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Bleached

February 2, 2017

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Today’s good news comes from Bleached, who are set to release an EP and a zine that are both titled Can You Deal?.  The former is due out March 3 via Dead Oceans, and you can check out its hooky lead single down below.  The latter is also due out March 3, and it will feature essays, art and more from the likes of Mish Way (White Lung), Julien Baker, Liz Phair, Lizzo and lots of others.  And – to top the whole thing off – all net proceeds from it will be going to Planned Parenthood.  That’s neat, yeah?  Enjoy.


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Top 25 Albums Of 2016

December 12, 2016

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Alright friends, here’s my full album list.  Unlike my Top 50 Songs of 2016, there are Austin acts here. As always, this isn’t some sort of “critical” list, it’s just the albums that I jammed the most this year.  Enjoy.

PS – Here’s a playlist of all the albums on Spotify!

25) Deftones – Gore

While I’ve always liked the Deftones, I haven’t legit loved an album of theirs since 2000′s PonyGore wrapped me up though – it’s really well crafted and features some great songs.  I went back to it often in 2016.

24) Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow

At first I was slightly let down by Nothing’s sophomore effort, but after I spent some quality time with it I became pretty damn attached.  If you’re into shoegaze, then you need to listen to Tired Of Tomorrow.

23) Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness

I love me some Explosions In The Sky.  By the way, my instrumental album rankings for 2016 go like this: 1) EITS’ The Wilderness, 2) Russian Circles’ Guidance and then 3) Mono’s Requiem For Hell.

22) Tancred – Out Of The Garden

There isn’t a song on Tancred’s Out Of The Garden that isn’t infectious.  Definitely a must-listen for fans of 90s indie/pop rock.

21) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive

Thao continues to be one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time.  I just connect with everything she churns out.

20) Bleached – Welcome The Worms

Bleached took a step away from surf rock on Welcome The Worms and it turned out to be a great move for them.  This album is so energetic.

19) Yung – A Youthful Dream

This kid – 22-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær – out of Denmark really impressed me with his debut as YungA Youthful Dream is noisy in all of the right ways.

18) A Giant Dog – Pile

Austin’s very own A Giant Dog have long been a favorite of mine, so I love that they totally crushed it on Pile, their debut for Merge Records.

17) Savages – Adore Life

I was obsessed with Savages’ Adore Life for the first few months of the year.  Eventually I was able to wiggle myself out of its intense pull, mostly.

16) Preoccupations – Self Titled

Just in case you forgot, Viet Cong is now Preoccupations.  In regards to their self titled effort, I love that the majority of it sounds like Interpol on artsy steroids.

15) Cross Record – Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a rather ethereal effort from Cross Record, a newer band out of Austin.  The whole thing is really damn good and it totally turned me into a big fan of theirs.

14) The Hotelier – Goodness

For those of you that love anthemic rock (with a dash of emo on top), here’s Goodness from The Hotelier.  I passionately rocked this album a lot in my car.

13) Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing

There isn’t a single song on Frankie Cosmos’ Next Thing that isn’t soaked in sincerity.  She has one of those voices that makes everything feel so very genuine.

12) Terry Malts – Lost At The Party

Any time Terry Malts put out an album, you can count on it being high up on my list.  They write super catchy stuff and in general are reliably awesome.

11) Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years

Pretty Years is one hell of an album.  At one point will the masses open up to Cymbals Eat Guitars?  Those guys should be playing huge rooms.

10) White Denim – Stiff

Stiff is another high quality set of jams from White Denim.  They remain a really big favorite of mine.

09) Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is quite possibly the most accessible album that I came across this year.  Seriously, there’s not a single track on Whitney’s debut that isn’t instantly likeable.

08) Basketball Shorts – Hot And Ready

Hot And Ready from Austin’s Basketball Shorts was a big go-to for me in 2016.  It’s 20-ish minutes of pop punk perfection.

07) Angel Olsen – My Woman

My Woman made me go from liking Angel Olsen to loving her.  What a next level effort.

06) Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

For a while there, I only listened to Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book.  It’s an inspired, energetic effort that features a lot of great songwriting.  It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

05) Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo is a manic listen with a lot of layers.  He sure does have a lot going on in his head.

04) The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

The Coathangers really hit a home run with Nosebleed Weekend.  It has a ton of great hooks and just the right amount of snarl.

03) Frank Ocean – Blonde

Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a hypnotic experience.  I’m not even sure how often I’ve listened to the entire thing after only intending to revisit one particular song.

02) Car Seat Headrest – Teens In Denial

They may not sound alike at all, but Car Seat Headrest’s Teens In Denials is like Frank Ocean’s Blonde – they’re both really hypnotic listens.  That Will Toledo is one hell of a songwriter.

01) White Lung – Paradise

Of all the EPs and LPs I listened to 2016, White Lung’s Paradise is the one that I jammed the most.  It’s loud and heavy and the best modern rock album I’ve come across in years. Congrats to the band for nailing it and grabbing the top spot on my list.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 2

November 29, 2016

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Here are more songs I liked in 2016.  Enjoy.

Part 1 of this list is HERE.

PS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

40)  :The xx – On Hold:  I know this track from The xx is only a few weeks old, but I’ve been obsessed with it and I just had to include it on my year-list.  It’s intoxicating.

39)  :Charli XCX – Vroom Vroom:  Charli XCX cranked this out in conjunction with Sophie, and it’s just the most goddamn ridiculous thing.  Please be sure to listen to it as loud as possible.

38)  :Tobacco – Gods in Heat:  I’ve had this Tobacco song on repeat for months.  It’s fairly weird and oddly sexy (it is called Gods in Heat, after all), and I just love it.

37)  :Chaos Emeralds – Animal Kingdom:  I’m not sure why this song from Chaos Emeralds isn’t all over the radio.  Talk about accessible and catchy.

36)  :Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – Nobody Dies:  Here’s one from Thao that I revisited a lot this year.  It’s an attention-grabber.

35)  :Bleached – Keep on Keepin’ On:  This song from Bleached really makes me want to get up and move and because of this it’s what I’m going to hit play on if someone ever starts chasing me.

34)  :The Julie Ruin – I Decide:  If you ask me, this is the best track off of The Julie Ruin’s 2016 release, Hit Reset.  On another note, Kathleen Hanna’s voice is still rad.

33)  :Phantogram – Cruel World:  Phantogram went for (and achieved) bigger and better things in 2016, but this track sounds like the old them and it’s what stuck with me.  Go figure.

32)  :The Range – Florida:  The Range really nailed it here.  I advise that you slap on headphones before you hit play.

31)  :Sheer Mag – Can’t Stop Fighting:  I’m starting to feel like it’s no longer possible for me to do a year-end song list that doesn’t include Sheer Mag.  Here’s hoping they keep on killing it.

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Bleached

March 8, 2016

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Whenever I see the date 4/1/16, I immediately think “oh hey, that’s when the new Explosions In The Sky album is coming out.”  I believe, however, that it’s time for me to amend that thought to also include an equal amount of excitement for Bleached’s sophomore LP.  Today I have their latest single, which may be my favorite of the bunch so far (the other two are in video form down below).  Enjoy.

:Bleached – Sour Candy:

Welcome The Worms is due out 4/1 via Dead Oceans.

Bonus Videos:

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Quickdraw: Solids, The Coathangers, Bleached, Purple, Frightened Rabbit

February 22, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Solids – Blank Stare:  “YES!”  That’s what I exclaimed when this new tune from Solids slid into my inbox.  The sound here is thick, but the song itself is still hooky.  I love it.  The Else EP is due out April 15 via Topshelf/Dine Alone.

:The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend:  Here’s the title track off of The Coathangers’ upcoming LP.  It’s not quite as snarly as the band usually is, but there’s still enough attitude on display to get your week started right.  Nosebleed Weekend is due out April 15 via Suicide Squeeze.  See them on June 5 at the Mohawk.

