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Quickdraw: NehruvianDOOM, Joanna Gruesome, Alex Napping, Spray Paint, Black Milk

July 28, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:NehruvianDOOM – OM:  DOOM is quite possibly my favorite rapper ever, so I was all in for his collaboration with Bishop Nehru before I even listened to this song.  Thankfully, it turned out to be as rad as I figured it would be.  NehruvianDOOM will release their self titled effort on September 23 via Lex/Noizy Cricket.

:Joanna Gruesome – Jerome (Liar):  Here’s an infectious little gem from Joanna Gruesome.  They’re quickly becoming one of my favorite pop acts, and I hope a new full length isn’t too far off.  The band’s split 12″ with Trust Fund is due out September 23 via HHBTM Records.

:Alex Napping – Weak Knees:  If I were to make a list of new Austin bands that I’m really excited about, Alex Napping would land somewhere near the top of it – they just have such an overwhelmingly compelling sound.  Trust me when I say you’re going to dig their upcoming album.  Look for This Is Not A Bedroom to be released on September 23 via Punctum Records.

:Spray Paint – Rest Versus RustSpray Paint are an act that folks in Austin have rightfully been buzzing about for a while now.  Just a heads up, they’re not exactly the kind of band you casually listen to, so you either have to fully commit to them or just get the hell out of the way.   Clean Blood, Regular Acid will be released on September 23 via Monofonus Press.

:Black Milk – Detroit’s New Dance Show:  I love Black Milk.  The guy never does anything twice, and I just really appreciate how dedicated he is to constantly shifting his sound.  This one-off effort is a catchy thumper, so be sure to crank the volume when you hit play.  BM’s next album is tentatively titled If There’s A Hell Below.  This song may or may not be on it.

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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

July 25, 2014

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Guys guys guys, there was a very real possibility today that I wouldn’t get this post in for S1T1 today because I’ve been crazy busy planning Austin’s very first ever hip-hop festival. Luckily, I’m turning it in right in time so I can cash that big fat blog paycheck John Laird sends me every month. Hold on a sec, John just told me there’s no money in blogging. I don’t understand? Why am I doing this then? Just so people can listen to new hip-hop they’ve never heard and rediscover old tracks they might have forgotten and just generally have a good ole’ Friday dance party at their desks? Well, okay, I guess that’ll do for now. But, hey, if you love hip-hop, consider donating to Weird City at the link above so we can bring some amazing acts to Austin. We’ll be making a big announcement soon and I think you’re gonna like what you hear. Well, now I guess let’s get to the music. Happy Friday, my loves.

:J Dilla – Reality TV (Featuring Black Thought):
:Brothaz Bent – Temple Of The Living Swing:
:Strange Fruit Project – Get Live (Featuring Erykah Badu):
:Sweatshop Union – Oh My:
:Skyzoo And Torae – Rediscover (Featuring Blu):
:Slimkid3 And DJ Nu-Mark – Bouillon:
:Open Mike Eagle – Qualifiers:
:CYNE – African Elephants:
:Common Market – Gol’dust:
:Common – Kingdom (Featuring Vince Staples):
:Amp Live – Penny Nickel Dime (Featuring Anya and Prof):
:Toussaint Morrison – Darkside Imperials:
:Yelawolf – I Wish (Featuring Raekwon):
:Latyrx – It’s Time (Featuring Zion I):
:Da Fat Cat Clique – Da Flow:
:Das EFX – Mic Checka (Remix):

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Stream This

July 25, 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 ➡ Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Hooray For Earth – Racy
The Muffs – Whoop De Doo
Tame Impala – Live Versions EP
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Wildest Dreams – Self Titled
Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old
Dana Buoy – Preacher EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
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Throwback Thursday: The Raveonettes

July 24, 2014

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Oddly enough, I actually decided on Monday that The Raveonettes would be the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. I’d like to say I knew there were about to surprise drop a new album and make my decision as relevant as possible, but I didn’t.  I’ll just have to chalk it up to Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo doing me a solid.  Anyways, let’s get on with going all the way back to 2003′s Chain Gang Of Love, an album that I listened to repeatedly when it first came out.  For some reason at that time I was fascinated with how the LP was recorded in B flat major.  I also was rather obsessed with That Great Love Sound, which I still think is one of The Raveonettes’ best songs.  Other tracks on the album that I really love include Let’s Rave On, Chain Gang Of Love, and New York Was Great.  Enjoy the flashback.

