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Quickdraw: Audacity, Genuine Leather, Jungle, Tycho, POS

October 21, 2013

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Today’s music thinks you’re so pretty.  Enjoy.

:Audacity – Couldn’t Hold A Candle:  I’m really digging the pop garage/punk sound that Audacity has on display in this catchy track.  The band will release Butter Knife on October 29 via Suicide Squeeze Records.  You will be able to catch them at Beerland this Thursday.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  I love that summer is finally on the way out here in Austin, but this breezy pop number actually makes me sort of miss it. Genuine Leather are currently in the midst of working on a new full length.

:Jungle – Lucky I Got What I Want:  This might just be me, but every time I listen to this I can’t help but be reminded of Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes-era TV On The Radio.  I like it.  Jungle will release The Heat EP tomorrow via B3SCI/Chess Club Records.

:Tycho – Awake:  Just go ahead and grab your headphones for this, as it’s another superbly crafted song by Tycho.  A new full length is currently in the works.  If you’re awesome and coming to Fun Fun Fun Fest next month, Tycho is on the lineup.

:POS – Fuck Your Stuff (Marijuana Deathsquads Remix):  I think the original version of this track is perfect, but I definitely still dig the ominous mix its been given here.  The remix of POS’s last album, We Don’t Even Live Here, is due out tomorrow.  It’ll be free!  Marijuana Deathsquads play Emo’s East on November 15.

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Four Fists

September 5, 2013

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Finally!  After years of feeling bummed about missing Four Fists at what I figured was a random one-off SXSW set, the mighty duo of P.O.S. and Astronautalis have let it be known that the project is still kicking along.  If you dig hip hop even just a little, then you know this is a very good thing.  The pair will release a double a-side 7″ on October 8 via Doomtree Records.  A full length is expected in the near future.  Enjoy.

:Four Fists – MMMMMHMMMMM:  Just as I hoped, this has an aggressive sound and is lyrically deep enough to make me wonder when I’ll have the will power to take it off repeat.  I really hope that LP isn’t too far off.

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Stream This

February 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

Eat Skull – III
Matmos – The Marriage Of True Minds
Iceage – You’re Nothing
Holy Wave – Evil Hits
Apparat – Music For Theatre
Girl Names – The New Life
Ivan & Alyosha – All The Times We Had
PVT – Homosapien
Psychic Ills – One Track Mind
Flume – Self Titled

VIDEOS

The Postal Service will reissue Give Up on April 9 via Sub Pop.

Justin Timberlake will release The 20/20 Experience on March 19 via RCA Records.

Wild Nothing’s Nocturne was released last year.

POS put out We Don’t Even Live Here last year.

Passion Pit released Gossamer last year.

Elephant Stone’s self titled album is out now on Burger Records.

Maps & Atlases released Beware & Be Grateful last year.

Popstrangers will release Antipodes on February 26 via Carpark Records.

Trail Of Dead put out Lost Songs last year.

The Spinto Band just released Cool Cocoon.

Suuns will release Images du Futur on March 5 via Secretly Canadian.

This is from the Beach House short film, Forever Still.

Jim James recently released Regions Of Light And Sound Of God via ATO Records.

Marissa Nadler’s self titled full length is out now.

Walker Lukens, who is from Austin, will have a 7″ release show at Scoot Inn on February 21.

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Leah’s Top 5 Hip Hop Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012

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1. Killer Mike – R.A.P Music

In perhaps the most flawless and listenable album of this year, Killer Mike and El-P team up to make R.A.P. Music, a combination of ferocious lyrics and dirty, hard beats. The tracks tell the story of a young Killer Mike growing up in the south and seeing the world around him change with drugs and the evolution of rap music. It’s emotional without being manipulative, and it’s banging without being trendy. Also, I hate Reagan.

:Killer Mike – Reagan:

2.  P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here

This album is just ridiculous in the best way possible.  Mixing live instrumentation with electro drops and pulses, P.O.S. has produced the most original-sounding hip-hop album I’ve heard in a number of years.  Pair that with exceptional and cutting lyricism and you have yourself a top five album.

:POS – Bumper:

3. Plan B – Ill Manors

Ill Manors, which was written in response to the London riots of March (and effectively putting Plan B on the map), fits so well on this dark album that you’d think the album was built around it.  It likely was.  I love its escalating bitterness, its political bent, and especially its concert violin interaction with the spare and then converging beat.

:Plan B – Ill Manors:

4. El-P – Cancer For Cure

I’ve always loved El-P slightly more as a producer than an MC, but on Cancer For Cure, I think he really steps up his lyrical game to match his amazing shifts in time and rhythm signatures.

:El-P – Drones Over BKLN:

5. Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming in Color

Honestly, I’m so against the corporate game in hip hop, which I feel censors provocative or anti-establishment MCs, that virtually any truth-telling lyricism is likely to raise an album’s rating in my eyes.  Brother Ali has a long history of railing against the government, and he does a good job of it on this album.  So, while it might not be as sonically pleasing as other albums I listened to this year (i.e. Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Roc Marciano’s Reloaded, Action Bronson and Alchemist’s Rare Chandeliers, etc), the fact that Brother Ali is willing to say the stuff he is makes it worth it to me to elevate the album to top five status in order to support and reinforce the idea that hip hop is about communication, revolution, and community at its essence.

