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Quickdraw: Ty Segall, Cloud Nothings, Tim Kasher, Why?, Tennis

January 23, 2017

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Just catching up on some big tracks.  Enjoy.

For a moment there it looked liked Ty Segall’s upcoming self titled album was going to be a quiet one, but here in Break A Guitar he’s wildly throwing punches.  I’m all about it.  His new LP is due out this Friday via Drag City.  Side note about the album, it’s his ninth solo effort since 2008.  Wow.


Cloud Nothings new album, Life Without Sound, will be out this Friday via CarparkEnter Entirely is their latest single.  It’s a fairly straightforward affair, but I sure do love how it feels like it might explode at any moment.


Members of Cursive have launched a label, 15 Passenger, and Tim Kasher’s third solo effort is set to be its first release.  I love the pretty (and slightly whimsical) arrangement here in the first single, An Answer For Everything.  Side note, you’ll be able to catch Tim at Barracuda on May 8.

Proactive Evolution is the second single off of Why?’s upcoming album, Moh Llean (due March 3 via Joyful Noise), and it’s rad.  There’s a good chance I’m going to hum its “I’m on fire” bit for the rest of the year.  Side note, the band will be at the Mohawk on April 5.

Has Tennis been flying under the radar lately, or is that just me?  Anyhow, their new single, In The Morning It’ll Be Better, is a pop gem.  Yours Conditionally is due out March 10 via Mutually Detrimental.

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Ty Segall

November 17, 2016

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Just a heads up, this is my last “regular” music post (there will still be film reviews) of 2016.  The site will be on break next week, and then it will be year-end list time.  Woo!  Now, about today’s Ty Segall track – it’s super rad.  Here’s hoping the rest of his upcoming album is as chill as the new tune.  Enjoy.

:Ty Segall – Orange Color Queen:

The self titled album will be out January 27 via Drag City.

Bonus Video:

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 1

December 9, 2014

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Well friends, I’m just about done with posting the site’s year-end music lists.  Today I have the first part of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 (25-11, plus various Honorable Mentions), tomorrow I’ll have my Top 10 selections, and then on Thursday I’ll have Top 5s from each of SOTO’s contributors.  Whew!  Anyhow, on with the rambling.  Enjoy.

PS – This year’s list is very heavily influenced by how often I revisited an album.

25) Swans – To Be Kind

There’s nothing about Swans’ To Be Kind that’s easy (or it would be ranked way higher), but if you can fully immerse yourself in its sprawling sound, you’ll find that it’s a rather rewarding album.

:Swans – A Little God In My Hands:

24) Interpol – El Pintor

While it’s no Turn On The Bright Lights, I do think that El Pintor is the best thing to come from Interpol in a long while.  Who knew that parting with Carlos D would turn out to be good for the band?!

:Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:

23) Future Islands – Singles

Future Islands’ Singles is one of those albums that I burned out on and then ending up excitedly coming back to.  It’s a pretty great effort, especially if you need something to dramatically dance to.

:Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):

22) Sylvan Esso – Self Titled

Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut is an easily accessible effort that’s loaded with some of the year’s best electronic pop songs.  I often just put it on and let its warm sound fill the room.

:Sylvan Esso – Coffee:

21) Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Just when it looked like Thee Oh Sees were going to take a lengthy break, they released the lively Drop.  I approve of such indecisiveness.  Here’s hoping they continue on maybe going on hiatus.

:Thee Oh Sees – Penetrating Eye:

20) Ty Segall – Manipulator

Manipulator is the culmination of all the various sounds that Ty Segall has churned out over the last few years, and it’s great.  Way to bring everything full circle, Mr. Segall.

:Ty Segall – Susie Thumb:

19) Phantogram – Voices

I can’t say that Voices dominated my time the way that Eyelid Movies did (way back in 2010), but it’s definitely a high quality effort.  Phantogram craft great hooks.

:Phantogram – Fall In Love:

18) S – Cool Choices

Jenn Ghetto (formerly of Carissa’s Wierd) is S, and Cool Choices is her very sincere, introspective album.  She’s got the sort of voice that I can’t help but get hung up on.

