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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Remember Sports, Smash Mouth, Yuno

February 27, 2018



Speedy Ortiz – Lucky 88

Twerp Verse is the name of Speedy Ortiz’s new album that’s due out on April 27.  The first single features some hints of front woman Sadie Dupuis’ electronic solo project, Sad13, and I’m into it.  By the way, Speedy Ortiz are playing SXSW and will be at Barracuda on June 2.

Parquet Courts - Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience

The one and only Danger Mouse produced Parquet Courts upcoming effort, Wide Awake!, which is due May 18.  Hopefully all of it is as big and rad as this first single.  The band will play Stubb’s on April 26.

Remember Sports – Up From Below

I can’t get this two-minute shot of catchiness out of my head.  Remember Sports will release their third album, Slow Buzz, on May 18.  Look for the band at SXSW.

Smash Mouth – Something Soon (Car Seat Headrest Cover)

If you had told me that I’d deem Smash Mouth the winner of the Smash Mouth-Car Seat Headrest cover project, I would have laughed at you.  Here we are though.  They nailed it.

Yuno – No Going Back

Yuno just signed with Sub Pop and put out this catchy, ear-pleasing pop tune.  Hopefully a full length isn’t too far away.

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Show Of The Week

November 8, 2017


The rescheduled Sound on Sound Fest shows are going down everywhere this week, and you can see which ones I’m into the most down below (they’re marked with SoS).  There’s some good ones!  Let’s go non-fest today though, and talk up Speedy Ortiz, Tera Melos and Lola Tried at Barracuda on Sunday.  This show is going to be fantastic.  Speedy Ortiz, who are one of my favorite bands, haven’t played Austin in a bit, so it’ll be great to see them again.  Maybe they’ll even toss out some new tunes?  Speaking of new things, Tera Melos and locals Lola Tried both have solid 2017 releases that they’ll be supporting at the show.  Let’s gather on a Sunday (you don’t need to work on Monday!) and indulge in this triple bill of indie rock.

Tix are $10 in advance, $13 the day of.

CONTEST:  I’ve got a couple pairs of tickets to give away.  To enter to win just shoot an email HERE.  I’ll pick winners on Friday!

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Palo Duro at Waterloo Records
- Poly Action, T0MA, Lowin, Nic Armstrong at Hotel Vegas

- (SoS) – Grizzly Bear at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- (SoS) – Cannibal Corpse, Power Trip, Gatecreeper, Blanck Mass at the Mohaw
- (SoS) – Citizen, Hotelier, Sorority Noise, Alex Napping, Great Grandpa, Oso Oso at Empire Control Room
- (SoS) – Washed Out, Austra at Emo’s
- Low Cut Connie, Jake La Botz, The Reputations at Barracuda

- (SoS) – Yelle, The Octopus Project at the Mohawk
- (SoS) – Japandroids, Cloud Nothings at Emo’s
- (SoS) – Noname, Arima Ederra, Magna Carda at the Scoot Inn
- Deep Time, Vertical Vice, Batty Jr, special guest at Hotel Vegas
- Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, Jen Cloher at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

- (SoS) – Boris, Endon, USA/Mexico at the Mohawk
- (SoS) – The Shins, Baio at Emo’s
- (SoS) – Ariel Pink, Girlpool, Mild High Club at Cheer Up Charlies
- Xetas, Sex Snobs (OK), Fireheads (WI), NIKE at Beerland
- Cults, She-Devils, Deep Cuts at Antone’s

- The Rural Alberta Advantage, Yukon Blonde at Barracuda
- Cindy Wilson (of B-52s), Olivia Jean at 3ten ACL Live

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Speedy Ortiz

May 4, 2017


Is this the year of compilations?  There have been so many already, and it seems like lots of new ones get announced every week.  Thanks Trump?  At any rate, there’s a new comp coming on May 26!  It’s called Cover Your Ass: Volume 1, and it will benefit Planned Parenthood.  I’m going to pick it up solely because it has a rad Speedy Ortiz cover of TV On The Radio’s Young Liars.  Turn it up while you check out the rest of the comp’s track list.  Enjoy.

