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Quickdraw: Jeff The Brotherhood, The Faint, Duchess Says, Tennis, Big Baby D.R.A.M.

August 8, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Roachin (Featuring Alicia Bognanno):  Here’s a quickie from Jeff The Brotherhood that features Alicia from Bully.  I love it, but I really do wish it was about four minutes longer.  Zone is due out August 12 via Dine Alone Records.

:The Faint – Skylab1979:  The Faint are getting ready to release a “greatest hits” comp of sorts, and with it will come a 7″ with some new tracks.  This is one of them.  It sounds like The Faint (in a good way, of course).  CAPSULE: 1999-2016 is due out September 30 via Saddle Creek.

:Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself:  I didn’t even think Duchess Says were a thing anymore, so it was a nice surprise when I stumbled across this new track from them.  It’s a very 80s-enthused effort, and I think it’s glorious.  Science Nouvelles is due out October 14 via Slovenly/Bonsound.

:Tennis – Ladies Don’t Play Guitar:  Tennis recently rolled out this new single.  Sound-wise it’s like their previous material, but the lyrics definitely feature a more assertive approach from frontwoman Aliana Moore.  Good for her.  No word yet on when a new album will arrive.

:Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Cute:  A couple of months ago D.R.A.M. (I guess he recently tagged Big Baby to the front of that?) played a show I put together for Red Bull Sound Select, and this song was one of the standout moments in his set.  I’m pumped to have a studio version.

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Jeff The Brotherhood

July 21, 2016

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Jeff The Brotherhood have really been working it since they got “dropped from the clutches of the demented vulture that is Warner Bros.”  Last year they put out two LPs – Wasted On The Dream and Global Chakra Rhythms – and now they’re about to release another.  It’s called Zone, and it’s apparently the last installment of a trilogy of albums, which includes 2009′s Heavy Days and 2011′s We Are The Champions.  Neat.  The sloppy, psych-enthused first single awaits you down below.  Enjoy.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Punishment:

Zone is due out August 12 via Dine Alone.

Bonus Video:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 1

November 30, 2015

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Hey!  It’s time to start counting down my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  As always, the entire list is made up of tracks that have steadily been in my rotation since I came across them.  Enjoy.

50)  :Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:  I officially boarded CRJ’s bandwagon this year.  Her latest is LP is pretty damn fun, and I think this is the best song off of it.  You’re legit stone cold if you can listen to it and not want to dance.  From Emotion.

49)  :Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I was all about this driving, synth-filled track from Icky Blossoms before I even finished listening to it for the first time.  It’s an all-around stellar sounding song that just dominates the room.  From Mask.

48)  :Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  This is the first Death Cab For Cutie single in a very long time that’s stuck with me.  Probably because it moves well and the band actually sounds awake in it.  From Kintsugi.

47)  :Albert Hammond Jr. – Born Slippy:  It’s nice that the Strokes are still working together, but I’d be fine if they called it quits and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just went about churning out more solo albums.  As shown here, the guy really knows how to write an inviting pop tune.  From Momentary Masters.

46)  :The Suffers – Make Some Room:  Houston’s The Suffers really took off this year, and I’m so very happy for them.  As for this track, I think it’s one of 2015′s most endearing efforts.  From the Make Some Room EP.

45)  :Sweet Spirit – Babydoll:  I’ve been watching locals Sweet Spirit play this live for a long while, so I love that a recorded version finally came along.  It’s definitely one of those songs that I find stuck in my head seemingly all of the time.  From the band’s self titled EP.

44)  :Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  This song from Jeff The Brotherhood features a goddamn flute solo by Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) and has a chorus that mentions wanting to stab someone in the eye.  Those two things alone should warrant its placement on anyone’s year-end list.  From Wasted On The Dream.

43)  :Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:  The Conor Oberst that fronts Desaparecidos is my favorite Conor Oberst.  I think his emo-y voice is best used in tracks like one, which is an anthemic scorcher.  From Payola.

42)  :Dan Friel – Rattler:  Dan Friel is a master at twiddling knobs (not a euphemism).  I frequently put this inspired tune on whenever I need to rally up for something.  From Life.

41)  :jj – Truce:  The immense amount of attitude that’s all throughout this jj song has entertained me for much of 2015.  The whole thing is just ridiculous (and fun).  From Truce.

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Jeff The Brotherhood

October 29, 2015

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You don’t know it yet, but all that’s missing in your life today is Jeff The Brotherhood doing a nine and half minute version of Mazzy Star’s Mary of Silence that’s just sludgy and psychedelic enough to make the Earth feel like it’s spinning slower.  Hear it below.  Enjoy.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Mary of Silence (Mazzy Star Cover):

Global Chakra Rhythms is due out November 13 via from Infinity Cat Recordings.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Kindling, Wimps, Jeff The Brotherhood, Eternal Summers, Lizzo

October 19, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Kindling – Blinding Wave:  While giving my inbox a deep clean this weekend I “discovered” Kindling and instantly fell in love.  Noisy, reverb-heavy indie rock always gets me.  Galaxies is due out November 6 via No Idea.