:S – Vampires:

17) Mono – Rays Of Darkness/The Last Dawn

Technically, Rays Of Darkness and The Last Dawn are two separate releases, but I still consider them to be a two-disc effort.  As for the actual LPs themselves, I really dig how neither of them feel like the Mono that made the over-orchestrated For My Parents.

:Mono – Recoil, Ignite:

16) Jack White – Lazaretto

I can’t ever make any sense of the things that Jack White says and does these days, but I sure do like his music.  Lazaretto is a boisterous experience.

:Jack White – Lazaretto:

15) Abram Shook – Sun Marquee

Austin’s own Abram Shook put out the immensely pleasing Sun Marquee back in January, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.  It’s the kind of breezy, relaxed pop music that’s impossible to not get lost in.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:

14) Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Nikki Nack is exactly what we’ve all come to want and expect from the talented Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) – it’s creative and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

:Tune Yards – Real Thing:

13) Ex Hex – Rips

I miss Wild Flag, but their disbandment delivered Mary Timony’s equally catchy and rocking Ex Hex AND put Sleater-Kinney back together.  I’ll take that deal any day.

:Ex Hex – Hot And Cold:

12) The Dead Space – Faker

If you are even the slightest fan of post-punk, then you need The Dead Space’s Faker in your life.  There’s not a track on it that isn’t rad.

:The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:

11) Tacocat – NVM

I didn’t pay much attention to Tacocat’s NVM until kind of late in the year, but once I “discovered” it I was forever hooked.  It’s total surf-rock bliss.

:Tacocat – Crimson Wave:

Come back tomorrow for my Top 10 Albums of 2014!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

To be honest, I could have easily detailed 50 albums this year, but since the bottom 25 slots would have been occupied by the various releases that I liked but didn’t listen to a whole super lot, I figured it was best to hold back.  For fun though, here are the LPs that more than likely would have made an expanded list.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
Alvvays – Self Titled
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Coathangers – Suck My Shirt
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
Equals – Tracts
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath
FKA Twigs – LP1
Flesh Lights – Free Yourself
Literature – Chorus
Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Owls – Two
Pompeii – Loom
Ramesh – The King
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Thurston Moore – The Best Day
Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Warpaint – Self Titled
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Wye Oak – Shriek
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos

Also, for even more fun, here are my five favorite EPs of 2014.

Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP
Diarrhea Planet – Aliens In The Outfield EP
White Reaper – Self Titled EP
Otis The Destroyer – Dark Arts EP
Whiite Walls – Self Titled EP

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Stream This

October 10, 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

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 ➡ Meatbodies – Self Titled

Pompeii – Loom
Zookeeper – Pink Chalk
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Kevin Morby – Still LIfe
Greylag – Self Titled
Useless Eaters – Bleeding Moon
The Aislers Set – How I Learned To Write Backwards
Kindness – Otherness
Stars – No One Is Lost
Inter Arma – The Cavern
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
Dads – I’ll Be The Tornado
Obliterations – Destroy Everything
The 2 Bears – The Night Is Young
Holy Youth – Self Titled
Kittyhawk – Hello Again
Absolutely Free – Self Titled
Halasan Bazar And Tara King – 8
Museum Of Love – Self Titled

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tune Yards

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Stream This

September 12, 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

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 ➡ This Will Destroy You – Another Language

Generationals – Alix
My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
Lia Ices – Ices
The Juan MacLean – In A Dream
Banks – Goddess
Valery Gore – Idols In The Dark
So Cow – The Long Con
Odesza – In Return
Bee Vs Moth – Shelter In Place
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses
The White Octave – Style No. 6312
Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
Moon Hooch – This Is Cave Music
Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly
Cy Dune – Shake
White Arrows – In Bardo
Cancers – Fatten The Leeches

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
We Were Promised Jetpacks

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Stream This

August 22, 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

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 New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