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Quickdraw: The Rentals, The Unicorns, TOPS, Slow Magic, The Raveonettes

July 24, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Rentals – 1000 Seasons:  It took 15 years, but The Rentals have finally rallied up a third full length.  Feel free to rejoice and to stop shaming band leader Matt Sharp.  On a related note, this first single is total indie rock goodness.  Lost In Alphaville will be out August 25 via Polyvinyl.

:The Unicorns – Rocketship (Daniel Johnston Cover):  And next up for a comeback, The Unicorns!  I’m all about this act reforming, as they’ve long been a favorite of mine.  Here’s hoping they decide to craft some new material and not just put out previously unreleased stuff (like this cover).  The reissue of Who Will Cut Your Hair When We’re Gone? is due out July 29.

:TOPS – Way To Be Loved:  I’m not too familiar with Montreal’s TOPS, but I’m really liking this indie pop tune of theirs.  I’ll have to make a note to check out their upcoming album.  The band will release Picture You Staring on September 2 via Arbutus.

:Slow Magic – Hold Still:  This track has put the upcoming Slow Magic LP on my anticipated list.  By the way, there’s a total “wait for it” element at play here, so be sure to stick with the song until the sexiness comes in at the end.  How To Run Away is due out September 9 via Downtown Records.  See Slow Magic at Holy Mountain on September 17.

:The Raveonettes – Sisters:  Because why the hell not, The Raveonettes just up and dropped a new full length this week.  This song (the lead single?) has the fuzz really turned up, and that has me hoping that Pe’ahi is nothing but a big wall of noise.  I can’t wait to have some time to check it out.

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Black Books, Tele Novella (Jennifer)

July 23, 2014

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This Saturday Black Books will headline an evening at the Mohawk that includes some of my current favorites like Little Radar, Wiretree, Modern Medicine and Supermoon. This is the first headlining show on the Mohawk’s outside stage for Black Books.  Be sure to show up to hear some of their new tunes!

The sounds on the lineup vary from the dreamy pop/rock of Black Books to the various shades of psych infused indie rock from Little Radar, Modern Medicine, Young Tongue, and Isaiah the Mosaic, there’s power pop from Wiretree and Supermoon (previously Paul Banks and The Carousels), and alt-folk from songwriter Brandy Zdan.

You can’t argue with an $8 cover when it gets you seven bands.

Another worthy show taking place this Saturday is the Tele Novella-thon – a tour fundraiser for Tele Novella – at The ABGB. The main priority is to raise money for a van so that the band can reach all of their upcoming tour dates, but they’re also hoping there’s some left over to put towards recording an album. Admission is free, but donations will be taken at the door.

The ABGB will be featuring a special “Tele Novella” beer, and the lineup includes several great local bands – Slugbug, Daniel Francis Doyle and The Dreams, a Bo Bud Greene reunion, The Black and Borrisokane.

PS – If you can’t attend their show this weekend, you can help out on the Indiegogo fundraiser page. With 10 days to go, they’re currently at their halfway goal.

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Elephant Stone (Dan)

July 23, 2014

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We’ve all heard of indie rock, so let’s familiarize ourselves with the hindie rock of Elephant Stone. The group is led by led by Rishi Dhir (vocals, bass, sitar) and also features Miles Dupire (drums) and Gabriel Lambert (guitar). They released their debut album in 2009, The Seven Seas, and they followed it up with their eponymous sophomore LP in 2013. It was this record that first brought my attention to Elephant Stone. The album is a criminally underrated collection of catchy jams which pull from a myriad of influences.

The band hails from Montreal, which I found ironic since Knock You Off Your Mountain, the lead single off of their new album The Three Poisons, sounds a lot like an Of Montreal tune. Except where Of Montreal turns up the quirk and whimsy, Elephant Stone busts out the sitar, reverb, and psych rock. Both are equally danceable but I’m partial to the heavier, rumbling sound of Elephant Stone.

The Three Poisons is an extension of the pop sound I loved so much on their last album and overall it’s a clear progression for the band. They have perfected their sound and are set to impress with the release of The Three Poisons on August 25  via Hidden Pony Records.

