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MNYNMS (Remix Premiere)

June 10, 2016


Houston’s very own MNYNMS (pronounced Many Names) are on the verge of releasing two EPs.  Rite Of Passage is one, and it’s all originals, and the other is made up of remixes of Oracle, which is the first single off of the former.  One remix is currently available (you can listen to it and the original down below), and now here at SOTO we’re premiering another.  It was done by the Austin-based duo Night Drive, and it turns the near ethereal Oracle into a full-on dance anthem.  I think you’re going to dig it.  Enjoy.

Both the Rite Of Passage EP and the Oracle Remix EP are due out July 22 via Sound Control Records.

Bonus Videos:

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Wavves, Dante Elephante, Moving Panoramas, Small Black, Night Drive

August 3, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Wavves – Flamezesz:  Wavves seem to have worked out their label issues, so now things are hopping for them.  This second single is just as catchy and accessible as the first one.   V is due out October 2 via Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros.

:Dante Elephante – Never Trust A Junkie:  Dante Elephante is a silly name, but I really like this song.  It’s hooky and just jangly enough to make you want to get up and move.  Anglo Saxon Summer is due out October 2 via Lolipop.

:Moving Panoramas – One:  It took a nice long while, but Austin’s own Moving Panoramas have put together a debut LP.  Singer/guitarist Leslie Sisson has done a lot musically (The Wooden Birds, Matt Pond PA, Black Forest Fire and more), so I’m expecting it to be good.  One is due out October 2 via Modern Outsider.  See them at Red 7 this Saturday.

:Small Black – Boys Life:  This new one from Small Black is spectacular.  I’m not sure they’ve ever sounded as tight/well crafted/put together as they do here.  Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar.  They’ll also be playing at Red 7 on that date.

:Night Drive – Queen (Perfume Genius):  The original version of this song is pretty much perfect, but I dig what Night Drive have done here.  Their take has some thump to it and is definitely more accessible.  This cover is a one-off, so grab it while you can.

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Guest Mix: Night Drive

April 17, 2015


Today I have a Guest Mix from Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon of Night Drive!  The self described “future wave” duo have really become a favorite of mine over the last year or so, and I’m looking forward to seeing them play the Red Bull Sound Select showcase tonight with Roger Sellers and Robert DeLong.

Full disclosure: I work for Red Bull Sound Select.

Welcome to the first edition of The Night Drive Music Awards!

And the winners are:

The “John Carpenter” Award:
Steve Moore – Enhanced Humanoid

 The “Great Band/Terrible Band Name” Award:
Fuck Art, Let’s Dance – Atlas

The “Best Fortune Teller” Award:
Rey Pila – Alexander

The “Coolest Toy In A Video” Award:
Anoraak – Behind Your Shades

The “Best Modern Italo” Award:
Cinnamon Chasers – Dove
(to be fair, this was a tie between several artists, but we had to pick one)

The “Always Seems To Find Its Way Into Our DJ Set” Award:
Rory Philips – Solar Breakfast

The “Best New/Old Find” Award:
Sin Cos Tan – Trust

The “Most Manchester” Award:
Crocodiles – Crybaby Demon

The “Wonderfully Weird” Award:
Yeasayer – Damaged Goods

Thanks for attending our award ceremony. See you next time.

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Quickdraw: Icky Blossoms, Turbo Fruits, The Go! Team, Fred Thomas, Night Drive

March 2, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I didn’t really connect with Icky Blossoms’ 2012 debut, but I’m all about this new single of theirs.  It’s a fantastic dance pop tune that pretty much dominated my weekend.  Mask is due out May 12 via Saddle Creek.

:Turbo Fruits – Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart Again:  I was hoping Turbo Fruits would let loose another single before SXSW.  This track is less moody and a lot catchier than the one that came before it.  No Control is due out April 20 via Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers.

:The Go! Team – What D’You Say:  Is it just me or is the upcoming Go! Team album kind of flying under the radar?  I think the first three songs released off of it (that includes this one) have all been really good, but I’ve yet to come across anyone who has it pegged as a priority.  Maybe folks will perk up once The Scene Between is actually out on March 24 via Memphis Industries.

