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Quickdraw: Honeyblood, Aan, Tony Molina, Dirty Projectors, Mono

September 26, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Honeyblood – Sea Hearts:  I’m all about this new one from Honeyblood.  As its press release says, it’s “dangerously addictive”.  More please.  Babes Never Die is due out October 28 via FatCat.

:Aan – Hollywood Buyout:  Aan have apparently been around for about a decade, but this is my first time hearing them.  I like frontman Bud Wilson’s voice.  Anyone got an old song or two that they’d like to recommend?  Dada Distractions is due out November 18 via Party Damage Records.

:Tony Molina – Hung Up On The Dream:  Here’s the latest single from the great Tony Molina.  It’s got a pretty sound, but the lyrics are a real bummer.  The Confront The Truth EP is due out October 28 via Slumberland.

:Dirty Projectors – Keep Your Name:  Oof.  This sure is one sad (and weird-sounding) break up track.  Regardless, it’s the Dirty Projectors first new tune since 2012, and I think it’s great to have them back.  No word yet on a new album.

:Mono – Requiem For Hell (Single Edit):  Mono’s new album will be here in a couple of weeks, and I’m so excited for it.  They just speak to me.  Side note, put on headphones for this post rock beauty.  Requiem For Hell is due out October 14 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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Mono

August 30, 2016

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I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting to hear something official off of Mono’s upcoming album, Requiem For Hell, so (of course) I’m really excited that a track has finally arrived.  The headphone-worthy, Steve Albini-produced gem awaits you below.  Expect to get swept up in it.  Enjoy.

:Mono – Ely’s Heartbeat:

Requiem For Hell is due out October 14 via Temporary Residence LTD.

Bonus Video:

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Show Of The Week

July 1, 2015

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There’s some solid local stuff this week that you could catch (Summer Salt at Cheer Up Charlie’s, The Heavenly States at Continental Club) and a couple good touring acts in town (Blonde Redhead at Mohawk, Jacco Gardner at Red 7), but the only show I can truly recommend is Mono (with Holly Hunt) at Red 7 tomorrow night.  I’ve been a fan of the band since the early 2000s, and I absolutely love seeing them play.  Their slow building post-rock sound combined with how passionate they are on stage always makes for an overwhelming experience, and you should totally be there for it.  I certainly will.

By the way, the good folks at Transmission gave me a pair of guest list spots to give away.  If you’d like to come out and tear up with me when Mono plays Ashes In The Snow, then email me HERE or leave a comment.  I’ll put everyone in a hat and pick a winner tomorrow.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 1

December 9, 2014

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Well friends, I’m just about done with posting the site’s year-end music lists.  Today I have the first part of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 (25-11, plus various Honorable Mentions), tomorrow I’ll have my Top 10 selections, and then on Thursday I’ll have Top 5s from each of SOTO’s contributors.  Whew!  Anyhow, on with the rambling.  Enjoy.

PS – This year’s list is very heavily influenced by how often I revisited an album.

25) Swans – To Be Kind

There’s nothing about Swans’ To Be Kind that’s easy (or it would be ranked way higher), but if you can fully immerse yourself in its sprawling sound, you’ll find that it’s a rather rewarding album.

:Swans – A Little God In My Hands:

24) Interpol – El Pintor

While it’s no Turn On The Bright Lights, I do think that El Pintor is the best thing to come from Interpol in a long while.  Who knew that parting with Carlos D would turn out to be good for the band?!

:Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:

23) Future Islands – Singles

Future Islands’ Singles is one of those albums that I burned out on and then ending up excitedly coming back to.  It’s a pretty great effort, especially if you need something to dramatically dance to.

:Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):

22) Sylvan Esso – Self Titled

Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut is an easily accessible effort that’s loaded with some of the year’s best electronic pop songs.  I often just put it on and let its warm sound fill the room.

:Sylvan Esso – Coffee:

21) Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Just when it looked like Thee Oh Sees were going to take a lengthy break, they released the lively Drop.  I approve of such indecisiveness.  Here’s hoping they continue on maybe going on hiatus.

:Thee Oh Sees – Penetrating Eye:

20) Ty Segall – Manipulator

Manipulator is the culmination of all the various sounds that Ty Segall has churned out over the last few years, and it’s great.  Way to bring everything full circle, Mr. Segall.

:Ty Segall – Susie Thumb:

19) Phantogram – Voices

I can’t say that Voices dominated my time the way that Eyelid Movies did (way back in 2010), but it’s definitely a high quality effort.  Phantogram craft great hooks.