:Elephant Stone – Knock You From Your Mountain:
:Elephant Stone – Heavy Moon:

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Spoon

July 22, 2014

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Just in case you missed it yesterday because you were actually working or whatever, Spoon delivered a couple of gifts.  First there was a snazzy video for the eternally catchy Do You, and then they set free a new song called Inside Out.  Now, I think the “kidpocolyptic” video is neat, but I’m especially excited about the track.  It’s an excellently produced slow burner that deserves every bit of your attention, so slap on some headphones (of course) and get to checking it out.  Enjoy.

:Spoon – Inside Out:

They Want My Soul is due out August 5 via Loma Vista.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Courtney Barnett, The Rosebuds, Rubblebucket, Francisco The Man, Jenny Hval & Susanna

July 21, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Courtney Barnett – Pickles From The Jar:  I want as much Courtney Barnett as I can get, so I love that between recording a new album and touring she’s also running Milk! Records with some friends of hers.  This wordy charmer is off of the label’s upcoming 10″ compilation, which you can get more info on here.  See Courtney play at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:The Rosebuds – Blue Eyes:  Here’s the second single from The Rosebuds’ upcoming full length (their sixth overall).  It’s a really nice jangly pop tune, and with it I move a bit closer to confidently declaring that the new album will be a great one.    Sand + Silence is due out August 5 on Western Vinyl.  See the band at ACL in October.

:Rubblebucket – Carousel RideRubblebucket are currently one of my favorite pop acts.  This track, like so many of their other efforts, is synthy and hooky in all of the right ways.  Survival Sounds will be released August 25 via Communion Records.  See the band at Red 7 on October 23.

:Francisco The Man – Progress:  There’s an infectious amount of energy on display in this track, and I really dig it.  I’m definitely looking forward to hearing whatever else is on Francisco The Man’s upcoming debut.  The band will release Loose Ends on September 30 via Small Plates Records.

:Jenny Hval & Susanna – I Have Walked This Body:  I’m not at all familiar with Jenny Hval or Susanna, but I’m happy that the Norwegian ladies decided to pair up for an album.  I think this vocal-heavy track is pretty stellar.  Meshes Of Voices is due out August 19 via SusannaSonata.

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Sad Bastard Music: Down In The Mouth July (John Gross)

July 18, 2014

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Oh, hello there. I didn’t see you sitting there. Please pop a squat on a throne of dried up, used Kleenex and let me take you on a journey of sad bastard music. This monthly column showcases the deepest cuts of music’s misery and lonesomeness spanning from songs of cheating to murder to destitution and an abundance of general heartbreak.

Let’s begin, shall we?

:The Get Up Kids – Regret:  My favorite types of sad songs are the ones that are actually upbeat and danceable. It is sorta the way that guy Sting probably gets his rocks off whenever a newly married couple has their first dance to Every Breath You Take, when it’s actually a supercreepy stalker anthem. I digress, the protagonist in this cover version of the 1993 New Order classic tries to assure himself and the world that he is capable of not being a sadsack. He’s trying to convince the world that he is capable of being normal when for whatever reason he is broken. Some fans claim it’s about the notion of celebrity, but I like to think it’s just from a relationship gone wrong. I have always been confused here on if it’s OK to feel uplifted by this song or it’s not, but in this situation where it’s being covered by the Get Up Kids on their compilation album Eudora, there is no question that the scale tips towards the sad bastardness.

:Rilo Kiley -  Glendora:  “I cry, cry, cry, then I complain, Come back for more, do it again.” This song is about a sad girl in a bad situation in a California town of Glendora. She’s all dressed up and headed in a downward spiral. She is awkwardly sexually confused and needing validation so desperately that she is pressured into a weird sex thing but allows herself to be subjected to it because … it’s confirmation of existence. The Californian hero’s lack of self-confidence and consequent bad decisions is something that happens all across America, but somehow it seems more fitting in the LA area of California. All this darkness is set to the one of the most upbeat and poppy Jenny Lewis songs there is, making a juxtaposition that backs up that she’s the undisputed best for a reason. Her new album The Voyager (produced in part by Beck!) is coming soon! July 29th!

:Ben Folds – Still Fighting It:  I had waited on baited breath between the final Ben Folds Five album in 1999 and the first Ben Folds solo record, and on 9/11, 2001 when Rocking the Suburbs was released (great timing!) I was satiated. It is still one of my favorites. That record covers all the Ben Folds bases that fans have come to expect: the upbeat stompers and the crushing low joints. Still Fighting It is straight up bittersweet as Folds prepares his son for the realities of life, specifically adolescence. Everybody knows it sucks to grow up … but the line that always gets me is “And you’re so much like me, I’m sorry.”