J Mascis – Tied To A Star
Ty Segall – Manipulator
The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader
Merchandise – After The End
The Rentals – Lost In Alphaville
Opeth – Pale Communion
Mono/Poly – Golden Skies
Cassie Ramone – The Time Has Come
Elephant Stone – The Three Poisons
Johnny Aries – Unbloomed
Rubblebucket – Survival Sounds
The Young – Chrome Cactus
Gemma Ray – Milk For Your Motors
Emily And The Complexes – Dirty Southern Love EP
Maps – Realigned
Wand – Ganglion Reef
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Action Bronson

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Quickdraw: Blonde Redhead, Saint Pepsi, Ex Hex, Ty Segall, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness

August 14, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Blonde Redhead – The One I Love:  Here’s the third single off of Blonde Redhead’s upcoming album.  It’s a minimalistic gem.  Look for Barragan to be released on September 2 via Kobalt.  See them at the Mohawk on November 17.

:Saint Pepsi – Fall Harder:  Saint Pepsi has transitioned from being a producer (remixer? masher upper?) to turning out really catchy pop tunes, and I’m digging it.  I hope he (Ryan DeRobertis) has more of the same on the way.  The Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder single is out now via Carpark.

:Ex Hex – Beast:  I feel like it’s taking an eternity for the Ex Hex album to come out.  I need it!  Mary Timony is the best and I just want to ride around in my car and blast a bunch of hooky pop rock tunes like this one.  Rips is due out October 7 via Merge.

:Ty Segall – Susie Thumb:  Even if you’re not a big fan of Ty Segall, you at least have to appreciate the way he non-stop churns out albums.  I guess downtime isn’t really his thing.  Anyhow, this track is rad and riffy.  Manipulator will be released on August 26 via Drag City.  See Ty at the Mohawk on September 5.

:I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Faust:  I thought I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness had called it quits, but here they are – eight years since their one and only album – with a new effort.  They still sound like a moody bunch.  Dust is due out October 28 via Secretly Canadian.

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Burger Records (Dan)

February 19, 2014

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Like it or not, SXSW is just around the corner. I can’t say I’m ready for it, but I’m getting there. I’m currently working on the follow up to last year’s DC vs Austin show, but since we’re not yet ready to release the details for that party, I figured I’d suggest another SXSW show.

If you love garage rock as much as I do then you’re probably aware of Burger Records. It’s an independent record label and record store in Fullerton, California. The label was founded in 2007 by two members of Thee Makeout Party. The record store opening followed soon after in 2009.

So what makes Burger Records so special? First, they are known for releasing most of their music on cassette. Their loyalty to an outdated but cheap music format helped spark a most unlikely resurgence in tapes. I personally don’t long for the days of listening to music from the tape deck of my 1986 Ford Tempo, but to each his own.

My love of Burger is not because of cassettes. It’s all about the music. They have released tracks by some of the great garage bands of the past decade: Bad Sports, Black Lips, Diarrhea Planet, King Kahn & The Shrines, Hunx And His Punx, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees.  There are also a number of Austin bands on Burger Records as well – Grape St, Holy Wave, John Wesley Coleman, and The Zoltars (go see them on 3/1 with La Snacks at Spiderhouse!) all have released music through Burger.

I also love Burger’s DIY attitude. When I was younger I idolized Fugazi and everyone at Dischord Records for paving their own way. They set the example for punk and hardcore bands on how to succeed on their own terms. The founders of Burger Records have a different model for their business but the DIY motivation is the same.

All of that is to say that you must hear these incredible Burger bands next month during SXSW. The Burger’s 5th Annual SXSW Kickoff is on Wednesday, 3/12 at Trailer Space Records. Then the big party, Burgermania III, is on Saturday, 3/15 at Hotel Vegas. You can listen to the sampler below and also stream The Studio B Sampler and Taste of Burger Records.

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Stream This

November 8, 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

David Bowie – The Next Day Extra
M.I.A. – Matangi
Latryx – The Second Album
Mount Eerie – Pre-Human Ideas
Eminem – The Marshal Mathers LP 2
Lady Gaga – Artpop
Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Flume – Self Titled
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
Nguzunguzu – Skycell
Vaura – The Missing
Eraas – Initiation
Chris Garneau – Winter Games
Cold Beat – Worms EP
Caspian – Hymn For The Greatest Generation EP
ILLS – Hideout From The Feeders
Vaadat Charigim – The World Is Well Lost

VIDEOS

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down just put out The Feeling Kind EP on Ribbon Music.

