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20 Austin Essentials

May 9, 2016

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Now that I host both 101X Homegrown and KGSR’s Lone Star State of Mind, I don’t really post quite as many local mp3s.  This is mostly because I spend my Sunday evenings blabbering about all things Austin, so when it comes time to roll out content for SOTO, I often find myself on the hunt for something fresher.  I doubt this will change, so in an attempt to make sure that those of you who avoid me on the radio (but why!?) still get a good dose of Austin, I’m going to occasionally churn out a mix of select local tunes.  The first one is below, and it’s comprised of my top 20 Austin tracks from the first chunk of 2016.  Enjoy.

PS – I left off White Denim and Explosions In The Sky because I figured you guys were more than familiar with them.

PPS – It was surprisingly hard for me to cut this list to 20 songs. Maybe I should have done 30.  I should have done 30.  Next time I’ll do 30.

:Dumb – I Don’t Wanna Die On I-35:  From the Slack Capital compilation. FB
:A Giant Dog – Sex And Drugs:  From Pile. FB
:Basketball Shorts – Kevin McCallister:  From the Slack Capitol compilation. FB
:Otis The Destroyer – Cheetah:  From the Belushi EP. FB
:BOYFRNDZ – Going Under:  From Impulse. FB
:A. Sinclair – Liars in the State of New York:  From Get Out Of The City. FB
:My Jerusalem – Rabbit Rabbit:  From A Little Death. FB
:Emily Wolfe – Atta Blues:  From the Atta Blues single. FB
:Residual Kid – Scentless Princess:  From the Salsa EP. FB
:Mirror Travel – Yesca:  From Cruise Deal. FB
:Jared Leibowich – And You’re Always On:  From Welcome Late Bloomers. FB
:Walker Lukens – Lifted:  From Tell It To The Judge. FB
:Calliope Musicals – Echo Of The Whoos:  From Times Owes You Nothing. FB
:Slomo Drags – Going Out Of Business:  From the band’s self titled EP. FB
:Ramesh – Redemption:  From the Redemption single. FB
:Booher – Pick Up The Robot Put The Robot Down:  From Funny Tears. FB
:Rain Collectors – Lately:  From RCEP. FB
:Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow – Cora Cora:  Off From The Forest Came The Fire. FB
:Blue Healer – Luminescent Eyes:  From the band’s debut album. FB
:Cross Record – Basket:  From Wabi-Sabi. FB

For the hell of it, here are some other Austin artists that I’ve been digging over the last few months: Alex Napping, Broken Gold, BLXPLTN, Pema, Bayonne, Big Bill, Buhu, Chipper Jones/Chris Lopez, Empty Markets, OBN IIIs, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Growl, Harvest Thieves, Holy Wave, Lowin, Megafauna, Migrant Kids, My Golden Calf, P.T. Banks, Star Parks, The Blind Pets, Ultraviolet.

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Mirror Travel

January 28, 2016

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Mirror Travel have been a favorite of mine since I moved to Austin in 2007.  Though, way back then they were called Follow That Bird, they played scuzzy garage rock, and whenever I saw its members out and about they had big X’s on their hands.  Now they’re all grown up and cranking out undeniably good psych rock tunes (example: their swirling new single down below), and I just couldn’t be more proud.  High fives all around to them.  And you, because why not.  Enjoy.

:Mirror Travel – Yesca:

Cruise Deal is due out March 11 via Modern Outsider.

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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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Stream This

May 2, 2014

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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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Lykke Li – I Never Learn

Curtis Harding – Soul Power
Atmosphere – Southsiders
Paws – Youth Culture Forever
Fujiya & Miyagi – Artificial Sweetners
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – Someday World
The Horrors – Luminous
Antwon – Heavy Hearted In Doldrums
Papercuts – Life Among The Savages
Liam Finn – The Nihilist
Makthaverskhan – II
Kishi Bashi – Lighght
Gary Clark Jr. – Blak And Blu Mixtape
Doss – Self Titled EP
Secret Colours – Positive Distractions
Mystic Braves – Desert Island

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Sylvan Esso

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American Sharks, Mirror Travel (Dan)

January 8, 2014

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Try as I might, I simply can’t keep up with all of the great music that Austin’s scene churns out. It never fails that I sleep on a great record and then end up obsessing over it the following year. Last year that album was Permanent Basement by Hundred Visions.

Thankfully, all the various year-end lists gave me one more chance to check out records that fell below my radar in 2013. So, with that in mind here are two highly recommended albums you also might have missed.

American Sharks – Self Titled

Oh yeah. THIS is what I like. The power trio delivers a rock/metal/punk mix fueled by ample amounts of heavy guitar and thumping bass. Throw in songs about sex, Satan, and drugs and you have the perfect record to corrupt today’s youth. Ironically, I would have hated this record when I was a kid. Now that I’m a older dude with a family? Love it!

:American Sharks – XVI:

Mirror Travel – Mexico

Formerly known as Follow That Bird, Mirror Travel released their first album under their new moniker in 2013. They were my favorite discovery off the Casual Victim Pile compilations from way back, and while it took a few years to put out an LP, they certainly made it worth the wait. It’s grunge-y, garage-y, and flat out great.

