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Quickdraw: Bully, Wolf Parade, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Alex Lahey

September 5, 2017

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Quickdraw!  Enjoy.

Bully – Running

If you love Alicia Bognano’s snarl (how could you not?), then you’re really going to like this new single from Bully.  I can’t wait to check out the act’s upcoming album, Losing.  It’s due out October 20.

Go see Bully at Emo’s on December 8.

Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Here’s a nice power pop tune from Wolf Parade.  I really love the way this track moves.  Be sure to snatch up the new LP, Cry Cry Cry, on October 6.

WP will play the Frank Erwin Center on September 27.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything

This Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile song sounds exactly like what I thought a Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile song would song like.  No complaints here.  Look for their album Lotta Sea Lice on October 13.

The duo will play ACL Live on November 11.

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Brother

The Rural Alberta Advantage have announced a new album, The Wild (due out October 13), and the song below is the lead single.  I didn’t quite connect with 2014′s Mended With Gold (though I feel like I should revisit it), so it’s definitely the best thing I’ve heard from them in a long time.

The band will play Barracuda on November 13.

Alex Lahey – Lotto In Reverse

I just realized that I never posted the first single (it’s here, it’s good) off of Alex Lahey’s upcoming album, I Love You Like A Brother.  That was silly of me.  Anyhow, the second track is a winner as well, and my guess at this point is that the new LP is going to be great.  It’s due out October 8.

Alex will play Barracuda on November 30.

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2015 SOTO Staff Picks

December 30, 2015

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Hey!  Here’s what the SOTO staff dug this year.  Enjoy.

Here you go!

1. Tobias Gesso Jr. – Goon

2. Shamir – Ratchet

3. Tame Impala – Currents

4. Mild High Club – Timeline

5. Ultimate Painting – Green Lanes

Assembled from my list other list of Best Albums of 2015, I wanted to give the fine SOTO readers who may not be into metal a little taste of what some of the borderline metal albums this year achieved. These bands can be classified as metal, but in reality when the non-metalhead hears these records will think, “I can understand the words,” and “They are actually singing a melody,” so I call this list the Best Non-Metal Metal Albums of the Year … enjoy!

5. Clutch – Psychic Warfare (Weathermaker)

The decision to stick with a more rock based approach for Clutch worked on Earth Rocker, and Psychic Warfare presents more of that same powerful attitude and emphasis on their abilities to write strong hooks and lyrically profound jams. A balanced album that seamlessly continues the trajectory of the band gives us some great new singable tunes … and, of course, mentions Texas (so I have to love it even more).

4. Soilwork – The Ride Majestic (Nuclear Blast)

At some point Soilwork will write a terrible record – but The Ride Majestic is not that record. I am astounded by Soilwork’s ability to continually write albums that stretch what they do as a band, yet somehow fit perfectly into their catalog. This record has everything for the Euro-metalcore fan to celebrate.

3. Refused – Freedom (Epitaph)

While watching Refused on their reunion tour at Fun Fun Fun Fest, not one of their diehard fans could have possibly guessed that they could even put together another album, let alone a release as striking as Freedom. Almost two decades have passed since their ‘final’ album, The Shape of Punk to Come, and all we wanted was perfection. In many ways, Dennis Lyxzen and company have not only succeeded, but essentially created an album that did exactly what it needed to do: began the next era of punk to come.

2. Intronaut – The Direction of Last Things (Century Media)

The strange thing here is, whereas failing to pin down Paradise Lost made me move away from them, Intronaut’s similarly diverse catalog feels like a creative continuation, rather than a struggle to find a place amongst the ferns. The Direction of Last Things‘ breadth will surprise even the most hardened critic. If you aren’t BTBAM, prog metal is not an easy thing to make palatable – yet this record is undeniable.

1. Baroness – Purple (Abraxan Hymns)

Unlike the rest of the modern metal world, I did not hold Baroness’ last album in the highest regard. There were some great moments, but it was a double album that could have been boiled down to one spectacular album. So much has transpired for the band since then – setting aside the bus crash and the fallout of having to relearn how to do even menial tasks, rebuilding a band after two core members cannot continue must be daunting. After getting on the road and touring for a year with a new rhythm section, the iron seemed hot enough to get the recording going. As we hear the pieces of Purple, all that has transpired falls into the rear view. When consumed in full? Enlightened, transcendental, and mature beyond their years, Baroness’ Purple grows in stature with every listen. Heavier than the last two records, but with more subtle strides in structure, this is as close as we may get to a perfect album. Baroness tapped into something I hope they can channel for many years to come.

Enjoy!

