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Stream This

February 6, 2015

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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.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Quarterbacks – Self Titled

Knifight – V
The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil
Hello Blue Roses – WZO
Paperhaus – Self Titled
Blis – Starting Fires In My Parent’s House EP
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diet Cig

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 1

January 5, 2015

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SOTO is back!  Naturally, taking a month to engage in year-end lists and lengthy naps means I missed some stuff, so before I go all in on 2015 I’m sharing some interesting singles that were released in December.  There will be 10 tracks today and another 10 tomorrow.  Enjoy.

:Purity Ring – Push Pull:  I realize this is just one track off of Purity Ring’s impending sophomore effort, but it sure does seem as though they’ve dialed things back to sound more like Chvrches.  It could be a move that works for them.  This first single is certainly far from bad.  The band’s currently untitled LP is expected out later this year via 4AD.

:A Sunny Day In Glasgow – In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing) (Fang Island Remix):  If the original version of this song (and it’s wildly blissful ways) has always proved to be a bit overwhelming for you, then Fang Island’s relaxed take on it will probably delight your ears.  This remix is a one-off, so grab it while you can.

:Twin Shadow – Turn Me Up:  George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow) has made the jump to Warner Bros and is now officially set to release a follow-up to 2012′s Confess.  My guess is that it will be a wonderfully dramatic effort that I listen to far too often.  Eclipse is due out March 17 via Warner Bros.

:Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy:  The #1 album on my “must have immediately” list is Sleater-Kinney’s new one.  They’re an absolute favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to indulge in their reunion tunes.  No Cities To Love is due out January 20 via Sub Pop.

:Dan Deacon – Feel The Lightning:  The always interesting Dan Deacon is back with a new album.  This track is weirdly accessible, and I’m super impressed that it’s 100% Deacon (even the “lady” vocals are actually him).  Gliss Riffer is due out February 24 via Domino.

:Knifight – Young Lovers:  Knifight are one of my favorite Austin bands.  I love their big, intense post punk sound and the way that it aims to dominate you.  You’ll see what I mean when you hit play on this heavy tune.  V will be released on February 10.

:Doomtree – Gray Duck:  POS and his talented cohorts have rallied together for another Doomtree album, and I think it’s going to play well for those of you who fell in love with Run The Jewels-esque hip hop last year.  All Hands is due out January 27 via Doomtree Records.

:Menace Beach – Tastes Like Medicine:  The 90s lover in me is all about Menace Beach.  The band shares their name with an NES game, and their indie rock sound is definitely a fitting tribute to that decade.  Ratworld is due out January 27 via Memphis Industries.

:Metric – The Fatal Gift:  It doesn’t seem as though Emily Haines intends on putting out another solo effort, so we’re all just going to have to make due with this beautiful slow-burner from her main squeeze Metric.  By the way, Haines says this unfinished track “stands alone” so you should snatch it up while it’s readily available.

:Amen Dunes – Song To The Siren:  Here’s Amen Dunes covering This Mortal Coil’s cover of a Tim Buckley song.  Why the whole roundabout approach?  I have no clue.  I only care about it being a stunning track.  Share it with everyone.  The Cowboy Worship EP is due out January 20 via Sacred Bones.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 1

November 25, 2013

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A couple of weeks back I was thinking about my annual Top 50 Songs/Top 25 Albums lists (expect those to start on 12/2), and it dawned on me that I should do something separate specifically for Austin.  So, I did.  There’s no particular ranking to anything in Austin Essentials, I just wanted to share with you some local stuff that I liked a lot this year.  There’s 45 entries (culled from a group of about 70-80) that are spread out over three 15-track volumes, so look for a post tomorrow and then another on Wednesday.  Enjoy.

