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Quickdraw: Icky Blossoms, Guantanamo Baywatch, BLXPLTN, Sweet John Bloom, Braid

April 13, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Icky Blossoms – Living in Fiction:  I’ve fully gone from shrugging my shoulders at Icky Blossoms to being rather excited for their sophomore LP.  The new stuff just has a rad kick to it.  Mask is due out May 12 via Saddle Creek.

:Guantanamo Baywatch – Do What You Want:  Everything about Guantanamo Baywatch is gloriously retro (think these words in particular – surf, soul, garage), and I really dig it.  I’ll be surprised if I don’t end up adoring their new album.  Darling … It’s Too Late is due out May 12 via Suicide Squeeze.

:BLXPLTN – Auf Wiedersehen:  This song is BLXPLTN’s “tribute to those whose lives were innocently taken by the police force.”  Gotta love a strong message like that, right?  The Austin-based act’s sophomore album will be out later this year.

:Sweet John Bloom – Moving Target:  I came across this energetic slice of indie rock while digging around in my inbox this weekend.  It’s good enough to make Sweet John Bloom a name worth noting.  Weird Prayer will be out later this year via Tiny Engines.

:Braid – Kids Get Grids:  Here’s the latest solid track to slip out of Braid’s comeback campaign.  I think the reemerged emo scene needs vets like them, so hopefully they’ll keep churning out new stuff.  The Kids Get Grids 7″ is due out on Record Store Day.

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Quickdraw: Kathryn Calder, The Mary Onettes, Spaceships, Jimmy Whispers, Guantanamo Baywatch

February 17, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Kathryn Calder – Take A Little Time:  For those that forgot, Kathryn Calder is a member of The New Pornographers.  This is the first single off of her third solo LP, and I think it’s a fancy bit of art pop.  Look for Calder’s self titled album on April 14 via File Under: Music.

:The Mary Onettes – Sharkbrains:  In celebration of their US tour (the band’s first since 2008), The Mary Onettes have released this one-off single, which was supposedly made while they were “longing for endless American highways.”  That’s nice and all, but why aren’t they playing in Austin?  I want to speak to a supervisor.

:Spaceships – Stone:  Spaceships’ new album was “recorded between 2010 and 2014 in bedrooms and living rooms, on iPads, four tracks, and laptops, with guitars and drum machines” and is full of songs that the duo (Jesse Waite and Kevin LaRose) say they never intended on releasing.  Doesn’t get much more lo-fi and sincere than that.  Little Buddha is due out February 24 via Unsatisfied Records.

:Jimmy Whispers – Heart Don’t Know:  I’m not at all familiar with Jimmy Whispers, but this song of his just cuts right through me.  I hope he’s okay.  Hell, I hope I’m okay.  Summer In Pain is due out March 24 via Moniker/Field Mates.

:Guantanamo Baywatch – Too Late:  Suicide Squeeze recently added Guantanamo Baywatch to their roster.  I’ve honestly never been a big fan of the band, but this track, which features the great Curtis Harding, is full-on retro goodness.  Here’s hoping their new LP has more of the same.  Darling … It’s Too Late will be released on May 12.

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Stream This

June 27, 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.


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 ➡ Beverly – Careers

Secret Cities – Walk Me Home
OOIOO – Gamel
Brian Eno/Karl Hyde – High LIfe
I’m An Island – Crown Jewel EP
Steve Adamyk Band – Dial Tone
Xeno And Oaklander – Par Avion
Camera Shy – Jack-O-Lantern EP
Turn To Crime – Can’t Love
NONONO – We Are Only What We Feel
Kestrels – The Moon Is Shining Our Way EP


FKA Twigs

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