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Chvrches

May 16, 2016

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I recently realized that when it comes to Chvrches, I’m at a point where I can no longer tell which songs are which until the chorus arrives.  They all sound the same!  But somehow I mean that in a good way!  It’s weird.  Anyhow, below you’ll find the trio’s latest soaring pop anthem, which was crafted for the game Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.  Enjoy.

:Chvrches – Warning Call:

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is due out June 7.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 3

December 2, 2015

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Here’s the next set in my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list.  Enjoy.

- 50-41
- 40-31

30)  :Chvrches – Never Ending Circles:  This is such an infectious song.  Here’s hoping that Chvrches never ditch their anthemic pop routine.  From Every Open Eye.

29)  :Mas Ysa – Look Up:  I love me some Mas Ysa (aka Thomas Arsenault).  You should slap on some headphones for this ambitious track, which features big vocals and a wonderfully textured arrangement.  From Seraph.

28)  :Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle:  If you like your music to feel as sincere as possible, then look no further than this Julien Baker song.  Her voice here cuts right through me.  From Sprained Ankle.

27)  :Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin:  Kurt Vile is such a great songwriter, and he shows it all throughout this silly, but really clever track.  From B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down.

26)  :Yung – Blue Uniforms:  I’m all about noisy, shoegaze-esque indie rock, and this Yung song is six and a half glorious minutes of it.  Had to put it on my list!  From the These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores EP.

25)  :Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake?:  This Protomartyr track is not exactly an easy listen, but it’s totally worth the attention it requires.  Hit play, dial in and get rewarded.  From The Agent.

24)  :Amen Dunes – Song To The Siren (Tim Buckely/This Mortal Coil Cover):  Amen Dunes covered a cover (The Mortal Coil –> Tim Buckley) here, and I just really dig the way it came out.  Be warned, you’ll want whiskey about midway through this.  From Cowboy Worship.

23)  :Girlpool – Before The World Was Big:  Growing up is hard!  This Girlpool song makes me feel nostalgic (not sad, thankfully) about life before adulthood rolled in and took over.  From Before The World Was Big.

22)  :Fred Thomas – Bad Blood:  Fred Thomas and the definition of word vomit go hand in hand in this track, but that’s fine.  If only because the numerous things bouncing around in his head are all interesting and/or relatable.  From All Are Saved.

21)  :Black Milk – I Guess:  This is just an all-out, good time sort of effort by Black Milk.  He will always be one of my favorite voices in hip hop.  From the land of one-off tracks.

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Quickdraw: Big Grams, Chvrches, Death Cab For Cutie, Small Black, Youth Lagoon

September 11, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Big Grams – Fell In the Sun:  Phantogram and Big Boi are Big Grams.  The former are good here, but it’s the latter that makes the track memorable.  He just straight up just kills it at every turn.  The act’s self titled album is due out September 25 via Epic.

:Chvrches – Clearest Blue:  A couple of weeks back I got to check out Chvrches new album (it’s good, by the way), and this was one of the tracks that really stood out.  I’m glad it got released as s single.  Every Open Eye is due out September 25 via Glassnote.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Small Black – Back At Belle’s:  This is the third single to be released off of Small Black’s upcoming LP.  It has a shoegazey kind of feel to it that I think is pretty great.  Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar.  See them at Sidewinder on the same night.

:Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive (Tycho Remix):  Admittedly, if it’s been touched by Tycho, then I’m in 100%.  I do, however, really love what was done here – the track is now so much more atmospheric and headphone-worthy.  Grab this one-off effort while you can!  You can see Death Cab For Cutie at ACL Live twice later this month.

:Youth Lagoon – Rotten Human:  “I’d rather die than piss away my time”  This is easily one of my favorite Youth Lagoon songs.  Every lyric in it just hits hard.  Well done, Trevor Powers.  Savage Hills Ballroom is due out September 25 via Fat Possum.

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Quickdraw: FIDLAR, Chvrches, Yacht, Lemonade, Battles

August 17, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:FIDLAR – Drone:  I can’t wait for the new FIDLAR album.  Those guys don’t know how to make anything that’s not noisy and fun (as further proved by this catchy new single).  Too is out September 4 via Mom + Pop.  See the band at ACL in October.

:Chvrches – Never Ending Circles:  Here’s the latest anthemic pop effort from Chvrches.  I like it, but that’s probably because it sounds a whole lot like Recover.  If it ain’t broke don’t fix it?  Every Open Eye is due out September 25 via Glassnote.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Yacht – I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler:  Yacht love a good concept, so I’m not surprised that their new album is a “sweeping and visionary critique of the 21st century.”  This first single is a bit heavy handed on the songwriting side of things, but you’ll probably be too busy dancing to notice.  I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler is due out October 16 via Downtown.

