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Boy + Kite (Jennifer)

October 22, 2014

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Austin-based indie pop/rock quartet Boy + Kite just released their latest EP, Blueprint. I became a fan of the band through 2011′s Go Fly, and 2013′s We Can Go Anywhere We Want EP and the way those efforts featured catchy indie pop hooks intertwined with sharp, dynamic guitars and the dueling yet complementary vocals from Beth Puorro and Darvin Jones.

In December of 2013, Darvin Jones suffered a traumatic head injury and spent a considerable amount of time hospitalized in critical condition. Jones wasn’t sure he would ever play music again, and the adversity only made his desire to play music stronger. As he put it – “I would not accept that I could no longer play music and so slowly we revitalized the band, changing the way we recorded, slowing down to relax and let things evolve instead of my typical dominant, neurotic mode of micro-managing.”

The new EP title and its songs are a fitting description for the band – they took the musical elements that you recognize as a frame of reference in order to build upon and grow their sound. It’s comforting and heartening to hear new tunes from them. Welcome back, Boy + Kite!

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Sleater-Kinney

October 21, 2014

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As an enormous Sleater-Kinney fan, yesterday was a dream.  After spending the day at work listening to the band’s new single on repeat and excitedly chatting about their new album and tour, I came home to find that the Start Together box set had arrived from Sub Pop.  Even if you wanted, you couldn’t possibly convince me that things will ever get better for me.  This is it.  I have peaked, and I’m okay with it.

Anyhow, before I begin my slow slide from the top, let’s talk about Sleater-Kinney’s Bury Our Friends!  I swear it doesn’t sound like the ladies ever took any time off, and that is just thoroughly impressive.  It’s truly great to have them back.

:Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends:

No Cities To Love is due out January 20 via Sub Pop.

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Quickdraw: Parkay Quarts, The Beverleys, Bully, Weaves, Ricked Wicky

October 20, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth:  As you surely guessed, Parkay Quarts is actually Parquet Courts.  This rambly gem is off of a little something that band members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown did in their spare time.  I think it’s awesome.  Content Nausea is due out November 11 via What’s Your Rupture?.

:The Beverleys – Hoodwink:  Over the weekend I stumbled upon this track from The Beverleys.  It’s a fairly fantastic slice of 90s-enthused punk that totally reminds me of stuff I used to catch on MTV2 when I was in high school.  The Hoodwink single is available now through Bandcamp.

:Bully – MilkmanBully is centered around Alicia Bognanno (she is the guitarist, singer, producer, and engineer) and I think her debut EP is going to be worth seeking out, especially if you love pop punk of any sort.  Look for the self titled EP when it gets released tomorrow.

:Weaves – Shithole:  Over the summer Rolling Stone called Weaves a “band to watch” and now here they are on SOTO.  Is there anything left for them to achieve?  Oh yes.  A lot, actually.  Anyhow, this song is clever and infectious.  The Shithole single is available now though Bandcamp.

:Ricked Wicky – Mobility:  The great Robert Pollard is the man behind Ricked Wicky (it’s a name he apparently made up in his teens) and the band’s sound is what he describes as “sophisticated arena rock.”  I expect the debut LP to at least be interesting.  Ricked Wicky: I Sell The Circus is due out February 3 via GBV Inc. Records.

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Guest Mix: The Sour Notes

October 20, 2014

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The SOTO staff eats up enough of your time, so every now again we like to bring in a guest.  This month it’s The Sour Notes.  Recently the band released an album, Do What May, that you should check out.  See them live at either the Side One Track Presents show at the Blackheart this Friday or at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Hey everybody! This is Amarah from The Sour Notes, and below is a mix of bands that are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest that we want to see!

:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  Barnett’s heavy Australian accent and dry delivery make deciphering her witty lyrics a treat on the recordings. But her live performance is a whole different situation, as her band is amazing and they look like they’re having fun! Check out this live KEXP performance at The Triple Door.

:Metz – Wet Blanket:  Metz are from Canada so you already know it’s probably going to be awesome. We’ve all have been wanting to catch them for a couple of years. Oh man you know what would be awesome? A show with A Place To Bury Strangers, Japandroids and Metz. Someone make that happen.

:Angel Olsen – Forgiven-Forgotten:  Olsen started out as a backing singer for the enigmatic Will Oldham, which she recalls as an experience that helped her train her voice, push it to extremes and define it as her own. It’s so pretty! She later cut a record with the similarly enigmatic Tim Kinsella. The result is some hauntingly beautiful quirky pop. This bitch ain’t no Lana Del Rey, she’s got her own ideas and works with cool people.

