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Quickdraw: Screaming Females, Iceage, Soccer Mommy, Car Seat Headrest, Frankie Cosmos

February 13, 2018



Screaming Females – No More I Love You’s (The Lover Speaks/Annie Lennox Cover)

If you need help being bummed on V-Day, here’s Screaming Females covering a real heartbreaker.  Have fun!  By the way, this is off of Amazon’s Love Me/Love Me Not playlists.  Also, be sure to see the band at Barracuda on April 21.

Iceage – Catch It

Iceage just put out their first new tune in four years.  It didn’t come as part of an official album announcement, but I assume that’s on the way.  For now just dive into their dramatic (and damn good) single.  Side note, the band will play Barracuda on May 27.

Soccer Mommy – Still Clean

This intimate new one makes Soccer Mommy 3/3 on singles from her upcoming album, Clean.  Be sure to grab it on March 2.

Car Seat Headrest – My Boy

Car Seat Headrest’s remake of his own Twin Fantasy is due out this Friday.  If you weren’t already convinced that you should snatch it up, here’s another stellar single.

Frankie Cosmos – Being Alive

Boy am I excited for Frankie Cosmos’ new album, Vessel (due March 30).  The latest track from it is such a charming effort.

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Quickdraw: Jay Som, Car Seat Headrest, Walter Martin, Jack White, Frankie Cosmos

January 16, 2018



Jay Som – Pirouette

Jay Som became a big favorite of mine last year with her debut album, Everybody Works.  On January 26 she’s going to put out a 7″ with two unreleased tracks from the EW sessions.  The A-side is what I have today – it’s good.

Car Seat Headrest – Nervous Young Inhumans

While I would prefer a wholly brand new album from Car Set Headrest, I’m still excited about the re-recorded version of Twin Fantasy (due February 16), an older effort of his that I’ve seen tagged as a “Bandcamp classic.”  The first single is super catchy and charming.

Walter Martin – Ride Down The Avenue

Walter Martin (formerly of The Walkmen) has a new album, Reminisce Bar & Grill, coming on February 16.  I whiffed on the really solid track he put out back in December, so I’m making sure you get the new one that was just released.  It’s a must-listen if you’re a big fan of AAA radio.

Jack White – Connected By Love

Jack White is back.  I’ve always been into whatever he’s doing, so I’m feeling a little weird about being pleasantly surprised by the new single.  I may have been subconsciously about to burn out on him.  In any case, his album, Boarding House Reach, will be out later this year.

Frankie Cosmos – Jesse

Frankie Cosmos will release their Sub Pop debut, Vessel, on March 30.  If it’s anything like their 2016 release, Next Thing, then I’ll love it.  They’re certainly off to a strong start with a stellar first single.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2016

December 12, 2016


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 3

November 30, 2016


I was going to stop at #31, but I figured that was silly.  So, the list continues on!  Enjoy.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.

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

30)  :Mystery Lights – Follow Me Home:  Daptone launched a rock imprint – WICK – in 2016, and this Mystery Lights single was its first release.  I dig how loud and sloppy it is.

29)  :Weaves – Coo Coo:  If you like things that are clever and quirky, then this song from Weaves will delight you.

28)  :Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love:  This might be my favorite Twin Peaks track.  It’s such a breezy slice of garage pop.

27)  :Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  I’m all about Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos) and her rather sincere voice here.  Also, I appreciate that this song mentions David Blaine.

26)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – Time Of The Blue:  Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) cut this late one night while out on the road.  I think it’s one of his better songs.

25)  :Field Mouse – The Mirror:  Mostly 90s, sort of emo, entirely great.  That’s probably the best way to describe this one from Field Mouse.

24)  :The Hotelier – Piano Player:  The Hotelier offer up a lot of song here (roughly six swirling minutes worth), but thankfully it’s a great ride that’s totally worth the time and attention it requires.

23)  :Tancred – Control Me:  Here’s one of my favorite 90s-inspired tracks of 2016.  It’s just about perfect.  Good work, Tancred.

22)  :LIV – Wings of Love:  This is a fantastic Fleetwood Mac-like effort from LIV, a “supergroup” that features Lykke Li, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg, Peter Bjorn & John’s Björn Yttling and producer Jeff Bhasker.

21)  :Priests – JJ:  Frontwoman Katie Alice Greer destroys in this Priests track.  That voice of hers is just so very rad.

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Quickdraw: Baauer, White Denim, Big Deal, Frankie Cosmos, Sonny And The Sunsets

March 21, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Baauer – Temple (Featuring MIA And G-Dragon):  Admittedly, I haven’t paid any attention to Baauer since Harlem Shake (way back in 2012).  This track is legit rad though and has me at least somewhat interested in checking out his new LP, Aa, which just came out on LuckyMe.

:White Denim – Had 2 Know (Personal):  Here’s a new jam from White Denim.  At this point I’m certain their new album will be my 2016 go-to listen for when I’m in the car.  Stiff is due out on March 25 via Downtown.

:Big Deal – Say Yes:  “Pretty much everything that could fall apart for us, did. This included parting with our label [Mute], breaking up a relationship, band members leaving and losing all of our music when my apartment was broken in to. We didn’t want to give up, or revel in our misery. We decided instead to try and turn it into something magic.” – Alice Costelloe.  It would appear that Big Deal encountered a few issues while trying to put together a new album.  Good on them for making it work.  Say Yes is due out June 17 via FatCat.

:Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  This pop number from Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline)  is such a charming listen.  I’m excited for her sophomore LP, Next Thing, which is due out April 1 via Bayonet Records.

:Sonny And The Sunsets – Well But Strangely Hung Man:  This is such a silly track, but I love it.  Here’s hoping that from here on out Sonny And The Sunsets only let Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards) produce their albums.  Moods Baby Moods is due out May 27 via Polyvinyl.

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Stream This

February 28, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

Ume – Monuments
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Soundtrack
Eagulls – Self Titled
Trust – Joyland
Posse – Soft Opening
Real Estate – Atlas
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
Rick Ross – Mastermind
Pharrell – Girl
Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy
Ava Luna – Electric Ballooon
Bart Davenport – Physical World
Roman Remains – Zeal
Wake Owl – The Private World Of Paradise
Dark Mean – Samuel The Phoenix EP
We Are Scientists – TV en Francais


The Coathangers

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