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Quickdraw: Tacocat, Happy Diving, Field Mouse, Angel Olsen, Tycho

July 5, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tacocat – I Live For The Sun (The Sunrays Cover):  Tacocat will soon be in a town near you, and they’ve released this Sunrays cover to help get you excited about it.  Turn up the volume and take in all of its catchiness.

:Happy Diving – Head Spell:  “Tender yet loud” is how this Happy Diving track is referred to in its press release, and once you hit play you’ll see for yourself just how fitting of a description that is.  I think it’s a good sound for them.  Electric Soul Unity will be out August 19 via Topshelf.

:Field Mouse – The Mirror:  Here’s a nice slice of 90s-enthused pop rock from Field Mouse.  Their upcoming album is one that I think I’m really going to dig.  Episodic is due out August 5 via Topshelf.

:Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me:  While I’m still not sure how I feel about Angel Olsen’s other single, I’m 100% in love with this one.  I can’t get it (or the video) out of my head.  My Woman is due out September 2 via Jagjaguwar.

:Tycho – Division:  Tycho just released this headphone-worthy effort.  It didn’t come with any news on a new album, but I’m really hoping it means that one isn’t too far off.  His last effort, 2014′s Awake, is still a big favorite of mine.

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Tacocat

February 16, 2016

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While I was thinking about my favorite Presidents yesterday, Tacocat were working.  Not only did they put out a new single, but they also released the theme song for the reboot of The Powerpuff Girls.  The former is really good, but a total change of pace for them, as it’s slower and a bit darker, and the latter is just simply catchy as hell.  Both await you down below.  Enjoy.

:Tacocat – Talk:

Lost Time is due out April 1 via Hardly Art.

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Quickdraw: Tacocat, Yuck, Woods, Shearwater, Cross Record

January 14, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tacocat – I Hate the Weekend:  I can’t fully get behind Tacocat in regards to hating weekends, but I can give this infectious song a big thumbs up.  Lost Time is due out April 1 via Hardly Art.

:Yuck – Hearts In Motion:  Good on Yuck for not letting Daniel Blumberg’s departure in 2013 slow them down at all.  As for this track, I’m not sure vocalist Max Bloom has ever sounded better.  Stranger Things is due out February 26 via Mame Records.

:Woods – Sun City Creeps:  I’m really into this slinky new single from Woods.  On another note, I can’t believe the band is about to put out their ninth full length (their first came out in 2006).  So prolific!  City Sun Eater In The River Of Light is due out April 8 via Woodsist.

:Shearwater – Only Child:  This is a really pretty number from Shearwater.  I’m starting to feel like their upcoming album may end up being one of their best.  Jet Plane And Oxbow is due out January 22 via Sub Pop.  See the band at the North Door on February 3.

:Cross Record – Basket:  Over the break I totally went from liking to loving Austin’s own Cross Record.  You should make sure to put on headphones before you hit play on this atmospheric song.  Wabi Sabi is due out January 29 via Ba Da Bing Records.  See the band at the Mohawk on February 6.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 1

December 9, 2014

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Well friends, I’m just about done with posting the site’s year-end music lists.  Today I have the first part of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 (25-11, plus various Honorable Mentions), tomorrow I’ll have my Top 10 selections, and then on Thursday I’ll have Top 5s from each of SOTO’s contributors.  Whew!  Anyhow, on with the rambling.  Enjoy.

PS – This year’s list is very heavily influenced by how often I revisited an album.

25) Swans – To Be Kind

There’s nothing about Swans’ To Be Kind that’s easy (or it would be ranked way higher), but if you can fully immerse yourself in its sprawling sound, you’ll find that it’s a rather rewarding album.

:Swans – A Little God In My Hands:

24) Interpol – El Pintor

While it’s no Turn On The Bright Lights, I do think that El Pintor is the best thing to come from Interpol in a long while.  Who knew that parting with Carlos D would turn out to be good for the band?!

:Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:

23) Future Islands – Singles

Future Islands’ Singles is one of those albums that I burned out on and then ending up excitedly coming back to.  It’s a pretty great effort, especially if you need something to dramatically dance to.

:Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):

22) Sylvan Esso – Self Titled

Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut is an easily accessible effort that’s loaded with some of the year’s best electronic pop songs.  I often just put it on and let its warm sound fill the room.

:Sylvan Esso – Coffee:

21) Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Just when it looked like Thee Oh Sees were going to take a lengthy break, they released the lively Drop.  I approve of such indecisiveness.  Here’s hoping they continue on maybe going on hiatus.

:Thee Oh Sees – Penetrating Eye:

20) Ty Segall – Manipulator

Manipulator is the culmination of all the various sounds that Ty Segall has churned out over the last few years, and it’s great.  Way to bring everything full circle, Mr. Segall.

