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Show Of The Week

February 14, 2018


While I’m pumped to see Sparta at Barracuda tomorrow night, I have to admit that my focus is on Why? at the Mohawk on Friday.  I’ve loved the indie rock-ish/hip hop-ish band since their 2005 release Elephant Eyelash, and it’s always a pleasure watching them live.  Also, my radio program, 101X Homegrown, will be simultaneously presenting a show inside of the Mohawk with rockers Major Grizz, who will be celebrating a birthday.  Obviously, my friends, the Mohawk is where to be on Friday.  So be there.

Why? with Sarah Jaffe -  Tix are $15 in advance, $18 the day of the show.

Major Grizz with Blood Pumps, Dr. Joe and Rust Never Sleeps – If you have a ticket to Why?, this one is free!  Otherwise, tix will be available at the door.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Grails at Barracuda

- A Giant Dog, Trouble Boys, Pretty Shitty, DJ Tipton at Beerland
- Sparta at Barracuda
- Rattlesnake Milk, Loteria, Lo Country, Jana Horn at Hotel Vegas

- Sailor Poon, Tear Dungeon, Vertical Vice at Hotel Vegas
- Palehound, Weaves at The Sidewinder

- Christian Bland & The Revelators, Tres Oui, PollenRx at Hotel Vegas
- Why Bonnie?, Krista Van Liew, Jana Horn, The Oysters at Cheer Up Charlies

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Top 50 Songs Of 2017

December 5, 2017


Well look at that, here are my Top 50 Songs of 2017.  Enjoy.

50) Jamiroquai – Automaton

Jamiroquai still got it, man.

49) Matthew Logan Vasquez

I jammed this Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit fame) track on my radio show, 101X Homegrown, a lot this year. It’s fierce.

48) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter Of Time

I miss Sharon Jones.

47) Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough

Pure retro goodness here by Sheer Mag.

46) Weaves – Walkaway

Weaves churned out a really nice low key anthem here.

45) Filthy Friends – Any Kind Of Crowd

Corin Tucker sounds adorable in this Filthy Friends song.

44) Julien Baker – Appointments

Sad! Classic Julien Baker.

43) Wiretree – Let Me In

I love this sweet little number by Austin’s own Wiretree.

42) Hazel English – Fix

What a wonderfully hazy pop tune by Hazel English.

41) Mogwai – Eternal Panther

Somehow the best song that Mogwai put out this year isn’t on the album they released.

40) Alyeska – Stones

This 90s indie rock throwback from Alyeska is fantastic.

39) Land Of Talk – Loving

It’s so good to have Elizabeth Powell back in action as Land Of Talk.

38) The Kills – Desperado (Rhianna Cover)

The Kills really make this Rhianna track their own.

37) Why? – Proactive Evolution

I’ll never tire of Why?. This is one of my favorite songs by them.

36) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred

This song by The Octopus Project always makes me want to get up and move.

35) Fujiya & Miyagi – Solitaire

Another year, another infectious jam by Fujiya & Miyagi.

34) Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

Can’t stop Carly.

33) The Courtneys – Silver Velvet

This is the catchiest song on The Courtneys’ album of really catchy songs.

32) Growl – New Sincerity.

Here’s some jangly pop perfection by Austin’s Growl.

31) Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See

I revisited this slightly weird Kane Strang track a lot in 2017.

30) Beth Ditto – Oo La La

Beth Ditto really goes for it here.

29) Sports – Making It Right

This is a charming pop tune from Sports.

28) Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Wolf Parade with a legit ear-pleaser.

27) Ought – These 3 Things

Ought went new wave here. Good move!

26) Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Indie rock perfection by Waxahatchee.

25) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up

The Rural Alberta Advantage made a big time jump back onto my radar with this song.

24) Screaming Females – Black Moon

I can’t wait for the new Screaming Females album. This first single is so damn good.

23) Protomartyr – Don’t Go to Anacita

Intense but great. Protomartyr are the best.

22) Sweet Spirit – The Power

What a big track by Austin’s Sweet Spirit.

21) Perfume Genius – Slip Sway

This is one of Perfume Genius’ best songs.

20) Spook School – Less Than Perfect

Spook School are as catchy as can be here.

19) Rhye – Taste

This Rhye track has an immaculate sound.

18) Jay Som – Baybee

Hazy, dancey, perfect stuff here by Jay Som.

17) Walker Lukens – Don’t Want To Be Lonely (Don’t Want To Leave You Alone)

Here’s a total ear-worm from Austin’s Walker Lukens.

16) The Blow – Get Up

This song from The Blow is a rambly as can be, but I love it.

15) LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

The best song on LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album.

14) Diet Cig – Barf Day

The line “I know that you’re sorry, I just don’t care” will forever make me smirk. Thanks for that, Diet Cig.

