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Quickdraw: Grooms, Radical Dads, Cheatahs, Lowin, Gal Pals

January 20, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Grooms – Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair:  There’s a distinct Dismemberment Plan vibe all over this new one from Grooms, and that has me really excited about what else may be on their new album.  Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair is due out February 17 via Western Vinyl.

:Radical Dads – Don’t Go:  “Don’t you touch my dude!”  That’s the opening lyric here, and I think it’s hilarious.  As for the rest of the song, it’s high quality 90s-enthused indie rock, and I dig it.  Universal Coolers is due out February 24 via Old Flame.

:Cheatahs – Sunne:  According to the press release for this track, Cheatahs wanted a “bittersweet end-of-day feeling, as if the sun were setting” type of sound here.  Nailed it.  The Sunne EP is due out February 23 via Wichita Recordings.

:Lowin – Best Laid Plans:  Austin’s own Lowin came into existence about a year ago, and they’ve been a favorite of mine ever since.  That Sara Houser sure can sing.  Look for the band’s Royal Jelly EP on April 7.

:Gal Pals – Punisher:  Here’s a new single (the last one is here) from Gal Pals’ upcoming debut.  It’s delightfully raw and catchy as hell.  Velvet Rut is due out February 24 via Papercup Music.

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Stream This

June 6, 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 ➡ Jack White – Lazaretto

Pollen – Self Titled EP
The Fresh & Onlys – House Of Spirits
Tom Vek – Luck
Die Antwoord – Donker Mag
Tiny Victories – Haunts
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
Clipping – CLPPNG
Craft Spells – Nausea
How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Soundtrack
Lust For Youth – International
Tomas Barfod – Love Me
Yesway – Self Titled
Vanish – Memory Work
Glass Animals – ZABA
Stagnant Pools – Geist
American Analog Set – Know By Heart

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Parquet Courts

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Stream This

February 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Phantogram – Voices

The Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Pillar Point – Self Titled
Lost In The Trees – Past Life
Solids – Blame Confusion
New Bums – Voices In A Rented Room
Shocking Pinks – Guilt Mirrors
Evan Only – Not Matter What EP
Dawn Landes – Bluebird
Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Sour Notes

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Stream This

February 7, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP

Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
Cheatahs – Self Titled
Total Slacker – Slip Away
Sunn O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials
Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
The Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
The Burlies – Self Titled EP
Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine
Illum Sphere – Ghosts Of Then And Now
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
Majestico – When Kingdom Come
El Ten Eleven – For Emily EP
Com Truise – Wave 1 EP
Secret Colours – Positive Distractions: Part 1
Temples – Sun Structures

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Julie Ruin

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Quickdraw: Bleeding Rainbow, Cheatahs, Speedy Ortiz, Owls, The Men

January 13, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bleeding Rainbow – So You Know:  There’s some 90s shimmer to this Bleeding Rainbow track, and I’m digging it.  I’m curious to see if their upcoming album is entirely like this or if there will be a few tracks that still sport the band’s usual upbeat/fuzzy sound.  Kanine Records is set to release Interrupt on February 25.

:Cheatahs – Get Tight:  It never dawned on me until this song, but Cheatahs sound a lot like the early days of Silversun Pickups.  I approve.  You’ll be able to grab the band’s self titled debut on February 11 via Wichita Recordings.

:Speedy Ortiz – American Horror:  Here’s the second single from Speedy Ortiz’s upcoming EP.  It’s a little less hooky than some of their other tunes, but the band makes up for it with a heavier than usual sound.  Crank it, friends.  Get the Real Hair EP on February 11 via Carpark Records.

:Owls – I’m Surprised:  After a solid 13 year break, Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor Villarreal, and Sam Zurick have decided to reform as Owls.  This is one of those things that’s good for the world.  Polyvinyl will release Two on March 25.

:The Men – Pearly Gates:  The Men are back (after two or three days off this past Fall) with their fifth album in as many years, and this first single is wild and kind of perfect.  The awesomely titled Tomorrow’s Hits is due out on March 4 via Sacred Bones.  See the band at the Mohawk on April 26.

