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Top 25 Albums Of 2016

December 12, 2016

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Alright friends, here’s my full album list.  Unlike my Top 50 Songs of 2016, there are Austin acts here. As always, this isn’t some sort of “critical” list, it’s just the albums that I jammed the most this year.  Enjoy.

PS – Here’s a playlist of all the albums on Spotify!

25) Deftones – Gore

While I’ve always liked the Deftones, I haven’t legit loved an album of theirs since 2000′s PonyGore wrapped me up though – it’s really well crafted and features some great songs.  I went back to it often in 2016.

24) Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow

At first I was slightly let down by Nothing’s sophomore effort, but after I spent some quality time with it I became pretty damn attached.  If you’re into shoegaze, then you need to listen to Tired Of Tomorrow.

23) Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness

I love me some Explosions In The Sky.  By the way, my instrumental album rankings for 2016 go like this: 1) EITS’ The Wilderness, 2) Russian Circles’ Guidance and then 3) Mono’s Requiem For Hell.

22) Tancred – Out Of The Garden

There isn’t a song on Tancred’s Out Of The Garden that isn’t infectious.  Definitely a must-listen for fans of 90s indie/pop rock.

21) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive

Thao continues to be one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time.  I just connect with everything she churns out.

20) Bleached – Welcome The Worms

Bleached took a step away from surf rock on Welcome The Worms and it turned out to be a great move for them.  This album is so energetic.

19) Yung – A Youthful Dream

This kid – 22-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær – out of Denmark really impressed me with his debut as YungA Youthful Dream is noisy in all of the right ways.

18) A Giant Dog – Pile

Austin’s very own A Giant Dog have long been a favorite of mine, so I love that they totally crushed it on Pile, their debut for Merge Records.

17) Savages – Adore Life

I was obsessed with Savages’ Adore Life for the first few months of the year.  Eventually I was able to wiggle myself out of its intense pull, mostly.

16) Preoccupations – Self Titled

Just in case you forgot, Viet Cong is now Preoccupations.  In regards to their self titled effort, I love that the majority of it sounds like Interpol on artsy steroids.

15) Cross Record – Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a rather ethereal effort from Cross Record, a newer band out of Austin.  The whole thing is really damn good and it totally turned me into a big fan of theirs.

14) The Hotelier – Goodness

For those of you that love anthemic rock (with a dash of emo on top), here’s Goodness from The Hotelier.  I passionately rocked this album a lot in my car.

13) Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing

There isn’t a single song on Frankie Cosmos’ Next Thing that isn’t soaked in sincerity.  She has one of those voices that makes everything feel so very genuine.

12) Terry Malts – Lost At The Party

Any time Terry Malts put out an album, you can count on it being high up on my list.  They write super catchy stuff and in general are reliably awesome.

11) Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years

Pretty Years is one hell of an album.  At one point will the masses open up to Cymbals Eat Guitars?  Those guys should be playing huge rooms.

10) White Denim – Stiff

Stiff is another high quality set of jams from White Denim.  They remain a really big favorite of mine.

09) Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is quite possibly the most accessible album that I came across this year.  Seriously, there’s not a single track on Whitney’s debut that isn’t instantly likeable.

08) Basketball Shorts – Hot And Ready

Hot And Ready from Austin’s Basketball Shorts was a big go-to for me in 2016.  It’s 20-ish minutes of pop punk perfection.

07) Angel Olsen – My Woman

My Woman made me go from liking Angel Olsen to loving her.  What a next level effort.

06) Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

For a while there, I only listened to Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book.  It’s an inspired, energetic effort that features a lot of great songwriting.  It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

05) Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo is a manic listen with a lot of layers.  He sure does have a lot going on in his head.

04) The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

The Coathangers really hit a home run with Nosebleed Weekend.  It has a ton of great hooks and just the right amount of snarl.

03) Frank Ocean – Blonde

Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a hypnotic experience.  I’m not even sure how often I’ve listened to the entire thing after only intending to revisit one particular song.

02) Car Seat Headrest – Teens In Denial

They may not sound alike at all, but Car Seat Headrest’s Teens In Denials is like Frank Ocean’s Blonde – they’re both really hypnotic listens.  That Will Toledo is one hell of a songwriter.

