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Show Of The Week

October 11, 2017

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You know who I’ve really been loving even more than usual in 2017?  Spoon.  Not only is their new album, Hot Thoughts, a real good one, but their live shows have been fantastic.  I’ve seen them four times so far this year, and in each set the band has been looser and more confident than ever before.  You should get in on this by going to their ACL Late Night Show at Stubb’s this Friday.  Somehow someway tickets are still available, so grab one or four and go have a lot of fun with Spoon.

Tickets are $28 in advance of the show, $30 the day of.  Mondo Cozmo will open.

PS – The band is also at ACL this weekend.  You can see them on the Miller Lite Stage from 7pm to 8pm on Saturday.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Sheer Mag, Little Fish, Tentement, Mujeres Podridas at Barracuda
- Crystal Castles at Emo’s

Thursday:
- Tove Lo, Daye Jack at Emo’s
- Middle Kids, Summer Salt at Antone’s
- Car Seat Headrest, White Reaper at the Mohawk

Friday:
- Wand, Darto, The Maples at Barracuda
- Sphynx, Happy Abandon, T0MA, Ooni at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Austin City Limits Music Festival

Saturday:
- Torche, Red Beard Wall, A Good Rogering, No I’m the Leader at Come and Take It Live
- First Aid Kit, Jade Bird at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Thanks a Brunch with Go Fever at Hotel Vegas
- Ditch the Fest 2017 with Nam, Whiite Walls, Lola Tried, J. Claire, King Warbler, Batty jr., Eyelid Kid, Click-Clack, Eujit$u, Sobbrs, Housewarming, Sloth Fader, Hikes, Alesia Lani, Tres Oui, The Human Circuit, Gold Fronts, Mountebank at the Spiderhouse Ballroom
- Austin City Limits Music Festival

Sunday:
- Radical Face at the Central Presbyterian Church
- Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Spoon

May 19, 2015

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I haven’t been particularly looking forward to my screening of the Poltergeist remake later this week, but I’m feeling more upbeat about it now that I know the soundtrack contains Spoon covering The Cramps’ TV Set.  That’s kind of an inspired bit, right?  What if the rest of the movie is made up of similarly great choices?  Now I have hope for the flick and, let’s face it, I probably shouldn’t.  Thanks, Britt.  Anyhow, the cover is a real jam and just further proves that Spoon should be loved be all.  Enjoy.

:Spoon – TV Set (The Cramps Cover):

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 2

January 6, 2015

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Alright kids, I believe that with this post I’m all caught up now.  Hopefully you discover(ed) some cool stuff that you may have missed over the holiday break.  Enjoy.

:Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire:  This is one of those stellar Modest Mouse singles that reminds you why they’re so revered.  It’s anthemic, weird and infectious.  I really hope their new album is a great one.  Strangers To Ourselves will be out on March 3 via Epic Records.

:Spoon – Inside Out (Tycho Remix):  While I’m not sure it’s necessary to alter something as perfect as the original version of this Spoon track, I can’t deny that I dig what Tycho did with it.  The arrangement is now much more expansive.  This remix is a one-off, so download it while it’s here.

:The Julie Ruin – Blueberry Island:  For a moment I thought that Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin had readied a new album, but this slick number is actually just a b-side from 2013′s Run Fast.  Oh well.  I’ll still take it!  The Blueberry Island 7″ is due out soon via Federal Prism.

:Guards – Nothing More:  Richie James Follin (brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin) sent me this new Guards track over the break.  I think it’s a wonderfully produced pop song, and I expect you to eat it right up.  Look for a new album from the band later this year.

:Male Bonding – Falling:  Here’s a fuzzy new one from Male Bonding, who have been largely MIA for the last few years.  No details on a new album (or tour) have been released, but it seems pretty likely that some sort of announcement is coming soon.  Fingers crossed, though.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:  It’s a bummer that Gal Pals are no longer in Austin (they’re now in LA), but at least they finally wrapped their debut album.  This first single is one super catchy piece of retro pop.  Velvet Rut is due out February 24 via Papercup Music.

:Moon Duo – Animal:  This new Moon Duo song isn’t exactly what I would call accessible, but you’ll probably still stick it on repeat since it’s a rather entrancing effort.  Have fun living in a psychedelic haze for a bit.   Shadow Of The Sun is due out March 3 via Sacred Bones.

:Conor Oberst – Sugar Street:  Conor Oberst just about puts me to sleep these days, so I have to admit I was pretty surprised when this track managed to hold my attention.  It sounds a lot like the stuff that originally made him worth paying attention to.  If you search around, you can probably find the Record Store Day Black Friday 7″ that this song resides on.

