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Wavves

September 13, 2016

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First of all, sorry for the wonky posting schedule that’s been in play here at SOTO for the last month or so – I’ve been out of town a lot.  That’s all done now though (for a while anyways), so hopefully I can get things back to normal.

Now, about today’s music, it’s a Weezer cover from WavvesApparently the two have teamed up for a limited-edition split 7″ that features an unreleased Weezer track and Wavves’ take on You Gave Your Love To Me Softly, which was originally done by Rivers Cuomo and Co. back in the 90s for the Angus soundtrack.  Enjoy.

:Wavves – You Gave Your Love To Me Softly (Weezer Cover):

Bonus Video:

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Show Of The Week

February 10, 2016

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I normally like to go local or small when it comes to my main pick for this column, but this week I couldn’t help but be fixated on the show that’s going down at Stubb’s tomorrow night.  The tour is called Summer Is Forever II, and the lineup features three acts that have made plenty of appearance here at SOTO – Wavves, Best Coast and Cherry Glazerr.  I’m expecting it to be be a fun night.  Be there.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Jessica Lea Mayfield at the Cactus Cafe

Thursday:
- The Murder City Devils, Sweet Spirit, Caskets at the Mohawk
- Protextor, Secret Levels, Scuare, Hermit Kingdom at Barracuda
- The Blistering Speeds, The Midgetmen at Indian Roller Boutique Roadhouse

Friday:
- Riders Against the Storm, Subkulture Patriots, Cake, Brenden Foster, Mama Duke, DJ Zetroc at The Sidewinder
- Moving Panoramas, Telepods, Daniel Francis Doyle & The Dreams, Teenage Cavegirl at Hotel Vegas
- Zettajoule, Slomo Drags, Major Major Major, Star Parks, The Holy Child, Feline & Strange, The David Ruffins at The Blackheart

Saturday:
- Flesh Lights, Manhunt, Sweet Talk, Runnin’ with Pendejos, Mike Melendi, DJ’s Tweey and Sara O at Hotel Vegas
- The Eastern Sea, Good Field, Lomelda, Grand Child, Early Internet, Molly Burch, Scenery at The Sidewinder
- Isaiah the Mosaic, Shmu, Food Group, Red Comet 3 at the Mohawk

Sunday:
- The Happen-Ins, The Ghost Wolves at Stubb’s

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Wavves, Dante Elephante, Moving Panoramas, Small Black, Night Drive

August 3, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Wavves – Flamezesz:  Wavves seem to have worked out their label issues, so now things are hopping for them.  This second single is just as catchy and accessible as the first one.   V is due out October 2 via Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros.

:Dante Elephante – Never Trust A Junkie:  Dante Elephante is a silly name, but I really like this song.  It’s hooky and just jangly enough to make you want to get up and move.  Anglo Saxon Summer is due out October 2 via Lolipop.

:Moving Panoramas – One:  It took a nice long while, but Austin’s own Moving Panoramas have put together a debut LP.  Singer/guitarist Leslie Sisson has done a lot musically (The Wooden Birds, Matt Pond PA, Black Forest Fire and more), so I’m expecting it to be good.  One is due out October 2 via Modern Outsider.  See them at Red 7 this Saturday.

:Small Black – Boys Life:  This new one from Small Black is spectacular.  I’m not sure they’ve ever sounded as tight/well crafted/put together as they do here.  Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar.  They’ll also be playing at Red 7 on that date.

:Night Drive – Queen (Perfume Genius):  The original version of this song is pretty much perfect, but I dig what Night Drive have done here.  Their take has some thump to it and is definitely more accessible.  This cover is a one-off, so grab it while you can.

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Quickdraw: Wavves, Mac DeMarco, Reservations, Advance Base, Chvrches

July 20, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Wavves – Way Too Much:  I don’t believe Wavves have ever sounded as accessible as they do here.  I like it.  Unfortunately, band main-brain Nathan Williams seems to be having issues with Warner Bros, so who knows when a new album will be out.

:Mac DeMarco – I’ve Been Waiting For Her:  I haven’t been able to get enough of this Mac DeMarco track.  It’s so very relaxed and charming.  Another One is due out August 7 via Captured Tracks.  See him at Stubb’s on October 20.

:Reservations – Planet:  Jana Horn, Paul Price (Good Field) and Jason Baczynski (Tacks, The Boy Disaster) are Austin’s own Reservations, and this somber single is off of their new album, Taking Time, which is due out this Friday.  I’m excited to check it out.

:Advance Base – Pamela:  Here’s the latest melancholic effort from Owen Ashworth (aka Advance Base).  I’m pretty certain he could softly sing names off a list and I’d be into it.  Nephew In The Wild is due out August 21 via Orindal Records/Tomlab.