By the way, if I had one goal for SOTO this year, it was to try and include more mentions for Austin artists.  Overall, I think we did a solid job, but there’s definitely room to improve.  Hit me up if you have any suggestions for us as we head into 2014.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Sabrina Ellis is one of Austin’s most dynamic singers, and there isn’t a single song on A Giant Dog’s Bone where her enthusiasm doesn’t shine through.  This pop punk gem is my favorite track on the album.  Find A Giant Dog on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Grape St – A Date With You:  Harlem’s indefinite hiatus has now formed three great bands – Lace Curtains, Daytona, and Grape St.  If you dig this song, then definitely pick up the album A Date With You.  All of the other tracks on it are just as catchy.   Find Grape St on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Laughing – Disappear:  The Laughing kind of dropped off the planet for a while, but this year they made their return via Oscillation, a 10-track effort that features some really nice pop rock tunes.  Find The Laughing on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Sour Notes – Do What May:  The Sour Notes may be great friends of mine, but I can honestly say they’re listed here because they earned it.  They’re one of Austin’s hardest working bands and their upcoming album, Do What May, is a really solid prog pop effort.  Find The Sour Notes on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Borrisokane – Amelia Fucking Earhart (A.F.E.):  For those of you who like your pop music to have an experimental side to it, there’s Borrisokane’s Murdering Teeth EP.  I think it’s one of the more quirky (in a good way, of course) listens to come out of Austin in 2013.  Find Borrisokane on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Love Inks – Time:  Love Inks are a quality act, but they don’t seem to have the biggest of followings in Austin.  We should figure out a way to change that.  The band’s album, Generation Club, is a must if you like minimalist pop.  Find Love Inks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Whiite Walls – Easy Love:  When I wanted something dancey this summer I either tossed on Daft Punk’s Get Lucky or Whiite Walls’ Easy Love.  You can’t listen to it and not want to move.  Here’s hoping the band doesn’t take too long to put out an official effort.  Find Whiite Walls on FB here.

:Knifight – In The Fire:  Their name makes them sound like a punk band, but they’re actually more of a New Order/Future Islands type – dark and synthy.  Their debut, Dark Voices, is an intense but good listen.  Find Knifight on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Zorch – We All Die Young:  I love this track.  It’s wild and raw and should only be listened to at the sort of volume that makes your neighbors angry.  Find Zorch on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Boyfrndz – Water Weight:  Boyfrndz are one of Austin’s better experimental rock acts, and I thought they did a good job of proving that on their Natures EP.  Find Boyfrndz on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Major Major Major – Scream Queen:  I was a late adopter of this track, but once I did I couldn’t seem to get it out of my head.  Talk about infectious.  If we’re lucky, the duo will wrap their EP sooner rather than later.  Find Major Major Major on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  Chris Galis (from the Gorgeous Hands) heads up this breezy pop act.  Viper (Found A Good Place For My Love) is the other single that the band put out this year, and it’s also worth your time.  Find Genuine Leather on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Royal Forest – Goldwallpaper:  Over the years Royal Forest have really become a fine pop band.  If for some reason you didn’t check out Spillway, then seek it out.  It’s a nice listen.  Find Royal Forest on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Walker Lukens – Dear Someone:  Walker Lukens somewhat recently made the jump from NYC to Austin, and I’m happy that he did.  The guy knows how to write a good pop song.  Find Walker Lukens on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Yum – Take My Blue:  Yum just sort of popped onto my radar one day over the summer, and ever since then I’ve been a big fan.  Their album, Take My Blue, has a lot on it that plays like a lighter version of Warpaint.  Find Yum on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Walker Lukens, The Good Music Club (Jennifer)

November 20, 2013

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Winter is approaching, but there’s no need to hibernate and miss out on some great local shows. This weekend Walker Lukens is celebrating the end of a busy, successful year by headlining a two night stint at Holy MountainWalker Lukens & The Side Arms Present Two Nights I Was Kissed By Patti Smith is what the shows are being called, and if you’ve heard his debut full length, Devoted, then you might recognize that this was inspired by a song from the album.

There are different sets of bands each night distinguished by their musical moods. Friday is Ass Shakin’ Night featuring the soul and funk groove infused sounds of Emily Bell, Roxy Roca, and Mighty Mountain. Saturday is Head Noddin’ Night featuring the dreamy pop and shoegaze sounds of Royal Forest, Roger Sellers, and She Sir.

Both nights can be attended for $12, or you can do just one night for $8.

On Saturday, November 30 you can brush off your post-Thanksgiving feast stupor at The North Door via the latest showcase presented by The Good Music Club and Red River Noise.  It features the dreamy psych/surf pop of Borrisokane, the lush, atmospheric pop of Black Books, and the synth/dance/punk sounds of Knifight.

Good Music Club has been presenting solid and diverse local showcases for almost 2 years now (thanks to creators and producers, Richard Whymark and Laurie Gallardo). These showcases are an excellent opportunity to see up and coming local bands for an inexpensive cover charge. The performances are taped and made available to view online, and the show has garnered attention from around the country and the globe. If you’re in Austin and haven’t been to a Good Music Club taping, come and check out what the rest of the world has noticed.

