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Quickdraw: Baauer, White Denim, Big Deal, Frankie Cosmos, Sonny And The Sunsets

March 21, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Baauer – Temple (Featuring MIA And G-Dragon):  Admittedly, I haven’t paid any attention to Baauer since Harlem Shake (way back in 2012).  This track is legit rad though and has me at least somewhat interested in checking out his new LP, Aa, which just came out on LuckyMe.

:White Denim – Had 2 Know (Personal):  Here’s a new jam from White Denim.  At this point I’m certain their new album will be my 2016 go-to listen for when I’m in the car.  Stiff is due out on March 25 via Downtown.

:Big Deal – Say Yes:  “Pretty much everything that could fall apart for us, did. This included parting with our label [Mute], breaking up a relationship, band members leaving and losing all of our music when my apartment was broken in to. We didn’t want to give up, or revel in our misery. We decided instead to try and turn it into something magic.” – Alice Costelloe.  It would appear that Big Deal encountered a few issues while trying to put together a new album.  Good on them for making it work.  Say Yes is due out June 17 via FatCat.

:Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  This pop number from Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline)  is such a charming listen.  I’m excited for her sophomore LP, Next Thing, which is due out April 1 via Bayonet Records.

:Sonny And The Sunsets – Well But Strangely Hung Man:  This is such a silly track, but I love it.  Here’s hoping that from here on out Sonny And The Sunsets only let Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards) produce their albums.  Moods Baby Moods is due out May 27 via Polyvinyl.

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Quickdraw: Jurassic 5, Sondre Lerche, Jonsi, Sylvan Esso, Big Deal

May 27, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Jurassic 5 – The Way We Do It:  I thought Jurassic 5 put on a really good set at Fun Fun Fun Fest last year, so I’m happy to see they’ve decided to extend their reunion run.  No word yet on if a new album is coming, but hopefully this upbeat number means there’s a chance.

:Sondre Lerche – Bad Law:  There’s a few mini-freak out sessions in this indie pop gem, and every time one shows up I can’t help but laugh.  They’re just so weird.  Still, I really like the song, and also I suppose there’s nothing wrong with Sondre Lerche throwing out a curveball every now and again.  Look for Please at some point this Fall via Mona Records.

:Jonsi – Where No One Goes:  Here’s a track that Jonsi did for the upcoming film How To Train Your Dragon 2.  I can imagine listening to it while riding a dragon, so that’s totally a job well done!  The soundtrack is due out June 10.

:Sylvan Esso – Coffee (MS MR Remix):  The original version of this Sylvan Esso song is cool, but I think I prefer this MS MR remix.  They’re turned it into an atmospheric beast, and I just dig it to no end.  Obviously, this track is just a one-off effort, so grab it while you can.

:Big Deal – Always Boys:  Last year Big Deal put out the very solid June Gloom, and now they’re following it up with an EP.  If this first single says anything, it’s that the band is still hard at work on expanding their sound.  I approve.  The Sakura EP is due out July 15 via Mute.

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Stream This

August 2, 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

Pond – Hobo Rocket
The Polyphonic Spree – Yes, It’s True
Bare Mutants – The Affiction
Pop 1280 – Imps Of Perversion
Modern Hut – Generic Treasure
Prince Avalanche – Soundtrack
Tobacco – Demon Queen
Dinosaur Bones – Shaky Dream
Jake Bellows – New Ocean
Moderat – II
Heaven – Telepathic Love

VIDEOS

Generationals released Heza earlier this year on Polyvinyl.

The Orwells will release the Who Needs You EP on September 10 via Canvasback.

FKA Twigs will release EP2 on October 9 via Young Turks.

Big Deal’s June Gloom is out now on Mute.

Jackson Scott’s Melbourne is out now on Fat Possum.

Fol Chen released The False Alarms earlier this year via Asthmatic Kitty Records.

Hunters will put out a self titled album on September 24 via Mom + Pop.