01) White Lung – Paradise

Of all the EPs and LPs I listened to 2016, White Lung’s Paradise is the one that I jammed the most.  It’s loud and heavy and the best modern rock album I’ve come across in years. Congrats to the band for nailing it and grabbing the top spot on my list.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 5

December 2, 2016

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Here’s the end of my “songs I liked a whole lot this year” list.  Enjoy.

PS – Just a reminder that there are no Austin acts to be found in any part of this list.  I’m going to be doing a two-part year-ender via 101X Homegrown (my radio show) that will detail my favorite local tracks.  Look for Part 1 to air on 12/11, and then Part 2 on 12/18.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.
Part 3 is HERE.
Part 4 is HERE.

PPS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

10)  :P.O.S. – Wave (Featuring Moncelas Boston And Sophia Eris):  P.O.S. didn’t put out an album this year, but he did release a handful of singles.  This slick-sounding effort finished the year as my favorite of the bunch.

09)  :White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed:  White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way commands all with her vocal work in this heavy track that aims to pummel.  Turn it up.

08)  :Chance The Rapper – Angels (Featuring Saba):  Chance The Rapper and Saba are as pleasant as can be in this joyous track – it’s infectious stuff.

07)  :Whitney – Golden Days:  This song from Whitney was a big go-to for me every time I needed a breather in 2016.  It’s so damn accessible and laid back.

06)  :Coathangers – Squeeki Tiki:  Admittedly, a part of me couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put a squeaky toy-enhanced track in the top 10 of my year-end song list.  Also, it’s scuzzy and creative and perfect and deserving of everyone’s love.  Thanks for the jam, Coathangers!

05)  :Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?:  This one from Shura is easily my favorite straight up pop tune of 2016.  It may also be the winner of this year’s “song that John poorly sang-a-long to the most” award.

04)  :Cymbals Eat Guitars – Have a Heart:  If I were to rank out every Cymbals Eat Guitars song, I’d be tempted to put this one in the top spot.  What a track.

03)  :Frank Ocean – Solo:  This is one seriously hypnotic effort from Frank Ocean.  That fella is a hell of a crooner.

02)  :Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me:  Every time I hear this song I just want to high five Angel Olsen and go rollerskating.  I love the way she pulls no punches here.

01)  :Kanye West – Ultralight Beam:  Is this song absolutely ridiculous?  Yes.  I mean, it’s Kanye West, so of course it’s ridiculous.  It also happens to be amazing though, and I love it.  Definitely the song I blasted the most in 2016 … probably because it was the most ridiculous year ever and I needed the right song to accompany me through it.

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Show Of The Week

September 21, 2016

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There are a lot of great shows happening this week. A lot.  And I’m admittedly pretty excited about most of them, which means that it’s difficult to pick just one gig to recommend.  So, here’s what I’m going to do – list one show that’s local, and one that isn’t.

Local Pick Of The Week:  The goods folks in East Cameron Folkcore have readied a new album, Better Off, and on Saturday at Empire Control Room they’ll be celebrating the release of it.  Along with them will be The Bread, Town Hall Devils, Sich Rada, Name Sayers, Harvest Thieves, A Sinclair, Possessed By Paul James and Like Dogs.  That’s a packed lineup!  I hope the bar stocks enough whiskey.

Non-local Pick Of The Week:  Cymbals Eat Guitars only release good albums and they’re rad live, so you have to go see them at Sidewinder on Sunday night.  They’ll be there with Field Mouse, who just released a very catchy LP called Episodic, and Wildhoney.  The show is also in celebration of Sidewinder’s one-year anniversary.  That’s even more reason to be there!

PS – If you’re interested in some of the stuff I’ve been working on lately.  I’ve got a Red Bull Sound Select showcase on Thursday at Barracuda with The Ponys, In The Whale and BLXPLTN.  RSVP HERE for $3 entry!  I’ve also got an early (as in it starts at 6pm and will be over around 9pm) show on Saturday at the Oasis for 93.7 KLBJ that features Ume, Abram Shook and Leslie Sisson (of Moving Panoramas).  This one is FREE!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Titus Andronicus, A Giant Dog at Barracuda
- Beirut at Stubb’s
- Old 97′s, Dalton Domino at 3ten ACL Live
- Kanye West at the Erwin Center

