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Quickdraw: The Men, The Orwells, Very Fresh, The Mary Onettes, STRFKR

October 20, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Men – Crime:  I wasn’t all that into the first single (it’s called Lion) off of The Men’s upcoming LP, but this one is pretty great.  Makes me want to jam garage rock tunes all day.  Devil Music is due out on November 11 via Bandcamp.

:The Orwells – Buddy:  It’s already been two years since The Orwells released Disgraceland.  That’s weird to me.  Anyhow, this little quickie is catchy.  A new album from the band is expected in early 2017.

:Very Fresh – Hat Tree:  1) Very Fresh main brain Cindy Lou Gooden and Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis are in an all-girl Pavement cover band called Babement. What!  I need to see that.  2) I dig the way this song drips with sincerity.  Hey, It’s Me! is due out November 4 via New Professor Music/Inflated Records.

:The Mary Onettes – Juna:  Here’s the latest well crafted pop gem from The Mary Onettes.  Be sure to put on headphones so that all of its pretty sounds can fill your head.  The Juna single is available now via Bandcamp.

:STRFKR – Satellite:  STRFKR’s upcoming album wasn’t really on my anticipated list, but I believe this song just put it there.  It’s such a comfy jam.  Being No One, Going No Where is due out November 4 via Polyvinyl.

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Stream This

April 11, 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.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Deleted Scenes – Lithium Burn

Woods – With Light And With Love
Megafauna – Maximalist
Horse Thief – Fear In Bliss
Wyrd Visions – Half-Eaten Guitar
Amps For Christ – Canyons Cars And Crows
Cloud Cult – Unplug
Slint – Spiderland (Remastered)
The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast
Plague Vendor – Free To Eat
Lockah – Yahoo Or The Highway
Odonis Odonis – Hard Boiled Soft Boiled
Kinky Love – Promise EP



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Stream This

March 7, 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.



Kimono Kult – Hiding In The Light EP
Bradford Cox – Teenage (Soundtrack)
Le1f – Hey EP
Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow
Max Cooper – Human
Battleme – Future Runs Magnetic
Plateau – Still Paradise


The Men

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Stream This

February 28, 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.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

Ume – Monuments
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Soundtrack
Eagulls – Self Titled
Trust – Joyland
Posse – Soft Opening
Real Estate – Atlas
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
Rick Ross – Mastermind
Pharrell – Girl
Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy
Ava Luna – Electric Ballooon
Bart Davenport – Physical World
Roman Remains – Zeal
Wake Owl – The Private World Of Paradise
Dark Mean – Samuel The Phoenix EP
We Are Scientists – TV en Francais


The Coathangers

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Quickdraw: The Men, Tony Molina, Ex Hex, Owls, Phantogram

February 10, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:The Men – Different Days: Last week The Men released two tracks. This one is a snarl-filled effort, and I really dig it.  The other song, to be honest, kind of sounds like a White Denim track and it largely just weirds me out.  Sacred Bones will release Tomorrow’s Hits on March 4.

:Tony Molina – Nowhere To Go:  Here’s another super short pop gem from Tony Molina.  It’s pretty incredible how catchy and awesome the guy can be in just 48 seconds.  Dissed and Dismissed will be available on March 25 through Slumberland.

:Ex Hex – Hot And Cold:  Wild Flag may be dead, but that’s not stopping Mary Timony.  She’s gone and started Ex Hex with Betsy Wright (Fire Tapes) and Laura Harris (The Aquarium), and this rocking track is their first single.  Grab the Hot And Cold 7″ when Merge releases it on March 18.

:Owls – Ancient Stars Seed:  ”The line ‘We’ve never had nice stuff’ feels good to sing because we really are still a grubby foursome with broken equipment and no money and I see these shitty young bands every day with pedal boards and no ideas.”  Any song that comes with a quote like that from Tim Kinsella gets my seal of approval.  The apparently very inspired Two will be out on March 25 via Polyvinyl.

:Phantogram – Bill Murray:  This is a rather pretty, slow burning track from Phantogram.  I think it’s a good change of pace for them, but I will admit it’s a little odd to not hear their usual aggressive swirl of sounds.  The band will release Voices on February 18 via Republic.