:Iceage – Morals:  Iceage are a great band from Copenhagen who remind us a lot of The Fall (or at least the vocal delivery). Here is a great review from the Houston Press by Alyssa Dupree that will make you want to make sure you catch their set at FFFFest.

:Yo La Tengo – Last Days Of Disco:  How can anyone not have mad respect for Yo La Tengo? They have been going at it since ’84 and in their current formation since ’92. That is a long time, you guys. Perhaps you have never gotten into Yo La Tengo because you looked them up and you were like “Whoa okay, too many albums.” WELL DON’T THINK THAT, IT’S SILLY. Just jump into the water. This song is probably not very representative of their repertoire, but it’s really one of the best songs ever and most likely to make you cry like a little baby, especially when they go “And the song said/Don’t be lonely/It makes me lonely/I hear it and I’m lonely more and more/Where I belong, where I belong.” Too. Much.

:Neutral Milk Hotel – Song Against Sex:  This is one of the best Neutral Milk Hotel songs.  Their shows at ACL Live got great reviews, so we’re sure their FFFFest set will be awesome.

:Dinosaur Jr. – Yeah We Know:  It’s cool that J. Mascis’ mom knitted him a Deep Wound sweater. Do you think your mom would do that for you?

:Modest Mouse – Dramamine:  People talk a lot of shit about Isaac Brock, but at the end of the day he’s still our hero. There’s not much room in the music industry for the working class, especially if their songs are all weird and shit. Did you know this motherfucker signed Wolf Parade?! Also, Ugly Cassanova rules too. Here is an indie MTV Cribs-kinda video of someone interviewing him in his house and the person seriously says “Whoa your house is really beautiful” and he is like “Yeah, I know” – it’s awesome.

:Yann Tiersen And Shannon Wright – While You Sleep:  Yann Tiersen is the dude that did the Amelie soundtrack. One day a PA was playing a CD on set and Jean-Pierre Jeunet was like “I want that shit in my movie.” Also, Shannon Wright is a fantastic songwriter! She is from Atlanta and she used to have this band called Crowsdell.

:Foxygen – Make It Known:  In addition to playing FFFFest, we’re also playing Fun Fun Fun Nites! We’re opening for Foxygen! It will be rad. Come hang out. It’s free if you have a FFFFest wristband.

:Yelle – A Cause Des Garcons:  It’s okay to have fun sometimes, you know. Especially with French people!

:Tubeway Army – Replicas:  Tubeway Army was Gary Numan’s band before he went solo. Here is a petty cool BBC documentary that mentions him quite a bit.

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Stream This

October 17, 2014

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From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Thurston Moore – The Best Day

Christian Bland And The Revelators – The Unseen Green Obscene
Tennis System – Technicolour Blind
Unwound – No Energy
Nude Beach – 77
Dope Body – Lifer
Jesse Ware – Tough Love
Girlpool/Slutevers – Split EP
Mall Walk – Self Titled EP
Spookyland – Rock And Roll Weakling EP
Icewater – Self Titled EP
Triathlon – Lo-Tide
Roomrunner – Separate EP
Neil Diamond – Melody Road

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tennis

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Quickdraw: Trail Of Dead, Diarrhea Planet, Shivery Shakes, Viet Cong, Nothing

October 16, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – A Million Random Digits:  Just last week I noted that the upcoming Trail Of Dead album could be a really good one, but now there’s this second single and I’m just ready to say that it for sure will be.  I haven’t heard the band sound this great since 2009′s The Century of Self.  Seek out IX when it gets released on November 11 via Superball.

:Diarrhea Planet – Bamboo Curtain:  While I tend to prefer my Diarrhea Planet dialed all the way to 11, their “slower” tunes are far from bad.  Case in point, this 90s-esque pop rock tune that’s voiced by drummer Casey Weissbuch.  The Aliens In The Outfield EP is due out November 18 via Infinity Cat.

:Shivery Shakes – Recurring Dreams:  Austin’s own Shivery Shakes will soon release their debut full length, and I’m sure it’s going to be a wonderfully breezy, easily accessible pop effort.  If you haven’t already, make a note about them.  Three Waves & A Shake is due out on October 21 via Austin Town Hall/Punctum.

:Viet Cong – Continental Shelf:  If you’re like me and have been a little slow to fully come around on Viet Cong, then this song is going to completely change that.  It’s a fantastically crafted piece that I can’t seem to take off of repeat.  The band will release their self titled album on January 20 via Jagjaguwar.