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Stream This

October 4, 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

Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea Split Of Peas
Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring
Of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvianbriar
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
Parquet Courts – Tally All The Things That You Broke EP
Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind
Dream Shake – Self Titled
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – The Speed Of Things
Tim Kasher – Adult Film
St. Lucia – When The Night
Cumulus – I Never Meant It To Be Like This
RJD2 – More Is Than Isn’t

VIDEOS

Courtney Barnett’s The Double EP: A Sea Splits Of Peas is due October 15 on House Anxiety/Marathon Artists.

Mikal Cronin’s MCII is out now on Merge.

Cults will release Static on October 15 via Columbia Records.  They play Emo’s East on November 4.

Crocodiles’ Crimes Of Passion is out now on Frenchkiss.  They play Holy Mountain on October 31.

Palma Violets’ 180 is out now on Rough Trade.

Cheatahs will release a double A-side single on October 29 via Wichita Recordings.

Forest Swords’ Engravings is out now on Tri Angle Records.

Fuck Buttons will release the Brainfreeze 12″ on October 8 via ATP Recordings.

Jackson Scott’s Melbourne is out now on Fat Possum.

Hunters have a self titled album out now on Mom + Pop.

Jaguar Ma’s Howlin is available now via Mom + Pop.

The High Highs will put out the A Real Hero single soon via Never Leave Never Sleep.

Bad Bad Hats have a free five-song EP out now on Afternoon Records.

Forest Fire’s Screens is out now on FatCat.

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Quickdraw: Cheatahs, Frankie Rose, The Casket Girls, Gap Dream, Tony Molina

September 3, 2013

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Today’s music has never had a problem with your drinking.  Enjoy.

:Cheatahs – Cut The Grass:  I was hoping the arrival of this slab of shoegaze meant Cheatahs had readied their debut full length, but it’s apparently not coming until 2014.  Bummer.  On the bright side, you can get this song (and another a-side) in 7″ form on October 29 via Wichita Recordings.

:Frankie Rose – Street Of Dreams:  This has quickly become my favorite Frankie Rose song.  I really like the way the vocals are layered, and the pulsing beat provides a nice 80s touch.  Herein Wild is due out on September 24 through Fat Possum.

:The Casket Girls – Holding You Back:  It’s difficult to listen to this dream pop gem and not feel like there’s a variety of sad teenagers somewhere that could really use it.  I wonder if that’s what The Casket Girls were going for?  The band will participate in the first ever Cassette Store Day (September 7) by releasing a two-song limited edition tape via Graveface Records.

:Gap Dream – Shine Your Love:  “Everybody in this whole wide world has gone straight up insane.”  I agree.  Gap Dream will put out this quirky pop tune in 7″ form on September 17 via Fat PossumShine Your Light is the name of the full length, and it’s due November 12 on Burger Records.

:Tony Molina – Breakin’ Up:  Here’s a super quick one from Tony Molina.  I think it’s a fantastic pop song, and his upcoming effort is now a must-get for me.  The Six Tracks EP will be out next month as part of Matador’s Singles Going Home Alone 7″ series.

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Quickdraw: Grape St, Radical Dads, Cheatahs, Haim, Alela Diane

March 18, 2013

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Today’s music is happy that SXSW is over.  Enjoy.

:Grape St – A Date With You:  Here’s another band (the other is Lace Curtains) that has come about because of Harlem going on hiatus.  They make some seriously catchy stuff and have quickly become an act to know around Austin.  Our friends over at Austin Town Hall will release A Date With You tomorrow.

:Radical Dads – Mountain Town:  This act put out an easy to like indie rock album titled Mega Rama back in 2011.  It was a super solid release, but I will say that I like how this track seems to indicate a more aggressive approach on their new LP.  That should make for some added fun.  Rapid Reality is due out May 21 via Uninhabitable Mansions.

:Cheatahs – Fall:  I saw this band’s name on a lot of SXSW bills, but I didn’t make an effort to see them.  This may have been a mistake, as I’m now seeing that they make some rather good shoegaze.  No release date has been given, but Cheatahs are expected to out an album this year via Wichita.

:Haim – Falling (Duke Dumont Remix):  I tend to be overly picky when it comes to remixes, so you know it means something when I say that I really dig what Duke Dumont did with this track.  It’s now so light that it effortlessly glides around the room.  Turn the volume up like you mean it.

:Alela Diane – The Way We Fall:  This is such a pretty track.  I’ve really got to start paying more attention to Alela.  I always post the singles and then never check out her albums, which is just totally lame on my part.  Anyway, About Farewell will be released at some point later this year.

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