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Quickdraw: Icky Blossoms, Guantanamo Baywatch, BLXPLTN, Sweet John Bloom, Braid

April 13, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Icky Blossoms – Living in Fiction:  I’ve fully gone from shrugging my shoulders at Icky Blossoms to being rather excited for their sophomore LP.  The new stuff just has a rad kick to it.  Mask is due out May 12 via Saddle Creek.

:Guantanamo Baywatch – Do What You Want:  Everything about Guantanamo Baywatch is gloriously retro (think these words in particular – surf, soul, garage), and I really dig it.  I’ll be surprised if I don’t end up adoring their new album.  Darling … It’s Too Late is due out May 12 via Suicide Squeeze.

:BLXPLTN – Auf Wiedersehen:  This song is BLXPLTN’s “tribute to those whose lives were innocently taken by the police force.”  Gotta love a strong message like that, right?  The Austin-based act’s sophomore album will be out later this year.

:Sweet John Bloom – Moving Target:  I came across this energetic slice of indie rock while digging around in my inbox this weekend.  It’s good enough to make Sweet John Bloom a name worth noting.  Weird Prayer will be out later this year via Tiny Engines.

:Braid – Kids Get Grids:  Here’s the latest solid track to slip out of Braid’s comeback campaign.  I think the reemerged emo scene needs vets like them, so hopefully they’ll keep churning out new stuff.  The Kids Get Grids 7″ is due out on Record Store Day.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 2

December 2, 2014

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Boom.  Here’s part two of my Top 50 Songs of 2014.  If you missed the first installment, check it out here.  The other parts will arrive each day this week!  Enjoy.

40)  :Braid – No Coast:  It was the arrival of this anthemic track that pushed me from curious to excited about Braid reuniting for a new full length (their first in 16 years).  From No Coast.

39)  :Eternal Summers – Gouge:  I’ve had this shoegazey number on repeat for just about the entirety of 2014.  I definitely think it’s Eternal Summers’ best song (so far).  From The Drop Beneath.

38)  :Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped:  This fantastic slice of dream pop is from one of my favorite bands in Austin, Letting Up Despite Great Faults.  It’ll make you dance (and maybe cry a little).  From Neon.

37)  :Mas Ysa – Shame:  Thomas Arseneault (aka Mas Ysa) churns out some really interesting stuff.  For instance, this synthy gem is somehow both very calculated and super raw.  From The Worth EP.

36)  :Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me:  Sure, Alvvays is a pretty silly name, but that doesn’t mean this song isn’t one of the best lo-fi pop efforts of the year.  From the band’s self titled album.

35)  :Pillar Point – Eyeballs:  I’m not sure that Scott Reitherman (formerly of Throw Me The Statue and now the main brain behind Pillar Point) has ever made a song that I didn’t like.  The guy sure knows how to craft quality pop music.  From the band’s self titled album.

34)  :Cymbals Eat Guitars – Chambers:  If you’ve ever wanted to hear Cymbals Eat Guitars as a full-on accessible rock act, then this is the song you’ve been looking for.  It’s a good sound for them.  From Lose.

33)  :Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone:  When it comes to Ariel Pink, I’m always impressed with the way he’s able to craft that one single every release that’s a total ear-pleaser.  I think he does it on purpose so it’s easier to dive into the bizarro creations that usually fill out his albums.  From Pom Pom.

32)  :Sylvan Esso – Coffee:  For a while I thought MS MR’s fancy remix of this track was unbeatable, but in the end I found myself partial to the minimalistic sound of Sylvan Esso’s original take.  From the band’s self titled album.

31)  :Weaves – Shithole:  Every time I listen to this song I immediately want to travel back to the 90s so that I can be angsty about having to exist in the 90s.  Thanks for that, Weaves.  From the Shithole single.

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Stream This

July 18, 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 ➡ White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent

Alvvays – Self Titled
PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay
Weird Al – Mandatory Fun
My Brightest Diamond – None More Than You EP
La Roux – Trouble In Paradise
The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads
Liam Betson – The Cover Of Hunter
Dikembe – Mediumship
Sugar Stems – Only Come Out At Night
Freeman – Self Titled
Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Field Mouse – Hold Still Life

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Saint Pepsi

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Quickdraw: The Rosebuds, Castanets, J Mascis, Braid, Blonde Redhead

June 16, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Rosebuds – In My Teeth:  After a two year hiatus, Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp are back at work as the Rosebuds.  The duo’s new album was recorded with Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame) at his studio, so I’m expecting it to be a good one.  The band will release Sand + Silence on August 5 via Western Vinyl.

:Castanets – Out For The West:  I wasn’t even aware that Raymond Raposa was still operating as Castanets, but here he is with the first single for a new full length.  This song is a real charmer, so don’t be surprised if you to want to leave it on repeat for a while.  Decimation Blues is due out August 19 via Asthmatic Kitty.

:J Mascis – Every Morning:   The great J Mascis has crafted a follow up to the solo effort, Several Shades Of Why, that he put out back in 2011.  I’m sure it will be great, as he’s been on one hell of a winning streak for the last handful of years.  Tied To A Star will be released on August 26 via Sub Pop.

:Braid – No Coast:  I’m not yet sure what to make of the resurgence of emo, but I am at least loving that the trend seems to have inspired old school acts like Braid to make their return.  Be sure to crank this gem as loud as you can.  The highly anticipated No Coast will be released on July 8 via Topshelf.

:Blonde Redhead – No More Honey:  Here’s a whispery, dream pop number from Blonde Redhead.  It’s the first single off of their upcoming album, which is their ninth (!) overall.  Look for Barragán to be released on September 2 via Kobalt.

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Quickdraw: Polica, Braid, White Lung, Parquet Courts, Jess Williamson

May 19, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Polica – Raw Exit:  Polica would rather not just shelve Shulamith and move on, so they’ve rallied up a deluxe edition that contains a four-song EP called Raw Exit.  If you ask me, that’s a fairly clever way to remind people one last time that the album is out there.  The band will put out the expanded version of Shulamith on June 10 via Mom+Pop.

:Braid – Bang:  It’s been 16 years since Braid last put out a full length effort, but they seem to still have it.  Granted, that’s my impression after only hearing this emo gem.  I suppose there’s still a fairly good chance the album won’t be worth the wait.  Look for No Coast on July 8 via Topshelf.

:White Lung – Face Down:  For those of you that don’t like it when White Lung appear to be trying to melt your soul, I think you’ll dig this song.  It’s a rather catchy number that isn’t just an all-out assault on your ears.  Deep Fantasy is due out June 17 via Domino.

:Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly:  There’s a part of me that wanted to cut the other songs in today’s post and only go with this impossibly honest seven-minuter.  I’m just about 100% convinced that it’s the best thing that Parquet Courts have ever churned out.  You can expect to get Sunbathing Animal on June 3 via What’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop.

:Jess Williamson – Snake Song:  When it comes to singer/songwriters in Austin, Jess Williamson is one of my favorites.  As you’ll see once you hit play on this song, her voice just has a way of sticking with you.  Jess’ split 7″ with RF Shannon will be released on June 17 via Punctum.

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