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Quickdraw: Magna Carda, Superhumanoids, My Brightest Diamond, Tennis, Lana Del Rey

June 5, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Magna Carda – Every Weekend (Featuring Olivia Applegate):  I adore Austin’s Magna Carda, so it’s definitely an understatement to say I was excited when they put out a new single this week.  I expect the song to immediately make its way onto your current playlist of summer jams.  Catch MC tonight at Red 7 or this weekend at X Games.

:Superhumanoids – Come Say Hello:  I wasn’t aware that Superhumanoids were about to release anything new, but this is most definitely the lead track off a a new two-song single that’s available now.  I’m not sure I’ve ever heard them sound this big and in charge.  The Come Say Hello/Hey Big Bang 7″ can be owned via Innovative Leisure.

:My Brightest Diamond – Pressure:  When I saw that My Brightest Diamond was on on this year’s ACL lineup, I figured new music would arrive soon.  I think this first single is pretty great, but I’ll admit I’m mostly just happy to hear that Shara Worden still has an incredible voice.  This Is My Hand is expected out September 16 via Asthmatic Kitty.

:Tennis – Never Work For Free:  Jim Eno (Spoon), Richard Swift (The Shins) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) all helped produce Tennis’ upcoming album.  If that doesn’t shift the LP into something you feel the need to put on your “most anticipated” list, then you are a silly person.  Ritual In Repeat will be released on September 9 via Communion.

:Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence:  I loved West Coast, thought Shades Of Cool was mostly okay, and now the fairly rad Ultraviolence is here.  So what do each of the three singles mean when it comes to Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album?  I have no idea.  Can’t say I’m not anxious to check it out, though.  Ultraviolence is will be released on June 13 via Interscope.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 2

December 3, 2013

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Because it would just be totally weird to skip part two of my Top 50 Songs Of 2013, here it is.  Enjoy.

40)  :Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege:  I can’t at all figure out what overall direction the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are heading in, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.  I gave this weird track a lot of plays in 2013.  From Mosquito.

39)  :Desaparecidos – The Left Is Right:  To be honest, I equally dig each of the four songs that Desaparecidos released this year.  I listed this one simply because it reminds me the most of the band’s 2002 effort, Read Music/Speak Spanish.  From The Left Is Right/Anonymous 7″.

38)  :Terry Malts – I Was Not There:  Terry Malts and this fuzzy pop punk gem of theirs muddled up a good portion of my summer.  Fortunately, I didn’t mind.  At all.  From Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere.

37)  :Eat Skull – Space Academy:  Way back in January I called this Eat Skull effort the first great rock track of 2013, and in the time since then I’ve only grown even more fond of its swirling guitars.  You need this if you like noise.  From III.

36)  :The Callas – Anger:  The great thing about the Callas on this track is that they give you two of the things that tend to make rock n’ roll a lot of fun -  a good hook and shit ton of attitude.  I approve.  From Am I Vertical?.

35)  :Sleigh Bells – You Don’t Get Me Twice:  I thought that perhaps I was done with Sleigh Bells, but then this raucous anthem came along and reminded that when inspired, not many are as fun as they are.  From Bitter Rivals.

34)  :Metronomy – I’m Aquarius:  This might be my favorite Metronomy song ever.  If you can manage to not adore it whenever the “shoop doop” part kicks in, then there might be something wrong with you.  From Love Letters.

33)  :Tennis – Mean Streets:  Tennis have now completely moved away from sounding like they just got off a sail boat, and I love it.  I really didn’t think they had a slinky dance pop number like this one in them.  From the Small Sound EP.

32)  :Tony Molina – Breakin Up:  This little pop tune from Tony Molina is just a minute and half long, but it packs some great songwriting and a really nice guitar solo.  Talk about being efficient.  From the Six Tracks EP.

31)  :Charles Bradley – Strictly Reserved For You:  With Sharon Jones battling cancer, I looked to Charley Bradley for my soul fix, and he didn’t fail me.  This is one of his better songs.  From Victim Of Love.

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Stream This

November 1, 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

Tennis – Small Sound EP
Swearin’ – Surfing Strange
Midlake – Antiphon
Yvette – Process
Sebastian Teller – Confection
Pompeya – Tropical
Blessed Feathers – Order Of The Arrow
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Blue Record EP

VIDEOS

Tele Novella will soon release the Don’t Be A Stranger 7″.

Dum Dum Girls will release Too True on January 29 via Sub Pop.

Bill Callahan’s Dream River is out now on Drag City.

Best Coast recently released Fade Away.  They play Austin Music Hall on March 1.

Okkervil River’s The Silver Gymnasium is out now on ATO Records.

Bleached put out Ride Your Heart earlier this year on Dead Oceans.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Son Lux’s Lanterns is out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Audacity just put out Butter Knife via Suicide Squeeze.  They play Hotel Vegas on November 9.

MGMT have a self titled album that was recently released.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Savages’ Silence Yourself is out now on Matador.

Moonface’s Julia With Blue Jeans On is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Los Campesinos just released No Blues via Wichita Recordings.