Deerhoof – Fight the Power (Public Enemy Cover)
Hinds – When It Comes to You (Dead Ghosts Cover)
Cut Worms – Truly Julie’s Blues (Bob Lind Cover)
The Lemon Twigs – White Flag (Dido Cover)
Daddy Issues – Boys of Summer (Don Henley Cover)
Speedy Ortiz – Young Liars (TV on the Radio Cover)
Palehound – Miss Independent (Kelly Clarkson Cover)
The Quilz – Girl U Want (Devo Cover)
Cass McCombs Band – Yes We Can Can (Pointer Sisters Cover)
Porches – Morpha Too (Big Star Cover)
(Sandy) Alex G – Druglord Landlord (Cold Foamers Cover)
TEEN – Boys Keep Swinging (David Bowie Cover)
Luke Temple – Duchess (Scott Walker Cover)

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Show Of The Week

June 8, 2016


Speedy Ortiz, The Good Life, Tancred.  I love all three of those bands, so I’m pretty jazzed that they’re together on one bill this Friday at Barracuda.  You’d be wise to not miss such a rad trifecta of indie rock, otherwise you may find yourself feeling hollow and dead inside.  OK, so the fallout from not attending probably won’t be quite that bad, but the show is going to be great, and you should try to be there.

By the way, if you’re thinking to yourself that three bands just isn’t enough for you this Friday, then I advise that you head to Beau’s Backyard at the Oasis.  I booked a show for 93.7 KLBJ that features The Ghost Wolves, Major Grizz and The Wild Now.  FREE!  Show will start promptly at 6:30pm, which is early enough for you to still be able to hit up Barracuda afterwards!  Come hang.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Hola Beach, Hunter Jones, Planet Manhood, Caroline Says at Cheer Up Charlies
- So So Glos, The Midgetmen, Honduras at The Sidewinder
- Scorpion Child, Eagle Claw, Bridge Farmers, DJ Tweedy at Barracuda
- Valient Thorr, Hammer Fight at The Sidewinder
- Ghost Wolves, Amplified Heat, BLXPTN at Hotel Vegas

- Fat Tony, Xetas, Future Blondes at Hotel Vegas
- The Hotelier, Told Slant, Loone at The Sidewinder

- Summer Cannibals, Ghost Meet at The Sidewinder
- Young Girls, Quiet Kids, Shivery Shakes, Rose Selavy at Cheer Up Charlies
- Flesh Lights, Wet Ones, Lochness Mobsters, Adult Books, Goldbloom at Hotel Vegas

- Roses, Pollen Rx, Jared Leibowich, Pleasure Venom, Critical Dad at Cheer Up Charlies
- Rogue Wave, Floating Action at the Mohawk
- My Golden Calf, Royal Forest, Feverbones at the Mohawk
- Megafauna, Blockhead, Migrant Kids, Young Tongue, The Warplanes, Chasca, Empire Machines, Retr0grade, Opposite Day, Casual Strangers, The Dirty Heat, Perspectives on Energy at Empire Control Room
- Wussy, AWA, Residual Kid at the Spiderhouse Ballroom

- The Lovely Sparrows, Julia Lucille, Black Balsam at the Mohawk

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Speedy Ortiz

May 10, 2016


Indie rock darlings Speedy Ortiz just announced a companion piece to last year’s excellent Foil Deer.  The four track EP, which carries the appropriate title of Foiled Again, features two new tunes (one of them awaits you down below) and two remixes.  I’m excited.  You should be, too.  Enjoy.

:Speedy Ortiz – Death Note:

The Foiled Again EP is due out June 3 via Carpark.  Catch the band at Barracuda on June 10.

Bonus Video:

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Top 25 Albums Of 2015: Part 1

December 10, 2015


Now that I’ve completed my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list, it’s time to rundown my Top 25 Albums of the year.  Entries 15-11 are just down below.  Jump back tomorrow for the final 10 selections.  Enjoy.

PS – As always, this list is made up of stuff that I legit listened to a lot throughout the year.

25) Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION

There are a couple of tracks on Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION that aren’t great, but overall it’s definitely one of the most fun albums that I came across in 2015.  If you’re into lady-led pop jams from the 80s/90s, you need to become one with CRJ’s latest LP.

:Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:

24) Joanna Newsom – Divers

If Joanna Newsom’s Divers had come out earlier in the year, I think it might have ended up higher on my list.  Like her other efforts, this album is beautiful but dense, and it needs to be digested over lots of listens.  In another month or two I’ll be able to decide whether it’s really good or really great.