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Quickdraw: Bleeding Rainbow, Cheatahs, Speedy Ortiz, Owls, The Men

January 13, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Bleeding Rainbow – So You Know:  There’s some 90s shimmer to this Bleeding Rainbow track, and I’m digging it.  I’m curious to see if their upcoming album is entirely like this or if there will be a few tracks that still sport the band’s usual upbeat/fuzzy sound.  Kanine Records is set to release Interrupt on February 25.

:Cheatahs – Get Tight:  It never dawned on me until this song, but Cheatahs sound a lot like the early days of Silversun Pickups.  I approve.  You’ll be able to grab the band’s self titled debut on February 11 via Wichita Recordings.

:Speedy Ortiz – American Horror:  Here’s the second single from Speedy Ortiz’s upcoming EP.  It’s a little less hooky than some of their other tunes, but the band makes up for it with a heavier than usual sound.  Crank it, friends.  Get the Real Hair EP on February 11 via Carpark Records.

:Owls – I’m Surprised:  After a solid 13 year break, Tim Kinsella, Mike Kinsella, Victor Villarreal, and Sam Zurick have decided to reform as Owls.  This is one of those things that’s good for the world.  Polyvinyl will release Two on March 25.

:The Men – Pearly Gates:  The Men are back (after two or three days off this past Fall) with their fifth album in as many years, and this first single is wild and kind of perfect.  The awesomely titled Tomorrow’s Hits is due out on March 4 via Sacred Bones.  See the band at the Mohawk on April 26.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 1

December 11, 2013


Because I want to makes sure you know I listen to too much music, here’s another year-end list.  This time it covers the albums I couldn’t take off repeat when I wasn’t pouring over various singles.  The countdown will come to a conclusion on Friday!  Enjoy.

25) Chelsea Light Moving – Self Titled

Thurston Moore’s new band put out their self titled debut in the first part of 2013, and I’ve been listening to it fairly often ever since.  It’s a meaty, noisy indie rock effort that gets better the more time you spend with it.

:Chelsea Light Moving – Burroughs:

24) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common

We The Common didn’t resonate with me as much as Thao’s previous two albums, but I still find it to be a really good effort.  She continues to be one of my favorite songwriters.

:Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common:

23) Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia

Despite being a long-time fan of Marnie Stern, The Chronicles Of Marnia is the first album of hers that I’ve fully liked.  Probably because it’s easily her most focused effort to date.

Check out the album here.

22) The Men – New Moon

I know everyone prefers the Men’s heavier efforts, but I adore the almost folkish indie rock sound that makes up New Moon.  Don’t be afraid to toss on headphones for this one.

:The Men – The Seeds:

21) Grape St. – A Date With You

A good chunk of my 2013 was spent singing-a-long with Grape St’s A Date With You.  The Austin act sure knows how to put together a catchy garage rock tune.

:Grape St – A Date With You:

20) Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere

Terry Malts’ Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere took a few listens for me to completely warm up to it, but once I did I never wanted to let go.  If you like fuzzed-out pop punk, then you need this album.

:Terry Malts – I Was Not There:

19) White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

Even if you’re not a big fan of White Denim, you have to appreciate how hard they work to constantly expand their sound.  Corsicana Lemonade is really nice step forward for them.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

Weird Sister is one of the more scatterbrained, largely crazy indie pop efforts of 2013, but it works.  Here’s hoping Joanna Gruesome never change.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:

17) Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

Foxygen’s poor/bizarre live showings seem to have soured most people’s opinion of the band, and that’s just too bad.  We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic is a really good album that proudly showcases the band’s various influences.

:Foxygen – On Blue Mountain:

16) Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled

Omar Rodriquez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) and Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) are at the center of Bosnian Rainbows, and their self titled debut is full of well crafted alt-rock gems.  Still not sure how I feel about their name, though.

:Bosnian Rainbows – Morning Sickness:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 3

December 4, 2013


We’re now firmly in the mid-section of this list.  I hope that so far you’ve been digging it and have maybe found some new stuff.  Let me know if you have any guesses on what will be in the top spot!  Enjoy.

30)  :Action Bronson – The Rockers (Featuring Wiz Khalifa):  Out of the ton of good stuff that Action Bronson released in 2013, this track is my favorite.  He sounds great in it, and I especially dig the Wiz Khalifa verse.  From the SAAAB Stories EP.

