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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 Up,” which is as close to a perfect song as you can get these days.

2. The Stevens – Good

Australia’s The Stevens are God’s answer to my endless pleas for a band to master the psych leanings of Flying Nun and combine them with the bold tape hiss of Siltbreeze.

3. Japanese Breakfast – Soft Sounds from Another Planet

Michelle Zauner is brilliant.

4. Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts

One of THE leading voices in ambient music today. This is her masterpiece. Coverdale is headed right up there with Basinski in my book.

5. Kelly lee Owens – Kelly Lee Owens

“S.O” is one of those revelatory songs; dreamlike and immediate.

6. Sarah Davaci – All My Circles Run

Davaci is the 21st Century’s answer to Pauline Oliveros. This record contains some of the most pleasingly monastic drones on the planet.

7. Lal and Mike Waterson – Bright Phoebus

One of the great “lost” Brit-folk records is finally re-issued. This thing has got it all; sombre folk, Sgt. Pepper tomfoolery, and Richard Thompson!!!

8. Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss – Synthwaves

This is a masterclass in synth music.

9. UMFANG – Symbolic Use of Light

Made entirely with a Boss DR-202, this record is exhausting in the very best way. The patience and care she took to create such a contemplative record is beyond me.

10. The Courtneys – II

Sometimes you gotta rock n’ roll. This one gets you there from the first track to the last.

See my other 2017 picks here.

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LCD Soundsystem

August 17, 2017

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Here in about two weeks (on September 1, to be exact) the new LCD Soundsystem album, American Dream, will arrive.  Woo!  I really hope it’s great.  Below you’ll find the latest single.  It’s rambly and has some cowbell and I dig it.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

August 16, 2017

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There’s a great one presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown, that’s happening this Saturday at BarracudaQuiet Company will be celebrating the release of their new EP, Your Husband, The Ghost, and Darkbird will have a new 7″ on hand.  When it comes to the former, I think it may be the best thing they’ve ever put out, and in regards to the latter, that two-song effort has just further made them big favorites of mine.  Don’t miss this show!

Tix are $12.  MCG, Buttercup and Criminal Birds are set to open.

PS – I’ve got another entry into the 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Series happening this Sunday out at Ernie’s On The Lake.  Come see Jackie Venson, Girling and Hunter Sharpe!  It’s FREE!  Music starts at 5pm.


BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Residual Kid, Glassing, Delicate Boys, Deals at the Mohawk
- Fleet Foxes at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Thursday:
- Fleet Foxes at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Shivery Shakes, Teenage Sexx, Basketball Shorts, Talkies at The Sidewinder

Friday:
- Quiet Company at Waterloo Records
- PLAX, Coitus, Krista Van Liew, Little Fish at Barracuda
- White Walls, Magic Rockers of Texas, T0MA, Methodrone at the Spiderhouse Ballroom

Saturday:
- Moving Panoramas, Missing Pages, The Lochness Mobsters, Pretty Tuff at Hotel Vegas
- Eric Tessmer, Swimming With Bears, The Selfless Lovers at the Mohawk
- Hours Quiet, Knifight, Migrant Kids, Obsolete Machines at The Swan Dive
- Acey Monaro (of Go Fever), Taylor Wilkins (of Otis the Destroyer), Little Mazarn, Mobley at the Yeti Flagship Store

Sunday:
- Basketball Shorts at Waterloo Records
- Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Austin360 Amphitheater

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Behind The Shadow Drops

August 15, 2017

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I’ve got a headphone-worthy piece for you today.  The track is from Behind The Shadow Drops, a new solo project from Taka Goto of Mono, and I really like the meatier-Stranger Things sound that it’s packing.  Consider me excited for the act’s upcoming debut LP, Harmonic (due September 22).  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

August 14, 2017

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Spend some time with the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

(NEW) Walker Lukens – Don’t Wanna Be Lonely (Don’t Wanna Leave You Alone)
(NEW) Palo Duro – Darken The Glow
(NEW) The Hermits – Ruby Red Summer
Big Bill – Underwater
A Giant Dog – Bendover
(NEW) Quiet Company – We Should Go To Counseling
Darkbird – Bad Self
(NEW) Girling – Shattered
Migrant Kids – Thread
(NEW) Hours Quiet – Consciousness
(NEW) Honeyrude – Something About Milwaukee
The Diamond Center – Messenger Of Wonder
Hovvdy – In My Head


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King Khan

August 14, 2017

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King Khan is all set to release his first solo album, Murder Burgers (due October 13).  The first single, which is just down below, sounds like … well, it sounds like a King Khan track.  Who needs a surprise today anyhow?  It’s Monday.  Just hit play and turn it up.  Enjoy.

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

August 11, 2017

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I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite artists recently, Chelsea Wolfe, and the other night watched as Mlny Parsonz of Royal Thunder destroyed the stage at Come and Take It Live, and then saw another favorite Myrkur getting ripped on social media for not being trve metal, and I thought to myself about all of these great female artists playing metal right now. There are so many singular women or female fronted bands making great music right now, more so than ever in metal, many of whom don’t get a fair shake simply because of their lack of a penis. Objectified by many, featured in ‘Hottest Chick’ lists and such, but not enough people seeing past the boobs and hearing what beautiful music they are releasing. So in an effort to at least inform some, but at the same time single out their gender (I know, just another Y Chromosome trying to be PC) , I created a list of the artists I am jamming with spectacular women in them right now and some classics that have closed the gap over the years.