:Chvrches – Leave A Trace:  If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that this new one from Chvrches was off of their debut LP.  But it’s not.  It definitely just got released.  The band is just barreling forward with what has clearly worked for them, and that’s fine with me.  Every Open Eye is due out September 25 via Glassnote.

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Quickdraw: Wavves + Cloud Nothings, White Reaper, Low, Mas Ysa, Keeper

June 29, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Wavves + Cloud Nothings – No Life For Me:  Over the weekend Ghost Ramp set free the previously announced album from Nathan Williams (Wavves) and Dylan Baldi (Cloud Nothings).  I haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing yet, but this sloppy, hooky track has me excited to dive into it.  No Life For Me is available now via Bandcamp.

:White Reaper – Pills:  Here’s the latest infectious single from White Reaper.  I just got sent their debut LP, and as soon as I have a chance I’m cracking it open and listening to it for forever (well, maybe not for-ev-er).  White Reaper Does It Again is due out July 17 via Polyvinyl.

:Low – No Comprende:  20+ year vets Low have put together a new full length.  This first single is pretty much what you’d expect from the band, but that’s hardly a bad thing.  Ones And Sixes is due out September 11 via Sub Pop.

:Mas Ysa – Arrows:  It’s kind of weird to hear Mas Ysa’s vulnerable voice/songwriting/everything over a club-ready arrangement, but it works.  Seraph is due out July 24 via Downtown Records.  See him at Red 7 on July 17.

:Keeper – Next To Me:  I just got around to discovering this track from Austin’s own Keeper.  It’s an R&B-inspired effort that’s been slickly produced, and I think it’s fantastic.  Moonhigh is expected out later this year via Freshmoon.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 4

December 5, 2013

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We’re now down to the final 20 songs!  Ah!  Enjoy.

20)  :Minks – Margot:  I know some folks weren’t a fan of Minks cleaning up their sound, but I thought it was an alright move.  This song in particular is great and reminds me of early 2000s indie pop.  From Tides End.

19)  :Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  As I said when this made my Austin Essentials list, it’s that one song Okkervil River seem to have on every album that I can’t get enough of.  From The Silver Gymnasium.

18)  :Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now:  To be honest, I totally didn’t get all the love for Parquet Courts until this song came along.  I appreciate its adequate amount of snarl.  From the Tally All The Things That You Broke EP.

17)  :A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Austin’s finest pop punk band is A Giant Dog, and I think this is their best song.  It rocks and does well to show off Sabrina Ellis’ stellar voice.  From Bone.

16)  :Wavves – Demon To Lean On:  I didn’t at all think Wavves would ever turn into a 90s-esque alt-rock band, but here they are doing it and doing it well.  I approve.  From Afraid Of Heights.

15)  :White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  The heaviest song on White Denim’s 2013 effort is also my favorite from it.  I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to blow out my speakers via this track.  From Corsicana Lemonade.

14)  :Swearin’ – Watered Down:  I love any sort of indie rock that feels lifted out of the 90s, so I was hooked on this pretty much immediately.  Be warned, Swearin’ will make you want to dig up tons of old records.    From Surfing Strange.

13)  :Four Fists – MMMMMHMMMMM:  POS and Astronautalis as one act?  Yes.  Forever.  If we’re lucky, this rad track is just the beginning of something awesome.  From Four Fists’ self titled 7″ single.

12)  :Polica – Chain My Name:  Earlier this year I couldn’t wait to get a hold of Polica’s sophomore effort, and it was largely because of this track.  It’s super dancey and completely set on never leaving your head.  From Shulamith.

11)  :Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  This wordy number from Courtney Barnett was a favorite of mine before I was even done listening to it for the first time.  She’s a fantastic storyteller.  From the A Sea Of Split Peas EP.

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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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Stream This

March 29, 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

Charles Bradley – Victim Of Love
Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
Generationals – Heza
Olafur Arnalds – For Now I Am Winter
IO ECHO – Ministry Of Love
Luxury Liners – They’re Flowers
Vondelpark – Seabed
Dutch Uncles – Out Of Touch In The Wild
The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Chvrches – Recover EP
Wax Idols – Discipline And Desire
Mudhoney – Vanishing Point
Wire – Change Becomes Us
Warm Soda – Someone For You
Niagara – Otto
Tartufi – These Factory Days

VIDEOS

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are all set to release Mosquito on April 16 through Interscope.

Phosphorescent just put out Muchacho on Dead Oceans.

Marnie Stern’s The Chronicles Of Marnia is out now on Kill Rock Stars.

Big Deal is set to release June Gloom on June 18 via Mute.

Wavves recently put out Afraid Of Heights on Mom + Pop.

Tricky will release False Idols on May 28 via his own label.

Shellshag will put out Shellshag Forever on April 20 through Don Giovanni.

Barbarossa’s The Load 7″ is out now on Memphis Industries.

Team Spirit will release a self titled EP on April 9 via Vice Records.