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

2. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06

3. Earl Sweatshirt – I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside

4. Fashawn – The Ecology

5. Lizzo – Big GRRRL, Small World

1. Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down (Matador)

I’ve jammed this more than any other 2015 release. Vile’s songs are intriguing, yet detached. BIGD manages to say a lot about us as people and our continued course towards ultimate self involvement/destruction. It’s Vile’s own cosmic navel gazing that somehow speaks for the mass of all lost human beings looking for recognition while yearning to be left alone.

2. Dean McPhee – Fatima’s Hand (Hood Faire)

Over the course of Fatima’s Hand and its five meditative (and fully improvised) tracks, you are offered a range of solar spirituals. The depth and variance guitarist Dean McPhee is able to achieve with just a Telecaster, some pedals, and an amp deserves serious accolades.

3. Sun City Girls – Torch of the Mystics (Abduction Records)

Richard Bishop, Alan Bishop, and Charles Gocher’s finest moment gets its first reissue since 1993! Whether you consider it an underground footnote or THE best album released in the 1990s (which this writer does,) it’s easy to be pumped to not have to pay $150 for the original 1990 Marjora release on vinyl. Now Space Prophet Dogon can be jammed on wax for $17 thanks to Abduction Records.

4. Joshua Abrams – Magnetoception (Eremite)

It’s not often that a double LP of extended ensemble performances can be so damned captivating. With his magical guimbri in tow, Abrams and crew are to put it mildly, fucking killing it. This side of music has not sounded this fresh and appealing in a long damned time. Abrams is proving that solar/fire music can and will last way beyond its original purveyors.

5. Jack DeJohnette – Made In Chicago

The best jazz release this year by a mile. Recorded in 2013 at Chicago’s Millennium Park, it features pieces by DeJohnette, Mitchell, and Threadgill as well as improvised group pieces – all of them stunning. Even as each of these players age, their work continues to be timeless and endlessly inventive.

With honorable mentions to Lithuania, Metz, Beach Slang, Mike Krol, OBN IIIs and Sweet Talk, I give you my five favorite albums of the year:

1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

2. Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

3. Bop English – Constant Bop

4. Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

5. Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 3

December 2, 2015

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Here’s the next set in my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list.  Enjoy.

- 50-41
- 40-31

30)  :Chvrches – Never Ending Circles:  This is such an infectious song.  Here’s hoping that Chvrches never ditch their anthemic pop routine.  From Every Open Eye.

29)  :Mas Ysa – Look Up:  I love me some Mas Ysa (aka Thomas Arsenault).  You should slap on some headphones for this ambitious track, which features big vocals and a wonderfully textured arrangement.  From Seraph.

28)  :Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle:  If you like your music to feel as sincere as possible, then look no further than this Julien Baker song.  Her voice here cuts right through me.  From Sprained Ankle.

27)  :Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin:  Kurt Vile is such a great songwriter, and he shows it all throughout this silly, but really clever track.  From B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down.

26)  :Yung – Blue Uniforms:  I’m all about noisy, shoegaze-esque indie rock, and this Yung song is six and a half glorious minutes of it.  Had to put it on my list!  From the These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores EP.

25)  :Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake?:  This Protomartyr track is not exactly an easy listen, but it’s totally worth the attention it requires.  Hit play, dial in and get rewarded.  From The Agent.

24)  :Amen Dunes – Song To The Siren (Tim Buckely/This Mortal Coil Cover):  Amen Dunes covered a cover (The Mortal Coil –> Tim Buckley) here, and I just really dig the way it came out.  Be warned, you’ll want whiskey about midway through this.  From Cowboy Worship.

23)  :Girlpool – Before The World Was Big:  Growing up is hard!  This Girlpool song makes me feel nostalgic (not sad, thankfully) about life before adulthood rolled in and took over.  From Before The World Was Big.

22)  :Fred Thomas – Bad Blood:  Fred Thomas and the definition of word vomit go hand in hand in this track, but that’s fine.  If only because the numerous things bouncing around in his head are all interesting and/or relatable.  From All Are Saved.

21)  :Black Milk – I Guess:  This is just an all-out, good time sort of effort by Black Milk.  He will always be one of my favorite voices in hip hop.  From the land of one-off tracks.

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Quickdraw: Kurt Vile, Night Beds, Here We Go Magic, Pure Bathing Culture, Ramesh And Emeen

July 27, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin:  Here’s a catchy new rambler from Kurt Vile.  The guy just gets better and better with age, don’t you think?  B’lieve I’m Goin Down is due out September 25 via Matador.

:Night Beds – Corner:  Winston Yellen’s vocal work here is so outstanding that I’ve gone from just being aware of Night Beds’ upcoming album to actually being pretty excited to check it out.  Neat.  Ivywild is due out August 7 via Dead Oceans.

