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Show Of The Week

July 27, 2016

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On Friday come join me at Hotel Vegas.  I’ll be there operating as 101X Homegrown (that’s one of my radio shows) in support of Kay Odyssey and the tour kickoff show that they have lined up for the evening.  I’ve been looking forward to it for a month, as it has a super diverse local lineup – Hidden Ritual, The Sour Notes, The Dizzease, The Stacks, Microwave Miracles – and it’s just $5.  That’s less than a buck a band, man.  See you there.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Ghetto Ghouls, Perspective A Lovely Hand to Hold, Critical Dad, 86 Vigilance at Cheer Up Charlies
- Cantalouper, Bloody Knives, Rose Selavy, Daymares at Beerland

Thursday:
- Lochness Mobsters, The Be Helds, Ex-Legionnaires, Teevee at Hotel Vegas
- The Donkeys, Booher, Dollie Barnes at The Sidewinder
- Super Thief, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Tunic, Space Battle, Pink Collar at Beerland

Friday:
- Marissa Nadler, Wrekmeister Harmonies, Muscle and Marrow at The Sidewinder

Saturday:
- Night Drive, Keeper, Missions, Shmu, DJ Lizzbeth at Cheer Up Charlies
- Daniel Eyes & The Vibes, Harvest Thieves, Ruby and The Reckless at Lamberts
- The Eastern Sea, Lovely Sparrows at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.
- The Halfways, Tamarron, The Similar Prisoners, Palm Daze at the Mohawk
- Chasca, Mrs. Glass, Eagle Claw, Tia Carrera, Duel at The Blackheart

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2014 SOTO Staff Picks

December 11, 2014

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I’ve rambled on long enough about the music I liked in 2014.  Here are the staff’s picks.  Enjoy.

Turns out that aside from the crippling bodily ailments and the inability to control my bladder, getting older has made me absolutely awful at listening to music. Don’t hate haters, I’ve just gotten over the hump of 30 and all of sudden I just can’t focus enough to listen to a whole album. Blame it on the SNES I brought home for my girlfriend’s birthday, blame it on the imposition of real life, blame it on the encroaching approach of a potent mix of early onset dementia and Adult ADHD – I’ve just been really bad at music listening this year. Thus, my teensy tiny list of music is culled from a pond not nearly as large as I’d hoped it to be. That said, the music I liked, I loved and that’s the music that ended up below.

Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea
Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
Caribou – Our Love
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Since 2010, rock music hasn’t changed all that much. There’s presently a general look back to past niche musics from the 1960′s onward. But through the nostalgia haze, there are a great deal of both old and new artists finding new latitudes. Here’s my major jams this year.

1. Thurston Moore – The Best Day (Matador)
2. David Kilgour & The Heavy Eights – End Times Undone (Merge)
3. Steve Gunn – Way out Weather (PoB)
4. Datashock – Keine Oase in Sicht (Dekorder)
5. William Tyler – Lost Colony (Merge)

I’ve been staring at my 2014 list like a student procrastinating on their end of the semester term paper.  I go back and forth on who to include, who to leave out, and recalling releases (d’oh!) I never got around to checking out. There are also the nagging doubts such as wondering if I gave an album enough listens to put it on my list. Like last year my list focuses on my local Austin favorites. Narrowing it down to the Top 5 wasn’t easy but I stand by my choices of my faves that earned multiple listens. So many good bands to choose from but oh what a problem to have, right?

In no particular order, I present to you :

The Sour Notes – Do What May
Abram Shook – Sun Marquee
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
She Sir – Go Guitars
Shivery Shakes – Three Waves and A Shake

Honorable Mentions: The Ugly Beats – Brand New Day, Roger Sellers – Primitives, Genuine Leather – Losers

Compared to last year, 2014 left much to be desired when it comes to the sheer number of amazing releases. 2013 offered probably 15 to 20 “crap your pants while listening best record of the century” type stuff but then after that it sort of fell short in the real meat of the pack by not having a lot to deepen the core of metal. The reverse of which is true this year, I have attached to a few records as rising to the tippy top of the heap, but the real glory came in the form of the fat of the genre, so many decent albums from so many artists, many debuts, but several just continuations on great careers, but few to get all wigged out about.

