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Quickdraw: Mos Def, Giraffage And Slow Magic, Small Black, The Mantles, Speedy Ortiz

August 31, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Mos Def – Sensei On The Block (Featuring Ski Beatz):  Oh man.  This track is old school Mos Def, and I just love the hell out of it.  Let’s get him to ditch that whole Yasiin Bey thing so that he can get back to being rad full-time.  The Sensei On The Beat single is out now via iTunes.

:Giraffage And Slow Magic – So Cute:  Giraffage and Slow Magic are about to hit the road together, so they’ve gone and collaborated to get everyone all worked up about it.  This spunky song is a lot of fun.  See both acts at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Small Black – No One Wants It To Happen To You:  What a beautiful synth pop effort this is.  Be sure to slap on some headphones before you hit play!  Small Black’s Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar.  See them at Sidewinder on October 16.

:The Mantles – Doorframe:  It was a pleasant surprise late last week when The Mantles announced a new album.  I’ve always loved their hazy, breezy pop sound.  All Odds End is due out October 16 via Slumberland.

:Speedy Ortiz – Hanging Around (Cardigans Cover):  I’m not familiar with the original version of this song (my Cardigans knowledge is pretty much limited to their hits), so as far as I can tell Speedy Ortiz totally nailed this cover of it!  Seriously though, I think this is really good.  This is a one-off effort, so grab it while you can.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 1

December 1, 2014

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Hey there, let’s begin running down my Top 50 Songs of 2014 (there will be one part each day through this Friday).  As is always the case, the list is comprised of music I’ve shared here at SOTO throughout the year.  Enjoy.

PS – If you missed my 2014 Austin Essentials, all three of those volumes are now on one page right HERE.

50)  :Lana Del Rey – West Coast:  Yeah yeah, I know, Lana Del Rey has big lips and no one (publicly) likes her, but I don’t care, this Dan Auerbach-produced track is great.  Total smokey, moody goodness.  From Ultaviolence.

49)  :Slow Magic – Hold Still:  This one from Slow Magic features what’s probably my favorite “wait for it” moment of 2014.  If the final 30 seconds don’t make you want to move, then you might be dead.  From How To Run Away.

48)  :Joanna Gruesome – Psykick Espionage:  Noisy and infectious.  That’s definitely the best way to describe this track from the one and only Joanna Gruesome.  From the band’s split 7″ with Perfect Pussy.

47)  :White Reaper – Half Bad:  There’s so much energy and enthusiasm packed into this ripper from White Reaper that it’s become one of my go-tos for whenever I need a pick-me-up.  From the band’s self titled EP.

46)  :Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends:  Sleater-Kinney are back and they’ve still got it!  Not that I’m in any way surprised, of course – Corin, Carrie and Janet are pure magic when they’re together.  From No Cities To Love.

45)  :Perfume Genius – Queen:  While I didn’t find Perfume Genius’ latest album to be for me, I do love this song.  It’s a powerful listen that grabs you and never lets go.  From Too Bright.

44)  :How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure:  This impeccably crafted track is no & It Was You, but I do think it’s the most accessible that Tom Krell (aka How To Dress Well) has ever been.  From What Is This Heart.

43)  :Sophie – Lemonade:  Of all the songs that will appear on my Top 50 list, this pop blip from Sophie is the one I expect to divide people the most.  It’s a weird and obnoxious earworm.  From the Lemonade/Hard single.

42)  :New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers:  There was a stretch this year where I just about wore out this gloriously upbeat track from New Pornographers.  Talk about power pop perfection.  From Brill Bruisers.

41)  :Terry Malts – Let You In:  Another year, another fuzzed out track from Terry Malts that’s really difficult to get out of my head.  Things could be worse, I suppose.  From the Insides EP.

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Stream This

September 5, 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 ➡ Karen O – Crush Songs

Slow Magic – How To Run Away
Tennis – Ritual In Repeat
Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World
Hiss Golden Messenger – Lateness Of Dancers
Avi Buffalo – At Best Cuckold
The Ukiah Drag – In The Reaper’s Quarters
Robert Planet – Lullaby And … The Ceaseless Roar
Ryan Adams – Self Titled
Tricky – Adrian Thaws
Sloan – Commonwealth
Mannequin Pussy – Gypsy Pervert
Oscillator Bug – Bursts Of The Million
Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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Quickdraw: The Rentals, The Unicorns, TOPS, Slow Magic, The Raveonettes

July 24, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Rentals – 1000 Seasons:  It took 15 years, but The Rentals have finally rallied up a third full length.  Feel free to rejoice and to stop shaming band leader Matt Sharp.  On a related note, this first single is total indie rock goodness.  Lost In Alphaville will be out August 25 via Polyvinyl.

:The Unicorns – Rocketship (Daniel Johnston Cover):  And next up for a comeback, The Unicorns!  I’m all about this act reforming, as they’ve long been a favorite of mine.  Here’s hoping they decide to craft some new material and not just put out previously unreleased stuff (like this cover).  The reissue of Who Will Cut Your Hair When We’re Gone? is due out July 29.

:TOPS – Way To Be Loved:  I’m not too familiar with Montreal’s TOPS, but I’m really liking this indie pop tune of theirs.  I’ll have to make a note to check out their upcoming album.  The band will release Picture You Staring on September 2 via Arbutus.

:Slow Magic – Hold Still:  This track has put the upcoming Slow Magic LP on my anticipated list.  By the way, there’s a total “wait for it” element at play here, so be sure to stick with the song until the sexiness comes in at the end.  How To Run Away is due out September 9 via Downtown Records.  See Slow Magic at Holy Mountain on September 17.

:The Raveonettes – Sisters:  Because why the hell not, The Raveonettes just up and dropped a new full length this week.  This song (the lead single?) has the fuzz really turned up, and that has me hoping that Pe’ahi is nothing but a big wall of noise.  I can’t wait to have some time to check it out.

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Quickdraw: School Of Seven Bells, Tycho, The Weeknd, FKA Twigs, Slow Magic

June 26, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:School Of Seven Bells – I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up):  Just when I thought the unfortunate death of Benjamin Curtis meant that School Of Seven Bells were gone forever, the remaining members release this rad Joey Ramone cover and announce a new album (Curtis contributed to both before passing away).  Awesome.

:Tycho – Awake (Com Truise Remix):  Nice work here by Com Truise.  I love Tycho’s Awake so much that I didn’t think I’d like hearing anything about it altered, but this remix is the right combo of slick and bouncy.  Grab this one-off track while you can and then seee Tycho at Emo’s on September 20.

:The Weeknd – Often:  Admittedly, this is one super ridiculous song.  I can’t seem to get it out my head though, so I’m sharing it with all of you to guarantee that I’m not the only one walking around and mumbling “Often, often/Girl I do this often/Make that pussy poppin’/Do it how I want it.”  No word yet on when The Weeknd will put out a new album.

:FKA Twigs – Two Weeks:  Those of you who have yet to familiarize yourself with FKA Twigs should immediately use this immaculate track as a way to do so.  I get the feeling that she’s going to really take off when her debut arrives.  Look for LP1 to be released on August 12 via Young Turks.

:Slow Magic – Girls:  It’s been a busy week for Slow Magic.  Not only did he put out this vibrant single, but he signed with Downtown Records and announced a large tour.  Good for him (and us).  See Slow Magic at Holy Mountain on September 17.

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