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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, Mikal Cronin, Death Cab For Cutie, Braids, Girlpool

March 12, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Let It Happen:  This nearly eight-minuter from Tame Impala immediately slapped a smile on my life.  Not only is it rad and groovy as hell, but it officially means a new album from the band will be out at some point later this year.  Hooray!  See them play at Levitation in May.

:Mikal Cronin – ii) Gold:  Mikal Cronin let this one go earlier this week.  As is always the case with his material, it’s loaded with the perfect amount of noise, catchy bits and sincere lyrics.  Someone get his new album ASAP.  MCIII will be released on May 5 via Merge.

:Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  While I really dig this track and think it’s the best thing I’ve heard from Death Cab For Cutie in a long while, I’m still not overly excited about their upcoming album.  Big ups to the band though for churning out such a kinetic single.  Kintsugi is due out March 31 via Atlantic.

:Braids – Taste:  Not that I hated the first single (Miniskirt – it’s here) off of Braids’ new album, but I just couldn’t get into it.  This track though, it’s a beautifully crafted gem.  Raphaelle Standell sounds as good as she ever has here.  Deep In The Iris is due out April 28 via Arbutus.  See them at Stubb’s (with Purity Ring) on May 23.

:Girlpool – Ideal World:  “Tranquilize me with your ideal world.”  This plodding track from Girlpool isn’t exactly a ray of sunshine, but I think you’ll like it.  Before The World Was Big will be released on June 2 via Wichita Recordings.

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April 29, 2014


Braids managed to toss themselves back on my radar yesterday by releasing a song that didn’t make the cut on last year’s Flourish//Perish.  I think it’s a really good track that features their progressive sound working as well as it ever has, but what I really appreciate is the way they used its release to slyly let everyone know they’re in the studio working on new material.  If you ask me, that’s smart stuff.  Enjoy.

:Braids – Deep Running:

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Stream This

August 16, 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.


Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Ty Segall – Sleeper
Superchunk – I Hate Music
No Age – An Object
Porcelain Raft – Permanent Signal
Braids – Flourish // Perish
Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
White Hills – So You Are … So You’ll Be
Diana – Perpetual Surrender
Larry Guy – Years Not Living
Willy Mason – Carry On
Joseph Childress – The Rebirths
Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now
Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion
Feuding Fathers – Kid Tested, Father Approved
Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother
Paper Lions – My Friends
Still Life Still – Mourning Trance
Native – Orthodox
Laura Veirs – Warp And Weft


Austin’s Love Inks will release Generation Club on September 24 via Monofonus Press.

HAIM will put out Days Are Gone on September 30 via Columbia.

Grooms’ Infinity Caller is due out September 3 on Western Vinyl.

Arctic Monkeys will release AM on September 10 via Domino.

Camera Obscura put out Desire Lines earlier this year on 4AD.

Drew Price will release Friends And Family on September 10 via Happenin Records.

King Tuff recently re-issued 2008′s Was Dead.

Butter The Children’s True Crime EP is due August 20 via Downtown Records.

Nite Jewel’s One Second Of Love is out now.

Those Darlins will put out Blue The Line on October 1.

Jacuzzi Boys will put out a self titled album on September 10 via Hardly Art.

Tom Lark is expected to put out a full length next year.

Wax Idols’ Discipline And Desire is out now on Slumberland.

Youth Lagoon’s Wondrous Bughouse is out now on Fat Possum.

These New PuritansField Of Reeds is out now on Infectious Music.

Kim Deal’s Are You Mine? single is out now.

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

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Stream This

July 19, 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.


Boyfrndz – Natures EP
Zorch – Zzoorrcchh
Jackson Scott – Melbourne
Halaska – Mayantology
Morne – Shadows
Gogol Bordello – Pura Vida Conspiracy
Mean Lady – Love Now
True Widow – Circumambulation
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – Self Titled
Weekend – Jinx
Coke Weed – Back To Soft
WL – Hold
San Cisco – Self Titled
Matt Pond – Hole In My Heart EP


Lightning Dust put out Fantasy recently on Jagjaguwar.

David Bowie put out The Next Day earlier this year.

Braids will release Flourish // Perish on August 20 through Arbutus.

Jacuzzi Boys recently put out the Double Vision 7″ via Hardly Art.

Austra’s Olympia is out now on Domino.  They play the Mohawk on September 13.

Sonny And The Sunsets put out Antenna To The Afterworld last month on Polyvinyl.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr put out the Patterns EP earlier this year.

CocoRosie put out Tales Of A GrassWidow earlier this year.  They play the Belmont on November 2.

GRMLN’s Empire is out now on Carpark Records.

Eureka The Butcher’s Music For Mothers is available now.  They play the North Door on July 28.

IndiansSomewhere Else is out now on 4AD.

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Quickdraw: Bass Drum Of Death, Lemuria, Braids, The Mantles, Elle Goulding

June 3, 2013


Today’s music is brought to you by me.  Enjoy.

:Bass Drum Of Death – Crawling:  This fuzzy track is loud and catchy, and I really like it.  If you’re feeling like you may soon need a new rock record to soundtrack your summer, I think Bass Drum Of Death may be able to deliver.   The band will release their self titled album on June 25 via Innovative Leisure.

:Lemuria – Chihuly:  I want to grab Lemuria, return to the 90s, and then watch as they just totally rule the world for a while.  Who has a time machine?  Get The Distance Is So Big when it’s released on June 18 via Bridge Nine.  The band will play the Mohawk on June 15.

:Braids – In Kind:  As was the case with Braids’ last single, this is six minutes plus of superbly crafted art rock.  Hopefully that’s your thing, or this might be the song that drives you insane.  The In Kind // Amends 12″ is due out June 11, and the Flourish // Perish full length is expected on August 20 via Arbutus/Full Time Hobby/Flemish Eye.

:The Mantles – Shadow Of Your Step:  I was already excited to check out the Mantles’ upcoming album, but this garage pop gem has officially pushed me into can’t wait territory.  Guess we’ll see how it turns out when Long Enough To Leave gets released on June 18 through Slumberland.

:Elle Goulding – Tessellate (Alt-J Cover):  If you haven’t noticed by now, no one covers a song like Elle Goulding does.  She should just do an entire album of covers.  I’d buy it.  Twice.  This is a one-off effort, so grab it while you can.

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May 2, 2013


Is it just me or does it seem like an eternity ago that Braids gave the world Native Speaker?  I mean, I suppose two years is a fairly long time, but I really thought it came out in 2009 or 2010.  In any case, the Montreal-based act is back.  On June 11 they’ll release the In Kind/Amends 12″ (it will also feature two b-sides), and then at some point in the fall a full length will arrive.  Both will be put out in the US by Arbutus.  Enjoy.

:Braids – Amends:  This track keeps devouring my time in six minute increments.  Hopefully soon I’ll stop finding it to be such an immersive and ear pleasing effort, and then I’ll be able to take it off repeat.  Protip, toss on headphones for maximum time loss.

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