:Here We Go Magic – Falling:  For whatever reason I really thought Here We Go Magic had called it quits.  Oops.  At any rate, this new single is ambitious and energetic.  Be Small is due out October 16 via Secretly Canadian.

:Pure Bathing Culture – Pray For Rain:  This very 80s-inspired track from Pure Bathing Culture has been stuck in my head for the last couple of days.  Here’s hoping the rest of their new LP is this upbeat.  Pray For Rain is due out August 23 via Partisan.

:Ramesh And Emeen – Changing Colors:  Voxtrot were great, but I’ve been really liking what Ramesh has been up to on his own.  Here he is with a pretty pop tune that he crafted with Emeen.  By the way, this song may just be a one-off effort, so grab it while you can.

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Stream This

May 3, 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

Still Corners – Strange Pleasures
Little Boots – Nocturnes
Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
Savages – Silence Yourself
She And Him – Volume 3
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Saskatchewan – Occasion
Sun Angles – Diamond Junk
Gyspy And The Cat – The Late Blue
Valleys – Are You Going To Stand There And Talk Weird All Night?
Porcelain Raft – Silent Speech EP
The Great Gatsby – Soundtrack

VIDEOS

Dana Falconberry’s Leelanau is out now on Antenna Farm Records.

The Sword put out Apocryphon last year.

Austra will put out Olympia on June 18 via Domino.

Dan Deacon’s Konono Ripoff No. 1 7″ was a RSD release.

Kurt Vile recently released Walkin On A Pretty Daze.

Team Spirit’s self titled EP is out now on Vice Records.

Hanni El Khatib just put out Head In The Dirt via Innovative Leisure.

Coliseum just released Sister Faith on Temporary Residence LTD.

Beach Day will put out Trip Trap Attack on June 18 via Kanine Records.  They’ll play the Mohawk on June 9.

Janelle Monae will put out The Electric Lady later this year.

Empire Of The Sun’s Ice On The Dune will be released June 18 via Astralwerks.

The Eastern Sea put out Plague last year.  Sofar Sounds shot this video.

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Stream This

April 5, 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

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Bleached – Ride Your Heart
The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
Rilo Kiley – RKives
Milk Music – Cruise Your Illusion
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
Maria Minerva – Bless EP
Team Spirit – Team Spirit EP
WALL – Shoestring EP
Pick A Piper – Pick A Piper
Pyramids – Brightest Darkest Day
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Oblivion – Motion Picture Soundtrack

VIDEOS

Majical Cloudz will put out Impersonator on May 21 through Matador.

Junip will put out a new self titled album on April 23 via Mute.

Kopecky Family Band recently released Kids Raising Kids via ATO Records.

Efterklang’s Piramida is out now on 4AD.

Cat Power released Sun last year.  She’ll be touring the world this summer.

Grandchildren will release Golden Age on May 7 via the Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on June 18 via Mute.

Standish/Carlyon will release Deleted Scenes on May 14 through Felte.

The Casket Girls’ Sleepwalking is out now on Graveface Records.

Charli XCX will release True Romance on April 16 via IAMSOUND.

Liars’ WIXIW is out now on Mute.

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Quickdraw: Kurt Vile, Anamanaguchi, Good Graeff, White Fence, Black Milk

March 25, 2013

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Today’s music ain’t afraid of no ghosts.  Enjoy.

:Kurt Vile – Never Run Away:  This track served as the pleasant surprise of my weekend.  It’s light and as sing-a-long worthy as can be, and I don’t have issue at all with calling it my favorite Kurt Vile effort.  Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze is due out on April 9 via Matador.

:Anamanaguchi – Planet:  If you’ve ever thought of Anamanaguchi as a band that only makes nerdy video game songs, then this track will certainly change your mind.  Unless, of course, you happen to hate pretty dance numbers.  Endless Fantasy will be released on May 14.

:Good Graeff – Hold Me Fast:  Fellow blogger Jared Hoke (5 Acts) has started Echo Dive Music, and the first act he’s working with is Good Graeff.  The twin sisters have a super solid folk pop sound that I think you’ll like.  The duo hope to put out an EP later this year, but first they need to complete their Kickstarter.  Help?

:White Fence – Fragility:  I really dig this low key pop track, and I’m a little bummed that it’s not on White Fence’s upcoming album.  Oh well.  You can find this song as the b-side on the Pink Gorilla 7″.  Cyclops Reap is due out on April 9, and the band will play Austin Psych Fest on April 28.

:Black Milk – Sunday’s Best – Monday’s Worst:  I was really excited to see a new Black Milk track pop up last week.  The guy just always churns out some of the most interesting hip hop around.  A new full length is expected to be released at some point later this year.

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