Thursday:
- Adam & the Figurines, Jean, Plantation Band, John Wesley Coleman, The Mammoths at the Hole in the Wall
- Fort Never, Mobley, NGHT HCKLRS, Lou Rebecca, Tres Oui, Shimmer Island at Cheer Up Charlies
- Andrew W.K. – The Power of Partying at The North Door
- Night Drive, Anoraak, Troller, Lambda at The Swan Dive
- Toadies, Emily Wolfe, Oil Boom at Stubb’s
- Kaytranada at Emo’s

Friday:
- Alabama Shakes, Corinne Bailey Rae at Austin360 Amphitheater
- Classixx, Alex Frankel, Harriet Brown at the Parish
- Ruby & The Reckless, Purple, MCG, The Wild Now at Empire Control Room

Saturday:
- Think No Think, The Golden Boys, The Gospel Truth, SXSW at The Swan Dive
- Capyac, Ishi, Honor System at The Sidewinder
- Hovvdy, Alexalone, Neat, Kellen at Cheer Up Charlies
- Rocky Votolato, Chris Staples at the Parish
- Otis the Destroyer, Ringo Deathstarr, Casual Strangers at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- Nic Armstrong and the Thieves, Great Shapes at Spiderhouse

Sunday:
- Radioactivity, US Weekly, Nosferatu at the Mohawk
- Junebug Spade, She Sir, The Early Stages at the Mohawk
- Stephen Svacina and Friends at Hotel Vegas
- James Blake at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Monday:
- Lissie at Antone’s
- Alice in Chains, Staticland at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Tuesday:
- The Howling Hex, Crooked Bangs, Hidden Ritual at Beerland
- The Spill Canvas at the Parish
- Big Thief, The Deer, Gracie Terzian at Antone’s
- Coheed and Cambria, Saves the Day, Polyphia at Stubb’s

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Cymbals Eat Guitars

August 15, 2016

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The heavy rain in Austin this morning had me ready to commit to a lazy day in bed, but I rallied myself up so that I could share the new Cymbals Eat Guitars single with you.  Also, I totally have a bunch of other things I need to take care of today, but let’s just ignore that detail.  Anyhow, the band’s new tune is rad.  Enjoy.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Have A Heart:

Pretty Years is due out September 16 via Sinderlyn.  The band will play Sidewinder on September 25.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars

June 23, 2016

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After the bouncy first single, Wish, from Cymbals Eat Guitars impending fourth full length proved to be good but kind of weird, I wondered how the band would follow it up.  Well, now I know, as they’ve has let slip another track.  It sounds like their older material (i.e. it rocks and there’s no wild saxophone action), but it still feels like a nice step forward for them.  Can’t wait to hear all of the new album.  Enjoy.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – 4th Of July, Philadelphia (SANDY):

Pretty Years is due out September 16 via Sinderlyn.  The band will play Sidewinder on September 25.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars

May 24, 2016

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When it comes to Cymbals Eat Guitars, I’ve grown to expect high quality, guitar-driven, maybe sometimes kind of dark and weird rock music, so it totally caught me off guard when the first single off of their newly announced LP rolled out yesterday sporting a bouncy beat and a rather active saxophone.  I dig the change in sound though.  Good on them for trying something new.  Enjoy.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Wish:

Pretty Years is due out September 16 via Sinderlyn.

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Quickdraw: A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Martin Crane, Karen O, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Pujol

November 2, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Hey, You’re Mine:  If you’re feeling bleary-eyed this morning, this pleasant pop tune from A Sunny Day In Glasgow should help.  The Planning Weed Like It’s Acid/Life Is Loss EP is due out November 13 via and Mis Ojos Discos.

:Martin Crane – Gunk Of Stars:  I’m really excited about Martin Crane’s upcoming solo debut.  His band Brazos (formerly of Austin) has always been a favorite of mine, and I think it’s great he’s switching things up a bit.  Physical Therapy is due out November 20 via Inscape.

:Karen O – I Shall Rise:  Here’s one that Karen O cut specifically for the upcoming Tomb Raider game. It’s smokey and dramatic, and I love it.  Rise Of The Tomb Raider will be out on November 10.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Aerobed:  This track is Cymbals Eat Guitars’ contribution to the 7″ series that Kevin Devine has been rolling out.  I’m all about how epic it is.  Devinyl Splits No. 4 is due out November 13 via Bad Timing Records.

