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OBN IIIs (Dan)

September 4, 2015

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OBN IIIs are back! There is no one I get more pumped to see play live than Mr. Orville Bateman Neeley III. The surly and snarling lead singer of OBN IIIs is incapable of delivering a disappointing live performance. Each show is an event but his commanding presence wouldn’t mean a god damn thing if the music didn’t match his rage and intensity. If you’ve ever listened to an OBN IIIs record, you know these guys are no one trick phonies. They deliver both in the studio and on the stage, each and every time.

The band is now set to release their fourth studio album, Worth A Lot Of Money, on September 14 via 12XU Records and I’m pleased to say it’s another brilliant collection of pure rock and roll. I would expect nothing less from Austin’s America’s best band. Not to say this album is simply more of the same. Oh no. Not at all. This is a “the more things change, the more they stay the same” situation. Since their last record, Third Time To Harm, the group has a new guitarist, bassist, and record label. Orville decided to completely reboot the band and the incredible thing is, he actually pulled it off. The new album is packed with fury, fun, and everything else I’d expect from the OBN IIIs. The lesson, as always, is don’t fuck with Orville.

:OBN IIIs – 4KD:
:OBN IIIs – New Money:

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Obnox, Blaxxx (Dan)

February 4, 2015

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Obnox is Lamont ‘Bim’ Thomas, a man you may not know, but should. He’s released an incredible 15 records in five years and is a one-man force of nature. He is steadily gaining national attention after news outlets such as the Washington Post have heaped praised on him as a punk rock and soul innovator.

Obnox is an aggressive mix of punk and garage rock with gospel, R&B, rap, soul and psychedelia thrown in. His music knows no boundaries or limits. Last week he released Boogalou Reed, which is with filled with potent, fuzzy and raw tracks from start to finish. He delivers the noise rock on songs like Protopipe, a punk edge on Slaughter Culture and some seriously heavy guitar on All Hail The Dee Jay.

As if his cranking out albums under Obnox wasn’t enough, Bim Thomas is also doing side projects. During SXSW of 2014 he teamed up with OBN III’s front man Orville Neeley and Tom Triplett of OBN III’s and The Energy to form BLAXXX. In just a few hours the trio managed to record four brilliantly distorted and warped tracks that are sure to delight any lo-fi, garage rock fan. The tracks are set to be released on the For No Apparent Reason EP via 12XU, which is also the home to Obnox’s Boogalou Reed.

:Obnox – Cynthia Piper At The Gates Of Dawn:
:Obnox – Boogalou Reed:
:Blaxxx – Cut ‘Em Down:

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2014 SOTO Staff Picks

December 11, 2014

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I’ve rambled on long enough about the music I liked in 2014.  Here are the staff’s picks.  Enjoy.

Turns out that aside from the crippling bodily ailments and the inability to control my bladder, getting older has made me absolutely awful at listening to music. Don’t hate haters, I’ve just gotten over the hump of 30 and all of sudden I just can’t focus enough to listen to a whole album. Blame it on the SNES I brought home for my girlfriend’s birthday, blame it on the imposition of real life, blame it on the encroaching approach of a potent mix of early onset dementia and Adult ADHD – I’ve just been really bad at music listening this year. Thus, my teensy tiny list of music is culled from a pond not nearly as large as I’d hoped it to be. That said, the music I liked, I loved and that’s the music that ended up below.

Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Caribou – Our Love
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Since 2010, rock music hasn’t changed all that much. There’s presently a general look back to past niche musics from the 1960′s onward. But through the nostalgia haze, there are a great deal of both old and new artists finding new latitudes. Here’s my major jams this year.

1. Thurston Moore – The Best Day (Matador)
2. David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights – End Times Undone (Merge)
3. Steve Gunn – Way out Weather (PoB)
4. Datashock – Keine Oase in Sicht (Dekorder)
5. William Tyler – Lost Colony (Merge)

I’ve been staring at my 2014 list like a student procrastinating on their end of the semester term paper.  I go back and forth on who to include, who to leave out, and recalling releases (d’oh!) I never got around to checking out. There are also the nagging doubts such as wondering if I gave an album enough listens to put it on my list. Like last year my list focuses on my local Austin favorites. Narrowing it down to the Top 5 wasn’t easy but I stand by my choices of my faves that earned multiple listens. So many good bands to choose from but oh what a problem to have, right?