My Top 5 you can see here are pretty clear choices though when you look at what they accomplished on these albums, Devn Townsend Project made two albums into one, and continued the story or Ziltoid the Omniscient, Anaal Nathrakh did what they do, but better, Job for a Cowboy somehow made bass a relevant instrument in death metal, At the Gates reunited after 900 years and proved they still have it, and Black Crown Initiate stole the show with their debut mixing death metal and melodic anthems into something technically proficient and sufficiently mind blowing. I was not let down this year, but I know I will be surprised in a few years with what I actually retained from 2014, not sure if you would agree, but that’s how I see things …

5. Devin Townsend Project – Ziltoid 2 (Century Media)
4. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum (Metal Blade)
3. Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater (Metal Blade)
2. At The Gates – At War With Reality (Century Media)
1. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage Of Stars (eOne Entertainment)

I guess I’ll start by saying that 2014 hasn’t been an amazing year for hip hop, but it hasn’t been a completely terrible one either.  Here are my choices for the best releases this year, in no particular order:

Open Mike Eagle – Dark Comedy
Run The Jewels – RTJ2
Vince Staples – Hell Can Wait
Big K.R.I.T. – Cadillactica
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majaesty

T’was a solid year for melancholy songs. Albums that truly destroyed the center of the cardiovascular system were aplenty. We’re living in a golden age of audio misery! There were SO MANY great releases that dehydrated our tear ducts but since you, the readers, are demanding a definitive ranking of the saddest albums of the year, so be it. I’ve done the requisite soul searching and came up with this predominantly lady-heavy list of my fav weepers of the year. They are full of gut wrenchers, soul crushers … and they are all fantastic. Way to bring the pain this year, ladies!

1: Beck – Morning Phase
2. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
3. Divorcee – Self Titled
4. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager
5. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Best Reissue: American Football – Self Titled

Narrowing down my top albums is a tortuous process. I’m an old-school guy. I still listen to entire albums from start to finish and only occasionally opt for a playlist of singles. Immersing yourself in an album is the most satisfying way way to connect with the music. So I get really dialed into my favorite albums each year, which makes narrowing down the lot a difficult task.

Before we get to my top five, let’s take a minute to recognized the amazing amount of quality music released this year by 12XU. It was far and away the top Austin label in 2014. They featured not only one of my top artists (The Dead Space) and but also three others in my top 10 (Flesh Lights, Jonly Bonly, The Gotobeds).

1) Ghetto Ghouls – Self Titled
2) The Dead Space – Faker
3) Protomartyr – Under Color of Official Right
4) Ex Hex – Rips
5) OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm

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2014 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 25, 2014

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Hey!  Here we are with the second volume of my 2014 Austin Essentials.  Dive in.  But don’t tire yourself out, as there’s still a third volume coming your way tomorrow.  Enjoy.

:Alex Napping – Weak Knees:  Alex Napping popped out of nowhere this year and instantly impressed.  Their debut, This Is Not A Bedroom, is the kind of introspective indie pop that college me listened to too much of.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose:  The fuzzy garage rock ways of Hundred Visions have been on point in 2014.  You’d be crazy not to check out their sophomore album, Spite.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Flesh Lights – Just About Due:  My passive appreciation of the punk trio Flesh Lights ended with Free Yourself.  The album features some great songwriting.  And it rocks.  If you’re into that sort of thing, of course.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Sweet Spirit – Let Me Be On Top:  It was a bummer when Bobby Jealousy called it quits, but at least Sabrina Ellis, who is one of Austin’s most dynamic performers, quickly landed on her feet in Sweet Spirit.  Eventually the band will officially release an album and make the world a better place.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Shivery Shakes – Hold On:  Shivery Shakes put out their debut full length, Three Waves & A Shake, this year.  You pretty much have to listen to it if you consider yourself a fan of indie pop.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Gentlemen Rogues – Mocking Love Out Of Nothing At All:  Jennifer, SOTO’s purveyor of local music, was adamant that this slice of power pop from Gentleman Rogues make the cut.  Look out for a new album from the band soon.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Grape St. – Wallpaper:  Last year Grape St. released the excellent A Date With You, and just recently they followed it up with the equally fantastic Free Stuff EP.  The band just can’t miss!  They’re a must-listen for fans of jangly garage rock.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Sour Notes – Cutthroat:  Earlier this year The Sour Notes put out a really solid album (their fifth overall) by the name of Do What May.  It’s worth your time if you dig hooky indie rock.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Ramesh – The King:  For those of you that don’t know, Ramesh was once a part of Voxtrot.  His debut solo album, The King, is a well crafted alt pop effort that features a lot of great vocal work.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Coeds – Sensitive Boys:  I haven’t seen Coeds play and this is the only song of theirs I’ve heard, but that’s not stopping me from being into the duo.  Make a note to keep an eye on them and their synthy ways once 2015 rolls around.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Young Tongue – Heavy Metal Thunder:  Once known as The Baker Family, Young Tongue have a sound that’s a pleasant mixture of indie rock and pop.  Recently they released an album titled Death Rattle.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Jess Williamson – Snake Song:  Jess Williamson spent 2014 fully establishing herself as one of the best singer/songwriters in Austin.  If you haven’t already checked out her album, Native State, then you should do yourself a favor and seek it out ASAP.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:A. Sinclair – Shiny Things:  Indie rockers A. Sinclair (formerly known as Frank Smith) had a nice year.  They signed with Dangerbird Records and churned out a good album, Pretty Girls, for all to indulge in.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Boyfrndz – Design:  When it comes to experimental rock in Austin, not many can compete with Boyfrndz.  Their sophomore LP, Breeder, is a daunting, but rad listen.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:  OBN IIIs are a loud, good ole fashioned rock n’ roll band, and their latest release, Third Time To Harm, is further proof that you should be giving them all of your attention. Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Spray Paint – Rest Versus Rust:  Many would argue that Spray Paint are Austin’s premiere punk act, and I think I’d have to agree.  Their album, Clean Blood, Regular Acid, is one you need to hear.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Polio Club – Poison The Well (Demo):  I just recently came across Polio Club, and I’ve already pretty much worn out the demos on their Bandcamp page.  I’m looking forward to whatever is the post-punk act decides to do in 2015.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:The Wolf – In Waves:  SOTO’s own Dan said that I should include psych-rockers The Wolf.  He’s apparently a big fan of the noisy, distortion-filled sound that’s all over their latest release, Ride.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Christian Bland And The Revelators – Brian Wilson:  Back in September Christian Bland (of The Black Angels) released his third album, The Unseen Green Obscene.  Naturally, it’s a gloriously hazy psych rock experience.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

