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Titus Andronicus

January 4, 2018


Initially, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of the new single from Titus Andronicus.  It’s a heavy, punk ballad that’s nearly 10 minutes long, and it felt like a bit much here as I try to reacquaint myself with a post-holiday world.  I gave it some extra play-throughs though, and now I’m really into it.  I suppose it’s just too epic to not get wrapped up in.  I’m excited to check out their upcoming album, A Productive Cough (due March 2), and to see them at Barracuda on April 7.  Enjoy.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2015: Part 1

December 10, 2015


Now that I’ve completed my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list, it’s time to rundown my Top 25 Albums of the year.  Entries 15-11 are just down below.  Jump back tomorrow for the final 10 selections.  Enjoy.

PS – As always, this list is made up of stuff that I legit listened to a lot throughout the year.

25) Carly Rae Jepsen – E-MO-TION

There are a couple of tracks on Carly Rae Jepsen’s E-MO-TION that aren’t great, but overall it’s definitely one of the most fun albums that I came across in 2015.  If you’re into lady-led pop jams from the 80s/90s, you need to become one with CRJ’s latest LP.

:Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:

24) Joanna Newsom – Divers

If Joanna Newsom’s Divers had come out earlier in the year, I think it might have ended up higher on my list.  Like her other efforts, this album is beautiful but dense, and it needs to be digested over lots of listens.  In another month or two I’ll be able to decide whether it’s really good or really great.

:Joanna Newsom – Leaving The City:

23) Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect isn’t exactly what I would call an easily accessible rock album.  On the bright side, if you fully commit to it you get back a rather rewarding experience.

:Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake:

22) Desaparecidos – Payola

Payola is exactly what I wanted Desaparecidos to deliver on their sophomore effort – it’s loud, inspired, angry and crazy infectious.  Here’s hoping they don’t stick to the 13-years-between-albums thing that they currently have going on.

:Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:

21) Gal Pals – Velvet Rut

While it still bums me out that Gal Pals jumped from Austin to LA, I do like that the move got them to finally put out a debut full length.  Velvet Rut is 29 minutes of garage pop perfection.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:

20) Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last

This is the fourth year in a row that Thee Oh Sees have managed to crack my Top 25 Albums list.  I don’t mind.  They make me want to be a louder person.

:Thee Oh Sees – Web:

19)  Sweet Spirit – Cokomo

I’ve jammed Sweet Spirit’s Cokomo a lot since it was released back in October.  It’s an upbeat listen that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

:Sweet Spirit – Baby When I Close My Eyes:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter

Joanna Gruesome‘s Peanut Butter is a completely schizo (but really fun) album.  They continue to be one of the best noise pop acts around.

:Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst:

17) Sweet Talk – Double Perfect

Sweet Talk are one of the best bands in Austin, and Double Perfect is one of the year’s best straight up rock albums.  You need it.

:Sweet Talk – Witness:

16) White Reaper – White Reaper Does It Again

These fellas out of Kentucky really delivered the goods on their debut LP, White Reaper Does It Again.  It’s nothing but super catchy garage punk tunes.

:White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die:

15) Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

A 29-track, 93-minute rock opera from the one and only Titus Andronicus?  Yeah, there was never a chance that The Most Lamentable Tragedy wouldn’t be on this list.

:Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:

14) Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up

Colleen Green’s musings throughout I Want To Grow Up are both insightful and relatable.  Also, there isn’t a single track on it that isn’t catchy.

:Colleen Green – TV:

13) Leon Bridges – Coming Home

Leon Bridges pretty much owned 2015.  Coming Home is a warm, inviting effort, and it may just be the year’s most accessible album.

:Leon Bridges – River:

12) Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer

Admittedly, it took me a little while to fully come around on Foil Deer.  I think I was expecting a simple extension of Major Arcana, but their sophomore LP is way more than that – it’s them really evolving, expanding their sound and becoming an overall better band.

:Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate:

11) Ratatat – Magnifique

I think Magnifique is Ratatat’s best album.  From start to finish it’s loaded with really interesting sounds, and all of the songs move incredibly well.  I left it on repeat a lot in 2015.

