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Quickdraw: Thee Oh Sees, Joanna Gruesome, Happy Diving, Field Mouse, Sleigh Bells

July 19, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Thee Oh Sees – The Axis:  There’s something oddly intoxicating about this slow burner from Thee Oh Sees.  Do yourself a favor and toss on some headphones before you hit play.  A Weird Exits is due out August 12 via Castle Face.

:Joanna Gruesome – Pretty Fucking Sick Of It All:  Two things about this song.  1)  It’s Joanna Gruesome’s first bit of new material since singer Alanna McArdle left the band.  2)  It was influenced by their most recent U.S. tour, during which “the CIA took a special interest in the group’s movements.”  Guess that explains why the track’s title is so no nonsense.   The Pretty Fucking Sick Of It All single is available now via Slumberland.

:Happy Diving – Don’t Be Afraid Of Love:  Here’s the latest wall of fuzz from indie rockers Happy Diving.  Turn it up, and then join me in expecting good things from their upcoming album.  Electric Soul Unity is due out August 19 via Topshelf.

:Field Mouse – The Order Of Things:  This a rather jangly, very 90s rock track from Field Mouse.  On a related note, I just got sent their new album.  I need to listen to it ASAP.  Episodic is due out August 5 via Topshelf.

:Sleigh Bells – Hyper Dark:  The first time I listened to this track I figured it was slowly building up to what would surely be some sort of chaotic noise explosion.  Nope.  It actually just slinks about and generally doesn’t sound like Sleigh Bells at all.  I like it.  No word yet on when a new album will be released.

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Quickdraw: M.I.A., Joanna Gruesome, Thee Oh Sees, Westkust, Chastity Belt

March 9, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:M.I.A. – CanSeeCanDo:  Over the weekend M.I.A. randomly released this track.  It’s not a banger by any means, but it has a slick sound and is an entertaining effort.  No official word yet on a new album, but I assume one is coming soon.

:Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst:  Here’s the latest sugary-sweet-but-also-fierce single from Joanna Gruesome’s new album.  I really wish they were playing SXSW.  Peanut Butter is due out May 19 via Slumberland Records.

:Thee Oh Sees – Web:  It’s a new year, so of course Thee Oh Sees have readied a new album.  They’ve always been a lively act, but I think this is a bit more dynamic than they’ve sounded in a while.  Manipulator Defeated At Last is due out May 18 via Castle Face.

:Westkust – Swirl:  While do some browsing I came across this “best new track” over at Pitchfork.  I love the guy/girl vocal combo and the wall of sound that’s perfectly situated just behind them.  Westkust’s Last Forever will be released on April 22.

:Chastity Belt – Joke:  I’m finally starting to come around on Chastity Belt.  This relaxed track kind of meanders, but I think it’s a gem.  Time To Go Home is due out March 21 via Hardly Art.  The band is set to open for Courtney Barnett at the Mohawk on June 5.

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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wire, Joanna Gruesome, The Go! Team

February 12, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:  “I’m not bossy/I’m the boss.”  I’m forever in love with Speedy Ortiz, and it’s not just because of their on-point 90s-rock sound, it’s also the songwriting.  Sadie Dupuis is brilliant.  Foil Deer is due out April 21 via Carpark Records.  See the band at Red 7 on May 15.

:Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love:  I’ve yet to decide exactly where I stand when it comes to Unknown Mortal Orchestra.  I like a few songs a lot (like this one), but have yet to love any of their albums.  They are great live, though.  Guess I’ll see how I react when Multi-Love gets released on May 26 via Jagjaguwar.

:Wire – Joust And Jostle:  Wire just keep rolling on.  The veteran act have readied their 13th full length, and this is the first single off of it.  I think it’s a melodic gem.  The band will release a self titled album on April 21 via Pinkflag.

:Joanna Gruesome – Last Year:  I know that Joanna Gruesome comes loaded with various novelties (a silly name, a schizo sound that’s both wildly fierce and sugary sweet), but I love them anyways.  It’s fun to listen to people who are having fun, you know?  Peanut Butter is due out June 2 via Slumberland.

:The Go! Team – Blowtorch:  The title track off of The Go! Team’s upcoming LP has been out for a while now, but apparently this jangly pop tune is actually the lead single.  What?  Anyhow, I dig it and remain excited about their new album.  The Scene Between is due out March 24 via Memphis Industries.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 1

December 1, 2014

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Hey there, let’s begin running down my Top 50 Songs of 2014 (there will be one part each day through this Friday).  As is always the case, the list is comprised of music I’ve shared here at SOTO throughout the year.  Enjoy.

PS – If you missed my 2014 Austin Essentials, all three of those volumes are now on one page right HERE.

