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Quickdraw: Tacocat, Happy Diving, Field Mouse, Angel Olsen, Tycho

July 5, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tacocat – I Live For The Sun (The Sunrays Cover):  Tacocat will soon be in a town near you, and they’ve released this Sunrays cover to help get you excited about it.  Turn up the volume and take in all of its catchiness.

:Happy Diving – Head Spell:  “Tender yet loud” is how this Happy Diving track is referred to in its press release, and once you hit play you’ll see for yourself just how fitting of a description that is.  I think it’s a good sound for them.  Electric Soul Unity will be out August 19 via Topshelf.

:Field Mouse – The Mirror:  Here’s a nice slice of 90s-enthused pop rock from Field Mouse.  Their upcoming album is one that I think I’m really going to dig.  Episodic is due out August 5 via Topshelf.

:Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me:  While I’m still not sure how I feel about Angel Olsen’s other single, I’m 100% in love with this one.  I can’t get it (or the video) out of my head.  My Woman is due out September 2 via Jagjaguwar.

:Tycho – Division:  Tycho just released this headphone-worthy effort.  It didn’t come with any news on a new album, but I’m really hoping it means that one isn’t too far off.  His last effort, 2014′s Awake, is still a big favorite of mine.

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Quickdraw: The Suffers, La Sera, Damien Jurado, Tycho, Savages

January 12, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Suffers – Peanuts:  Here’s the latest gem from Houston’s The Suffers.  If you’ve been around SOTO at all over the last couple of years, then you know how much I love them.  I’m expecting big things out of the band in 2016.  Their self titled album is due out February 12.

:La Sera – High Notes:  I really like this endearing little pop tune from La Sera.  I’m excited to hear the rest of their Ryan Adams-produced album, Music For Listening To Music To, which is due out March 4 via Polyvinyl.

:Damien Jurado – Exit 353:  Damien Jurado has been on a nice streak lately  (Maraqopa and Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Sun were both super solid), and I’m certain he’ll keep it going with his new LP.  This first single off of it is transfixing.  Visions Of Us On The Land is due out March 18 via Secretly Canadian.

:Tycho – Apogee (RJD2 Remix):  This remix by RJD2 is so very chill.  It makes me want to sit around and do absolutely nothing but relax.  Tycho’s Awake Remixes is due out May 20 via Ghostly International.

:Savages – Adore:  I guess this track technically counts as a “slow-burner” for Savages.  I appreciate the way that they always sound as intense as possible, even if they’re not slinging any noise around.  Adore Life is due out January 22 via Matador.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 2

December 10, 2014

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Here are the final 10 selections for my Top 25 Albums of 2014 list!  Be sure to check out PART ONE if you haven’t already.  Enjoy.

10) The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

The War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream is as dad-rock as it gets, but it’s also the most compelling album of 2014.  Grab some whiskey and give it all your attention.

:The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:

09) Tycho – Awake

Tycho’s Awake is a must-have for fans of instrumental music.  I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent with its post-rock-leaning sound swirling around in my headphones.

:Tycho – Awake:

08) Spoon – They Want My Soul

They Want My Soul is the latest high quality release from Spoon.  I advise that you take a moment to fully appreciate the fact that they’ve been consistently good for roughly TWENTY years.  Wow.

:Spoon – Inside Out:

07) Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

I’ve listened to a lot of people ramble on about how “their last album was better” but Here And Nowhere Else is the first time I’ve truly loved something from Cloud Nothings.  There’s not one bad song on the thoroughly 90s-enthused effort.

:Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me:

06) Solids – Blame Confusion

From start to finish, Solids’ Blame Confusion is just one lo-fi indie rock gem after another.  It seems unlikely that I’ll ever tire of the album.

:Solids – Traces:

05) Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

With A Signed Piece Of Paper, Michael Coomer (aka Lace Curtains) has further cemented himself as one of my favorite singer/songwriters.  We just get each other.  Or something.  Anyways, have you heard his debut, The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness?  It was my #1 album back in 2012.

