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Quickdraw: Yung, The Julie Ruin, Diarrhea Planet, Weaves, Car Seat Headrest

April 12, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Yung – Uncombed Hair:  In the press release that came along with this sharp indie rocker there’s a part where Yung main brain Mikkel Holm Silkjaer mentions that “this one is dedicated to bad things and good people.”  I like that line.  Youthful Dream is due out June 10 via Fat Possum.

:The Julie Ruin – I Decide:  When Kathleen Hanna popped up in this P.O.S. track, it got me wondering if she and The Julie Ruin were still a thing.  Yep!  In fact, they just joined the Hardly Art roster and announced a new album.  Neat.  This first single is really catchy.  Hit Reset is due out July 8.

:Diarrhea Planet – Let It Out:  Just in case you’re under the impression that Diarrhea Planet only churn out party anthems, here’s a fairly low-key effort from them.  Turn To Gold is due out June 10 via Infinity Cat/Dine Alone.

:Weaves – Candy:  Holy cow.  This is one hell of a song by Weaves.  I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a while now, but I can’t say I knew they could rip it up like this.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 17 via Kanine.

:Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank:  If my love for Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo) has been making you feel confused, then give this song a shot.  It’s by far his most accessible effort yet, and it just may convince you to jump on his bandwagon.  Teens Of Denial is due out May 20 via Matador.

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 2

January 6, 2015

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Alright kids, I believe that with this post I’m all caught up now.  Hopefully you discover(ed) some cool stuff that you may have missed over the holiday break.  Enjoy.

:Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire:  This is one of those stellar Modest Mouse singles that reminds you why they’re so revered.  It’s anthemic, weird and infectious.  I really hope their new album is a great one.  Strangers To Ourselves will be out on March 3 via Epic Records.

:Spoon – Inside Out (Tycho Remix):  While I’m not sure it’s necessary to alter something as perfect as the original version of this Spoon track, I can’t deny that I dig what Tycho did with it.  The arrangement is now much more expansive.  This remix is a one-off, so download it while it’s here.

:The Julie Ruin – Blueberry Island:  For a moment I thought that Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin had readied a new album, but this slick number is actually just a b-side from 2013′s Run Fast.  Oh well.  I’ll still take it!  The Blueberry Island 7″ is due out soon via Federal Prism.

:Guards – Nothing More:  Richie James Follin (brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin) sent me this new Guards track over the break.  I think it’s a wonderfully produced pop song, and I expect you to eat it right up.  Look for a new album from the band later this year.

:Male Bonding – Falling:  Here’s a fuzzy new one from Male Bonding, who have been largely MIA for the last few years.  No details on a new album (or tour) have been released, but it seems pretty likely that some sort of announcement is coming soon.  Fingers crossed, though.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:  It’s a bummer that Gal Pals are no longer in Austin (they’re now in LA), but at least they finally wrapped their debut album.  This first single is one super catchy piece of retro pop.  Velvet Rut is due out February 24 via Papercup Music.

:Moon Duo – Animal:  This new Moon Duo song isn’t exactly what I would call accessible, but you’ll probably still stick it on repeat since it’s a rather entrancing effort.  Have fun living in a psychedelic haze for a bit.   Shadow Of The Sun is due out March 3 via Sacred Bones.

:Conor Oberst – Sugar Street:  Conor Oberst just about puts me to sleep these days, so I have to admit I was pretty surprised when this track managed to hold my attention.  It sounds a lot like the stuff that originally made him worth paying attention to.  If you search around, you can probably find the Record Store Day Black Friday 7″ that this song resides on.

:The Suffers – Make Some Room:  My good pals The Suffers are ready to set loose an official EP, and you’re going to want it.  Unless, of course, you don’t like good soul music.  The Make Some Room EP is due out January 20.  See the band at Empire Control Room on January 23.

:Magna Carda – Juice:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Magna Carda are one of Austin’s best acts.  You should really download their latest release, Like It Is, for FREE via Bandcamp and then spend the next week or eight blasting it as loud as you can.