:Pujol – Designer Feelings:  I don’t believe Pujol could write a non-hooky song if he tried.  This is the latest track of his that I can’t seem to take off of repeat.  The Kisses EP is due out November 27 via Bartertown Co-Op.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 2

December 2, 2014

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Boom.  Here’s part two of my Top 50 Songs of 2014.  If you missed the first installment, check it out here.  The other parts will arrive each day this week!  Enjoy.

40)  :Braid – No Coast:  It was the arrival of this anthemic track that pushed me from curious to excited about Braid reuniting for a new full length (their first in 16 years).  From No Coast.

39)  :Eternal Summers – Gouge:  I’ve had this shoegazey number on repeat for just about the entirety of 2014.  I definitely think it’s Eternal Summers’ best song (so far).  From The Drop Beneath.

38)  :Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped:  This fantastic slice of dream pop is from one of my favorite bands in Austin, Letting Up Despite Great Faults.  It’ll make you dance (and maybe cry a little).  From Neon.

37)  :Mas Ysa – Shame:  Thomas Arseneault (aka Mas Ysa) churns out some really interesting stuff.  For instance, this synthy gem is somehow both very calculated and super raw.  From The Worth EP.

36)  :Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me:  Sure, Alvvays is a pretty silly name, but that doesn’t mean this song isn’t one of the best lo-fi pop efforts of the year.  From the band’s self titled album.

35)  :Pillar Point – Eyeballs:  I’m not sure that Scott Reitherman (formerly of Throw Me The Statue and now the main brain behind Pillar Point) has ever made a song that I didn’t like.  The guy sure knows how to craft quality pop music.  From the band’s self titled album.

34)  :Cymbals Eat Guitars – Chambers:  If you’ve ever wanted to hear Cymbals Eat Guitars as a full-on accessible rock act, then this is the song you’ve been looking for.  It’s a good sound for them.  From Lose.

33)  :Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone:  When it comes to Ariel Pink, I’m always impressed with the way he’s able to craft that one single every release that’s a total ear-pleaser.  I think he does it on purpose so it’s easier to dive into the bizarro creations that usually fill out his albums.  From Pom Pom.

32)  :Sylvan Esso – Coffee:  For a while I thought MS MR’s fancy remix of this track was unbeatable, but in the end I found myself partial to the minimalistic sound of Sylvan Esso’s original take.  From the band’s self titled album.

31)  :Weaves – Shithole:  Every time I listen to this song I immediately want to travel back to the 90s so that I can be angsty about having to exist in the 90s.  Thanks for that, Weaves.  From the Shithole single.

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Stream This

November 7, 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 ➡ Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
Nots – We Are Nots
Dream Police – Hypnotized
Celestial Shore – Enter Ghost
Hookworms – The Hum
Torn Hawk – Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time
Gold Lake – Years
Ex Cops – Dagger
Royksopp – The Inevitable End
Cult Of Youth – Final Days
Sunbears – Future Sounds
The Voyeurs – Rhubarb Rhubarb
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Empty Moon – The Shark
2:54 – The Other I
Hundred Waters – Down From The Rafters Remix EP
Guerrilla Toss – Smack The Brick EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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Stream This

September 5, 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 ➡ Karen O – Crush Songs

Slow Magic – How To Run Away
Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness Of Dancers
Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold
The Ukiah Drag – In The Reaper’s Quarters
Robert Planet – Lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar
Ryan Adams – Self Titled
Tricky – Adrian Thaws
Sloan – Commonwealth
Mannequin Pussy – Gypsy Pervert
Oscillator Bug – Bursts Of The Million
Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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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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Quickdraw: Terry Malts, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Wampire, Music Go Music, Sophie

August 4, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – Let You In:  I love me some Terry Malts, so you know I was excited when they announced that they had readied a new EP.  This pop tune isn’t too different than the band’s usual approach – catchy and with just the right amount of fuzz – and I’m totally fine with that.  Slumberland will release the Insides EP on September 23.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Warning:  Here’s the third stellar single to be put out in anticipation of Cymbals Eat Guitars upcoming album.  You’re crazy if you’re not overly excited to hear what else is on the new LP.  Lose is due out August 26 via Barsuk.  See the band at Red 7 on October 8.