:Joanna Newsom – Leaving The City:

23) Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect isn’t exactly what I would call an easily accessible rock album.  On the bright side, if you fully commit to it you get back a rather rewarding experience.

:Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake:

22) Desaparecidos – Payola

Payola is exactly what I wanted Desaparecidos to deliver on their sophomore effort – it’s loud, inspired, angry and crazy infectious.  Here’s hoping they don’t stick to the 13-years-between-albums thing that they currently have going on.

:Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:

21) Gal Pals – Velvet Rut

While it still bums me out that Gal Pals jumped from Austin to LA, I do like that the move got them to finally put out a debut full length.  Velvet Rut is 29 minutes of garage pop perfection.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:

20) Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

This is the fourth year in a row that Thee Oh Sees have managed to crack my Top 25 Albums list.  I don’t mind.  They make me want to be a louder person.

:Thee Oh Sees – Web:

19)  Sweet Spirit – Cokomo

I’ve jammed Sweet Spirit’s Cokomo a lot since it was released back in October.  It’s an upbeat listen that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

:Sweet Spirit – Baby When I Close My Eyes:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome‘s Peanut Butter is a completely schizo (but really fun) album.  They continue to be one of the best noise pop acts around.

:Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst:

17) Sweet Talk – Double Perfect

Sweet Talk are one of the best bands in Austin, and Double Perfect is one of the year’s best straight up rock albums.  You need it.

:Sweet Talk – Witness:

16) White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

These fellas out of Kentucky really delivered the goods on their debut LP, White Reaper Does It Again.  It’s nothing but super catchy garage punk tunes.

:White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die:

15) Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

A 29-track, 93-minute rock opera from the one and only Titus Andronicus?  Yeah, there was never a chance that The Most Lamentable Tragedy wouldn’t be on this list.

:Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:

14) Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up

Colleen Green’s musings throughout I Want To Grow Up are both insightful and relatable.  Also, there isn’t a single track on it that isn’t catchy.

:Colleen Green – TV:

13) Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Leon Bridges pretty much owned 2015.  Coming Home is a warm, inviting effort, and it may just be the year’s most accessible album.

:Leon Bridges – River:

12) Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Admittedly, it took me a little while to fully come around on Foil Deer.  I think I was expecting a simple extension of Major Arcana, but their sophomore LP is way more than that – it’s them really evolving, expanding their sound and becoming an overall better band.

:Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:

11) Ratatat – Magnifique

I think Magnifique is Ratatat’s best album.  From start to finish it’s loaded with really interesting sounds, and all of the songs move incredibly well.  I left it on repeat a lot in 2015.

:Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 5

December 3, 2015


This is it!  The end of my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  Dive into the final 10 tracks and then let me know your thoughts.  Enjoy.

PS – You can check out the entire song list on one page here, or the majority of it (47/50 tracks) on Spotify right here.

PS – Look for my Top 25 albums and my Austin Essentials mix next week.

- 50-41
- 40-31
- 30-21
- 20-21

10)  :Chairlift – Ch-Ching:  I never would have guessed that Chairlift had something this edgy in them.  I hope there’s more of the same to come.  From the land of one-off tracks (though I assume it’ll pop up on an album next year).

09)  :Tame Impala – Let It Happen:  This is such a sprawling, wonderful number from Tame Impala.  If I were to rank out all of their songs, I’d put this somewhere near the top.  From Currents.

08)  :Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:  While I’ve been a fan of Ratatat for a long time, this is the first song of theirs that I’ve truly been crazy about.  It’s so very groovy.  From Magnifique.

07)  :Annabel – Having It All:  Earlier in the year my care-level in regards to the resurgence of emo was roughly a 6/10. This Annabel track is what shoved it to 10/10.  It’s just about perfect.  From Having It All.

06)  :Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:  When I ran into front-lady Sadie Dupuis at Fun Fun Fun Fest I had the urge to nervously ramble about how much I love this track and how I think it’s Speedy Ortiz’s most complete sounding effort, but instead I just played it cool and helped her find the bathroom.  Nailed it!  From Foil Deer.

05)  :Sheer Mag – Button Up:  This fuzzy, Thin Lizzy-esque song from Sheer Mag is just about as infectious as it gets.  I blame Christina Halladay’s rad voice.  And the rad guitar riffs.  And all the other rad bits, too.  From the II 7″.

04)  :Built To Spill – Living Zoo:  I don’t remember the last time that Built To Spill sounded so inspired.  The build-up at the beginning of this is something I’ll never tire of.  From Untethered Moon.