:Lace Curtains – The Fly:

04) St. Vincent – Self Titled

I’m just about out of ways to praise Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent).  This is the fourth time she’s landed in the Top 5 of my year-end album list.  Is she even capable of putting out something that’s not utterly fantastic?

:St. Vincent – Digital Witness:

03) Tony Molina – Dissed And Dismissed

12 songs, 11 minutes.  Tony Molina’s Dissed And Dismissed may not seem like it has a lot to offer, but it’s actually home to some of the best pop hooks I’ve come across in a long time.  Talk about infectious.

:Tony Molina – Nowhere To Go:

02) Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

There was a sizable stretch this year where I found myself listening to Parquet Courts’ Sunbathing Animal at least twice a day.  I really think the album features some of the best songs that the band has ever written.

:Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly:

01) Run The Jewels – RTJ2

OH MY.  Here in the #1 slot of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 is none other than Run The Jewels’ RTJ2!  The explosive duo of Killer Mike and EL-P really hit a home run with their sophomore effort, and we should all celebrate accordingly.

:Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry:

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Stream This

May 16, 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 ➡ Pujol – Kludge

Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea
The Roots – And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
American Football – Self Titled (Deluxe Edition)
Yann Tierson – Infinity
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Mimicking Birds – Eons
White Sea – In Cold Blood
Haley Bonar – Last War
Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean
Copeland – Because I’m Worth It
Kitty – Impatiens

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tycho

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Stream This

March 7, 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 WEEKTycho – Awake

Kimono Kult – Hiding In The Light EP
Bradford Cox – Teenage (Soundtrack)
Le1f – Hey EP
Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow
Max Cooper – Human
Battleme – Future Runs Magnetic
Plateau – Still Paradise

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Men

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Quickdraw: Yuck, The Echo Friendly, Molybden, Tycho, Modrag

February 24, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Yuck – Another One:  Remember when Yuck lost their frontman and we all thought they’d either completely break up or just no longer be any good?  Yeah, me either.  The Southern Skies EP will be out at some point in the coming months.

:The Echo Friendly – Fuck It And Whatever:  This track from The Echo Friendly sounds like Interpol mashed with Future Islands.  I can get behind that.  You’ll be able to grab Love Panic on May 20 via YEBO Music.

:Molybden – Woman Who Left Behind:  Dana Falconberry, Jess Williamson, Jana Horn, and now Molybden.  Austin has so many spectacular lady singer/songwriters.  See Molybden at Spider House Ballroom this Wednesday for the release of her 7″, Woman Who Left Behind.

:Tycho – Spectre:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Tycho album.  All signs point it being rad.  Ghostly International will release Awake on March 18.  See Tycho at the Parish on May 1.

:Modrag – Oh Boy:  Here’s a catchy tune from Austin’s Modrag.  Expect to like if you appreciate garage rock and having fun.  The band is currently working on a full length album for Ronjo Records.

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Quickdraw: Curtis Harding, Horse Thief, Tycho, The Mary Onettes, She Sir

February 3, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Curtis Harding – Keep On Shining:  Sharon Jones is back, Houston is flexing The Suffers, and now there’s Curtis Harding.  2014 is looking like it’s going to be a great one for soul music.  Look out for Soul Power on April 22 via Burger Records.

:Horse Thief – Devil:  Here’s a new one from Oklahoma City’s Horse Thief, who I happened to see at Holy Mountain while doing some wandering over the weekend.  They’ve got a pleasant, well layered sound.  Fear In Bliss is expected out on April 14 via Bella Union.

:Tycho – Montana:  On the instrumental front, the album I’m looking forward to the most right now is the new one from Tycho.  Talk about headphone bliss.  Ghostly International will release Awake on March 18.  Catch Tycho at the Parish on May 1.