:Bleached – Wednesday Night Melody:  While I’m slightly weirded out by the way this song starts off like a mix of Beverly Hills and I Love Rock N’ Roll, I like that Bleached are trying to expand their sound.  Welcome The Worms is due out April 1 via Dead Oceans.

:Purple – Bliss:  I really love this pop rock gem from the Texas-based Purple.  Good luck getting it out of your head.  Bodacious is due out April 1.

:Frightened Rabbit – Death Dream:  What a wonderfully moody track this is.  I think it has me ready to get back to fully paying attention to Frightened RabbitPainting Of A Panic Attack is due out April 8 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

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Stream This

July 25, 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

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Hooray For Earth – Racy
The Muffs – Whoop De Doo
Tame Impala – Live Versions EP
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Wildest Dreams – Self Titled
Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old
Dana Buoy – Preacher EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Spoon

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Quickdraw: Bleached, Spider Bags, White Fence, Honeyblood, Menace Beach

June 23, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bleached – For The Feel:  Bleached have a three-song 7″ on the way, and this is the title track.  Because it’s just what they do better than most and there’s no reason to change anything, it’s a really catchy surf rock number.  The For The Feel 7″ is due out on September 16 via Dead Oceans.

:Spider Bags – Japanese Vacation:  I’m quickly figuring out that the fellas behind Spider Bags really know how to write a hook.  No wonder Merge recently snatched them up.  The label will release the highly anticipated Frozen Letter on August 5.

:White Fence – Like That:  I’ve long been a fan of White Fence and their lo-fi ways, but I’m sort of excited by the news that Tim Presley (with Ty Segall) opted to step everything up for the new album.  As this song shows, a cleaner sound actually fits the act well.  To The Recently Found Innocent is due out July 22 via Drag City.

:Honeyblood – Super Rat:  Shona McVicar and Stina Tweeddale are the duo behind Honeyblood, and this song features them being really pissed with someone.  “I will hate you forever/You really do disgust me.”  Props to them on the grudge-holding front.  The band will release their self titled album on July 15 via FatCat Records.

:Menace Beach – Tennis Court:  There’s a distinct 90s rock vibe all over this track from Menace Beach, and I’m really digging it.  I’d like to hear more from the band as soon as possible.  Look for the Tennis Court/Lowtalking 7″ on September 1 via Memphis Industries.

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Stream This

November 1, 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

Tennis – Small Sound EP
Swearin’ – Surfing Strange
Midlake – Antiphon
Yvette – Process
Sebastian Teller – Confection
Pompeya – Tropical
Blessed Feathers – Order Of The Arrow
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Blue Record EP

VIDEOS

Tele Novella will soon release the Don’t Be A Stranger 7″.

Dum Dum Girls will release Too True on January 29 via Sub Pop.

Bill Callahan’s Dream River is out now on Drag City.

Best Coast recently released Fade Away.  They play Austin Music Hall on March 1.

Okkervil River’s The Silver Gymnasium is out now on ATO Records.

Bleached put out Ride Your Heart earlier this year on Dead Oceans.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Son Lux’s Lanterns is out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Audacity just put out Butter Knife via Suicide Squeeze.  They play Hotel Vegas on November 9.

MGMT have a self titled album that was recently released.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Savages’ Silence Yourself is out now on Matador.

Moonface’s Julia With Blue Jeans On is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Los Campesinos just released No Blues via Wichita Recordings.

Islands’ Ski Mask is out now.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros released a self titled LP earlier this year.

Sumie will put out a self titled album on December 3 via Bella Union.

Gliss will put out a deluxe edition of Langsome Dans on November 19 via Modern Outsider.

Document will put out an EP in January.

Diane Coffee just put out My Friend Fish via Western Vinyl.

Happy Jawbone Family Band recently released a self titled album on Mexican Summer.

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Stream This

June 28, 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

Bell XI – Chop Chop
Owen – L’Ami du Peuple
Daughn Gibson – Me Moan
You, Me & Us – Stay Inside
Statistics – Peninsula
Mood Rings – VPI Harmony

VIDEOS

The Octopus Project will release Fever Forms on July 9 via Peek-A-Boo Records.  They play the Mohawk on October 6.