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Quickdraw: Jack White, The Julie Ruin, Sunny Day Real Estate, Cold Beat, Manicanparty

April 24, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Jack White – Lazaretto:  Jack White has always been an aggressive fella (it’s part of what makes him great), but this track is something else.  He now sounds like he’s trying to rule over the world.  White will release Lazaretto on June 10 through Third Man/Columbia.

:The Julie Ruin – Brightside:  I found The Julie Ruin’s debut last year to be somewhat hit or miss, but it’s still nice to have Kathleen Hanna back making music.  I’ll take whatever I can get out of her creative noggin.  A 7″ with this song and one more was put out on Record Store Day.

:Sunny Day Real Estate – Lipton Witch:  Apparently, Sunny Day Real Estate tried to rally up a new album after their reunion tour in 2009, but it unfortunately didn’t work out.  At least those sessions resulted in this track, though, as Jeremy Enigk’s voice sounds rad.  The band’s split 7″ with Circa Survive came out on Record Store Day.

:Cold Beat – Mirror:  I’ve been waiting for word on a Cold Beat full length, so their announcement of one immediately slapped a smile on my face.  I’m not sure they’re capable of crafting anything that isn’t super catchy.  The band will release Over Me on July 8 through Crime On The Moon.

:Manicanparty – Warpaint:  I’ve been hooked on this Manicanparty track for a couple of days now.  It’s definitely a bit cheesy and kind of an overly dramatic piece of pop, but I also think it’s rather well crafted.  Look for The District EP when it gets released on June 10.

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Stream This

March 28, 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 ➡ Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
White Hinterland – Baby
Pattern Is Movement – Self Titled
S. Carey – Range Of Light
Saintseneca – Dark Arc
Thievery Corporation – Saudade
Pure X – Angel
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars
Wolfmother – New Crown
The Toadies – Rubberneck
Manchester Orchestra – Cope
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
Inventions – Self Titled
Weaves – Self Titled EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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Stream This

February 7, 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 ➡ Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP

Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
Cheatahs – Self Titled
Total Slacker – Slip Away
Sunn O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials
Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
The Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
The Burlies – Self Titled EP
Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine
Illum Sphere – Ghosts Of Then And Now
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
Majestico – When Kingdom Come
El Ten Eleven – For Emily EP
Com Truise – Wave 1 EP
Secret Colours – Positive Distractions: Part 1
Temples – Sun Structures

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Julie Ruin

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The Julie Ruin (Dan)

October 16, 2013

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Now that ACL is over and we all survived (I hope), it’s time to look forward to the next music extravaganza – Fun Fun Fun Fest! You probably haven’t looked at the full schedule yet, but when you do, highlight the set times for The Julie Ruin. I pinky promise that you will NOT be disappointed.

The group is lead by Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill and Le Tigre), one of the most fascinating figures in punk rock history. She has been a role model and inspiration for bands from Nirvana to Sleater-Kinney to Pussy Riot. In March a new documentary on Hanna premiered at SXSW. The Punk Singer chronicles her enormous influence on the riot grrl movement, her activism, her marriage to Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) of the Beastie Boys, and her battle with late stage Lyme disease.

Hanna’s fight against Lyme disease ended Le Tigre and forced her to take significant time off from music. Fortunately, she is healthy again and back with a new band. Last month The Julie Ruin released their oh-so-excellent new record, Run Fast. It’s a fascinating blend of tracks which are raucous, a little messy, and always fun. It features sing-along tracks like Oh Come On (one of my favorite tracks of the year), Party City and Stop Stop as well as a sweet summer jam (South Coast Plaza). It possesses the punk rock attitude you’d expect from Hanna and it’s hard not to love such a quirky and entertaining album. And as great as they sound on record, they are even better live. Just one more reason to snatch your tickets for Fun Fun Fun Fest while you can.

:The Julie Ruin – Oh Come On:

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