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Quickdraw: Screaming Females, Iceage, Soccer Mommy, Car Seat Headrest, Frankie Cosmos

February 13, 2018

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Screaming Females – No More I Love You’s (The Lover Speaks/Annie Lennox Cover)

If you need help being bummed on V-Day, here’s Screaming Females covering a real heartbreaker.  Have fun!  By the way, this is off of Amazon’s Love Me/Love Me Not playlists.  Also, be sure to see the band at Barracuda on April 21.

Iceage – Catch It

Iceage just put out their first new tune in four years.  It didn’t come as part of an official album announcement, but I assume that’s on the way.  For now just dive into their dramatic (and damn good) single.  Side note, the band will play Barracuda on May 27.

Soccer Mommy – Still Clean

This intimate new one makes Soccer Mommy 3/3 on singles from her upcoming album, Clean.  Be sure to grab it on March 2.

Car Seat Headrest – My Boy

Car Seat Headrest’s remake of his own Twin Fantasy is due out this Friday.  If you weren’t already convinced that you should snatch it up, here’s another stellar single.

Frankie Cosmos – Being Alive

Boy am I excited for Frankie Cosmos’ new album, Vessel (due March 30).  The latest track from it is such a charming effort.

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Quickdraw: Bat Fangs, Car Seat Headrest, Hop Along, Prawn, Soccer Mommy

January 30, 2018

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Bat Fangs – Boy Of Summer

Ex Hex bassist Betsy Wright and Flesh Wounds drummer Laura King make up the riffy and very fun Bat Fangs.  Check out their self titled debut when it gets released this Friday.

Car Seat Headrest – Cute Thing

I’m into any song that begins with “I got so fucking romantic, I apologize.”  Car Seat Headrest’s reworking of his older effort, Twin Fantasy, is due out February 16.

Hop Along – How Simple

I’ve never spent much time with Hop Along, but I’m planning on changing that via their third album, Bark Your Head Off (due April 6).  The first single is a fantastic slice of indie rock.

Prawn – Rooftops

If I had heard this Prawn song in 2005 when I was the height of my love for emo, I would have probably freaked out – it’s so good.  Run is out now.  On another note, why didn’t I go see these guys when they played Sidewinder last week?

Soccer Mommy – Your Dog & Cool

I whiffed on the first Soccer Mommy single, Your Dog, so I’m combining with their new one, Cool.  Both are great.  Clean is due out March 2.  You can see the act at Antone’s on February 10.

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Quickdraw: Jay Som, Car Seat Headrest, Walter Martin, Jack White, Frankie Cosmos

January 16, 2018

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Jay Som – Pirouette

Jay Som became a big favorite of mine last year with her debut album, Everybody Works.  On January 26 she’s going to put out a 7″ with two unreleased tracks from the EW sessions.  The A-side is what I have today – it’s good.

Car Seat Headrest – Nervous Young Inhumans

While I would prefer a wholly brand new album from Car Set Headrest, I’m still excited about the re-recorded version of Twin Fantasy (due February 16), an older effort of his that I’ve seen tagged as a “Bandcamp classic.”  The first single is super catchy and charming.

Walter Martin – Ride Down The Avenue

Walter Martin (formerly of The Walkmen) has a new album, Reminisce Bar & Grill, coming on February 16.  I whiffed on the really solid track he put out back in December, so I’m making sure you get the new one that was just released.  It’s a must-listen if you’re a big fan of AAA radio.

Jack White – Connected By Love

Jack White is back.  I’ve always been into whatever he’s doing, so I’m feeling a little weird about being pleasantly surprised by the new single.  I may have been subconsciously about to burn out on him.  In any case, his album, Boarding House Reach, will be out later this year.

Frankie Cosmos – Jesse

Frankie Cosmos will release their Sub Pop debut, Vessel, on March 30.  If it’s anything like their 2016 release, Next Thing, then I’ll love it.  They’re certainly off to a strong start with a stellar first single.

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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 4

December 1, 2016

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And the list continues on.  Enjoy.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.
Part 3 is HERE.

