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Show Of The Week

September 30, 2015


ACL takes over Austin this weekend, and I totally get it if that’s where all of your attention is set to go.  However, I don’t think it would hurt if you took a moment to look ahead to Fun Fun Fun, and that’s why I’m highly recommending that you attend the fest’s Rock & Bowl Club House at Austin Saengerrunde this Friday.  Three SOTO favs are playing – Shannon And The Clams, Cool Ghouls, Tele Novella – and there will be free bowling, vintage arcade games, chill zones, give aways and a lots more.  Sounds like a blast to me.  $10 to get in.  Grab tix here.

Here are some other shows I’d consider attending …

- Wilco, William Tyler at Stubb’s
- Teen Daze, Heavenly Beat at Stubb’s

- The Mynabirds, Bad Hats, Moving Panoramas at the Mohawk
- Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band at Emo’s
- Leopold And His Fiction, In The Whale at Stubb’s

- A Giant Dog, Slim Twig, Milezo at The Sidewinder
- Helmet at the Mohawk
- TV On The Radio, Boots at Emo’s
- Leon Bridges at the Parish

- Golden Dawn Arkestra, Think No Think, CAPYAC, Wonderbitch, Brendan Bond, GoodFieldHotelApperations, The Blind Owls, DJ Chiquita Bombita at the Mohawk
- The Decemberists, Olivia Chaney at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Royal Blood, Bass Drum of Death at Emo’s
- Ditch The Fest Fest with Hikes, Sip Sip, Chipper Jones, Click Clack, Mobley, Dezorah, Sometimes a Legend, The Human Circuit, Hovvdy, Comforter, Artificial Earth Machine, Hooky, Good Talk, Tamarron, Rikroshi, Food Group, Cactopus, Patch, The Love Sprockets, Mean Girls, Trouble in the Streets, Caterwaulrus, Alaska, Dreamboat at Empire Control Room

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Quickdraw: Expert Alterations, Woolen Men, Shannon And The Clams, Computer Magic, Maserati

August 24, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Expert Alterations – The Past And You:  This instantly likeable track is one of the more endearing pop efforts that I’ve come across in 2015.  Can’t wait to hear more off of Expert Alterations debut LP, You Can’t Always Be Liked, which is due out October 30 via Kanine.

:Woolen Men – Life In Hell:  Woolen Men are a trio out of Portland.  They have a lo-fi rock sound and like to say things like “Look us in the eyes and tell us you’re not getting old” in their press releases.  I’m into it.  Temporary Monument is due out September 4 via Woodsist.

:Shannon And The Clams – It’s Too Late:  If Corvette was a bit too slow for your liking, then this upbeat tune should bring you back around on Shannon And The Clams.  I think their upcoming LP is going to be fantastic.  Gone By The Dawn is due out September 11 via Hardly Art.

:Computer Magic – Be Fair:  Been a while since I’ve heard anything from Danz (aka Computer Magic).  This new single of hers is lush and hooky, and I really like it.  Davos is due out October 16 via Channel 9 Records.  See her October 17 at Stubb’s.

:Maserati – Rehumanizer II:  All I can hear throughout the first chunk of this is Flock Of Seagulls’ I Ran.  It’s kind of weird (in a good way, of course).  Maserati’s Rehumanizer is due out October 30 via Temporary Residence.

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Shannon And The Clams

June 16, 2015


Last year Shannon And The Clams released a 7″ single, Mama, that I’ve never been able to get enough of.  Time now though to move on, and I’m doing so with the first single (in both mp3 and video form) off of their new full length.  It’s not quite as soul-enthused or lo-fi as Mama, but I do very much love the dramatic way that it creeps along.  Enjoy.

:Shannon And The Clams – Corvette:

Gone By The Dawn is due out September 11 via Hardly Art. Also, they have an Austin show set for October 2, but it currently has the venue listed as TBA.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 3

December 3, 2014


We’ve now arrived at the middle section of my Top 50 Songs of 2014.  Check out Part ONE & TWO if you haven’t already.  Otherwise, get on with cruising today’s list!  Enjoy.

30)  :The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:  Pretty much all of my dark-corner-brooding in 2014 was done while listening to this stellar piece of post-punk from Austin’s own The Dead Space.  From Faker.

29)  :We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed:  This swirling song reinvigorated my love for We Were Promised Jetpacks.  I’m honestly not sure they’ve ever sounded as good as they do here.  From Unraveling.

28)  :Angel Olsen – Forgiven-Forgotten:  While I like Angel Olsen’s slower and more intimate material, I found myself coming back to this little rocker of hers the most.  From Burn Your Fire For No Witness.

27)  :Shannon And The Clams – Mama:  This Shannon And The Clams song is splendid and permanently on my go-to list for whenever I’m in the mood for soul/doo-wop-enthused music.  From the band’s split with Guantanamo Baywatch.

26)  :Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne:  My “song of the summer” this year was definitely this Saint Pepsi track.  It’s immensely catchy.  And danceable.  And super fun.  From the Fiona Coyne single.

25)  :Tennis – I’m Callin’:  I love this song for two reasons.  1) It’s wonderfully easy on the ears.  2) It fully completes Tennis‘ transition from lo-fi indie band to full on pop act.  Not sure they could have done it any smoother.  From Ritual In Repeat.

24)  :Screaming Females – Wishing Well:  Screaming Females usually go right after your face, but for this track they decided to dial things back a bit.  It worked.  In fact, I think this is probably their best song.  From the Wishing Well single.