Sebadoh are set to release Defend Yourself on September 17 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Inc. put out No World back in February via 4AD.

Cumulus will put out I Never Meant It To Be Like This on October 1 via Trans-Records.

TV Ghost will release Disconnect on September 3 via In The Red Records.

Psychic Ills’ One Track Mind is out now on Sacred Bones.

The Band In Heaven will release Caught In A Summer Swell on September 17 via Decades Records.

Celestial Shore will put out 10x on September 3 via Hometapes And Local Singles Records.

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Quickdraw: Big Deal, Honeymoon, GRMLN, Boyfrndz, Camera Obscura

May 20, 2013

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Today’s music is willing and ready.  Enjoy.

:Big Deal – Dream Machines:  If you don’t have Big Deal’s upcoming album on your “anticipated” list, then you need to whip out your pen and scribble it in.  So far in 2013 they’ve released three stellar singles, and I can’t wait to check out what else they’ve crafted.  June Gloom is due on June 4 via Mute.

:Honeymoon – Sure Stuck:  Here’s a new act that was created by Aaron Shanahan and Benjamin Plant.  The pair of producers apparently wanted to do something that reflected their love of 60/70s psych pop, and I think they nailed it.  A full length is expected out at some point in the summer.

:GRMLN – Do You Know How It Feels?:  I haven’t spent a ton of time listening to the Yoodoo Park-lead GRMLN, but this catchy bit of 90s-enthused indie rock makes me want to.  So, maybe I will.  Empire will be available on June 4 through Carpark Records.

:Boyfrndz – Water Weight:  I’ve liked Austin’s Boyfrndz for a while, but I think this is the first time they’ve really impressed me.  This is a great track with a big, adventurous sound.  Natures is due on July 16th via Boyfrndz Records.

:Camera Obscura – Fifth In Line To The Throne:  It’s unlikely that I’ll ever tire of how impeccable Camera Obscura always sound.  I mean, just listen to this!  The damn thing is stunningly beautiful from beginning to end.  The band will release Desire Lines on June 4 via 4AD.

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Stream This

March 29, 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

Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love
Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
Generationals – Heza
Olafur Arnalds – For Now I Am Winter
IO ECHO – Ministry Of Love
Luxury Liners – They’re Flowers
Vondelpark – Seabed
Dutch Uncles – Out Of Touch In The Wild
The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Chvrches – Recover EP
Wax Idols – Discipline And Desire
Mudhoney – Vanishing Point
Wire – Change Becomes Us
Warm Soda – Someone For You
Niagara – Otto
Tartufi – These Factory Days

VIDEOS

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all set to release Mosquito on April 16 through Interscope.

Phosphorescent just put out Muchacho on Dead Oceans.

Marnie Stern’s The Chronicles Of Marnia is out now on Kill Rock Stars.

Big Deal is set to release June Gloom on June 18 via Mute.

Wavves recently put out Afraid Of Heights on Mom + Pop.

Tricky will release False Idols on May 28 via his own label.

Shellshag will put out Shellshag Forever on April 20 through Don Giovanni.

Barbarossa’s The Load 7″ is out now on Memphis Industries.

Team Spirit will release a self titled EP on April 9 via Vice Records.

Toro Y Moi’s Anything In Return is out now on Carpark Records.

The Coathangers are about to head out on a tour in Europe with And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.

Inc. recently put out No World on 4AD.

Thee Oh Sees will release Floating Coffins on April 16 via Castle Face.

Cold Cave put out this song in September of last year, but the video is new.

Passion Pit’s Gossamer is out now.

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An Extended Quickdraw For Those Of You Not At SXSW

March 11, 2013

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SXSW began on Friday, and my original plan was to just put the site on break until it came to an end.   Over the weekend, though, I realized this idea was no fun for those of you not attending the festival, so here’s 10 tracks to listen to while we’re away.  Enjoy.