13) Molly Burch – Wrong For You

It’s just about impossible to not love this retro-leaning effort from Austin’s own Molly Burch.

12) Lo Tom – Overboard

David Bazan is so good in this Lo Tom tune. I love his voice.

11) Football, etc. – Save

This track from Austin’s Football, etc. has an early 2000s indie rock vibe that I really dig.

10) The War On Drugs – Holding On

Headphones + this track from The War On Drugs = my happy place.

09) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers are on a real roll right now. This song is a blast.

08) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It

I love how loose Spoon sound here.

07) White Reaper – Judy French

So infectious. White Reaper continue to be big favorites of mine.

06) Alex Lahey – Every Day’s The Weekend

My favorite song from 2017 to sing-a-long to. Alex Lahey sure knows how to write an anthem.

05) The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Heavy but accessible. Great track by The National.

04) SZA – Supermodel

I spent a couple of months obsessed with this SZA song. It’s so dramatic.

03) Kendrick Lamar – Humble

It was impossible to escape this Kendrick Lamar song in 2017. I didn’t mind.

02) St. Vincent – Los Ageless

St. Vincent is rather aggressive here, and it’s awesome.

01) Alvvays – In Undertow

This was practically my default song this year. It’s perfect. Thanks, Alvvays!

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Show Of The Week

April 4, 2017


Not only is this week’s column here a day earlier than usual, but I’m rolling out two recommendations – one that isn’t local, and another that is.

Tomorrow night, join me for WHY? at the Mohawk!  They’ve been one of my favorite bands for over a decade, and yet this will be my first time seeing them in a non-festival setting.  Here’s hoping they play all the songs.  By the way, even if you haven’t been a fan as along as me, you should still go because the band puts on a good show and their latest album, Moh Llean, is a rad one.

Tickets are $15.  Eskimeaux are set to open.

On Saturday, go see locals Growl at Cheer Up Charlie’s!  This one is presented by my radio show, 101X Homegrown, and it’s in celebration of the band’s new album, Won’t You.  It’s going to be a blast.  Don’t miss it.

Suggested donation at the door.  Popper Burns, The Halfways, The Two Lips and Tasi will open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Strand of Oaks, Mount Moriah at Stubb’s
- Allah-Las, The Babe Rainbow at the Mohawk
- Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, Sorority Noise, The Obsessives at Emo’s
- Babylon with Thor & Friends, Future Museums, Cross Record at Shirley’s Temple

- Generationals, Raindeer at Empire Control Room

- Basketball Shorts, Mean Girls, Stretch Panic, Michelle and Them at Cheer Up Charlies
- Of Montreal, Christina Schneider’s Jepeto Solutions at the Mohawk
- The Orwells at Emo’s

- Terry Malts, Hidden Ritual, Talkies, Business Of Dreams at Barracuda
- Small Black, Nite at The Sidewinder
- Real Estate, Mary Lattimore at the Mohawk
- Julia Lucille, Lomelda, Jordan Moser at the Mohawk
- Ruby Fray, Tamarron at Oskar Blues Brewery
- Euphoria Fest with Pretty Lights Live, The Disco Biscuits, Knife Party, Russ, FKJ, The Knocks, Mija, Spag Heddy, Chet Porter, Codeko, Dr. Fresch, Minnesota, Slaptop, Tennyson, Unlike Pluto, Carlyle, Eric Dingus, Flamingosis, Magna Carda, Montu, Sip Sip, Slice Gang at Carson Creek Ranch

- Kool Keith, Money Chicha, Cure for Paranoia at Antone’s
- Patty Griffin, Anais Mitchell at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Euphoria Fest with Alesso, Young Thug, The Floozies, Oliver Heldens, Post Malone, Alan Walker, Bakermat (live), Bob Moses, Papadosio, CID, Ganja White Night, Medasin, Melvy, Poolside, Raven Felix, Blunt Force, Capyac, Evanoff, Henna Roso, Jamiroqueen, Lemurian, Maddy O’Neal, Psymbionic, Thoreau, Willgood at Carson Creek Ranch

- Julia Lucille at End of an Ear
- Acid Mothers Temple, Babylon at The Sidewinder
- Euphoria Fest with Chromeo, Wiz Khalifa, Zeds Dead, Moby, Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption, Lost Kings, Yotto, The Funk Hunters, Grum, Ill Esha, Petit Biscuit, Prince Fox, Turkuaz, Abe Masaryk, Asadi, Brede, Craetion, Forgotten Space, Kaelin Ellis, Whereisalex, The Widdler at Carson Creek Ranch

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

January 23, 2017


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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January 10, 2017


Today I’m hopping backwards a bit to share a song I missed while the site was in holiday mode.  It’s from Why?, an act I’ve loved for a good decade or so, and it’s off of their upcoming album, Moh Llean, that’s due out on March 3 via Joyful Noise.  In classic Why? fashion, it’s full of interesting lyrics and sounds.  Enjoy.