23)  :Phantogram – Fall In Love:  Phantogram blew up in 2014, and it was partly because of this single.  To be honest, I think it ranks a little lower than some of their older songs, but I still love it.  From Voices.

22)  :The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:  The War On Drugs really got me with this track.  I had only ever just appreciated them and their Springsteen-ish ways, but this is so damn good that they’re now a favorite of mine.  From Lost In The Dream.

21)  :Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):  This fantastic synth-pop song totally helped Future Islands wrangle in just under a bazillion new fans.  Good for them.  They deserve it.  From Singles.

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Quickdraw: Honeyblood, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Chad VanGaalen, Shannon And The Clams, How To Dress Well

April 7, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Honeyblood – Killer Bangs:  And with this track Glasgow’s Honeyblood have delivered to me a new slice of 90s-enthused rock to leave on repeat.  That’s true friendship, people.  Here’s hoping their upcoming album has more of the same.  FatCat will release the band’s self titled effort on July 15.

:Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Coming Down (Featuring Matt Berninger):  CYHSY are an act that I have only ever sort of liked, but I do think this song is really good.  Matt Berninger’s contribution sounds great alongside Alec Ounsworth’s nasaly voice.  Only Run will be released by the band on June 3.

:Chad VanGaalen – Monster:  The world needs weird/interesting artists like Chad VanGaalen, so it’s great that he’s readied a new album.  This song should flood your brain with all sorts of images.  Have fun.  Look for Sub Pop to put out Shrink Dust on April 19.

:Shannon And The Clams – Mama:  If raw and retro is what you’re looking for today, then you can’t go wrong with this new one from Shannon And The Clams.  Just know it’s going to for sure get lodged in your head for a while.  The band’s split 7″ with Guantanamo Baywatch is currently available for purchase over at Suicide Squeeze.

:How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure:  I imagine most of you are already on the How To Dress Well bandwagon, but if for some reason you’re not then this stellar pop song will probably convince you to find a seat.  What Is This Heart? is due out June 23 via Weird World.

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Stream This

November 22, 2013


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.


Gap Dream – Shine Your Light
Beachwood Sparks – Desert Skies
Teengirl Fantasy – Nun
Beedeegee – Sum/One
Thee Oh Sees – Singles Collection: Volume Three
I Need You Bad – Compilation
Kevin Morby – Harlem River
The Entrance Band – Beyond Beyond Is Beyond
Milosh – Jetlag


Broken Bells will release After The Disco on January 14 via Columbia.

Kanye West’s Yeezus is out now on Def Jam.

Shannon And The Clams’ Dreams In The Rathouse is available now via Hardly Art.

Damien Jurado will release Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son on January 21 via Secretly Canadian.

Dinosaur Bones put out Shaky Dream earlier this year on Dine Alone Records.  They play Empire Control Room on December 12.

Wampire’s Curiosity is out now on Polyvinyl.

Vaadat Charigim recently released The World Is Well Lost via Burger Records.

Arcade Fire recently released Reflektor.  They play the Austin 360 Amphitheater on April 10.

The Callas’ Am I Vertical? is out now on Inner Ear.

Bent Shapes’ Feels Weird is out now on Father/Daughter Records.

Matt Pond’s The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand is out now.

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Shannon And The Clams (Noah)

May 22, 2013


A few amazing things about Shannon And The Clams:

1. The name. C’mon, admit it to yourself right here and now: Shannon And The Clams is one of the greatest band names you’ve ever heard. Somehow reminiscent of the doo-wop past that this fantastic band so gleefully fucks with, and somehow sort of crass and vaginal all at the same time. You could give a Shannon And The Clams album to your 50s music loving mammy and she’d probably actually give it a listen, but then when Shannon started belting about drinking and fucking she’d probably toss that shit right out the window. Oh mammy, when will you ever learn?

2. The sound. I’ve written about Shannon And The Clams many a times before and I can never get past the idea that Shannon And The Clams sound like the aftermath of a musical breakdown. This isn’t the glory days of a late-50s doo-wop band when the drugs are flowing and every party is full of half-naked women and maybe you buy a tiger just to have one. Oh no, this is post-drugs/naked people/tigers, this is when the money has dried up, your manager has run away with your girl, and your scraping the black carpet for just another taste of that sweet sweet dragon. Maybe you pick up a guitar and stumble in to the sound booth the repo-man didn’t take and lay down this shit and after it’s done you feel a little bit clearer. At least enough to make your self a quesadilla and think about where you’re going to find money for cigarettes.

3. Shannon. For a while the titular Shannon was a pretty regular fixture of the live music scene in San Francisco. She’s a big, beautiful woman, all died blonde hair and cleavage and the first time I ever visited this city (the first time I didn’t black out due to extensive emotional damage that is) I literally ran in to her on the street. Her mascara had run down her eyes and her hair was this big tousled bun and she was sweaty like only a live performer can be after giving it her all for forty minutes and I sort of stared and, at least in my mind, she said something like, “Go fuck yourself” and then kept moving on down the street, a shining bit of diva in an otherwise dark night. Take that and make it sonic, and that’s what Shannon is for her companionable Clams (i.e. fucking amazing).

Be happy that someone is smart enough to keep giving this band the time and money to make more bundles of amazing. Be happy, or Shannon is going to come and get you.

:Shannon And The Clams – Rip Van Winkle:

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