In no particular order, I present to you :

The Sour Notes – Do What May
Abram Shook – Sun Marquee
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
She Sir – Go Guitars
Shivery Shakes – Three Waves and A Shake

Honorable Mentions: The Ugly Beats – Brand New Day, Roger Sellers – Primitives, Genuine Leather – Losers

Compared to last year, 2014 left much to be desired when it comes to the sheer number of amazing releases. 2013 offered probably 15 to 20 “crap your pants while listening best record of the century” type stuff but then after that it sort of fell short in the real meat of the pack by not having a lot to deepen the core of metal. The reverse of which is true this year, I have attached to a few records as rising to the tippy top of the heap, but the real glory came in the form of the fat of the genre, so many decent albums from so many artists, many debuts, but several just continuations on great careers, but few to get all wigged out about.

My Top 5 you can see here are pretty clear choices though when you look at what they accomplished on these albums, Devn Townsend Project made two albums into one, and continued the story or Ziltoid the Omniscient, Anaal Nathrakh did what they do, but better, Job for a Cowboy somehow made bass a relevant instrument in death metal, At the Gates reunited after 900 years and proved they still have it, and Black Crown Initiate stole the show with their debut mixing death metal and melodic anthems into something technically proficient and sufficiently mind blowing. I was not let down this year, but I know I will be surprised in a few years with what I actually retained from 2014, not sure if you would agree, but that’s how I see things …

5. Devin Townsend Project – Ziltoid 2 (Century Media)
4. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)
3. Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater (Metal Blade)
2. At The Gates – At War With Reality (Century Media)
1. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage Of Stars (eOne Entertainment)

I guess I’ll start by saying that 2014 hasn’t been an amazing year for hip hop, but it hasn’t been a completely terrible one either.  Here are my choices for the best releases this year, in no particular order:

Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
Run The Jewels – RTJ2
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majaesty

T’was a solid year for melancholy songs. Albums that truly destroyed the center of the cardiovascular system were aplenty. We’re living in a golden age of audio misery! There were SO MANY great releases that dehydrated our tear ducts but since you, the readers, are demanding a definitive ranking of the saddest albums of the year, so be it. I’ve done the requisite soul searching and came up with this predominantly lady-heavy list of my fav weepers of the year. They are full of gut wrenchers, soul crushers … and they are all fantastic. Way to bring the pain this year, ladies!

1: Beck – Morning Phase
2. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
3. Divorcee – Self Titled
4. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
5. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Best Reissue: American Football – Self Titled

Narrowing down my top albums is a tortuous process. I’m an old-school guy. I still listen to entire albums from start to finish and only occasionally opt for a playlist of singles. Immersing yourself in an album is the most satisfying way way to connect with the music. So I get really dialed into my favorite albums each year, which makes narrowing down the lot a difficult task.

Before we get to my top five, let’s take a minute to recognized the amazing amount of quality music released this year by 12XU. It was far and away the top Austin label in 2014. They featured not only one of my top artists (The Dead Space) and but also three others in my top 10 (Flesh Lights, Jonly Bonly, The Gotobeds).

1) Ghetto Ghouls – Self Titled
2) The Dead Space – Faker
3) Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
4) Ex Hex – Rips
5) OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm

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2014 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 25, 2014

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Hey!  Here we are with the second volume of my 2014 Austin Essentials.  Dive in.  But don’t tire yourself out, as there’s still a third volume coming your way tomorrow.  Enjoy.