:Ty Segall – Susie Thumb:

19) Phantogram – Voices

I can’t say that Voices dominated my time the way that Eyelid Movies did (way back in 2010), but it’s definitely a high quality effort.  Phantogram craft great hooks.

:Phantogram – Fall In Love:

18) S – Cool Choices

Jenn Ghetto (formerly of Carissa’s Wierd) is S, and Cool Choices is her very sincere, introspective album.  She’s got the sort of voice that I can’t help but get hung up on.

:S – Vampires:

17) Mono – Rays Of Darkness/The Last Dawn

Technically, Rays Of Darkness and The Last Dawn are two separate releases, but I still consider them to be a two-disc effort.  As for the actual LPs themselves, I really dig how neither of them feel like the Mono that made the over-orchestrated For My Parents.

:Mono – Recoil, Ignite:

16) Jack White – Lazaretto

I can’t ever make any sense of the things that Jack White says and does these days, but I sure do like his music.  Lazaretto is a boisterous experience.

:Jack White – Lazaretto:

15) Abram Shook – Sun Marquee

Austin’s own Abram Shook put out the immensely pleasing Sun Marquee back in January, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.  It’s the kind of breezy, relaxed pop music that’s impossible to not get lost in.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:

14) Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Nikki Nack is exactly what we’ve all come to want and expect from the talented Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) – it’s creative and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

:Tune Yards – Real Thing:

13) Ex Hex – Rips

I miss Wild Flag, but their disbandment delivered Mary Timony’s equally catchy and rocking Ex Hex AND put Sleater-Kinney back together.  I’ll take that deal any day.

:Ex Hex – Hot And Cold:

12) The Dead Space – Faker

If you are even the slightest fan of post-punk, then you need The Dead Space’s Faker in your life.  There’s not a track on it that isn’t rad.

:The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:

11) Tacocat – NVM

I didn’t pay much attention to Tacocat’s NVM until kind of late in the year, but once I “discovered” it I was forever hooked.  It’s total surf-rock bliss.

:Tacocat – Crimson Wave:

Come back tomorrow for my Top 10 Albums of 2014!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

To be honest, I could have easily detailed 50 albums this year, but since the bottom 25 slots would have been occupied by the various releases that I liked but didn’t listen to a whole super lot, I figured it was best to hold back.  For fun though, here are the LPs that more than likely would have made an expanded list.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
Alvvays – Self Titled
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Coathangers – Suck My Shirt
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
Equals – Tracts
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath
FKA Twigs – LP1
Flesh Lights – Free Yourself
Literature – Chorus
Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Owls – Two
Pompeii – Loom
Ramesh – The King
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Thurston Moore – The Best Day
Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Warpaint – Self Titled
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Wye Oak – Shriek
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos

Also, for even more fun, here are my five favorite EPs of 2014.

Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP
Diarrhea Planet – Aliens In The Outfield EP
White Reaper – Self Titled EP
Otis The Destroyer – Dark Arts EP
Whiite Walls – Self Titled EP

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Stream This

September 12, 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 ➡ This Will Destroy You – Another Language

Generationals – Alix
My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
Lia Ices – Ices
The Juan MacLean – In A Dream
Banks – Goddess
Valery Gore – Idols In The Dark
So Cow – The Long Con
Odesza – In Return
Bee Vs Moth – Shelter In Place
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses
The White Octave – Style No. 6312
Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
Moon Hooch – This Is Cave Music
Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly
Cy Dune – Shake
White Arrows – In Bardo
Cancers – Fatten The Leeches

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
We Were Promised Jetpacks

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Stream This

April 4, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ EMA – The Future’s Void

Ghetto Ghouls – Self Titled
Tweens – Self Titled
HighasaKite – Silent Treatment
School Of Language – Old Fears
Off – Wasted Years
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right
Ital Tek – Mega City Industry
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Avey Tare – Enter The Slasher House
Little Racer – Modern Accent EP
SoftSpot – Mass

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Pure X

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Stream This

February 21, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ St. Vincent – Self TItled

Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos
Beck – Morning Phase
Tacocat – NVM
Bleeding Rainbow – Interrupt
Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
The Hotelier – Home, Like Noplace Is There
Magic Touch – Palermo House Gang
Mozes And The Firstborn – Self Titled
Vertical Scratchers – Daughters Of Everything
The Notwist – Close To The Glass
Honduras – Morality Cuts EP
Mythological Horses – Self Titled

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Perfect Pussy

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Stream This

February 14, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Phantogram – Voices

The Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Pillar Point – Self Titled
Lost In The Trees – Past Life
Solids – Blame Confusion
New Bums – Voices In A Rented Room
Shocking Pinks – Guilt Mirrors
Evan Only – Not Matter What EP
Dawn Landes – Bluebird
Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Sour Notes

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