03)  :Ought – Beautiful Blue Sky:  Yes, there’s a strong Talking Heads vibe at play here.  Yes, this song is rather pretentious.  Regardless, not much else has captivated me quite like it has over the course of numerous listens.  Good work, Ought.  From Sun Coming Down.

02)  :Kendrick Lamar – Alright:  If I were to sort this list based on “times played” then it’s likely that this hope-themed track would have landed at #1.  It’s one of Kendrick Lamar’s best. From To Pimp A Butterfly.

01)  :Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best:  I like that most artists these days feel lifted out of the 90s, but it’s probably time for everyone to shift gears.  This Courtney Barnett song is as good as that throwback sound is going to get.  Even the video is 90s perfect.  Also, I think “Put me on a pedestal, and I’ll only disappoint you” might be one of my favorite lines ever.  From Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

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

August 31, 2015


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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Speedy Ortiz

May 21, 2015


Carpark Records have assembled a compilation for their 16th anniversary, and because Speedy Ortiz is on it I pretty much have to talk about it.  Below you’ll find the demo version of a song titled Basketball (from 2012′s Sports EP).  It’s quite a bit different than what ended up being released, and it actually kind of has me wishing that Sadie Dupuis and the gang would do an acoustic album.  Enjoy.

:Speedy Ortiz – Basketball (Demo):
:Speedy Ortiz – Basketball:

The Sweet Sixteen Basketball Picture Disc is due out July 21.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Bop English, Tame Impala, Annabel, Speedy Ortiz, Part Time

April 6, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Bop English – Struck Matches:  Of the three singles that have been released off of the debut LP from Bop English (James Petralli of White Denim), this one is my favorite.  I love the way it moves.  Constant Bop is due out April 21 via Downtown Records.

:Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man:  Over the weekend Tame Impala officially announced a new album and released this “official” single.  It’s a psychedelic slow burner that’s worth all your attention.  Currents will be out later this year via Interscope.

:Annabel – Everything:  Overall, the return of emo continues to somewhat baffle me, but I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t like some of what’s come out of the genre’s comeback.  For instance, this Annabel track, which feels super genuine and is just about perfect.  Having It All is expected to be released in May via Tiny Engines.

:Speedy Ortiz – Puffer:  If you’ve been wanting to hear something different from Speedy Ortiz, then you should give this song a listen.  It’s less of an off-kilter anthem and more of an alt-rock crawler.  Foil Deer will be released on April 21 via Carpark.

:Part Time – Fallin’ 4 U:  This lo-fi pop tune from Part Time is so great.  For whatever reason I find it to be rather whimsical, and then there’s the way that I have yet to be able to get it out of my head.  Virgo’s Maze is due out May 19 via Burger Records.

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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Bop English, Eternal Summers, The Helio Sequence, Modest Mouse

March 5, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Speedy Oritz – The Graduates:  This is the second single from Speedy Ortiz‘s sophomore effort.  The LP is starting to look like it won’t be anything but off-kilter anthems, and that’s totally fine by me.  Look for Foil Deer on April 21 via Carpark Records.  The band will play Red 7 on May 15.

:Bop English – Sentimental Wilderness:  Just in case you missed this bit of info when I posted it a while back, Bop English is the solo moniker of White Denim’s James Petralli.  I think you’re going to love the playful but intricate arrangement that drives this song (I certainly do).  Constant Bop is due out April 14 via Downtown Records.

:Eternal Summers – Together Or Alone:  The Drop Beneath came out just last year, but Eternal Summers have already put together a follow-up.  Judging by this track, they’ve found a nice balance between the sheen of their recent work and the lo-fi ways of their earlier efforts.  Cool.  Gold And Stone is due out June 2 via Kanine Records.

:The Helio Sequence – Stoic Resemblance:  Indie stalwarts The Helio Sequence have readied their sixth full length.  As you’ve probably already guessed (since the duo are so amazingly consistent), everything about this track is as crisp as can be.  The band’s self titled album will be released on May 18 via Sub Pop.

:Modest Mouse – Of Course We Know:  I believe this heavy slow burner is the fifth song that has been set free in anticipation of Modest Mouse’s new album.  Not sure I can recall another time where a high profile release has had so many official “leaks.”  Strangers To Ourselves is due out March 17 via Epic.