Chvrches’ The Bones Of What You Believe is out now.  They play Stubb’s on November 22.

Ty Segall’s Sleeper is out now on Drag City.

Yuck’s Glow And Behold is out now on Fat Possum.

Frightened Rabbit’s Pedestrian Verse is out now on Atlantic Records.

JD Samson & MEN’s Labor is out now.  They play Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow night.

These New Puritans put out Field Of Reeds this week via Infectious/PIAS.

White Sea recently released the They Don’t Know single.

Tim Kasher recently released Adult Film.

The HairsCall Me Mista is out now.

Owen’s L’Ami du Peuple is out now on Polyvinyl.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s Fly By Wire is out now on Polyvinyl.  They play Holy Mountain on December 7.

Night Beds’ Country Sleep is out now on Dead Oceans.

Califone’s Stitches is out now on Dead Oceans.

Weekend put out Jinx earlier this year via Slumberland.

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Stream This

August 16, 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

Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Ty Segall – Sleeper
Superchunk – I Hate Music
No Age – An Object
Porcelain Raft – Permanent Signal
Braids – Flourish // Perish
Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
White Hills – So You Are … So You’ll Be
Diana – Perpetual Surrender
Larry Guy – Years Not Living
Willy Mason – Carry On
Joseph Childress – The Rebirths
Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now
Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion
Feuding Fathers – Kid Tested, Father Approved
Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother
Paper Lions – My Friends
Still Life Still – Mourning Trance
Native – Orthodox
Laura Veirs – Warp And Weft

VIDEOS

Austin’s Love Inks will release Generation Club on September 24 via Monofonus Press.

HAIM will put out Days Are Gone on September 30 via Columbia.

Grooms’ Infinity Caller is due out September 3 on Western Vinyl.

Arctic Monkeys will release AM on September 10 via Domino.

Camera Obscura put out Desire Lines earlier this year on 4AD.

Drew Price will release Friends And Family on September 10 via Happenin Records.

King Tuff recently re-issued 2008′s Was Dead.

Butter The Children’s True Crime EP is due August 20 via Downtown Records.

Nite Jewel’s One Second Of Love is out now.

Those Darlins will put out Blue The Line on October 1.

Jacuzzi Boys will put out a self titled album on September 10 via Hardly Art.

Tom Lark is expected to put out a full length next year.

Wax Idols’ Discipline And Desire is out now on Slumberland.

Youth Lagoon’s Wondrous Bughouse is out now on Fat Possum.

These New PuritansField Of Reeds is out now on Infectious Music.

Kim Deal’s Are You Mine? single is out now.

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

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Stream This

January 18, 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

Pillowfight – Self Titled
FIDLAR – Self Titled
Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances In This Town
Big Harp – Chain Letters
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
Mystical Weapons – Self Titled
The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law
Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
Widowspeak – Almanac
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

VIDEOS

J. Mascis is set to appear on Portlandia on January 25.

Dan Deacon is heading out on tour.  See the dates here.

Now Now are hitting the road with a variety of acts, including Minus The Bear, Bob Mould, and Circa Survive.

Dead Leaf Echo will release Thought & Language on March 5.

Ty Segall will play the Mohawk on January 25.  Register to win a pair of tickets here.

Suuns will put out Images du Futur on March 5.

PAPA will release a full length at some point this year.

Woods is heading out on tour in Australia and New Zealand.  See the dates here.

Western Medication will release The Painted World 7″ via Jeffrey Drag Records on January 29.

Johnny Marr will put out The Messenger on February 26.

My Education’s A Drink For All My Friends is out now.

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Dan’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012

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Considering I listen to roughly ten new albums each week on Spotify, it’s not easy narrowing down my list of top albums to just five. While my favorite album was determined months ago, the rest of the top 5 and my honorable mentions list has fluctuated greatly. However, after much internal debate, shuffling of positions, and a far amount of procrastination, I present my top albums of 2012.

