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Top 50 Songs Of 2017

December 5, 2017


Well look at that, here are my Top 50 Songs of 2017.  Enjoy.

50) Jamiroquai – Automaton

Jamiroquai still got it, man.

49) Matthew Logan Vasquez

I jammed this Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit fame) track on my radio show, 101X Homegrown, a lot this year. It’s fierce.

48) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter Of Time

I miss Sharon Jones.

47) Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough

Pure retro goodness here by Sheer Mag.

46) Weaves – Walkaway

Weaves churned out a really nice low key anthem here.

45) Filthy Friends – Any Kind Of Crowd

Corin Tucker sounds adorable in this Filthy Friends song.

44) Julien Baker – Appointments

Sad! Classic Julien Baker.

43) Wiretree – Let Me In

I love this sweet little number by Austin’s own Wiretree.

42) Hazel English – Fix

What a wonderfully hazy pop tune by Hazel English.

41) Mogwai – Eternal Panther

Somehow the best song that Mogwai put out this year isn’t on the album they released.

40) Alyeska – Stones

This 90s indie rock throwback from Alyeska is fantastic.

39) Land Of Talk – Loving

It’s so good to have Elizabeth Powell back in action as Land Of Talk.

38) The Kills – Desperado (Rhianna Cover)

The Kills really make this Rhianna track their own.

37) Why? – Proactive Evolution

I’ll never tire of Why?. This is one of my favorite songs by them.

36) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred

This song by The Octopus Project always makes me want to get up and move.

35) Fujiya & Miyagi – Solitaire

Another year, another infectious jam by Fujiya & Miyagi.

34) Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

Can’t stop Carly.

33) The Courtneys – Silver Velvet

This is the catchiest song on The Courtneys’ album of really catchy songs.

32) Growl – New Sincerity.

Here’s some jangly pop perfection by Austin’s Growl.

31) Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See

I revisited this slightly weird Kane Strang track a lot in 2017.

30) Beth Ditto – Oo La La

Beth Ditto really goes for it here.

29) Sports – Making It Right

This is a charming pop tune from Sports.

28) Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Wolf Parade with a legit ear-pleaser.

27) Ought – These 3 Things

Ought went new wave here. Good move!

26) Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Indie rock perfection by Waxahatchee.

25) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up

The Rural Alberta Advantage made a big time jump back onto my radar with this song.

24) Screaming Females – Black Moon

I can’t wait for the new Screaming Females album. This first single is so damn good.

23) Protomartyr – Don’t Go to Anacita

Intense but great. Protomartyr are the best.

22) Sweet Spirit – The Power

What a big track by Austin’s Sweet Spirit.

21) Perfume Genius – Slip Sway

This is one of Perfume Genius’ best songs.

20) Spook School – Less Than Perfect

Spook School are as catchy as can be here.

19) Rhye – Taste

This Rhye track has an immaculate sound.

18) Jay Som – Baybee

Hazy, dancey, perfect stuff here by Jay Som.

17) Walker Lukens – Don’t Want To Be Lonely (Don’t Want To Leave You Alone)

Here’s a total ear-worm from Austin’s Walker Lukens.

16) The Blow – Get Up

This song from The Blow is a rambly as can be, but I love it.

15) LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

The best song on LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album.

14) Diet Cig – Barf Day

The line “I know that you’re sorry, I just don’t care” will forever make me smirk. Thanks for that, Diet Cig.

13) Molly Burch – Wrong For You

It’s just about impossible to not love this retro-leaning effort from Austin’s own Molly Burch.

12) Lo Tom – Overboard

David Bazan is so good in this Lo Tom tune. I love his voice.

11) Football, etc. – Save

This track from Austin’s Football, etc. has an early 2000s indie rock vibe that I really dig.

10) The War On Drugs – Holding On

Headphones + this track from The War On Drugs = my happy place.

09) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers are on a real roll right now. This song is a blast.

08) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It

I love how loose Spoon sound here.

07) White Reaper – Judy French

So infectious. White Reaper continue to be big favorites of mine.