:Dolly Parton – Jolene:  Posting this MP3 is really just a public service of sorts so you can have it in your iTunes and thus you have a digital representation of one of the greatest songs of all time. It’s been covered thousands of times (including by ol Billy Ray Cyrus’ daughter) but you need the original 1973 – that’s whats up. Oh also – have you heard the conspiracy theory that Dolly is covered in tattoos under her clothes? It’s a good one.

:Phosphorescent – Can I Sleep In Your Arms:  This cover (originally written by Hank Cochran and performed by Sir Willie Nelson) from a live KEXP taping achieves the same sparse majesty that Cat Power does with her Covers Record – in the true power of a cover, it reinterprets the source material with a unique and fresh twist. Originally the song’s character first confessed desolation, heartbreak and loneliness to the his lady friend in 1973, but the 2011 Phosphorescent version proves that when the one you love leaves you ”lonely an’ cold an’ so weak” it’s still a monster. Phosphorescent teaches us all that you don’t even need a pedal steel – you can just use your voice!

:Mineral - & Serenading:  Here’s a song that deals with growing up and learning more and more about yourself and the reality of the world as it relates to loss of faith. Or maybe it’s about just becoming jaded by adulthood and losing the magic of being a child. It sucks to grow up either way. & Serenading is a beautiful track from 90’s indie/emo echelon and is one of their many that makes me thrilled for the band’s first show since 1997 at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest. Rejoice! I will be there front and center to see them for the first time. “When I was a boy I could hear Symphonies in seashells. So why am I so deaf at twenty-two?”

:The Pouges - The Band Played Waltzing Matilida:  This is the standard last song that gets played each month at the No Dancing Sad Bastard Music DJ nights because it’s the only song that the bar back at the Volstead likes. Eight minutes of lyrics about war, death, and haunted memories is a great way to clear a bar. But what happens sometimes is the linking of arms and singing along like a bunch of scallywags. Seriously – this is one of the most crushing war is hell songs of all times. “And when I woke up in my hospital bed, And saw what it had done, I wished I was dead, Never knew there were worse things than dying … No more waltzing Matilda for me”

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:JJ – When I Need You:  The new JJ album V comes out August 19th and, as expected, is chock full of sadandsexyjams to the infinite degree. It’s that voice. Here’s a song about longing for a lover that you’re not supposed to long for. The painful dreams from a bed of sorrow that result and hating to see someone leave and loving to watch em go. The whole record is as fantastic as you’d expect it to be. Check out the (insane!) trailer for it below.

PS – Thank you to everyone who has been coming to America’s BEST night of all sad pop songs in Austin for the past year. NO DANCING: Sad Bastard Music celebrated it’s one year anniversary at the Volstead with commemorative Kleenex boxes, a specials guest set from Chris Simpson from Mineral/The Gloria Record/Zookeeper, a Hugging Booth and there were even tear drop cupcakes! Remember everyone – NO DANCING.

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Stream This

July 18, 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 ➡ White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent

Alvvays – Self Titled
PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay
Weird Al – Mandatory Fun
My Brightest Diamond – None More Than You EP
La Roux – Trouble In Paradise
The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads
Liam Betson – The Cover Of Hunter
Dikembe – Mediumship
Sugar Stems – Only Come Out At Night
Freeman – Self Titled
Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Field Mouse – Hold Still Life

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Saint Pepsi

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Throwback Thursday: Rilo Kiley

July 17, 2014

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A couple of days ago a bit of Jenny Lewis solo stuff made an appearance here at SOTO, and that pretty much guaranteed that the subject of  this week’s Throwback Thursday would be Rilo Kiley.  For some of you, I imagine that it might be difficult to pick a favorite LP (they’re all stellar except for Under The Blacklight, which is a real shit effort), but for me it’s easy to go with The Execution of All Things.  It’s the album that introduced me to the band and it features a large handful of their best tracks – My Slumbering Heart is the personification of early 2000s indie pop, With Arms Outstretched is one of my favorite anthems ever, A Better Son/Daughter, The Good That Won’t Come Out and The Execution of All Things are snarky gems, and So Long and Three Hopeful Thoughts both feature Blake Sennett at his best.  And yes, I’m aware that I just “highlighted” eight of the album’s 11 songs.  Just take it as me being serious about really loving The Execution of All Things.  Have fun revisiting it.

