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Show Of The Week

October 7, 2015

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ACL is one again set to reign supreme this weekend, but if you need something smaller, there’s still plenty of shows going down outside of the fest that will surely be great.  I’m all about two album release parties that are happening – Grape St. at Hotel Vegas on Friday, Sweet Talk at the same venue the following night – but mostly I have my eyes on The Sword at the Mohawk on Saturday.  I love them to death, but if I’m honest, their new album, High Country, has yet to fully grow on me, and I’m super curious to see if the songs play better live.  Hopefully so!

Kadavar and All Them Witches will open the show.  Tickets are $25.  Snatch some up here.

CONTEST: If you’d like to win a pair of guest list spots for the show, just leave a comment, send me an email or yell at me – @SideOneTrackOne – on Twitter.  I’ll pick a winner on Friday.

More shows for you!

Tonight:
- Mother Falcon at Empire Control Room
- Shakey Graves, The London Souls at Stubb’s

Thursday:
- Superhumanoids at the Mohawk
- The Well, Ruby The Hatchet, Fogg, Mothership at The Lost Well
- Leon Bridges at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Sylvan Esso, Flock of Dimes at Emo’s

Friday:
- Grape St, Think Lizzy at Hotel Vegas
- Band of Horses, Bee Caves at Stubb’s
- Kali Uchis, DJ Mel, Franco V at Vulcan Gas Company
- Bill Ball with CAPYAC, Big Bill, Critical Dad, Daniel Francis Doyle and the Dreams, Mean Jolene, Party Plants, Pataphysics, Pollen RX, Popper Burns, Sailor Poon, Slugbug, Teenage Cavegirl, We Are Not Men at The Swan Dive

Saturday:
- Sweet Talk, Borzoi, Nameless Frames, False Idol at Hotel Vegas
- Ditch The Fest Fest with Sphynx, Mindz of a Different Kind, Milezo, Velo, Shmu, Cartright, The Deer, Eyelid Kid, Young Tounge, Corduroi, Space Camp Death Squad, Sun Machine, Eujitsu + Crew, Jane Claire, Mylk Weed, Major Major Major, The Halfways, Tapes, Somebody Parts, Batty Jr., Zettajoule, Blk Morals, Toma, Hello Ocho at Empire Control Room

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Chuck’s Top 5 Metal Albums Of 2012

December 11, 2012

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5. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

Speaking of Kurt Ballou, that bastard represents some of the best qualities alive in metal today. Full of heart and vigor, helping bands whittle out their sound from the void while somehow reserving some of the best ideas in his playbook for All We Love We Leave Behind. I am not entirely sure how it is possible to keep a reserve of music on standby just for your band, but somehow Ballou can work with Black Breath, Trap Them, Gaza, All Pigs Must Die and so many more while maintaining a level of musicianship with Converge that is unrivaled. This album had moved around in my list from #1 but found a comfortable spot here, undoubtedly one of the best albums of the year.

:Converge – Trespasses:

4. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist

After 30 years of thrash, Kreator has every right to put out a pile of crap and have metalheads buy it and actually enjoy it. They could rest on their catalog and play album tours, or just decide their career was over after Extreme Aggression and head back to Germany feeling great about themselves, but somehow these metal warriors outdo themselves every few years with another album. Phantom Antichrist does not revive thrash metal, imitate it or spoof it, it IS thrash, and a big win for Kreator. Their stage show left a little to be desired, but this album blew me away.

:Kreator – Phantom Antichrist:

3. Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas

This is probably one of the more divisive choices for my top 20 list, Anaal Nathrakh stretches the boundaries of how metal can be imagined. I don’t want to go into depth on this record, you need to experience it blind and either enjoy it, or cringe in sever pain. Totally satisfying.

:Anaal Nathrakh – To Spite The Face:

2. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage

Not a single critic can argue with having this album at or near the top of the list of the best albums this year. Gojira created what I can only describe as a masterpiece with L’enfant Sauvage. Musically it does not stray from their signature aggressiveness, guitar squeals, barking vocals and forward thinking timing structure, but this album has a sophistication not seen previously from them. The sense of purpose, surrounded with sometimes delicate sounds juxtaposed with an intensity unrivaled in this years group of records. I own their entire catalog, but feel like I had never heard Gojira until this album.

:Gojira – Mouth Of Kala:

1. High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis

When Matt Pike and company played the first show of their Fall tour in Austin it was kismet, at least in my mind. I listened to this record more than any other this year, and one of the main reasons I placed it at the very top of this years Metal Albums of 2012. What may seem to be an easy choice, I struggled with, although so many records were in my playlist for so long, De Vermis Mysteriis had a sense of anticipation attached to its release like I had not felt in so long. High on Fire clings to my imagination and made the album that reached into my cynical metalguy and spoke directly to my inner child, this is how I felt when I first read Lovecraft, Orwell or Wells. Congrats to them, from a critic and a fan, this is the best album of 2012.

