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Black Milk

January 18, 2018


The great Black Milk has a new album, Fever, coming on February 23, and I am so pumped for it.  That guy just has one of the best voices.  Also, the production on the first single is fantastic.  Enjoy.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 3

December 2, 2015


Here’s the next set in my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list.  Enjoy.

- 50-41
- 40-31

30)  :Chvrches – Never Ending Circles:  This is such an infectious song.  Here’s hoping that Chvrches never ditch their anthemic pop routine.  From Every Open Eye.

29)  :Mas Ysa – Look Up:  I love me some Mas Ysa (aka Thomas Arsenault).  You should slap on some headphones for this ambitious track, which features big vocals and a wonderfully textured arrangement.  From Seraph.

28)  :Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle:  If you like your music to feel as sincere as possible, then look no further than this Julien Baker song.  Her voice here cuts right through me.  From Sprained Ankle.

27)  :Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin:  Kurt Vile is such a great songwriter, and he shows it all throughout this silly, but really clever track.  From B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down.

26)  :Yung – Blue Uniforms:  I’m all about noisy, shoegaze-esque indie rock, and this Yung song is six and a half glorious minutes of it.  Had to put it on my list!  From the These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores EP.

25)  :Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake?:  This Protomartyr track is not exactly an easy listen, but it’s totally worth the attention it requires.  Hit play, dial in and get rewarded.  From The Agent.

24)  :Amen Dunes – Song To The Siren (Tim Buckely/This Mortal Coil Cover):  Amen Dunes covered a cover (The Mortal Coil –> Tim Buckley) here, and I just really dig the way it came out.  Be warned, you’ll want whiskey about midway through this.  From Cowboy Worship.

23)  :Girlpool – Before The World Was Big:  Growing up is hard!  This Girlpool song makes me feel nostalgic (not sad, thankfully) about life before adulthood rolled in and took over.  From Before The World Was Big.

22)  :Fred Thomas – Bad Blood:  Fred Thomas and the definition of word vomit go hand in hand in this track, but that’s fine.  If only because the numerous things bouncing around in his head are all interesting and/or relatable.  From All Are Saved.

21)  :Black Milk – I Guess:  This is just an all-out, good time sort of effort by Black Milk.  He will always be one of my favorite voices in hip hop.  From the land of one-off tracks.

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Quickdraw: Black Milk, Wire, Blur, Zero 7, James Murphy

March 23, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Black Milk – I Guess:  Black Milk recently released this infectious track in an effort to make sure you know that he’s now out on tour  So, do him a solid and give it good listen, then see if he’s coming to a town near you.

:Wire – Split Your Ends:  Here’s the latest rather sharp single to be released off of Wire’s upcoming album.  Maybe it’s time for all of us to get legit excited about the LP.  The band’s self titled effort is due out April 21 via Pinkflag.

:Blur – There Are Too Many Of Us:  I initially found this new one from Blur to be a little lacking, but it’s grown on me.  The arrangement is fantastic, and Damon Albarn’s vocals are oddly entrancing.  The Magic Whip is due out April 27.

:Zero 7 – 400 Blows:  This Zero 7 track has been lodged in my head for the last few days.  It’s really well crafted and deserving of any dedicated headphone-time you’re willing to spend with it.  Look for EP 3 April 13 via Make Records.

:James Murphy – We Used To Dance:  If SXSW turned you into a mumbling burnout, then this spacious instrumental track should help bring you back.  On another note, I love it when James Murphy dials things back.  The While We’re Young soundtrack is due out March 24 via Milan Records.

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Stream This

October 31, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


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 ➡ Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita

Happy Diving – Big World
Dirty Beaches – Stateless
Trans Upper Egypt – Self Titled
Les Sins – Michael
Deptford Goth – Songs
CHLLNGR – Form Of Release
Grouper – Ruins
Neil Young – Storytone
Bob Dylan – The Basement Tapes Complete: Bootleg Series – Volume 11



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Stream This

October 24, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


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 ➡ Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

Shivery Shakes – Three Waves And A Shake
Mono – The Last Dawn/Rays Of Darkness
Francisco The Man – Loose Ends
Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below
Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
Ought – Once More With Feeling
His Name Is Alive – Tecuciztecatl
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
Swearing At Motorists – While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Scott Walker And Sun O))) – Soused
French For Rabbits – Spirits
Wild Smiles – Always Tomorrow
Medicine – Home Everywhere
Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine



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Quickdraw: NehruvianDOOM, Joanna Gruesome, Alex Napping, Spray Paint, Black Milk

July 28, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:NehruvianDOOM – OM:  DOOM is quite possibly my favorite rapper ever, so I was all in for his collaboration with Bishop Nehru before I even listened to this song.  Thankfully, it turned out to be as rad as I figured it would be.  NehruvianDOOM will release their self titled effort on September 23 via Lex/Noizy Cricket.

