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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

September 4, 2015

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This week the Motorhead show at Emo’s ended early due to the ongoing health issues of the iconic Lemmy Kilmister. It was a tough sight to see, a rock and roll legend who is arguably one of the most important figures in heavy music experiencing the effects of getting older. At 70, Lemmy has lived more and rocked more than all of us put together and unfortunately it appears to have taken its toll on his body. When a God becomes mortal before your eyes, you want to deny the inevitable conclusion.

No matter what, Lemmy obviously wants to go out swinging, and though admirable, I am not sure if he knows what all of his fans feel … Lemmy, you owe us nothing. You have given your all over the 40 years we have been listening to Motorhead, and all we want is for your to enjoy your many years you have left, if that is on stage for you, so be it, but we all know you don’t want to let us down … know this, you never have or will! So this month, my list is all MOTORHEAD!

:Motorhead – Ace Of Spades:
:Motorhead – The Hammer:
:Motorhead – Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers:
:Motorhead – Poison:
:Motorhead – Bomber:
:Motorhead – Overkill:
:Motorhead – Electricity:
:Motorhead – Motorhead:
:Motorhead – Iron Horse-Born To Lose:
:Motorhead – Metropolis:
:Motorhead – Killed By Death:
:Motorhead – Mean Machine:

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OBN IIIs (Dan)

September 4, 2015

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OBN IIIs are back! There is no one I get more pumped to see play live than Mr. Orville Bateman Neeley III. The surly and snarling lead singer of OBN IIIs is incapable of delivering a disappointing live performance. Each show is an event but his commanding presence wouldn’t mean a god damn thing if the music didn’t match his rage and intensity. If you’ve ever listened to an OBN IIIs record, you know these guys are no one trick phonies. They deliver both in the studio and on the stage, each and every time.

The band is now set to release their fourth studio album, Worth A Lot Of Money, on September 14 via 12XU Records and I’m pleased to say it’s another brilliant collection of pure rock and roll. I would expect nothing less from Austin’s America’s best band. Not to say this album is simply more of the same. Oh no. Not at all. This is a “the more things change, the more they stay the same” situation. Since their last record, Third Time To Harm, the group has a new guitarist, bassist, and record label. Orville decided to completely reboot the band and the incredible thing is, he actually pulled it off. The new album is packed with fury, fun, and everything else I’d expect from the OBN IIIs. The lesson, as always, is don’t fuck with Orville.

:OBN IIIs – 4KD:
:OBN IIIs – New Money:

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Battles

September 3, 2015

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Everyone (including myself) goes on and on about Tyondai Braxton no longer being in Battles, and it’s so dumb.  The band is about to be two full lengths removed from him!  What are we all doing?  I mean, I sort of get it -  Mirrored (the only album he appeared on) is brilliant and their live shows during that era were incredible.  But still, it’s time to stop all of that silliness and just focus on the current Battles, who have now put out two really good singles in support of their new LP.  Grab some headphones and indulge.  Enjoy.

:Battles – FF Bada:

La Di Da Di is due out on September 18 via Warp.  See them at the Mohawk on October 14.

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Show Of The Week

September 2, 2015

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Because it’s a holiday weekend there’s a good chance that things will be a bit chaotic downtown.  If that doesn’t sound particularly inviting to you, then here’s a great alternative plan – head to ABGB (Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.) on Saturday to see the trash poet himself John Wesley Coleman III, SOTO-favs The Sour Notes and the buzzy indie pop act Rose Selavy.  It’s FREE, and there’s quality food and beer to be had (this part isn’t free, but you’ll be fine).  Have a blast.

If you’re down for whatever this weekend, here are some other shows worth catching.