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

20)  :Thee Oh Seees – Plastic Plant:  Out of all the music that Thee Oh Sees released in 2016 (two albums worth, to be exact), this track is my favorite.  Total jam.

19)  :King Khan – Never Hold On:  The normally noisy King Khan contributed this gem to the soundtrack for The Invaders.  He should do more slow burners.

18)  :Hazel English – Make It Better:  Here’s one that I’ve been glued to since I first heart it.  There’s just something hypnotic about Hazel English.

17)  :Chook Race – Sometimes:  If you’re all about jangly pop, then this one from Chook Race is a must-listen for you.

16)  :Tangerine – Sunset:  This infectious pop tune from Tangerine is totally something that more people should have been yammering about in 2016.

15)  :Terry Malts – Used To Be:  I’ve jammed the hell out of this Terry Malts song.  Those guys sure know how to write a hook.

14)  :Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore:  I believe this one from Lucy Dacus was actually put out in late 2015, but I didn’t catch it until the re-release this year.  So it counts!  Anyhow, it’s a stellar track that drips with sincerity.

13)  :Car Seat Headrest – Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye):  This song by Car Seat Headrest is from the soundtrack for a short film called Loudini.  It makes me want so sit on a porch somewhere with a bottle of whiskey.

12)  :Nothing – ACD (Abscessive Compulsive Disorder):  If you still need to get in some quality shoegazing before 2016 fully comes to a close, I highly recommend doing it with this Nothing song blasting in your headphones.

11)  :Fujiya And Miyagi – Serotonin Rushes:  You’re dead if you can listen to this Fujiya And Miyagi track and not want to dance or at least smile.

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Car Seat Headrest

August 29, 2016

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Every time I see the name Car Seat Headrest, I cringe.  It’s a terrible, just totally dumb name that I want to erase from existence.  I love the music though, and I definitely believe that band-main-brain Will Toledo is as talented as can be.  Check out the act’s recent release, Teens of Denial, for proof of that.  Or, if you’re short on time, you can just hit play on the slow burner below, which was made for a film called Loudini.  Enjoy.

:Car Seat Headrest – Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye):

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Quickdraw: Yung, The Julie Ruin, Diarrhea Planet, Weaves, Car Seat Headrest

April 12, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Yung – Uncombed Hair:  In the press release that came along with this sharp indie rocker there’s a part where Yung main brain Mikkel Holm Silkjaer mentions that “this one is dedicated to bad things and good people.”  I like that line.  Youthful Dream is due out June 10 via Fat Possum.

:The Julie Ruin – I Decide:  When Kathleen Hanna popped up in this P.O.S. track, it got me wondering if she and The Julie Ruin were still a thing.  Yep!  In fact, they just joined the Hardly Art roster and announced a new album.  Neat.  This first single is really catchy.  Hit Reset is due out July 8.

:Diarrhea Planet – Let It Out:  Just in case you’re under the impression that Diarrhea Planet only churn out party anthems, here’s a fairly low-key effort from them.  Turn To Gold is due out June 10 via Infinity Cat/Dine Alone.

:Weaves – Candy:  Holy cow.  This is one hell of a song by Weaves.  I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a while now, but I can’t say I knew they could rip it up like this.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 17 via Kanine.

:Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank:  If my love for Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo) has been making you feel confused, then give this song a shot.  It’s by far his most accessible effort yet, and it just may convince you to jump on his bandwagon.  Teens Of Denial is due out May 20 via Matador.

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Quickdraw: Autolux, Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Tancred, The Hotelier

March 28, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Autolux – Brainwasher:  The return of Autolux (their last LP was 2010′s Transit Transit) has had me feeling buzzy for the last couple of months.  They’re one of my favorite art rock acts ever.  Pussy’s Dead is due out April 1 via 30th Century Records.

:Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers-Killer Whales:  These days I’m totally hung up on Car Seat Headrest.  I saw Will Toledo and his band a couple of times at SXSW, and I thought they were great.  Next level indie rock.  Teens Of Denial is due out May 20 via Matador.