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The National

August 10, 2017

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The National’s Sleep Well Beast will be out in roughly a month (on September 8, to be exact), and I’m fully expecting to want to spend a lot of time with it.  Below is the latest single.  It’s not quite as accessible as the previous two tracks, but it’s still a gem.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

August 9, 2017

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I’m cheating a little this week and going with a show that’s next week, but you can totally just think of it as a way to extend your weekend.  Go see Lucy Dacus on the indoor stage at Stubb’s on Monday!  She’s out in support of her debut, No Burden, which was released last year via Matador.  She’s one heck of a singer/songwriter.  Don’t miss her!

Tix are $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show.  The Diamond Center and Cowboy Crisis will open.

UPDATE: I now have a pair of guest list spots up for grabs. Send an email HERE to enter to win. I’ll pick a name on Monday morning!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Ruby Fray, The Sour Notes, Kay Odyssey, Bitter Birds at Cheer Up Charlies

Thursday:
- South San Gabriel at the Mohawk

Friday:
- Daedelus, Eliot Lipp, Soundfounder at Empire Control Room
- Mayeux and Broussard, LIttle Mikey & the Soda Jerks at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Blondie, Garbage, Deap Vally at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Deap Vally, Ringo Deathstarr at 3ten ACL Live

Saturday:
- Transit Method, Coattails, The Danner Party, Gold Leather at The Sidewinder
- Harvest Thieves, Jonathan Terrell, Paul Nipper, Western Youth at Hotel Vegas
- Jidenna at Antone’s

Sunday:
- Milligan Vaughan Project, Jake Andews, Ty Grubb at Ernie’s On The Lake
- Homeshake, Hola Beach at Barracuda
- Deep Time, Pollen Rx, Red Pony Clock, Unpopular at Cheer Up Charlies

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101X Homegrown Podcast

August 8, 2017

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Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

(NEW) Honeyrude – Flowers
Ringo Deathstarr – Guilt
Otis The Destroyer – Van Rosita
(NEW) Transit Method – Parasight
Growl – Date With Satan
(NEW) Quiet Company – Oh The Humanity!
Darkbird – Daredevil
Lomelda – Out There
Jonathan Terrell – Color Me Lucky (Gold VHS Remix)
The Sour Notes – Ride It Out
Lowin – Sloop
Pollen RX – AR AK
(NEW) Big Bill – Underwater
Monk Parker – Prom


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Quickdraw: Bully, The Mynabirds, Weaves, Grooms, Widowspeak

August 8, 2017

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Here’s a few songs that were released while SOTO was napping.  Enjoy.

Bully – Feel The Same

Bully are now on Sub Pop and their new album, Losing, will be out on October 20.  This quickie of a first single is a real gem, and I can’t wait to hear more off of the LP.  Catch the band at Emo’s on December 8.

The Mynabirds – Shouting At The Dark

I think The Mynabirds have themselves a legit hit here.  Turn it up.  Their new album, Be Here Now, is due August 25 via Saddle Creek.

Weaves – #53

I saw Weaves at SXSW earlier this year, and since then I’ve been anxious for new music.  Well, it’s here, and it’s good.  The band will release their sophomore effort, Wide Open, on October 6 via Kanine.


Grooms – Turn Your Body

Grooms have readied a new album, Exit Index, and it’ll be released on October 20 via Western Vinyl.  The lead single is a lot less noisy than their usual stuff, but I dig it.

Widowspeak – When I Tried

Here’s one for your headphones, it’s the latest single off of Widowspeak’s upcoming album, Expect The Best, which is due out August 25 via Captured Tracks. The band will play Sidewinder on October 3.


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101X Homegrown Podcast

July 31, 2017

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Get all in the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Lola Tried – Worst Coast
(NEW) Quiet Company – On Ex-Husbands & Wives
(NEW) Darkbird – Bad Self
Otis The Destroyer – Van Rosita
Lowin – Sloop
The Sour Notes – Ride It Out
Sphynx – Just Tonight
(NEW) RG Lowe – State of Play
Star Parks – The Past Is Like A Foreign Country
(NEW) Caroline Says – I Think I’m Alone Now
She Sir – Private Party
(NEW) Monk Parker – Prom
Balmorhea – Sky Could Undress
(NEW) Lomelda – Out There


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Hamilton Leithauser

July 31, 2017

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First of all, you should know that I’m off to Chicago for Lollapalooza, so SOTO is going to be taking a nap until next Tuesday.  You should take this extra bit of free time to do something nice for yourself.

Secondly, Hamilton Leithauser covered Shane MacGowan And The Popes for Philia: Artists Rise Against Islamophobia, a music and arts collaboration project designed to bring awareness to the growing problem of Islamophobia, and it’s fantastic.  That guy just has a killer voice.  Enjoy.


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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 28, 2017

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Hey, I’m pretty glad we’re more than halfway through 2017, and man 2020 can’t come quick enough. In the meantime, here’s some rap I picked out for you to listen to today.  Note the local NiYahPEACE on the playlist – she’s having an album release on Saturday at Kick Butt Coffee at 10pm, and you can hear Froggy Fresh with local openers The Triggermen and Protextor at Sidewinder on Monday.  The summer show lull is ending, so I hope you go out and listen to some local rap! You can hear interviews I did with NiYahPEACE and The Triggermen last Sunday over here.

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Alvvays

July 27, 2017

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In unsurprising news, Alvvays’ new single (here’s the previous one) is a total ear-pleaser.  Check it out below, then remind yourself that their second full length, Antisocialites, is due out September 8 and that they’ll be playing the Mohawk on October 17.  Enjoy.

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