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The Rural Alberta Advantage

October 3, 2017


The Rural Alberta Advantage are set to roll out their new album, The Wild, on October 13.  I didn’t think there would be another single before its release (there’s already been three other ones), but the band just set one free.  It may be my favorite track that’s been put out so far.  Enjoy.

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Quickdraw: Bully, Wolf Parade, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Alex Lahey

September 5, 2017

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Quickdraw!  Enjoy.

Bully – Running

If you love Alicia Bognano’s snarl (how could you not?), then you’re really going to like this new single from Bully.  I can’t wait to check out the act’s upcoming album, Losing.  It’s due out October 20.

Go see Bully at Emo’s on December 8.

Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Here’s a nice power pop tune from Wolf Parade.  I really love the way this track moves.  Be sure to snatch up the new LP, Cry Cry Cry, on October 6.

WP will play the Frank Erwin Center on September 27.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Over Everything

This Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile song sounds exactly like what I thought a Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile song would song like.  No complaints here.  Look for their album Lotta Sea Lice on October 13.

The duo will play ACL Live on November 11.

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Brother

The Rural Alberta Advantage have announced a new album, The Wild (due out October 13), and the song below is the lead single.  I didn’t quite connect with 2014′s Mended With Gold (though I feel like I should revisit it), so it’s definitely the best thing I’ve heard from them in a long time.

The band will play Barracuda on November 13.

Alex Lahey – Lotto In Reverse

I just realized that I never posted the first single (it’s here, it’s good) off of Alex Lahey’s upcoming album, I Love You Like A Brother.  That was silly of me.  Anyhow, the second track is a winner as well, and my guess at this point is that the new LP is going to be great.  It’s due out October 8.

Alex will play Barracuda on November 30.

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The Rural Alberta Advantage

January 12, 2017


Once I make my year-end album list I like to load up the iPod with all of my selections from previous years and explore what does or doesn’t still work for me.  Just recently, I revisited The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Hometowns (it’s still great, by the way), and now the band has rolled out a new single and announced that their fourth full length is on the way.  I think I may have willed it into existence?  Anyhow, the song is great and I’m looking forward to their impending LP, which will supposedly be out later this year via Saddle Creek.  Enjoy.

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Stream This

September 26, 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 ➡ The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

Christoper Owens – A New Testament
The History Of Apple Pie – Feel Something
Curtin – One For The Doghearted
The Vaselines – V For Vaselines
Pujol – Reunited States of Being
Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels
Julian Casablancas – Tyranny
Aphex Twin – Syro
Yelle – Completement Fou
Electric Youth – Innerworld
Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Kat Edmonson – The Big Picture
Finch – Back To Oblivion
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Hightide Hotel – Naturally
Team Spirit – Killing Time


Ariel Pink

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The Rural Alberta Advantage

August 26, 2014


Today for your listening pleasure I have the latest single off of the new Rural Alberta Advantage album, Mended With Gold.  It’s somewhat of a slow burner and it (of course) features the three things that have long made me appreciate RAA – spectacular drumming, heartfelt lyrics and great vocal work.  By the way, you can also jump to the bottom of the post to check out another song off of the upcoming LP.  Enjoy.

:The Rural Alberta Advantage – On The Rocks:

Mended With Gold is due out September 30 via Saddle Creek.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Interpol, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ex Hex, Death From Above 1979

July 10, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:  If you’ve been waiting around for Interpol to rally up and become impressive again, then I think you’re going to be really happy with this stellar single. Here’s hoping that the rest of their new album is just as good.  El Pintor is due out September 9 via Matador.  See the band at ACL in October.

:We Were Promised Jetpacks – Safety In Numbers:  Those of you who love the super moody, post-rock-leaning early days of We Were Promised Jetpacks may not immediately latch onto this track, as it’s packing a clean, mathy sound.  Different but good, I think.  Unraveling will be out at some point later this year on FatCat.  See the band at the Mohawk on November 11.

:The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified:  After a bit of a break, the Rural Alberta Advantage are ready to get back to it.  Judging by this song, they’re still somewhat tortured and too intense for their own good.  Hooray!  Get Mended With Gold on September 30 via Saddle Creek.  Catch the band at Red 7 on November 5.

:Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose:  It took a bit longer than I expected, but Mary Timony has finally wrapped an album with her new act, Ex Hex.  I expect it to fill the gap in my soul that’s been present ever since the last group she was in, Wild Flag, decided to not continue forward.  Look out for Rips on October 7 via Merge.

:Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979:  The actual members of DFA 1979 may not be thrilled about reforming, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to this energetic number.  It’s good to have them back (even if they only sort of want to be around).  The Physical World is due out September 9.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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