Thursday:
- Miracles of Modern Science, Blue Healer, Slomo Drags at the Spiderhouse Ballroom

Friday:
- A Giant Dog, Drakulas, Borzoi at The Sidewinder
- The Eastern Sea, The Loblolly Boy, DJ Jake Brice at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Quiet Company, A. Sinclair, Demitasse at Holy Mountain
- Dark Rooms, The Clouds Are Ghosts, Neosho at the Mohawk
The Rich Hands, Lochness Mobsters, Loteria, Mad Maude & The Hatters, The Bolos at Hotel Vegas

Saturday:
- Quiet Company, Otis The Destroyer, Suburban Slang at Holy Mountain
- Purity Ring at the Austin Music Hall

Sunday:
- Ex Cult, Dikes of Holland, Ghetto Ghouls, Ladywolf at Hotel Vegas
- The Donkeys, The Happen-Ins, Buxton at Holy Mountain
- The Early Stages, Austi, Mitch Frazier and the Radiation at the Sahara Lounge

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Conner Youngblood

September 1, 2015

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For years I haven’t been paying any sort of attention to Conner Youngblood.  Not on purpose, I don’t think.  I just never managed to actually get around to listening to him.  My mistake.  Yesterday I spent some time with his fantastically lush new single, Stockholm, and what I found is that it’s just good enough to make me feel ashamed for not having been in his corner all along.  Neat, right?  Enjoy.

PS – If you’ve been championing Conner for a while now, share some of your favorite tracks with me!

:Conner Youngblood – Stockholm:

The Generation Of Lift will be out at some point in October.

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Quickdraw: Mos Def, Giraffage And Slow Magic, Small Black, The Mantles, Speedy Ortiz

August 31, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Mos Def – Sensei On The Block (Featuring Ski Beatz):  Oh man.  This track is old school Mos Def, and I just love the hell out of it.  Let’s get him to ditch that whole Yasiin Bey thing so that he can get back to being rad full-time.  The Sensei On The Beat single is out now via iTunes.

:Giraffage And Slow Magic – So CuteGiraffage and Slow Magic are about to hit the road together, so they’ve gone and collaborated to get everyone all worked up about it.  This spunky song is a lot of fun.  See both acts at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Small Black – No One Wants It To Happen To You:  What a beautiful synth pop effort this is.  Be sure to slap on some headphones before you hit play!  Small Black’s Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar.  See them at Sidewinder on October 16.

:The Mantles – Doorframe:  It was a pleasant surprise late last week when The Mantles announced a new album.  I’ve always loved their hazy, breezy pop sound.  All Odds End is due out October 16 via Slumberland.

:Speedy Ortiz – Hanging Around (Cardigans Cover):  I’m not familiar with the original version of this song (my Cardigans knowledge is pretty much limited to their hits), so as far as I can tell Speedy Ortiz totally nailed this cover of it!  Seriously though, I think this is really good.  This is a one-off effort, so grab it while you can.

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Kool Keith And L’Orange (Noah)

August 28, 2015

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When I started writing for Side One Track One a million years ago, I think I was hip. Not totally hip, but you know, savvy enough to understand my phone and to spend way too much time scouring the internet, and my own inbox, for new music to turn on a whole wave of people to. And then I kept writing and, as it happens, I got older and I stopped understanding The Internet and I just wanted to listen to Counting Crows and cry into my Pepsi Clear. Even today, as I’m going through my list of recently enjoyed music and trying to pick something to share with you folks, I end up on a Kool Keith track. I saw Kool Keith open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers when I was 17. I saw him again at RKCNDY (rest in peace) when I was 18 (he threw plastic bags full of chicken and Capri-Sun into the audience before pulling a woman’s shirt off). And now, here I am, telling you folks, that his sort of new song with ace producer L’Orange (featuring contextually old school emcee Mr. Lif) is great. Because, well, hip or fucking not, it is. It isn’t a heater of a song, it doesn’t race along or use KK’s bizarro flow to spice anything up, but it still rolls, low-key like a mid-morning blunt. Kool Keith sounds like he just woke up, picked up his microphone and started laying down verses while L’Orange’s beat (sample heavy with a tweaked and twisted guitar riff) gets him to sit up and say something. It’s classic Keith with a surprisingly classic beat, and you toss in Mr. Lif’s nasally chatter, and well, this is, for more reasons than not, a pretty classic sounding jam. Which, giant hipness-shaped hole notwithstanding, seems right up my alley these days.

