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Stream This

January 25, 2013


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.


On And On – Give In
Speck Mountain – Badwater
Gold Panda – Trust EP
Ducktails – The Flower Lane
The Ruby Suns – Christopher
Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right
Ex Cops – True Hallucinations
Tomahawk – Oddfellows


FIDLAR just released their self titled album on Mom + Pop.

Nightlands released Oak Island via Secretly Canadian this week.  They play the Mohawk on March 6.

Lee Fields brought in Lady for this acoustic number.

This is s German version of Moon Duo’s I Can See.

Crystal Castles will play the Austin Music Hall on April 21.  The Sad Eyes single will be out February 18.

Ultraista will play on Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday.

Nite Jewel’s One Second Of Love is available now via Secretly Canadian.

Sin Fang will release Flowers on February 19 via Morr Music.

PAWS will play SXSW.  Cokefloat! is out now on FatCat.

Shout Out Louds will release Optica on February 26.  They’ll also be at SXSW.

This is Club 8′s first new music since 2010.

A Thing Called Divine Fits is out now.

Widowspeak put out Almanac this week via Captured Tracks.

Iceage will release You’re Nothing on February 19 via Matador.

Minus The Bear’s Infinity Overheard is out now on Dangerbird Records.

Menahan Street Band’s The Crossing is available now via Daptone Records.

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Stream This

November 9, 2012


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.


How To Destroy Angels – An Omen
El Ten Eleven – Transitions
Social Studies – Developer
Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate
The Babies – Our House On The Hill
El Perro Del Mar – Pale Fire
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Crystal Castles – (III)


Arms have an album titled Summer Skills that’s out now.

Jon Hillcoat (The Road) helped direct this video for IO Echo.  The band has an album due out next year.

Icky Blossoms play Emo’s East on November 28 with The Faint.  Their self titled debut is out now.

The Joy Formidable will release Wolf’s Law on January 22 via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records.

Tame Impala’s Lonerism is available now.

Jonti currently has a new album titled Sine + Moon that’s out now.

Phantogram recently released an EP titled Nightlife.

Correatown’s Pleiades is currently available.

Columbia will release Wild Belle’s debut, Isles, early next year.

Dumbo Gets Mad will release Quantum Leap sometime in 2013.

The Luyas recently released Animator.

Jeff The Brotherhood’s Hypnotic Nights is out now.

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Quickdraw: School Of Seven Bells, Papa, Saskatchewan, Crystal Castles, Sambassadeur

November 6, 2012


Today’s music is thrilled that Austin’s festival season is over.  Enjoy.

:School Of Seven Bells – Secret Days:  This track makes me really happy.  I’ve been wanting School Of Seven Bells to get edgier instead of prettier, and this is finally them giving it a shot.  It works.  I will now become a producer (not really).  Vagrant will release the Put Your Sad Down EP on November 13.

:Papa – Put Me To Work:  I think these guys are on the verge of having all sorts of people on their bandwagon.  They’ve delivered some nice pop tracks over the last year, and now here’s this inspired effort that’s expected to show up on their new album, which will be out at some point in 2013.

:Saskatchewan – Venom:  I’ve posted a couple of tracks from Saskatchewan before, but those were charming little pop numbers.  This, however, is something entirely different.  It’s much more mature and polished.  I like it.  No word yet on when the band will release their new full length, Occasion.

:Crystal Castles – Affection:  Considering that I’ve never been a huge fan of Crystal Castles, it’s really saying something that I’ve greatly liked all three of the tracks to be released off their new album.  This intense effort may actually be my favorite.  (III) is expected out on November 12 via Universal Republic/Casablanca/Fiction.

:Sambassadeur – Memories:  This Swedish act has been absent for a bit, so it’s nice to see them back.  You can expect to love this track if you like your pop music to be retro and immaculately crafted.  Labrador will put out the Memories/Hours Away 7″ on November 20.

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Quickdraw: Dinosaur Jr, hitRECord, Tennis, Crystal Castles, Young Fathers

October 1, 2012


Today’s music is here to tell you that it’s the first of the month, so you should pay your rent.  Enjoy.

:Dinosaur Jr – Pierce The Morning Rain:  These guys just put out this rocking single, and they’re playing the Mohawk this Thursday with Shearwater.  That sounds like reason enough for me to throw them a mention.  Buy their album and a ticket to the nearly sold-out show, friends!  I Bet On The Sky is available now via Jagjaguwar.