:Mirror Travel – Mexico:

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 26, 2013

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Hey!  Look at that, we’ve arrived at volume two of my Austin Essentials.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s no particular rhyme or reason for the order of the entries, I was just looking to share some of my favorite stuff that came out of Austin in 2013.  Enjoy.

:American Sharks – XVI:  No matter how much fun you’re having, American Sharks always seem to be having more. I love that about them.  Find American Sharks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mirror Travel – Mexico:  It’s been a bumpy road for Mirror Travel, but now they can totally high five themselves because their long awaited full length turned out great.  If you haven’t already, pick up the psych-enthused Mexico.   Find Mirror Travel on FB here, and buy their music here.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  It’s no secret that White Denim are my favorite band in Austin.  They’re just stellar and you should listen to them all the time.  As for their new album, Corsicana Lemonade, it’s them doing a nice job of continuing to expand their sound.  Find White Denim on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Growl – Abbreviations:  In the corner of Growl’s Bandcamp page there’s some text that describes how they’re a “band making solid indie rock.”  That’s true.  Well, except for the solid part.  I think they’re actually making really good indie rock.  Find Growl on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Tele Novella – No Excalibur:  Tele Novella features former members of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot, and they have a rather charming pop sound.  I can’t wait for them to put out an album.  By the way, the band has another single called Don’t Be A Stranger that’s pretty good.  Find Tele Novella on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Wild Child – Crazy Bird:  This song has never failed to put a skip in my step.  It’s such an endearing little tune, and I can’t imagine anyone not liking it at least a little.  Find Wild Child on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  There’s a lot to like on Black Books’ largely dreamy self titled debut, but this song is by far my favorite on the album.  It’s just the right amount of heavy.  Find Black Books on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sorne – Ego Altar:   Sorne aren’t exactly what I would describe as overly accessible, but they do have some really interesting material.  You just have to give them a few listens so that your brain can accept how intense of an act they can be.  Find Sorne on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Zoltars – Evelyn:  The Zoltars are lo-fi, minimalistic, and very good.  This year they put out the Live Like Dragons EP and a full length titled Walking Through The Dark.  I recommend seeking out both efforts.  Find The Zoltars on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pharaohs – Prettiest Girl:  Recently, Pharaohs’ Moan was reworked a bit and then put out by Burger City Rock N Roll.  That means you’ve been given a second chance to snatch it up.  Do so if you like really catchy jams.  Find Pharaohs on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pollen – AR AK:  Pollen haven’t been around long, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready for any attention you’re willing to throw their way.  Watch out for them and their garage rock ways in 2014.  Find Pollen on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Other Lovers – New:  I came across this folk pop anthem about a month ago and have been liking it every since.  Other Lovers’ EP, Born To Party/Born To Be Old, is a little all over the place, but it’s certainly worth your time.  Find Other Lovers on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Frank Smith – Chewing Glass:  First of all (and hopefully for the last time), Frank Smith is a band and not a single guy.  Secondly, this is a very clean sounding, focused rock track, and I dig it.  Find Frank Smith on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Shearwater – I Luv The Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu Cover):  As a follow-up to last year’s Animal Joy, Shearwater assembled a collection of covers titled Fellow Travelers.  The nifty effort consists of Jonathan Meiburg and Co. doing song by bands they’ve toured with over the years.  Find Shearwater on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  On every Okkervil River album there’s always one song that I can never get enough of, and this was it on The Silver Gymnasium.  The damn thing is just immaculate.  Find Okkervil River on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Stream This

November 15, 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

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Soundtrack
Ejecta – Dominae
Ghost B.C. – If You Have Ghost EP
Daytona – Self Titled
LA Font – Diving Man
Magik Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy
Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

VIDEOS

Mirror Travel recently put out Mexico via Modern Outsider.

Mono released For My Parents last year.

M.I.A. recently released Matangi.

Keep Shelly In Athens released At Home recently via Cascine.

Austra’s Olympia is out now on Domino.

Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers is due out November 26 via Sub Pop.

Beachwood Sparks will release Desert Skies on November 26 via Naturalsound Records.

Hebronix and The Howling Hex teamed up for this track.  The Heb-Hex 7″ is due out November 25 via ATP.

Wild Ones’ Keep It Safe is out now on Party Damage Records.

Julianna Barwick put out Nepenthe earlier this year on Dead Oceans.  She plays the Parish on December 5.

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

Big Scary just put out the Twin Rivers EP on Barsuk.

Cool Ghouls have an album out now on Empty Cellar.

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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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Mirror Travel

August 1, 2013

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Austin’s Follow That Bird were all the rage, then a few hiccups happened, and now the band operates as Mirror Travel.  Yes, I realize there’s probably more to it then that, but why get caught up in so much jibber jabber?  Just know that if you stopped paying attention, it’s time to wake up and get your ass back the bandwagon.  The long awaited Mexico is due out October 15 via Modern Outsider.  Enjoy.

:Mirror Travel – Mexico:  If this is your first time hearing anything by this band, I don’t think it will take you long to see why they’ve been a favorite around Austin.  They’re loud and singer Lauren Green has one of those quintessential rock voices that you just want to hear more of.

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