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White Reaper

July 24, 2017

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I’ve got a fiery one today.  It’s White Reaper covering Deep Purple’s Highway Star for Amazon Music’s Open Road, a compilation that’s due out on August 4 and features 30 songs for your next road trip.  Be sure to listen to this one with the volume way up.  Enjoy.


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White Reaper

February 28, 2017

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Here’s hoping you’re ready to spend the day air guitaring and strutting around, because that’s exactly what the new track from White Reaper is going to inspire you to do.  I’m now feeling rather sure that their upcoming album, The World’s Greatest American Band (due April 7 via Polyvinyl), is going to be a great one.  Enjoy.

PS – You should listen to their previous single. It’s also rad.

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White Reaper

January 31, 2017

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First of all, I love that White Reaper’s upcoming album is called The World’s Best American Band (due April 7 via Polyvinyl).  That’s pretty damn clever.  Secondly, the first single off of the LP just might be the best track in the band’s quickly expanding catalog. Good luck getting it out of your head.  Enjoy.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2015: Part 1

December 10, 2015

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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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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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White Reaper

June 2, 2015

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Here I am once again throwing White Reaper at you.  This time though (if you haven’t already, of course), you’re totally going to listen to me and board their bandwagon.  I really think they’re one of the most promising young acts out there right now, and I will be very surprised if their upcoming LP isn’t one that should be consumed by all.  Below is their latest single.  It’s just as infectious as all the others.  Enjoy.

:White Reaper – Sheila:

White Reaper Does It Again is due out July 17 via Polyvinyl.

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Quickdraw: White Reaper, Mac DeMarco, Haelos, Mas Ysa, Astronautalis

May 14, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:White Reaper – I Don’t Think She Cares:  I need all of you to hurry up and jump on the White Reaper bandwagon.  They’re too rad to not be getting talked about all the time.  As for this new single, it is, of course, fiercely infectious.  White Reaper Does It Again is due out July 17 via Polyvinyl.

:Mac DeMarco – The Way You’d Love Her:  This breezy throwback from Mac DeMarco is such an ear pleaser.  I suspect that I won’t be taking it off repeat anytime soon.  The Another One mini-LP is due out August 7 via Captured Tracks.  See Mac at Stubb’s on October 20.

:Haelos – Earth Not Above:  Yesterday I came across this song by Haelos in my inbox and quickly fell for it.  I like that it’s big, well crafted and kind of moody.  The Earth Not Above EP is due out June 1 via Matador.

:Mas Ysa – Margarita:  Thomas Arsenault (aka Mas Ysa) is currently a big favorite of mine.  I love his semi-quaky vocal style and I think his arrangements are stellar.  This new track is a stunner.  Seraph is due out June 24 via Downtown Records.  See Thomas at Red 7 on July 17.

:Astronautalis – Papillon:  “It ain’t a fucking party if you do it every night.”  Astronautalis is a good dude (or at least seems to be) with a good message.  I’ll support that any day.   This one is an outtake, so grab it while you can.

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White Reaper

April 9, 2015

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Kentucky’s White Reaper have announced that they’ve readied a full length follow-up to the excellent EP that they released last year.  If you ask me, I think the band is essentially the epitome of infectious, and I really can’t wait to spin their debut album a good zillion times.  Below you’ll find their raucous new single.  Enjoy.

:White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die:

White Reaper Does It Again is due out July 17 via Polyvinyl.

Bonus Video:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 1

December 1, 2014

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Hey there, let’s begin running down my Top 50 Songs of 2014 (there will be one part each day through this Friday).  As is always the case, the list is comprised of music I’ve shared here at SOTO throughout the year.  Enjoy.

PS – If you missed my 2014 Austin Essentials, all three of those volumes are now on one page right HERE.

50)  :Lana Del Rey – West Coast:  Yeah yeah, I know, Lana Del Rey has big lips and no one (publicly) likes her, but I don’t care, this Dan Auerbach-produced track is great.  Total smokey, moody goodness.  From Ultaviolence.

49)  :Slow Magic – Hold Still:  This one from Slow Magic features what’s probably my favorite “wait for it” moment of 2014.  If the final 30 seconds don’t make you want to move, then you might be dead.  From How To Run Away.

48)  :Joanna Gruesome – Psykick Espionage:  Noisy and infectious.  That’s definitely the best way to describe this track from the one and only Joanna Gruesome.  From the band’s split 7″ with Perfect Pussy.

47)  :White Reaper – Half Bad:  There’s so much energy and enthusiasm packed into this ripper from White Reaper that it’s become one of my go-tos for whenever I need a pick-me-up.  From the band’s self titled EP.

