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Quickdraw: Bully, The Mynabirds, Weaves, Grooms, Widowspeak

August 8, 2017

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Here’s a few songs that were released while SOTO was napping.  Enjoy.

Bully – Feel The Same

Bully are now on Sub Pop and their new album, Losing, will be out on October 20.  This quickie of a first single is a real gem, and I can’t wait to hear more off of the LP.  Catch the band at Emo’s on December 8.

The Mynabirds – Shouting At The Dark

I think The Mynabirds have themselves a legit hit here.  Turn it up.  Their new album, Be Here Now, is due August 25 via Saddle Creek.

Weaves – #53

I saw Weaves at SXSW earlier this year, and since then I’ve been anxious for new music.  Well, it’s here, and it’s good.  The band will release their sophomore effort, Wide Open, on October 6 via Kanine.


Grooms – Turn Your Body

Grooms have readied a new album, Exit Index, and it’ll be released on October 20 via Western Vinyl.  The lead single is a lot less noisy than their usual stuff, but I dig it.

Widowspeak – When I Tried

Here’s one for your headphones, it’s the latest single off of Widowspeak’s upcoming album, Expect The Best, which is due out August 25 via Captured Tracks. The band will play Sidewinder on October 3.


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Top 25 Albums Of 2015: Part 1

December 10, 2015

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Now that I’ve completed my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list, it’s time to rundown my Top 25 Albums of the year.  Entries 15-11 are just down below.  Jump back tomorrow for the final 10 selections.  Enjoy.

PS – As always, this list is made up of stuff that I legit listened to a lot throughout the year.

25) Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION

There are a couple of tracks on Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION that aren’t great, but overall it’s definitely one of the most fun albums that I came across in 2015.  If you’re into lady-led pop jams from the 80s/90s, you need to become one with CRJ’s latest LP.

:Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:

24) Joanna Newsom – Divers

If Joanna Newsom’s Divers had come out earlier in the year, I think it might have ended up higher on my list.  Like her other efforts, this album is beautiful but dense, and it needs to be digested over lots of listens.  In another month or two I’ll be able to decide whether it’s really good or really great.

:Joanna Newsom – Leaving The City:

23) Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect isn’t exactly what I would call an easily accessible rock album.  On the bright side, if you fully commit to it you get back a rather rewarding experience.

:Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake:

22) Desaparecidos – Payola

Payola is exactly what I wanted Desaparecidos to deliver on their sophomore effort – it’s loud, inspired, angry and crazy infectious.  Here’s hoping they don’t stick to the 13-years-between-albums thing that they currently have going on.

:Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:

21) Gal Pals – Velvet Rut

While it still bums me out that Gal Pals jumped from Austin to LA, I do like that the move got them to finally put out a debut full length.  Velvet Rut is 29 minutes of garage pop perfection.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:

20) Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

This is the fourth year in a row that Thee Oh Sees have managed to crack my Top 25 Albums list.  I don’t mind.  They make me want to be a louder person.

:Thee Oh Sees – Web:

19)  Sweet Spirit – Cokomo

I’ve jammed Sweet Spirit’s Cokomo a lot since it was released back in October.  It’s an upbeat listen that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

:Sweet Spirit – Baby When I Close My Eyes:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome‘s Peanut Butter is a completely schizo (but really fun) album.  They continue to be one of the best noise pop acts around.

:Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst:

17) Sweet Talk – Double Perfect

Sweet Talk are one of the best bands in Austin, and Double Perfect is one of the year’s best straight up rock albums.  You need it.

:Sweet Talk – Witness:

16) White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

These fellas out of Kentucky really delivered the goods on their debut LP, White Reaper Does It Again.  It’s nothing but super catchy garage punk tunes.

:White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die:

15) Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

A 29-track, 93-minute rock opera from the one and only Titus Andronicus?  Yeah, there was never a chance that The Most Lamentable Tragedy wouldn’t be on this list.

:Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:

14) Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up

Colleen Green’s musings throughout I Want To Grow Up are both insightful and relatable.  Also, there isn’t a single track on it that isn’t catchy.

:Colleen Green – TV:

13) Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Leon Bridges pretty much owned 2015.  Coming Home is a warm, inviting effort, and it may just be the year’s most accessible album.

:Leon Bridges – River:

12) Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Admittedly, it took me a little while to fully come around on Foil Deer.  I think I was expecting a simple extension of Major Arcana, but their sophomore LP is way more than that – it’s them really evolving, expanding their sound and becoming an overall better band.

:Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:

11) Ratatat – Magnifique

I think Magnifique is Ratatat’s best album.  From start to finish it’s loaded with really interesting sounds, and all of the songs move incredibly well.  I left it on repeat a lot in 2015.

:Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 2

December 1, 2015

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Naturally, the listing continues on today.  Check out entries 40-31 down below.  50-41 can be found right here.  Enjoy.

40)  :Big Grams – Fell In The Sun:  Just in case you’ve been off on an adventure, Big Boi + Phantogram = Big Grams.  Both are equally great here in this sparkly ear worm of a song.  From the act’s self titled album.

39)  :Kiiara – Feels:  I came across Kiiara over the summer and instantly became a fan.  This song is super hooky and wonderfully dramatic.  From the land of one-off tracks.

