I’m not sure why, but all week I’ve totally had Be Your Own Pet on the brain. Now, I truly love both of the albums they put out before splitting up, but I think if I had to pick one I’d lean towards their self titled debut from 2006. It’s a total firecracker of an effort, and I still revisit it pretty often when I feel like thrashing around to a bunch of songs that a teenage girl wrote. Some of my favorites on the LP include Bunk Trunk Skunk, Bicycle Bicycle You Are My Bicycle, Adventure, and Ouch. Have fun revisiting it!
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September 25, 2014
Team Sleep, which is made up of Chino Moreno (Deftones), Todd Wilkinson, DJ Crook. Rick Verret (Tinfed) and Zach Hill (Hella), have decided to reunite for a new album, and that means it’s time to take a look back at their only other release – 2005′s self titled effort.
I absolutely loved their debut. At the time I was all about anything I could consider to be progressive, and hearing the oft-screamy Chino (along with some others) soften things up over a variety of headphone-worthy arrangements hit me in all of the right spots. Also, just getting to listen to the album was a cool experience. Not only did it feature of lots of talented folks, but as the band’s Wikipedia page details, leaked tracks and delays hampered the project for quite a while, and there were times where it seemed liked it wouldn’t even get released. So, I essentially felt as though I was fortunate to have it. On another note, college-me may have been too nerdy.
Anyhow, have fun revisiting Team Sleep’s self titled album.
September 18, 2014
Earlier this week The Dismemberment Plan announced that they will reissue 2003′s Change on November 4 via Partisan, and I took the news as a sign that it was time to revisit the album via a Throwback Thursday post.
To be honest, I’ve always more liked than loved any Dismemberment Plan material that isn’t Emergency & I (sorry, Dan Corbin), but I do think that Change is a solid effort. Time Bomb is a fantastic track, I love how wonderfully mathy Superpowers is, and the rest of the album does feature some good songwriting and neat sounds. It’s just so hard to top Emergency & I, you know? Anyways, have fun revisiting Change!
September 11, 2014
The soon-to-be-happening Fantastic Fest is what my brain is currently focused on, but I’m also really looking forward to next Tuesday (9/16) when Coheed and Cambria will be playing all of In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth 3 at Stubb’s. I’m not much of a follower of the band anymore, but the album has long been a favorite of mine and I still listen to it pretty often. I think I’ll just always love and appreciate it for being a fairly weird effort that features a large dose of sci-fi and a sound that somehow bounces between prog and pop rock. Look for me up front at the show next week!
September 4, 2014
Sleater-Kinney will forever be a favorite of mine, so you can only imagine how excited I was when the band announced that they’ve remastered each of their seven albums and will release them (individually and in one big, rad box set) on vinyl in October. This means I finally get to own The Woods on vinyl! The damn thing is rare and wildly expensive, and while it’s one of those albums I’d like to be buried with, I just couldn’t ever get myself to spring for it on vinyl.
But alas, this problem of mine will soon come to an end, and I am excited. Should you care? Probably not, but at least use my silliness as an excuse to blast The Woods (or whichever Sleater-Kinney album is your favorite) all day.
August 28, 2014
Many years ago my good friend Kendra and I were set to make a trip to Houston so that we could interview Mates of State and then see them play. We were pumped. So much so in fact that we completely disregarded the fact that Hurricane Rita was set to blow through Texas the same night of the show. Thankfully, Mates of State canceled and we didn’t attempt to drive to Houston during a hurricane just so that we could prove our love for them and their album Team Boo.
Anyways, something reminded of that story the other day, then I thought of Team Boo, and I’ve been wormholing on it ever since. Now you get to join in on remembering the album’s set of super catchy, synth-filled pop tracks. Have fun.
PS – What are Jason and Kori up to these days (pun intended)? I want new music.
August 21, 2014
Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album turned 10 earlier this year, and that just sort of weirds me out. I vividly remember scoffing at any sort of possible legal action, participating in Grey Tuesday and then sharing the album as much as I could (like all real outlaws and difference-makers did, right?).
What’s funny though, is that despite my fondness for the record and what I thought it meant to me, it wasn’t until recently that I actually realized how much I love The Grey Album. It’s definitely my favorite mashup of all time and I admire the enormous amount of work that Danger Mouse obviously put into it. No wonder he went on to be involved in so many rad projects – he’s a dedicated and brilliant fella. Anyhow, have fun revisiting The Grey Album.
August 14, 2014
Since SOTO debuted a new Letting Up Despite Great Faults song on Tuesday and will be be partly presenting the Austin act’s album release show at Holy Mountain this Saturday, it only makes sense that I also make them the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. So, let’s jump back to October 27, 2009, which is the first time that the then LA-based LUDGF made an appearance here on the site. The song highlighted that day was In Steps, the fantastic opening number (or side one, track one … if you will) off of the band’s self titled debut, and I still dig it now as much as I did then. If you love dreamy electronic tunes that are best devoured while wearing headphones, then the rest of that LP will please your ears. Give it a listen!
August 7, 2014
Over the weekend I saw Antemasque play here in Austin and it totally got me reminiscing about the days when Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala were all in for The Mars Volta. Now, that’s not to say Antemasque sound like TMV (there’s just a light touch of those days in the duo’s new endeavor), but seeing Omar and Cedric on a stage together did the trick to get my brain stuck on their most recent of now defunct bands.
