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Show Of The Week

April 11, 2018


Last Saturday the great White Denim kicked off a month-long residency at their studio space, Radio Milk.  I went.  It was neat.  However, I’m more excited about their two shows this Saturday because – of course – they’re presented by my very own 101X Homegrown.  Here’s the deal though, if you want to go you should jump on tickets for yourself real fast.  The late show is already sold out, and the early show is barreling towards the same status.  Come hang with me!  The band will be doing new tunes (the ones I heard last weekend were awesome), plus plenty of fan favorites.

Tix are $15 in advance of the show, $20 the day of.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Sun June, Summer Swells, Lolita Lynne, Royal Forest at Cheer Up Charlies

- Kevin Morby, Hand Habits at Barracuda
- Matt & Kim, CRUISR, TWINKIDS at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Star Parks, Booher at Stubb’s

- Kevin Morby, Hand Habits at Barracuda
- Soccer Mommy, Madeline Kenney at Stubb’s

- Think No Think, Bahamacide, Lauren Burton (of Lola Tried), Randy Reynolds at Hotel Vegas

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Show Of The Week

September 6, 2017


If I weren’t going to be out of town on Saturday, I’d definitely be at the Mohawk for White Denim.  Here’s why the band is playing.

“A couple of weeks ago we lost a dear friend. Scott Staab was a fixture in our creative community in Austin and was a very early White Denim enthusiast. We are honored to celebrate the man’s life with two amazing bands this Saturday at Mohawk. All proceeds go to sending his son Vic to college in 2029. We hope to see you there. This one is important.”

Go in my place!  Not only is the band great live, but it’s for a good cause.  Plus, two other excellent locals – Palo Duro and Feverbones – will be opening.  Tix are $15.

PS – I’ve got another entry into the 93.7 KLBJ’s Sunset Series happening this Sunday out at Ernie’s On The Lake.  Come see Quiet Company, Booher and Genuine Leather!  It’s FREE!  Music starts at 5pm.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Skyline, North by North, Basketball Shorts, Empire Machines at Cheer Up Charlies

- Melvins, Spotlights at the Mohawk
- Black Milk at Empire Control Room
- Knifight, Andy Grant at Hotel Vegas
- Ghostland Observatory, Night Drive at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Hours Quiet, Flavor Raid at Stubb’s
- Harvest Thieves, Thunderado at the Continental Club
- Green Day, Catfish and the Bottlemen at Austin360 Amphitheater

- Soaked, Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad, Bad Bolts, DJ Stereo Stepdad at Hotel Vegas
- The Stacks, Teenage Cavegirl, Basements, Mamalarky at the Hole in the Wall
- She Wants Revenge, Sine, Curse Mackey at Empire Control Room
- Manchester Orchestra, Foxing, All Get Out at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Period Bomb, Attic Ted, Suspirians, Pataphysics at Beerland
- Tristen & Jenny O. at Stubb’s
- Nic Armstrong and the Thieves, Skyline at Threadgill’s
- Sturgill Simpson, Fantastic Negrito at Austin360 Amphitheater

- Peelander-Fest with Peelander-Z, Muge Hoso, Otonana Trio, Saint Lo Gun at Barracuda
- Janet Jackson at the Erwin Center
- Downtown Boys, US Weekly, SXSW at Hotel Vegas

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Top 25 Albums Of 2016

December 12, 2016


Alright friends, here’s my full album list.  Unlike my Top 50 Songs of 2016, there are Austin acts here. As always, this isn’t some sort of “critical” list, it’s just the albums that I jammed the most this year.  Enjoy.

PS – Here’s a playlist of all the albums on Spotify!

25) Deftones – Gore

While I’ve always liked the Deftones, I haven’t legit loved an album of theirs since 2000′s PonyGore wrapped me up though – it’s really well crafted and features some great songs.  I went back to it often in 2016.

24) Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow

At first I was slightly let down by Nothing’s sophomore effort, but after I spent some quality time with it I became pretty damn attached.  If you’re into shoegaze, then you need to listen to Tired Of Tomorrow.

23) Explosions In The Sky – The Wilderness

I love me some Explosions In The Sky.  By the way, my instrumental album rankings for 2016 go like this: 1) EITS’ The Wilderness, 2) Russian Circles’ Guidance and then 3) Mono’s Requiem For Hell.

22) Tancred – Out Of The Garden

There isn’t a song on Tancred’s Out Of The Garden that isn’t infectious.  Definitely a must-listen for fans of 90s indie/pop rock.

21) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – A Man Alive

Thao continues to be one of my favorite singer/songwriters of all time.  I just connect with everything she churns out.

20) Bleached – Welcome The Worms

Bleached took a step away from surf rock on Welcome The Worms and it turned out to be a great move for them.  This album is so energetic.

19) Yung – A Youthful Dream

This kid – 22-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær – out of Denmark really impressed me with his debut as YungA Youthful Dream is noisy in all of the right ways.

18) A Giant Dog – Pile

Austin’s very own A Giant Dog have long been a favorite of mine, so I love that they totally crushed it on Pile, their debut for Merge Records.

17) Savages – Adore Life

I was obsessed with Savages’ Adore Life for the first few months of the year.  Eventually I was able to wiggle myself out of its intense pull, mostly.

16) Preoccupations – Self Titled

Just in case you forgot, Viet Cong is now Preoccupations.  In regards to their self titled effort, I love that the majority of it sounds like Interpol on artsy steroids.

15) Cross Record – Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi is a rather ethereal effort from Cross Record, a newer band out of Austin.  The whole thing is really damn good and it totally turned me into a big fan of theirs.

14) The Hotelier – Goodness

For those of you that love anthemic rock (with a dash of emo on top), here’s Goodness from The Hotelier.  I passionately rocked this album a lot in my car.

13) Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing

There isn’t a single song on Frankie Cosmos’ Next Thing that isn’t soaked in sincerity.  She has one of those voices that makes everything feel so very genuine.

12) Terry Malts – Lost At The Party

Any time Terry Malts put out an album, you can count on it being high up on my list.  They write super catchy stuff and in general are reliably awesome.

11) Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years

Pretty Years is one hell of an album.  At one point will the masses open up to Cymbals Eat Guitars?  Those guys should be playing huge rooms.

10) White Denim – Stiff

Stiff is another high quality set of jams from White Denim.  They remain a really big favorite of mine.

09) Whitney – Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is quite possibly the most accessible album that I came across this year.  Seriously, there’s not a single track on Whitney’s debut that isn’t instantly likeable.

08) Basketball Shorts – Hot And Ready

Hot And Ready from Austin’s Basketball Shorts was a big go-to for me in 2016.  It’s 20-ish minutes of pop punk perfection.

07) Angel Olsen – My Woman

My Woman made me go from liking Angel Olsen to loving her.  What a next level effort.

06) Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book

For a while there, I only listened to Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book.  It’s an inspired, energetic effort that features a lot of great songwriting.  It’ll be interesting to see where he goes from here.

05) Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo is a manic listen with a lot of layers.  He sure does have a lot going on in his head.

04) The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend

The Coathangers really hit a home run with Nosebleed Weekend.  It has a ton of great hooks and just the right amount of snarl.

03) Frank Ocean – Blonde

Frank Ocean’s Blonde is a hypnotic experience.  I’m not even sure how often I’ve listened to the entire thing after only intending to revisit one particular song.

02) Car Seat Headrest – Teens In Denial

They may not sound alike at all, but Car Seat Headrest’s Teens In Denials is like Frank Ocean’s Blonde – they’re both really hypnotic listens.  That Will Toledo is one hell of a songwriter.

01) White Lung – Paradise

Of all the EPs and LPs I listened to 2016, White Lung’s Paradise is the one that I jammed the most.  It’s loud and heavy and the best modern rock album I’ve come across in years. Congrats to the band for nailing it and grabbing the top spot on my list.

