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Quickdraw: Albert Hammond Jr, Courtney Barnett, Beach House, Frank Ocean, Sophie

February 20, 2018

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Albert Hammond Jr – Far Away Truths

At this point in time I’m more about new music from Albert Hammond Jr than The Strokes.  He’s been on a roll for a while.  His new album, Francis Trouble, is due out March 9.  By the way, he’ll be at SXSW!

Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless

Courtney Barnett’s new single doesn’t immediately grab you like Pedestrian At Best (or even Avant Gardner) , but I still think it’s a gem.  I just love the way she writes and sounds.  Her sophomore album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, is due May 18.

Beach House – Lemon Glow

There’s a new Beach House album coming in 2018, but it doesn’t have a title or an actual release date.  There’s a single though, and it’s really good.  I dig that it carries more of a punch than their usual sound.

Frank Ocean – Moon River

I could listen to Frank Ocean sing web addresses off of Google.  My bias aside, this is a good cover.

Sophie – Faceshopping

This new single from Sophie is aggressively good.  Put on headphones and get a little weird while it dominates you.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 1

November 30, 2015

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Hey!  It’s time to start counting down my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  As always, the entire list is made up of tracks that have steadily been in my rotation since I came across them.  Enjoy.

50)  :Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:  I officially boarded CRJ’s bandwagon this year.  Her latest is LP is pretty damn fun, and I think this is the best song off of it.  You’re legit stone cold if you can listen to it and not want to dance.  From Emotion.

49)  :Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I was all about this driving, synth-filled track from Icky Blossoms before I even finished listening to it for the first time.  It’s an all-around stellar sounding song that just dominates the room.  From Mask.

48)  :Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  This is the first Death Cab For Cutie single in a very long time that’s stuck with me.  Probably because it moves well and the band actually sounds awake in it.  From Kintsugi.

47)  :Albert Hammond Jr. – Born Slippy:  It’s nice that the Strokes are still working together, but I’d be fine if they called it quits and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just went about churning out more solo albums.  As shown here, the guy really knows how to write an inviting pop tune.  From Momentary Masters.

46)  :The Suffers – Make Some Room:  Houston’s The Suffers really took off this year, and I’m so very happy for them.  As for this track, I think it’s one of 2015′s most endearing efforts.  From the Make Some Room EP.

45)  :Sweet Spirit – Babydoll:  I’ve been watching locals Sweet Spirit play this live for a long while, so I love that a recorded version finally came along.  It’s definitely one of those songs that I find stuck in my head seemingly all of the time.  From the band’s self titled EP.

44)  :Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  This song from Jeff The Brotherhood features a goddamn flute solo by Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) and has a chorus that mentions wanting to stab someone in the eye.  Those two things alone should warrant its placement on anyone’s year-end list.  From Wasted On The Dream.

43)  :Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:  The Conor Oberst that fronts Desaparecidos is my favorite Conor Oberst.  I think his emo-y voice is best used in tracks like one, which is an anthemic scorcher.  From Payola.

42)  :Dan Friel – Rattler:  Dan Friel is a master at twiddling knobs (not a euphemism).  I frequently put this inspired tune on whenever I need to rally up for something.  From Life.

41)  :jj – Truce:  The immense amount of attitude that’s all throughout this jj song has entertained me for much of 2015.  The whole thing is just ridiculous (and fun).  From Truce.

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Albert Hammond Jr.

July 21, 2015

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I went from being excited about Albert Hammond Jr.’s new album (because of the awesome song Born Slippy – see the video below), to letting it completely exit my mind, to now being pumped again due to the arrival of another fantastic single.  Life, right?  Anyhow, I think Albert’s solo stuff is better than whatever the Strokes have been trying to do lately, so give him the love and attention you’d normally provide them.  Enjoy.

:Albert Hammond Jr. – Side Boob:

Momentary Masters is due out July 31 on Vagrant.  Albert is set to play both weekends of ACL in October.

Bonus Video:

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Albert Hammond Jr.

May 12, 2015

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If you explored the ACL lineup that was announced last week, then you may have noticed that both The Strokes and Albert Hammond Jr. are set to play.  I kind of figured it was a “well since I’m here I’m gonna play too” kind of thing for Albert, but it’s actually because he will be supporting a brand new album.  Neat.  Today I have the first single off of the LP.  It’s particularly inviting and loaded with creative guitar work.  Enjoy.

:Albert Hammond Jr. – Born Slippy:

Momentary Masters is due out July 31 on Vagrant.

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Stream This

January 31, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant

Holy Wave – Relax
Young Girls – Self Titled EP
Borzoi – Dogs Of The Matriarchy EP
North Americans – NO_NO
Jerome LOL – Deleted/Fool
Xiu Xiu – Angel Guts: Red Classroom
Willis Earl Beal – A Place That Doesn’t Exist
Broken Bells – After The Disco
Actress – Ghettoville
Wax Fang – The Astronaut
Cymbals – The Age Of Fracture
Plus/Minus – Jumping The Tracks
Marissa Nadler – July
CEO – Wonderland
Disco Doom – Numerals
Aztec Camera – High Land, Hard Rain (30th Anniversary Reissue)
Be Forest – Earthbeat
Drowners – Self Titled
Nicole Atkins – Slow Phaser

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
St. Vincent

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Albert Hammond Jr.

October 10, 2013

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While I’m not in the camp that thinks the return of The Strokes has been entirely disappointing, I wouldn’t mind if Albert Hammond Jr.’s new solo EP was the first in another run of side projects.  Those guys seem to do well on their own.  Anyhow, Albert recently put out the AHJ EP via Julian Casablanca’s Cult Records.  You can check out two songs below.  Enjoy.

:Albert Hammond Jr. – Rude Customer:  Those of you who are big fans of the Strokes’ early work will instantly like this.  The frenetic guitar work and filtered vocals make it sound a lot like those first few hits that they had.

Bonus Video:

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