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Quickdraw: Tancred, Broken Social Scene, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Michael Nau, Tops

May 16, 2017

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I was really looking forward to seeing Tancred next month, but all of that crazy stuff with PWR BTTM killed that tour.  Bummer.  At least I got a catchy new song though to hold me over until they can manage to make it back to Austin.


If you had asked me if Broken Social Scene were still a thing, I would have said no with a fair amount of confidence.  Yet here they are.  And they sound fantastic!  Shows what I know.  Anyhow, look out for their new album, Hug Of Thunder, on July 7.

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have a new album, The Echo Of Pleasure, coming on July 14.  This first single is the best thing I’ve heard from them in a long while, and I’m saying that as a fan of their recent efforts.  Great stuff here.


This track from Michael Nau makes me want to grab my lady and slow dance around the living room.  What an infectious and warm effort.  Look for his new album, Some Twist, on June 16.


Sugar At The Gate is the name of Tops’ upcoming album, and it’ll be out on June 2.  You’re broken if their new tune doesn’t make you want to move.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2016

December 12, 2016

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Alright friends, here’s my full album list.  Unlike my Top 50 Songs of 2016, there are Austin acts here. As always, this isn’t some sort of “critical” list, it’s just the albums that I jammed the most this year.  Enjoy.

PS – Here’s a playlist of all the albums on Spotify!

25) Deftones – Gore

While I’ve always liked the Deftones, I haven’t legit loved an album of theirs since 2000′s PonyGore wrapped me up though – it’s really well crafted and features some great songs.  I went back to it often in 2016.

24) Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow

At first I was slightly let down by Nothing’s sophomore effort, but after I spent some quality time with it I became pretty damn attached.  If you’re into shoegaze, then you need to listen to Tired Of Tomorrow.

23) Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness

I love me some Explosions In The Sky.  By the way, my instrumental album rankings for 2016 go like this: 1) EITS’ The Wilderness, 2) Russian Circles’ Guidance and then 3) Mono’s Requiem For Hell.

22) Tancred – Out Of The Garden

There isn’t a song on Tancred’s Out Of The Garden that isn’t infectious.  Definitely a must-listen for fans of 90s indie/pop rock.

21) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive

Thao continues to be one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time.  I just connect with everything she churns out.

20) Bleached – Welcome The Worms

Bleached took a step away from surf rock on Welcome The Worms and it turned out to be a great move for them.  This album is so energetic.

19) Yung – A Youthful Dream

This kid – 22-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær – out of Denmark really impressed me with his debut as YungA Youthful Dream is noisy in all of the right ways.

18) A Giant Dog – Pile

Austin’s very own A Giant Dog have long been a favorite of mine, so I love that they totally crushed it on Pile, their debut for Merge Records.

17) Savages – Adore Life

I was obsessed with Savages’ Adore Life for the first few months of the year.  Eventually I was able to wiggle myself out of its intense pull, mostly.

16) Preoccupations – Self Titled

Just in case you forgot, Viet Cong is now Preoccupations.  In regards to their self titled effort, I love that the majority of it sounds like Interpol on artsy steroids.

15) Cross Record – Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a rather ethereal effort from Cross Record, a newer band out of Austin.  The whole thing is really damn good and it totally turned me into a big fan of theirs.

14) The Hotelier – Goodness

For those of you that love anthemic rock (with a dash of emo on top), here’s Goodness from The Hotelier.  I passionately rocked this album a lot in my car.

13) Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing

There isn’t a single song on Frankie Cosmos’ Next Thing that isn’t soaked in sincerity.  She has one of those voices that makes everything feel so very genuine.

12) Terry Malts – Lost At The Party

Any time Terry Malts put out an album, you can count on it being high up on my list.  They write super catchy stuff and in general are reliably awesome.

11) Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years

Pretty Years is one hell of an album.  At one point will the masses open up to Cymbals Eat Guitars?  Those guys should be playing huge rooms.

10) White Denim – Stiff

Stiff is another high quality set of jams from White Denim.  They remain a really big favorite of mine.

09) Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is quite possibly the most accessible album that I came across this year.  Seriously, there’s not a single track on Whitney’s debut that isn’t instantly likeable.

08) Basketball Shorts – Hot And Ready

Hot And Ready from Austin’s Basketball Shorts was a big go-to for me in 2016.  It’s 20-ish minutes of pop punk perfection.

07) Angel Olsen – My Woman

My Woman made me go from liking Angel Olsen to loving her.  What a next level effort.

06) Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

For a while there, I only listened to Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book.  It’s an inspired, energetic effort that features a lot of great songwriting.  It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

05) Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo is a manic listen with a lot of layers.  He sure does have a lot going on in his head.

04) The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

The Coathangers really hit a home run with Nosebleed Weekend.  It has a ton of great hooks and just the right amount of snarl.

03) Frank Ocean – Blonde

Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a hypnotic experience.  I’m not even sure how often I’ve listened to the entire thing after only intending to revisit one particular song.