29)  :Phantogram – Celebrating Nothing:  At some point in 2014 I’m going to finally get a new Phantogram album.  Until then, I’ll just let this gem swirl around in my head.  From their self titled EP.

28)  :Divine Fits – Ain’t That The Way:  If you ask me, this is the best Spoon cover that Divine Fits have ever done.  Ha!  Seriously though, it’s a pretty great pop song.  From the Ain’t That The Way/Chained To Love digital single.

27)  :M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.:  Another year, another great single from M.I.A.  She may be a bit unhinged, but her work is consistently interesting and worth your time.  From Matangi.

26)  :Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  This infectious piece of noise pop has been a favorite of mine for months.  Also, as a Joanna Newsom fan, I’m admittedly a sucker for the name Joanna Gruesome.  From Weird Sister.

25)  :The Orwells – Other Voices:  While the hard working, fresh out of high school dudes in the Orwells make me feel lazy and old, I can’t help but dig their music.  This rock tune is as catchy as it gets.  From the Other Voices EP.

24)  :Son Lux – Lost It To Trying:  This song is definitely Sigur Ros-light, but I think that actually makes me like it more.  Toss on headphones or just crank your stereo, either approach works well with Son Lux.  From Lanterns.

23)  :The Men – The Seeds (Acoustic Version):  The original version of this track is rather nice, but I think the acoustic take really makes for something special.  It’s definitely my favorite song by the Men.  From the Campfire Songs EP.

22)  :Youth Lagoon – Dropla:  Throughout the year this Youth Lagoon song was one of my go-tos for when I just wanted to kick back and listen to something.  It has such a stellar, well layered arrangement.  From Wondrous Bughouse.

21)  :Lightning Dust – Loaded Gun:  I ended up not loving Lightning Dust’s new synth-enthused sound as much as I thought I would, but I do think this particular song is rad.  Be sure to jam it.  From Fantasy.

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Stream This

October 11, 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.


Mirror Travel – Mexico
Pelican – Forever Becoming
Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise
The Men – Campfire Songs
Kwes – Ilp
Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley
Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
Cults – Static
Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others
Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Happy Jawbone Family Band – Self Titled
Lucius – Wildewoman
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Carnivores – Second Impulse
Luke Temple – Good Mood Fool
Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
Morcheeba – Head Up High
School Of Night – Self Titled EP
Wymond Miles – Cut Yourself Free
Grails – Black Tar Prophecies, Vol’s 4, 5, & 6
His Clancyness – Vicious
Swiiim – Cellophane Castle


Love Inks’ Generation Club is out now on Monofonus.

Parquet Courts’ Tally All The Things That You Broke EP was released this week via What’s Your Rupture?.

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings will release Give The People What They Want on January 14 via Daptone.

Black Milk will release No Poison No Paradise on October 15.

Camera Obscura’s Desire Lines is out now on 4AD.

Grooms recently put out Infinity Caller on Western Vinyl.

The Callas will release Am I Vertical? on November 19 via Inner Ear.

The Blow recently released a self titled album on Kanine.  They play Red 7 on November 2.

Rubblebucket’s Save Charlie EP is out now on Communion.

Joanna Gruesome’s Weird Sister is out now on Slumberland.

Infinity Shred’s Sanctuary is available now.

Polica will release Shulamith on October 22 via Mom + Pop.

Of Montreal’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar is out now on Polyvinyl.

T. Hardy Morris’ Audition Tapes is out now on Dangerbird Records.

Nightland’s Oak Island is out now on Secretly Canadian.  They play the Mohawk on December 3.

Pure Bathing Culture’s Moon Tides is available now via Partisan.

Deap Vally just released Sistrionix this week via Cherrytree/Communion/Interscope/Island.

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The Men

August 29, 2013


The Men’s New Moon has been one of my favorite albums over the last few months, so I’m excited that they’ve announced a companion EP It’s titled Campfire Songs, and it’s an all acoustic five track effort that was recorded … around a campfire … while the band was making New Moon.  Grab it October 15 via Sacred Bones.  You’ll be able to catch the band at this year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Enjoy.