:Phantogram – Fall In Love:

18) S – Cool Choices

Jenn Ghetto (formerly of Carissa’s Wierd) is S, and Cool Choices is her very sincere, introspective album.  She’s got the sort of voice that I can’t help but get hung up on.

:S – Vampires:

17) Mono – Rays Of Darkness/The Last Dawn

Technically, Rays Of Darkness and The Last Dawn are two separate releases, but I still consider them to be a two-disc effort.  As for the actual LPs themselves, I really dig how neither of them feel like the Mono that made the over-orchestrated For My Parents.

:Mono – Recoil, Ignite:

16) Jack White – Lazaretto

I can’t ever make any sense of the things that Jack White says and does these days, but I sure do like his music.  Lazaretto is a boisterous experience.

:Jack White – Lazaretto:

15) Abram Shook – Sun Marquee

Austin’s own Abram Shook put out the immensely pleasing Sun Marquee back in January, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.  It’s the kind of breezy, relaxed pop music that’s impossible to not get lost in.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:

14) Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Nikki Nack is exactly what we’ve all come to want and expect from the talented Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) – it’s creative and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

:Tune Yards – Real Thing:

13) Ex Hex – Rips

I miss Wild Flag, but their disbandment delivered Mary Timony’s equally catchy and rocking Ex Hex AND put Sleater-Kinney back together.  I’ll take that deal any day.

:Ex Hex – Hot And Cold:

12) The Dead Space – Faker

If you are even the slightest fan of post-punk, then you need The Dead Space’s Faker in your life.  There’s not a track on it that isn’t rad.

:The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:

11) Tacocat – NVM

I didn’t pay much attention to Tacocat’s NVM until kind of late in the year, but once I “discovered” it I was forever hooked.  It’s total surf-rock bliss.

:Tacocat – Crimson Wave:

Come back tomorrow for my Top 10 Albums of 2014!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

To be honest, I could have easily detailed 50 albums this year, but since the bottom 25 slots would have been occupied by the various releases that I liked but didn’t listen to a whole super lot, I figured it was best to hold back.  For fun though, here are the LPs that more than likely would have made an expanded list.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
Alvvays – Self Titled
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Coathangers – Suck My Shirt
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
Equals – Tracts
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath
FKA Twigs – LP1
Flesh Lights – Free Yourself
Literature – Chorus
Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Owls – Two
Pompeii – Loom
Ramesh – The King
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Thurston Moore – The Best Day
Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Warpaint – Self Titled
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Wye Oak – Shriek
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos

Also, for even more fun, here are my five favorite EPs of 2014.

Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP
Diarrhea Planet – Aliens In The Outfield EP
White Reaper – Self Titled EP
Otis The Destroyer – Dark Arts EP
Whiite Walls – Self Titled EP

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Stream This

October 24, 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

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 ➡ Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

Shivery Shakes – Three Waves And A Shake
Mono – The Last Dawn/Rays Of Darkness
Francisco The Man – Loose Ends
Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below
Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
Ought – Once More With Feeling
His Name Is Alive – Tecuciztecatl
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
Swearing At Motorists – While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Scott Walker And Sun O))) – Soused
French For Rabbits – Spirits
Wild Smiles – Always Tomorrow
Medicine – Home Everywhere
Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Interpol

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Mono

September 18, 2014

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A couple of weeks back I shared Where We Begin, a track from The Last Dawn, one of Mono’s two upcoming albums.  The other LP is titled Rays of Darkness, and today you’re getting the first taste of it via Recoil, Ignite (Part II), an aggressive, thunderous number that comes right at you with a big wall of soundI have to say that I’m really loving that the band decided to set aside the full-on cinematic/orchestral/symphonic approach of their last couple of albums.  They totally sound energized and refreshed.  Hooray for us (and them, too)!  Enjoy.

:Mono – Recoil, Ignite (Part II):

The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are due out October 28 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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Mono

September 4, 2014

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Remember that scene in Fellowship of the Ring where Gimli gently retells the story of how he asked Lady Galadriel for “one hair from her golden head” and she surprised and elated him by giving him three?  Well that’s how I felt earlier this week when Mono, one of my all-time favorite bands, announced that they had put together TWO new albums.  What a gift!  They totally love me, man.

Anyways, the first single awaits you below.  If Mono have long struck you as a bit too cinematic and/or orchestral, then I think you’ll really like how the song is a fairly streamlined piece of instrumental post-rock.  Enjoy.

:Mono – Where We Begin:

The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are due out October 28 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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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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