:Lemonade – Dancer On The Shore:  Every time I listen to this song I totally zone out.  It’s a rather dreamy, hazy effort, and I just want to kick back somewhere while it drifts along in the background on repeat.  No word yet on when Lemonade’s next album will arrive.

:Battles – The Yabba:  You know what?  This song is 1,000 times more listenable than Tyondai Braxton’s solo stuff that he put out this year.  They never needed him anyway!  Battles’ La Di Da Di is due out September 18 via Warp.  See them at the Mohawk on October 14.

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Quickdraw: Wavves, Mac DeMarco, Reservations, Advance Base, Chvrches

July 20, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Wavves – Way Too Much:  I don’t believe Wavves have ever sounded as accessible as they do here.  I like it.  Unfortunately, band main-brain Nathan Williams seems to be having issues with Warner Bros, so who knows when a new album will be out.

:Mac DeMarco – I’ve Been Waiting For Her:  I haven’t been able to get enough of this Mac DeMarco track.  It’s so very relaxed and charming.  Another One is due out August 7 via Captured Tracks.  See him at Stubb’s on October 20.

:Reservations – Planet:  Jana Horn, Paul Price (Good Field) and Jason Baczynski (Tacks, The Boy Disaster) are Austin’s own Reservations, and this somber single is off of their new album, Taking Time, which is due out this Friday.  I’m excited to check it out.

:Advance Base – Pamela:  Here’s the latest melancholic effort from Owen Ashworth (aka Advance Base).  I’m pretty certain he could softly sing names off a list and I’d be into it.  Nephew In The Wild is due out August 21 via Orindal Records/Tomlab.

:Chvrches – Leave A Trace:  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that this new one from Chvrches was off of their debut LP.  But it’s not.  It definitely just got released.  The band is just barreling forward with what has clearly worked for them, and that’s fine with me.  Every Open Eye is due out September 25 via Glassnote.

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Chvrches

November 6, 2014

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If you’ve been curious about Chvrches and the mysterious song (the one referred to as either Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder or Eddie Murphy) that they’ve recently been playing live, then prepare to be satisfied -  an official version is now available.  Apparently the tune is what they’ve ponied up for the next Hunger Games film.  I think the track is what’s expected of the band – totally catchy electro-pop wonderfulness – but I have to say my fondness for it is enhanced by the entertaining and somewhat goofy image of watching Katniss jam it in some headphones before killing a bunch of people with a flurry of arrows from her bow.  Enjoy.

:Chvrches – Dead Air:

The soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is due out 11/18 via Republic.

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Stream This

October 24, 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 ➡ Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

Shivery Shakes – Three Waves And A Shake
Mono – The Last Dawn/Rays Of Darkness
Francisco The Man – Loose Ends
Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below
Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
Ought – Once More With Feeling
His Name Is Alive – Tecuciztecatl
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
Swearing At Motorists – While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Scott Walker And Sun O))) – Soused
French For Rabbits – Spirits
Wild Smiles – Always Tomorrow
Medicine – Home Everywhere
Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Interpol

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Quickdraw: Chvrches, Summer Salt, Leon Bridges, Cool Ghouls, Ariel Pink

October 23, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Chvrches – Get Away:  It’s perplexing to me why anyone would even attempt to improve upon the already perfect soundtrack for Drive, but BBC radio host Zane Lowe is giving it a go.  At least the project produced this new bit of dance-heavy fun from ChvrchesRadio One Rescores: Drive will air on October 30 on BBC Three.

:Summer Salt – Sweet To Me:  One of my favorite new acts out of Austin this year is Summer Salt.  If you like breezy pop tunes that are as charming as can be, then I think you’ll really love this new single from the band.  Keep an eye out for their upcoming EP.

:Leon Bridges – Coming Home:  Holy shit.  Yesterday I came across this soulful gem from Leon Bridges and it completely stunned me.  The guy has one of those classic voices that’s just impossible to get enough of.  No word yet on when an EP or album will arrive.

:Cool Ghouls – What A Dream I Had:  Here’s the latest retro jam from Cool Ghouls.  As Noah and I have said before, they’re one of the more impressive acts out of the Bay Are right now, and you should have their upcoming LP on your radar.  A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye is due out November 11 via Empty Cellar Records.

:Ariel Pink – Black Ballerina:  You may want to give this bizarro, 80s-enthused track from Ariel Pink a few listens.  My initial reaction was that of pure hate, but now I think it’s rad and weirdly catchy.  Look for Pom Pom when it gets released on November 18 via 4AD.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 3

December 13, 2013

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This is it! I’m done listing things for you people. If you’re curious about what the staff loved, look for an all-inclusive post next week!  Enjoy.

05) Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

If I were to jot down a list of my biggest surprises of 2013, Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City would be at the top.  I’ll forever feel sort of silly for assuming they could never be this good.

:Vampire Weekend – Step:

04) Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe

Chvrches were pretty much all the rage this year, and it’s easy to see why when listening to The Bones Of What You Believe.  There’s just not a bad song anywhere on it.

:Chvrches – Recover:

03) Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen

I’ve listened to Waiting For Something To Happen at least once a week since it was released back in February.  I love the songwriting.  Also, I think there’s only a handful of indie pop acts that can claim to be as infectious as Veronica Falls.

:Veronica Falls – Buried Alive:

02) Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana

Speedy Ortiz’s Major Arcana is a sloppy slice of 90s alt-rock, and I absolutely love it to no end.  I only wish I had managed to give the band more love on SOTO throughout the year.

:Speedy Ortiz – Tiger Tank:

01) Mikal Cronin – MCII

Mikal Cronin dominated my 2013 with MCII.  From front to back the album is nothing but one stellar pop rock song after another, and it pretty much made me a forever fan of Mikal’s.  Here’s hoping a follow-up isn’t too far away.

:Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out:

5 Honorable Mentions:
Bleached – Ride Your Heart
Quasi – Mole City
Mirror Travel – Mexico
Russian Circles – Memorial
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 2

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 5

December 6, 2013

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Well, this is the end of it.  Feel free to comment and mention anything I may have missed.  Otherwise, take in all the songs, and then join me next Wednesday through Friday for my Top 25 Albums of 2013.  Enjoy.

PS – You can check out 47 of the 50 tracks on this list on Spotify here.

10)  :Jonny Fritz – Ain’t It Your Birthday:  If I were doing a list of the year’s most fun songs, there’s a good chance I would slap this in the #1 spot.  Jonny Fritz is a rad dude.  From Dad Country.

09)  :Veronica Falls – Buried Alive:  This song is so hopelessly romantic.  And well made.  And catchy.  And just awesome.  I’ve actually listened to it so much that I’m surprised I didn’t burn myself out on it.  From Waiting For Something To Happen.

08)  :Quasi – You Can Stay But You Gotta Go:  The return of Quasi was fronted by this wonderfully sloppy 90s-ish indie rock track.  It deserves to be played at a volume that might get you evicted.  From Mole City.

07)  :Ellie Goulding – Tessellate (Alt-J Cover):  This is actually the second year in a row that Ellie Goulding has landed a one-off cover in the top 10 of my song list.  If you ask me, that probably means she should hurry up and do a covers album.

06)  :Haim – The Wire:  I know everyone digs Falling, but this is the song that made me appreciate/love Haim.  It’s like Shania Twain meets arena rock, which is weird but apparently what I’ve always wanted.  From Days Are Gone.

05)  :Diarrhea Planet – Separations:  Yes, the name Diarrhea Planet is silly.  Now with that out of the way, please allow this song to rock your soul.  From I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

04)  :Yuck – Middle Sea:  Yuck lost a frontman and then just continued on like it was nothing.  That’s impressive.  I think this is one of the best songs in their catalog.  From Glow And Behold.

03)  :Chvrches – Recover:  The Mother We Share is a great track (that ranked high on my song list last year), but part of me feels like this is Chvrches’ best single.  Such synth-pop goodness.  From The Bones Of What You Believe.

02)  :Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out:  I was so very close to putting this Mikal Cronin gem in the top spot.  It really is one of the better pop rock songs to come along over the last year or three.  From MCII.

01)  :Vampire Weekend – Step:  It wasn’t until I sat down to do this list that I realized just how much I adore this Vampire Weekend track.  I think it’s an endlessly impressive piece of pop music that’s totally deserving of all the time and attention you can spare.  From Modern Vampires Of The City.

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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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Stream This

September 20, 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

Icona Pop – This Is … Icona Pop
Jesu – Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
Frankie Rose – Herein Wild
Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir
Islands – Ski Mask
Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day
Au Revoir Simone – Move In Spectrums
Juliette Commagere – Human
American Sharks – Self Titled
Love Inks – Generation Club
The Crooks – Hold Fast
Oh Land – Wish Bone
Matt Pond – The Threeep

VIDEOS

White Denim will release Corsicana Lemonade on October 29 via Downtown.  They’re set for both weekends of ACL.

Black Books’ self titled album is due October 15 via Believe Recordings.

Yuck will put out Glow & Behold on September 30 via Fat Possum.

Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is out now on Jagjaguwar.

MGMT’s self titled album is out now on Columbia Records.