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Knifight (Video Premiere)

May 14, 2013

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With a little assistance from Kickstarter and a nice sized helping of patience, Austin’s Knifight have readied their debut full length, Dark Voices.  The album, which was co-produced by Alex Bhore and Chris King of This Will Destroy You, is set to be released on June 4, and I think you guys are going to really dig it.

If you happened to miss the band’s EPs over the years, they pack an intense sound that’s clearly influenced by acts like New Order and Future Islands.  Dark Voices doesn’t feature them really changing much, but it’s a swirling, aggressive effort that feels like it’s coming from an act that’s ready for bigger things.  Here’s hoping they get there.

Below you’ll find the retro-enthused video for In The Fire, which we were kindly asked to premiere.  Frontman John Gable directed the video, Lobo Sucio Collective did the filming, and Kara Weinstein is who guest vocals/stars.  Enjoy.


:Knifight – In The Fire:

By the way, you should definitely make plans to attend Knifight’s album release show on June 8 at Red 7Borrisokane, Night Drive, and Blackstone Rangers are also playing!

You’re still here?  That’s nice of you.  Now watch this video where Knifight talks about their new album.

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Ditch The Fest Fest 3 (Dan)

October 10, 2012

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Got your tickets for the ACL Festival this weekend? No?! Well, me either. That’s okay. You don’t need to plop down $200 (or however much 3-day passes cost) to see an incredible collection of bands this weekend. In fact, for just $5 a day you can see almost 50 bands spanning all sorts of genres – indie, country, rock, hip-hop, electronica, post-punk … you get the idea. So do yourself a favor and cancel your weekend plans, then head over to the Spiderhouse and 29th Street Ballroom for DITCH THE FEST FEST 3!

Once again the festival is being run by Lucy The Poodle. It’s an annual tradition offering an array of local and national acts without having to battle with 80,000 people or overpaying for food and beer. Last year the fest was held at five different locations but this year it’s more contained and centralized. This will make it easier to bounce between the four stages and see as many bands as you’d like. Yet another advantage over ACL.

There are many bands worth checking out, but I highly recommend seeing The Wolf, Megafauna, The Calm Blue Sea, Bobby Jealousy, Black Books, and Residual Kid. The songs below are just a sample of the range of music you can catch at Ditch the Fest. No matter your musical preferences, there will be bands for you.

:Bobby Jealousy – This Knife:
:Henry And The Invisibles – Take It 2 The Tippy:
:Knifight- Black Daggers:
:Megafauna – Scratch At The Latch:
:The Lonesome Heroes – 287:

SPIDERHOUSE + BALLROOM
$5 / ALL AGES / DOORS AT 5PM
OCTOBER 12TH + 13TH 2012

Friday 10/12

Ballroom Main Stage
6:30 Growl
7:30 Lonely Playground
8:30 Maufrais
9:30 Residual Kid
10:30 The Spastic Shakes
11:30 The Vipers
12:30 Bobby Jealousy

Ballroom Bar Stage
7:00pm COCKER SPANIELS
8:00pm Ghost Wolves
9:00pm Chase Frank (performing originals + PJ Harvey covers)
10:00pm Humanoids
11:00pm Church Shoes
12:00pm Motel Ball Band

Chapel
6:30pm MC Sweet Tea & Her Head Band
7:30pm Superlitebike
8:30pm Videoing
9:30pm TBA
10:30pm Hello Wheels
11:30pm Man Rabbit
12:30pm Henry + The Invisibles

Spiderhouse
6:00pm Shortwave Party
7:00pm Grundel in the Bronx
8:00pm Co-Pilot
9:00pm Alaskan
10:00pm Megafauna

Saturday 10/13

Ballroom Main Stage
6:30pm Burgess Meredith
7:30pm She Sir
8:30pm Grace London
9:30pm Les Rav
10:30pm Black Books
11:30pm Calm Blue Sea
12:30pm JC & Co.

Ballroom Small Stage
6:00pm Watch Out For Rockets
7:00pm The Couch
8:00pm Suspirians
9:00pm Kay Leotard
10:00pm Acorn Bcorn
11:00pm The Rich Hands
12:00pm Quin Galavis

Spiderhouse Chapel
6:30pm The Low Lows
7:30pm Auroravore
8:30pm Silver Ships
9:30pm The Cymatic

Spiderhouse Bar
8:30pm Big Bill
9:30pm Borris Okane
10:30pm KNIFIGHT
11:30pm TBA
12:30pm TBA

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