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Quickdraw: EL VY, Widowspeak, Low, jj, Caspian

August 6, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:EL VY – Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo):  EL VY is – and I’m quoting the press release here – “not a replacement or a side project, but a glimpse into an alternate musical universe” from Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls/Menomena).  OK?  Either way, those two are favorites of mine and this song is quite easy on the ears, so I’m in for more.  Return To The Moon is due out October 30 via 4AD.

:Widowspeak – Dead Love (So Still):  Where is everyone in regards to the upcoming Widowspeak album?  I feel like there hasn’t been much chatter about it.  This is another stellar single off of the LP (here’s another).  All Yours is due out September 4 via Captured Tracks.

:Low – What Part Of Me:  This is a really pretty new single from Low.  Like everyone else, my level of love for the band is at its highest when they’re crawling along and slinging darkness around, but this song is just too inviting to not appreciate.  Ones And Sixes is due out September 11 via Sub Pop.

:jj – Fuck It:  jj have seemingly reached a point where they have no more fucks to give, and I’m all about it.  This attitude-laced effort is rad and serves as a great companion piece to their other sassy single, Truce.  The Death EP is due out June 12.

:Caspian – Darkfield:  Things have been a little slow on the post rock front in 2015, so big ups to Caspian for providing fans of the genre something to lean on.  As always with anything instrumental, you should slap on some headphones before you hit play.  Dust And Disquiet is due out September 25 via Big Scary Monsters.

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Quickdraw: Advance Base, Oberhofer, Slow And Steady, Tearjerker, Caspian

July 6, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Advance Base – Trisha Please Come Home:  I miss Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, but at least Owen Ashworth is still making music as Advance Base.  This beautiful, melancholic track is the first single off of Nephew In The Wild, which is due out August 21 via Orindal.  By the way, you can actually see Advance Base at Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow.

:Oberhofer – White Horse, Black River:  This track has quickly become one of my overall favorites by Oberhofer.  It’s super catchy, and I particularly like how there’s a real sense of urgency in how it moves.  Chronovision is due out August 21 via Glassnote.

:Slow And Steady – Watching Life Go By:  “Slow and Steady’s debut is somber, but it’s by no means miserable.”  I think we’ll see about that, Mr. Press Release Writer.  This song totally screams otherwise.   In Time We Belong is due out August 14 via Broken Circles.

:Tearjerker – Perfect:  Tearjerker and their new LP seem to be flying under the radar a bit, and they really shouldn’t be.  I think they’re about to put out something that could be one of the year’s more interesting efforts.  The band will release Stay Wild themselves on July 17.

:Caspian – Sad Heart Of Mine:  For those of you with brains that can’t process words after the long holiday weekend, here’s a new one from instrumental vets Caspian.  Toss on some headphones and get lost in their gorgeous track.  Dust And Disquiet is due out September 25 via Triple Crown Records.

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Stream This

November 8, 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 Extra
M.I.A. – Matangi
Latryx – The Second Album
Mount Eerie – Pre-Human Ideas
Eminem – The Marshal Mathers LP 2
Lady Gaga – Artpop
Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Flume – Self Titled
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
Nguzunguzu – Skycell
Vaura – The Missing
Eraas – Initiation
Chris Garneau – Winter Games
Cold Beat – Worms EP
Caspian – Hymn For The Greatest Generation EP
ILLS – Hideout From The Feeders
Vaadat Charigim – The World Is Well Lost

VIDEOS

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down just put out The Feeling Kind EP on Ribbon Music.

Chvrches’ The Bones Of What You Believe is out now.  They play Stubb’s on November 22.

Ty Segall’s Sleeper is out now on Drag City.

Yuck’s Glow And Behold is out now on Fat Possum.

Frightened Rabbit’s Pedestrian Verse is out now on Atlantic Records.

JD Samson & MEN’s Labor is out now.  They play Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow night.

These New Puritans put out Field Of Reeds this week via Infectious/PIAS.

White Sea recently released the They Don’t Know single.

Tim Kasher recently released Adult Film.

The HairsCall Me Mista is out now.

Owen’s L’Ami du Peuple is out now on Polyvinyl.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s Fly By Wire is out now on Polyvinyl.  They play Holy Mountain on December 7.

Night Beds’ Country Sleep is out now on Dead Oceans.

Califone’s Stitches is out now on Dead Oceans.

Weekend put out Jinx earlier this year via Slumberland.

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Quickdraw: Dott, Tennis System, Other Lovers, Kevin Morby, Caspian

October 28, 2013

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Today’s music knows what you mean.  Enjoy.

:Dott – Small Pony:  Here’s a thoroughly catchy tune from Ireland’s Dott.  It’s sort of impossible to listen to it and not want to bob your head.  Snatch up Swoon when it gets released on December 3 via Graceface Records.

:Tennis System – The Summer After:  There’s a high level of energy on display in this track, and it’s largely because Tennis System recorded it (and four others) in just one take.  I can’t even write a post in one take, so good for them.  The band will release their Part Time Punks Session EP on November 19 via Papercup Music.

:Other Lovers – New:  Some of the fellas in Austin’s Knifight have started a label, and Other Lovers (also from Austin) are the first act to join their roster.  Their sound is raw and inspired, and I dig it.  You’ll be able to grab the Born To Party/Born To Be Old EP on November 26 via Oscillations Records.

:Kevin Morby – Slow Train (Featuring Cate Le Bon):  This is a really pretty song, and I’ve had a rather difficult time ignoring my desire to just keep it on repeat and stare out a window.  Kevin Morby will release Harlem River on November 26 through Woodsist Records.

:Caspian – Hymn For The Greatest Generation:  Caspian have been making great post-rock music for a long time, so it doesn’t surprise me that this track is an attention grabber.  The band will put out the Hymn For The Greatest Generation EP on November 11 on Triple Crown Records.  They play Red 7 on November 19.

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