50)  :Lana Del Rey – West Coast:  Yeah yeah, I know, Lana Del Rey has big lips and no one (publicly) likes her, but I don’t care, this Dan Auerbach-produced track is great.  Total smokey, moody goodness.  From Ultaviolence.

49)  :Slow Magic – Hold Still:  This one from Slow Magic features what’s probably my favorite “wait for it” moment of 2014.  If the final 30 seconds don’t make you want to move, then you might be dead.  From How To Run Away.

48)  :Joanna Gruesome – Psykick Espionage:  Noisy and infectious.  That’s definitely the best way to describe this track from the one and only Joanna Gruesome.  From the band’s split 7″ with Perfect Pussy.

47)  :White Reaper – Half Bad:  There’s so much energy and enthusiasm packed into this ripper from White Reaper that it’s become one of my go-tos for whenever I need a pick-me-up.  From the band’s self titled EP.

46)  :Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends:  Sleater-Kinney are back and they’ve still got it!  Not that I’m in any way surprised, of course – Corin, Carrie and Janet are pure magic when they’re together.  From No Cities To Love.

45)  :Perfume Genius – Queen:  While I didn’t find Perfume Genius’ latest album to be for me, I do love this song.  It’s a powerful listen that grabs you and never lets go.  From Too Bright.

44)  :How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure:  This impeccably crafted track is no & It Was You, but I do think it’s the most accessible that Tom Krell (aka How To Dress Well) has ever been.  From What Is This Heart.

43)  :Sophie – Lemonade:  Of all the songs that will appear on my Top 50 list, this pop blip from Sophie is the one I expect to divide people the most.  It’s a weird and obnoxious earworm.  From the Lemonade/Hard single.

42)  :New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers:  There was a stretch this year where I just about wore out this gloriously upbeat track from New Pornographers.  Talk about power pop perfection.  From Brill Bruisers.

41)  :Terry Malts – Let You In:  Another year, another fuzzed out track from Terry Malts that’s really difficult to get out of my head.  Things could be worse, I suppose.  From the Insides EP.

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Quickdraw: Thurston Moore, Half Japanese, Deerhoof, Joanna Gruesome, Charli XCX

August 21, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Thurston Moore – The Best Day:  While I would have preferred to get a another Chelsea Light Moving album, I’m still excited about a new Thurston Moore solo effort (his first since 2011′s Demolished Thoughts).  This single is a spectacularly crafted piece of alt-rock.  The Best Day is expected out on October 21 via Matador.

:Half Japanese – Our Love:  I’ve really been loving the new Half Japanese tracks (listen to another one).  What’s especially crazy is that they’ve been around for 40 years and haven’t put out an album since 2001′s Hello, and yet they still sound more hip and enthusiastic than most bands out there.  Look for Overjoyed on September 2 via Joyful Noise.

:Deerhoof – Exit Only:  Here’s a loud, wonderfully weird new one from the magnificent Deerhoof.  Their albums are always a fun/intersting time, so I’m looking forward to the new one (13th overall, yeah?).  La Isla Bonita is due out November 4 via Polyvinyl.

:Joanna Gruesome – Psykick Espionage:  Joanna Gruesome just announced a split with Trust Fund, and now they’ve lined up another with Perfect Pussy.  This track is rather manic, but I think that’s what makes it great.  You can expect the 7″ to be released at some point later this year via Captured Tracks/Slumberland/Fortuna Pop.

:Charli XCX – Break The Rules:  And so we come full circle with the spiritual successor to Icona Pop’s I Love It arriving from the girl that was featured on it – Charli XCX.  Consider me curious to see what else is on her upcoming LP.  Sucker is due on October 22 via Neon Gold/Atlantic.  See her at Emo’s on October 17.

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Quickdraw: NehruvianDOOM, Joanna Gruesome, Alex Napping, Spray Paint, Black Milk

July 28, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:NehruvianDOOM – OM:  DOOM is quite possibly my favorite rapper ever, so I was all in for his collaboration with Bishop Nehru before I even listened to this song.  Thankfully, it turned out to be as rad as I figured it would be.  NehruvianDOOM will release their self titled effort on September 23 via Lex/Noizy Cricket.

:Joanna Gruesome – Jerome (Liar):  Here’s an infectious little gem from Joanna Gruesome.  They’re quickly becoming one of my favorite pop acts, and I hope a new full length isn’t too far off.  The band’s split 12″ with Trust Fund is due out September 23 via HHBTM Records.

:Alex Napping – Weak Knees:  If I were to make a list of new Austin bands that I’m really excited about, Alex Napping would land somewhere near the top of it – they just have such an overwhelmingly compelling sound.  Trust me when I say you’re going to dig their upcoming album.  Look for This Is Not A Bedroom to be released on September 23 via Punctum Records.