38)  :Ringo Deathstarr – Guilt:  This one from Austin’s own Ringo Deathstarr is a big, catchy wave of distortion.  Only listen to it with the volume cranked up high.  From Pure Mood.

37)  :Torres – Special (Garbage Cover):  I’m not even sure how many times I’ve gotten lost in this spacious, six-minute cover of Garbage’s SpecialTorres (aka Mackenzie Scott) really took the song and made it her own.  From the land of one-off tracks.

36)  :Car Seat Headrest – Something Soon:  Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador this year, and then promptly remastered and re-released some older material.  So, technically, this song is only partially from 2015.  Regardless, I think it’s a very inspired tune and I love the angsty lyrics – “I want to sing this song like I’m dying.”  From Teens Of Style.

35)  :Deerhunter – Snakeskin:  It still flips my brain around whenever I remember that the sometimes proggy, sometimes noisy rockers Deerhunter put out this funky, accessible number.  Who knew they had it in them?  From Fading Frontier.

34)  :Bully – I Remember:  This little two-minuter from Bully just rips.  I think singer Alicia Bognanno sounds like a less obnoxious version of Courtney Love (the 90s version, not the currently burned out one).  From Feels Like.

33)  :Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires – Sweet Disorder!:  I’m pretty sure I could toss this on a mixtape of nothing but classic rock tunes and no one would catch it as being from the year 2015.  On another note, Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires is a great name.  From the Sweet Disorder 7″.

32)  :Mikal Cronin – Made My Mind Up:  Another year, another charming pop song from Mikal Cronin that I can’t seem to get enough of.  He completes me.  From MCIII.

31)  :Diane Coffee – Everyday:  Shaun Fleming (Foxygen’s drummer) is the main brain behind Diane Coffee.  This track is as soulful and retro as can be. From Everybody’s A Good Dog.

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Quickdraw: Bully, Male Gaze, BLXPLTN, Peach Kelli Pop, Ume

March 16, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bully – I Remember:  Get ready to want to climb onto Bully’s bandwagon (if you’re not there already, of course).  This gem is a fuzz-filled scorcher, and I love it.  No word yet on an album, but I assume an official announcement will come soon.

:Male Gaze – Gale Maze:  The debut LP from Male Gaze seems to be flying way under the radar, and it shouldn’t be.  They’re great.  I advise that you take this rad slice of indie rock and share it with everyone.  Gale Maze is due out on March 23 via Castle Face.

:BLXPLTN – No Fly List:  Over the last year or so BLXPLTN have really become one of my favorite acts in Austin.  As you’ll hear in this track, they’re immensely intense and fierce.  The band will put out their sophomore full length later this year.

:Peach Kelli Pop – Plastic Love:  The arrival of this sugary sweet pop tune from Peach Kelli Pop has firmly slapped their upcoming album on my anticipated list.  They really know how to craft a hook.  Look for III on April 21 via Burger Records.

:Ume – Too Big World:  Ume’s frontwoman Lauren Larson is on the verge of having a kiddo, so I figured we wouldn’t hear from the band for a while.  I was wrong.  This track reminds has a Metric-esque sound that I think is great.  The Too Big World EP is due out April 7 via Dangerbird Records.

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Stream This

November 14, 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 are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ TV On The Radio – Seeds

Mr. Gnome – The Heart Of A Dark Star
The Memories – Hot Afternoon
Acid Baby Jesus – Selected Recordings
Mark McGuire – Noctilucence
RL Grime – Void
Dirt Dress – Revelations EP
Girlpool – Self Titled EP
Honduras – Break EP
Sea Lion – Big Moon EP
Savages And Bo Ningen – Words To The Blind
Buzzcocks – The Way
Red Red Meat – There’s A Star Above The Manger Tonight
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Deerhoof

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Quickdraw: Parkay Quarts, The Beverleys, Bully, Weaves, Ricked Wicky

October 20, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth:  As you surely guessed, Parkay Quarts is actually Parquet Courts.  This rambly gem is off of a little something that band members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown did in their spare time.  I think it’s awesome.  Content Nausea is due out November 11 via What’s Your Rupture?.

:The Beverleys – Hoodwink:  Over the weekend I stumbled upon this track from The Beverleys.  It’s a fairly fantastic slice of 90s-enthused punk that totally reminds me of stuff I used to catch on MTV2 when I was in high school.  The Hoodwink single is available now through Bandcamp.

:Bully – Milkman:  Bully is centered around Alicia Bognanno (she is the guitarist, singer, producer, and engineer) and I think her debut EP is going to be worth seeking out, especially if you love pop punk of any sort.  Look for the self titled EP when it gets released tomorrow.

:Weaves – Shithole:  Over the summer Rolling Stone called Weaves a “band to watch” and now here they are on SOTO.  Is there anything left for them to achieve?  Oh yes.  A lot, actually.  Anyhow, this song is clever and infectious.  The Shithole single is available now though Bandcamp.

:Ricked Wicky – Mobility:  The great Robert Pollard is the man behind Ricked Wicky (it’s a name he apparently made up in his teens) and the band’s sound is what he describes as “sophisticated arena rock.”  I expect the debut LP to at least be interesting.  Ricked Wicky: I Sell The Circus is due out February 3 via GBV Inc. Records.

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