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Quickdraw: Albert Hammond Jr, Courtney Barnett, Beach House, Frank Ocean, Sophie

February 20, 2018

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Albert Hammond Jr – Far Away Truths

At this point in time I’m more about new music from Albert Hammond Jr than The Strokes.  He’s been on a roll for a while.  His new album, Francis Trouble, is due out March 9.  By the way, he’ll be at SXSW!

Courtney Barnett – Nameless, Faceless

Courtney Barnett’s new single doesn’t immediately grab you like Pedestrian At Best (or even Avant Gardner) , but I still think it’s a gem.  I just love the way she writes and sounds.  Her sophomore album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, is due May 18.

Beach House – Lemon Glow

There’s a new Beach House album coming in 2018, but it doesn’t have a title or an actual release date.  There’s a single though, and it’s really good.  I dig that it carries more of a punch than their usual sound.

Frank Ocean – Moon River

I could listen to Frank Ocean sing web addresses off of Google.  My bias aside, this is a good cover.

Sophie – Faceshopping

This new single from Sophie is aggressively good.  Put on headphones and get a little weird while it dominates you.

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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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Quickdraw: Terry Malts, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Wampire, Music Go Music, Sophie

August 4, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – Let You In:  I love me some Terry Malts, so you know I was excited when they announced that they had readied a new EP.  This pop tune isn’t too different than the band’s usual approach – catchy and with just the right amount of fuzz – and I’m totally fine with that.  Slumberland will release the Insides EP on September 23.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Warning:  Here’s the third stellar single to be put out in anticipation of Cymbals Eat Guitars upcoming album.  You’re crazy if you’re not overly excited to hear what else is on the new LP.  Lose is due out August 26 via Barsuk.  See the band at Red 7 on October 8.

:Wampire – Wizard Staff:  If you’ve long been unsure about whether or not you should take Wampire seriously, this slinky song should convince you to do so.  You’ll just have to overlook the fact that it’s called Wizard Staff.  Look for Bazaar on October 7 via Polyvinyl.

:Music Go Music – Inferno:  There’s definitely a bit of cheesiness that comes with Music Go Music (“My world is burning/My soul is yearning to be with you”), but their groovy sound makes it all work.  The band will release Impressions on August 19 via Thousand Tongues.

:Sophie – Lemonade:  I’ve been jamming this schizo pop tune for a week now and I’m still totally baffled by it.  I think I like it.  Or maybe I love it?  I really don’t know.  Perhaps I’ll figure it out when I’m older.  Sophie’s Lemonade/Hard single is available now via Numbers.

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