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Quickdraw: White Lung, Nothing, Colleen Green, Moonface And Siinai, Haybaby

April 4, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed:  I’m really loving White Lung these days (check out their other recently released single here).  Their decision to move to a cleaner, more modern sound was smart.  Paradise is due out May 6 via Domino.  See the band at Sidewinder on July 13.

:Nothing – Eaten By Worms:  ”The song is very much about being in pain and dancing with the feverish curiosity of whether this life is anymore significant then what comes after or what came before. It’s very much about letting go.” – Domenic Palermo of Nothing.  Well there’s that.  Now take this slow burner and have a great Monday!  Tired Of Tomorrow is due out May 13 via Relapse.  See the band at Sidewinder on June 28.

:Colleen Green – Between The Lines:  Colleen Green has a new EP that she’s describing as being “Ramones-Core”.  I guess I hear that here?  Either way, I’m into it.  Colleen’s self titled EP will be out May 13 via Infinity Cat.

:Moonface and Siinai – Risto’s Riff:  Moonface (aka Spencer Krug from Wolf Parade) has teamed up with Finland’s own Siinai for a new full length.  This first single is a legit rocker, and I can’t wait to hear whatever else the two acts have cooked up.  My Best Human face is due out June 3 via Jagjaguwar.

:Haybaby – Joke-Rope:  Here’s a rad new one from Haybaby.  The more I listen to it, the more I fall in love with frontwoman Leslie Hong’s moody voice.  The Blood Harvest EP is due out April 29 via Tiny Engines.

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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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Stream This

February 27, 2015

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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 ➡ Purity Ring – Another Eternity

Of Montreal – Aureate Gloom
Moon Duo – Shadow Of The Sun
Cannibal Ox – Blade Of The Ronin
Lady Lamb – After
Pile – You’re Better Than This
Beech Creeps – Self Titled
Pillow Talk – What We Should Have Said EP
Au.Ra – Jane’s Lament
Eternal Death – Self Titled
Swervedriver – I Wasn’t Born To Lose You
ELEL – Self Titled EP
Tom Brosseau – Perfect Abandon
The Lowest Pair – The Sacred Heart Sessions
Yonatan Gat – Director

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
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Stream This

February 20, 2015

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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 ➡ Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up
Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
Radical Dads – Universal Coolers
The King Khan And BBQ Show – Bad News Boys
Gal Pals – Velvet Rut
Diet Cig – Over Easy EP
THEESatisfaction – EarthEE
Torche – Restarter
Diamond Rugs – Cosmetics
Iron And Wine – Archive Series: Volume 1
Pearls – Pretend You’re Mine
Keath Mead – Sunday Dinner
Tall Tales And The Silver Lining – Tightropes
Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell (Remixed)
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
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Quickdraw: Bop English, Colleen Green, American Wrestlers, Diet Cig, Hurry

January 29, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bop English – Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control):  Here’s the first single from Bop English, a new project from White Denim’s James Petralli.  It’s expansive, quirky and instantly likeable stuff.  Constant Bop is due out April 14 via Downtown Records.

:Colleen Green – TV:  Those of you who’ve long desired something to help explain your love of TV, this one is for you.  Be sure to thank Colleen Green by seeking out her new album, I Want To Grow Up, when it gets released on February 24 via Hardly Art.

:American Wrestlers – Kelly:  The press release for this song says it has “shimmering charm” and I totally agree.  I’m definitely interested in hearing whatever else American Wrestlers have to offer.  Look for the act’s self titled debut on April 7 via Fat Possum.

:Diet Cig – Harvard:  The lyrics in this new one from Diet Cig become increasingly direct, so by the time it ends my face is always completely cringed.  I like that.  In fact, I want more.  The Over Easy EP will be released on February 24 via Father/Daughter Records.

:Hurry – Shake It Off:  I came across Hurry in Pitchfork’s “tracks” section the other day, and I’m really pumped that I did.  This song of theirs is power pop perfection.  You can find it on Strength In Weakness, a six band split benefiting United Cerebral Palsy.

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Colleen Green

November 20, 2014

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I’m just about ready to completely enter year-end list mode, but before I do I want to share an awesome new one from Colleen Green.  The track is a sugary little number, and I think it might be the most accessible thing she’s ever done.  Maybe 2015 will be her year?  Guess we’ll see.  Enjoy.

:Colleen Green – Pay Attention:

I Want To Grow Up will be released on February 24 via Hardly Art.

Bonus Video:

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Colleen Green

March 5, 2013

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I didn’t realize Colleen Green had readied a new album, so receiving news of it yesterday was a pleasant surprise.  Hear a track below.  The new full length is titled Sock It To Me, and it’s expected out on March 19 via Hardly Art.  If you’re in Austin, Green will be playing Hotel Vegas on April 9.  Enjoy.

:Colleen Green – Heavy Shit:  I love Colleen because she writes songs that are thoroughly catchy.  You’ll see what I mean once you hit play and realize you can’t decide which part of this is more lodged in your head.

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