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Stream This

July 26, 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

Bad Cop – Light On EP
Kid Karate – Lights Out EP
The Mallard – Finding Meaning In Deference
Rainbow Chan – Long Vacation EP

VIDEOS

Quasi will put out Mole City on October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.

Hanni El Khatib’s Head In The Dirt is out now on Innovative Leisure.

Static Jacks will release In Blue on October 1 via Old Friends Records.

Fiona Apple put out The Idler Wheel last year.

King Khan And The Shrines will release Idle No More on September 3 via Merge.

Tree will release the Demons EP on August 13 via Apollo Records.

Volcano Choir will put out Repave on September 3 via Jagjaguwar.

Washed Out is set to release Paracosm on August 13 via Sub Pop.

Franz Ferdinand’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is due August 27 via Domino.

The Uncluded recently put out Hokey Fright.

Holy Ghost will release Dynamics on September 10 via DFA.

Johan Hedberg will release a full length on Labrador later this year.

Shark Week will put out the Santurce 7″ on July 30 via Analog Edition Records.

White Prism’s self titled EP is out now.

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The Mallard (Noah)

June 19, 2013

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The Mallard have broken up. Blame it on the notorious trials and tribulations that come along with a sophomore album; blame it on the overbearing crush of SXSW; blame it on line-up changes; blame it on the wide swath of inter-personal dramas that rage in the heart of any great band; hell, blame it on anything and everything you want – just know, The Mallard have broken up, and, to be quite honest, I’m pretty sad. Out of the at times overwhelming wave of garage-influenced bands that flooded the San Francisco scene over the course of the last five years, The Mallard stood very close to the top, with front-woman Greer McGettrick handily able to craft a selection of songs that balanced the distorted needs of San Francisco garage with a distinct twinge of oddity and fun. Yes On Blood, the band’s inaugural album, I still believe is one of the highlights of San Francisco’s obsessive dalliance with fuzzed out rock and roll, an edgy, somehow entertaining blast of two and half minute tracks that found an almost permanent home on this writer’s record player.

Finding Meaning In Deference, the band’s second and final album, pulses with an teeth-grinding intensity. As an album it’s certainly more grown up, the good-natured fun of Yes On Blood replaced with the pained neurosis and a dark dip in to churning psychedelia, and you can almost feel the omens of band break-up lingering in the much more dangerous corners. Here McGettrick isn’t reigned in by the influences of her city, gone are the sonic references to Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, their voids filled with allusions to Wire and the shadowy sound of British post-punk. What emerges is a scalding, almost emotionally draining collection of songs that marks the progress of McGettrick as a musician as well as the momentum change of the San Francisco scene. When it comes down to it, I prefer the melodic crunch of Yes On Blood, but blame nostalgia for that, Finding Meaning In Deference is the more mature, the more insightful album. In the end, it’s heavier, emotionally-wrought sound seems a fitting way to end the too short life a damn good band.

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