:Joanna Gruesome – Jerome (Liar):  Here’s an infectious little gem from Joanna Gruesome.  They’re quickly becoming one of my favorite pop acts, and I hope a new full length isn’t too far off.  The band’s split 12″ with Trust Fund is due out September 23 via HHBTM Records.

:Alex Napping – Weak Knees:  If I were to make a list of new Austin bands that I’m really excited about, Alex Napping would land somewhere near the top of it – they just have such an overwhelmingly compelling sound.  Trust me when I say you’re going to dig their upcoming album.  Look for This Is Not A Bedroom to be released on September 23 via Punctum Records.

:Spray Paint – Rest Versus Rust:  Spray Paint are an act that folks in Austin have rightfully been buzzing about for a while now.  Just a heads up, they’re not exactly the kind of band you casually listen to, so you either have to fully commit to them or just get the hell out of the way.   Clean Blood, Regular Acid will be released on September 23 via Monofonus Press.

:Black Milk – Detroit’s New Dance Show:  I love Black Milk.  The guy never does anything twice, and I just really appreciate how dedicated he is to constantly shifting his sound.  This one-off effort is a catchy thumper, so be sure to crank the volume when you hit play.  BM’s next album is tentatively titled If There’s A Hell Below.  This song may or may not be on it.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 1

December 2, 2013

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Now that I’ve shared with you my Austin Essentials of the year, it’s time to just talk about singles in general.  As usual, the songs were picked from the large pool of tunes that I shared here at SOTO throughout the course of 2013.  Look for the list of 50 to wrap by Friday.  Enjoy.

50)  :Daft Punk – Get Lucky:  Yes, this is the most over-played song of 2013.  No, I don’t really care.  Daft Punk really nailed it with this earworm of a track, and I’ll probably hum it for the rest of eternity.  From Random Access Memories.

49)  :Black Milk – Sunday’s Best/Monday’s Worst:  Technically this is two songs, but I decided to leave them merged to better help you understand why I think Curtis Cross (aka Black Milk) continues to be one of hip hop’s best storytellers.  From No Poison No Paradise.

48)  :The Tontons – Veida:  The Tontons are from Houston, and I think they’re pretty close to being special.  If I were you, I’d snatch up this shimmering gem and find a seat on their bandwagon now.  From the Veida digital single.

47)  :Anamanaguchi – Planet:  I’m on the fence when it comes to most of Anamanaguchi’s stuff, but this track really works for me.  I think it’s because it has a fleshed out sound and doesn’t just come off as a piece of meme/8-bit fandom.  From Endless Fantasy.

46)  :Phoenix – Entertainment:  Once again Phoenix swept me off my feet with a killer lead single and then promptly tossed me on the ground with a bland album.  Fool me twice, something something.  From the Bankrupt.

45)  :Alpine – Gasoline (Mystery Skulls Remix):  The original version of this Alpine track is good, but it plays kind of small.  I definitely prefer this bigger, more confident take by Mystery Skulls.  This remix is a one-off release.

44)  :Best Coast – I Don’t Know How:  Admittedly, this is one of Best Coast’s more cheesy efforts.  I love it, though, and I have no shame in saying I’ve had some serious sing-a-long sessions with it in the car.  From the Fade Away EP.

43)  :Majical Cloudz – Childhood’s End:  If you want something that’s hauntingly beautiful, then this Majical Cloudz track is for you.  Just be sure to toss on some headphones before hitting play.  From Impersonator.

42)  :Savages – She Will:  This song is so intense that sometimes when I listen to it I worry that Savages will show up at my door and yell at me for not rocking hard enough.  From Silence Yourself.

41)  :The Appleseed Cast – Great Lake Derelict:  It’s kind of amazing how quickly this track can put me in a mood to listen to nothing but post-rock all day.  It’s good for the world that The Appleseed Cast are still a quality act.  From Illumination Ritual.

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Stream This

October 11, 2013


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.


