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Quickdraw: Russian Circles, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, Deleted Scenes, Gems, Mutual Benefit

October 14, 2013


Today’s music is happy that ACL is done.  Enjoy.

:Russian Circles – 1777:  This is such an epic track.  Russian Circles can sometimes get too meaty, so it’s nice when they take a moment to remind me how expansive their sound can be.  The band will release Memorial via Sargent House on October 29.

:Yamantaka/Sonic Titan – Windflower:  I’d say that Yamantaka/Sonic Titan is a terrible name, but somehow it’s just the right fit for the way their scattered sound soars here.  You’ll be able to pick up UZU when it’s released on October 29 via Suicide Squeeze.

:Deleted Scenes – Stutter:  I’m not entirely sure what to make of this track, but I can say that I love how weird it is.  I advise that you just turn it up and see what happens.  Deleted Scenes will release a 7″ on November 5, and then they have a new full length, Lithium Burn, expected out in February via Park The Van.

:Gems – Medusa:  Admittedly, there’s a few moments here that are just cheesy enough to make you want to roll your eyes.  However, Gems’ oh so very dream pop sound is too good to pass up.  Grab the Medusa EP when it gets released on November 12.

:Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry:  I found this over at Pitchfork this weekend.  It reminds me of a lot of the indie music  (Sufjan Stevens, Annuals, etc) I was loving back when I was in my last year of college.   You can get Love’s Crushing Diamond now through Mutual Benefit’s Bandcamp page.

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Stream This

March 1, 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.


David Bowie – The Next Day
Cloud Cult – Love
Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
Rhye – Woman
The Cave Singers – Naomi
Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
Jamaica Queens – Wormfood
Suuns – Images Du Futur
Blue Hawaii – Untogether
The Men – New Moon
Javelin – Hi Beams
Shlohmo – Laid Out
Idiot Glee – Life Without Jazz


Brazos will release Saltwater on May 28 via Dead Oceans.

Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love is out now on Barsuk.

Melody’s Echo Chamber released a self titled album late last year.

The M Machine just put out Metropolis Pt. II on OWSLA.

Bleached will release Ride Your Heart via Dead Oceans on April 2.

Yukon Blonde’s Tiger Talk is out now.

Blackbird Blackbird have an EP out now called Boracay Planet.  They play the Mohawk with STRFKR on March 7.

STRFKR will release Miracle Mile on April 1 via Polyvinyl.  As noted above, they play the Mohawk on March 7.

Matt And Kim released Lightning last year.

Ducktails have an album out now on Domino called The Flower Lane.

Kate Nash will release Girl Talk on March 5.

Computer Magic will release a new 7″ on March 12.

This is a new single from GEMS.

David Bowie will release The Next Day on March 12.

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