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Quickdraw: Bully, Wolf Parade, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Alex Lahey

September 5, 2017

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Quickdraw!  Enjoy.

Bully – Running

If you love Alicia Bognano’s snarl (how could you not?), then you’re really going to like this new single from Bully.  I can’t wait to check out the act’s upcoming album, Losing.  It’s due out October 20.

Go see Bully at Emo’s on December 8.

Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Here’s a nice power pop tune from Wolf Parade.  I really love the way this track moves.  Be sure to snatch up the new LP, Cry Cry Cry, on October 6.

WP will play the Frank Erwin Center on September 27.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything

This Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile song sounds exactly like what I thought a Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile song would song like.  No complaints here.  Look for their album Lotta Sea Lice on October 13.

The duo will play ACL Live on November 11.

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Brother

The Rural Alberta Advantage have announced a new album, The Wild (due out October 13), and the song below is the lead single.  I didn’t quite connect with 2014′s Mended With Gold (though I feel like I should revisit it), so it’s definitely the best thing I’ve heard from them in a long time.

The band will play Barracuda on November 13.

Alex Lahey – Lotto In Reverse

I just realized that I never posted the first single (it’s here, it’s good) off of Alex Lahey’s upcoming album, I Love You Like A Brother.  That was silly of me.  Anyhow, the second track is a winner as well, and my guess at this point is that the new LP is going to be great.  It’s due out October 8.

Alex will play Barracuda on November 30.

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Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis And Friends

March 24, 2016

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This morning I popped up and found a variety of Grateful Dead covers waiting for me in my inbox.  Initially, this seemed odd, but after giving myself a moment to fully wake up, I read that they’re all from a whopping 59-track tribute, curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, that’s coming out in May.  I’m guessing it’ll be pretty neat.  Directly below you’ll find my favorite of the bunch that showed up today (way to go, Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis & Friends), and if you scroll ever so slightly further down you’ll be able to check out the rest of the covers in video form.  Enjoy.

:Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis And Friends – Sugaree (Grateful Dead Cover):

Day of the Dead is due out May 20 via 4AD.  All profits will help fight for AIDS/HIV and related health issues around the world through the Red Hot Organization.

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2015 SOTO Staff Picks

December 30, 2015

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Hey!  Here’s what the SOTO staff dug this year.  Enjoy.

Here you go!

1. Tobias Gesso Jr. – Goon

2. Shamir – Ratchet

3. Tame Impala – Currents

4. Mild High Club – Timeline

5. Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes

Assembled from my list other list of Best Albums of 2015, I wanted to give the fine SOTO readers who may not be into metal a little taste of what some of the borderline metal albums this year achieved. These bands can be classified as metal, but in reality when the non-metalhead hears these records will think, “I can understand the words,” and “They are actually singing a melody,” so I call this list the Best Non-Metal Metal Albums of the Year … enjoy!

5. Clutch – Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker)

The decision to stick with a more rock based approach for Clutch worked on Earth Rocker, and Psychic Warfare presents more of that same powerful attitude and emphasis on their abilities to write strong hooks and lyrically profound jams. A balanced album that seamlessly continues the trajectory of the band gives us some great new singable tunes … and, of course, mentions Texas (so I have to love it even more).

4. Soilwork – The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast)

At some point Soilwork will write a terrible record – but The Ride Majestic is not that record. I am astounded by Soilwork’s ability to continually write albums that stretch what they do as a band, yet somehow fit perfectly into their catalog. This record has everything for the Euro-metalcore fan to celebrate.

3. Refused – Freedom (Epitaph)

While watching Refused on their reunion tour at Fun Fun Fun Fest, not one of their diehard fans could have possibly guessed that they could even put together another album, let alone a release as striking as Freedom. Almost two decades have passed since their ‘final’ album, The Shape of Punk to Come, and all we wanted was perfection. In many ways, Dennis Lyxzen and company have not only succeeded, but essentially created an album that did exactly what it needed to do: began the next era of punk to come.

2. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things (Century Media)

The strange thing here is, whereas failing to pin down Paradise Lost made me move away from them, Intronaut’s similarly diverse catalog feels like a creative continuation, rather than a struggle to find a place amongst the ferns. The Direction of Last Things‘ breadth will surprise even the most hardened critic. If you aren’t BTBAM, prog metal is not an easy thing to make palatable – yet this record is undeniable.

1. Baroness – Purple (Abraxan Hymns)

Unlike the rest of the modern metal world, I did not hold Baroness’ last album in the highest regard. There were some great moments, but it was a double album that could have been boiled down to one spectacular album. So much has transpired for the band since then – setting aside the bus crash and the fallout of having to relearn how to do even menial tasks, rebuilding a band after two core members cannot continue must be daunting. After getting on the road and touring for a year with a new rhythm section, the iron seemed hot enough to get the recording going. As we hear the pieces of Purple, all that has transpired falls into the rear view. When consumed in full? Enlightened, transcendental, and mature beyond their years, Baroness’ Purple grows in stature with every listen. Heavier than the last two records, but with more subtle strides in structure, this is as close as we may get to a perfect album. Baroness tapped into something I hope they can channel for many years to come.

Enjoy!

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

2. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

3. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

4. Fashawn – The Ecology

5. Lizzo – Big GRRRL, Small World

1. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down (Matador)

I’ve jammed this more than any other 2015 release. Vile’s songs are intriguing, yet detached. BIGD manages to say a lot about us as people and our continued course towards ultimate self involvement/destruction. It’s Vile’s own cosmic navel gazing that somehow speaks for the mass of all lost human beings looking for recognition while yearning to be left alone.

2. Dean McPhee – Fatima’s Hand (Hood Faire)

Over the course of Fatima’s Hand and its five meditative (and fully improvised) tracks, you are offered a range of solar spirituals. The depth and variance guitarist Dean McPhee is able to achieve with just a Telecaster, some pedals, and an amp deserves serious accolades.

3. Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics (Abduction Records)

Richard Bishop, Alan Bishop, and Charles Gocher’s finest moment gets its first reissue since 1993! Whether you consider it an underground footnote or THE best album released in the 1990s (which this writer does,) it’s easy to be pumped to not have to pay $150 for the original 1990 Marjora release on vinyl. Now Space Prophet Dogon can be jammed on wax for $17 thanks to Abduction Records.

4. Joshua Abrams – Magnetoception (Eremite)

It’s not often that a double LP of extended ensemble performances can be so damned captivating. With his magical guimbri in tow, Abrams and crew are to put it mildly, fucking killing it. This side of music has not sounded this fresh and appealing in a long damned time. Abrams is proving that solar/fire music can and will last way beyond its original purveyors.

5. Jack DeJohnette – Made In Chicago

The best jazz release this year by a mile. Recorded in 2013 at Chicago’s Millennium Park, it features pieces by DeJohnette, Mitchell, and Threadgill as well as improvised group pieces – all of them stunning. Even as each of these players age, their work continues to be timeless and endlessly inventive.

With honorable mentions to Lithuania, Metz, Beach Slang, Mike Krol, OBN IIIs and Sweet Talk, I give you my five favorite albums of the year:

1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

2. Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

3. Bop English – Constant Bop

4. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

5. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

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Top 25 Albums Of 2015: Part 2

December 11, 2015

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Here are the final 10 entries in my Top 25 Albums of 2015 list!  You can see the whole thing on one page here.  Also, a Spotify playlist of most of the albums can be found here.  Enjoy.

PS – Just in cased you missed my Top 50 Songs of 2015, that list can be found here.

10) Bop English – Constant Bop

Constant Bop is my favorite album to come out of Austin this year.  I adore White Denim and want frontman James Petralli to get things back underway there, but I hope he doesn’t take too long to roll out another Bob English effort.

