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Hip Hop Hooray (Leah)

November 21, 2014

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Alright, Austin readers, we have a big run-off election going down on December 16, so you better get out and vote at least one more time this year – no excuses.  Also, if you’re at all involved in the music industry, fill out this survey to have a stake in the way the new council approaches live music.

Besides yours truly creating a custom party mix for this comedy show right here (come out!), there are a lot of good things to look forward to this month: a new Big K.R.I.T album, Thanksgiving, and giving thanks for a new Big K.R.I.T. album.  So, that’s nice.  And, here’s your mix for November.  Don’t get too crazy dancing and rip your headphones out of your ears by accident, because that is the worst.

SONG OF THE MONTH:

:Sugar Hill Gang – Rapper’s Delight:  Hip hop lost the amazing Big Bank Hank last week.  RIP.

NOVEMBER MIX:

:Magna Carda – Game Like Jimmy:
:Lifesavas – Government Cheese (Featuring Declaime):
:Cormega – MARS (Redeem Team) (Featuring AZ, Redman, Styles P):
:Vince Staples – Blue Suede:
:Lil Wayne – Gotti (Featuring The Lox):
:Wiley – On a Level:
:Run the Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck) (Featuring Zack De La Rocha):
:Fashawn – Golden State of Mind (Featuring Dom Kennedy):
:Zeale – Forty Acres (Featuring Hyro Da Hero):
:Action Bronson – Easy Rider:
:Busdriver – Eat Rich:
:Statx – Space Trippin:
:AnnaLove x Cory Kendrix – Wax On (Payton Long’s WE DA BEST Remix):

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Stream This

November 21, 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 ➡ Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

Two Inch Astronaut – Foulbrood
Flake Music – When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return
Your Old Droog – Self Titled
Gala Drop – II
September Girls – Veneer EP
Squrl – EP #3
Sunbeam Sound Machine – Wonderer
Cursive – The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition)

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Run The Jewels

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Colleen Green

November 20, 2014

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I’m just about ready to completely enter year-end list mode, but before I do I want to share an awesome new one from Colleen Green.  The track is a sugary little number, and I think it might be the most accessible thing she’s ever done.  Maybe 2015 will be her year?  Guess we’ll see.  Enjoy.

:Colleen Green – Pay Attention:

I Want To Grow Up will be released on February 24 via Hardly Art.

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Ice Cream (Noah)

November 19, 2014

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You expect a certain sound when you hear of a band called Ice Cream. You expect the sound of summer, or maybe you expect bubbly, refreshing pop ‘n’ roll or maybe you just expect it to be a bunch of teenage girls in sparkly pantsuits dancing to a pre-recorded beat. Ice Cream is just about none of these. Yes, on their debut self-titled album, they jig about on the poppier side of rock ‘n’ roll and there’s a little bit of bubble behind everything they do, but this is messy, gritty rock ‘n’ roll pulled smiling from the back-end of the 60s. Even when the sound feels reminiscent of a garage rock version of David Lee Roth (Wild) there’s a little bit of lip curl and broken glass to drag it back to something with a little more attitude. Even more impressive, Ice Cream manages to ride the wave of fuzzed out guitar and dark sunglasses and still inject it with enough good times to make it entirely approachable. You’d be entirely happy to have this blasting out of your 8-track on a sunny day in the park or just as happy to be in a dark urine-smelling basement with these lads throwing it down for a crowd of tattooed audience members. This is the best kind of fun music, that kind that’ll make you shuffle your feet without the fear of looking like a moron.

The band’s EP is available for free over on their Bandcamp page.

:Ice Cream – Wild:

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Salim Nourallah (Jennifer)

November 19, 2014

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Dallas-based songwriter Salim Nourallah recently finished a new album, Skeleton Closet, and now he’s setup a PledgeMusic campaign in hopes that fans will help him release it.  Salim is one of my favorite songwriters and I’ve been a fan of his since a friend tipped me onto his work over a decade ago.  He writes intelligent pop songs that range from whimsical and funny to cynical and melancholy, and he draws from both classic (Beatles, Kinks) and contemporary (Jeff Tweedy, Neil Finn, Elliott Smith) influences to portray how many of us feel about life, love, family, relationships, and getting older.  He also puts you at ease during his live shows and draws you in for what feels like a chat between friends set to music.

Salim mostly plays close to home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but he also occasionally tours with other artists such as Rhett Miller and Old 97s (whom he’s also produced). He’ll be returning to Austin on December 17 to play at Strange Brew Lounge Side (a top notch listening room).

Do yourself a favor and check out a few of his previous releases on his Bandcamp page.

 

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Grape St.