Bass Drum Of Death have a self titled effort that’s out now on Innovative Leisure.  They play the Parish on October 18.

Static Jacks will release In Blue on September 30 via Old Friends Records.

Sebadoh’s Defend Yourself is out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Laura Veirs’ Warp And Weft is out now Raven Marching Band.

Solange’s True EP is out now on Saint Records.

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is out now.

St. Lucia’s When The Night is due October 8 via Neon Gold/Columbia.

In The Valley Below released the Peaches EP this week via Capitol Records.

We Are Scientists will release their Business Casual EP on October 15 via Dine Alone Records.

HSY just released their self titled EP on Buzz Records.

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Stream This

August 9, 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

Chastity Belt – No Regrets
Dog Party – Lost Control
Spaceships – Cool Breeze Over The Mountains
Soft Swells – Lifeboats EP
Tree -Demons EP
The Delta Mirror – Better Unsung
Running – Vaguely Ethnic
Typhoon – White Lighter

VIDEOS

Chvrches will put out The Bones Of What You Believe on September 24 via Glassnote.

Au Revoir Simone will release Move In Spectrums on September 24 via Instant Records.

Minks just released Tides End on Captured Tracks.

Batwings Catwings’ Whoa EP is out now on Higher Life.

Porcelain Raft will release Permanent Signal on August 20 via Secretly Canadian.

Quasimoto’s Yessir Whatever is currently available.

MGMT will put out a self titled album on September 17 via Columbia.

Caged Animals will release In The Land Of Giants on September 3 via Lucky Number.

Phosphorescent’s Muchacho is out now on Dead Oceans.

Rhye’s Woman is out now Loma Vista.

Laura Veirs will release Warp and Welt on August 20.

Portugal, The Man’s Evil Friends is out now on Atlantic.

Yo La Tengo’s Fade is out now on Matador.

Sombear’s Love You In The Dark is out now.

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Stream This

June 21, 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

Bass Drum Of Death – Self Titled
Lightning Dust – Fantasy
The Orwells – Other Voices
Matias Aguayo – The Visitor
oOoOO – Without Your Love
James Holden – The Inheritors
Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Smith Westerns – Soft Will
Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled
Selebrities – Lovely Things
Columboid – Monster Vision

VIDEOS

The Sour Notes’ In The Meanwhile cassingle is available now.  They have a free show at the Blackheart tonight.

Majical Cloudz recently released Impersonator via Matador.  They play Red 7 on August 31.

JJ DOOM randomly released this track.  Their last effort together was in 2012.

The Postal Service reunited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Give Up.

The Coathangers just put out a 7″ on Suicide Squeeze.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Chvrches will release The Bones Of What You Believe on September 24 through Glassnote Records.  They’ll play Stubb’s on November 22.

Barbarossa will release Bloodlines on August 8 via Memphis Industries.

The Hussy’s Pagan Hiss is out now on Southpaw Records.

Foals’ Holy Fire is out now on Sub Pop.

San Fermin will put out a self titled album on September 17 via Downtown Records.

Metz’s self titled album is currently available on Sub Pop.

Wavves’ Afraid Of Heights is out now on Mom + Pop.

Niagara released OTTO earlier this year on Monotreme Records.

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Quickdraw: Chvrches, TV Girl, Smith Westerns, Pure Bathing Culture, Shark Week

May 28, 2013

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Today’s music ain’t got no time for that.  Enjoy.

:Chvrches – Gun:  I’m not sure this if is a better single than Recover or The Mother We Share, but it’s certainly dancier than those two songs combined.  Try not to pull anything, OK?  Chvrches are all set to release the Gun single on July 15 via Virgin/Goodbye.

:TV Girl – She Smokes In Bed:  While browsing the web completely hungover and thinking I might die, I came across this new song from TV Girl.  It made things better.  They’re such a good pop act.  The band will put out the Lonely Woman EP on June 18 via their Bandcamp page.

:Smith Westerns – 3AM Spiritual:  As is always the case with the Smith Westerns, this is a song with a really pretty sound.  I recommend headphones just so you can hear all of its glorious little details.  Soft Will is all set to be released on June 25 through Mom + Pop.

:Pure Bathing Culture – Pendulum:  I wasn’t exactly a fan of this track when I first gave it a listen, but it’s grown on me as I’ve spent more time with it.  Just took me a bit to appreciate how well crafted it is, I suppose.  Moon Tides is due out August 20 via Partisan.

:Shark Week – Go West:  Here’s a new single from a band that played SOTO’s SXSW day party, DC VS Austin.  It’s got a spaghetti western thing going on that I really dig.  The band is set to put out the Santurce 7″ on July 30 via Analog Edition Records.

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