:Kool Keith And L’Orange – Twenty Fifty Three (Featuring Mr. Lif):

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Protomartyr

August 27, 2015

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I wasn’t able to fully get into Protomartyr’s last album, Under Color of Official Right (2014), but for whatever reason their new stuff is clicking with me and I’m really excited to hear their upcoming (and third overall) LP.  Below you’ll find both their new single and the one that preceded it.  Be warned, the former is dark as hell.  Enjoy.

:Protomartyr – Dope Cloud:

The Agent Intellect is due out October 9 via Hardly Art.

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Show Of The Week

August 26, 2015

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There are some big, attractive shows set for this week – 101X Homegrown Live tomorrow night, Belle And Sebastian and Mos Def on Friday, the Lonestar Beer Texas Heritage Festival on Saturday – but my main recommendation is that you focus on heading to Hotel Vegas on Saturday night.  There are five bands – FIVE! – that will be there rocking and sweating the night away.  A Giant Dog, Flesh Lights and Hundred Visions are all loud and fun and have been mentioned here at SOTO a ton of times, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes are a buzzy punk act that should have been on SOTO by now, and Negative Scanner (the only non-Austin act on the bill) are a band that SOTO’s own Noah Sanders recently fell in love with. Sounds like a can’t miss night to me.  Go and indulge.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:
:Negative Scanner – Would You Rather:
:Flesh Lights – Just About Due:
:Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose:
:Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes – Hot Shoes:

It’s Austin, so there’s always more to see.  Here are some other recommendations.

Thursday:
- 101X Homegrown Live with Sphynx, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Shivery Shakes, Alex Napping, Gold Beach, Slomo Drags, Young Tongue, Tamarron, Velo at Empire Control Room
- Carry Illinois, Lindsey Verrill, Marijuana Sweet Tooth, Rain Collectors at Holy Mountain

Friday:
- Red 7 Closing Party with Nashville Pussy, Riverboat Gamblers, Valient Thorr, Crimson Devils, Spray Paint, Sweet Talk
- Belle and Sebastian, Wild Moccasins at ACL Live
- Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def): Black on Both Sides (15 Year Anniversary Tour) at the Mohawk
- Birdcloud, Moving Panoramas at the Mohawk

Saturday:
- Lonestar Beer Texas Heritage Festival with Old 97s, Black Angels, Grupo Fantasma, Dale Watson, LaTasha Lee & the Black Ties at Fair Market
- BLXPLTN, Ease Them Pistols at the Hole in the Wall
- Ghost Wolves at ABGB

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Pony Time

August 25, 2015

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After a long day at work yesterday, I wobbled home, opened up my SOTO inbox and crawled through a bunch of emails until I got to one that had an actual song attached.  This selection turned out to be Pony Time’s new single, a scuzzy rock track that I promptly became hung up on and then used to forget all things work-related.  Hopefully it puts you in a better mood, too.  Enjoy.

:Pony Time – Really Nice Guys:

Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True is due out September 11 via Bandcamp.

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Quickdraw: Expert Alterations, Woolen Men, Shannon And The Clams, Computer Magic, Maserati

August 24, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Expert Alterations – The Past And You:  This instantly likeable track is one of the more endearing pop efforts that I’ve come across in 2015.  Can’t wait to hear more off of Expert Alterations debut LP, You Can’t Always Be Liked, which is due out October 30 via Kanine.

:Woolen Men – Life In HellWoolen Men are a trio out of Portland.  They have a lo-fi rock sound and like to say things like “Look us in the eyes and tell us you’re not getting old” in their press releases.  I’m into it.  Temporary Monument is due out September 4 via Woodsist.