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Quickdraw: Baauer, White Denim, Big Deal, Frankie Cosmos, Sonny And The Sunsets

March 21, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Baauer – Temple (Featuring MIA And G-Dragon):  Admittedly, I haven’t paid any attention to Baauer since Harlem Shake (way back in 2012).  This track is legit rad though and has me at least somewhat interested in checking out his new LP, Aa, which just came out on LuckyMe.

:White Denim – Had 2 Know (Personal):  Here’s a new jam from White Denim.  At this point I’m certain their new album will be my 2016 go-to listen for when I’m in the car.  Stiff is due out on March 25 via Downtown.

:Big Deal – Say Yes:  “Pretty much everything that could fall apart for us, did. This included parting with our label [Mute], breaking up a relationship, band members leaving and losing all of our music when my apartment was broken in to. We didn’t want to give up, or revel in our misery. We decided instead to try and turn it into something magic.” – Alice Costelloe.  It would appear that Big Deal encountered a few issues while trying to put together a new album.  Good on them for making it work.  Say Yes is due out June 17 via FatCat.

:Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  This pop number from Frankie Cosmos (aka Greta Kline)  is such a charming listen.  I’m excited for her sophomore LP, Next Thing, which is due out April 1 via Bayonet Records.

:Sonny And The Sunsets – Well But Strangely Hung Man:  This is such a silly track, but I love it.  Here’s hoping that from here on out Sonny And The Sunsets only let Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards) produce their albums.  Moods Baby Moods is due out May 27 via Polyvinyl.

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Quickdraw: Mind Spiders, Twin Peaks, White Denim, Tangerine, Yuck

February 2, 2016


Music!  Enjoy.

:Mind Spiders – Cold:  This new one from Mind Spiders is the best post punk song I’ve heard in who knows how long.  I can’t take it off repeat.  Prosthesis is due out March 11 via Dirtnap.

:Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love:  Twin Peaks have assembled a third full length, and this charming garage pop number is the first single off of it.  I like how comfortable it sounds.  Down In Heaven is due out May 13 via Grand Jury.  You’ll be able to see the band at Levitation in April/May.

:White Denim – Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah):  “I need you like bacon needs eggs.”  Even if this song wasn’t a total blast of retro-enthused fun, I’d still be into it because of that one lyric.  White Denim will release Stiff on March 25 via Downtown.  You can see the band this Thursday at C-Boys Heart & Soul.

:Tangerine – Sunset:  Whenever I listen to this song two things pop into my head – “What an infectious effort!” and “Why in the world haven’t I ever paid any attention to Tangerine?”.  The Sugar Teeth EP is due out February 19 via Swoon.

:Yuck – Cannonball:  Here’s a quickie (that’s somehow not a Breeders’ cover) from Yuck.  It’s fuzzy and loud, and I’m really into it.  Stranger Things is due out February 26.

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Quickdraw: The Thermals, White Denim, Thao And The Get Down Stay Down, Autolux, Explosions In The Sky

January 11, 2016


Music!  Enjoy.

:The Thermals – Hey You:  Even though they’re about to release their seventh full length, The Thermals still sound as energetic and anthemic as ever.  Hard not to appreciate that kind of stamina.  We Disappear is due out March 25 via Saddle Creek.

:White Denim – Holda You (I’m Psycho):  I adore White Denim, so I’m more than a little excited that they’ve put together a new album.  This first single is a real jam.  Stiff is due out March 25 via Downtow Records.

:Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – Nobody Dies:  My love for Thao is pretty much entirely based on her fantastic lyrics.  However, with this track it’s actually the arrangement that has me hooked.  It moves really well.  I A Man Alive is due out March 4 via Ribbon Music.  See her at the Mohawk on April 23.

:Autolux – Change My Head:  If you found the previous Autolux single to be a bit out there, this one might bring you back around on them.  It’s essentially a lighter, more accessible version of their older stuff.  The band is expected to put out an album sometime in the spring.

