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Majical Cloudz

August 13, 2015

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Today I have a rather beautiful new song from Majical Cloudz.  They’ve always had the kind of sound that pulls you in, but I’m not sure I’ve ever heard them be as entrancing as they are here.  Expect to want to re-hit the play button after every single time this thing comes to an end.  Enjoy.

Are You Alone? is due out October 16 via Matador.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 1

December 2, 2013

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Now that I’ve shared with you my Austin Essentials of the year, it’s time to just talk about singles in general.  As usual, the songs were picked from the large pool of tunes that I shared here at SOTO throughout the course of 2013.  Look for the list of 50 to wrap by Friday.  Enjoy.

50)  :Daft Punk – Get Lucky:  Yes, this is the most over-played song of 2013.  No, I don’t really care.  Daft Punk really nailed it with this earworm of a track, and I’ll probably hum it for the rest of eternity.  From Random Access Memories.

49)  :Black Milk – Sunday’s Best/Monday’s Worst:  Technically this is two songs, but I decided to leave them merged to better help you understand why I think Curtis Cross (aka Black Milk) continues to be one of hip hop’s best storytellers.  From No Poison No Paradise.

48)  :The Tontons – Veida:  The Tontons are from Houston, and I think they’re pretty close to being special.  If I were you, I’d snatch up this shimmering gem and find a seat on their bandwagon now.  From the Veida digital single.

47)  :Anamanaguchi – Planet:  I’m on the fence when it comes to most of Anamanaguchi’s stuff, but this track really works for me.  I think it’s because it has a fleshed out sound and doesn’t just come off as a piece of meme/8-bit fandom.  From Endless Fantasy.

46)  :Phoenix – Entertainment:  Once again Phoenix swept me off my feet with a killer lead single and then promptly tossed me on the ground with a bland album.  Fool me twice, something something.  From the Bankrupt.

45)  :Alpine – Gasoline (Mystery Skulls Remix):  The original version of this Alpine track is good, but it plays kind of small.  I definitely prefer this bigger, more confident take by Mystery Skulls.  This remix is a one-off release.

44)  :Best Coast – I Don’t Know How:  Admittedly, this is one of Best Coast’s more cheesy efforts.  I love it, though, and I have no shame in saying I’ve had some serious sing-a-long sessions with it in the car.  From the Fade Away EP.

43)  :Majical Cloudz – Childhood’s End:  If you want something that’s hauntingly beautiful, then this Majical Cloudz track is for you.  Just be sure to toss on some headphones before hitting play.  From Impersonator.

42)  :Savages – She Will:  This song is so intense that sometimes when I listen to it I worry that Savages will show up at my door and yell at me for not rocking hard enough.  From Silence Yourself.

41)  :The Appleseed Cast – Great Lake Derelict:  It’s kind of amazing how quickly this track can put me in a mood to listen to nothing but post-rock all day.  It’s good for the world that The Appleseed Cast are still a quality act.  From Illumination Ritual.

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Stream This

June 21, 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

Bass Drum Of Death – Self Titled
Lightning Dust – Fantasy
The Orwells – Other Voices
Matias Aguayo – The Visitor
oOoOO – Without Your Love
James Holden – The Inheritors
Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Smith Westerns – Soft Will
Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled
Selebrities – Lovely Things
Columboid – Monster Vision

VIDEOS

The Sour Notes’ In The Meanwhile cassingle is available now.  They have a free show at the Blackheart tonight.

Majical Cloudz recently released Impersonator via Matador.  They play Red 7 on August 31.

JJ DOOM randomly released this track.  Their last effort together was in 2012.

The Postal Service reunited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Give Up.

The Coathangers just put out a 7″ on Suicide Squeeze.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Chvrches will release The Bones Of What You Believe on September 24 through Glassnote Records.  They’ll play Stubb’s on November 22.

Barbarossa will release Bloodlines on August 8 via Memphis Industries.

The Hussy’s Pagan Hiss is out now on Southpaw Records.

Foals’ Holy Fire is out now on Sub Pop.

San Fermin will put out a self titled album on September 17 via Downtown Records.

Metz’s self titled album is currently available on Sub Pop.

Wavves’ Afraid Of Heights is out now on Mom + Pop.