:Shannon And The Clams – It’s Too Late:  If Corvette was a bit too slow for your liking, then this upbeat tune should bring you back around on Shannon And The Clams.  I think their upcoming LP is going to be fantastic.  Gone By The Dawn is due out September 11 via Hardly Art.

:Computer Magic – Be Fair:  Been a while since I’ve heard anything from Danz (aka Computer Magic).  This new single of hers is lush and hooky, and I really like it.  Davos is due out October 16 via Channel 9 Records.  See her October 17 at Stubb’s.

:Maserati – Rehumanizer II:  All I can hear throughout the first chunk of this is Flock Of Seagulls’ I Ran.  It’s kind of weird (in a good way, of course).  Maserati’s Rehumanizer is due out October 30 via Temporary Residence.

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Kiiara

August 21, 2015

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Mr. Gross had something come up and had to bow out of doing a Sad Bastard Music mix today, so in his place I’m going to yell at you about Kiiara.  The kid (she’s only 20) has now put out three singles (the new tune, Feels, is today’s mp3, and the previous two, Gold and Tennessee, are in faux-video form below), and every one of them has impressed me.  Sure, her lyrics are a bit silly – for instance, “I’ve got too many feels” – but Kiiara can really write a hook and I really like how in every song she sounds like she’s having a blast.  Board the hype train now, people.  Enjoy.

:Kiiara – Feels:

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Diet Cig

August 20, 2015

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Diet Cig continue to be one of my favorite new things to come out of 2015.  I love the EP, Over Easy, that they released earlier this year, and their new 7″ is also a fantastic listen (new track is below, the other one is here).  Their songs are infectious, and I really dig Alex Luciano’s candid lyrics.  If you haven’t already, join me on their bandwagon.  Enjoy.

:Diet Cig – Dinner Date:

The Sleep Talk/Dinner Date 7″ is due out September 18 via Father/Daughter Records/Art Is Hard.  See the band at the Mohawk on September 16.

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Show Of The Week

August 19, 2015

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You have to go to Red 7 this Friday to see Screaming Females.  The band’s latest LP, Rose Mountain, is one of the best rock (and overall) albums to come out in 2015, and they really rip it up live.  Also on the bill is Vacation (labelmates with Screaming Females), Ghost Knife (Mike Wiebe of Riverboat Gamblers) and Kitten Crisis.  The show will be all kinds of loud.  Don’t miss it.

Doors at 9pm. Tickets are $12.

By the way, if you’d like to win a pair of guest list spots for the show, just leave a comment here or shoot me an email.  I’ll pick a winner Friday morning!

Other shows worth checking out …

Friday:
- Mother Falcon, RF Shannon, Quintessential Clarinet Quintet at The North Door
- Super Thief, Tunic, Xetas, Back Legs at Beerland
- Chipper Jones, Hovvdy, Bent Denim at the Scoot Inn

Saturday:
- Daniel Johnston at the Mohawk
- Pageantry, Feverbones, Royal Forest, Telegraph Canyon at the Mohawk
- Ramesh, Roses, The Sour Notes, Moving Panoramas at Hotel Vegas
- Mother Falcon, Taft, Monte at Empire Control Room
- Tera Melos, Future Death at the Parish
- East Cameron Folkcore, Town Hall Devils, Micah Schnabel, Foul Mouth Evangelists at Red 7
- The Black and White Years, The Cover Letter, Sons of Santos, Canvas People, Mattresses at Cheer Up Charlies

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Deerhunter

August 18, 2015

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Yesterday my various feeds were full of praise for Deerhunter’s new single, and now I see why – it’s really damn good.  If there’s been a time where Bradford Cox and the gang have sounded this groovy or infectious, I must have missed it.  I hope all of their new album is similar to this track.  Enjoy.

:Deerhunter – Snakeskin:

Fading Frontier is due out October 16 via 4AD.

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