:Scuare – Mind States:  SOTO’s own hip hop expert Leah recently recommended Scuare to me, and he’s been firmly on my radar ever since.  This song in particular is pretty fantastic.  Provide Facebook love HERE.

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Guest Mix: The Sour Notes

October 20, 2014

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The SOTO staff eats up enough of your time, so every now again we like to bring in a guest.  This month it’s The Sour Notes.  Recently the band released an album, Do What May, that you should check out.  See them live at either the Side One Track Presents show at the Blackheart this Friday or at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

Hey everybody! This is Amarah from The Sour Notes, and below is a mix of bands that are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest that we want to see!

:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  Barnett’s heavy Australian accent and dry delivery make deciphering her witty lyrics a treat on the recordings. But her live performance is a whole different situation, as her band is amazing and they look like they’re having fun! Check out this live KEXP performance at The Triple Door.

:Metz – Wet Blanket:  Metz are from Canada so you already know it’s probably going to be awesome. We’ve all have been wanting to catch them for a couple of years. Oh man you know what would be awesome? A show with A Place To Bury Strangers, Japandroids and Metz. Someone make that happen.

:Angel Olsen – Forgiven-Forgotten:  Olsen started out as a backing singer for the enigmatic Will Oldham, which she recalls as an experience that helped her train her voice, push it to extremes and define it as her own. It’s so pretty! She later cut a record with the similarly enigmatic Tim Kinsella. The result is some hauntingly beautiful quirky pop. This bitch ain’t no Lana Del Rey, she’s got her own ideas and works with cool people.

:Iceage – Morals:  Iceage are a great band from Copenhagen who remind us a lot of The Fall (or at least the vocal delivery). Here is a great review from the Houston Press by Alyssa Dupree that will make you want to make sure you catch their set at FFFFest.

:Yo La Tengo – Last Days Of Disco:  How can anyone not have mad respect for Yo La Tengo? They have been going at it since ’84 and in their current formation since ’92. That is a long time, you guys. Perhaps you have never gotten into Yo La Tengo because you looked them up and you were like “Whoa okay, too many albums.” WELL DON’T THINK THAT, IT’S SILLY. Just jump into the water. This song is probably not very representative of their repertoire, but it’s really one of the best songs ever and most likely to make you cry like a little baby, especially when they go “And the song said/Don’t be lonely/It makes me lonely/I hear it and I’m lonely more and more/Where I belong, where I belong.” Too. Much.

:Neutral Milk Hotel – Song Against Sex:  This is one of the best Neutral Milk Hotel songs.  Their shows at ACL Live got great reviews, so we’re sure their FFFFest set will be awesome.