The Yeah Yeah YeahsMosquito is out now on Interscope.

Deer Tick will put out Negativity on September 24 via Partisan.

Smith Westerns just put out Soft Will on Mom + Pop.

Alela Diane will release About Farewell on July 29 via Believe Recordings.

Colin Stetson’s New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is out now on Constellation Records.

DucktailsThe Flower Lane is out now on Domino.

Lemuria’s The Distance Is So Big is out now on Bridge Nine.

Oberhofer’s Notalgia EP is out now on Glassnote.

The Riverboat Gamblers’ The Wolf You Feed is available now.

Bleached released Ride Your Heart earlier this year on Dead Oceans.

SISU’s Light Eyes EP is out now Mono Prism.

Golden Animals will release Hear Eye Go on September 24 via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Team Spirit have a self titled EP out now on Vice/WBR.

Disclosure’s Settle is out now.

Jenny Hval put out Innocence Is Kinky last month on Rune Grammofon.

Free Time has a self titled album that’s out now on Underwater Peoples.

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Stream This

April 5, 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

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Bleached – Ride Your Heart
The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
Rilo Kiley – RKives
Milk Music – Cruise Your Illusion
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
Maria Minerva – Bless EP
Team Spirit – Team Spirit EP
WALL – Shoestring EP
Pick A Piper – Pick A Piper
Pyramids – Brightest Darkest Day
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Oblivion – Motion Picture Soundtrack

VIDEOS

Majical Cloudz will put out Impersonator on May 21 through Matador.

Junip will put out a new self titled album on April 23 via Mute.

Kopecky Family Band recently released Kids Raising Kids via ATO Records.

Efterklang’s Piramida is out now on 4AD.

Cat Power released Sun last year.  She’ll be touring the world this summer.

Grandchildren will release Golden Age on May 7 via the Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on June 18 via Mute.

Standish/Carlyon will release Deleted Scenes on May 14 through Felte.

The Casket Girls’ Sleepwalking is out now on Graveface Records.

Charli XCX will release True Romance on April 16 via IAMSOUND.

Liars’ WIXIW is out now on Mute.

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Stream This

March 1, 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

David Bowie – The Next Day
Cloud Cult – Love
Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
Rhye – Woman
The Cave Singers – Naomi
Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
Jamaica Queens – Wormfood
Suuns – Images Du Futur
Blue Hawaii – Untogether
The Men – New Moon
Javelin – Hi Beams
Shlohmo – Laid Out
Idiot Glee – Life Without Jazz

VIDEOS

Brazos will release Saltwater on May 28 via Dead Oceans.

Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love is out now on Barsuk.

Melody’s Echo Chamber released a self titled album late last year.

The M Machine just put out Metropolis Pt. II on OWSLA.

Bleached will release Ride Your Heart via Dead Oceans on April 2.

Yukon Blonde’s Tiger Talk is out now.

Blackbird Blackbird have an EP out now called Boracay Planet.  They play the Mohawk with STRFKR on March 7.

STRFKR will release Miracle Mile on April 1 via Polyvinyl.  As noted above, they play the Mohawk on March 7.

Matt And Kim released Lightning last year.

Ducktails have an album out now on Domino called The Flower Lane.

Kate Nash will release Girl Talk on March 5.

Computer Magic will release a new 7″ on March 12.

This is a new single from GEMS.

David Bowie will release The Next Day on March 12.

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10 Artists You Need To See At Fun Fun Fun Fest

October 29, 2012

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Fun Fun Fun Fest takes over Auditorium Shores this weekend, and I’m pumped.  Like every year, the festival is packed with a large variety of acts that must been seen.  Refused, Santigold, Explosions In The Sky, Run DMC – these are just a few of the big names that will be delighting the masses.  As I noted, though, the lineup is stacked, and that means there will also be quite a bit of good music going on during the afternoon.  Below you’ll find the 10 bands that I think you should head out early to see.  Enjoy.