Mirror Travel – Mexico
Pelican – Forever Becoming
Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise
The Men – Campfire Songs
Kwes – Ilp
Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley
Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
Cults – Static
Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others
Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Happy Jawbone Family Band – Self Titled
Lucius – Wildewoman
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Carnivores – Second Impulse
Luke Temple – Good Mood Fool
Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
Morcheeba – Head Up High
School Of Night – Self Titled EP
Wymond Miles – Cut Yourself Free
Grails – Black Tar Prophecies, Vol’s 4, 5, & 6
His Clancyness – Vicious
Swiiim – Cellophane Castle


Love Inks’ Generation Club is out now on Monofonus.

Parquet Courts’ Tally All The Things That You Broke EP was released this week via What’s Your Rupture?.

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings will release Give The People What They Want on January 14 via Daptone.

Black Milk will release No Poison No Paradise on October 15.

Camera Obscura’s Desire Lines is out now on 4AD.

Grooms recently put out Infinity Caller on Western Vinyl.

The Callas will release Am I Vertical? on November 19 via Inner Ear.

The Blow recently released a self titled album on Kanine.  They play Red 7 on November 2.

Rubblebucket’s Save Charlie EP is out now on Communion.

Joanna Gruesome’s Weird Sister is out now on Slumberland.

Infinity Shred’s Sanctuary is available now.

Polica will release Shulamith on October 22 via Mom + Pop.

Of Montreal’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar is out now on Polyvinyl.

T. Hardy Morris’ Audition Tapes is out now on Dangerbird Records.

Nightland’s Oak Island is out now on Secretly Canadian.  They play the Mohawk on December 3.

Pure Bathing Culture’s Moon Tides is available now via Partisan.

Deap Vally just released Sistrionix this week via Cherrytree/Communion/Interscope/Island.

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Quickdraw: Terry Malts, Quasi, Black Books, Joanna Gruesome, Black Milk

August 19, 2013


Today’s music isn’t sure about you.  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – Walking Without You:  Here’s your adrenaline shot for today.  Terry Malts are the absolute best, and I can’t wait for their new album.  Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere is due on September 9 via Slumberland.  The band will play the Mohawk on September 26.

:Quasi – See You On Mars:  I’m starting to really look forward to Quasi’s upcoming double LP.  The first two singles (that would be You Can Stay But You Got To Go and this playful number) have been pretty great.  Mole City is due out October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  Catch the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  This atmospheric track packs a real punch, and it makes me think that Austin’s Black Books are seriously ready for much bigger things.  Good for them.  The band will put out a self titled effort on October 1 via Believe Recordings.  Their next show in town is August 24 at the Mohawk.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  I think it’s safe to say that Joanna Gruesome’s late summer emergence has been a welcomed one.  They sure know how to write a hook.  The anticipated Weird Sister is due September 10 via Slumberland.

:Black Milk – Perfected On Puritan Ave:  Every time I get a new Black Milk single I hope he’ll suddenly go from underrated to beloved.  So, is this the one that forces such a deserved jump?  You tell me.  No Poison No Paradise is due out October 15 via Fat Beats/Computer Ugly.

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Quickdraw: Kurt Vile, Anamanaguchi, Good Graeff, White Fence, Black Milk

March 25, 2013


Today’s music ain’t afraid of no ghosts.  Enjoy.

:Kurt Vile – Never Run Away:  This track served as the pleasant surprise of my weekend.  It’s light and as sing-a-long worthy as can be, and I don’t have issue at all with calling it my favorite Kurt Vile effort.  Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze is due out on April 9 via Matador.

:Anamanaguchi – Planet:  If you’ve ever thought of Anamanaguchi as a band that only makes nerdy video game songs, then this track will certainly change your mind.  Unless, of course, you happen to hate pretty dance numbers.  Endless Fantasy will be released on May 14.

:Good Graeff – Hold Me Fast:  Fellow blogger Jared Hoke (5 Acts) has started Echo Dive Music, and the first act he’s working with is Good Graeff.  The twin sisters have a super solid folk pop sound that I think you’ll like.  The duo hope to put out an EP later this year, but first they need to complete their Kickstarter.  Help?

:White Fence – Fragility:  I really dig this low key pop track, and I’m a little bummed that it’s not on White Fence’s upcoming album.  Oh well.  You can find this song as the b-side on the Pink Gorilla 7″.  Cyclops Reap is due out on April 9, and the band will play Austin Psych Fest on April 28.

:Black Milk – Sunday’s Best – Monday’s Worst:  I was really excited to see a new Black Milk track pop up last week.  The guy just always churns out some of the most interesting hip hop around.  A new full length is expected to be released at some point later this year.

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