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September 19, 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 ➡ Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
Spray Paint – Clean Blood, Regular Acid
S – Cool Choices
Whirr – Sway
Terry Malts – Insides EP
Dntel – Human Voice
Foxes In Fiction – Ontario Gothic
Tweedy – Sukierae
Mr. Twin Sister – Self Titled
King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
Sondre Lerche – Please
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Black Moth – Condemned To Hope
Erasure – The Violent Flame
Suicide Year – Remembrance
Youth Code – A Place To Stand
The Aislers Set – The Last Match
Goat – Commune
Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
Mapei – Hey Hey
Weird Wombs – Laziness EP
Pink Frost – Traitors EP
Teach Me Equals – Knives In The Hope Chest
Redinho – Self Titled
Roz And The Rice Cakes – Need To Feed

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Raveonettes

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Throwback Thursday: The Dismemberment Plan

September 18, 2014

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Earlier this week The Dismemberment Plan announced that they will reissue 2003′s Change on November 4 via Partisan, and I took the news as a sign that it was time to revisit the album via a Throwback Thursday post.

To be honest, I’ve always more liked than loved any Dismemberment Plan material that isn’t Emergency & I (sorry, Dan Corbin), but I do think that Change is a solid effort.  Time Bomb is a fantastic track, I love how wonderfully mathy Superpowers is, and the rest of the album does feature some good songwriting and neat sounds.  It’s just so hard to top Emergency & I, you know?  Anyways,  have fun revisiting Change!

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Mono

September 18, 2014

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A couple of weeks back I shared Where We Begin, a track from The Last Dawn, one of Mono’s two upcoming albums.  The other LP is titled Rays of Darkness, and today you’re getting the first taste of it via Recoil, Ignite (Part II), an aggressive, thunderous number that comes right at you with a big wall of soundI have to say that I’m really loving that the band decided to set aside the full-on cinematic/orchestral/symphonic approach of their last couple of albums.  They totally sound energized and refreshed.  Hooray for us (and them, too)!  Enjoy.

:Mono – Recoil, Ignite (Part II):

The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are due out October 28 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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You’re Here! Fall Kick Off, Daybender Day Party (Jennifer)

September 17, 2014

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This Friday at Cheer Up Charlie’sAccrue Cassettes, Attendance Records, Estuary Recording Facility, Pop Press International, and Punctum Records have partnered up to present the You’re Here! Fall Kick Off.  During SXSW 2014, the same folks got together to present some excellent free day shows, and the goal of this event is to raise funds to put on another round of shows for SXSW 2015. The 13 band lineup is enough to make a local music lover like me absolutely giddy – it includes a few of my personal favorites such as YumGrowlSummer SaltLinen Closet, The Loblolly Boy, and much more.

The cover is only $7 and the show starts early (doors open at 6pm). I think that early start times are a great idea on Friday nights, especially if you’ve had a long, tiring work week and there’s no time for a power nap before the show. Even better, this is a worthy show to support as it’s been thoughtfully put together by a passionate group of music lovers who want to spread the word about great local talent.

This Saturday at Empire Control Room & Garage – as part of WEEKENDER AUSTIN – there is a daytime show (set your alarms, sleepyheads, as doors open at 1pm) appropriately named the Daybender Day Party. This lineup is also packed with a long list of fun local bands including MarmalakesWalker Lukens MusicTAFTLittle LoGenuine Leather and much more.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door ($65 if you purchase the 4 day Weekender pass); if you do the math for the party, that’s less than $1.15 per band. This show also doubles as a vinyl release show for TAFT and Little Lo, who have a split 7 ” single on Punctum Records. More local music that you can shake a stick at and you can still make to see to Bob Mould at The Mohawk later that night. Whew.

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Ausmuteants (Dan)

September 17, 2014

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Ausmuteants are a synth punk rock band that hail from from Melbourne, Australia. They started as a two-piece with Jake Robertson on synthesizer and guitar, and Billy Gardner on drums. They’ve since added Marc Dean on bass and Shaun Connor on guitar to flesh out their sound.