Toro Y Moi’s Anything In Return is out now on Carpark Records.

The Coathangers are about to head out on a tour in Europe with And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.

Inc. recently put out No World on 4AD.

Thee Oh Sees will release Floating Coffins on April 16 via Castle Face.

Cold Cave put out this song in September of last year, but the video is new.

Passion Pit’s Gossamer is out now.

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Stream This

March 22, 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

The Strokes – Comedown Machine
In The Valley Below – Hymnal EP
Julian Lynch – Lines
Depeche Mode – Delta Machine
Wavves – Afraid Of Heights

VIDEOS

Sigur Ros will put out Kveikur on June 18 via XL Recordings.  Catch them at the Cedar Park Center on April 10.

The Thermals will release Desperate Ground on April 16 via Saddle Creek.

Rilo Kiley will release rkives on April 2 via Little Record Company.

Generationals will release Heza on April 2 via Polyvinyl.

S. Carey recently teamed up with Arco Sessions for this track.

Noah And The Whale will release Heart Of Nowhere on May 6.

The Holydrug Couple’s Nocturnal is out now Sacred Bones Records.

Golden Grrrls just released their self titled album via Slumberland Records.

My Jerusalem released Preachers last year.

Legs will release Pass The Ringo on April 23 via Loglady Records.

The Men’s New Moon is out now on Sacred Bones Records.

Feeding People’s Island Universe is available now.

British Sea Power will release Machineries Of Joy on April 2 via Rough Trade.

The Joy Formidable put out Wolf’s Law back in January.  They play Emo’s East on April 30.

Django Django put out their self titled album last year.

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Quickdraw: Wavves, Hunx, Pond, The ABCs, Caveman

February 4, 2013

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Today’s music never meant to hurt you.  Enjoy.

:Wavves – Demon To Lean On:  I never thought I would be excited to hear a new Wavves album, but this 90s rock-enthused gem has me rather anxious to check out the upcoming Afraid Of Heights.  The effort is due out on March 26 via Mom + Pop.

:Hunx – I Won’t Tell If You Won’t Tell:  Famous Class is still doing its Less Artists More Condos 7″ series, and that makes me happy.  This jangly pop tune is off of the Hunx and Cassie Ramone split, which was just released a week or so ago.  Snatch it up, friends.

:Pond – Giant Tortoise:  If you’ve never felt inclined to spend any time with Pond, then maybe knowing that they share three members with Tame Impala will make you want to check them out.  If not, there’s always the chance that this swirling psych rock tune will just win you over on its own.  Hobo Rocket should be out in the coming months on Modular.

:The ABCs – Record Store:  This band really knows how to write a hook.  They showed it a couple of years back on the album Stona Rosa, and now there’s this single, which is almost too catchy to be real.  Little Leaves is due out March 5 via High Dive Records.

:Caveman – In The City:  Here’s a new, well crafted track from a act that I’ve liked for a while.  I have high hopes for their upcoming album, so it’s nice to see that they’re off to a great start.  They’ll release their self titled effort on April 2 via Fat Possum.

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Quickdraw: Thee Oh Sees, Wild Nothing, Moon Duo, Wavves, The xx

August 13, 2012

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We finally launched a redesign!  And today’s music is in celebration of it.  Hope you guys dig the new SOTO.  Enjoy.

:Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light:  The heat in Texas has finally reached that point (as it does every year) where I’m just done with it.  So, when I say that this track makes we want to get out and have some fun in the summer blaze, then you know it’s a good one.  Putrifiers II will be released on September 11 via In The Red Records, and then four days later the band will play in Austin at La Zona Rosa with Ty Segall.

:Wild Nothing – Paradise:  I tried to make sense of Wild Nothing’s new lunar-centric website, but once my brain started hurting I just had to give up.  Guess I’m no scientist.  Anyhow, I like this song.  It has a nice, simplistic 80s sound that’s easy to get lost in.  The band is all set to release Nocturne on August 28 via Captured Tracks and Bella Union.

:Moon Duo – Sleepwalker:  In case you don’t remember, this band was started by Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shijps) and Sanae Yamada.  I didn’t find their debut full length, Mazes, to be as great as most people made it out to be, but I’m still looking forward to the new album.  Mostly because I think this psychedelic track sounds pretty cool.  Circles is expected out at some point this fall on Sacred Bones.

:Wavves – Hippies Is Punks:  For a while now these guys have been moving away from the all-garbled sound that they debuted with, and I consider this to be a very good thing.  Here’s hoping we get more fuzzy pop songs out of Wavves.  Less noise looks nice on them.  This track was made for the Adult Swim Singles Program.

:The xx – Chained:  I get why so many people dig this act, but I have to admit that I’ve never felt much of an attachment to them.  With that being said, I do think this is a pretty cool track.  You should throw on some headphones for it.  Coexist is due out September 11 via Young Turks.

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