:Ratatat – Cream On Chrome:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 4

December 3, 2015


We’re nearing the end of my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list!  Ah!  Check out entries 20-11 down below.  Enjoy.

- 50-41
- 40-31
- 30-21

20)  :FIDLAR – 40oz. On Repeat:  There’s a pretty solid chance that this FIDLAR track is the year’s most relatable song.  Now, let’s have drink some alcohol, it’ll make us who we really want to be.  From Too.

19)  :Screaming Females – Criminal Image:  This is one of my favorite Screaming Females tunes.  It’s got a big, meaty riff and frontwoman Marissa Paternoster sounds indestructible.  From Rose Mountain.

18)  :Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire:  Out of all the quality songs on Modest Mouse’s latest album, this one is my favorite.  For whatever reason, I dig that it essentially sounds like Dashboard: Part 2.  From Strangers To Ourselves.

17)  :Conner Youngblood – Stockholm:  This track from Conner Youngblood is hypnotizing.  You just have to love the way he uses the harp here.  From The Generation Of Lift EP.

16)  :Leon Bridges – River:  Leon Bridges absolutely blew up this year, and I like to think it was largely because of this stunning slow burner.  What a song.  From Coming Home.

15)  :Bop English – Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control):  James Petralli (of White Denim fame) is Bop English.  There’s a playful, retro pop sound on display here that’s really great.  From Constant Bop.

14)  :Diet Cig – Harvard:  Diet Cig’s front-lady Alex Luciano is in full-on bitter mode throughout this track, and it’s fantastic.  I hope she never loses that sarcastic edge of hers.  From the Over Easy EP.

13)  :Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:  Whenever I want to jump around like a madman in my living room, I put on this sloppy jam from Titus Andronicus.  It’s such a raucous good time.  From The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

12)  :Mos Def – Sensei On The Block (Featuring Ski Beatz):  This song is vintage Mos Def (in the best of ways), and it totally makes me yearn for his pre-Yasiin Bey days.  From the land of one-off tracks.

11)  :Purity Ring – Push Pull:  I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about Purity Ring’s sophomore album – some of it works for me, some of it doesn’t.  This beautiful number is definitely the best track on it.  From Another Eternity.

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Show Of The Week

September 16, 2015


I should be totally selfish this week and only tell you to come to the show I’m DJ’ing (it’s Thursday at Cheer Up Charlie’s for The Harms’ vinyl release show) or the next Red Bull Sound Select showcase I helped assemble (it’s Saturday at Sidewinder with The Black Lips), but for the sake of not making everything about me, I want all of you to focus on seeing Titus Andronicus, Spider Bags and Baked at Sidewinder on Sunday.  Titus’ latest album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, is a gem, and their raucous live show will make it easy to ignore the fact that you have to get up and go to work on Monday.  Plus, Spider Bags are really rad.  See you there!

BY THE WAY, you can enter to win a pair of guest list spots for the show on Sunday simply by sending me an email HERE with TITUS in the subject line.

More recommended shows for your eyes and ears.

- Diet Cig, Pleasure Venom at the Mohawk
- The Get Up Kids, The Hotelier, The Josh Berwanger Band at the Mohawk

- The Harms, Machete Western, Templo X, Pollen Rx at Cheer Up Charlies
- Laetitia Sadier, Deradoorian at Holy Mountain
- AJ Davila, Colleen Green, Jail, Bad Lovers, Que Pasa at Hotel Vegas

- Wavves, Twin Peaks, Swimmers at the Mohawk
- Mimicking Birds, Emily Wolfe at the Mohawk
- The Eastern Sea, Bad Dad and the Brunch People, Ramesh at Holy Mountain
- Big Scary at Stubb’s

- The Black Lips, Baby Baby, Sealion at The Sidewinder
- Sheer Mag, Glue at The Sidewinder
- Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Mirror Travel at the Parish
- Chelsea Wolfe, Wovenhand at the Mohawk
- RF Shannon, Jess Williamson, Adam Torres, Cross Record, The Dan Ryan at the Mohawk
- Ringo Deathstarr, Wildcat Apollo, Moving Panoramas, Hollow Trees at Hotel Vegas
- Holiday Mountain, Big Bill, Hikes at Holy Mountain
- ISHI, Leach, MAAJR at The Swan Dive
- Shivery Shakes, Star Parks at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

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Quickdraw: Titus Andronicus, Dirty Ghosts, La Luz, Air Waves, Beach House

July 2, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Titus Andronicus – Fired Up:  Yesterday Titus Andronicus dropped a short film and this anthemic track.  At this point I don’t see how anyone could be anything less than absolutely pumped for their new album.  The Most Lamentable Tragedy is due out July 28 via Merge.

