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

February 20, 2018

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Enjoy.

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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Beach House

May 23, 2017

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I’ve never been able to decide whether b-side/rarity/cover compilations are lazy or neat.  Maybe it’s just good fan service and I’m being cynical?  Regardless, Beach House have one coming that’s creatively called B-Sides and Rarities (due June 30 via Sub Pop).  The first “single” is a nice slow burner.  Enjoy.

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Quickdraw: Titus Andronicus, Dirty Ghosts, La Luz, Air Waves, Beach House

July 2, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Titus Andronicus – Fired Up:  Yesterday Titus Andronicus dropped a short film and this anthemic track.  At this point I don’t see how anyone could be anything less than absolutely pumped for their new album.  The Most Lamentable Tragedy is due out July 28 via Merge.

:Dirty Ghosts – Cataract:  It’s been a while since Dirty Ghosts have put out anything.  Good to see that the band is still kicking.  This new track sounds in line with the catchy, driving dance punk tunes that filled 2012′s Metal Moon.  I approve.  The Cataract EP is due out July 24 via Burger.

:La Luz – Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere:  This is the latest single from La Luz’s sophomore LP, and I think it’s a delightful listen.  I fully expect Weirdo Shrine to be fantastic.  It’s due out August 7 via Hardly Art.  See them at the Mohawk on August 15.

:Air Waves – Milky Way:  For the last couple of days I’ve been all about this pleasant tune from Air Waves.  Nicole Schneit has a very inviting voice that plays well with the song’s endearing hook – “hold me, don’t let me go”  Parting Glances is due out September 18 via Western Vinyl.

:Beach House – Sparks:  Beach House are back and sounding particularly bummed out.  Hooray!  By the way, you should most definitely slap on a good pair of headphones for this.  Depression Cherry is due out August 28 via Sub Pop.

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Stream This

March 8, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

The Mary Onettes – Hit The Waves
Bill Baird – Spring Break Of The Soul
Ulfur – White Mountain
Golden Grrrls – Self Titled
Phosphorescent – Muchacho

VIDEOS

Chvrches will release the Recover EP on March 26.

Fear Of Men recently released Early Fragments via Kanine Records.

FIDLAR just recently released their debut via Mom + Pop.

Psychic Twin’s Strangers 7″ is available now via Polyvinyl.

Ten Kens will release Namesake on May 21.

The Soft Moon’s Zeros is out now on Captured Tracks.

Mister Lies’ Mowgli is currently available via Lefse.

Phoenix will release Bankrupt! on April 22.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra released II earlier this year on Jagjaguwar.

Buke And Gase’s General Dome is available now.

Metz’s self titled debut is out now on Sub Pop.

Beach House released Bloom last year.

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Stream This

February 15, 2013

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Eat Skull – III
Matmos – The Marriage Of True Minds
Iceage – You’re Nothing
Holy Wave – Evil Hits
Apparat – Music For Theatre
Girl Names – The New Life
Ivan & Alyosha – All The Times We Had
PVT – Homosapien
Psychic Ills – One Track Mind
Flume – Self Titled

VIDEOS

The Postal Service will reissue Give Up on April 9 via Sub Pop.

Justin Timberlake will release The 20/20 Experience on March 19 via RCA Records.

Wild Nothing’s Nocturne was released last year.

POS put out We Don’t Even Live Here last year.

Passion Pit released Gossamer last year.

Elephant Stone’s self titled album is out now on Burger Records.

Maps & Atlases released Beware & Be Grateful last year.

Popstrangers will release Antipodes on February 26 via Carpark Records.

Trail Of Dead put out Lost Songs last year.

The Spinto Band just released Cool Cocoon.

Suuns will release Images du Futur on March 5 via Secretly Canadian.

This is from the Beach House short film, Forever Still.

Jim James recently released Regions Of Light And Sound Of God via ATO Records.

Marissa Nadler’s self titled full length is out now.

Walker Lukens, who is from Austin, will have a 7″ release show at Scoot Inn on February 21.

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Brad’s Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 19, 2012

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2012 – the year in which the Mayans saw it fit to end all days would make a pretty nice conclusion to all things, or well when it comes to music at least. I would gesture it’s been a good year from the fact that I had particular difficulties in narrowing down my favorite releases, and it really has been a good year. Never mind even ranking them, just whittling down to these 10 was a challenge enough. This past year was great in that it saw plenty of newcomers take hold, and even better, the new guys from last year firmly held their places and graduated from being promising newcomers to established powerhouses. Throw in some seasoned players, and you’ve got a year that had one hell of a variety to offer. Yes, it was a good year. Here are my choice choices. In no particular order, of course.