:Wampire – Wizard Staff:  If you’ve long been unsure about whether or not you should take Wampire seriously, this slinky song should convince you to do so.  You’ll just have to overlook the fact that it’s called Wizard Staff.  Look for Bazaar on October 7 via Polyvinyl.

:Music Go Music – Inferno:  There’s definitely a bit of cheesiness that comes with Music Go Music (“My world is burning/My soul is yearning to be with you”), but their groovy sound makes it all work.  The band will release Impressions on August 19 via Thousand Tongues.

:Sophie – Lemonade:  I’ve been jamming this schizo pop tune for a week now and I’m still totally baffled by it.  I think I like it.  Or maybe I love it?  I really don’t know.  Perhaps I’ll figure it out when I’m older.  Sophie’s Lemonade/Hard single is available now via Numbers.

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Quickdraw: Maps, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Destruction Unit, Mazes, Woods

June 30, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Maps – To The Sky (M83 Remix):  I spent a lot of time with this remix over the weekend.  I just really dig the way M83 warped it into something that’s incredibly atmospheric.  On August 19 Mute will release Maps Realigned, which consists of remixes from Maps’ first three full lengths.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Chambers:  The single that Cymbals Eat Guitars recently put out is a fantastic track, but this second one is just something else entirely – a total leap forward for them.  Hard to not think the band will really blow up once they release Lose on August 26 via Barsuk.  See them at Red 7 on October 8.

:Destruction Unit – Dust:  Here’s a super solid rock number that Destruction Unit did for Adult Swim’s 2014 Singles Program, which has been rumbling along now for about a month.  If you haven’t already, you should go check out what’s been released so far.

:Mazes – Astigmatism:  It hasn’t even been a full year since Mazes put out a full length, but here they already with a follow-up.  This first track off of it is upbeat, fun and loose.  I like it a lot.  Look for Wooden Aquarium on September 9 via FatCat Records.

:Woods – Tomorrow’s Only Yesterday:  Earlier this year Woods put out a solid album, With Light And With Love, and now they’re following it up with the Tambourine Light 7″ on July 8 via Captured Tracks.  This catchy piece of psychedelia is the b-side on that release.  See Woods at Holy Mountain on August 20.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars

May 15, 2014

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A day or so ago Cymbals Eat Guitars announced that they’ve assembled a new album, and I immediately wanted to high five the planet.  They’ve already put out two high quality efforts – Why There Are Mountains and Lenses Alien – and I’m sure the upcoming full length will continue their streak of radness.  Check out the first single below.  In classic CEG form, it’s just over six minutes of brain-engaging rock.  Enjoy.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Jackson:

Lose is due out August 26 via Barsuk.

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Quickdraw: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Rubblebucket, Tony Castles, How To Dress Well, The Calm Blue Sea

September 10, 2012

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Today’s music was found while looking for music.  Enjoy.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Hawk Highway:  I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, Cymbals Eat Guitars are one of the best indie rock acts working right now.  They only churn out magic.  This track is part of a web series titled Masters Of Their Day, which follows a band and a producer as they try to record a single in 24 hours.

:Rubblebucket – Oooh Wa:  This band is really growing on me.  Kalmia Traver has a nice voice, and I especially dig how their songs feel like pop music with a purpose.  Their show with Reptar at Beauty Ballroom on September 26 can’t get here soon enough.  The Oversaturated EP is due out tomorrow.

:Tony Castles – One Tone Man:  If you like your pop music to be doused with a good amount of soul, then this slick Tony Castles track is for you.  Don’t leave it on repeat for too long.  The band will release the Sharon Stone EP on October 23, but you stream it now on their Bandcamp page.

:How To Dress Well – And It Was U:  I don’t know what it is about Tom Krell’s work as How To Dress Well, but I really like it.  Maybe I should listen to more R&B?  Seems unlikely.  Anyhow, HTDW will release Total Loss on September 18 via Acephale.

:The Calm Blue Sea – Mary Ann Nichols:  Austin’s list of great instrumental bands will always start with Explosions In The Sky, but don’t think for a second that The Calm Blue Sea aren’t prepared to give them a run for their money.  This absolutely epic track is off of Arrivals And Depatures, which is due out October 9 on Modern Outsider Records.  These guys will also be doing a Sound Samples soon, so keep watch for that.

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