November 18, 2014

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While I was really tempted to spend today rambling about the surprisingly rad new song from AC/DC, I figured it would be a better idea to indulge in some Grape St.  Why?  Well, there are three reasons.  1) They’re one of my favorite Austin bands.  2) I should have shared their super catchy singles when they were released in September.  3) They’re playing the next Side One Track One Presents gig and I want you to be able to sing-a-long throughout their set.

That about covers it.  Enjoy.

:Grape St. – Wallpaper:
:Grape St. – Free Stuff:

The band’s Free Stuff EP is out now in cassette form via Burger Records.

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Quickdraw: Screaming Females, Twist, Cotillon, Porcelain Raft, Christopher Owens

November 17, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Screaming Females – Ripe:  Damn.  This new one from Screaming Females totally shreds.  Crank the volume all the way up and then make a note to seek out their six full length, Rose Mountain, when it gets released on February 24 via Don Giovanni.

:Twist – Slums And SeaportsTwist is Laura Hermiston (a Toronto-based musician) and Brian Borcherdt (from Holy Fuck).  There’s a lot of interesting things going on in this rather lo-fi tune of theirs, and I’m curious to hear whatever else they’ve crafted.  Supposedly, an EP is on the way.

:Cotillon – Before:  If you’re already compiling possible 2015 breakthrough acts, it might be wise to add Jordan Corso (aka Cotillon) to the list.  This is a moody, hazy gem, and I think his upcoming album could be a great one.  The self titled effort will be released on January 26 via Burger Records.

:Porcelain Raft – Closed Eye VisionPorcelain Raft want you to know they’re still out there, so they’ve released this spacious track.  It’s a quick one at just a minute and 35 seconds, so you’ll have to make sure you’re paying attention or it’ll pass you by before you know it.  This song appears to be a one-off effort.

:Christopher Owens – America:  I can’t seem to decide exactly where I stand in regards to Christopher Owens’ solo work, but I can at least for sure say I love this song.  I think it’s as intimate and sincere as can be.  No word yet on if this track will end up on some sort of official release.

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Stream This

November 14, 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 ➡ TV On The Radio – Seeds

Mr. Gnome – The Heart Of A Dark Star
The Memories – Hot Afternoon
Acid Baby Jesus – Selected Recordings
Mark McGuire – Noctilucence
RL Grime – Void
Dirt Dress – Revelations EP
Girlpool – Self Titled EP
Honduras – Break EP
Sea Lion – Big Moon EP
Savages And Bo Ningen – Words To The Blind
Buzzcocks – The Way
Red Red Meat – There’s A Star Above The Manger Tonight
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Deerhoof

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Yacht

November 13, 2014

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To be honest, I haven’t been particularly fond of the various Yacht songs that have come out over the last couple of months.  I wouldn’t say any of the tunes have been legitimately bad, they just haven’t been the kind of stuff to catch and hold my attention.  Normally if I don’t care for a release’s singles, I just skip the whole thing and wait for the the band to do something else, but I really like Yacht so I went ahead and gave the latest single from their EP a shot.  It’s pretty great (of course).  The song is said to be a tribute to science fiction writer J.G. Ballard, which is neat and all, but I mostly dig it for its 80s-stylings.  Enjoy.

:Yacht – Terminal Beach:

The Where Does The Disco? EP was released this week via Downtown Records.

Bonus Video:

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Nightblooms (Jennifer)

November 12, 2014

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Karla Manzur is one of busiest musicians in Austin. She currently sings and is a multi-instrumentalist with some of the best musicians in town – Dana Falconberry, Alejandro Escovedo, Abram Shook, Nakia, and more. Amidst all of her musical commitments, she’s managed to find the time for her own songs. The result is her solo effort called Nightblooms.

The project’s name is reflected in some of the song titles (Lunar Sortie, Horizon Is A Lie) and in the lush, dreamy atmosphere of the music itself. Also, as she explains on the Nightbloom’s Bandcamp page, “The album title Star-taker is the literal translation of Astrolabe – a medieval astronomical calculator.”  Protip: if you pick up the CD, you’ll find that it actually comes with a working letter pressed paper astrolabe!

Last month’s record release show took place in a giant inflatable planetarium and included a 16 piece choir. I missed that performance but I can only imagine that it was an eloquently fitting tribute to the wonders and mysteries of the night sky. There are a few chances to see another Nightblooms performance – Karla will be performing at The North Door on November 16 and 23 as part of the live score performance of the film Yakona by local composer Justin Sherburn, then and on December 12 as part of The Deer’s album release show at Spiderhouse Ballroom.


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Flesh Lights (Dan)

November 12, 2014

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I love Flesh Lights,.  They’re not just one of Austin’s premier bands, but one of the best punk acts in this great nation.