:The Men – The Seeds (Acoustic Version):  The original version of this is great, but I think the acoustic take is pretty much perfect.  Is there any way we can have people default to this instead of Wonderwall whenever it’s campfire sing-a-long time?

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Bass Drum Of Death, Coma Cinema, The Men, Beach Day

April 15, 2013


Today’s music knows what you’ve been doing.  Enjoy.

:Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Hiding:  Here’s a bouncy, super accessible pop track from DEJJ.  Their Patterns EP will be available digitally tomorrow via Warner Bros Records.  For a physical copy you’ll have to wait until Record Store Day (4/20).  Also, catch the band at the Parish on May 11.

:Bass Drum Of Death – Shattered Me:  John Barrett has readied a follow-up to 2011′s GB City, and this is the first single off of the album.  I think it’s a fine piece of garage rock.  The self titled LP is due out June 25 via Innovative Leisure.  BDOD will play Austin Pysch Fest later this month.

:Coma Cinema – Satan Made A Mansion:  Mat Cothran’s work as Coma Cinema has always been pretty lo-fi, so it’s nice to see that he’s made a move towards fancying up his sound a bit.  Posthumous Release will be out on June 11 through Fork & Spoon Records/Orchid Tapes.

:The Men – B Minor:  My appreciation for this band has always been a bit inconsistent, but I have to admit that this face melter is sort of perfect for the arrival of much warmer temperatures here in Texas.  You’ll be able to find this track on the Sacred Bones‘ Record Story Day compilation, Todo Muere: Volume 3.  The band will play Chaos In Tejas next month.

:Beach Day – Boys:  A couple of weeks back I shared a rather catchy little tune from this act, and now I’m posting up more of the same.  Their upcoming album just keeps looking better and better.  Trip Track Attacked is expected out on June 18 via Kanine Records.

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Stream This

March 22, 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.


The Strokes – Comedown Machine
In The Valley Below – Hymnal EP
Julian Lynch – Lines
Depeche Mode – Delta Machine
Wavves – Afraid Of Heights


Sigur Ros will put out Kveikur on June 18 via XL Recordings.  Catch them at the Cedar Park Center on April 10.

The Thermals will release Desperate Ground on April 16 via Saddle Creek.

Rilo Kiley will release rkives on April 2 via Little Record Company.

Generationals will release Heza on April 2 via Polyvinyl.

S. Carey recently teamed up with Arco Sessions for this track.

Noah And The Whale will release Heart Of Nowhere on May 6.

The Holydrug Couple’s Nocturnal is out now Sacred Bones Records.

Golden Grrrls just released their self titled album via Slumberland Records.

My Jerusalem released Preachers last year.

Legs will release Pass The Ringo on April 23 via Loglady Records.

The Men’s New Moon is out now on Sacred Bones Records.

Feeding People’s Island Universe is available now.

British Sea Power will release Machineries Of Joy on April 2 via Rough Trade.

The Joy Formidable put out Wolf’s Law back in January.  They play Emo’s East on April 30.

Django Django put out their self titled album last year.

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Stream This

March 1, 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.


David Bowie – The Next Day
Cloud Cult – Love
Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
Rhye – Woman
The Cave Singers – Naomi
Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
Jamaica Queens – Wormfood
Suuns – Images Du Futur
Blue Hawaii – Untogether
The Men – New Moon
Javelin – Hi Beams
Shlohmo – Laid Out
Idiot Glee – Life Without Jazz


Brazos will release Saltwater on May 28 via Dead Oceans.

Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love is out now on Barsuk.

Melody’s Echo Chamber released a self titled album late last year.

The M Machine just put out Metropolis Pt. II on OWSLA.

Bleached will release Ride Your Heart via Dead Oceans on April 2.

Yukon Blonde’s Tiger Talk is out now.

Blackbird Blackbird have an EP out now called Boracay Planet.  They play the Mohawk with STRFKR on March 7.

STRFKR will release Miracle Mile on April 1 via Polyvinyl.  As noted above, they play the Mohawk on March 7.

Matt And Kim released Lightning last year.

Ducktails have an album out now on Domino called The Flower Lane.

Kate Nash will release Girl Talk on March 5.

Computer Magic will release a new 7″ on March 12.

This is a new single from GEMS.

David Bowie will release The Next Day on March 12.

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