:Beach House – Myth:

:Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice:

:Django Django – Life’s A Beach:

:Fanfarlo – Feathers:

:Japandroids – The Night Of Wine And Roses:

:Kids Of 88 – Feel The Love:

:Purity Ring – Fineshrine:

:Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards:

:Tennis – Petition:

:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 2

November 27, 2012

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You know who loves a good list?  Every single one of you.  Now get on with checking out the second part of my Top 50 Songs Of 2012.  In case you’re curious, I chose the songs from the 400+ tracks that I shared around here throughout the last 11 months.  Enjoy.

40)  :Passion Pit – I’ll Be Alright:  I’m still not sure what Passion Pit were aiming for on their sophomore effort, but I dig this track a lot.  I think it shows how adventurous their sound can be.  From Gossamer.

39)  :Why? – Sod In The Seed:  Just when I thought that Yoni Wolf was done with his collage-like rambles, he provided nearly five minutes of lyric-heavy joy via this song.  That guy has a wonderful brain.  From the Sod In The Seed EP.

38)  :Beach House – Myth:  I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to this song just to listen to it.  Not much else in 2012 was as well crafted as this.  From Bloom.

37)  :Dana Falconberry – Lake Charlevoix:  I’ve long supported Austin’s Dana Falconberry, but this song put her on a different level for me.  Folk music is often not overly accessible, but it is when she does it.  From Leelanau.

36)  :Alabama Shakes – Hold On:  The year began with nothing but buzz for this band, and somehow it all actually ended up being warranted.  Way to go, taste-makers.  This song is an outright jam.  From Boys & Girls.

35)  :Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger:  I love that the Dirty Projectors just do whatever they please.  How many other bands could release such a challenging single and actually have it go well for them?  From Swing Lo Magellan.

34)  :Bobby Womack – Please Forgive Me Heart:  Bobby’s soulful voice thrown over a modern electronic arrangement?  Such a thing seems like it should be all wrong, but then there’s this gem screaming otherwise.  From The Bravest Man In The Universe.

33)  :Jack White – Love Interruption:  It was nice of Jack to finally go solo, and it was even nicer of him to make his first single such a quality piece of modern rock.  From Blunderbuss.

32)  :Social Studies – Terracur:  Social Studies was always one of those acts that I knew about and liked, but didn’t love.  This inspired tune changed that.  Forever.  From Developer.

31)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904:  Kristian Matsson is a fantastic songwriter, and this inviting number is just further proof of that.  It’s only a matter of time before I just hang out with him all the time on a mountain.  From There’s No Leaving Now.

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Stream This

November 16, 2012

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The SOTO inbox is always full of cool stuff that never gets to see the light of day on the actual site, and I’d like to change that.  So, every Friday I’ll be posting the best album streams and videos that were sent my way during the week.  Take a scroll and find something worth remembering.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Action Bronson – Rare Chandeliers
Plateaus – The District
Radical Face – Always Gold
Fort Lean – Change Your Name
IO Echo – Ministry Of Love
Lilac – No Exit
Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas – Volumes 6-10
Bjork – Bastards

VIDEOS

Earlier this year Black Bananas released Rad Times Xpress IV.

Menahan Street Band’s The Crossing is currently available.

Wild Cub released their debut back in August.

This new song from Alabama Shakes is on the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack.

Moonface’s Heartbreaking Bravery is available now.

This is an alternate take on Rhye’s The Fall.

Yukon Blonde have an album out now titled Tiger Talk.

Naomi Punk will release The Feeling on November 20.

Icona Pop are expected to put out a full length next year.

Why? recently released Mumps, etc.

Peace’s The World Is Too Much With Us is out now.

DeVotchKa Live With The Colorado Symphony came out earlier this week.

Parakeet will release the Shonen Hearts EP on November 19.

Lymybc Systym’s Symbolyst is now available.

Double Vision by Win Win is out now.

A deluxe version of Metric’s Synthetica is due out November 20.

PVT have readied a new album titled Homosapien.

Only You have a 7″ out now titled Applying Myself.

Purity Ring’s Fineshrines is out now.  They play the Mohawk on January 22.

Shipla Ray will soon release an album titled Last Year’s Savage.

Best Coast’s The Only Place is out now.

Beach House put out Bloom earlier this year.

Biophilia by Bjork is out now.

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