:Dinosaur Jr. – Yeah We Know:  It’s cool that J. Mascis’ mom knitted him a Deep Wound sweater. Do you think your mom would do that for you?

:Modest Mouse – Dramamine:  People talk a lot of shit about Isaac Brock, but at the end of the day he’s still our hero. There’s not much room in the music industry for the working class, especially if their songs are all weird and shit. Did you know this motherfucker signed Wolf Parade?! Also, Ugly Cassanova rules too. Here is an indie MTV Cribs-kinda video of someone interviewing him in his house and the person seriously says “Whoa your house is really beautiful” and he is like “Yeah, I know” – it’s awesome.

:Yann Tiersen And Shannon Wright – While You Sleep:  Yann Tiersen is the dude that did the Amelie soundtrack. One day a PA was playing a CD on set and Jean-Pierre Jeunet was like “I want that shit in my movie.” Also, Shannon Wright is a fantastic songwriter! She is from Atlanta and she used to have this band called Crowsdell.

:Foxygen – Make It Known:  In addition to playing FFFFest, we’re also playing Fun Fun Fun Nites! We’re opening for Foxygen! It will be rad. Come hang out. It’s free if you have a FFFFest wristband.

:Yelle – A Cause Des Garcons:  It’s okay to have fun sometimes, you know. Especially with French people!

:Tubeway Army – Replicas:  Tubeway Army was Gary Numan’s band before he went solo. Here is a petty cool BBC documentary that mentions him quite a bit.

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The Sour Notes (Jennifer)

August 27, 2014

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The Sour Notes are a longtime favorite here at SOTO due to them being one of the hardest working and most engaging bands in Austin. When they’re not crafting their own material or touring, they’re booking shows and collaborating with other bands and venues to keep the local music scene alive and kicking.

Throughout the last two years the band has been recording their fifth full length, Do What May.  They always strive to do something different with each release, and on the new album it’s collaborations with multiple singers from various Austin bands to give each song its own unique mood and vibe.  There’s Sabrina Ellis (Sweet Spirit, A Giant Dog) on the title track, Bailey Glover (Little Lo) on With Ease, With Time, and Sara Houser (Lowin) on In the Meanwhile. Their songs hit all the right notes for me; they’re hook filled, ambitious pop tunes with added dramatic flair from horns and strings, and lyrics and melodies that range from sweet to sinister.

Come celebrate with the band at their Album Release Party at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Saturday, September 6. There’s no cover charge, but a $5 donation will get you the new album and a packed local music lineup on both CUC stages – Grape St, Black Books, The Sour Notes, and Pollen will be on the inside stage, and Genuine Leather and Chris Catalena and the Native Americans will be on the outside stage. I’ve been enjoying the songs from Do What May during the band’s shows for a while now, but I’m still excited for them and proud to see all of their hard work come to light for the rest of the world to hear.  Below you’ll find the band’s new single, Cutthroat, and a full stream of Do What May.

:The Sour Notes – Cutthroat:

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Stream This

April 25, 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 ➡ Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Ought – More Than Any Other Day
Wye Oak – Shriek
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust
The Pixies – Indie Cindy
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive
Olga Bell – Krai
Ex-Cult – Midnight Passenger
Nat Baldwin – In The Hollows
Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate
Survival Knife – Loose Power
Pigeon John – Encino Man
Pony Bones – Pony Bones II
Elephant – Sky Swimming
Modern Rivals – Cemetery Dares
The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Dum Dum Girls

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Tele Novella, The Sour Notes, Vagina: The Zine (Jennifer)

April 23, 2014

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Perhaps you overindulged last weekend during Record Store Day but you’re still looking for some local live musical action? Fear not. Tonight you can head over to Stubb’s (inside stage) to see two of Austin’s finest indie pop bands – Tele Novella and The Sour Notes. They’re playing a FREE show following HAIM, who are playing a sold out gig on the outside stage at Stubb’s.

Come wish Tele Novella a safe journey as they head out on tour to parts of the Midwest and Southeast. If you have come cash to spare, buy some merch to give them a helping hand. Their style of lush psychedelic tinged pop makes my heart flutter and I’m looking forward to hearing more from them as they continue to work on new material.

The Sour Notes are one of the hardest working and most engaging bands in Austin – when they’re not crafting their own material or touring, they’re booking shows and collaborating with other bands and venues to keep the local music scene alive and kicking. Their long awaited album, Do What May, will be released later this spring.