06) Alex Lahey – Every Day’s The Weekend

My favorite song from 2017 to sing-a-long to. Alex Lahey sure knows how to write an anthem.

05) The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Heavy but accessible. Great track by The National.

04) SZA – Supermodel

I spent a couple of months obsessed with this SZA song. It’s so dramatic.

03) Kendrick Lamar – Humble

It was impossible to escape this Kendrick Lamar song in 2017. I didn’t mind.

02) St. Vincent – Los Ageless

St. Vincent is rather aggressive here, and it’s awesome.

01) Alvvays – In Undertow

This was practically my default song this year. It’s perfect. Thanks, Alvvays!

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101X Homegrown Podcast

December 4, 2017


Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Mobley – Tell Me
Vodi – Talk
Marmalakes – Vittoria
(NEW) Wiretree – You’ve Got Tonight
(NEW) Wild Child – Expectations
(NEW) Tres Oui – Seance
(NEW) Okkervil River – What Friends Do
(NEW) Lowin – The Wheel
Solid State Dream Suit – Nervous
A Sinclair – Cars
Emily Wolfe – Holy Roller
Big Bill – Pharmacy
(NEW) Randy Reynolds – Mirror To The Mountain

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November 30, 2017


And just like that, we’ve arrived at my last regular post of 2017.  Year-end lists will go up next week, and then it’ll be time to hibernate (although, there will still be film reviews).  Woo!  Anyhow, I’m closing with a nice new one from Calexico.  Their upcoming album, The Thread That Keeps Us Out, is due January 26.  Enjoy.

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Show Of The Week

November 29, 2017


Hey!  This is the last SHOW OF THE WEEK of 2017!  Next week I’m going to roll out year-end lists and then put the music part of SOTO on break until 2018 arrives.  Fortunately, I’m getting to bow out with a show I’m super excited for – Alex Lahey at Barracuda tomorrow night!  Her latest album, I Love You Like A Brother, is loaded with fantastic anthems, and it’s going to be fun to be in a big sing-a-long session for those.  Be there.

Tix are $12 in advance of the show, $14 the day of.  Dude York and Molly Burch will open.

CONTEST: I’ve got guest list spots the show to give away!  Just send me a note HERE.  I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Nicole Atkins, The Midnight Stroll, Thayer Sarrano at Antone’s
- Saturnalia Festival
— Continental Drift, Christian Bland & The Revelators, The Nymphs, Trance Farmers at The Electric Church

- Actress, Telefon Tel Aviv at Barracuda
- Fastball, Moving Panoramas at Antone’s
- US Weekly, BLXPLTN, Terror Pigeon, Popper Burns, Sherman’s March at Cheer Up Charlies
- Saturnalia Festival
— The Octopus Project, Ringo Deathstarr, PART TIME, Peyote Coyote at Hotel Vegas
— Bushwick Bill, Think No Think, Teevee, Hollow Trees, Al Lover, Lola tried, Count Vaseline, DJ Slimy Steve at Hotel Vegas

- Basketball Shorts, Couches, Missing Pages, Pollen Rx, Talkies at Cheer Up Charlies
- Nina Diaz at Empire Control Room
- Queue Queue, Kay Odyssey, Daniel Francis Doyle, Stretch Panic at The Sidewinder
- Saturnalia Festival
— Golden Dawn Arkestra, Cosmonauts, American Sharks, The Sun Machine, Big Bill, The Halfways, Croy and the Boys at Webberville Road Baptist Church
— Zoumountchi, Money Chicha, Crucial Prophet, Kupira Marimba, Mafaro Marimba, Vockah Redu, Lochness Mobsters, Fogg, Flower Graves, Rattlesnake Milk at the Sahara Lounge

- Mayeaux & Broussard at Antone’s Records
- Saturnalia Festival
— Allah-Las, Morgan Delt, Annabelle Chairlegs, Crocodiles, Sailor Poon, Pearl Earl, Crypt Trip at Webberville Road Baptist Church
— Hard Proof, Amplified Heat, Palm Daze, The Millbrook Estates, Acid Carousel, Glaze, Whit, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, True Indigo, The Hermits, Lasertusk at the Sahara Lounge

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The Spook School

November 28, 2017


The Spook School are getting ready to release their third full length, and I’m just now hearing about them.  What happened there?  Anyhow, the band’s Could It Be Different? is due out January 28, and I’m really looking forward to it because their latest single is infectious as can be.  Enjoy.