:Bop English – Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control):

09) Youth Lagoon – Savage Hills Ballroom

It took me a few months to get around to giving Youth Lagoon’s Savage Hills Ballroom my full attention, but once I did it pulled me in and refused to let go.  It’s a sprawling effort that’s best experienced via headphones.

:Youth Lagoon – The Knower:

08) FIDLAR – Too

FIDLAR’s Too is a worthy follow-up to their 2013 self titled debut.  I love how sloppy, scatterbrained and loud it is.

:FIDLAR – 40oz. On Repeat:

07) Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly has grown on me more and more as the year has gone on.  At first I liked about half of its songs, and now I think that from front to back it’s an experience that shouldn’t be missed.

:Kendrick Lamar – Alright:

06) Annabel – Having It All

Whether or not you’re a fan of emo music, you should give Annabel’s Having It All a shot.  It’s really well crafted and the songwriting is fantastic.

:Annabel – Having It All:

05) Tame Impala – Currents

Currents is another stellar set of tracks from Tame Impala.  Now if only I could decide whether it’s their weirdest album or their most accessible.  It might actually be both.

:Tame Impala – Let It Happen:

04) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett is a woman with a lot on her mind, and she shows it all throughout Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.  It’s such a charming, interesting album.

:Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best:

03) Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

Every single song on Rose Mountain is fantastic.  I really thought the album would serve as Screaming Females’ big break, but the band seems to still be flying under the radar.  That’s all wrong.  They deserve all the love!

:Screaming Females – Criminal Image:

02) Doomtree – All Hands

Doomtree really hit it out the park with All Hands.  If you like intense, anthemic, energetic, brainy hip hop, then you need to make sure that the Minneapolis collective’s latest effort is in your rotation.

:Doomtree – .38 Airweight:

01) Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

I was packing totally unreasonable expectations for Sleater-Kinney’s No Cities To Love – their first album in a decade – and it not only managed to impress the hell out of me, but it kept me engaged for nearly the entire year (it came out in January).  That means every other album released in 2015 had the chance to dethrone No Cities To Love, and it never happened.  SK forever!

:Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 5

December 3, 2015

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This is it!  The end of my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  Dive into the final 10 tracks and then let me know your thoughts.  Enjoy.

PS – You can check out the entire song list on one page here, or the majority of it (47/50 tracks) on Spotify right here.

PS – Look for my Top 25 albums and my Austin Essentials mix next week.

- 50-41
- 40-31
- 30-21
- 20-21

10)  :Chairlift – Ch-Ching:  I never would have guessed that Chairlift had something this edgy in them.  I hope there’s more of the same to come.  From the land of one-off tracks (though I assume it’ll pop up on an album next year).

09)  :Tame Impala – Let It Happen:  This is such a sprawling, wonderful number from Tame Impala.  If I were to rank out all of their songs, I’d put this somewhere near the top.  From Currents.

08)  :Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:  While I’ve been a fan of Ratatat for a long time, this is the first song of theirs that I’ve truly been crazy about.  It’s so very groovy.  From Magnifique.

07)  :Annabel – Having It All:  Earlier in the year my care-level in regards to the resurgence of emo was roughly a 6/10. This Annabel track is what shoved it to 10/10.  It’s just about perfect.  From Having It All.

06)  :Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:  When I ran into front-lady Sadie Dupuis at Fun Fun Fun Fest I had the urge to nervously ramble about how much I love this track and how I think it’s Speedy Ortiz’s most complete sounding effort, but instead I just played it cool and helped her find the bathroom.  Nailed it!  From Foil Deer.

05)  :Sheer Mag – Button Up:  This fuzzy, Thin Lizzy-esque song from Sheer Mag is just about as infectious as it gets.  I blame Christina Halladay’s rad voice.  And the rad guitar riffs.  And all the other rad bits, too.  From the II 7″.

04)  :Built To Spill – Living Zoo:  I don’t remember the last time that Built To Spill sounded so inspired.  The build-up at the beginning of this is something I’ll never tire of.  From Untethered Moon.

