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Quickdraw: Thee Oh Sees, Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel, Creepoid, Migrant Kids, Annabel

April 27, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand:  Here’s the latest ripper from Thee Oh Sees.  At some point they’re going to stop putting out an album every year and then I’m going to be totally lost.  Mutilator Defeated At Last is due out May 18 via Castle Face.

:Sweet Spirit And Britt Daniel – Have Mercy:  Sweet Spirit are currently one of my favorite bands in Austin, and Britt Daniel is, well … Britt Daniel, so their pairing is an easy one for me love.  As for this track, I think it’s a melodic gem.  You’ll be able to grab the 7″ on Spoon’s upcoming tour dates.  See Sweet Spirit at Red 7 on May 10.

:Creepoid – Dried Out:  This new Creepoid single consumed a good chunk of my time this weekend.  It’s just hooky enough to be an earworm, and I (of course) love that it sounds lifted right out of the 90s.  Cemetery Highrise Slum is due out June 23 via Collect Records.  The band will play Levitation on May 9.

:Migrant Kids – Thread:  As I said on Lone Star State of Mind (my new radio show!) last night, Austin’s own Migrant Kids have never sounded more accessible than they do here.  The glossiness is a good fit for them.  Look out for more new music from the band as the year goes on.

:Annabel – Another Day, Another Vitamin:  I’m officially all about Annabel’s upcoming album.  They’re emo but not in an obnoxious way, and I think they have good vocals and a really well crafted sound.  Having It All is expected out in June via Tiny Engines.

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Stream This

August 15, 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 ➡ Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose

Music Go Music – Impressions
Celebration – Albumin
Castanets – Decimation Blues
Imogen Heap – Sparks
Kimbra – The Golden Echo
Orenda Fink – Blue Dream
Bishop Allen – Lights Out
DJ Shadow – The Liquid Amber
Roadkill Ghost Choir – In Tongues
Michael Cera – True That
Moire – Shelter
Beach Day – Native Echoes
Cliff Martinez – The Knick Soundtrack
Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust
Desertshore – Migrations Of Glass
Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden
Benjamin Booker – Self Titled
Chorus Grant – Space
The Soil & The Sun – Meridian
Ark Life – The Dream Of You & Me
Israel Nash – Rain Plans

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Royksopp & Robyn

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The Estranged, Creepoid (Dan)

March 19, 2014

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The new album from The Estranged arrived in my inbox the other day and to be honest, I wasn’t into it at first. However, the longer I listened the more it clicked with me. It reminded me of the many “alternative” bands I loved as a young lad. Bands from the 80s such as The Church and Echo And The Bunneymen but also later groups like Ted Leo And The Pharmacists and The Futureheads. Needless to say, The Estranged had completely won me over by the end of the record.

The Portland based group have just released a self-titled album which features biting post punk that’s also texturally rich. It’s not all jagged and angular guitar like some post punk. The record impressively manages to be nostalgic but not dated. The Estranged have done what all great bands should strive to do – pull from a variety of influences and make something totally new and unique.

:The Estranged – Another Stab:

I didn’t attend as many shows as I had hoped to during SXSW. Had I sucked it up a little, maybe I wouldn’t have missed great bands like Creepoid.

Hailing from the City of Brotherly Love, Creepoid has a heavy and hazy vibe with a hint of foreboding. I’m not sure what HBO has planned for season two of True Detective, but they’d be smart to utilize Creepoid music in future episodes. The moody darkness of the band is a perfect fit for the show. It’s also nice to listen to with headphones so you get the full effect of their sludgy slowcore. Their self-titled album is out now on No Idea Records.

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