In 2013 the band released their second album, Amusements, and on September 30 the band will deliver Order of Operation via Goner Records. The record kicks off with the glorious beats and riffs of Freedom Of Information, which is about as perfect a punk-pop song as you’re going to hear. The album is filled with songs that harken back to the genius of Devo mixed with a healthy dose fuzz and new wave. It’s punctuated by Jake’s distinct yell/sing vocals which add the perfect amount of snarl and punk brattiness.

Ausmuteants will soon embark on their first US tour, which brings them to Austin as they make their way to Gonerfest 11 in Memphis. They’ll take the Beerland stage on September 23 where they’ll headline a bill featuring Simple Circuit, Empty Markets, and Jonn Patrik. You might not realize it now … but that is an amazing lineup. Missing this show will only lead to regret and self-loathing. Be there!

:Ausmeteants – Freedom Of Information:

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Run The Jewels

September 16, 2014

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Every year there’s at least one hip hop album that I get massively hung up on, and in 2014 I’m fairly certain it’s going to be the upcoming effort from Run The Jewels.  The magnificent duo of Killer Mike and EL-P already delivered a rad track called Blockbuster Night Part 1, and now there’s Oh My Darling Don’t Cry to take things to another, more gloriously intense level (“Fuck them all, they can eat my dick”).  Check it out below.  Also, while you’re letting your ears do their thing, go take a look around at the various pre-order deals for RTJ2.  Some of them are hilarious.  Enjoy.

:Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry:

RTJ2 is due out October 28 via Mass Appeal.  See them at the Red Bull Sound Select show at Red 7 on October 16 and at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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Quickdraw: Bass Drum Of Death, Pity Sex, Happy Diving, Little Big League, King Tuff

September 15, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bass Drum Of Death – For Blood:  The press releases for the new Bass Drum Of Death album have been interesting in that they blatantly admit the band’s goal is to land a mainstream audience.  It’s sort of refreshing, really.  There’s usually some elaborate story that details how a “cleaned up sound” came about, but here it’s just simply because the band wants more fans.  I can respect that.  Rip This is due October 7 via Innovative Leisure.

:Pity Sex – Acid Reflex:  For some reason it’s taken an eternity for me to fully come around on Pity Sex.  They totally have that 90s rock sound that I adore on an almost obsessive level, so I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for.  The band’s split 7″ with Adventures is due out October 7 via Run For Cover Records.

:Happy Diving – Sad PlanetHappy Diving are a band out of the Bay Area that I like a lot.  This new track of theirs sees them giving a bit of a shout out to the Weezer from way back, and I think it’s pretty rad.  Look for Big World to be released on October 21 via Father/Daughter Records.

:Little Big League – Tropical Jinx:  I haven’t at all been on the hunt for a warmer version of Speedy Ortiz, but Little Big League are exactly that and somehow I feel like it’s exactly what I’ve been waiting for.  I blame Michelle Zauner’s alluring voice for all of it.  Tropical Jinx will be released on October 14 via Run For Cover Records.

:King Tuff – Headbanger:  This song features some immensely goofy/lame songwriting, but it’s catchy and fun so I’m sharing it.  On a related note, I can’t wait to hear slick rock numbers like this one played alongside King Tuff’s older, more psychedelic efforts.   Sub Pop will release Black Moon Spell on September 23.

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Guest Mix: Ramesh

September 12, 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 Ramesh (formerly of Voxtrot).  Earlier this year he put out an album titled The King, and next Thursday (9/18) he’ll be the celebrating the vinyl release of it at the Belmont with our blog pals Austin Town Hall.

Ramesh here.  I call this mix THE VIBRATION.

:THE VIBRATION:

:Frank O’Hara – The Poet:  My friend Rosie introduced me to Frank about two years ago. His poetry is subtle and real, and really speaks to my time in New York.

:Aphex Twin – Xtal:  I first heard this song when I lived in Glasgow. For me it is freshness, joy, the future, and memory combined into one song.

:Mulatu Astatke – Tezeta:  This may well be the most pleasant song of all time.  According to Addis Rumble, “In Amharic, Tezeta translates into memory but it has a deeper meaning to it … it conveys a sense of longing and nostalgia lost in translation.”

:Booka Shade – In White Rooms:  First heard Optimo play this at the Key Festival (RIP) in King’s Cross, London about seven years ago. Pure minimal stunner.