:hitRECord – Move On The Sun:  For those of you that don’t live in a world dominated by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hitRECord is his collaborative production company, and this solid pop song is part of a 78-artist compilation that he and his partners just released.  You should check out what else they’re doing.  It’s all pretty neat.

:Tennis – Guiding Light (Television Cover):  This duo have been kind of quiet lately, but late last week they rolled this lovely cover out, announced some tour dates, and then said they’ll soon be heading into the studio to put together a new album.  I’m excited.  Young And Old is available now on Fat Possum.

:Crystal Castles – Wrath Of God:  About a week ago this act officially announced the details for their upcoming album, and then they released this intense track.  I recommend pulsing lights and headphones.  (III) is expected everywhere on November 5 via Casablanca/Universal Republic.  Also, you should try to catch them when they Emo’s East on October 13.

:Young Fathers – Deadline:  I’m not at all familiar with this band, but they just signed to Anticon, and the world seems to suddenly be buzzing about them.  This song is cool.  What else should I be giving a listen?  Tell me!  Look for Young Fathers to release Tape One in late November.

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Stream This

September 28, 2012


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.


Ultraista – Self Titled
Sun Airway – Soft Fall
Tilly And The Wall – Heavy Mood
We Need Surgery – Self Titled
Why? – Mumps, etc
Lavender Diamond – Incorruptible Heart
Death Songs – Sung Inside A House
Maserati – Maserati VII
Hundred Waters – Self Titled
Ringo Deathstarr – Mauve
Levek – Look A Little Closer
Chris Cohen – Overgrown Path
Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth


Don’t forget that Balmorhea is playing at the Mohawk tonight.  Their latest album is titled Stranger.

The Dum Dum Girls just released the End Of Daze EP.

Crystal Castles just announced that they’ll be released a new album titled (III) on November 6 via Casablanca, Fiction, Universal Republic.

Why? is playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, and they will release Mumps, etc on October 9 via Anticon.

Lee Fields And The Expressions are set to play ACL (and at Stubb’s with Alabama Shakes) later this month.  Faithful Man is currently available.

May pals The Sour Notes just put out this tour documentary.  Watch it!

The Sweet Serenades put out their latest album, Help Me, a couple of weeks back.

Skye, who normally sings in Morcheeba, is returning with a new album.  It’s titled Back To Now and is due out October 29 via PIAS.

Joan Of Arc are set to release a new self titled album on November 27 through Joyful Noise.

Ask Me This, which Alcoholic Faith Missions’s latest album, is available now through Old Flame Recordings.

This Miike Snow video is for a song off of the currently available Happy To You.

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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, The Sea And Cake, Balmorhea, Crystal Castles, Railbird

July 31, 2012


None of today’s artists made it into the all-around gymnastic finals at the Olympics.  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Elephant:  They may have already put out a track from their upcoming effort, but this is actually the first single.  Weird, I know.  In any case, the song is a pretty spectacular slab of psych rock, and now I’m even more pumped to hear whatever else is on the new full length.  Lonerism is expected out October 6 via Modular.  The band is out touring, but as of now a stop in Austin is not on the schedule.

:The Sea And Cake – Harps:  This is a neat track.  It has the kind of energy that’s ready and willing to put some pep in your step, but it wants to do so in a relaxed sort of way.  Way to use nearly two decades of experience to your advantage, fellas!  Runner is set to be released on September 18 through Thrill Jockey Records.  If you’re in Austin, the band will be playing the Mohawk on November 14.

:Balmorhea – Pyrakantha:  I’ve been a fan of this local act for a few years now, but they’ve yet to put out an album that I’ve wanted to stick with for the long run.  This could be about to change.  Or, if anything, I’ll just keep this beautifully crafted, ear-pleasing gem on repeat.  Put on headphones for this!  Western Vinyl will release Stranger on October 2.

:Crystal Castles – Plague:  Here’s a song that suddenly just rolled in and started dominated me.  I’m not even a big fan of this band, but I’ve found myself unwilling to not repeatedly get lost in this.  You’ll be doing yourself a favor if you crank the volume on this sonically intense number.  CC are supposedly in the midst of readying a new full length, and this is expected to be on it.

:Railbird – Jump Ship (Featuring Sarah Barthel):  I gave this one a shot simply because of the presence of Sarah Barthel, who you can normally hear in Phantogram.  Her voice is certainly different here, but I dig the softer, more playful style that she’s sporting – it goes well with the well layered arrangement.  This track seems to be a one-off single, so grab it while you can.

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