Niagara released OTTO earlier this year on Monotreme Records.

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Stream This

May 17, 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

Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
Club 8 – Above The City
Radical Dads – Rapid Reality
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
The Gorgeous Hands – Tender
Dead Gaze – Self Titled

VIDEOS

This is a one-off George Jones cover by Robert Ellis.  He plays the Stateside tonight.

Mikal Cronin’s MCII is out now on Merge.  He plays the Mohawk on June 27.

Wampire just put out Curiosity on Polyvinyl.

Queens Of The Stone Age will release Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador.

Young Galaxy put out Ultramarine last month on Paper Bag Records.

!!! recently released THR!!!ER.  They play the Mohawk on May 25.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr have an EP out now titled Patterns.

On An On’s debut is titled Give In, and it’s available now.

Taffy will release the Tumbling/Boy’s Don’t Cry single on May 27.

Bad Cops will release the Light On EP on June 9 via Jeffrey Drag Records.

Holy Ghost! is expected to put out Dynamics at some point in the fall.

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Quickdraw: Wampire, Vampire Weekend, Majical Cloudz, Virgin Of The Birds, Eluvium

May 6, 2013

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Today’s music was raised by wolves.  Enjoy.

:Wampire – Trains:  I really dig this song.  It’s a breezy, charming pop effort that I imagine will turn the majority of you into Wampire fans.  Here’s hoping their upcoming LP has more of the same.  Curiosity is due out May 14 via Polyvinyl.

:Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey:  I’ll give it up to Vampire Weekend, they’re upcoming album is looking like it will be one of the year’s best pop releases.  Every song released so far has been pretty great.  Modern Vampires Of The City is due out May 14 via XL.

:Majical Cloudz – Bugs Don’t Buzz:  I recently saw Majical Cloudz perform, and it made me realize they shouldn’t be experienced with a crowd.  Their work is intimate stuff, so if you’re going to spend some time with it (and you should), use headphones.  The highly anticipated Impersonator is due out May 21 via Matador.

:Virgin Of The Birds – Make Me A Witch:  Here’s one from an act that’s long been a SOTO favorite.  Main-brain Jon Rooney really knows how to do lo-fi pop, so don’t be surprised when this track quickly wins you over.  The Summer Palace EP is available now on Bandcamp.

:Eluvium – Happiness (Featuring Ira Kaplan Of Yo La Tengo):  This is a beautiful song, but I’ll admit it’s a terrible choice for a post on a Monday.  No one wants to start their week with an intricate eight-minute wad of emotion.  Still, it’s too good to not share.  Nightmare Ending is due out May 14 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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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: Club 8, Majical Cloudz, Savages, Sir Sly, Junip

March 28, 2013

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Today you get a rare Thursday Quickdraw.  Enjoy.

:Club 8 – Stop Taking My Time:  I knew this Swedish duo had been around for a while, but I didn’t realize that they had put out so many albums.  The upcoming Above The City (out May 21 via Labrador) will be their eighth release!  And they still sound so young and energetic!  It’s crazy.

:Majical Cloudz – Childhood’s End:  I think a lot of you are really going to like this track.  Devon Welsh has just an absolutely enchanting voice, and the minimalistic arrangement here does everything in its power to highlight that.  I recommend headphones.  Impersonator is out May 21 via Matador.  Catch the band at the Mohawk with Youth Lagoon on April 24.

:Savages – She Will:  All I’ve heard since SXSW wrapped is that Savages were rad.  I honestly don’t even know much about the band, but I can believe all the talk.  I mean, just listen to this attention commanding track – it seriously rocks.  Silence Yourself is expected May 7 via Matador.

:Sir Sly – Gold:  This song is totally a guilty pleasure for me.  It’s a largely cheesy effort from top to bottom and, as you’d probably expect, it’s really good at getting lodged in your head.  The Ghost 7″ single is currently available.  Sir Sly will play the Mohawk on April 27.

:Junip – Your Life, Your Call:  In case you don’t know, Junip is made up of Jose Gonzalez, Elias Araya, and Tobias Winterkorn.  On April 23 they’ll release their new self titled full length via Mute, and I imagine that it will end up being one of the best sounding efforts of 2013.

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