5. Imperial China – How We Connect

The second album from my favorite DC band was released in January of this the year. It contains all the things I loved about their first record – lots of searing guitars and swirling synths layered over pummeling percussion – but the new record also shows a marked growth in their sound. This is a tight record that balances musicianship, experimental elements, and sonic intensity. Add it all together and you have a stand out record from a band that has truly distinguished itself on the DC music scene.

:Imperial China – Ljos:

4. Cloud NothingsAttack On Memory

There’s just something about this indie-punk record that I instantly loved. It’s a throwback to bands like Fugazi and Nirvana that mixed fuzz-rock and punk with a pop aesthetic. The record is full of hooks, anthemic tracks, loud drums, and each song is distinguished by Dylan Baldi’s off-kilter yet charming  vocals. What’s not to love?

:Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless:

3. Mind SpidersMeltdown

While the first Mind Spiders record was basically a solo project of Mark Ryan (Marked Men), Meltdown was recorded with a full band and the bigger, more expansive sound is apparent. The lo-fi psychedelic tracks are gone and there are fewer quick hitting punk-pop jams. Meltdown is an expansive record with influences ranging from Jay Reatard to Brian Eno while still retaining the garage rock core that I love so much.

:Mind Spiders – Wait For Us:

2. OBN IIIS – OBNS IIIS

There are a lot of garage rock bands out there vying for our attention, but only one can be King of Rock Mountain, and that king is the OBN IIIs. I didn’t think it possible for them to top their last album, The Only And Only, yet they managed to do just that.

:OBN IIIs – People Are Afraid:

1. Lace Curtains – The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness

I’m still blown away by what Michael Coomer (Harlem) accomplished with The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness. Based on Harlem’s records I expected fun and goofy garage rock. Instead he delivered brilliant pop music that was heartfelt and honest. A personal and authentic album about regrets, confessions, apologies, and sex. Such lyrics usually mean a heavy or dark feel but Coomer manages a breezy laid back vibe that only magnifies the charm of the record.

:Lace Curtains – High Fantasy:

Honorable Mentions:
Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse
Metz – Metz
The White Wires – WWIII
Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

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Stream This

September 14, 2012

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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

Solos - Beasts Of Both Worlds
Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues
Agent Ribbons – Let Them Talk
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock
How To Dress Well – Total Loss
Buke & Gase – Function Falls
The Sea And Cake – Runner
Zulu Pearls – No Heroes No Honeymoons
The Lighthouse And The Whaler – This Is An Adventure

VIDEOS

Broncho is heading out on tour this Fall.  They’ll be playing Red 7 on November 3.  Can’t Get Past The Lips is out now.

Mission Of Burma has a show at Antone’s tomorrow night.  Unsound is available now.

P.O.S. just announced a tour.  He’ll be at the Mohawk on November 17.  We Don’t Even Live Here is due October 23.

There aren’t any Austin dates, but the Raveonettes are out on tour.  Observator is now available.

Fang Island and Anamanaguchi are doing a short tour together that will end with a Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance.  Major is out now.

Chateau Marmont will release their debut, The Maze, some time in the winter.

The Tontons are a band out of Houston that’s been getting some buzz.  They’re set to play the W Hotel on October 29.  Their Golden EP is currently available.

This trio are about to release their debut full length.  It will be out on October 2 via Temporary Residence LTD.

Tilly And The Wall are back after a lengthy absence.  Their new album is titled Heavy Mood, and they’ll be touring in support of it this Fall.  Catch them at the Mohawk on November 16.

Ty Segall plays La Zona Rosa with Thee Oh Sees tomorrow.  Twins is due on October 9 via Drag City.

Buke & Gase just put out a new EP, and they’re about to head out on tour.  The Austin show is set for October 5 at Red 7.

Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives is the latest release from Henry Clay People.  It’s out now.  The band’s tour starts this weekend.  No Austin dates yet.

Family Band put out Grace & Lies earlier this year.  This is the second single off of it.

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