Side note, the band will be performing at the Mohawk on April 5.

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Quickdraw: Parquet Courts, Volcano Choir, Tristen, Why?, Peelander-Z

August 20, 2013


Today’s music would like to know what you’re doing this weekend.  Enjoy.

:Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now:  This track has such an infectious attitude about it that I think I’m finally ready to find a spot on Parquet Court’s bandwagon.  The Tally All The Things That You Broke EP is due October 8 via What’s Your Rupture?.

:Volcano Choir – Comrade:  Is it possible that I prefer Volcano Choir over Bon Iver when it comes to Justin Vernon?  I’m starting to think I might.  The former is certainly a lot more accessible.  Repave is due September 3 via Jagjaguwar.  Stream the album in its entirety here.

:Tristen – No One’s Gonna Know:  I dig this song, but I’ll admit it’s a little weird to hear the normally reserved Tristen in full on pop mode.  I wonder if all of the new album is like this?  Caves is expected out on October 15 via Pupsnake Records.

:Why? – Murmurer:  And in today’s really cool news, Why? have put together an EP that features songs about particular fans.  You’ll be able to grab the Golden Tickets EP on September 17 via Joyful Noise Recordings.  The band will play the Mohawk on September 27.

:Peelander-Z – Ride On The Shooting Star:  There’s nothing like a brand new Peelander-Z track to help get your day going.  Metalander-Z is due out September 10 via Chicken Ranch Records.  Catch the band at the Mohawk on September 28.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2012: Part 2

December 4, 2012


And just like that, we’ve arrived at the second part of my Top 25 Albums of 2012.  As I’ve said, I easily could have listed 50 releases, but I realized that half of those would have been albums that I only listen to when I’m in a particular mood.  In other words, they’re not immediately accessible, and that to me knocks them down a notch.  So, if you’re looking for 25 releases that you can immediately dive into and love, this is the place to be.  Enjoy.

20) Why? – Mumps, etc

There are few things better than listening to Yoni Wolf as he unloads a lyrical collage of images right onto your brain.  Oh, you don’t want to pay attention?  That’s OK.  There’s also plenty to sing-a-long with.

:Why? – White English:

19) Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II

Whenever I hear anything off this album, I immediately want to be in a sweaty club somewhere watching Thee Oh Sees play.  Putrifiers II is a fantastically fuzzed-out blast.

:Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light:

18) Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

I love that Dinosaur Jr. are still cranking out quality albums.  Those guys definitely have the right to just sit on a couch somewhere, and yet they’re out and about rocking harder than most of us ever will.

:Dinosaur Jr. – Pierce The Morning Rain:

17) Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land

Strange Land didn’t hit me like last year’s The Mistress did, but it does feature a nice step forward sound-wise for the band, and there are some really fantastic tracks on it.

:Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown:

16) The Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

I’m not sure the Dirty Projectors will ever really be easily accessible, but I do think that Swing Lo Magellan is them actually giving it a shot.  The album is loud, oddly hooky, and just so very interesting to listen to.

:The Dirty Projectors – Offspring Are Blank:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 2

November 27, 2012


You know who loves a good list?  Every single one of you.  Now get on with checking out the second part of my Top 50 Songs Of 2012.  In case you’re curious, I chose the songs from the 400+ tracks that I shared around here throughout the last 11 months.  Enjoy.

40)  :Passion Pit – I’ll Be Alright:  I’m still not sure what Passion Pit were aiming for on their sophomore effort, but I dig this track a lot.  I think it shows how adventurous their sound can be.  From Gossamer.

39)  :Why? – Sod In The Seed:  Just when I thought that Yoni Wolf was done with his collage-like rambles, he provided nearly five minutes of lyric-heavy joy via this song.  That guy has a wonderful brain.  From the Sod In The Seed EP.

38)  :Beach House – Myth:  I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to this song just to listen to it.  Not much else in 2012 was as well crafted as this.  From Bloom.

37)  :Dana Falconberry – Lake Charlevoix:  I’ve long supported Austin’s Dana Falconberry, but this song put her on a different level for me.  Folk music is often not overly accessible, but it is when she does it.  From Leelanau.

36)  :Alabama Shakes – Hold On:  The year began with nothing but buzz for this band, and somehow it all actually ended up being warranted.  Way to go, taste-makers.  This song is an outright jam.  From Boys & Girls.

35)  :Dirty Projectors – Gun Has No Trigger:  I love that the Dirty Projectors just do whatever they please.  How many other bands could release such a challenging single and actually have it go well for them?  From Swing Lo Magellan.

34)  :Bobby Womack – Please Forgive Me Heart:  Bobby’s soulful voice thrown over a modern electronic arrangement?  Such a thing seems like it should be all wrong, but then there’s this gem screaming otherwise.  From The Bravest Man In The Universe.