:Alex Napping – Weak Knees:  Alex Napping popped out of nowhere this year and instantly impressed.  Their debut, This Is Not A Bedroom, is the kind of introspective indie pop that college me listened to too much of.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose:  The fuzzy garage rock ways of Hundred Visions have been on point in 2014.  You’d be crazy not to check out their sophomore album, Spite.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Flesh Lights – Just About Due:  My passive appreciation of the punk trio Flesh Lights ended with Free Yourself.  The album features some great songwriting.  And it rocks.  If you’re into that sort of thing, of course.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Sweet Spirit – Let Me Be On Top:  It was a bummer when Bobby Jealousy called it quits, but at least Sabrina Ellis, who is one of Austin’s most dynamic performers, quickly landed on her feet in Sweet Spirit.  Eventually the band will officially release an album and make the world a better place.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Shivery Shakes – Hold On:  Shivery Shakes put out their debut full length, Three Waves & A Shake, this year.  You pretty much have to listen to it if you consider yourself a fan of indie pop.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Gentlemen Rogues – Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All:  Jennifer, SOTO’s purveyor of local music, was adamant that this slice of power pop from Gentleman Rogues make the cut.  Look out for a new album from the band soon.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Grape St. – Wallpaper:  Last year Grape St. released the excellent A Date With You, and just recently they followed it up with the equally fantastic Free Stuff EP.  The band just can’t miss!  They’re a must-listen for fans of jangly garage rock.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Sour Notes – Cutthroat:  Earlier this year The Sour Notes put out a really solid album (their fifth overall) by the name of Do What May.  It’s worth your time if you dig hooky indie rock.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Ramesh – The King:  For those of you that don’t know, Ramesh was once a part of Voxtrot.  His debut solo album, The King, is a well crafted alt pop effort that features a lot of great vocal work.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Coeds – Sensitive Boys:  I haven’t seen Coeds play and this is the only song of theirs I’ve heard, but that’s not stopping me from being into the duo.  Make a note to keep an eye on them and their synthy ways once 2015 rolls around.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Young Tongue – Heavy Metal Thunder:  Once known as The Baker Family, Young Tongue have a sound that’s a pleasant mixture of indie rock and pop.  Recently they released an album titled Death Rattle.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Jess Williamson – Snake Song:  Jess Williamson spent 2014 fully establishing herself as one of the best singer/songwriters in Austin.  If you haven’t already checked out her album, Native State, then you should do yourself a favor and seek it out ASAP.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:A. Sinclair – Shiny Things:  Indie rockers A. Sinclair (formerly known as Frank Smith) had a nice year.  They signed with Dangerbird Records and churned out a good album, Pretty Girls, for all to indulge in.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Boyfrndz – Design:  When it comes to experimental rock in Austin, not many can compete with Boyfrndz.  Their sophomore LP, Breeder, is a daunting, but rad listen.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:  OBN IIIs are a loud, good ole fashioned rock n’ roll band, and their latest release, Third Time To Harm, is further proof that you should be giving them all of your attention. Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Spray Paint – Rest Versus Rust:  Many would argue that Spray Paint are Austin’s premiere punk act, and I think I’d have to agree.  Their album, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, is one you need to hear.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Polio Club – Poison The Well (Demo):  I just recently came across Polio Club, and I’ve already pretty much worn out the demos on their Bandcamp page.  I’m looking forward to whatever is the post-punk act decides to do in 2015.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Wolf – In Waves:  SOTO’s own Dan said that I should include psych-rockers The Wolf.  He’s apparently a big fan of the noisy, distortion-filled sound that’s all over their latest release, Ride.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Christian Bland And The Revelators – Brian Wilson:  Back in September Christian Bland (of The Black Angels) released his third album, The Unseen Green Obscene.  Naturally, it’s a gloriously hazy psych rock experience.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Scuare – Mind States:  SOTO’s own hip hop expert Leah recently recommended Scuare to me, and he’s been firmly on my radar ever since.  This song in particular is pretty fantastic.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

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Stream This

November 7, 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 ➡ Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
Nots – We Are Nots
Dream Police – Hypnotized
Celestial Shore – Enter Ghost
Hookworms – The Hum
Torn Hawk – Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time
Gold Lake – Years
Ex Cops – Dagger
Royksopp – The Inevitable End
Cult Of Youth – Final Days
Sunbears – Future Sounds
The Voyeurs – Rhubarb Rhubarb
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Empty Moon – The Shark
2:54 – The Other I
Hundred Waters – Down From The Rafters Remix EP
Guerrilla Toss – Smack The Brick EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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Jonly Bonly (Dan)

September 3, 2014

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Jonly Bonly is led by guitarist extraordinaire Jason Smith, best known for his shredding in OBN IIIs. His virtuoso skills and shock of blond hair left an impression on all who saw him during his stint with OBN IIIs. In Jonly Bonly he’s supported by the formidable rhythm section of bassist Stephen Svacina (Sweet Talk, Uptown Bums) and drummer Marley Jones (OBN III’s, ex-Sweet Talk).