:Spray Paint – Rest Versus Rust:  Spray Paint are an act that folks in Austin have rightfully been buzzing about for a while now.  Just a heads up, they’re not exactly the kind of band you casually listen to, so you either have to fully commit to them or just get the hell out of the way.   Clean Blood, Regular Acid will be released on September 23 via Monofonus Press.

:Black Milk – Detroit’s New Dance Show:  I love Black Milk.  The guy never does anything twice, and I just really appreciate how dedicated he is to constantly shifting his sound.  This one-off effort is a catchy thumper, so be sure to crank the volume when you hit play.  BM’s next album is tentatively titled If There’s A Hell Below.  This song may or may not be on it.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 1

December 11, 2013

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Because I want to makes sure you know I listen to too much music, here’s another year-end list.  This time it covers the albums I couldn’t take off repeat when I wasn’t pouring over various singles.  The countdown will come to a conclusion on Friday!  Enjoy.

25) Chelsea Light Moving – Self Titled

Thurston Moore’s new band put out their self titled debut in the first part of 2013, and I’ve been listening to it fairly often ever since.  It’s a meaty, noisy indie rock effort that gets better the more time you spend with it.

:Chelsea Light Moving – Burroughs:

24) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common

We The Common didn’t resonate with me as much as Thao’s previous two albums, but I still find it to be a really good effort.  She continues to be one of my favorite songwriters.

:Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common:

23) Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia

Despite being a long-time fan of Marnie Stern, The Chronicles Of Marnia is the first album of hers that I’ve fully liked.  Probably because it’s easily her most focused effort to date.

Check out the album here.

22) The Men – New Moon

I know everyone prefers the Men’s heavier efforts, but I adore the almost folkish indie rock sound that makes up New Moon.  Don’t be afraid to toss on headphones for this one.

:The Men – The Seeds:

21) Grape St. – A Date With You

A good chunk of my 2013 was spent singing-a-long with Grape St’s A Date With You.  The Austin act sure knows how to put together a catchy garage rock tune.

:Grape St – A Date With You:

20) Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere

Terry Malts’ Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere took a few listens for me to completely warm up to it, but once I did I never wanted to let go.  If you like fuzzed-out pop punk, then you need this album.

:Terry Malts – I Was Not There:

19) White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

Even if you’re not a big fan of White Denim, you have to appreciate how hard they work to constantly expand their sound.  Corsicana Lemonade is really nice step forward for them.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

Weird Sister is one of the more scatterbrained, largely crazy indie pop efforts of 2013, but it works.  Here’s hoping Joanna Gruesome never change.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:

17) Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

Foxygen’s poor/bizarre live showings seem to have soured most people’s opinion of the band, and that’s just too bad.  We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic is a really good album that proudly showcases the band’s various influences.

:Foxygen – On Blue Mountain:

16) Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled

Omar Rodriquez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) and Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) are at the center of Bosnian Rainbows, and their self titled debut is full of well crafted alt-rock gems.  Still not sure how I feel about their name, though.

:Bosnian Rainbows – Morning Sickness:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 3

December 4, 2013

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We’re now firmly in the mid-section of this list.  I hope that so far you’ve been digging it and have maybe found some new stuff.  Let me know if you have any guesses on what will be in the top spot!  Enjoy.

30)  :Action Bronson – The Rockers (Featuring Wiz Khalifa):  Out of the ton of good stuff that Action Bronson released in 2013, this track is my favorite.  He sounds great in it, and I especially dig the Wiz Khalifa verse.  From the SAAAB Stories EP.

29)  :Phantogram – Celebrating Nothing:  At some point in 2014 I’m going to finally get a new Phantogram album.  Until then, I’ll just let this gem swirl around in my head.  From their self titled EP.

28)  :Divine Fits – Ain’t That The Way:  If you ask me, this is the best Spoon cover that Divine Fits have ever done.  Ha!  Seriously though, it’s a pretty great pop song.  From the Ain’t That The Way/Chained To Love digital single.

27)  :M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.:  Another year, another great single from M.I.A.  She may be a bit unhinged, but her work is consistently interesting and worth your time.  From Matangi.

26)  :Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  This infectious piece of noise pop has been a favorite of mine for months.  Also, as a Joanna Newsom fan, I’m admittedly a sucker for the name Joanna Gruesome.  From Weird Sister.

25)  :The Orwells – Other Voices:  While the hard working, fresh out of high school dudes in the Orwells make me feel lazy and old, I can’t help but dig their music.  This rock tune is as catchy as it gets.  From the Other Voices EP.

24)  :Son Lux – Lost It To Trying:  This song is definitely Sigur Ros-light, but I think that actually makes me like it more.  Toss on headphones or just crank your stereo, either approach works well with Son Lux.  From Lanterns.