:Dirty Ghosts – Cataract:  It’s been a while since Dirty Ghosts have put out anything.  Good to see that the band is still kicking.  This new track sounds in line with the catchy, driving dance punk tunes that filled 2012′s Metal Moon.  I approve.  The Cataract EP is due out July 24 via Burger.

:La Luz – Don’t Wanna Be Anywhere:  This is the latest single from La Luz’s sophomore LP, and I think it’s a delightful listen.  I fully expect Weirdo Shrine to be fantastic.  It’s due out August 7 via Hardly Art.  See them at the Mohawk on August 15.

:Air Waves – Milky Way:  For the last couple of days I’ve been all about this pleasant tune from Air Waves.  Nicole Schneit has a very inviting voice that plays well with the song’s endearing hook – “hold me, don’t let me go”  Parting Glances is due out September 18 via Western Vinyl.

:Beach House – Sparks:  Beach House are back and sounding particularly bummed out.  Hooray!  By the way, you should most definitely slap on a good pair of headphones for this.  Depression Cherry is due out August 28 via Sub Pop.

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Quickdraw: Titus Andronicus, Widowspeak, Lower Dens, Mas Ysa, Chelsea Wolfe

June 11, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Titus Andronicus – Fatal Flaw:  Here’s another raucous good time from the one and only Titus Andronicus.  If this track doesn’t make you want to go wild, you should seek help immediately.  The Most Lamentable Tragedy is due out July 28 via Merge.  See them on September 20 at Red 7.

:Widowspeak – Girls:  This new Widowspeak single is one of the more pleasant things I’ve heard in 2015.  I love Molly Hamilton’s inviting vocal work and the meandering arrangement is delightful.  All Yours is due out September 4 via Captured Tracks.

:Lower Dens  – Maneater (Hall & Oates Cover):  For fun (I assume), Lower Dens performed this Hall & Oates cover live during a recent Sirius XMU session.  The original will always be my favorite version, but I definitely dig the moody twist that’s been applied here.

:Mas Ysa – Gun (Featuring Nicole Miglis):  This powerful duet with Nicole Miglis (of Hundred Waters) is the latest and greatest effort from Thomas Arsenault (aka Mas Ysa).  I’m impatiently waiting for the day I can take his debut album and devour it with a good pair of headphones.  Seraph is due out July 24 via Downtown Records.  See him July 17 at Red 7.

:Chelsea Wolfe – Carrion Flowers:  Unsurprisingly, I’m all about this crunchy, haunting wall of sound from Chelsea Wolfe.  There’s something about her weirdness that always pulls me in.  Abyss is due out August 7 via Sargent House.  See her September 19 at the Mohawk.

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Quickdraw: Titus Andronicus, Dog Party, Sweet John Bloom, Tame Impala, Leon Bridges

May 4, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:  Titus Andronicus are back with a new album that’s reportedly a 28-song, 93-minute rock opera.  It sounds insane, so I want and need it now.  This first single is a raucous beast.  The Most Lamentable Tragedy is due out July 28 via Merge.

:Dog Party – Peanut Butter Dream:  Back in 2013 Dog Party put out a pretty solid album by the name of Lost Control.  This fuzzy gem has me thinking the follow-up will be better.  Vol. 4 is due out June 16 via Burger Records/Asian Man Records.

:Sweet John Bloom – Tell Me:  This blip of a song (it’s barely a minute and a half long) is pretty damn infectious.  I have high hopes for Sweet John Bloom’s upcoming album, which is titled Weird Prayer and is due out in June via Tiny Engines.

:Tame Impala – Disciples:  A request for a new Tame Impala track went out during a Reddit AMA, and the band delivered.  How nice.  As for this song, it’s a shimmering pop effort that will leave you wanting more.  Currents will be out later this year via Interscope.