The Sour Notes are on at Stubb’s around 10:30 and will be followed by Tele Novella at 11:30 or so.

If you can’t catch The Sour Notes on Wednesday, you can see them at another FREE show this Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s when they play the launch party to celebrate the first issue of Vagina: The Zine.  On their website they proclaim their mission – “With its quarterly publications, Vagina provides a space for female contributors to share their creative work with the public. The zine features a unique variety of opinions, passions, and observations from our contributors. The Vagina editors are striving to showcase the talents and opinions of ladies, not limit them. We only ask that our contributors identify as women, whether they have a vagina or not.”

The Sour Notes are joined by The Harms, Claire Puckett (from Mother Falcon), and DJ Jeska of Royal Commission. Cheer Up Charlie’s is a sponsor and supporter of this growing zine; it is also thriving in its new location on Red River after its displacement from its original East 6th Sreet location  - I encouraged you to come on out to support both the literary and music communities this weekend.

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Stream This

February 14, 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 ➡ Phantogram – Voices

The Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Pillar Point – Self Titled
Lost In The Trees – Past Life
Solids – Blame Confusion
New Bums – Voices In A Rented Room
Shocking Pinks – Guilt Mirrors
Evan Only – Not Matter What EP
Dawn Landes – Bluebird
Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Sour Notes

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Free Week: No Play Music, Cheer Up Charlie’s (Jennifer)

January 8, 2014

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I’ve been out of town visiting family, so I’m having to make the most of Austin’s Free Week on just this Saturday night. You will for sure find me at the Mohawk as SOTO is the one of the sponsors for the No Play Music showcase. The show features some SOTO favorites such as Borrisokane, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and The Sour Notes.

Be sure to show up early and check out the 60s girl group meets 80s new wave sounds of Party Girl (featuring members of The Carrots) and the eclectic dance party sounds of Holiday Mountain and Whiite Walls.

:Whiite Walls – Easy Love:

I’m also hoping to stop by Cheer Up Charlie’s as they will be saying farewell to their space via an outstanding selection of bands over three nights this weekend. Some bands I really enjoy are playing on Saturday, including Royal Forest, Young Girls, and Little Radar.

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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 1

November 25, 2013

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A couple of weeks back I was thinking about my annual Top 50 Songs/Top 25 Albums lists (expect those to start on 12/2), and it dawned on me that I should do something separate specifically for Austin.  So, I did.  There’s no particular ranking to anything in Austin Essentials, I just wanted to share with you some local stuff that I liked a lot this year.  There’s 45 entries (culled from a group of about 70-80) that are spread out over three 15-track volumes, so look for a post tomorrow and then another on Wednesday.  Enjoy.

By the way, if I had one goal for SOTO this year, it was to try and include more mentions for Austin artists.  Overall, I think we did a solid job, but there’s definitely room to improve.  Hit me up if you have any suggestions for us as we head into 2014.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Sabrina Ellis is one of Austin’s most dynamic singers, and there isn’t a single song on A Giant Dog’s Bone where her enthusiasm doesn’t shine through.  This pop punk gem is my favorite track on the album.  Find A Giant Dog on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Grape St – A Date With You:  Harlem’s indefinite hiatus has now formed three great bands – Lace Curtains, Daytona, and Grape St.  If you dig this song, then definitely pick up the album A Date With You.  All of the other tracks on it are just as catchy.   Find Grape St on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Laughing – Disappear:  The Laughing kind of dropped off the planet for a while, but this year they made their return via Oscillation, a 10-track effort that features some really nice pop rock tunes.  Find The Laughing on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Sour Notes – Do What May:  The Sour Notes may be great friends of mine, but I can honestly say they’re listed here because they earned it.  They’re one of Austin’s hardest working bands and their upcoming album, Do What May, is a really solid prog pop effort.  Find The Sour Notes on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Borrisokane – Amelia Fucking Earhart (A.F.E.):  For those of you who like your pop music to have an experimental side to it, there’s Borrisokane’s Murdering Teeth EP.  I think it’s one of the more quirky (in a good way, of course) listens to come out of Austin in 2013.  Find Borrisokane on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Love Inks – Time:  Love Inks are a quality act, but they don’t seem to have the biggest of followings in Austin.  We should figure out a way to change that.  The band’s album, Generation Club, is a must if you like minimalist pop.  Find Love Inks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Whiite Walls – Easy Love:  When I wanted something dancey this summer I either tossed on Daft Punk’s Get Lucky or Whiite Walls’ Easy Love.  You can’t listen to it and not want to move.  Here’s hoping the band doesn’t take too long to put out an official effort.  Find Whiite Walls on FB here.