:The Suffers – Make Some Room:  My good pals The Suffers are ready to set loose an official EP, and you’re going to want it.  Unless, of course, you don’t like good soul music.  The Make Some Room EP is due out January 20.  See the band at Empire Control Room on January 23.

:Magna Carda – Juice:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Magna Carda are one of Austin’s best acts.  You should really download their latest release, Like It Is, for FREE via Bandcamp and then spend the next week or eight blasting it as loud as you can.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 2

December 10, 2014

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Here are the final 10 selections for my Top 25 Albums of 2014 list!  Be sure to check out PART ONE if you haven’t already.  Enjoy.

10) The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

The War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream is as dad-rock as it gets, but it’s also the most compelling album of 2014.  Grab some whiskey and give it all your attention.

:The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:

09) Tycho – Awake

Tycho’s Awake is a must-have for fans of instrumental music.  I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent with its post-rock-leaning sound swirling around in my headphones.

:Tycho – Awake:

08) Spoon – They Want My Soul

They Want My Soul is the latest high quality release from Spoon.  I advise that you take a moment to fully appreciate the fact that they’ve been consistently good for roughly TWENTY years.  Wow.

:Spoon – Inside Out:

07) Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

I’ve listened to a lot of people ramble on about how “their last album was better” but Here And Nowhere Else is the first time I’ve truly loved something from Cloud Nothings.  There’s not one bad song on the thoroughly 90s-enthused effort.

:Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me:

06) Solids – Blame Confusion

From start to finish, Solids’ Blame Confusion is just one lo-fi indie rock gem after another.  It seems unlikely that I’ll ever tire of the album.

:Solids – Traces:

05) Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

With A Signed Piece Of Paper, Michael Coomer (aka Lace Curtains) has further cemented himself as one of my favorite singer/songwriters.  We just get each other.  Or something.  Anyways, have you heard his debut, The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness?  It was my #1 album back in 2012.

:Lace Curtains – The Fly:

04) St. Vincent – Self Titled

I’m just about out of ways to praise Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent).  This is the fourth time she’s landed in the Top 5 of my year-end album list.  Is she even capable of putting out something that’s not utterly fantastic?

:St. Vincent – Digital Witness:

03) Tony Molina – Dissed And Dismissed

12 songs, 11 minutes.  Tony Molina’s Dissed And Dismissed may not seem like it has a lot to offer, but it’s actually home to some of the best pop hooks I’ve come across in a long time.  Talk about infectious.

:Tony Molina – Nowhere To Go:

02) Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

There was a sizable stretch this year where I found myself listening to Parquet Courts’ Sunbathing Animal at least twice a day.  I really think the album features some of the best songs that the band has ever written.

:Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly:

01) Run The Jewels – RTJ2

OH MY.  Here in the #1 slot of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 is none other than Run The Jewels’ RTJ2!  The explosive duo of Killer Mike and EL-P really hit a home run with their sophomore effort, and we should all celebrate accordingly.

:Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 5

December 5, 2014

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The end.  If you missed any part of this countdown, I’ve neatly arranged all of the tracks on one page right HERE.  Enjoy.

10)  :Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) (Featuring Zack De La Rocha):  Killer Mike and El-P each turn in rad work here, but it’s actually Zack Del La Rocha that makes this Run The Jewels track something worth championing forever.  From RTJ 2.

09)  :FKA Twigs – Two Weeks:  Despite listening to this an enormous amount of times, it’s still a song that forcefully grabs and holds my attention.   FKA Twigs is one of music’s best new voices.  From LP1.

08)  :St. Vincent – Digital Witness:  Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is steadily pulling in a more mainstream audience, and I’m all about it.  The world is a better place with avant-pop gems like this one challenging the ears of the masses.  From her self titled album.

07)  :Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:  After Interpol released a couple of mediocre LPs and lost bassist Carlos D, I just knew I was done with them.  Or not.  This track is an inspired effort that has me once again confidently perched on their bandwagon.  From El Pintor.

06)  :Leon Bridges – Coming Home:  Leon Bridges has yet to “officially” put out anything, but he’s already one of my favorite soul artists.  That’s just how amazing this song is.  Keep an eye out for him in 2015.

05)  :Sharon Van Etten – Every Time The Sun Comes Up:  There’s something about Sharon Van Etten being blatantly snarky that I can’t help but find endlessly pleasing.  I’ll never get tired of this slow-burner.  From Are We There.