:Fred Thomas – Cops Don’t Care Pt. II:  Here’s the latest rambler from Fred Thomas (of Saturday Looks Good To Me).  He kind of sounds as though he’s just spewing out stuff he scribbled in a journal, but I can’t help but find it all really endearing.  All Are Saved is due out April 7 via Polyvinyl.

:Night Drive – Easy To Lie (Original Mix):  This is a rather inspired slice of synth-filled goodness from Austin’s own Night Drive.  A full length from the duo is coming at some point this year, and I’m expecting it to be really good.  The Easy To Lie single is out now on Sound Control Records.

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2014 Austin Essentials: Volume 3

November 26, 2014

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Well, here it is, the third and final volume of my 2014 Austin Essentials.  In total I’ve shared 65 local acts over the last three days (Volume 1 is here, Volume 2 is here).  Hopefully you found some new stuff!  Enjoy.

PS – If I missed anything (and I’m sure I did), feel free to ramble away (or just scold me) in the comments.

:Roger Sellers – Steps:  Roger Sellers is not a DJ, but he does craft some particularly good electronic music.  Primitives is the title of his latest album.  Grab your headphones and go give it a listen.   Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Ghetto Ghouls – Simple C:  Ghetto Ghouls’ self titled debut is a furious effort that punk fans have been all over for most of the year.  Oddly enough though, I think the best song on it is actually this plodding album-closer.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Pollen – Not A Test:  Pollen were just getting going last year, so it’s not really a surprise that they took a nice-sized leap forward in 2014.  Their self titled EP features four rather good garage pop tunes.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Ghost Wolves – Gonna Live:  Carley and Jonathan Wolf are the duo behind The Ghost Wolves, and their latest album, Man, Beast, Woman, is loaded with quality bluesy, garage rock tunes.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Holy Wave – Wet And Wild:  You’re doing something wrong if you’re a psych rock fan (in Austin or anywhere else) and you don’t adore Holy Wave.  Seek out their latest album, Relax.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Megafauna – Time To Go:  Fronted by the versatile Dani Neff, Megafauna have a sound that’s big, loud and a lot of fun.  Don’t be afraid to let the album Maximalist rattle your walls.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Chipper Jones – Scout:  A new favorite of mine this year has definitely been experimental rockers Chipper Jones.  This rad song comes from a cassingle that was released via local label Graveyard Orbit.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Love Inks – Shoot 100 Panes Of Glass:  Back in September Love Inks released Generation Club, a nice effort full of minimalist pop tunes.  Listen to it and I promise you’ll fall in love with Sherry LeBlanc’s voice.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Night Drive – Young Rivals:  If you’ve been waiting to get something immensely dance-worthy out of this year’s Austin-centric list, then this gem of a single from Night Drive is for you.  Have fun.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Pure X – Heaven:  You know, somehow I’ve still never managed to see Pure X live.  It’s weird.  Anyways, Angel is a beautifully constructed album that’s really easy to get lost in.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Molybden – Woman Who Left Behind: Singer/songwriter Molybden has a fantastically solemn voice, and I hope her upcoming full length gets released early in 2015.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:John Wesley Coleman – The Love That You Own:  I’m forever a fan of John Wesley Coleman because he once wrote a SOTO theme song for $10, but you should applaud him for The Love That You Own, which is the album he put out on Burger Records this year.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:East Cameron Folkcore – In The House Everything Dies:  East Cameron Folkcore really worked it in 2014, and I don’t just mean around Austin – the band toured Europe and played CMJ.  They also put out this snarling single.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Jonly Bonly – Too Many Things:  SOTO’s resident super punk fan Dan was all about Jonly Bonly this year.  The band is fronted by Jason Smith (formerly of OBN IIIs) and their debut, Put Together, is one you should own.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Emily Wolfe – Swoon:  This year Emily Wolfe played ACL and released a very solid EP titled Roulette.  If you love sultry voices, then she’s the one for you.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Other Lovers – Let Me Go:  Other Lovers are a folk rock/country/whiskey-fueled act that spent 2014 really honing their craft.  Hoot is the sort of album that will make you move even when you don’t want to.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:She Sir – Condensedindents:  Go Guitars is the name of the rather enjoyable dream pop effort that She Sir released this year.  They’re apparently already in the midst of putting together a follow-up, which is exciting.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Ruby Fray – Photograph:  K Records artist Ruby Fray, who accurately describes her sound as witchy chamber folk, released her sophomore LP, Grackle, this year.  You should listen to it.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Clouds Are Ghosts – 54:  This nicely textured track is a favorite of mine from The Clouds Are Ghosts’ Fractures.  Slap on some headphones before you hit play.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Whiite Walls – June 9th:  Whiite Walls followed up last year’s teaser tracks with a disco-enthused self titled EP.  It’s a total must-listen if you’re looking to softly dance the night way.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Gloves – Hot Checks:  Dance punk isn’t exactly a big thing in Austin, so I appreciate that Gloves are giving it a go.  I think this particular track of theirs is super catchy.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Holiday Mountain – My Body:  Holiday Mountain are total sensory overload, and I love them for it.  Here’s hoping their new album gets released soon.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Feral Future – No Means Nothing:  For those of you who like your punk rock to be both loud and loaded with a worthwhile message, there’s Feral Future.  The band’s debut, Haematic, is a good one.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Orthy – Night Touch:  If you didn’t indulge in Orthy’s E.M.I.L.Y. EP earlier this year, then you need to get your act together.  It’s a really well crafted electronic effort.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Basketball Shorts – Candy Boys:  If you ask me, Basketball Shorts are Austin’s version of Diarrhea Planet.  Get on their bandwagon.  The Houston Sessions is the name of their latest release.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