:Brother Ali – Mourning In America:

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Top 25 Albums Of 2012: Part 4

December 6, 2012

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Well, here’s the fourth part of Top 25 Albums of 2012.  We’re so close to the top!  By this time tomorrow you’ll know all the songs and albums that I loved in 2012.  Whew!  I’m ready for a break.

As I’ve said, I easily could have listed 50 releases, but I realized that half of those would have been albums that I only listen to when I’m in a particular mood.  In other words, they’re not immediately accessible, and that to me knocks them down a notch.  So, if you’re looking for 25 releases that you can immediately dive into and love, this is the place to be.  Enjoy.

10) Tame Impala – Lonerism

Of the 25 albums that made my year-end list, it was Lonerism that took me the longest to love.  For the first slew of play-throughs I just couldn’t stop comparing it to the stellar Innerspeaker (2010), but now I’ve come to see (and greatly appreciate) that it’s just a more challenging listen.

:Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams:

09) Cat Power – Sun

I really want to high five Cat Power for Sun.  It feels like a well crafted combination of the various sounds she’s had over the last 17 years, and I greatly dig it.  It’ll be interesting to see if she holds onto this approach or just moves on to something entirely different.

:Cat Power – Ruin:

08) POS – We Don’t Even Live Here

We Don’t Even Live Here is a nifty album.  There are more than enough politically-charged messages that can be found throughout its 11 tracks, but the LP is also a big, fun listen.  Thank whoever that POS is smart enough to know that trying to say something important doesn’t need to be an obnoxious endeavor.

:POS – Bumper:

07) Lee Fields And The Expressions – Faithful Man

Every year there’s a soul-oriented effort that I want to champion forever, and this time around it came from Lee Fields And The Expressions.  These guys are a wild bunch, and I loved frequently revisiting Faithful Man in 2012.

:Lee Fields And The Expressions – I Still Got It:

06) Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel

I don’t know how she does it, but Fiona Apple is able to live up to super high expectations every single time she puts out an album.  Maybe such a winning streak and the amount of pressure that comes with it is why she always seems to be on the fritz.  Feel free to take a break now, Fiona.

:Fiona Apple – Werewolf:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 4

November 29, 2012

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At least if the world ends in a few weeks, you’ll have some good music to go out to.  That’s sort of comforting, yeah?  Anyhow, below you’ll find the fourth part of my Top 50 Songs Of 2012.  In case you’re curious, I chose the songs from the 400+ tracks that I shared around here throughout the last 11 months.  Enjoy.

20)  :MIA – Bad Girls:  This single was supposed to be from a new album, but that has yet to materialize.  Oh well.  For now it simply serves as a nice reminder of how great MIA is when she’s having fun and not taking herself too seriously.

19)  :Action Bronson – A Simple Man:  I had a long list of Action Bronson songs to choose from for this spot, but I went with this one-off single because it’s what originally made me want to champion the guy.  It’s just stellar stuff.

18)  :Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing:  I don’t know how many times I listened to this in 2012.  I just couldn’t seem to get it out of the part of my soul that wants to dance in a dark corner somewhere.  From the Ghost EP.

17)  :The Eastern Sea – Wasn’t For Love:  With this song, The Eastern Sea went from just being an Austin favorite of mine to being something much bigger and better.  Glad I hopped on the bandwagon early.  From Plague.

16)  :Dan Friel – Valedictorian:  For those that don’t know, Dan is the former frontman of Parts & Labor.  This song sees him being as noisy and wild as can be, and I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of it.  From Total Folklore (due in 2013).

15)  :Chvrches – The Mother We Share:  I’ve yet to come across anything else from this band, and that’s OK because I’m far from being done with this Purity Ring meets Cults combo of a single.

14)  :Yeasayer – Longevity:  My love for Yeasayer has always been in regards to their live show, so I was a little surprised to find myself so attached to one of their studio tracks.  I greatly dig the off-balance mix here.  From Fragrant World.

13)  :Fiona Apple – Every Single Night:  You have to appreciate that Fiona keeps coming up with ways to stay interesting.  This pop effort pulls no punches.  From The Idler Wheel.

12)  :POS – Fuck Your Stuff:  This is exactly what I always expect POS to deliver – it’s aggressive, playful, and smart.  From We Don’t Even Live Here.

11)  :San Cisco – Awkward:  I love this indie pop tune, but I do have to admit that I’m not so sure a song about stalking should be this enjoyable.  From the Awkward EP.

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Stream This

October 26, 2012

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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

Matt Bauer – No Shape Can Hold Me Now
Autumn Owls – Between Buildings, Towards The Sea
Death Songs – Sung Inside A House
Chad Valley – Younger Hunger
Andrew Bird – Hands Of Glory
Talk Normal – Sunshine

VIDEOS

P.O.S. had to cancel his tour due to needing a kidney transplant.  You can donate money here.  We Don’t Even Live Here is out now.