:Nothing – July The Fourth:  About midway through my first listen of this shoegazey effort I couldn’t help but notice that Nothing sound like a more raw version of Whirr.  Then I realized that this track is the flip side of a split 7″ with Whirr.  I should probably go outside or something.  The Whirr/Nothing 7′” is due out November 17 via Run For Cover.

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Pompeii, Pageantry (Jennifer)

October 15, 2014

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Austin quartet Pompeii have returned from a five year hiatus to release their latest album, Loom, this week through Red Eye Transit. It’s filled with lush, string filled atmospherics and ambient melodies on songs like the title track and Celtic Mist along with more intense and driving shoegaze vibe on tracks like Blueprint and Drift.  The band will be holding their album release party and tour kickoff (including an appearance at CMJ) this Friday at Holy Mountain along with special guests Pageantry, Botany, and Football, Etc.  If you can’t pick up a copy of the album at the show, you can order from their website.

:Pompeii – Loom:
:Pompeii – Blueprint:

Speaking of Pageantry, they just released a stand alone single, Spine, as a hint of what lies ahead as the band finishes up their first full length album and prepares for a string of tour dates, including appearances at CMJ in NYC. Spine kicks off with a playful organ intro as it segues into the darker contrast of its somewhat ominous lyrics (“Feared you a lot last year/Every time you obeyed I smelled blood on your breath”), and then soars with a pristine slide guitar solo, dreamy vocals, and a taut rhythm section. I’m a big fan of their expansive, layered sound; it’s hard to believe sometimes that they’re only a trio. As mentioned up above, they’ll be playing at Holy Mountain this Friday.


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Neighborhood Brats (Dan)

October 15, 2014

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Deranged Records, home of great bands such White Lung and Fucked Up, recently added another impressive release to their catalog – Recovery, the latest LP from the California punk band Neighborhood Brats.

Fronted by live wire Jenny Angelillo, the Brats tap into the core roots of punk and garage rock. Recovery harkens back to bands such as the Ramones, Black Flag, and The Stooges. Angelillo’s raw lyrics, the ferocious rhythms, and George Rager’s racecar guitar all combine to make a brilliant collection of hardcore tracks on Recovery. They also dispel the myth that there’s no musicianship in punk rock. Neighborhood Brats plays a brand of speed punk that would blow away most bands.

On that last point, I can’t remember hearing an album or band so perfectly suited for the Black Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest. I have no doubt they would absolutely obliterate it. Let’s make this happen, Transmission!

:Neighborhood Brats – Year Of The Brat:
:Neighborhood Brats – One Wasted Year:

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Run The Jewels

October 14, 2014

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ACL is done and now it’s time for everyone in Austin to acknowledge that there’s only one thing that matters – the Red Bull Sound Select show with Run The Jewels at Red 7 this Thursday.  It’s going to be rad.  Probably too rad, actually.  For proof, just listen to the duo’s brand new single.  Not only does it have the best title of the year – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck), but it features a spectacular verse from Zack De La Rocha.  Killer Mike and EL-P only know how to be brilliant, and the show this week (and their upcoming album) shouldn’t be missed.  Enjoy.

:Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) (Featuring Zack De La Rocha):

RTJ2 is due out October 28 via Mass Appeal.  RSVP for the Red Bull Sound Select show HERE and also make a note to see them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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Molybden (Single Premiere)

October 13, 2014

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photo credit: Devaki Knowles

Back in February I was introduced to Austin’s own Molybden via a nice track titled Woman Left Behind, and ever since then I’ve been wondering how/when she would follow it up.  Well, now I know.  The singer/songwriter has put together series of live recordings that were done in various bedrooms and living rooms.  As she notes, “I decided to do this in the interim of recording my next full-length album, Long Lance. There are a handful of songs that don’t belong on an album, but that I love playing live. Releasing those songs as Bedroom Recordings gives them a home, a voice. Take It is the first song in this series, recorded by Kyle Ellison (Meat Puppets, Pariah) in his living room.”

Take It, which I’m happy to be premiering today, clocks in at just over two and a half minutes, but in that short amount of time Molybden is as entrancing as can be as she softly rambles off a variety of intriguing tidbits.  You’re going to like it.  Enjoy.

:Molybden – Take It:

Keep an eye on Molybden’s Bandcamp for more songs from her new series.