:Whitney – Golden Days:  Former Smith Westerns guitarist Max Kakacek has joined up with former Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer Julien Ehrlich to form Whitney.  I think this track is an immensely enjoyable pop effort.  Light Upon The Lake is due out June 3 via Secretly Canadian.

:Tancred – Control Me:  It would appear that the next great 90s indie rock throwback album will be coming from Tancred.  This song makes me want to listen to the Breeders or Plumtree.  Out Of The Garden is due out April 1 via Polyvinyl.

:The Hotelier – Piano Player:  While I’ve seen lot of people in my various feeds buzzing about The Hotelier, this is the first song of theirs that I’ve listened to.  I’m into it.  They have an anthemic edge that’s hard not to get caught up in.  Goodness is due out in May via Tiny Engines.

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Car Seat Headrest

February 25, 2016

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23-year old Will Toledo is the main brain behind Car Seat Headrest – an act that first popped onto my radar last year (this song got me) -  and his upcoming album is one that I can’t wait to hear.  I just love that while he’s a heady songwriter, his guitar-driven, hooky tunes are still as accessible as can be.  Down below you’ll find the video for his new single (it’s a radio edit, but you can check out the full version of the track here).  Enjoy.

Teens of Denial will be out later this year via Matador.  You’ll be able to catch the band at SXSW.

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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: Sweet Spirit, Ex Hex, Car Seat Headrest, The Coathangers, Courtney Barnett

October 8, 2015

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Music.  Enjoy!

:Sweet Spirit – Take Me To A Party:  Here’s the latest catchy pop tune from Sweet Spirit.  I have a feeling I’m going to end up spending a lot of time with their upcoming debut full length.  Cokomo is due out October 16 via Nine Mile Records.

:Ex Hex – All Kindsa Girls (The Real Kids Cover):  Ex Hex randomly tossed out this one-off cover a few days ago.  I dig it.  Probably because it sounds exactly like all of the other stellar songs the band has released.

:Car Seat Headrest – Times To Die:  This nearly seven-minute track from Car Seat Headrest is an all-around weird effort, but I can’t seem to get enough of it.  Been on repeat for days now.  Teens Of Style is due out October 30 via Matador.

:The Coathangers – Watch Your Back:  No one packs a song with attitude quite like The Coathangers.  Crank the volume on this one.  The band’s split 7″ with The Black Lips is due out November 13 via Suicide Squeeze.  See the band at Sidewinder on October 30.

:Courtney Barnett – Shivers (The Boys Next Door Cover):  As I’ve said before, my favorite Courtney Barnett is the wordy, scatterbrained one, but even when she’s the opposite of that – like here with this slow burning cover – I’m still on-board.  The Boxing Day Blues Revisited single is due out October 16 via Third Man Records.

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Quickdraw: Skylar Spence, Heavenly Beat, PWR BTTM, Yung, Car Seat Headrest

September 8, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Skylar Spence – I Can’t Be Your Superman:  This new single from Skylar Spence (formerly Saint Pepsi, just in case you forgot) is immensely corny, but it’s too dancey and fun to not like.  Prom King is due out September 18 via Carpark Records.  See him at Stubb’s on October 31.

:Heavenly Beat – Intent:  Whenever I listen to this I want to take a late night drive with the windows down.  More please.  Heavenly Beat’s Designer is expected to be released later this year.  See him at Stubb’s on September 30.

:PWR BTTM – 1994:  It’s taken me far too long to come around on PWR BTTM.  They’re so good!  What was I thinking?  Anyhow, this song is a rad slice of 90s-enthused indie rock.  Ugly Cherries is due out September 18 via Father/Daughter.

:Yung – God:  It’s taken pretty much no time at all for me to fall in love with Yung.  Their singles (here’s the other one) have been impressive.  The These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores EP is due out September 18 via Fat Possum.

:Car Seat Headrest – Something Soon:  Matador just added Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo) to their illustrious roster.  As for this track, it’s really inspired and infectious, and I can’t stop listening to it.  Teens Of Style is due out October 30.

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