Islands’ Ski Mask is out now.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros released a self titled LP earlier this year.

Sumie will put out a self titled album on December 3 via Bella Union.

Gliss will put out a deluxe edition of Langsome Dans on November 19 via Modern Outsider.

Document will put out an EP in January.

Diane Coffee just put out My Friend Fish via Western Vinyl.

Happy Jawbone Family Band recently released a self titled album on Mexican Summer.

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Tennis

October 8, 2013

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I figured Tennis were going to lay low throughout 2013, but now there’s word of a new EP, a label jump, and a November tour (no Austin date, unfortunately).  Good on them for staying busy after last year’s very good Young & Old..  The Richard Swift/Jim Eno-produced Small Sound EP is due out November 5 via Communion Records.  Enjoy.

:Tennis – Mean Streets:  With every release Tennis continue to expand their “minimalistic” approach, and I love it.  Here you’ll find them doing a great job of being charming and dancey.

Bonus Video:

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Brad’s Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 19, 2012

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2012 – the year in which the Mayans saw it fit to end all days would make a pretty nice conclusion to all things, or well when it comes to music at least. I would gesture it’s been a good year from the fact that I had particular difficulties in narrowing down my favorite releases, and it really has been a good year. Never mind even ranking them, just whittling down to these 10 was a challenge enough. This past year was great in that it saw plenty of newcomers take hold, and even better, the new guys from last year firmly held their places and graduated from being promising newcomers to established powerhouses. Throw in some seasoned players, and you’ve got a year that had one hell of a variety to offer. Yes, it was a good year. Here are my choice choices. In no particular order, of course.

:Beach House – Myth:

:Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice:

:Django Django – Life’s A Beach:

:Fanfarlo – Feathers:

:Japandroids – The Night Of Wine And Roses:

:Kids Of 88 – Feel The Love:

:Purity Ring – Fineshrine:

:Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards:

:Tennis – Petition:

:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner:

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Top 25 Albums Of 2012: Part 3

December 5, 2012

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Because at least two of you asked for it, here’s the third part of my Top 25 Albums of 2012.  As I’ve said, I easily could have listed 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.

15) Tennis – Young & Old

I didn’t expect to like this album as much as I did.  There are so many great songs on it, and I think that (for me, anyway) it establishes Tennis as one of the best pop acts currently working.

:Tennis – Petition:

14) The White Wires – WWIII

Even if I had wanted to, there was no escaping the garage rock glory of WWIII.  It’s loaded with so many hooks that the White Wires could cut a bunch out, and they’d still be providing an album that’s catchier than any of us deserve.

:The White Wires – Let’s Start Over Again:

13) Twin Shadow – Confess

To be honest, I figured I’d listen to Confess and just repeatedly skip to Five Seconds while ignoring the rest of the songs on the album.  But that didn’t happen.  In fact, the “skip” button never even came into play.

:Twin Shadow – Golden Light:

12) The Eastern Sea – Plague

Austin’s the Eastern Sea have been slowly assembling all the right pieces for years, and Plague is them (finally) putting everything together.  I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

:The Eastern Sea – A Lie:

11) Jack White – Blunderbuss

While Blunderbuss may sound exactly how you’d expect a Jack White solo album to sound, it’s still a pretty great effort.  If we’re lucky, we’ll get a follow-up sooner rather than later.

:Jack White – Missing Pieces:

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Quickdraw: Dinosaur Jr, hitRECord, Tennis, Crystal Castles, Young Fathers

October 1, 2012

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Today’s music is here to tell you that it’s the first of the month, so you should pay your rent.  Enjoy.

:Dinosaur Jr – Pierce The Morning Rain:  These guys just put out this rocking single, and they’re playing the Mohawk this Thursday with Shearwater.  That sounds like reason enough for me to throw them a mention.  Buy their album and a ticket to the nearly sold-out show, friends!  I Bet On The Sky is available now via Jagjaguwar.

:hitRECord – Move On The Sun:  For those of you that don’t live in a world dominated by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hitRECord is his collaborative production company, and this solid pop song is part of a 78-artist compilation that he and his partners just released.  You should check out what else they’re doing.  It’s all pretty neat.

:Tennis – Guiding Light (Television Cover):  This duo have been kind of quiet lately, but late last week they rolled this lovely cover out, announced some tour dates, and then said they’ll soon be heading into the studio to put together a new album.  I’m excited.  Young And Old is available now on Fat Possum.

:Crystal Castles – Wrath Of God:  About a week ago this act officially announced the details for their upcoming album, and then they released this intense track.  I recommend pulsing lights and headphones.  (III) is expected everywhere on November 5 via Casablanca/Universal Republic.  Also, you should try to catch them when they Emo’s East on October 13.

:Young Fathers – Deadline:  I’m not at all familiar with this band, but they just signed to Anticon, and the world seems to suddenly be buzzing about them.  This song is cool.  What else should I be giving a listen?  Tell me!  Look for Young Fathers to release Tape One in late November.

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