03)  :Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky:  Yes, there’s a strong Talking Heads vibe at play here.  Yes, this song is rather pretentious.  Regardless, not much else has captivated me quite like it has over the course of numerous listens.  Good work, Ought.  From Sun Coming Down.

02)  :Kendrick Lamar – Alright:  If I were to sort this list based on “times played” then it’s likely that this hope-themed track would have landed at #1.  It’s one of Kendrick Lamar’s best. From To Pimp A Butterfly.

01)  :Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best:  I like that most artists these days feel lifted out of the 90s, but it’s probably time for everyone to shift gears.  This Courtney Barnett song is as good as that throwback sound is going to get.  Even the video is 90s perfect.  Also, I think “Put me on a pedestal, and I’ll only disappoint you” might be one of my favorite lines ever.  From Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

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Courtney Barnett (Video Premiere)

June 25, 2015

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Photo by PJ Pantelis

Courtney Barnett is currently a big favorite of mine.  I adore her album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, and I love seeing her perform.  That’s why I jumped on the chance to premiere one of the song’s off of a full performance that the slick folks over at Moshcam recently shot.  It’s her LP’s opening track (or the Side One Track One, if you will), Elevator Operator, and it’s a fun watch/listen.  Enjoy.

PS – Be sure to visit Moshcam on July 6 so that you can check out the full 16-track show that they filmed.

Moshcam, the world’s home of live music video, have filmed over 1,000 gigs in the last few years. From Alabama Shakes, to Slash, PJ Harvey and Hot Chip, and in some of the world’s best venues, too! You can stream live music until your heart’s content for free at Moshcam’s website.

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Courtney Barnett

March 3, 2015

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I’ve just about worn out Pedestrian At Best, so big ups to the wonderful Courtney Barnett for tossing out a new single.  Hopefully it’ll hold me over until I can see her at SXSW (or convince someone to give me her album early).  As for the track, it doesn’t quite feature the elaborate word play that she’s quickly becoming known for, but I think you’ll find its simple yet beautiful approach to be equally fantastic.  Enjoy.

:Courtney Barnett – Depreston:

Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is due out March 23 via Mom + PopSee Courtney at the Mohawk on June 5.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Courtney Barnett, The King Khan And BBQ Show, Quarterbacks, Lower Dens, Fred Thomas

February 2, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best:  I can’t stop listening to this whip-smart new one from Courtney Barnett.  I won’t at all be surprised if her upcoming album ends up dominating me.  Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Out will be released on March 24 via Mom + Pop.

:The King Khan And BBQ Show – Illuminations:  Whenever a King Khan And The BBQ Show press release pops up in my inbox, I get excited.  Sure, there’s no information in these emails that’s actually useful, but they’re funny and tend to contain really jangly, awesome tunes.  Bad News Boys is due out February 24 via In The Red.

:Quarterbacks – Knicks:  I think I’m finally ready to jump on Quarterbacks‘ bandwagon, and it’s all because of this 55 second track.  It just oozes charm.  The band’s self titled album is due out February 10 via Team Love/Double Whammy.

:Lower Dens – To Die In L.A.:  Before you hit play on this Lower Dens track, slap on some headphones.  It’s a wonderfully produced effort, and you should lets its various layers exclusively fill your head.  Escape From Evil will be released on March 31 via Ribbon Music.

:Fred Thomas – Bad Blood:  Fred Thomas (from Saturday Looks Good To Me) just signed to Polyvinyl.  This first single off of his solo debut is rambly as hell and perhaps a bit pretentious, but I dig it.  All Are Saved is due out April 7.

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Quickdraw: Courtney Barnett, The Rosebuds, Rubblebucket, Francisco The Man, Jenny Hval & Susanna

July 21, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Courtney Barnett – Pickles From The Jar:  I want as much Courtney Barnett as I can get, so I love that between recording a new album and touring she’s also running Milk! Records with some friends of hers.  This wordy charmer is off of the label’s upcoming 10″ compilation, which you can get more info on here.  See Courtney play at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:The Rosebuds – Blue Eyes:  Here’s the second single from The Rosebuds’ upcoming full length (their sixth overall).  It’s a really nice jangly pop tune, and with it I move a bit closer to confidently declaring that the new album will be a great one.    Sand + Silence is due out August 5 on Western Vinyl.  See the band at ACL in October.