PS – The band will be at the Sidewinder on February 21.  Let’s go see them!

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101X Homegrown Podcast

November 27, 2017


Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

The Suffers – I Think I Love You
Golden Dawn Arkestra – Sama Chaka
Hard Proof – Stinger
(NEW) Emily Wolfe – Holy Roller
Molly Burch – Wrong For You
Curtis Roush – Real Love
Wild Child – Think It Over
(NEW) Big Bill – Pharmacy
Basketball Shorts – Kevin McAllister
(NEW) Marmalakes – Vittoria
(NEW) Vodi – Talk
Loma – Black Willow
Hovvdy – Late
Moving Panoramas – Always

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Anna Burch

November 27, 2017


Today I’m rolling out a song that I spent a good amount of time with over the break.  It’s from Anna Burch, and I really dig how sincere it is on all fronts.  Not sure when Anna is looking at putting out an album, but hopefully it’s soon.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

November 22, 2017


Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

(NEW) Curtis Roush – Real Love
(NEW) The Suffers – I Think I Love You
(NEW) Loma – Black Willow
(NEW) Hovvdy – Late
Julia Lucille – Eternally
Most Likely – Steve
(NEW) Wild Child – Think It Over
Young Tongue – Electric Display
The Sour Notes – Clock Strikes Twelve
Lowin – Sloop
Bayonne – I Know

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Raised Eyebrows: 2017 RIP (Randy)

November 17, 2017

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Before the holidays kick in, I wanted to take a moment here to look back on the incredible artists that we have lost in 2017. 2016 hit hard with Bowie and Prince, and 2017 did not let up. Here are a small group of musical artists who each found their own unique space within this dimension we inhabit. We’re all better as a people for their contributions.

Tom Petty

This one man was able to intelligently say so much with very few words and my god could he write a bridge.

Walter Becker

The run from Countdown to Ecstasy to Gaucho is nothing short of amazing.

Chuck Berry

His solos always started straight but could get pretty fried towards their end. This man stands at the very front of the rock n’ roll line.

Maggie Roche

One of the greatest altos of the underground.

Larry Coryell

The lead man when it comes to fusion guitar. One of the heaviest rock/outsider guitarists ever.

Fats Domino

Swamp/Choogle pianist extraordinaire.

Glen Campbell

This man deserves his own constellation. His contributions as a solo artist and session musician are just BEYOND.

Grant Hart

Husker Du drummer and insane-o talented songwriter.

Fred Cole

Dead Moon were a powerful lo-fi force unmatched by any other psych/garage throwback outfit during or since.

Gregg Allman

“Dreams” by The Allmans is an all-timer for me. That voice and that leslie tone!

Chris Cornell

Soundgarden was a big band in my youth. Superunkown and Badmotorfinger differentiated the band as something darker than their contemporaries. Much of it had to do with the voice of Cornell.


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Screaming Females

November 16, 2017


Oh yes, there’s a new Screaming Females song.  Below you’ll find a fancy ballad, which is the third single off of the band’s next album, All At Once (due February 23).  Enjoy.

PS – The band will be back at Barracuda on April 21.

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Show Of The Week

November 15, 2017


The site will be on break all of next week, so I’m rolling out two recommendations today!

1)  My radio show, 101X Homegrown, is presenting a gig at The Swan Dive this Friday.  Indie poppers Shy Beast (formerly MCG) are throwing a party in celebration of the arrival of their new self titled EP, and they’ll be joined by Fort Never, Slomo Drags, Dossey, and Juan Pablo.  This is a rad, diverse local bill.  Come play.  Tix are $10.