46)  :Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends:  Sleater-Kinney are back and they’ve still got it!  Not that I’m in any way surprised, of course – Corin, Carrie and Janet are pure magic when they’re together.  From No Cities To Love.

45)  :Perfume Genius – Queen:  While I didn’t find Perfume Genius’ latest album to be for me, I do love this song.  It’s a powerful listen that grabs you and never lets go.  From Too Bright.

44)  :How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure:  This impeccably crafted track is no & It Was You, but I do think it’s the most accessible that Tom Krell (aka How To Dress Well) has ever been.  From What Is This Heart.

43)  :Sophie – Lemonade:  Of all the songs that will appear on my Top 50 list, this pop blip from Sophie is the one I expect to divide people the most.  It’s a weird and obnoxious earworm.  From the Lemonade/Hard single.

42)  :New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers:  There was a stretch this year where I just about wore out this gloriously upbeat track from New Pornographers.  Talk about power pop perfection.  From Brill Bruisers.

41)  :Terry Malts – Let You In:  Another year, another fuzzed out track from Terry Malts that’s really difficult to get out of my head.  Things could be worse, I suppose.  From the Insides EP.

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Stream This

June 20, 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 ➡ A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent

How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Total Control – Typical System
Black Bananas – Electric Brick Wall
Brownout – Brown Sabbath
Phox – Self Titled
Circulatory System – Mosaics Within Mosaics
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
The Knife – Shaken Up Versions
Austra – Habitat EP
Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!
White Reaper – Self Titled EP
The Range Of Light Wilderness – Self Titled
Donovan Blanc – Self Titled EP
Island Boy – Basic Instincts

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Lana Del Rey

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Quickdraw: White Reaper, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Merchandise, JJ, Tijuana Panthers

June 2, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:White Reaper – Cool:  I’m quickly becoming a big fan of White Reaper.  They really know how to write a hook.  Also, I get the impression they can rip up a room, so I’m very much looking forward to July 2, when they’ll be in Austin to rock Holy Mountain.  The band will put out a self titled EP on June 24 via Polyvinyl.

:A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End):  And with the arrival of this masterfully crafted gem, A Sunny Day In Glasgow are 3/3 when it comes to singles for their upcoming album.  I can’t wait to hear the rest of it.  Look for Sea When Absent on June 24 via Lefse.  They play the Mohawk on July 21.

:Merchandise – Little Killer:  Despite the fact that Merchandise have put out a handful of albums, this rad piece of pop marks my first experience with then.  Who has some other song recommendations?  Tell me!  The band will release After The End on August 24 via 4AD.

:JJ – All White Everything:  “Bitches get in trouble” is a line that gets dropped near the end of this track, and every time I hear it I can’t help but chuckle.  Not many can keep shit real while sounding classy, so good on JJV will be released on August 19 via Secretly Canadian.

:Tijuana Panthers – NOBO:  This is one slinky number from Tijuana Panthers.  If you happened to skip work today in favor of hanging out on a porch somewhere, then you’re going to love this song.  Wayne Interest is set to be released on June 3 via Innovative Leisure.

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Quickdraw: Total Control, White Reaper, Antemasque, OBN IIIs, Lone

April 14, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Total Control – Flesh War:  For those of you that don’t know, Total Control is lead by Mikey Young (Eddie Current Suppression Ring) and Dan Stewart (UV Race).  This post-punk gem is off their upcoming LP, which will more than likely be rad.  Look for Typical System to be released on June 24 via Iron Lung Records.

:White Reaper – Half Bad:  Here’s a new one from Kentucky’s White Reaper, who recently joined the Polyvinyl roster.  It’s one of the better garage rock songs I’ve come across so far in 2014.  The band will release a self titled EP on June 24.

:Antemasque – People Forget:  The Mars Volta may be done, but Omar and Cedric haven’t given up on working with each other.  They’re now together as Antemasque, and they sound energized and inspired.  I most definitely approve.  No word yet on an official release.

:OBN IIIs – Worries:  If you weren’t already excited about the new OBN IIIs album, then this swagger-filled track should get you there.  Orville Bateman Neeley III and his pals just continue to be one of Austin’s best bands..  Third Time To Harm will arrive on May 27 via Tic Tac Totally.

:Lone – 2 Is 8:  I’m not at all familiar with Lone, but apparently he’s about to put out his fifth album.  Talk about missing the boat, right?.  At any rate, this laid back number makes for a soothing listen, and I like it a lot.  Reality Testing is expected out on June 17 via R&S Records.

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