The group began when Jason had down time between OBNIIs albums and tour dates. He started writing new songs and instead of focusing on nasty garage punk and searing solos, Smith went a different route. He channeled classic power pop and post-punk to forge a sound distinctly different than that of his other bands. The result is their first album, Put Together, which proves the talented trio should be garnering a lot of attention.

Jason claims the band is named after his grandfather JB Smith but I think it’s named after a Henry Cho joke. Maybe I’m wrong, but I kind of doubt it. Anyway, the name aside, the band has produced an undeniably great debut record. Put Together will be released on September 9 via 12XU, but you can pre-order the album now. Be sure to attend their record release show on September 19 at Beerland!

:Jonly Bonly – Too Many Things:

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Dan’s Favorite Albums of 2014 … So Far

July 9, 2014

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I’m a sucker for the “Top Albums of the Year!” lists, so I’ve been reading a bunch of articles on the best music for the first half of 2014. It’s been fascinating to see which albums I slept on and which ones I maybe needed to give a second listen. The only thing that bothered me was I didn’t see many of my favorite records listed. I’m here to fix that.

I’ve already lavished praise on many of these records (see my album reviews of Deleted Scenes, OBN IIIs, The Dead Space, Ghetto Ghouls and Together Pangea) so it’s no surprise to find them on this list. The other five albums are from a scattering of indie, garage, and post-punk bands.

Cloud Nothings proved they are one of the premier indie bands playing today with the release of Here And Nowhere Else. Courtney Barnett is an Australian artist that writes the best deadpan slacker jams since Pavement while Priests are a blistering post-punk trio out of Washington, DC that play with a nasty furor. Free To Eat by Plague Vendor has been on almost constant rotation since I stumbled across it a few months ago. I’m shocked more people aren’t talking about this record. Finally, Under Color Of Official Right by Protomartyr is the clubhouse leader for my top album thus far. It’s gritty and raw record that reminds me of everything I love about Joy Division, The Fall, and Wire.

If you haven’t already done so, check out these records. If I missed any of your favorites then let me know in the comments. I promise to listen to the record then tell you why you’re completely wrong and that it’s complete crap. Unless of course I actually dig it. Then I’ll buy you a beer.

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014 … SO FAR:

ProtomartyrUnder Color Of Official Right
Deleted Scenes
Lithium Burn
OBN IIIs
Third Time To Harm
Plague Vender – Free To Eat
Ghetto Ghouls
Ghetto Ghouls
Cloud Nothings
Here And Nowhere Else
The Dead Space
Faker
Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Pea
Priests
Bodies And Control And Power And Money
Together Pangea
Badillac

MIDWAY 2014 MIX:

:Cloud Nothings – Now Hear In:
:Together Pangea – Offer:
:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:
:The Dead Space – Both Eyes:
:Deleted Scenes – Landfall:
:Protomartyr – Scum, Rise!:
:Ghetto Ghouls – Peepshow:
:Priests – New:
:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:
:Plague Vendor – Black Sap Scriptures:

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OBN IIIs (Dan)

May 28, 2014

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When people ask me my favorite band, the answer is easy – it’s OBN III’s. So I’m obviously pumped they have just released their appropriately titled third LP, Third Time to Harm on Tic Tac Totally. It follows up their brilliant self-titled effort (the best album of the past four years, IMHO), which was put out in 2012.