PS – Tickets are still available!  Also, the FFF Nites are going to be killer.  Check out the list of acts here.  The shows are free if you have a Fun Fun Fun Fest wristband.

Japandroids

Celebration Rock is quite possibly the best rock release of the year, and I know these two guys put on a great show.  Combine those two things with the rowdy attitude (from the artist and the crowd) that tends to come with the Black Stage, and it’s possible that the world will catch on fire.  I can’t wait to see what happens.

:Japandroids – The Nights Of Wine And Roses:

Japandroids play the Black Stage at 4:20pm on Sunday.

Icona Pop

This pop duo put out one of the year’s catchiest tracks, and they’re riding a fairly large wave of buzz.  Time to see if they’re worth all the attention.  I’m hoping they are, as it could make for a really entertaining show.

:Icona Pop – I Love It:

Icona Pop play the Blue Stage at 1:50pm on Friday.

Bleached

I saw this band at SXSW, and I came away fairly impressed.  Their sound is of the simple, straightforward retro pop variety, but they work it and put on an upbeat show that will surely play well amongst the chaos of Fun Fun Fun Fest.

:Bleached – Searching Through The Past:

Bleached play the Orange Stage at 2:10pm on Sunday.

Fidlar

This list isn’t in any particular order, but if it was I’d probably put Fidlar near the top of it.  They’ve released so many good songs in 2012, and I must hear them all live.  Or, if anything, I at least want to hold a drink high in the air as the band plays Cheap Beer.

:Fidlar – Cheap Beer:

Fidlar play the Black Stage at 1:05pm on Friday.

Baauer

To be honest, I don’t know much about this act.  I can only say that Harlem Shake is one hell of a banger, and I have to see how the crowd handles it.  I predict a dance party that will be spoken of for years to come.

:Baauer – Harlem Shake:

Baauer plays the Blue Stage at 1:45pm on Sunday.

Yellow Ostrich

This band has been mentioned so many times around here that I’m sure you already had plans to see them.  RIGHT?  If for some crazy reason you didn’t, be sure to go.  They have a large handful of stellar songs in their repertoire, and I always find their live sets to be very good.

:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner:

Yellow Ostrich play the Orange Stage at 12:30pm on Friday.

Fang Island

I’ve been wanting to see these guys play for a long time.  Their recorded stuff is full of energy, and they seem like a band that will own the festival setting and do something fun.

:Fang Island – Asunder:

Fang Island play the Orange Stage at 1:35pm on Sunday.

The Helio Sequence

I imagine that many of you are already very aware of the Helio Sequence, but they’re playing so early in the day that I wanted to make sure to highlight them.  Also, their latest album, Negotiations, is a good one, and I can’t wait to hear the new songs live.

:The Helio Sequence – Hall Of Mirrors:

The Helio Sequence play the Orange Stage at 2:10pm on Saturday.

Astronautalis

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this guy twice, and both times I wanted to find him after his set and give him the best high five possible.  He’s an absolute blast, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he came out of Fun Fun Fun Fest with a new legion of fans.

:Astronautalis – Dimitri Mendeleev:

Astronautalis plays the Blue Stage at 4:55pm on Friday.

Torche

I’ve grown to like Torche because of their most recent album, Harmonicraft.  They do catchy, anthemic metal tunes that are fun to sing-a-long to, and I expect they’ll make for a nice change of pace on the Black Stage.

:Torche – Letting Go:

Torche play the Black Stage at 2:15pm on Friday.

HONORABLE MENTION – The Midgetmen

Because sometimes the world is just crazy enough that covering Weird Al’s Dare To Be Stupid will land you a spot at a large festival.  Nailed it!  I’m super excited for these local guys to be playing (and kicking off, actually) Fun Fun Fun Fest.  I’ve seem them do the aforementioned covers before, and they’re actually pretty good.

On a related note, tomorrow I’ll be premiering a downloadable track and a full stream of the Midgetmen’s cover of Dare To Be Stupid!  Be sure to drop by and check it out.

The Midgetmen play the Yellow Stage on Friday at 11:50am.

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