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Stream This

May 30, 2014


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 ➡ Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Centro-Matic – Take Pride In Your Long Odds
The Orwells – Disgraceland
Gold-Bears – Dalliance
Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
Fucked Up – Glass Boys
Camper Van Beethoven – El Camino Real
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run
Peter Murphy – Lion
Dinowalrus – Complexion
Tigers Jaw – Charmer
Priests – Bodies And Control And Money And Power
Sandy’s – Fourth Dementia
The Donkeys – Ride The Black Wave
Sage Francis – Copper Gone



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The Gorgeous Hands, Silver Ships (Jennifer)

May 22, 2013


About a year ago there was an Austin band called The Magnificent Snails. I had seen them once or twice before and liked enough of what I heard to try and keep up with their shows . By chance, I saw their final appearance as The Magnificent Snails when they unveiled their new identity as The Gorgeous Hands. Following the release of last summer’s debut single, the band recently put out their full length debut album Tender.  The LP is bursting at the seams with pop/rock guitar hooks, layers of rich harmonies, and infectious melodies that will have you singing along way before you even get to the final track. Generator is the first single off the album and it has received an affectionate, yet humorous video treatment from director Marc Brown.

They’re kicking off their Forever Starts Tomorrow tour on June 7 at Swan Dive and then wrapping it with a homecoming gig on June 22 at Frank. Their live show is just as fun and infectious as their album. I can say with confidence that Tender is on my list of 2013 favorites; that’s a 2 dorky thumbs up and a big grin on my face rating.

Silver Ships is the concept of songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chazz Bessette. He lists notable influences such as Harry Nilsson, The Band, and The Beatles in his brand of melodic folk rock with hints of psychedelia. They’re hosting a free tour return party this Friday at The Blackheart with We Leave At Midnight and Slowtrain. A debut album is currently in the works; the band is launching a Kickstarter next month to fund its completion and release. In the meantime, you can listen to an album preview on Bandcamp. Their sound is at times both sunny and melancholic. Keep your eyes and ears open in the coming months for more from this band.

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Stream This

May 17, 2013


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.


Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
Club 8 – Above The City
Radical Dads – Rapid Reality
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
The Gorgeous Hands – Tender
Dead Gaze – Self Titled


This is a one-off George Jones cover by Robert Ellis.  He plays the Stateside tonight.

Mikal Cronin’s MCII is out now on Merge.  He plays the Mohawk on June 27.

Wampire just put out Curiosity on Polyvinyl.

Queens Of The Stone Age will release Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador.

Young Galaxy put out Ultramarine last month on Paper Bag Records.

!!! recently released THR!!!ER.  They play the Mohawk on May 25.

Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr have an EP out now titled Patterns.

On An On’s debut is titled Give In, and it’s available now.

Taffy will release the Tumbling/Boy’s Don’t Cry single on May 27.

Bad Cops will release the Light On EP on June 9 via Jeffrey Drag Records.

Holy Ghost! is expected to put out Dynamics at some point in the fall.

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