:Knifight – In The Fire:  Their name makes them sound like a punk band, but they’re actually more of a New Order/Future Islands type – dark and synthy.  Their debut, Dark Voices, is an intense but good listen.  Find Knifight on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Zorch – We All Die Young:  I love this track.  It’s wild and raw and should only be listened to at the sort of volume that makes your neighbors angry.  Find Zorch on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Boyfrndz – Water Weight:  Boyfrndz are one of Austin’s better experimental rock acts, and I thought they did a good job of proving that on their Natures EP.  Find Boyfrndz on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Major Major Major – Scream Queen:  I was a late adopter of this track, but once I did I couldn’t seem to get it out of my head.  Talk about infectious.  If we’re lucky, the duo will wrap their EP sooner rather than later.  Find Major Major Major on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  Chris Galis (from the Gorgeous Hands) heads up this breezy pop act.  Viper (Found A Good Place For My Love) is the other single that the band put out this year, and it’s also worth your time.  Find Genuine Leather on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Royal Forest – Goldwallpaper:  Over the years Royal Forest have really become a fine pop band.  If for some reason you didn’t check out Spillway, then seek it out.  It’s a nice listen.  Find Royal Forest on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Walker Lukens – Dear Someone:  Walker Lukens somewhat recently made the jump from NYC to Austin, and I’m happy that he did.  The guy knows how to write a good pop song.  Find Walker Lukens on FB here, and buy his music here.

:Yum – Take My Blue:  Yum just sort of popped onto my radar one day over the summer, and ever since then I’ve been a big fan.  Their album, Take My Blue, has a lot on it that plays like a lighter version of Warpaint.  Find Yum on FB here, and buy their music here.

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Stream This

June 21, 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

Bass Drum Of Death – Self Titled
Lightning Dust – Fantasy
The Orwells – Other Voices
Matias Aguayo – The Visitor
oOoOO – Without Your Love
James Holden – The Inheritors
Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Smith Westerns – Soft Will
Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled
Selebrities – Lovely Things
Columboid – Monster Vision

VIDEOS

The Sour Notes’ In The Meanwhile cassingle is available now.  They have a free show at the Blackheart tonight.

Majical Cloudz recently released Impersonator via Matador.  They play Red 7 on August 31.

JJ DOOM randomly released this track.  Their last effort together was in 2012.

The Postal Service reunited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Give Up.

The Coathangers just put out a 7″ on Suicide Squeeze.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Chvrches will release The Bones Of What You Believe on September 24 through Glassnote Records.  They’ll play Stubb’s on November 22.

Barbarossa will release Bloodlines on August 8 via Memphis Industries.

The Hussy’s Pagan Hiss is out now on Southpaw Records.

Foals’ Holy Fire is out now on Sub Pop.

San Fermin will put out a self titled album on September 17 via Downtown Records.

Metz’s self titled album is currently available on Sub Pop.

Wavves’ Afraid Of Heights is out now on Mom + Pop.

Niagara released OTTO earlier this year on Monotreme Records.

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The Sour Notes (Single Premiere)

June 4, 2013

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Austin’s The Sour Notes have long been a favorite of mine.  So much so in fact that they were the first band I reached out to when I decided to put together a 30th birthday show for myself.  They said yes, and this Thursday at Holy Mountain they’ll be playing at 11pm.

The progressive pop act won’t just be celebrating some blogger getting another year older, though, they’ll also be releasing a cassingle.  The effort features a brand new song (which is premiering here at SOTO today), a Wire cover, and a few of their fan favorites just for good measure.  Make a note to snatch one up!  It’ll be just $3, and you’ll get a download code with it.  Enjoy.

:The Sour Notes – In The Meanwhile:  Ethereal is not a word I would ever think to use while describing The Sour Notes, but that’s what’s at play here, and the band really makes it work.  This is easily one of their better crafted efforts, and I think the inclusion of guest vocalist Sara Houser (from The Couch) was a smart move.  She gives the track an almost Beach House-like quality.  More please.

Cassingle Track Listing:
1) In The Meanwhile
2) Mannequin (Wire Cover)
3) Two Hands Wait
4) Last Looks
5) One Fell Swoop
6) Do-Ers & Say-Ers

By the way, for those of you outside of Austin who would like to experience The Sour Notes live, they’re heading out on tour!  Here are their upcoming shows:

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