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Quickdraw: Night Drive, Party Supplies, Hungry Cloud Darkening, Sheer Mag, The Mantles

October 13, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Night Drive – Young Rivals:  Here’s a new one from the Austin/Houston-based Night Drive.  It’s a really nicely produced track that features a good hook and plenty of synths for those of you who like to dance the night away.  The Young Rivals single is available now via Sound Control Records.

:Party Supplies – The Light In The Addict (Featuring Action Bronson And Black Atlass):  If I were to make a list of reliable pairings, near the top would be Party Supplies with Action Bronson.  Hopefully you dig slow jams, because that’s what this song is.  For now it would appear that this is a one-off, so grab it while you can.

:Hungry Cloud Darkening – I Am Seen:  During a rainstorm on Saturday I fumbled across Hungry Cloud Darkening and found them and their music to be a perfect fit for that moment.  Does this mean you’ll need rain to dig it?  Nope.  But I do recommend a window to stare out of while Allyson Foster’s soft voice gently floats out of your speakers.  Glossy Recall is out now via Off Tempo.

:Sheer Mag – What You Want:  I think Pitchfork’s “tracks” section has taken a dip in quality in 2014, but it’s possible they may have just righted the ship by uncovering Sheer Mag.  This song is riffy, fuzzy and inspired, and I totally love it.  The What You Want 7″ is available now through Bandcamp.

:The Mantles – Memory:  I love The Mantles, so I pretty much cheered out loud when I saw this new single sitting in my inbox.  It feels/sounds like an extension of last year’s excellent Long Enough To Leave, and that is just exactly what I wanted from it.  The Memory 7″ is due out December 2 via Slumberland/Les Disques Steak/SDZ.

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Stream This

October 10, 2014

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From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Meatbodies – Self Titled

Pompeii – Loom
Zookeeper – Pink Chalk
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Kevin Morby – Still LIfe
Greylag – Self Titled
Useless Eaters – Bleeding Moon
The Aislers Set – How I Learned To Write Backwards
Kindness – Otherness
Stars – No One Is Lost
Inter Arma – The Cavern
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
Dads – I’ll Be The Tornado
Obliterations – Destroy Everything
The 2 Bears – The Night Is Young
Holy Youth – Self Titled
Kittyhawk – Hello Again
Absolutely Free – Self Titled
Halasan Bazar And Tara King – 8
Museum Of Love – Self Titled

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tune Yards

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And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

October 9, 2014

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In all honesty, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead are a band that’s always been hit or miss for me.  Some of their albums I love dearly, and then there are others that I can do without.  Judging by their new single, I think the band’s upcoming ninth full length is going to be one of those efforts that I dig.  I love the moodiness of the song, and the production is spot on.  Enjoy.

:And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – The Ghost Within:

IX is due out November 10 via Superball.

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K Skelton (Noah)

October 8, 2014

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K Skelton is a versatile musician. Arguably, he’s only released two songs – Drugs and Trouble – so the data might be skewed, but both songs, fantastic in their own rights, push the edges of what it means to be a singer-songwriter. Trouble is the bigger, bolder, fuller, almost orchestral song of the two. Skelton lays down a booming wall of instruments and eeks his voice into the middle. Just when you think the drums and horns and guitar and bass are going to overwhelm he lets loose, and the stoner melancholy of his typical style falls away to reveal a big, booming holler underneath it all. Drugs on the other, perhaps as an allusion to the name, is a slinkier, more singular bit of music, K Skelton alone in a room, guitar in hand, a 4-track whirring in the background. Rather than allow himself to just be that though, another singer-songwriter moping around a dusty attic, Skelton slowly, meticulously layers on conflicting, yet beautiful layers; the hard pluck of guitar, the almost alien harmony of a female singer – each one altering the song slightly. Skelton’s style on Drugs feels like an alternative future for Radiohead, where instead of synths and bad hair, they stuck to sparse guitar arrangements and the untold power of a single voice projected against silence. As a musician, Skelton, on just two song has showcased his ability to strut the spectrum. Now let’s see what he does next.

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Screaming Females

October 7, 2014

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In my post-ACL fogginess yesterday there was one ray of light that slipped through, and it was in the form of a new Screaming Females song.  Now, I imagine you’re thinking it’s just another face melter from the trio, but Wishing Well is actually a totally 90s-esque alt-rock effort that’s more accessible than the band has ever been.  I love it.  Maybe there’s more of the same to come?  I sort of hope so.  Enjoy.

:Screaming Females – Wishing Well:

The Wishing Well/Let Me In 7″ is out now on Don Giovanni.  See the band at Red 7 on October 23.

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