:Explosions In the Sky – Disintegration Anxiety:  I spent a good chunk of time over the break lovingly revisiting Explosions In The Sky’s previous releases, so I’m going to go ahead and say I willed a new album to happen.  How nice of me, right?  Now excuse me while I wear this track out.  The Wilderness is due out April 1 via Temporary Residence LTD.

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Show Of The Week

September 23, 2015


The good folks at Do512 have gone and built a crafty app for themselves, and this Saturday they’ll be celebrating the release of it at Empire Control Room & Garage with White Denim, Christian Bland & The Revelators, Gloves Collective and Yelo.  You have to be there.  Not only is the app good and totally worth supporting, but my favs White Denim are playing!  They’ve slowed things down due to members of the band being involved in other music-related gigs (Bop English, Leon Bridges), so it’s essentially a rare performance.  Don’t miss out.  RSVP for the show by downloading Do512′s new app.

CONTEST: If you prefer a more “guaranteed entry” kind of thing, you can enter to win a pair of fancy guest list spots through SOTO by sending an email HERE.  I’ll pick a winner Friday morning.

And now, more good shows!

Thee Oh Sees, Spray Paint, Future Death at Hotel Vegas
Destroyer, Jennifer Castle at the Mohawk
Ratatat, Hot Sugar at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
Thundercat at Holy Mountain
Langhorne Slim & The Law at the Scoot Inn

This Will Destroy You at Holy Mountain

Hard Proof, Magna Carda, Major Major Major, Chipper Jones, Mobley at Holy Mountain
Budos Band at the Mohawk
Yonatan Gat, Tele Novella, Big Bill, The Harms, The Rotten Mangos at the Sahara Lounge
MS MR, Circa Waves, Crater at Emo’s

A Giant Dog, The Crack Pipes, Sleeping Pills at Hotel Vegas
Eagle Claw, Not in the Face, Feral Future, Tia Carrera, Destroyer of Light at Holy Mountain
Other Lovers, Jackie Venson, Ray Prim at The Blackheart
Blind Pets, ThinkNoThink at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.

Mike and the Moonpies, East Cameron Folkcore, Harvest Thieves, Ben Ballinger at Holy Mountain

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Stream This

April 4, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ EMA – The Future’s Void

Ghetto Ghouls – Self Titled
Tweens – Self Titled
HighasaKite – Silent Treatment
School Of Language – Old Fears
Off – Wasted Years
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right
Ital Tek – Mega City Industry
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Avey Tare – Enter The Slasher House
Little Racer – Modern Accent EP
SoftSpot – Mass


Pure X

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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 1

December 11, 2013


Because I want to makes sure you know I listen to too much music, here’s another year-end list.  This time it covers the albums I couldn’t take off repeat when I wasn’t pouring over various singles.  The countdown will come to a conclusion on Friday!  Enjoy.

25) Chelsea Light Moving – Self Titled

Thurston Moore’s new band put out their self titled debut in the first part of 2013, and I’ve been listening to it fairly often ever since.  It’s a meaty, noisy indie rock effort that gets better the more time you spend with it.

:Chelsea Light Moving – Burroughs:

24) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common

We The Common didn’t resonate with me as much as Thao’s previous two albums, but I still find it to be a really good effort.  She continues to be one of my favorite songwriters.

:Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common:

23) Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia

Despite being a long-time fan of Marnie Stern, The Chronicles Of Marnia is the first album of hers that I’ve fully liked.  Probably because it’s easily her most focused effort to date.

Check out the album here.

22) The Men – New Moon

I know everyone prefers the Men’s heavier efforts, but I adore the almost folkish indie rock sound that makes up New Moon.  Don’t be afraid to toss on headphones for this one.

:The Men – The Seeds:

21) Grape St. – A Date With You

A good chunk of my 2013 was spent singing-a-long with Grape St’s A Date With You.  The Austin act sure knows how to put together a catchy garage rock tune.