DFA just released Sinkane’s new album, Mars.

INDYNS will put out a full length in the coming months.

The Hood Internet recently released FEAT.

You can pick up The Alchemist’s Russian Roulette now.

M83 will put out a Steve McQueen single (complete with remixes) on November 27.

Emil And Friends released the Royal Oats EP this week.

The Raveonettes released Observator earlier this year.

Wintersleep’s latest album is titled Hello Hum, and it’s available now.

Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me is out now.  The Intelligence play Red 7 on November 3.

Soley’s We Sink is out now.

Stars just played ACL.  The North is available now.

This is actually a different edit of ParadiseWild Nothing’s Nocturne is out now.

The Faint play Emo’s East on November 28 in celebration of the Danse Macabre reissue.

Vinyl Williams will release Lemniscate on November 13.

A Place To Bury Strangers are set to play Fun Fun Fun FestWorship is out now.

The Sword recently released Apocryphon.  They’ll be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Sylver Tongue will release the Something Big EP on November 6.

Asthmatic Kitty will release Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas Volumes 6-10 on November 13.  Sufjan Stevens will play Emo’s East on December 1.

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Stream This

October 19, 2012

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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

POS – We Don’t Even Live Here
GRMLN – Explore EP
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
Gary Clark Jr – Blak And Blu
Other Lives – Mind The Gap EP
Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs
Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional
Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Titus Andronicus – Local Business
The Man With The Iron Fists – Soundtrack
Paul Banks – Banks

VIDEOS

Why? just released Mumps, etc, and they’re playing Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Heartless Bastards released Arrow earlier this year.  They play Stubb’s on November 8.

La Sera’s Sees The Light is out now on Hardly Art.

Autumn Owls will release Between Buildings, Towards The Sea next week.

Wild Belle will release Isles early next year.

FatCat Records will put out the US Girls’ GEM next week.

Mean Creek put out Youth Companion this week via Old Flame Records.

Sorry To Bother You is the name of the new album from The Coup.  It’s due October 30.

Bon Iver put out Bon Iver, Bon Iver last year.

El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure is available now.

The xx recently released Coexist.

Fenster just lined up some East Coast dates in support of Bones.

Social Studies will put out Developer on November 13 via Antenna Farm Records.

The Casket Girls will release their debut on November 6 via Graveface Records.  They play the Mohawk on November 3.

Chris Cohen put out Overgrown Path on Captured Tracks earlier this year.

Gangi just released Gesture Is.

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Stream This

September 14, 2012

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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

Solos - Beasts Of Both Worlds
Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues
Agent Ribbons – Let Them Talk
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock
How To Dress Well – Total Loss
Buke & Gase – Function Falls
The Sea And Cake – Runner
Zulu Pearls – No Heroes No Honeymoons
The Lighthouse And The Whaler – This Is An Adventure

VIDEOS

Broncho is heading out on tour this Fall.  They’ll be playing Red 7 on November 3.  Can’t Get Past The Lips is out now.

Mission Of Burma has a show at Antone’s tomorrow night.  Unsound is available now.

P.O.S. just announced a tour.  He’ll be at the Mohawk on November 17.  We Don’t Even Live Here is due October 23.

There aren’t any Austin dates, but the Raveonettes are out on tour.  Observator is now available.

Fang Island and Anamanaguchi are doing a short tour together that will end with a Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance.  Major is out now.

Chateau Marmont will release their debut, The Maze, some time in the winter.

The Tontons are a band out of Houston that’s been getting some buzz.  They’re set to play the W Hotel on October 29.  Their Golden EP is currently available.

This trio are about to release their debut full length.  It will be out on October 2 via Temporary Residence LTD.

Tilly And The Wall are back after a lengthy absence.  Their new album is titled Heavy Mood, and they’ll be touring in support of it this Fall.  Catch them at the Mohawk on November 16.

Ty Segall plays La Zona Rosa with Thee Oh Sees tomorrow.  Twins is due on October 9 via Drag City.

Buke & Gase just put out a new EP, and they’re about to head out on tour.  The Austin show is set for October 5 at Red 7.

Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives is the latest release from Henry Clay People.  It’s out now.  The band’s tour starts this weekend.  No Austin dates yet.

Family Band put out Grace & Lies earlier this year.  This is the second single off of it.

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P.O.S.

August 21, 2012

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It really doesn’t get much better than P.O.S.  The guy has a stellar live show, and all three of his LPs (especially Audition, which topped my album list back in 2006) are worth any amount of time you’ll give them.  His upcoming effort is titled We Don’t Even Live Here, and its list of guests includes Bon Iver, Gayngs, and more.  Rhymesayers will release it on October 23.  Enjoy.

:POS – Bumper:  This song is killer.  And to be honest, that’s all I want to say about it.  This way you’ll go in only knowing that what you’re going to get will be great.  However, I’m not sure it would be right to not warn you about how infectious every part of this thing is.  You will not be able to deny it.

Bonus Video:

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