:Rubblebucket – Carousel Ride:  Rubblebucket are currently one of my favorite pop acts.  This track, like so many of their other efforts, is synthy and hooky in all of the right ways.  Survival Sounds will be released August 25 via Communion Records.  See the band at Red 7 on October 23.

:Francisco The Man – Progress:  There’s an infectious amount of energy on display in this track, and I really dig it.  I’m definitely looking forward to hearing whatever else is on Francisco The Man’s upcoming debut.  The band will release Loose Ends on September 30 via Small Plates Records.

:Jenny Hval & Susanna – I Have Walked This Body:  I’m not at all familiar with Jenny Hval or Susanna, but I’m happy that the Norwegian ladies decided to pair up for an album.  I think this vocal-heavy track is pretty stellar.  Meshes Of Voices is due out August 19 via SusannaSonata.

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Dan’s Favorite Albums of 2014 … So Far

July 9, 2014

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I’m a sucker for the “Top Albums of the Year!” lists, so I’ve been reading a bunch of articles on the best music for the first half of 2014. It’s been fascinating to see which albums I slept on and which ones I maybe needed to give a second listen. The only thing that bothered me was I didn’t see many of my favorite records listed. I’m here to fix that.

I’ve already lavished praise on many of these records (see my album reviews of Deleted Scenes, OBN IIIs, The Dead Space, Ghetto Ghouls and Together Pangea) so it’s no surprise to find them on this list. The other five albums are from a scattering of indie, garage, and post-punk bands.

Cloud Nothings proved they are one of the premier indie bands playing today with the release of Here And Nowhere Else. Courtney Barnett is an Australian artist that writes the best deadpan slacker jams since Pavement while Priests are a blistering post-punk trio out of Washington, DC that play with a nasty furor. Free To Eat by Plague Vendor has been on almost constant rotation since I stumbled across it a few months ago. I’m shocked more people aren’t talking about this record. Finally, Under Color Of Official Right by Protomartyr is the clubhouse leader for my top album thus far. It’s gritty and raw record that reminds me of everything I love about Joy Division, The Fall, and Wire.

If you haven’t already done so, check out these records. If I missed any of your favorites then let me know in the comments. I promise to listen to the record then tell you why you’re completely wrong and that it’s complete crap. Unless of course I actually dig it. Then I’ll buy you a beer.

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014 … SO FAR:

ProtomartyrUnder Color Of Official Right
Deleted Scenes
Lithium Burn
OBN IIIs
Third Time To Harm
Plague Vender – Free To Eat
Ghetto Ghouls
Ghetto Ghouls
Cloud Nothings
Here And Nowhere Else
The Dead Space
Faker
Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Pea
Priests
Bodies And Control And Power And Money
Together Pangea
Badillac

MIDWAY 2014 MIX:

:Cloud Nothings – Now Hear In:
:Together Pangea – Offer:
:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:
:The Dead Space – Both Eyes:
:Deleted Scenes – Landfall:
:Protomartyr – Scum, Rise!:
:Ghetto Ghouls – Peepshow:
:Priests – New:
:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:
:Plague Vendor – Black Sap Scriptures:

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Stream This

April 18, 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 ➡ Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Pink Mountaintops – Get Back
Eels – The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
Floor – Oblation
Teen – The Way And Color
Kelis – Food
Various – Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina
Death – Death III
Fear Of Men – Loom
Various – The Space Project
Nas – Illmatic XX
Future – Honest
Dances – Whiter Sands EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Courtney Barnett

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Courtney Barnett

February 13, 2014

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Earlier this week I received word that Courtney Barnett is now on Mom + Pop, and she’s all set to release a physical version of The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas here in the US.  I love this news.  As 2013 was coming to a close, I found myself listening to her EP a lot and loving how great of a songwriter she is.  Owning the EP on vinyl would definitely be a victory of sorts for me.

