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Quickdraw: Advance Base, Oberhofer, Slow And Steady, Tearjerker, Caspian

July 6, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Advance Base – Trisha Please Come Home:  I miss Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, but at least Owen Ashworth is still making music as Advance Base.  This beautiful, melancholic track is the first single off of Nephew In The Wild, which is due out August 21 via Orindal.  By the way, you can actually see Advance Base at Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow.

:Oberhofer – White Horse, Black River:  This track has quickly become one of my overall favorites by Oberhofer.  It’s super catchy, and I particularly like how there’s a real sense of urgency in how it moves.  Chronovision is due out August 21 via Glassnote.

:Slow And Steady – Watching Life Go By:  “Slow and Steady’s debut is somber, but it’s by no means miserable.”  I think we’ll see about that, Mr. Press Release Writer.  This song totally screams otherwise.   In Time We Belong is due out August 14 via Broken Circles.

:Tearjerker – Perfect:  Tearjerker and their new LP seem to be flying under the radar a bit, and they really shouldn’t be.  I think they’re about to put out something that could be one of the year’s more interesting efforts.  The band will release Stay Wild themselves on July 17.

:Caspian – Sad Heart Of Mine:  For those of you with brains that can’t process words after the long holiday weekend, here’s a new one from instrumental vets Caspian.  Toss on some headphones and get lost in their gorgeous track.  Dust And Disquiet is due out September 25 via Triple Crown Records.

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Quickdraw: Health, The Cairo Gang, Diane Coffee, Tearjerker, jj

June 15, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Health – Stonefist:  Whenever I listen to this I can’t help but picture a dark, hazy club with far too many lasers and strobes wildly going off.  Hopefully that’s what Health was going for.  Death Magic is due out August 7 via Loma Vista Recordings.

:The Cairo Gang – Be What You Are:  This little retro pop tune is just about as pleasant as can be.  If the rest of The Cairo Gang’s upcoming LP is equally ear-pleasing, I may end up spending a lot of time with it.  Goes Missing is due out June 23 via God? Records.

:Diane Coffee – Everyday:  Foxygen have lost the weird magic that initially made me love them, but at least Shuan Fleming (their drummer) is still going strong as Diane Coffee.  I really like this scatterbrained but inspired song.  Everybody’s A Good Dog is due out September 4 via Western Vinyl.

:Tearjerker – Obviously Wrong:  Shoegaze without a wall of a sound pounding your ears – that’s probably the best way to describe this gem from Tearjerker.  I’m excited to check out their new album.  Stay Wild is due out July 17.

:jj – Truce:  “I’m on the news/I hear my enemies screaming/We want truce”  This sassy as fuck new track from jj has been cracking me up for days.  More please.  The Truce single will be out later this month via Sincerely Yours.

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Stream This

June 6, 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.


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 ➡ Jack White – Lazaretto

Pollen – Self Titled EP
The Fresh & Onlys – House Of Spirits
Tom Vek – Luck
Die Antwoord – Donker Mag
Tiny Victories – Haunts
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
Clipping – CLPPNG
Craft Spells – Nausea
How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Soundtrack
Lust For Youth – International
Tomas Barfod – Love Me
Yesway – Self Titled
Vanish – Memory Work
Glass Animals – ZABA
Stagnant Pools – Geist
American Analog Set – Know By Heart


Parquet Courts

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Quickdraw: Haunted Hearts, Tearjerker, The Fresh And Onlys, Noise, Naomi Shelton

May 20, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Haunted Hearts – Up Is Up (But So Is Down):  Dee Dee (Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles) will soon release their Haunted Hearts effort, and I’m anxious to check it out.  This single in particular reminds me of the early years of the Raveonettes.  Initiation is due out May 27 via Zoo Music.

:Tearjerker – Another Moon:  Toronto’s own Tearjerker continue to make me pay attention to them.  The previously released You Can is a pretty great slow burner, but this fuzzed out rocker might actually be better.  The Hiding EP is due out May 20 on SQE.

:The Fresh And Onlys – Who Let The Devil:  Here’s a new one from San Francisco’s the Fresh And Onlys.  As always, Tim Cohen’s vocal work is stellar and the songwriting features a slew of interesting lines.  House Of Spirits is due out June 10 via Mexican Summer.

:Noise – Home:  Alex Peterson, who normally plays in Austin’s Subspace, has been working on some solo stuff under the moniker of Noise.  This track features two other locals – Blair Robbins (Milezo) and Max Colonna (Marmalakes) – and a shoegazey sound.  I like it.  An EP is expected at some point in the near future.

:Naomi Shelton And The Gospel Queens – Sinner:  It took six years, but Naomi Shelton has crafted a new album!  There’s supposedly a plan for her to tour extensively, and as someone who has always wanted to hear that incredible voice of hers live, I really hope it happens.  Cold World is due out on June 29 via Daptone Records.

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Quickdraw: Gold Bears, Alvvays, Tearjerker, Movement, Lykke Li

April 28, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Gold Bears – For You:  This Gold Bears song has quickly become one of my favorites of 2014.  I love how jangly, catchy and enthusiastic it is.  Be sure to crank the volume before you hit the play button.  The never terrible Slumberland will put out Dalliance in June.

:Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me:  Here’s a track from Alvvays, the latest addition to Polyvinyl’s always interesting roster.  It’s a total lo-fi pop gem, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from the Toronto-based act.  The band’s debut album will be out at some point later this year.

:Tearjerker – You Can:  For those of you on the hunt for a song to get lost in today, look no further than this Tearjerker effort.  The way that it softly glides along is an absolute treat.  Headphones are highly recommended!  The band will release the Hiding EP on May 20 SQE.

:Movement – Ivory:  There’s plenty at work in this track from Movement that’s pretty great – R&B-style vocals, a totally danceable arrangement – but it really soars for me when the 80s-esque guitar solo kicks in.  It’s just so damn well done.  A self titled EP is set to be released on May 6 via Modular Recordings.

:Lykke Li – Gunshot:  While I really like Lykke Li, it’s definitely taken until this song to make me excited for her upcoming album.  The other singles were strictly ballads, and I just think she’s at her best when there’s more of an anthemic edge to her sound.  You’ll be able to pick up I Never Learn on May 6 via Atlantic.

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