Led by imposing frontman and band namesake Orville Bateman Neeley III, OBN IIIs have distinguished themselves as one of the finest bands in America. They have a seething energy and an unparalleled live show. I’ve seen them perform countless times and have never once been disappointed. Capturing the feel of their live shows on record is no easy feat, but the band successfully pulls it off on Third Time to Harm.

The record kicks off with the scorcher No Time For The Blues and barely eases up on the second tune, The Rockin Spins. Other highlights include Uncle Powerbag and the apocalyptic track Worries. At just eight songs in length the album is over far too soon, just like all of their live shows. Of course, when you’re the greatest garage rock band alive, the fans will always crave more. Here’s hoping the band has plans for many more records to come.

:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:
:OBN IIIs – Worries:

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Stream This

May 23, 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 come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Haunted Hearts – Initiation
Robyn & Royksopp – Do It Again
Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Lee Fields – Emma Jean
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Neil Young – A Letter Home
Echo And The Bunnymen – Meteorites
Hercules And Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken Heart
Watter – This World
Future Death – Special Victim
The Echo Friendly – Love Panic
Crowbar – Symmetry In Black
Yonatan – Iberian Passage EP
Napolian – Incursio
Black Anvil – Hail Death
1,2,3 – Big Weather
Chris Schlarb – Making The Saint
Malka Spigel – Gliding EP
RBTS WIN – Palm Sunday Deluxe Edition

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Jurassic 5

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Quickdraw: Total Control, White Reaper, Antemasque, OBN IIIs, Lone

April 14, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Total Control – Flesh War:  For those of you that don’t know, Total Control is lead by Mikey Young (Eddie Current Suppression Ring) and Dan Stewart (UV Race).  This post-punk gem is off their upcoming LP, which will more than likely be rad.  Look for Typical System to be released on June 24 via Iron Lung Records.

:White Reaper – Half Bad:  Here’s a new one from Kentucky’s White Reaper, who recently joined the Polyvinyl roster.  It’s one of the better garage rock songs I’ve come across so far in 2014.  The band will release a self titled EP on June 24.

:Antemasque – People Forget:  The Mars Volta may be done, but Omar and Cedric haven’t given up on working with each other.  They’re now together as Antemasque, and they sound energized and inspired.  I most definitely approve.  No word yet on an official release.

:OBN IIIs – Worries:  If you weren’t already excited about the new OBN IIIs album, then this swagger-filled track should get you there.  Orville Bateman Neeley III and his pals just continue to be one of Austin’s best bands..  Third Time To Harm will arrive on May 27 via Tic Tac Totally.

:Lone – 2 Is 8:  I’m not at all familiar with Lone, but apparently he’s about to put out his fifth album.  Talk about missing the boat, right?.  At any rate, this laid back number makes for a soothing listen, and I like it a lot.  Reality Testing is expected out on June 17 via R&S Records.

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Quickdraw: OBN IIIs, Swans, Haunted Hearts, Lafawndah, Woods

March 31, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:  Austin’s OBN IIIs are such a wonderfully raucous bunch.  Expect this new single to get you up and moving.  Unless, of course, you just hate having fun and whatnot.  Look for Third Time To Harm on May 27 via Tic Tac Totally.

:Swans – A Little God In My Hands:  This is such an epically bizarre and awesome track.  If you ask me, the only way to tackle it is to crank the volume and just let Swans take over for a bit.  A stiff drink or two is also highly recommended.  Young God will release To Be Kind to the masses on May 13.

:Haunted Hearts – Johnny Jupiter:  Dee Dee (of the Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (of the Crocodiles) are the main brains behind Haunted Hearts.  I think the two sound pretty stellar together.  You’ll be able to get Initiation on May 27 via Zoo Music.

:Lafawndah – Butter:  My opinion of the name Lafawndah is still way up in the air, but I do really dig this song.  It’s got a bouncy variety of electronic sounds, and I find the vocals to be infectious.  A self titled EP is due out on May 6.

:Woods – With Light And With Love:  Here’s the nine minute title track from Woods’ upcoming album.  The song is thoroughly psychedelic, but it’s still rather accessible and I expect that you’ll find it impressive.  With Light And With Love is due out April 15 via Woodsist.