Today you can check out a new “single” from the EP and then revisit the stellar Avant Gardner (track number #11 on my Top 50 Songs of 2013 list) via Youtube.  Enjoy.

:Courtney Barnett – Anonymous Club:

The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas is due out April 15 via Mom + Pop.  If you want, you can hear the whole album on Bandcamp now.

Bonus Video:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 4

December 5, 2013

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We’re now down to the final 20 songs!  Ah!  Enjoy.

20)  :Minks – Margot:  I know some folks weren’t a fan of Minks cleaning up their sound, but I thought it was an alright move.  This song in particular is great and reminds me of early 2000s indie pop.  From Tides End.

19)  :Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  As I said when this made my Austin Essentials list, it’s that one song Okkervil River seem to have on every album that I can’t get enough of.  From The Silver Gymnasium.

18)  :Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now:  To be honest, I totally didn’t get all the love for Parquet Courts until this song came along.  I appreciate its adequate amount of snarl.  From the Tally All The Things That You Broke EP.

17)  :A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Austin’s finest pop punk band is A Giant Dog, and I think this is their best song.  It rocks and does well to show off Sabrina Ellis’ stellar voice.  From Bone.

16)  :Wavves – Demon To Lean On:  I didn’t at all think Wavves would ever turn into a 90s-esque alt-rock band, but here they are doing it and doing it well.  I approve.  From Afraid Of Heights.

15)  :White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  The heaviest song on White Denim’s 2013 effort is also my favorite from it.  I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to blow out my speakers via this track.  From Corsicana Lemonade.

14)  :Swearin’ – Watered Down:  I love any sort of indie rock that feels lifted out of the 90s, so I was hooked on this pretty much immediately.  Be warned, Swearin’ will make you want to dig up tons of old records.    From Surfing Strange.

13)  :Four Fists – MMMMMHMMMMM:  POS and Astronautalis as one act?  Yes.  Forever.  If we’re lucky, this rad track is just the beginning of something awesome.  From Four Fists’ self titled 7″ single.

12)  :Polica – Chain My Name:  Earlier this year I couldn’t wait to get a hold of Polica’s sophomore effort, and it was largely because of this track.  It’s super dancey and completely set on never leaving your head.  From Shulamith.

11)  :Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  This wordy number from Courtney Barnett was a favorite of mine before I was even done listening to it for the first time.  She’s a fantastic storyteller.  From the A Sea Of Split Peas EP.

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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: Dismemberment Plan, Polica, Of Montreal, Yawn, Courtney Barnett

August 26, 2013

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Today’s music believes that knowing is half the battle.  Enjoy.

:Dismemberment Plan – Invisible:  I didn’t so much care for the Dismemberment Plan’s first new song in 12 years, but I’m digging this second single and its inspired indie rock ways.  Uncanny Valley is due October 15 via Partisan Records.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Polica – Chain My Name:  This track has totally owned me over the last few days, and I’m not sure when I’ll tire of awkward attempting to dance to it.  Polica will release  Shulamith on October 22 via Mom + Pop.  Catch them at Emo’s East on November 15.

:Of Montreal – She Ain’t Speaking Now:  The upcoming Of Montreal album is really starting to look like it’s going to be a straight up indie rock-oriented effort, and that is fine by me.  Lousy With Sylvianbriar is due October 8 via Polyvinyl.  See the band at the Mohawk on November 15.

:Yawn – Summer Heat:  I figured Yawn were a new act, but apparently they had a well received LP back in 2011.  Is any of it as refreshing as this song?  If so, I need to seek it out.  The band is currently in the midst of putting together their sophomore effort.

:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  This song is definitely overly wordy, but Courtney Barnett’s voice has such a classic sound that she’s able makes it work.  I’m definitely interested in checking out The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas whenever it’s released via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists/Milk.

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