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Stream This

October 31, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


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 ➡ Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita

Happy Diving – Big World
Dirty Beaches – Stateless
Trans Upper Egypt – Self Titled
Les Sins – Michael
Deptford Goth – Songs
CHLLNGR – Form Of Release
Grouper – Ruins
Neil Young – Storytone
Bob Dylan – The Basement Tapes Complete: Bootleg Series – Volume 11



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Quickdraw: Night Drive, Party Supplies, Hungry Cloud Darkening, Sheer Mag, The Mantles

October 13, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Night Drive – Young Rivals:  Here’s a new one from the Austin/Houston-based Night Drive.  It’s a really nicely produced track that features a good hook and plenty of synths for those of you who like to dance the night away.  The Young Rivals single is available now via Sound Control Records.

:Party Supplies – The Light In The Addict (Featuring Action Bronson And Black Atlass):  If I were to make a list of reliable pairings, near the top would be Party Supplies with Action Bronson.  Hopefully you dig slow jams, because that’s what this song is.  For now it would appear that this is a one-off, so grab it while you can.

:Hungry Cloud Darkening – I Am Seen:  During a rainstorm on Saturday I fumbled across Hungry Cloud Darkening and found them and their music to be a perfect fit for that moment.  Does this mean you’ll need rain to dig it?  Nope.  But I do recommend a window to stare out of while Allyson Foster’s soft voice gently floats out of your speakers.  Glossy Recall is out now via Off Tempo.

:Sheer Mag – What You Want:  I think Pitchfork’s “tracks” section has taken a dip in quality in 2014, but it’s possible they may have just righted the ship by uncovering Sheer Mag.  This song is riffy, fuzzy and inspired, and I totally love it.  The What You Want 7″ is available now through Bandcamp.

:The Mantles – Memory:  I love The Mantles, so I pretty much cheered out loud when I saw this new single sitting in my inbox.  It feels/sounds like an extension of last year’s excellent Long Enough To Leave, and that is just exactly what I wanted from it.  The Memory 7″ is due out December 2 via Slumberland/Les Disques Steak/SDZ.

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