2)  This one is actually next week!  On Monday (11/20) I highly recommend that you go and see Hazel English at Stubb’s Indoors.  Her Just Give In/Never Going Home is a fantastic indie pop album and one of my favorite releases of 2017.  I can only imagine that she’ll sound lovely in that room.  Tix are $12 in advance of the show, $15 the day of.  Julia Lucille will open.

CONTEST: I’ve got guest list spots for both shows to give away!  Just send me a note HERE.  Be sure to put the name of which show you want in the subject line!  I’ll pick a winner for each one on Friday!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Twin Peaks, A Giant Dog at the Mohawk
- The Hermits, The Nymphs, Atlas Maior, Barbarian at Cheer Up Charlies
- alt-J, Marian Hill at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Tegan & Sara at the Paramount Theater
- The Sun Machine, Lord Buffalo, Marijuana Sweet Tooth, Jesse Wooten & Friends at The Swan Dive
- Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie at Bass Concert Hal

- John Wesley Coleman lll, Dinner with Matt Gilchrest, Loteria, Warm Sugar at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Hidden Ritual, The Bad Signs, Teevee, Andy Grant at Hotel Vegas
- Lake of Fire, Shana Falana, Blushing, Angry Beige at Cheer Up Charlies
- alt-J, Marian Hill at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Tegan & Sara at the Paramount Theater
- Machine Girl, BLXPLTN, Whitey Vollmer at Barracuda
- Astrotheque, Hours Quiet, Obsolete Machines at the Mohawk

- The Golden Boys at End of an Ear
- Lowin, Grape St., All Eyes, Dead Recipe at Hotel Vegas
- Sweet Spirit, Sugar Free All-Stars at Mueller Lake Park
- David Ramirez, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Small Houses at the Mohawk
- Wild Child, The Texas Gentlemen at the Scoot Inn
- Tori Amos, Scars on 45 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

- The Golden Boys, Flesh Lights, Vertical Vice, Payton Andrew Green, DJ Baby Robots at Barracuda
- Deer Tick at the Mohawk
- Hovvdy, Caroline Says, Jana Horn at Cheer Up Charlies
- Wiretree, San Saba County at Lamberts
- Ani DiFranco, MILCK, Buddy Wakefield at Emo’s

- The Golden Boys, Nick Allison & The Players Lounge at The Little Darlin’
- Lord Buffalo at Waterloo Records
- Mayeux and Broussard, Sour Bridges, Harvest Thieves, Jonathan Terrell at the Scoot Inn

- Christy Hays, Jolie Fink (of Mean Jolene), Sara Houser (of Lowin) at the Hole in the Wall
- Beach Slang, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, See Through Dresses at Barracuda

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November 14, 2017


Today I have a song that I missed a couple of weeks back.  It’s from Pinegrove, and it’s a total bummer.  Great stuff, though.  No word yet on when to expect an official follow-up to 2016′s Cardinal.  Enjoy.

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101X Homegrown Podcast

November 13, 2017


Here’s the latest 101X Homegrown!  Enjoy.

Shy Beast – Back With Me
Wiretree – JF Sebastian
(NEW) Most Likely – Steve
Hermits – Ruby Red Summer
(NEW) Bayonne – I Know
Hours Quiet – Consciousness
Young Tongue – Electric Display
Grape St. – Wallpaper
(NEW) The Golden Boys – Sundays With Jackie
Flesh Lights – Just About Due
A Giant Dog – Toy Gun
Hovvdy – Petal
White Denim – No Real Reason
Dumb – Heather, You’re So Cool

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November 13, 2017


Over the weekend I totally fell in love with Widowspeak’s version of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon.  They somehow made a delicate song even more delicate.  Put on headphones before you hit play!  Enjoy.

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

November 10, 2017


This year hasn’t blossomed like I thought it might. The new metal releases that I comb through to find my top 25 each year began in January and pretty much stalled over the summer months. It looked like there would be an upswing towards the end of the year, and so far there have been a few that sound decent, but overall there hasn’t been much tough competition the last few months. November however brought some really good things, some bigger names releasing new albums, and interesting sounds from new bands making creative leaps in the metal world. So this month the mix is relatively new tunes, and in December we’ll figure out the best of the year, that will be a tough one!

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