02) Car Seat Headrest – Teens In Denial

They may not sound alike at all, but Car Seat Headrest’s Teens In Denials is like Frank Ocean’s Blonde – they’re both really hypnotic listens.  That Will Toledo is one hell of a songwriter.

01) White Lung – Paradise

Of all the EPs and LPs I listened to 2016, White Lung’s Paradise is the one that I jammed the most.  It’s loud and heavy and the best modern rock album I’ve come across in years. Congrats to the band for nailing it and grabbing the top spot on my list.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 3

November 30, 2016

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I was going to stop at #31, but I figured that was silly.  So, the list continues on!  Enjoy.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.

PS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

30)  :Mystery Lights – Follow Me Home:  Daptone launched a rock imprint – WICK – in 2016, and this Mystery Lights single was its first release.  I dig how loud and sloppy it is.

29)  :Weaves – Coo Coo:  If you like things that are clever and quirky, then this song from Weaves will delight you.

28)  :Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love:  This might be my favorite Twin Peaks track.  It’s such a breezy slice of garage pop.

27)  :Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  I’m all about Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos) and her rather sincere voice here.  Also, I appreciate that this song mentions David Blaine.

26)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – Time Of The Blue:  Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) cut this late one night while out on the road.  I think it’s one of his better songs.

25)  :Field Mouse – The Mirror:  Mostly 90s, sort of emo, entirely great.  That’s probably the best way to describe this one from Field Mouse.

24)  :The Hotelier – Piano Player:  The Hotelier offer up a lot of song here (roughly six swirling minutes worth), but thankfully it’s a great ride that’s totally worth the time and attention it requires.

23)  :Tancred – Control Me:  Here’s one of my favorite 90s-inspired tracks of 2016.  It’s just about perfect.  Good work, Tancred.

22)  :LIV – Wings of Love:  This is a fantastic Fleetwood Mac-like effort from LIV, a “supergroup” that features Lykke Li, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg, Peter Bjorn & John’s Björn Yttling and producer Jeff Bhasker.

21)  :Priests – JJ:  Frontwoman Katie Alice Greer destroys in this Priests track.  That voice of hers is just so very rad.

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Show Of The Week

June 8, 2016

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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:

Tonight:
- 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

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

Friday:
- 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

Saturday:
- 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

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

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Quickdraw: Autolux, Car Seat Headrest, Whitney, Tancred, The Hotelier

March 28, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Autolux – Brainwasher:  The return of Autolux (their last LP was 2010′s Transit Transit) has had me feeling buzzy for the last couple of months.  They’re one of my favorite art rock acts ever.  Pussy’s Dead is due out April 1 via 30th Century Records.

:Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers-Killer Whales:  These days I’m totally hung up on Car Seat Headrest.  I saw Will Toledo and his band a couple of times at SXSW, and I thought they were great.  Next level indie rock.  Teens Of Denial is due out May 20 via Matador.

:Whitney – Golden Days:  Former Smith Westerns guitarist Max Kakacek has joined up with former Unknown Mortal Orchestra drummer Julien Ehrlich to form Whitney.  I think this track is an immensely enjoyable pop effort.  Light Upon The Lake is due out June 3 via Secretly Canadian.

:Tancred – Control Me:  It would appear that the next great 90s indie rock throwback album will be coming from Tancred.  This song makes me want to listen to the Breeders or Plumtree.  Out Of The Garden is due out April 1 via Polyvinyl.

:The Hotelier – Piano Player:  While I’ve seen lot of people in my various feeds buzzing about The Hotelier, this is the first song of theirs that I’ve listened to.  I’m into it.  They have an anthemic edge that’s hard not to get caught up in.  Goodness is due out in May via Tiny Engines.

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Stream This

October 18, 2013

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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

Polica – Shulamith
Marijuana Deathsquads – Oh My Sexy Lord
Ryan Hemsworth – Guilt Trips
Ducktails – Wish Hotel
Dead Gaze – Brain Holiday
MO – Bikini Daze
Best Coast – Fade Away EP
Paul McCartney – New
Crystal Antlers – Nothing Is Real
Black Hearted Brother – Stars Are Our Home
JD Samson And Men – Labor
Crooks On Tape – Fingerprints
Tristen – Caves
Active Child – Rapor EP
Dosh – Milk Money
We Are Scientists – Business Casual EP
Anoraak – Chronotropic
Lynx – Light Up Your Lantern
Tancred – Self Titled

VIDEOS

Yum’s Take My Blue is out now.  They play Spider House Ballroom tonight.

Neiliyo just released the Grow’n Up EP.

Featherface will release the Ourselves Together/The Cosmic Draw 7″ on October 26.

Crystal Antlers just put out Nothing Is Real via Innovative Leisure.  They play the Mohawk on October 19.

Mike Donovan’s Wot is out now on Drag City.

Dismemberment Plan just released Uncanney Valley.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Aloa Input will release Anysome on November 5 via Morr Music.

School Of Night just put out a self titled EP on Transgressive Records.

Atoms For Peace’s Amok is available now.

Pink Frost’s Sundowning is out now.

Grails just put out Black Tar Prophecies Vol’s 4, 5 & 6 this week on Temporary Residence, LTD.

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