Guitarist Max Vandever and cousin Elissa Ussery (drums) used to play as a duo, but they eventually joined up with bassist Jeremy Steen to form Flesh Lights. The group first appeared on my radar when I bought the Casual Victim Pile: Austin 2010, a brilliantly curated collection highlighting Austin’s burgeoning punk and garage rock scene. It was packed with a lot of great songs, but Crush On You by the Flesh Lights was the standout for me. The band followed up their appearance on the compilation by releasing their debut full length, Pop Muscle, which ended up making my list of top albums in 2012.

The band recently released Free Yourself, their sophomore album, via 12XU. The record packs all of the power chords and hooks of the debut while also showing some new tricks. Flesh Lights are intent on growing as a band and it shows on this record. They are immensely talented songwriters and musicians, so it’s no wonder Free Yourself is stellar from start to finish. I wasn’t sure they could match their debut or the energy of their amazing live shows but they pulled it off – Free Yourself is a true musical achievement and worthy of your immediate attention.

:Flesh Lights – Middle Age:
:Flesh Lights – Just About Due:

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Keep Shelly In Athens

November 11, 2014

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I wasn’t aware that Sarah P had decided to give up her vocal duties in Keep Shelly In Athens.  What happened?  Which one of you did something to annoy her?  What a bummer.  On the bright side, RΠЯ is still crafting stellar chillwave sounds for the band, and I can’t deny that the new singer, Myrtha, seems to have the right voice for the gig.  Hear what I mean via their slick new single, which I assume is the first of many to come from the retooled act.  Enjoy.

:Keep Shelly In Athens – Fractals:

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: The Dodos, The Coathangers, Lemuria, Canopies, Emmy The Great

November 10, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Dodos – Competition:  I’ve always liked The Dodos, but I have to admit that this song is the first must-share thing they’ve put out in a long while.  I hope the rest of their upcoming album is similarly accessible.  Look for Individ when it’s released on January 27 via Polyvinyl.

:The Coathangers – Sex Beat (Gun Club Cover):  Here’s a nice Gun Club cover that The Coathangers recently assembled.  It’s a bit sexier and snarlier than the original, and I think you’re going to dig it.  The band’s split 7″ with These Arms Are Snakes is due out December 2 via Suicide Squeeze.

:Lemuria – Foggy Smoke:  “I hate you as much as I love you.”  Well isn’t that just a line we can all relate to?  The always steady Lemuria are the subject of Turnstile Comix #3 (it details a tour the band did through Russia), and it’s due out December 9 via Silver Sprocket.  See them at Red 7 on November 28.

:Canopies – Choose Yer Own Adventure:  If you’re a fan of Tame Impala, then I think you’ll find this wonderfully layered track from Canopies to be of your liking.  I recommend tossing on some headphones before you hit play.  Maximize Your Faith is due out December 9 via Forged Artifacts.

:Emmy The Great – Swimming Pool:  To be honest, I think this song is a bit hokey, but I’m sharing it anyway because I love Emmy’s soothing voice and the slick arrangement that plays out behind her.  Bella Union will release Emmy The Great’s S EP on January 27.

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

November 7, 2014

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Last month I wrote about the Housecore Horror Film Festival that took place a couple weeks ago. It was a smash hit, with some excellent acts, and great horror films, but my friend and organizer of the event, Corey Mitchell, died directly after the festival concluded. Shocking to say the least, he was 48 years old, had just finished a great event and while loading out suffered a heart attack and died. Coming to terms with the loss has been difficult the last few weeks, trying to put things in perspective in a scene that deals with death as a focal point should be easy; there has been no shortage of losses through the years in metal.

This month, I wanted to feature music from bands who have lost members and suffered extreme tragedy, some have been able to carry on, others came to an end, but either way as metal fans we help keep their memories alive through stories, albums, photos and paying tribute as often as we can. I have never dealt with death well, I usually just drink and try to forget, so let this serve as a dose of medicine to help me relieve my pain with losing another friend. RIP Corey and to donate to his family go HERE.

:Damageplan – Breathing New Life:
:Woods of Ypres – I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetary:
:Death – Altering The Future:
:Voivod – Voivod:
:Decapitated – Spheres Of Madness:
:Suicide Silence – No Pity For A Coward:
:Deftones – Around the Fur:
:Static X – Cannibal:
:Dio – Stand Up And Shout:
:Snot – Joy Ride:
:Gwar – Murderers Muse:
:Slayer – Spirit In Black:
:Rigor Mortis – Rain Of Ruin:

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Stream This

November 7, 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 ➡ Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
Nots – We Are Nots
Dream Police – Hypnotized
Celestial Shore – Enter Ghost
Hookworms – The Hum
Torn Hawk – Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time
Gold Lake – Years
Ex Cops – Dagger
Royksopp – The Inevitable End
Cult Of Youth – Final Days
Sunbears – Future Sounds
The Voyeurs – Rhubarb Rhubarb
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Empty Moon – The Shark
2:54 – The Other I
Hundred Waters – Down From The Rafters Remix EP
Guerrilla Toss – Smack The Brick EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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