04)  :Ought – Habit:  Admittedly, this wordy, vocally uneven slice of art-rock is a a bit odd, but if you give it a real shot you’ll find that it’s one of the most engaging experiences of the year.  From More Than Any Other Day.

03)  :Speedy Ortiz – American Horror:  If you ask me, the best of the 90s revivalist bunch is most definitely Speedy Ortiz.  I mean, just listen to this song, it’s perfect.  From the Real Hair EP.

02)  :Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly:  I know Parquet Courts are adored for blistering faces, but I think this lackadaisically-paced track is the best thing they’ve ever done.  I love the rambly vocals and brainy lyrics.  From Sunbathing Animal.

01)  :Spoon – Inside Out:  Here it is, my #1 song of 2014.  Congrats to the mighty Spoon!  They have a ton of great music in their repertoire, but this immaculate track really is some next level stuff for them.  Good on the two-decade old band for still pushing themselves to evolve and get better.  From They Want My Soul.

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Stream This

August 1, 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 ➡ 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

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
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Stream This

July 25, 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 ➡ Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Hooray For Earth – Racy
The Muffs – Whoop De Doo
Tame Impala – Live Versions EP
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Wildest Dreams – Self Titled
Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old
Dana Buoy – Preacher EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Spoon

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Spoon

July 22, 2014

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Just in case you missed it yesterday because you were actually working or whatever, Spoon delivered a couple of gifts.  First there was a snazzy video for the eternally catchy Do You, and then they set free a new song called Inside Out.  Now, I think the “kidpocolyptic” video is neat, but I’m especially excited about the track.  It’s an excellently produced slow burner that deserves every bit of your attention, so slap on some headphones (of course) and get to checking it out.  Enjoy.

:Spoon – Inside Out:

They Want My Soul is due out August 5 via Loma Vista.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Spoon, Midnight Masses, Bon Iver, S, Tyrannosaurus Dead

July 7, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Spoon – Do You:  I had someone tell me that they thought this was the catchiest song in Spoon’s repertoire.  Naturally, my initial reaction was to scoff at them, but since I’m starting to realize I may never get it out of my head, I think they might actually be right.  They Want My Soul is due out August 5 on Loma Vista.  See the band play at this year’s ACL.

:Midnight Masses – Am I A Nomad?:  Autry Fulbright (from Trail of Dead) is the main brain behind Midnight Masses, and this gem is the first single off of his debut full length.  I think it might end up being a good one.  Departures will be released on July 22.  Catch the act at Holy Mountain on August 7.

:Bon Iver – Heavenly Father:  For some reason I feel as though the last Bon Iver track we ever get will be this non-Bon Iver sounding effort that was done for a Zach Braff film.  At least it’s a cool song, I guess.  The Wish I Was Here soundtrack is due July 15 via Columbia.

:S – Vampires:  S, who was once a part of Carissa’s Wierd, is the latest addition to Hardly Art.  This track reminds me of acts like Azure Ray and Land Of Talk, which is something that I have no problem with at all.  Look for Cool Choices to be released on September 23.

:Tyrannosaurus Dead – Post Holiday Dead Song:  I’m not really at all familiar with Tyrannosaurus Dead, but this fuzzy indie pop number makes me want to be.  It’s a real charmer.  The band will release a split 7″ with Joanna Gruesome on July 21 via Odd Box Records.

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Stream This

June 13, 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 ➡ White Lung – Deep Fantasy

Say Hi – Endless Wonder
Boris – Noise
The Antlers – Familiars
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Lower – Seek Warmer Climes
Alexis Taylor – Await Barbarians
Cerebral Ballzy – Jaded And Faded
Miniature Tigers – Cruel Runnings
Papertwin – Vox Humana EP
Lone – Reality Testing
Death Has No Dominion – Self Titled
Street Eaters – Blood, Muscles, Bones
DeGreaser – Rougher Squalor
Happyness – Weird Little Birthday

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
JJ

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Throwback Thursday: Spoon

June 12, 2014

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“Spoon Fork Over New Song” is a headline I saw earlier this week, and it immediately made me roll my eyes.  On one hand I’m happy that the band has ascended to a level of popularity that warrants bad puns, but it also in some weird way made me want to return to the early-2000 days of Spoon.  So, here I am, making them this week’s Throwback Thursday.

My initial plan was to #TBT to Kill The Moonlight, but instead I rolled with Gimme Fiction.  I love the former, but it’s hard to not want to spend some quality time with I Turn My Camera On and I Summon You.

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