23)  :The Men – The Seeds (Acoustic Version):  The original version of this track is rather nice, but I think the acoustic take really makes for something special.  It’s definitely my favorite song by the Men.  From the Campfire Songs EP.

22)  :Youth Lagoon – Dropla:  Throughout the year this Youth Lagoon song was one of my go-tos for when I just wanted to kick back and listen to something.  It has such a stellar, well layered arrangement.  From Wondrous Bughouse.

21)  :Lightning Dust – Loaded Gun:  I ended up not loving Lightning Dust’s new synth-enthused sound as much as I thought I would, but I do think this particular song is rad.  Be sure to jam it.  From Fantasy.

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Joanna Gruesome

November 14, 2013

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Joanna Grueome are a band that’s really been a delight for me in 2013.  I’ve loved their singles, I think Weird Sister is a good album, and now I’m really digging their cover of Galaxie 500′s Tugboat.  Check it out below while I continue to hope that they’ll make an appearance at SXSW.  The Sugarcrush 7″ is due out November 18 via Slumberland.  Enjoy.

:Joanna Gruesome – Tugboat (Galaxie 500 Cover):  Admittedly, when I first saw that JG were covering Tugboat I wasn’t expecting much.  It’s a great song, and I just couldn’t imagine an upbeat retro/garage pop version of it.  Thankfully, that’s not what this is.  The band certainly puts their own spin on it, but it’s not one that loses the stellar tone of the original.

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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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Stream This

September 13, 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

Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
Dustin Wong – Meditation Of Ecstatic Energy
Keep Shelly In Athens – At Home
LAKE – The World Is Real
Cid Rim – Mute City
MGMT – Self Titled
Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
Arp – More
The Naked And Famous – In Rolling Waves
Pillars And Tongues – End-dances
Traams – Grin
HSY – Self Titled
Seams – Quarters
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Fly By Wire
Drew Price’s Bermuda Triangle – Friends And Family
Said The Whale – Hawaii
San Fermin – Self Titled
Body Language – Grammar

VIDEOS

Arcade Fire will release Reflektor on October 29.

Quasi will put out Mole City on October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  The band is set to play Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Crystal Antlers will release Nothing Is Real on October 15 through Innovative Leisure.

Glasser’s Interiors is due out October 9 via True Panther.

Obits’s Bed & Bugs is out now on Sub Pop.

Franz Ferdinand recently released Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action via Domino.

Deerhunters’s Monomania is out now.

Eagulls will put out the Nerve Endings 7″ on September 30.

Forest Fire’s Screens is out now on FatCat.

Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt is available now via Don Giovanni.

Jonathan Rado’s Law And Order was recently released on Woodsist.

Deer Tick’s Negativity is due out September 24 via Partisan Records.

Icona Pop are set to release This Is … Icona Pop on September 24.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on October 21 via Mute.

Deltron 3030 will put out Deltron 3030: Event II on October 1 via Bulk Recordings.  Catch them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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Quickdraw: Terry Malts, Quasi, Black Books, Joanna Gruesome, Black Milk

August 19, 2013

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Today’s music isn’t sure about you.  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – Walking Without You:  Here’s your adrenaline shot for today.  Terry Malts are the absolute best, and I can’t wait for their new album.  Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere is due on September 9 via Slumberland.  The band will play the Mohawk on September 26.

:Quasi – See You On Mars:  I’m starting to really look forward to Quasi’s upcoming double LP.  The first two singles (that would be You Can Stay But You Got To Go and this playful number) have been pretty great.  Mole City is due out October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  Catch the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  This atmospheric track packs a real punch, and it makes me think that Austin’s Black Books are seriously ready for much bigger things.  Good for them.  The band will put out a self titled effort on October 1 via Believe Recordings.  Their next show in town is August 24 at the Mohawk.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  I think it’s safe to say that Joanna Gruesome’s late summer emergence has been a welcomed one.  They sure know how to write a hook.  The anticipated Weird Sister is due September 10 via Slumberland.

:Black Milk – Perfected On Puritan Ave:  Every time I get a new Black Milk single I hope he’ll suddenly go from underrated to beloved.  So, is this the one that forces such a deserved jump?  You tell me.  No Poison No Paradise is due out October 15 via Fat Beats/Computer Ugly.

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Joanna Gruesome

July 23, 2013

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I’m just going to go ahead and assume that Joanna Gruesome is a play on Joanna Newsom, which is sort of hilarious to me.  And yes, I’m well aware that’s just totally silly on my part.  Anyhow, the Cardiff-based band will release Weird Sister on September 10 via the always stellar Slumberland.

:Joanna Gruesome – Secret Surprise:  I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve listened to this song.  The less than three minute run time means it starts repeating before I know it, and then there’s the fact that I can’t get over how raucous and catchy it is.

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