charlie’s on the same night.  If you RSVP for it, you’ll get a free copy of the album!

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Show Of The Week

November 11, 2015


Yeah yeah yeah, Fun Fun Fun just wrapped and I get that you’re more than happy to sit on your couch and watch TV, but you have to get back out there.  More specifically, you need to get back out there tonight.  Even more specifically, you have to go to the Mohawk, as both the outside and inside stage are loaded with rad acts.

Outside you’ll find Youth Lagoon and Moon King.  The former’s latest album, Savage Hills Ballroom, is one of my favorite releases of the year, and I’m really looking forward to hearing songs off it live.  Openers Moon King are also currently working a new album, Secret Life, and I think their crisp, pop sound should make them worth showing up early for.

Once Youth Lagoon and Moon King are done outside, you’ll be able to head inside for a loud, fun time with Shopping and locals Feral Future and Xetas.

That’s five bands for $18.  Talk about a deal!  Do it.

Doors are at 6:30pm for the outside stage.

By the way, if you want, you can only buy a ticket for the inside show.  That’ll run you $12.  Doors are at 9pm.

More recommended shows!

- Keep Shelly in Athens, Babes at Empire Control Room
- Ghetto Ghouls, US Weekly, Phantom Head, New Berlin at Hotel Vegas
- Blue Healer at The Sidewinder
- Ruby Fray, Guts Club, Devin James Fry, Real Live Tigers at Cheer Up Charlies

- Health, Pictureplane at the Mohawk
- The Sour Notes, Austin Leonard Jones, Basketball Shorts, Bitter Birds at Hotel Vegas
- Wiretree, Suburban Slang at Lamberts

- Daniel Francis Doyle & the Dreams, Ego, Que Pasa?, Polio Club at Hotel Vegas
- Deafheaven, Tribulation at the Mohawk

- Star Parks at Hotel Vegas

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Ringo Deathstarr

November 10, 2015


On November 20 Ringo Deathstarr will put out a new album, Pure Mood, via Club AC30.  Today’s track, which is a cover of T’Pau’s Heart And Soul, isn’t actually on it, but it’s a fun effort and I’m using it as a way to conveniently remind you about the Austin-based act’s impending full length.  Multitasking!  By the way, turn it up before you hit play.  Enjoy.

:Ringo Deathstarr – Heart And Soul (T’Pau Cover):

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November 9, 2015


Fun Fun Fun Fest is over.  My brain is fried.  I’ll probably spend a lot of time today just drooling and looking bewildered.  In any case, way back on Friday the always interesting jj randomly tossed a single up on Soundcloud.  It’s a total breakup track and very much a nice way to ease into this week.  Enjoy.

:jj – I Wish:

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Fun Fun Fun Fest (Dan)

November 6, 2015


It’s Fun Fun Fun weekend! This is the 10th year of the festival and the eighth year I’ll be attending. With three festival days plus four “Nites” of shows there is a shitload of great bands to choose from this weekend. I’ll be spending the majority of my time at the Black and Orange stages but with FFF, there is no wrong way to go. All stages and each day are stacked with great bands and artists. Here are a few of my recommendations:

Mikal Cronin

Future Death
Parquet Courts

A Giant Dog

Joanna Gruesome
Speedy Ortiz

together PANGEA

Crooked Bangs

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The Suffers

November 5, 2015


A couple of days ago my good pals out of Houston, The Suffers, released a single.  If you’ve been hanging around SOTO for a while or have ever had a conversation with me, you know I’m one of their biggest supporters.  There’s just an enormous amount of enthusiasm that’s present in everything that they do, and I love it.  Do me a favor and tell all your friends about them.  After you listen to the new tune, of course.  Enjoy.

:The Suffers – Better:

The band’s self titled album is due out February 12.

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Show Of The Week

November 4, 2015


This week I’m cheating and counting Fun Fun Fun Fest as the “show” of the week.  Sorry not sorry!

During the day head down to the fest and see SOTO favs like Chvrches, Future Islands, Toro y Moi, Mikal Cronin, Viet Cong, Parquet Courts, Doomtree, Speedy Ortiz, Slow Magic, Joanna Gruesome, Bill Callahan, A Giant Dog, Tele Novella and tons more, and then bounce out of the park in the evening and go engage in the FFF Nites shows (see down below for recommendations).  Passes on sale now.  Do it.

Below are my Laird-approved FFF Nites shows!  You will more than likely find me at one or all of them every night, so be sure to say hello.  By the way, don’t forget that if you have a FFF pass, you get in for free!

- Slow Magic, Giraffage, Daktyl, Bayonne, Slooom at the Parish
- King Khan & BBQ Show, The Bad Lovers at The Sidewinder
- Converge, Nothing, Creepoid, Cult Leader at the Mohawk

- Fuzz, Mikal Cronin, OBN III’s at the Mohawk
- Title Fight, Alex G, Girlpool at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)
- La Dispute, Pity Sex, Wildhoney, Joanna Gruesome at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)

- Future Islands, Alvvays, Moving Panoramas at The Sidewinder
- Viet Cong, Future Death, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes at The Sidewinder
- Fucked Up, OFF!, Mutoid Man at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)

- Doomtree, Har Mar Superstar, Protextor at The Sidewinder
- Parquet Courts, NOTS at the Parish
- Speedy Ortiz, Think No Think at 611 E. 7th St. (Red 7)

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Julien Baker

November 3, 2015


This morning, while staring out at a really foggy Austin, I came across a kid by the name of Julien Baker in the “tracks” section at Pitchfork.  Maybe the weather is to blame, or perhaps it’s just because the 19-year old singer/songwriter seems to be real talent, but I immediately got hung up on the somber-sounding song that the site had posted.  Give it a listen (or watch it, as there’s also a video).  Enjoy.

:Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle:

Sprained Ankle is currently available via Bandcamp.

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