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Quickdraw: Tacocat, Yuck, Woods, Shearwater, Cross Record

January 14, 2016


Music!  Enjoy.

:Tacocat – I Hate the Weekend:  I can’t fully get behind Tacocat in regards to hating weekends, but I can give this infectious song a big thumbs up.  Lost Time is due out April 1 via Hardly Art.

:Yuck – Hearts In Motion:  Good on Yuck for not letting Daniel Blumberg’s departure in 2013 slow them down at all.  As for this track, I’m not sure vocalist Max Bloom has ever sounded better.  Stranger Things is due out February 26 via Mame Records.

:Woods – Sun City Creeps:  I’m really into this slinky new single from Woods.  On another note, I can’t believe the band is about to put out their ninth full length (their first came out in 2006).  So prolific!  City Sun Eater In The River Of Light is due out April 8 via Woodsist.

:Shearwater – Only Child:  This is a really pretty number from Shearwater.  I’m starting to feel like their upcoming album may end up being one of their best.  Jet Plane And Oxbow is due out January 22 via Sub Pop.  See the band at the North Door on February 3.

:Cross Record – Basket:  Over the break I totally went from liking to loving Austin’s own Cross Record.  You should make sure to put on headphones before you hit play on this atmospheric song.  Wabi Sabi is due out January 29 via Ba Da Bing Records.  See the band at the Mohawk on February 6.

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October 22, 2015


It seems like it was an eternity ago when I first heard that Shearwater were working on a new album, so it’s nice to finally get some details.  Danny Reisch (he cut their last couple of releases) produced it, and there are contributions from Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, local SOTO fav Abram Shook, film composer Brian Reitzell (The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, The Bling Ring) and more.  Plus, the press release noted that it’s the band’s “biggest and loudest record.”  I’m down with that.  The first single awaits you below.  Enjoy.

:Shearwater – Quiet Americans:

Jet Plane And Oxbow is due out January 22 via Sub Pop.  See them at the North Door on February 3.

Bonus Video:

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 26, 2013

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Hey!  Look at that, we’ve arrived at volume two of my Austin Essentials.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s no particular rhyme or reason for the order of the entries, I was just looking to share some of my favorite stuff that came out of Austin in 2013.  Enjoy.

:American Sharks – XVI:  No matter how much fun you’re having, American Sharks always seem to be having more. I love that about them.  Find American Sharks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mirror Travel – Mexico:  It’s been a bumpy road for Mirror Travel, but now they can totally high five themselves because their long awaited full length turned out great.  If you haven’t already, pick up the psych-enthused Mexico.   Find Mirror Travel on FB here, and buy their music here.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  It’s no secret that White Denim are my favorite band in Austin.  They’re just stellar and you should listen to them all the time.  As for their new album, Corsicana Lemonade, it’s them doing a nice job of continuing to expand their sound.  Find White Denim on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Growl – Abbreviations:  In the corner of Growl’s Bandcamp page there’s some text that describes how they’re a “band making solid indie rock.”  That’s true.  Well, except for the solid part.  I think they’re actually making really good indie rock.  Find Growl on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Tele Novella – No Excalibur:  Tele Novella features former members of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot, and they have a rather charming pop sound.  I can’t wait for them to put out an album.  By the way, the band has another single called Don’t Be A Stranger that’s pretty good.  Find Tele Novella on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Wild Child – Crazy Bird:  This song has never failed to put a skip in my step.  It’s such an endearing little tune, and I can’t imagine anyone not liking it at least a little.  Find Wild Child on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  There’s a lot to like on Black Books’ largely dreamy self titled debut, but this song is by far my favorite on the album.  It’s just the right amount of heavy.  Find Black Books on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sorne – Ego Altar:   Sorne aren’t exactly what I would describe as overly accessible, but they do have some really interesting material.  You just have to give them a few listens so that your brain can accept how intense of an act they can be.  Find Sorne on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Zoltars – Evelyn:  The Zoltars are lo-fi, minimalistic, and very good.  This year they put out the Live Like Dragons EP and a full length titled Walking Through The Dark.  I recommend seeking out both efforts.  Find The Zoltars on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pharaohs – Prettiest Girl:  Recently, Pharaohs’ Moan was reworked a bit and then put out by Burger City Rock N Roll.  That means you’ve been given a second chance to snatch it up.  Do so if you like really catchy jams.  Find Pharaohs on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pollen – AR AK:  Pollen haven’t been around long, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready for any attention you’re willing to throw their way.  Watch out for them and their garage rock ways in 2014.  Find Pollen on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Other Lovers – New:  I came across this folk pop anthem about a month ago and have been liking it every since.  Other Lovers’ EP, Born To Party/Born To Be Old, is a little all over the place, but it’s certainly worth your time.  Find Other Lovers on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Frank Smith – Chewing Glass:  First of all (and hopefully for the last time), Frank Smith is a band and not a single guy.  Secondly, this is a very clean sounding, focused rock track, and I dig it.  Find Frank Smith on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Shearwater – I Luv The Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu Cover):  As a follow-up to last year’s Animal Joy, Shearwater assembled a collection of covers titled Fellow Travelers.  The nifty effort consists of Jonathan Meiburg and Co. doing song by bands they’ve toured with over the years.  Find Shearwater on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  On every Okkervil River album there’s always one song that I can never get enough of, and this was it on The Silver Gymnasium.  The damn thing is just immaculate.  Find Okkervil River on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Stream This

November 15, 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.


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


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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Quickdraw: Future Of The Left, The Blow, Son Lux, Shearwater, Ducktails

September 10, 2013


Today’s music doesn’t know what to do with you.  Enjoy.

:Future Of The Left – Bread, Cheese, Bow And Arrow:  Mclusky may be long gone, but at least we still have Andy Falkous plodding along as Future Of The Left.  The world needs his snarl.  How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident is due out October 21 via Prescriptions Music.

:The Blow – From The Future:  I keep listening to this wonderfully refreshing and superbly well crafted pop gem and wondering why it wasn’t the first single.  It’s just about perfect.  The Blow’s self titled album will be released on October 1 via Kanine.  See them at Red 7 on November 2.

:Son Lux – Lost It To Trying:  There’s a lot going on in this song, but it works.  Son Lux’s upcoming album is going to be really good if it’s full of tracks as dynamic as this one.  We’ll all be able to grab Lanterns on October 29 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

:Shearwater – I Luv The Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu Cover):  It would appear that Shearwater have assembled an album of covers to pay tribute to the acts they’ve played with over the years.  I can get behind that.  The LP is titled Fellow Travelers, and it’s due out November 26 via Sub Pop.  Personally, I can’t wait to hear their version of St. Vincent’s Cheerleader.

:Ducktails – Honey Tiger Eyes:  Because staying busy is fun, Ducktails are putting out an EP directly on the heels of The Flower Lane, which came out earlier this year.  This first single is an ear-pleaser.  The Wish Hotel EP is expected out on October 22 via Domino.

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