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Dan’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012

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Considering I listen to roughly ten new albums each week on Spotify, it’s not easy narrowing down my list of top albums to just five. While my favorite album was determined months ago, the rest of the top 5 and my honorable mentions list has fluctuated greatly. However, after much internal debate, shuffling of positions, and a far amount of procrastination, I present my top albums of 2012.

5. Imperial China – How We Connect

The second album from my favorite DC band was released in January of this the year. It contains all the things I loved about their first record – lots of searing guitars and swirling synths layered over pummeling percussion – but the new record also shows a marked growth in their sound. This is a tight record that balances musicianship, experimental elements, and sonic intensity. Add it all together and you have a stand out record from a band that has truly distinguished itself on the DC music scene.

:Imperial China – Ljos:

4. Cloud NothingsAttack On Memory

There’s just something about this indie-punk record that I instantly loved. It’s a throwback to bands like Fugazi and Nirvana that mixed fuzz-rock and punk with a pop aesthetic. The record is full of hooks, anthemic tracks, loud drums, and each song is distinguished by Dylan Baldi’s off-kilter yet charming  vocals. What’s not to love?

:Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless:

3. Mind SpidersMeltdown

While the first Mind Spiders record was basically a solo project of Mark Ryan (Marked Men), Meltdown was recorded with a full band and the bigger, more expansive sound is apparent. The lo-fi psychedelic tracks are gone and there are fewer quick hitting punk-pop jams. Meltdown is an expansive record with influences ranging from Jay Reatard to Brian Eno while still retaining the garage rock core that I love so much.

:Mind Spiders – Wait For Us:

2. OBN IIIS – OBNS IIIS

There are a lot of garage rock bands out there vying for our attention, but only one can be King of Rock Mountain, and that king is the OBN IIIs. I didn’t think it possible for them to top their last album, The Only And Only, yet they managed to do just that.

:OBN IIIs – People Are Afraid:

1. Lace Curtains – The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness

I’m still blown away by what Michael Coomer (Harlem) accomplished with The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness. Based on Harlem’s records I expected fun and goofy garage rock. Instead he delivered brilliant pop music that was heartfelt and honest. A personal and authentic album about regrets, confessions, apologies, and sex. Such lyrics usually mean a heavy or dark feel but Coomer manages a breezy laid back vibe that only magnifies the charm of the record.

:Lace Curtains – High Fantasy:

Honorable Mentions:
Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse
Metz – Metz
The White Wires – WWIII
Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

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OBN IIIs (Dan)

November 7, 2012

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OBN IIIs, whose name is the initials of lead singer Orville Bateman Neeley III, has just released their self-titled sophomore album. It’s a follow up to their brilliant debut, The One And Only, which came out in 2011.

The members of OBN IIIs have played in or are current members of many bands: Bad Sports, A Giant Dog, Video, Wax Museums, Mind Spiders, The Bad Lovers, James Arthur’s Manhunt, The Strange Boys, etc. The guys are part of the Austin-via-Denton garage rock scene where everyone plays in about sixteen different acts. It’d probably take the supercomputer that went on Jeopardy to sort out the rotating cast of each group. You don’t need to worry about that though, just know that each act in this supportive collective is DAMN good. Each time one of the bands puts out a new record, I add it to my “Texas Garage/Punk” Spotify playlist and then listen to it on an almost daily basis. I already know my year end list of top albums will be littered with OBN IIIs and all of its related bands.

I don’t quite know how OBN IIIs manages to captures the fun, sloppy, and messy essence of garage rock while also cranking out fast, tight, and intense jams. Typically, garage rock isn’t known for its musicianship, but OBN IIIs buck that trend. Some garage rock bands opt for style over substance, but OBN IIIs go the other way. Their hardworking and relentless approach has resulted in another killer album. I heard a rumor this album might be released on one of the big indie labels, and I hope so because this is a group worthy of much greater exposure.

:OBN IIIs – If The Shit Fits:
:OBN IIIs – People Are Afraid:
:OBN IIIs – So What If We Die:
:OBN IIIs – That’s No Way To Rock And Roll:

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