:Leon Bridges – River:  Here’s the latest work of beauty from Leon Bridges.  I’m not sure he has it in him to create anything that isn’t stunning.  Coming Home is due out June 23 via Columbia.  See him at Stubb’s on May 11 with Lord Huron.

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Titus Andronicus

July 8, 2014


As I was in the midst of getting ready to celebrate America it would appear as though the great Titus Andronicus announced and promptly sold out of a limited subscription-based series that will see them put out seven seven-inch records in seven weeks.  I don’t know who decided to post up such a rad thing so close to a holiday, but one day I will shove them in the mud.  What a bummer that I missed out on it.  On the bright side, the band has announced a mini-subscription plan that will still net you five of the seven releases.  Not bad, right?  You can further gauge your interest by jumping HERE – it’ll explain the series and you’ll get to see all that’s included (hint: it’s old material, new stuff, and tunes from the TA spin-off Wicked Kind).

Below is the first new track to come out of the series.  It’s that special blend of raucous that only Titus Andronicus know how to do, so I expect that you’ll like it.  Enjoy.

:Titus Andronicus – Stranded (On My Own):

Bonus Video:

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Stream This

November 2, 2012


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.


Writer – Brotherface
Indian Handcrafts – Civil Disobedience For Losers
Lindstrom – Smalhans
Parakeet – Shonen Hearts
Dofish – I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same
Menahan Street Band – The Crossing


Dark Dark Dark released Who Needs Who last month via Supply And Demand Records.

Das Racist put out Relax last year, but this is a new video.

Laetitia Sadler is about to kick off a European tour.  Silencio is out now.

Tamaryn’s Tender New Signs is available now.  She plays Red 7 on November 17.

Clare And The Reasons have an album titled KR-51 that’s out now.

The Antlers sent over an email that simply said “James Case-Leal created this beautiful video for Drift Dive and we want to share it with you.”

Sky Ferreira’s Ghost EP is out now via Capitol Records.

Gangi put out Gesture Is last month.

DZ Deathrays’ debut, Bloodstreams, is available now.

The Calm Blue Sea recently released Arrivals And Departures.  Check out their Sound Samples entry.

Runner is out now via Thrill Jockey.  The Sea And Cake play the Mohawk on November 14.

Titus Andronicus just recently released Local Business.

This track is off of Feist’s Metals.

Ben Gibbard just put out Former Lives via Barsuk.  He’s out on tour now.

Melody’s Echo Chamber have a self titled album that was released back in September.

My Education will release A Drink For All My Friends on November 27.  They play the ND on November 30.

Melt is available now.  Young Magic is currently out on tour with Purity Ring, and they both play the Mohawk on January 22.

Fidlar will release their debut album on January 22nd via Mom+Pop.

Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory is out now via Mom+Pop.

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Stream This

October 19, 2012


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.


POS – We Don’t Even Live Here
GRMLN – Explore EP
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
Gary Clark Jr – Blak And Blu
Other Lives – Mind The Gap EP
Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs
Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional
Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Titus Andronicus – Local Business
The Man With The Iron Fists – Soundtrack
Paul Banks – Banks


Why? just released Mumps, etc, and they’re playing Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Heartless Bastards released Arrow earlier this year.  They play Stubb’s on November 8.

La Sera’s Sees The Light is out now on Hardly Art.

Autumn Owls will release Between Buildings, Towards The Sea next week.

Wild Belle will release Isles early next year.

FatCat Records will put out the US Girls’ GEM next week.

Mean Creek put out Youth Companion this week via Old Flame Records.

Sorry To Bother You is the name of the new album from The Coup.  It’s due October 30.

Bon Iver put out Bon Iver, Bon Iver last year.

El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure is available now.

The xx recently released Coexist.

Fenster just lined up some East Coast dates in support of Bones.

Social Studies will put out Developer on November 13 via Antenna Farm Records.

The Casket Girls will release their debut on November 6 via Graveface Records.  They play the Mohawk on November 3.

Chris Cohen put out Overgrown Path on Captured Tracks earlier this year.

Gangi just released Gesture Is.

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