:Grape St – A Date With You:

20) Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere

Terry Malts’ Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere took a few listens for me to completely warm up to it, but once I did I never wanted to let go.  If you like fuzzed-out pop punk, then you need this album.

:Terry Malts – I Was Not There:

19) White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

Even if you’re not a big fan of White Denim, you have to appreciate how hard they work to constantly expand their sound.  Corsicana Lemonade is really nice step forward for them.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

Weird Sister is one of the more scatterbrained, largely crazy indie pop efforts of 2013, but it works.  Here’s hoping Joanna Gruesome never change.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:

17) Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

Foxygen’s poor/bizarre live showings seem to have soured most people’s opinion of the band, and that’s just too bad.  We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic is a really good album that proudly showcases the band’s various influences.

:Foxygen – On Blue Mountain:

16) Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled

Omar Rodriquez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) and Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) are at the center of Bosnian Rainbows, and their self titled debut is full of well crafted alt-rock gems.  Still not sure how I feel about their name, though.

:Bosnian Rainbows – Morning Sickness:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 4

December 5, 2013


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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2013 Austin Essentials: Volume 2

November 26, 2013

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Hey!  Look at that, we’ve arrived at volume two of my Austin Essentials.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s no particular rhyme or reason for the order of the entries, I was just looking to share some of my favorite stuff that came out of Austin in 2013.  Enjoy.

:American Sharks – XVI:  No matter how much fun you’re having, American Sharks always seem to be having more. I love that about them.  Find American Sharks on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Mirror Travel – Mexico:  It’s been a bumpy road for Mirror Travel, but now they can totally high five themselves because their long awaited full length turned out great.  If you haven’t already, pick up the psych-enthused Mexico.   Find Mirror Travel on FB here, and buy their music here.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  It’s no secret that White Denim are my favorite band in Austin.  They’re just stellar and you should listen to them all the time.  As for their new album, Corsicana Lemonade, it’s them doing a nice job of continuing to expand their sound.  Find White Denim on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Growl – Abbreviations:  In the corner of Growl’s Bandcamp page there’s some text that describes how they’re a “band making solid indie rock.”  That’s true.  Well, except for the solid part.  I think they’re actually making really good indie rock.  Find Growl on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Tele Novella – No Excalibur:  Tele Novella features former members of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot, and they have a rather charming pop sound.  I can’t wait for them to put out an album.  By the way, the band has another single called Don’t Be A Stranger that’s pretty good.  Find Tele Novella on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Wild Child – Crazy Bird:  This song has never failed to put a skip in my step.  It’s such an endearing little tune, and I can’t imagine anyone not liking it at least a little.  Find Wild Child on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  There’s a lot to like on Black Books’ largely dreamy self titled debut, but this song is by far my favorite on the album.  It’s just the right amount of heavy.  Find Black Books on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Sorne – Ego Altar:   Sorne aren’t exactly what I would describe as overly accessible, but they do have some really interesting material.  You just have to give them a few listens so that your brain can accept how intense of an act they can be.  Find Sorne on FB here, and buy their music here.

:The Zoltars – Evelyn:  The Zoltars are lo-fi, minimalistic, and very good.  This year they put out the Live Like Dragons EP and a full length titled Walking Through The Dark.  I recommend seeking out both efforts.  Find The Zoltars on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pharaohs – Prettiest Girl:  Recently, Pharaohs’ Moan was reworked a bit and then put out by Burger City Rock N Roll.  That means you’ve been given a second chance to snatch it up.  Do so if you like really catchy jams.  Find Pharaohs on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Pollen – AR AK:  Pollen haven’t been around long, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ready for any attention you’re willing to throw their way.  Watch out for them and their garage rock ways in 2014.  Find Pollen on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Other Lovers – New:  I came across this folk pop anthem about a month ago and have been liking it every since.  Other Lovers’ EP, Born To Party/Born To Be Old, is a little all over the place, but it’s certainly worth your time.  Find Other Lovers on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Frank Smith – Chewing Glass:  First of all (and hopefully for the last time), Frank Smith is a band and not a single guy.  Secondly, this is a very clean sounding, focused rock track, and I dig it.  Find Frank Smith on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Shearwater – I Luv The Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu Cover):  As a follow-up to last year’s Animal Joy, Shearwater assembled a collection of covers titled Fellow Travelers.  The nifty effort consists of Jonathan Meiburg and Co. doing song by bands they’ve toured with over the years.  Find Shearwater on FB here, and buy their music here.

:Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  On every Okkervil River album there’s always one song that I can never get enough of, and this was it on The Silver Gymnasium.  The damn thing is just immaculate.  Find Okkervil River on FB here, and buy their music here.

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White Denim

October 1, 2013


The release date for White Denim’s new full length is still forever away, so it was a nice surprise when a second single popped up in my inbox yesterday.  Jump below to give it a listen.  Corsicana Lemonade is due out October 28 via Downtown Records.  The band is set to play both weekends of ACL.  Enjoy.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  Those of you who thought the first single, Pretty Green, was a little timid should end up really liking this track.  It packs some heat, and I think it better represents the band’s goal to craft an album that’s “closer to the White Denim live experience.”

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Stream This

September 20, 2013


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.


Icona Pop – This Is … Icona Pop
Jesu – Everyday I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came
Frankie Rose – Herein Wild
Crystal Stilts – Nature Noir
Islands – Ski Mask
Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day
Au Revoir Simone – Move In Spectrums
Juliette Commagere – Human
American Sharks – Self Titled
Love Inks – Generation Club
The Crooks – Hold Fast
Oh Land – Wish Bone
Matt Pond – The Threeep


White Denim will release Corsicana Lemonade on October 29 via Downtown.  They’re set for both weekends of ACL.

Black Books’ self titled album is due October 15 via Believe Recordings.

Yuck will put out Glow & Behold on September 30 via Fat Possum.

Foxygen’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic is out now on Jagjaguwar.

MGMT’s self titled album is out now on Columbia Records.

Bass Drum Of Death have a self titled effort that’s out now on Innovative Leisure.  They play the Parish on October 18.

Static Jacks will release In Blue on September 30 via Old Friends Records.

Sebadoh’s Defend Yourself is out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Laura Veirs’ Warp And Weft is out now Raven Marching Band.

Solange’s True EP is out now on Saint Records.

Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is out now.

St. Lucia’s When The Night is due October 8 via Neon Gold/Columbia.

In The Valley Below released the Peaches EP this week via Capitol Records.

We Are Scientists will release their Business Casual EP on October 15 via Dine Alone Records.

HSY just released their self titled EP on Buzz Records.

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White Denim

August 8, 2013


White Denim are by far my favorite band in Austin, so yesterday was a great time for me.  I got to see them play KGSR’s Blues On The Green, and they put out the first single from their upcoming Jeff Tweedy-produced album.  Jump below and give it a listen.  Corsicana Lemonade is due October 29 via Downtown Records.  The band is set for both weekends of ACL.  Enjoy.

:White Denim – Pretty Green:  Some of you will probably disagree with me on this, but I love how these guys keep refining their sound.  Every release gets a little bigger and a bit more accessible.  It’s great.  On another note, this song has moments that remind me of The Black Keys.

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White Denim

August 9, 2012


White Denim are one of my absolute favorite bands around right now, so the arrival of two outtakes (apparently from their Takes Place In Your Work Space sessions) yesterday put a big smile on my face.  Both tracks are good, but the one below won me over just a bit more.  Enjoy.

:White Denim – Gas On F:  There’s no denying that White Denim are great when they let go and get loud, but I have to say that I really dig whenever they flash their versatility and churn out slower, more soul-oriented jams like this gem.  It’s a style that really does fit them well.  By the way, no need for headphones here, just turn it up and let the warmth of the track fill the room.

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