:Wimps – Old Guy:  This new Wimps single makes me laugh.  It also kind of makes me cringe because soon I’ll totally be “the old guy at the party tonight.”  Just great, you know?  Suitcase is due out November 13 via Kill Rock Stars.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Radiating Fiber PlaneJeff The Brotherhood’s major label experiment didn’t go particularly well, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to have affected them much.  This proggy effort is the first single off of their double album, Global Chakra Rhythms, which is due out November 13 via Infinity Cat.

:Eternal Summers – Our Distant Bodies:  A bonus edition of Eternal Summers’ latest LP is about to come out, and this slow burner will be on it.  I think it’s a really pretty track.  The extended version of Gold And Stone is due out October 23.

:Lizzo – Humanize:  I first found out about Lizzo when I saw her do a nice job of opening for Sleater-Kinney back in February.  As you’ll hear when you hit play, she’s got a nice voice and a confident sound.  Big GRRRL Small World is due out December 11 via BGSW Records.

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Show Of The Week

July 29, 2015

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Gorilla vs Bear 5 (with Jamie XX, Lower Dens, Bop English, Tei Shi, Yumi Zouma, Prince Innocence) looks like an amazing time, but it’s sold out.  You can’t go.  So, instead I think your goal this week should be joining me at Empire Control Room on Friday for the Red Bull Sound Select showcase with Jeff The Brotherhood, Novosti and Mirror Travel.  Yes, I work for RBSS and am probably being totally biased here, but I’m certain it’s going to be a rad show.  JTB are always great, Novosti have an interesting sound that I’m excited to check out live, and Mirror Travel will be putting on their first show in Austin in a good long while.  Also, I hired a magician as a host.  A magician!  Not to mention the show is in celebration of Waterloo Records’ 33 1/3 Anniversary.  This is all good stuff.  Be there.

PS – The show is $3 with an RSVP, but if you’d like to be on the guest list for it, just send me an email.  I have some extra spots I can giveaway!

Here’s a few other shows worth looking into this week.

ThursdayMagna Carda, Gina Chavez, Alesia Lani, Emily Wolfe at Holy Mountain
ThursdayRuby Fray, Julia Lucille, Besos de Lobos, Molly Burch, DJ Moe Zilla at Hotel Vegas
FridayGood Graeff at Holy Mountain
SaturdayGhetto Ghouls, Flesh Lights, US Weekly, Decider at Hotel Vegas
Saturday101X Homegrown with Major Major Major, Migrant Kids, Good Talk, Desert Culture at Empire Control Room
SaturdayDanny Malone, Matt Hines, Ben Ballinger at Holy Mountain
SundayThe Gary, Benko, San Saba County at Cheer Up Charlies

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Quickdraw: Modest Mouse, Abram Shook, Jeff The Brotherhood, Blur, Action Bronson

February 19, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks With Time In A Box:  Here’s the latest single/leak/track off of Modest Mouse’s upcoming album.  It’s big and weird, and I think it’s great.  Can’t wait to hear the whole LP.  Strangers To Ourselves is due out March 17 via Epic.

:Abram Shook – Understood:  Abram Shook has announced the follow-up to last year’s stellar Sun Marquee, and I’m ecstatic.  As this track will show (or remind) you, the guy is great at crafting effortlessly enjoyable pop music.  Landscape Dream is due out May 12 via Western Vinyl.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  Jeff The Brotherhood recently noted that they’re no longer in the “clutches of the demented vulture that is Warner Bros.”  Good for them.  On another note, there’s some solid flute work at play in this riffy tune.  Wasted On The Dream is due out March 24 via Infinity Cat.

:Blur – Go Out:  The mighty Blur have announced their first LP since 2003′s Think Tank.  This first single is kind of slinky and just rad enough to make me want to spend a day or four revisiting the band’s previous albums.  Look for The Magic Whip on April 27.

:Action Bronson – Terry:  I think this might be one of my favorite Action Bronson songs ever.  It’s super relaxed, rambly and it features a heady outro that’s nearly two-minutes long.  Mr. Wonderful is due out March 24 via Vice/Atlantic.

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Stream This

November 9, 2012

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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

How To Destroy Angels – An Omen
El Ten Eleven – Transitions
Social Studies – Developer
Vinyl Williams – Lemniscate
The Babies – Our House On The Hill
El Perro Del Mar – Pale Fire
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Crystal Castles – (III)

VIDEOS

Arms have an album titled Summer Skills that’s out now.

Jon Hillcoat (The Road) helped direct this video for IO Echo.  The band has an album due out next year.

Icky Blossoms play Emo’s East on November 28 with The Faint.  Their self titled debut is out now.

The Joy Formidable will release Wolf’s Law on January 22 via Canvasback Music/Atlantic Records.

Tame Impala’s Lonerism is available now.

Jonti currently has a new album titled Sine + Moon that’s out now.

Phantogram recently released an EP titled Nightlife.

Correatown’s Pleiades is currently available.

Columbia will release Wild Belle’s debut, Isles, early next year.

Dumbo Gets Mad will release Quantum Leap sometime in 2013.

The Luyas recently released Animator.

Jeff The Brotherhood’s Hypnotic Nights is out now.

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