:High On Fire – Bloody Knuckles:

 

Honorable Mentions:
The Sword – Apocryphon
Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
Goatwhore – Blood For the Master
Vision of Disorder – The Cursed Remain Cursed
Napalm Death – Utilitarian

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Top 25 Albums Of 2012: Part 5

December 7, 2012

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And then it was the end.  You guys now have my Top 50 Songs of 2012 and my Top 25 Albums of 2012.  Hooray for sharing!  Anyhow, I’m off to take a break.  The rest of the SOTO staff will be posting their 2012 favorites next week, so if you’re not listed out, come on back by.

For good measure in regards to my album list, I easily could have spewed out 50 releases, but I realized that half of those would have been albums that I only listen to when I’m in a particular mood.  In other words, they’re not immediately accessible, and that to me knocks them down a notch.  So, if you’re looking for 25 releases that you can immediately dive into and love, this is the place to be.  Enjoy.

05) The Sword – Apocryphon

I thought the Sword’s last release, Warp Riders, was pretty fantastic, but Apocryphon is worlds better.  The album isn’t even what I’d consider metal, it’s just high quality rock n’ roll, and we all need that in our lives.

:The Sword – Eyes Of The Stormwitch:

04) Terry Malts – Killing Time

Slumberland put out a lot of nice albums this year, but the one that I felt stood above the rest was Terry Malts’ Killing Time.  It’s awesomely overloaded with fuzzed-out, two minute-ish punk jams that make you want to get up and go.

:Terry Malts – I Do:

03) Purity Ring – Shrines

I had very high expectations for Shrines, and Purity Ring actually managed to meet them.  Even after what seems to be a million listens, this album still sounds fresh and futuristic to me.   Wear headphones, friends.

:Purity Ring – Belispeak:

02) Japandroids – Celebration Rock

If you can listen to Celebration Rock and not immediately want to set out on a drunken, caution-free adventure with whoever happens to be around you at that moment, then you’re dead.  No one inspires like this duo does.

:Japandroids – The Night Of Wine And Roses:

01) Lace Curtains – The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness

Well, this is it.  We have arrived at my favorite album of 2012, and it comes via a side project of Michael Coomer (from Austin’s Harlem).  The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness is full of fantastic songwriting, and I’ve spent a lot of time just lost in each of its 10 tracks.  If only all pop music was this memorable.

:Lace Curtains – High Fantasy:

PS – I had a few other albums floating around in my head, so I made some mini-lists for fun.

5 Albums That Would Have Made The List Had I Done A Top 30
Dan Deacon – America
Reptar – Body Faucet
Titus Andronicus – Local Business
Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
Frankie Rose – Interstellar

5 Great Albums That Require Patience
Mono – For My Parents
Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Beach House – Bloom
Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t
The Walkmen – Heaven

5 Great Austin Releases That Didn’t Make The Top 25
Dana Falconberry – Leelanau
The Calm Blue Sea – Arrivals And Depatures
Heartless Bastards – Arrow
Shearwater – Animal Joy
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Untogether

Top 5 EPs
Icona Pop – Iconic
MS MR – Candy Bar Creep Show
Dum Dum Girls – End Of Daze
Rubblebucket – Oversaturated
FIDLAR – Don’t Try

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Stream This

October 26, 2012

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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.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Matt Bauer – No Shape Can Hold Me Now
Autumn Owls – Between Buildings, Towards The Sea
Death Songs – Sung Inside A House
Chad Valley – Younger Hunger
Andrew Bird – Hands Of Glory
Talk Normal – Sunshine

VIDEOS

P.O.S. had to cancel his tour due to needing a kidney transplant.  You can donate money here.  We Don’t Even Live Here is out now.

DFA just released Sinkane’s new album, Mars.

INDYNS will put out a full length in the coming months.

The Hood Internet recently released FEAT.

You can pick up The Alchemist’s Russian Roulette now.

M83 will put out a Steve McQueen single (complete with remixes) on November 27.

Emil And Friends released the Royal Oats EP this week.

The Raveonettes released Observator earlier this year.

Wintersleep’s latest album is titled Hello Hum, and it’s available now.

Everybody’s Got It Easy But Me is out now.  The Intelligence play Red 7 on November 3.

Soley’s We Sink is out now.

Stars just played ACL.  The North is available now.

This is actually a different edit of ParadiseWild Nothing’s Nocturne is out now.

The Faint play Emo’s East on November 28 in celebration of the Danse Macabre reissue.

Vinyl Williams will release Lemniscate on November 13.

A Place To Bury Strangers are set to play Fun Fun Fun FestWorship is out now.

The Sword recently released Apocryphon.  They’ll be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Sylver Tongue will release the Something Big EP on November 6.

Asthmatic Kitty will release Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas Volumes 6-10 on November 13.  Sufjan Stevens will play Emo’s East on December 1.

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