:Le Youth – C O O L:  Good groove. Good sample. Good time.

:Thom Yorke – Ingenue (Live on Jonathan Ross):  Fell in love with this track from the moment I saw the video, then heard this live version and fell HOPELESSLY in love.

:Underworld – To Heal:  Sometimes this comes on Pandora when I’m running. ‘Tis a good song for perspective, appreciation, and distance.

:Dvorak – Piano Trio No. 4 ‘Dumky’ In E Minor Opus 90, B166, II Poco Adagio – Vivace:  Heard this on the car radio leaving rehearsal the other day, just as Mother Nature was bringing us into the magic hour. It really cast a golden light over Texas, highlighting the wonder of simple pleasures.

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Stream This

September 12, 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 ➡ This Will Destroy You – Another Language

Generationals – Alix
My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
Lia Ices – Ices
The Juan MacLean – In A Dream
Banks – Goddess
Valery Gore – Idols In The Dark
So Cow – The Long Con
Odesza – In Return
Bee Vs Moth – Shelter In Place
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses
The White Octave – Style No. 6312
Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
Moon Hooch – This Is Cave Music
Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly
Cy Dune – Shake
White Arrows – In Bardo
Cancers – Fatten The Leeches

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
We Were Promised Jetpacks

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Quickdraw: Meatbodies, Wampire, Ariel Pink, Deerhoof, Mr. Gnome

September 11, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Meatbodies – Disorder:  Just in case you don’t know, Meatbodies is lead by Chad Ubovich, who also plays in Mikal Cronin’s band and FUZZ.  I think the act’s upcoming album is going to a raucous good time. The self titled effort is due out October 14 via In The Red.

:Wampire – The Amazing Heart Attack:  The first single off of Wampire’s new full length hinted that it might be time to take them seriously, and now there’s this second track to really drive that point home.  I say we all grab a spot on the bandwagon while there’s still room.  Look for Bazaar on October 7 via Polyvinyl.

:Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My PhoneAriel Pink in album-length form always tends to be a bit much for me, but I sure do love his singles.  This jangly, somewhat hazy tune is definitely another gem on the pile.  Pom Pom is expected out on November 18 via 4AD.

:Deerhoof – Paradise Girls:  Here’s a pleasantly weird (and of course, really catchy) new track from Deerhoof.  I assume the world will just instantly end if the veteran act ever actually manage to run out of ideas.  The band will release La Isla Bonita on November 4 via Polyvinyl.

:Mr. Gnome – Rise And ShineMr. Gnome haven’t put out an album since 2011, and you can totally tell when you listen to this song.  Not that it sounds rusty or anything like that, there’s just a ton of enthusiasm in it that clearly says the band is happy to be back.  The Heart Of A Dark Star is due out November 18 via El Marko Records.

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Throwback Thursday: Coheed And Cambria

September 11, 2014

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The soon-to-be-happening Fantastic Fest is what my brain is currently focused on, but I’m also really looking forward to next Tuesday (9/16) when Coheed and Cambria will be playing all of In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3 at Stubb’s.  I’m not much of a follower of the band anymore, but the album has long been a favorite of mine and I still listen to it pretty often.  I think I’ll just always love and appreciate it for being a fairly weird effort that features a large dose of sci-fi and a sound that somehow bounces between prog and pop rock.  Look for me up front at the show next week!

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Cool Ghouls (Noah)

September 10, 2014

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Do you remember the beginning of that 1980s nurses-in-Vietnam-show China Beach? You know the one that started with Dana Delaney and a bunch of other ladies and gentlemen all hanging out on a beach in ‘Nam, and then explosions started happening, and USO shows up with ladies in glittery dresses, and this one helicopter swooping down over everything, and the whole time Diana Ross and The Supremes Reflections just blasted out over everything. Well, the first song, The Mile off of Cool Ghoul’s second LP, A Swirling Fire Burning Through Rye, feels like a distant homage to not just Reflections but to the sort of nostalgic Hollywood representation of those moments in our history.

