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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.

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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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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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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

September 9, 2016

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Once Summer ends for many it feels like back to the grind, but for metal folks this is when things start to feel right. Personally, I don’t feel right with that much sunshine and happiness, I yearn for the dark, the short days and long nights, the chill on the wind and the sounds of metal and horror. It all begins this month and you can see it with the releases that have been cropping up.

The last few months have offered a few gems here and there, but as we approach the Fall it starts to be a struggle to keep up with some of the latest releases. Not working to find the best music, it just lands right in your lap, and if it hasn’t yet, let my offering to you this month provide a guide for just the last couple of weeks of metal and the albums that will be coming out soon. Truly a great year so far, but its last months hold even more promise, so enjoy!

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Zack De La Rocha

September 8, 2016

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Well well well, it would appear that Zack de la Rocha may actually be set to release a solo album.  Finally!  I feel like I’ve been waiting decades for it, so I hope it’s a legit thing that’s going to happen.  Today’s song is the first taste off of the supposed album that he’s readied, and it’s an El-P-produced effort that’s pretty rad all-around.  I can’t wait to hear more.  If there is more, of course.  Enjoy.

:Zack de la Rocha – Digging For Windows:

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Show Of The Week

September 7, 2016

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I’m so very excited to see Joanna Newsom (with the also great Alela Diane) at ACL Live tonight.  She’s responsible for my favorite live performance of all-time (you can read a poorly written, early-days-of-the-blog entry on it here), and I’ll never miss an opportunity to see her play.

With that being said, I know Joanna isn’t for everyone, so here’s my backup plan for those of you who fall into this group – THE MOHAWK.  On Friday they’ll be kicking off a nine-night celebration of being in existence for a decade!  So, take a look at the schedule, pick a show or five and go support one of Austin’s best venues.

– Friday, September 9

OUTSIDE STAGE:
The Get Up Kids + Boyfrndz + Glyde

– Saturday, September 10

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Floating Points + Bayonne + Olga Bell

INSIDE STAGE:
TØMA + Mantra Love + Malandros + Verisimilitude

– Sunday, September 11

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Kyle Kinane & Neil Hamburger + Chris Cubas + JT Kelley

– Monday, September 12

INSIDE STAGE:
Jonathan Fox Band + Miro

– Tuesday, September 13

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Swans + Baby Dee

INSIDE STAGE:
Screamin’ + OMGWTFBBQ

– Wednesday, September 14

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Anthony Green + Mat Kerekes + Secret Space

INSIDE STAGE:
Roaring Sun + Growl + Pollen Rx

– Thursday, September 15

OUTSIDE STAGE:
GZA + Magna Carda + Anya

INSIDE STAGE:
Pujol + Lochness Mobsters + Planet Manhood

– Friday, September 16

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Roky Erickson + Ringo Deathstarr + Moving Panoramas

INSIDE STAGE:
The Inverters + Microscopic Telescope

– Saturday, September 17

OUTSIDE STAGE:
Dan Deacon + The Octopus Project + Cherubs

INSIDE STAGE:
Goblin Cock + Funeralizer

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Flesh Lights, Pleasers, SXSW, Nike at Barracuda
- Joanna Newsom at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Thursday:
- Empty Markets, Borzoi, Nameless Frames, Slow at Hotel Vegas
- The Kills, Kim and the Created at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Friday:
- KLBJ’s Sunset Concert Series with Harvest Thieves, Booher, Slomo Drags at The Oasis
- Quin Galavis, Roses, Wildfires at Barracuda
- CAPYAC, Holiday Mountain, Mamahawk at Empire Control Room
- The Sour Notes, Darkbird at Stay Gold
- Austin Music Video Festival at Empire Control Room
- The Wild Now, Wiretree at Lamberts

Saturday:
- A. Sinclair, Texas Never Whispers, Ben Ballinger, Carson McHone, Leslie Sisson at Hotel Vegas
- Lowin at The Sidewinder
- The Album Leaf, Sister Crayon at the Parish
- Magnet School, The Decade Show, Excited States at the Hole in the Wall
- Ghost Wolves, The Happen- Ins, The Harms at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Austin Music Video Festival at Empire Control Room
- Cyndi Lauper at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Sunday:
- Porches, Japanese Breakfast, Rivergazer at Barracuda
- Goo Goo Dolls, Collective Soul, Tribe Society at Skyline Theater

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Terry Malts

September 6, 2016

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Terry Malts are back!  The band had a pretty prolific stretch from 2012 to 2014 (two LPs, one EP – all of it is great stuff), but they’ve been fairly quiet since then.  Below you’ll find the first single off of their impending LP.  It’s infectious.  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – Seen Everything:

Lost At The Party is due out October 14 via Slumberland.

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Show Of The Week

August 31, 2016

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Do yourself a favor and start your holiday weekend with The Midnight Stroll’s record release show this Friday at Hole In The Wall.  The band, which features Aaron Behrens (of Ghostland Observatory) and Jonas Wilson, have put together a really diverse sounding effort in Heartbreak Bugaloo, and it should be celebrated!  Cover is $6 and the first 100 in the door will get a CD.  Be there.

Side note, Casual Strangers and Myles & the Long Shots are set to open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- The Wine Down with Blue Healer at 3ten ACL Live

Thursday:
- The Stacks, Tyler Jordan & The Negative Space, Basketball Shorts, Lola Tried at Barracuda
- Beat Imprint, My Education, Darkbird, Evil Triplet at Cheer Up Charlies

Friday:
- The Deer at Waterloo Records
- Dreamboat, Wildfires, SMILE, Greg Mullen, Triplets, Kodachrome, The Eastern Sea at Cheer Up Charlies
- Crooked Bangs, US Weekly, plax, Fluffer at Hotel Vegas
- The Midnight Stroll (record release), Casual Strangers, Myles & the Long Shots at the Hole in the Wall

Saturday:
- The Blind Pets, The Ghost Wolves, Chief White Lightning, Nathan Edge at The Swan Dive

Sunday:
- Holy Wave, Pale Dian, Leather Girls, Typical Girls at Hotel Vegas
- Rotel Vegas Chili Cookoff with Sailor Poon, Teenage Cavegirl at Hotel Vegas
- Grape Street, The Lulls, Toast Party, Linen Closet at the Mohawk
- Honeyrude, Scenery, MCG, Burgess Meredith at Barracuda

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Mono

August 30, 2016

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I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting to hear something official off of Mono’s upcoming album, Requiem For Hell, so (of course) I’m really excited that a track has finally arrived.  The headphone-worthy, Steve Albini-produced gem awaits you below.  Expect to get swept up in it.  Enjoy.

:Mono – Ely’s Heartbeat:

Requiem For Hell is due out October 14 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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Car Seat Headrest

August 29, 2016

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Every time I see the name Car Seat Headrest, I cringe.  It’s a terrible, just totally dumb name that I want to erase from existence.  I love the music though, and I definitely believe that band-main-brain Will Toledo is as talented as can be.  Check out the act’s recent release, Teens of Denial, for proof of that.  Or, if you’re short on time, you can just hit play on the slow burner below, which was made for a film called Loudini.  Enjoy.

:Car Seat Headrest – Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye):

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