:The Mary Onettes – Silence Is A Gun:  I’ve never seen the Mary Onettes, so news of them being at this year’s SXSW put a smile on my face.  This song with the pretty sound is off of a mini-album titled Portico, which is due out on March 4 via Labrador.

:She Sir – Condensedindents:  If you’ve been hanging around SOTO for a while, then you’ve probably seen She Sir mentioned a few times.  They’re definitely on the list of Austin pop acts that deserve your attention.  You’ll be able to get Go Guitars on February 25 via Shelflife Records.  The band is set to have an album release show on Feburary 27 at the Mohawk.

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Quickdraw: Audacity, Genuine Leather, Jungle, Tycho, POS

October 21, 2013

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Today’s music thinks you’re so pretty.  Enjoy.

:Audacity – Couldn’t Hold A Candle:  I’m really digging the pop garage/punk sound that Audacity has on display in this catchy track.  The band will release Butter Knife on October 29 via Suicide Squeeze Records.  You will be able to catch them at Beerland this Thursday.

:Genuine Leather – Head Wound:  I love that summer is finally on the way out here in Austin, but this breezy pop number actually makes me sort of miss it. Genuine Leather are currently in the midst of working on a new full length.

:Jungle – Lucky I Got What I Want:  This might just be me, but every time I listen to this I can’t help but be reminded of Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes-era TV On The Radio.  I like it.  Jungle will release The Heat EP tomorrow via B3SCI/Chess Club Records.

:Tycho – Awake:  Just go ahead and grab your headphones for this, as it’s another superbly crafted song by Tycho.  A new full length is currently in the works.  If you’re awesome and coming to Fun Fun Fun Fest next month, Tycho is on the lineup.

:POS – Fuck Your Stuff (Marijuana Deathsquads Remix):  I think the original version of this track is perfect, but I definitely still dig the ominous mix its been given here.  The remix of POS’s last album, We Don’t Even Live Here, is due out tomorrow.  It’ll be free!  Marijuana Deathsquads play Emo’s East on November 15.

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Stream This

May 10, 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

MS MR – Secondhand Rapture
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
Dirty Beaches – Strange Pleasures
Small Black – Limits Of Desire
Peals – Walking Field
Wampire – Curiosity
Eluvium -  Nightmare Ending
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding
Pure X – Crawling Up The Strairs
Sam Amidon – Bright Sunny South
Survival – Self Titled
Dungeonesse – Self Titled
Phaseone – If I Tell U
Snowden – No One In Control
Adult – The Way Things Fall
The Features – Self Titled
Saturday Looks Good To Me – One Kiss Ends It All
Luke Rathborne – Last Forgiven
Burnt Ones – You’ll Never Walk Alone
PacificUV – After The Dream You Are Awake

VIDEOS

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito is out now on Interscope.

Smith Westerns will release Soft Will on June 25 through Mom + Pop.

Alpine’s A Is For Alpine is due out May 21 via Votiv.

Wolf People just recently released Fain on Jagjaguwar.

David Bowie’s The Next Day is out now.

The National will put out Trouble Will Find Me on May 21 via 4AD.

Gary Clark Jr. released Blak And Blu last year.

Queens Of The Stone Age are set to release Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador.

Deftones have an album out now titled Koi No Yokan.

Girl Names put out The New Life earlier this year on Slumberland.

Wild Moccasins’ Gag Reflections single is out now on New West Records.

Secret Colours will release Peach on May 28.

Theophilus London is expected to put out a new full length later this year.

Cool Ghouls have a self titled album out now on Empty Cellar Records.

Tycho have a 12″ available now titled Fragments.Ascension.

Hands just recently put out Synesthesia on Kill Rock Stars.

Blake Hazard (of the Submarines) will release The Eleanor Islands on July 9.

Coma Cinema’s Posthumous Release is due June 11 via Fork & Spoon Records/Orchid Tapes.

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