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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wire, Joanna Gruesome, The Go! Team

February 12, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:  “I’m not bossy/I’m the boss.”  I’m forever in love with Speedy Ortiz, and it’s not just because of their on-point 90s-rock sound, it’s also the songwriting.  Sadie Dupuis is brilliant.  Foil Deer is due out April 21 via Carpark Records.  See the band at Red 7 on May 15.

:Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love:  I’ve yet to decide exactly where I stand when it comes to Unknown Mortal Orchestra.  I like a few songs a lot (like this one), but have yet to love any of their albums.  They are great live, though.  Guess I’ll see how I react when Multi-Love gets released on May 26 via Jagjaguwar.

:Wire – Joust And Jostle:  Wire just keep rolling on.  The veteran act have readied their 13th full length, and this is the first single off of it.  I think it’s a melodic gem.  The band will release a self titled album on April 21 via Pinkflag.

:Joanna Gruesome – Last Year:  I know that Joanna Gruesome comes loaded with various novelties (a silly name, a schizo sound that’s both wildly fierce and sugary sweet), but I love them anyways.  It’s fun to listen to people who are having fun, you know?  Peanut Butter is due out June 2 via Slumberland.

:The Go! Team – Blowtorch:  The title track off of The Go! Team’s upcoming LP has been out for a while now, but apparently this jangly pop tune is actually the lead single.  What?  Anyhow, I dig it and remain excited about their new album.  The Scene Between is due out March 24 via Memphis Industries.

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Speedy Ortiz

October 2, 2014


One of my favorite things is Famous Class’ LAMC 7″ Series.  Essentially, an artist is asked to provide an unreleased track, and then in return they’re allowed to handpick whoever they’d like to be on the flip side of the record.  I know that sounds fairly standard as far as single series go, but when it comes to LAMC I’ve noticed that a lot acts really step up their game and churn out some awesome stuff.  Case in point, Speedy Ortiz.  The 90s-enthused band could have tossed some random piece onto a 7″, but instead then turned in a semi-slow burning track that’s definitely one of the better things they’ve ever done.  Good on them for keeping the series’ winning streak going.  Enjoy.

:Speedy Ortiz – Doomsday:

100% of the digital proceeds from this single will go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save The Music.  Jump here to donate!

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Diarrhea Planet, Action Bronson, Roses, Speedy Ortiz, Bass Drum Of Death

August 7, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Diarrhea Planet – Spooners:  Here’s the track that Diarrhea Planet did for Adult Swim’s Single Series.  If you can listen to it and not want to immediately grab a beer and find somewhere to rock and party your face off, then you’re dead on the inside.

:Action Bronson – Easy Rider:  I’ve been impatiently waiting for Action Bronson to release something new, so I was pumped when this song popped up the other day.  It’s the first single off of his upcoming LP and it’s immaculately produced by his usual cohort, Party Supplies.  A new album titled Mr. Wonderful is on the way via VICE/Atlantic.

:Roses – The Fog:  Roses are a newer band (started by Juan Velazquez, formerly of Abe Vigoda) that I’ve quickly become fond of.  Recently I shared their excellent song It’s Over, and now I have another somewhat new wave, largely 90s-enthused gem for you.  The Dreamlover EP is out now via Group Tightener.

:Speedy Ortiz – Lost Something In The Hills:  All week I’ve been really digging this Sibylle Baier cover that Speedy Ortiz did for Rookie Magazine.  They’re a band that usually blast right out of the speakers, so it’s nice to hear them slow things down a bit.  Also, the lyrics here are fantastic.

:Bass Drum Of Death – Left For Dead:  I’m not sure how those who you love the fuzz that Bass Drum of Death usually pack will react to it being replaced by a cleaner, straight up rock n’ roll sound, but I don’t mind it.  At least they’re still really hooky.  The band will release Rip This on October 7 via Innovative Leisure.

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Stream This

August 1, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


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 ➡ Spoon – They Want My Soul

Spider Bags – Frozen Letter
The Rosebuds – Sand + Silence
Willis Earl Beal – Experiments In Time
Naomi Punk – Television Man
Twin Peaks – Wild Onion
Christopher Denny – If The Roses Don’t Kill Us
Mozart’s Sister – Being
The Number Ones – Self Titled
Adult Jazz – Gist Is
EDJ – Self Titled
Amanda X – Amnesia
Alison May – Loved/Dark


Karen O

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