Obviously, we could revisit De-loused In The Comatorium and call it a day, but instead I say we take a look at Frances The Mute. The band’s sophomore full length is probably their most bloated and ridiculous effort with its plethora of ambient noises and obnoxiously long songs (the glorious Cassandra Gemini is whopping 32 minutes long), but I still love it to no end. The Widow is a slick number, L’via L’Viaquez will always be one of my favorite TMV songs, and Cygnus … Vismund Cygnus is a wildly creative effort. I only wish they had cut back on some of the random noises so that they could have fit the title track on the disc, as it’s pretty rad. Oh well. In any case, have fun revisiting it!
PS – Speaking of the title track that the band was forced to make into a b-side due to time constraints, in college I went in and edited out all of the ambient bits so that I could burn it all on one disc. Yes, I was a huge nerd.
July 31, 2014
For this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re heading back to 2005 for Danger Doom’s The Mouse And The Mask. If you didn’t indulge in this one, Danger Doom was a collaboration between Danger Mouse and MF Doom, and all of the songs on the album were related to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. During those days that late night block of programming was pretty much all I watched, so whenever I listen to The Mouse And The Mask I immediately get nostalgic.
By the way, this is technically a multi-layered TBT. Not only do you get to revisit a great album with fantastic songs like Benzi Box, The Mask, and Mince Meat, but you also get to flashback to shows like Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Harvey Birdman – Attorney At Law, Space Ghost Coast To Coast and lots more. You’re welcome.
July 24, 2014
Oddly enough, I actually decided on Monday that The Raveonettes would be the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. I’d like to say I knew there were about to surprise drop a new album and make my decision as relevant as possible, but I didn’t. I’ll just have to chalk it up to Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo doing me a solid. Anyways, let’s get on with going all the way back to 2003′s Chain Gang Of Love, an album that I listened to repeatedly when it first came out. For some reason at that time I was fascinated with how the LP was recorded in B flat major. I also was rather obsessed with That Great Love Sound, which I still think is one of The Raveonettes’ best songs. Other tracks on the album that I really love include Let’s Rave On, Chain Gang Of Love, and New York Was Great. Enjoy the flashback.
July 17, 2014
A couple of days ago a bit of Jenny Lewis solo stuff made an appearance here at SOTO, and that pretty much guaranteed that the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday would be Rilo Kiley. For some of you, I imagine that it might be difficult to pick a favorite LP (they’re all stellar except for Under The Blacklight, which is a real shit effort), but for me it’s easy to go with The Execution of All Things. It’s the album that introduced me to the band and it features a large handful of their best tracks – My Slumbering Heart is the personification of early 2000s indie pop, With Arms Outstretched is one of my favorite anthems ever, A Better Son/Daughter, The Good That Won’t Come Out and The Execution of All Things are snarky gems, and So Long and Three Hopeful Thoughts both feature Blake Sennett at his best. And yes, I’m aware that I just “highlighted” eight of the album’s 11 songs. Just take it as me being serious about really loving The Execution of All Things. Have fun revisiting it.
July 10, 2014
Death From Above 1979 are in the midst of a comeback (hear a new song here, see them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November), so it seems to be as good a time as any to revisit You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine.
I spent a lot of time awkwardly dancing and/or thrashing around to the album when I was in college, so it holds a special place in my heart. Although, it’s not all just about nostalgia when it comes DFA 1979, as You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine does actually feature a really great set of songs (with stellar standouts like Blood On Our Hands and Black History Month) and is one of the better dance-punk albums out there.
Crank it and remember.
Quick story! At SXSW many years ago I watched Sebastien Grainger (then playing with the Mountains) throw a guitar at a volunteer after getting his set cut short at the Saddle Creek showcase. I’ll never forget the enormous amount of rage and confusion that was all over the volunteer’s face. I’ll also never forget how Grainger then grabbed the guitar and smashed it into a million pieces while yelling about how you never cut the sound on a rock star. Good times.
June 26, 2014
I figured that their recently released Joey Ramone cover (hear it here) would be the final track to be put out by School of Seven Bells, but yesterday the band announced that they have at least one more album to deliver. Before passing away, Benjamin Curtis apparently recorded all of his parts for an LP, so now frontwoman Alejandra Deheza will enter the studio to wrap it all up. Fantastic!
To celebrate the good news, I’m using this week’s Throwback Thursday post to remind you of the band’s stellar 2008 debut, Alpinisms. The wonderfully layered album is still an effort that I revisit regularly, especially whenever I’m in a headphone-only mood and want something to get lost in for a bit.
June 19, 2014
Remember when Jack White didn’t have a gelato? Or when he didn’t crazily call people out? Or more importantly, do you recall when it was just him and Meg, and yeah they seemed a bit eccentric but they didn’t do anything except make rad garage rock albums that you just wanted to leave on repeat? As hipster/snobby/whatever as it sounds, I think those were truly the good ol’ days of Jack White. I certainly enjoy his side projects, solo work and what he’s done with Third Man Records (hell, I’m a Vault member), but I miss the simplicity of The White Stripes.
For today’s Throwback Thursday I’m heading back to the album that pulled me into The White Stripes, White Blood Cells. I still vividly remember the first time I saw the video for Fell In Love With A Girl, and I will always name Dead Leaves On The Dirty Ground and I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman as two of my all-time favorites from the band.