The Mile is a good-time song, the type you’ve come to recognize from Cool Ghouls, a slow burning bit of Buzzcocks and Yardbirds that you might hear in a bar late at night and find yourself swaying to in some mixture of hip-shaking and slow-dancing. It doesn’t stop there though, there’s something about the vocals, the tinge of melancholy just barely hanging off their edges, that pulls you back as well, to an era when Vietnam had come and gone, and we were finally taking the time to talk about it, to dissect it’s lengthy shadow, to look at what might have happened to those who weren’t just killed there, but lived to see it through to its anti-climactic end. We were trying to understand what had come before, and when you look at an event of such horror and length, sometimes you have to sweeten the view from above just a little bit with a Diana Ross song. And that, that’s what The Mile is, it’s a band in 2014 looking back on the music (and the events, and the people, and everything else) of the 60s and 70s through the filter of nostalgia and producing something that condenses all of it – the good, the bad, the hippies, the longhairs, etc. – into an amalgamation of what we’ve heard before. And sure, it might ride the rails of nostalgia a bit much, but there isn’t a band out there I’d rather hear doing so than Cool Ghouls.

A Swirling Fire Burning Through Rye drops on November 11 from Empty Cellar Records.

:Cool Ghouls – The Mile:

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Punctum Records (Jennifer)

September 10, 2014

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Local label Punctum Records has been actively supporting a wide range of Austin musical artists. If you’ve been to local band shows in the past year or so, chances are you have seen an artist that is on this label. Those artists include Shivery Shakes, The Mole People, Jess Williamson, Mother Falcon, Feverbones, Major Major Major, Alex Napping, Roger Sellers, RF Shannon, and more. Punctum is now working towards the goal of establishing a new creative space called Studium through help and support from its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

On their Kickstarter page, they explain “While we labor to conduct this experiment with partners here in the US and abroad, Austin, Texas remains the important nerve center and communal home-base for our work. So this summer we had an idea: let’s create a new space for musical, cultural, and intellectual synergies and happenings here in Austin. Somewhere we can gather to work and share ideas and develop projects, and in the process foster a more sustainable community. A place that would also be a shop for records and books, and an events-space. The name Studium refers to the surrounding and context, the space for reflection and creating and the arts of interpretation, but also the cultural “middle ground” between artists and their audience.

The September 20 deadline for meeting their $12,000 is looming in with over $8,000 remaining to be raised. There are some worthy perks for supporters including releases from Punctum artists, hand screened shirts and art prints, and books from Punctum Books. Punctum is a committed and heartfelt supporter of local artists and they’ve only just begun. I’d love to see this project fully realized so that it can continue to grow in this community.

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

September 5, 2014

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The recent news about Chimaira losing every single member other that their founder Mark Hunter (which has happened before) got me thinking about how metal is one of the few genres that seems to forgive and forget lineup changes in bands. Whether it is from death, disputes or simply creative differences, metal bands have been exchanging personnel for years and in some cases for the betterment of the band in question, and in others out of necessity.

So this month I pulled some of the more successful transitions to new membership in groups ranging from the classic metal bands like Sabbath replacing Bill Ward, Iron Maiden swapping out Paul Di’Anno or Carcass losing Michael Amott, to newer groups like Suicide Silence finding themselves after the death of Mitch Lucker, or The Faceless finding people who can deal with Michael Keene. Either way, a playlist of bands who have survived under extenuating circumstances and prevailed!

:Anthrax – The Devil You Know:
:The Faceless – Emancipate:
:Black Sabbath – God Is Dead:
:Suicide Silence – Don’t Die:
:Carcass – Mount Of Execution:
:Slipknot – The Devil In I:
:Chimaira – All That’s Left Is Blood:
:Iron Maiden – Stranger In A Strange Land:
:Death – Crystal Mountain:
:Gwar – Gwar Theme:
:Decapitated – The Blasphemous Psalm to the Dummy God:

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Stream This

September 5, 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 ➡ Karen O – Crush Songs

Slow Magic – How To Run Away
Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness Of Dancers
Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold
The Ukiah Drag – In The Reaper’s Quarters
Robert Planet – Lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar
Ryan Adams – Self Titled
Tricky – Adrian Thaws
Sloan – Commonwealth
Mannequin Pussy – Gypsy Pervert
Oscillator Bug – Bursts Of The Million
Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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