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Quickdraw: Roses, Literature, Half Japanese, Perfume Genius, Whirr

July 17, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Roses – It’s Over:  Abe Vigoda is something that is no more, but at least you can still get music from one of their former members, Juan Velazquez, who is the main brain in Roses.  I’m really liking the slightly new wave, but mostly 90s pop vibe that this track is packing.  The Dreamlover EP is due out August 5 via Group Tightener.

:Literature – The English Softhearts:  Formerly of Austin, Literature now reside in Philadelphia and are the latest addition to the just-about-perfect Slumberland roster.  Good for them!  This is one pretty pop tune.  Look for Chorus to be set free on August 19.

:Half Japanese – In Its Pull:  I’m not sure why, but many years ago I went through a phase where I would listen to Half Japanese’s Put Some Sugar On It over and over.  I can’t say I feel as obsessive about this track, but it’s still a more than solid slab of indie rock.  The band will release Overjoyed on September 2 via Joyful Noise.

:Perfume Genius – Queen:  If Perfume Genius’ upcoming LP isn’t on your list of things that you can’t wait for, then expect this impeccable song to make you want to put it there.  By the way, I highly recommend that you slap on some nice headphones before hitting play.  Too Bright is due out September 22 via Matador.

:Whirr – Mumble:  This could just be me, but I sort of love the meta-ness of a shoegaze band having a song called Mumble.  What a perfect match.  Whirr will release Sway on September 23 via Graveface.  See the band at Holy Mountain on September 6.

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Residual Kid (Jennifer)

July 16, 2014

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Austin grunge/punk trio Residual Kid released their version of The Easybeats 1966 hit Friday On My Mind yesterday as a tribute to their friend Miri Hyman, who passed away from breast cancer on July 4. The band explains on the song’s donation site that Miri posted a message a few months ago on their Facebook page with a special request – every time she listened to one of her favorite songs, she wished that Residual Kid would cover it and make it their own. So, they recorded the song and made a music video for her. It is available as a “name your price” download. 100% of the song’s proceeds will go to support the charities – Hospice Austin and Livestrong Foundation – that provided care and support for Miri.

This Saturday you also have a chance to catch one of their raucous live performances as they kick off their summer tour and celebrate the 16th birthday of band member Deven Ivy at Empire Control Room and GarageCunto, Obscured by Echoes and Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes make up the rest of the bill. The show is FREE for 21+ ($5 under 21).

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Male Gaze (Noah)

July 16, 2014

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I’ll be honest, I’ve been worried about San Francisco’s music scene. I think we all have. Ty Segall moved to Los Angeles, quickly followed by John Dwyer and the indefinite hiatus of Thee Oh Sees (though it wouldn’t seem so by their continued prolific album output). Oh we’ve still got Grass Widow, and their solo projects, a few scattered albums by The Fresh & Onlys and Tim Cohen’s solo project Magic Trick, and a few up-and-coming purveyors of thrashy tunes (Tony Molina comes to mind) to lean on when the times are really tough, but for the most part the music scene I dropped into five years ago seems to have gone the way of the dodo. Musically, San Francisco is up in the air right now, and I can’t really tell what it’s going to look like when it finally lands. I will say, there could still be hope, especially if bands like Male Gaze continue to knock out solid tunes like Cliffs of Madness. The band, made up of Matt Jones from Blasted Canyons, Mark Kaiser of Mayyors and Adam Cimino of The Mall, plays a meaty version of the type of genre-pushing garage rock San Francisco used to be known for. This isn’t just fuzz and fight though, Male Gaze adds a layer of weird that pushes the sound to a different layer. Discordant guitars grapple with a heavy-hitting, flighty rhythm section and Matt Jones warbling, David Bowie-esque vocal range. It’s loose and loud and smack dab in the middle of weird and downright fun. This might just be the shot in the arm the current humdrum state of San Francisco music needs to help right its course.

Male Gaze has a 7″ out now on Mt. St. Mtn. and a full release from John Dwyer’s Castle Face on the way.

:Male Gaze – Cliffs Of Madness:

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