:The Appleseed Cast – Great Lake Derelict:  The Appleseed Cast are responsible for Low Level Owl, one of my favorite albums of all time, and because of that I’ll always be in their corner.  With that being said, I do legitimately dig this track.  The band will release Illumination Ritual on April 23 via Graveface Records.

:The Laughing – Disappear:  Here’s an Austin act that I’ve really started to pay attention to over the last six months or so.  They’ve got a big, layered pop sound that’s just hooky enough.  The Laughing are set to self release Oscillation at some point during the summer.

:She And Him  – Never Wanted Your Love:  Is anyone else surprised that this duo will be releasing their third full length?  I really thought it was just a “side” thing for the two of them.  In any case, this is another pleasant retro pop tune on their already high pile of pleasant retro pop tunes.  Volume 3 is due May 3 via Merge.

:Fol Chen – IOU:  The first song to be released off of Fol Chen’s new album was a fairly experimental effort that was far from being easily accessible, so I’m happy that this second track is a lot lighter.  You’re going to like it.  The False Alarms is due out March 19 via Asthmatic Kitty.

:Action Bronson – Morey Boogie Boards:  Producer Harry Fraud recently assembled a new mixtape, and this classy Action Bronson track is meant to convince us all to check it out.  I’m certainly in.  Join me, friends.  You can rumble around online and get Adrift now.

:Big Deal – In Your Car:  I really love that this duo continue to show that their next album isn’t going to have the sort of sound that makes you want to sit in a dark room by yourself.  Keep it loud, Big Deal.  June Gloom is expected out June 4 via Mute.

:Thee Oh Sees – Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster:  A week without a new track from Thee Oh Sees would be weird, so here it is.  Personally, I think it’s one of their more playful efforts.  I recommend a high volume.  Floating Coffin is due out April 16 via Castle Face Records.

:Wax Idols – When It Happens:  Can you believe this band is from Oakland?  Listening to this pop tune (that carries a far from sunny sound), I would have certainly guessed the UK.  How odd.  The mighty Slumberland Records will release Discipline & Desire on March 26.

:St Lucia – Before The Dive (Chvrches Remix):  I think we’re almost at that point where anything to do with Chvrches is a guaranteed win.  I mean, just listen to how they really make this electro-pop number bounce.

:Austra – Home:  A number of weeks back I saw this electronic-enthused band open for the XX, and I thought their set had some great moments.  I’m definitely looking forward to their sophomore LP.  Olympia is due June 18 via Domino.

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Quickdraw: Purity Ring, Big Deal, La Luz, White Fence, Youth Lagoon

February 19, 2013

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Today’s music would like to show you the world.  Enjoy.

:Purity Ring – Grammy (Soulja Boy Cover):  I’m not all a fan of Soulja Boy, but somehow he keeps finding his way onto my site.  Weird.  Anyhow, this cover has instantly become a huge guilty pleasure for me.  Blast it, friends.  This track was released to promote Purity Ring’s upcoming tour.  See the dates here.

:Big Deal – Teradactol:  While I liked last year’s Lights Out, I thought it had a variety of moments where it could have used a bigger sound.  This single says Big Deal felt the same way, and now I’m excited to check out their sophomore effort.  June Gloom is due June 4 via Mute.

:La Luz – Call Me In The Day:  The fancy folks over at Burger Records have a release schedule for February that includes 16 cassettes from a wide range of artists.  This song is off La Luz’s Damp Face EP (currently available), and it’s one hell of a charming, hooky pop number.

:White Fence – Pink Gorilla:  Prefer your psych rock to be accessible and laced with catchy retro vocals?  Then I think you’re going to really dig this new White Fence track.  Cyclops Reap is due out April 9 via Castleface.  The band is also set to play Psych Fest on April 28.

:Youth Lagoon – Mute:  I think it’s safe to say that Youth Lagoon can currently lay claim to having one of the year’s most anticipated albums.  Dropla was a great song, and now there’s this swirling gem.  Wondrous Bughouse is due March 5 via Fat Possum.

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