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Stream This

October 18, 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

Polica – Shulamith
Marijuana Deathsquads – Oh My Sexy Lord
Ryan Hemsworth – Guilt Trips
Ducktails – Wish Hotel
Dead Gaze – Brain Holiday
MO – Bikini Daze
Best Coast – Fade Away EP
Paul McCartney – New
Crystal Antlers – Nothing Is Real
Black Hearted Brother – Stars Are Our Home
JD Samson And Men – Labor
Crooks On Tape – Fingerprints
Tristen – Caves
Active Child – Rapor EP
Dosh – Milk Money
We Are Scientists – Business Casual EP
Anoraak – Chronotropic
Lynx – Light Up Your Lantern
Tancred – Self Titled

VIDEOS

Yum’s Take My Blue is out now.  They play Spider House Ballroom tonight.

Neiliyo just released the Grow’n Up EP.

Featherface will release the Ourselves Together/The Cosmic Draw 7″ on October 26.

Crystal Antlers just put out Nothing Is Real via Innovative Leisure.  They play the Mohawk on October 19.

Mike Donovan’s Wot is out now on Drag City.

Dismemberment Plan just released Uncanney Valley.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Aloa Input will release Anysome on November 5 via Morr Music.

School Of Night just put out a self titled EP on Transgressive Records.

Atoms For Peace’s Amok is available now.

Pink Frost’s Sundowning is out now.

Grails just put out Black Tar Prophecies Vol’s 4, 5 & 6 this week on Temporary Residence, LTD.

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Stream This

October 11, 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

Mirror Travel – Mexico
Pelican – Forever Becoming
Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise
The Men – Campfire Songs
Kwes – Ilp
Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley
Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
Cults – Static
Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others
Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Happy Jawbone Family Band – Self Titled
Lucius – Wildewoman
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Carnivores – Second Impulse
Luke Temple – Good Mood Fool
Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
Morcheeba – Head Up High
School Of Night – Self Titled EP
Wymond Miles – Cut Yourself Free
Grails – Black Tar Prophecies, Vol’s 4, 5, & 6
His Clancyness – Vicious
Swiiim – Cellophane Castle

VIDEOS

Love Inks’ Generation Club is out now on Monofonus.

Parquet Courts’ Tally All The Things That You Broke EP was released this week via What’s Your Rupture?.

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings will release Give The People What They Want on January 14 via Daptone.

Black Milk will release No Poison No Paradise on October 15.

Camera Obscura’s Desire Lines is out now on 4AD.

Grooms recently put out Infinity Caller on Western Vinyl.

The Callas will release Am I Vertical? on November 19 via Inner Ear.

The Blow recently released a self titled album on Kanine.  They play Red 7 on November 2.

Rubblebucket’s Save Charlie EP is out now on Communion.

Joanna Gruesome’s Weird Sister is out now on Slumberland.

Infinity Shred’s Sanctuary is available now.

Polica will release Shulamith on October 22 via Mom + Pop.

Of Montreal’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar is out now on Polyvinyl.

T. Hardy Morris’ Audition Tapes is out now on Dangerbird Records.

Nightland’s Oak Island is out now on Secretly Canadian.  They play the Mohawk on December 3.

Pure Bathing Culture’s Moon Tides is available now via Partisan.

Deap Vally just released Sistrionix this week via Cherrytree/Communion/Interscope/Island.

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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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Dismemberment Plan, Broadcaster (Dan)

August 7, 2013

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I love the Dismemberment Plan. I’ve been a fan since they formed back in the early nineties. I saw their first shows while a student at Mary Washington and followed their career while living in DC. I was bummed when they broke up and I was there when they’d sporadically reunite for a show. The concerts were a blast, but I always hoped they’d get back together for at one more album. Well, that wish was granted when they announced they were recording their first LP since 2001′s Change. Uncanney Valley is set to be released on October 15and you can now pre-order the album.

The first track off of Uncanney Valley is called Waiting, and I didn’t quite know what to make of it on the first listen. I hold the band in such high regard and my anticipation for the new songs are equally lofty. However, it didn’t take long for me to warm up to the song. It makes me think the new record will be on par with their classic albums Emergency & I and Change. Waiting shows that the band still has a knack for quirky and inventive tunes that make you want to dance. Speaking of dancing, if you live in Austin (or have access to a plane that will get you here), you won’t want to miss their set at the Fun Fun Fun Fest. You can bet I’ll be there in full rump shaker mode.

:Dismemberment Plan – Waiting:

By the way, if you’re a fan of The Dismemberment Plan then you owe it to yourself to check out Broadcaster. They channel 90’s college rock and their new LP was produced by J Robbins, who also helped produce Emergency & I by the Plan. While not as funky and weird as the D-Plan, Broadcaster does make catchy indie/punk rock that sounds like a mix of Ted Leo, Superchunk, and The Thermals. The first single off of new album, A Million Hours, is called Tomorrow.

:Broadcaster – Tomorrow:

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Capitol Contingency: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, And Noise Pop In Washington, D.C., 1991-1999 (Dan)

January 16, 2013

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People usually associate the DC music scene with the legendary hardcore and post-punk bands on Dischord records: Minor Threat, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, etc. I lived in the capital city area for almost 20 years and while I loved the hardcore bands I always thought it was a shame that the music of the city was so pigeonholed. Most people were unaware that the music of chocolate city had evolved beyond the “Dischord sound.” It was a vibrant place with bands exploring and mixing numerous genres and styles, and now a new book that explores those innovative and daring bands that were sadly overlooked.

Capitol Contingency: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, and Noise Pop in Washington, D.C., 1991-1999 examines over 25 of the top bands and albums from that era. I bought it just before the holidays and have loved reading the back stories of each band. It’s like DC’s own version of Behind The Music, except without the unnecessary drama and the cool narrator voice. It was written by Brandon Gentry, who lives in Austin with his wife and two kids after living in DC for almost a decade.

There was a fascinating cast of characters in the DC music scene during the 90’s and many of them were interviewed for the book. Musicians such as Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), Travis Morrison (Dismemberment Plan), and Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses) make for great quotes. As I read each chapter, I dove into the featured album to see if it stood the test of time. Not surprisingly, I enjoyed many of the records. There were a few I might have appreciated in the 90s, but not as much as today. The records that failed to connect were greatly outnumbered by new discoveries I immediately took to. I had never listened to the second LP from Trans Am, Surrender To The Night, which is a post-rock classic. I simply cannot get enough of that album. Other bands that entered my regular rotation thanks to Capitol Contingency include Pitchblende, Chisel, Hoover, The Delta 72, and Unrest. There was only one band that I disliked at the time and upon revisiting their work, I found them even more unlikeable: Shudder to Think. I may never crack the mystery of their appeal.

I’ve read more books about bands than I can remember and few have been as engaging as Capitol Contingency. I highly recommend it for any music fan, but especially for those that enjoy bands such as Dismemberment Plan, Fugazi, Jawbox, etc. I created a Spotify playlist which contains 26 of 27 bands chronicled in the book. Check it out right after purchasing Capital Contingency from Amazon.

:Pitchblende – Reticence:
:The Dismemberment Plan – A Life Of Possibilities:
:Trans AM – Cologne:

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