33)  :Jack White – Love Interruption:  It was nice of Jack to finally go solo, and it was even nicer of him to make his first single such a quality piece of modern rock.  From Blunderbuss.

32)  :Social Studies – Terracur:  Social Studies was always one of those acts that I knew about and liked, but didn’t love.  This inspired tune changed that.  Forever.  From Developer.

31)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904:  Kristian Matsson is a fantastic songwriter, and this inviting number is just further proof of that.  It’s only a matter of time before I just hang out with him all the time on a mountain.  From There’s No Leaving Now.

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Stream This

November 16, 2012


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.


Action Bronson – Rare Chandeliers
Plateaus – The District
Radical Face – Always Gold
Fort Lean – Change Your Name
IO Echo – Ministry Of Love
Lilac – No Exit
Sufjan Stevens – Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas – Volumes 6-10
Bjork – Bastards


Earlier this year Black Bananas released Rad Times Xpress IV.

Menahan Street Band’s The Crossing is currently available.

Wild Cub released their debut back in August.

This new song from Alabama Shakes is on the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack.

Moonface’s Heartbreaking Bravery is available now.

This is an alternate take on Rhye’s The Fall.

Yukon Blonde have an album out now titled Tiger Talk.

Naomi Punk will release The Feeling on November 20.

Icona Pop are expected to put out a full length next year.

Why? recently released Mumps, etc.

Peace’s The World Is Too Much With Us is out now.

DeVotchKa Live With The Colorado Symphony came out earlier this week.

Parakeet will release the Shonen Hearts EP on November 19.

Lymybc Systym’s Symbolyst is now available.

Double Vision by Win Win is out now.

A deluxe version of Metric’s Synthetica is due out November 20.

PVT have readied a new album titled Homosapien.

Only You have a 7″ out now titled Applying Myself.

Purity Ring’s Fineshrines is out now.  They play the Mohawk on January 22.

Shipla Ray will soon release an album titled Last Year’s Savage.

Best Coast’s The Only Place is out now.

Beach House put out Bloom earlier this year.

Biophilia by Bjork is out now.

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Stream This

October 19, 2012


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.


POS – We Don’t Even Live Here
GRMLN – Explore EP
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
Gary Clark Jr – Blak And Blu
Other Lives – Mind The Gap EP
Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs
Diamond Rings – Free Dimensional
Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
Titus Andronicus – Local Business
The Man With The Iron Fists – Soundtrack
Paul Banks – Banks


Why? just released Mumps, etc, and they’re playing Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Heartless Bastards released Arrow earlier this year.  They play Stubb’s on November 8.

La Sera’s Sees The Light is out now on Hardly Art.

Autumn Owls will release Between Buildings, Towards The Sea next week.

Wild Belle will release Isles early next year.

FatCat Records will put out the US Girls’ GEM next week.

Mean Creek put out Youth Companion this week via Old Flame Records.

Sorry To Bother You is the name of the new album from The Coup.  It’s due October 30.

Bon Iver put out Bon Iver, Bon Iver last year.

El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure is available now.

The xx recently released Coexist.

Fenster just lined up some East Coast dates in support of Bones.

Social Studies will put out Developer on November 13 via Antenna Farm Records.

The Casket Girls will release their debut on November 6 via Graveface Records.  They play the Mohawk on November 3.

Chris Cohen put out Overgrown Path on Captured Tracks earlier this year.

Gangi just released Gesture Is.

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Stream This

September 28, 2012


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.


Ultraista – Self Titled
Sun Airway – Soft Fall
Tilly And The Wall – Heavy Mood
We Need Surgery – Self Titled
Why? – Mumps, etc
Lavender Diamond – Incorruptible Heart
Death Songs – Sung Inside A House
Maserati – Maserati VII
Hundred Waters – Self Titled
Ringo Deathstarr – Mauve
Levek – Look A Little Closer
Chris Cohen – Overgrown Path
Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth


Don’t forget that Balmorhea is playing at the Mohawk tonight.  Their latest album is titled Stranger.

The Dum Dum Girls just released the End Of Daze EP.

Crystal Castles just announced that they’ll be released a new album titled (III) on November 6 via Casablanca, Fiction, Universal Republic.

Why? is playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in November, and they will release Mumps, etc on October 9 via Anticon.

Lee Fields And The Expressions are set to play ACL (and at Stubb’s with Alabama Shakes) later this month.  Faithful Man is currently available.

May pals The Sour Notes just put out this tour documentary.  Watch it!

The Sweet Serenades put out their latest album, Help Me, a couple of weeks back.

Skye, who normally sings in Morcheeba, is returning with a new album.  It’s titled Back To Now and is due out October 29 via PIAS.

Joan Of Arc are set to release a new self titled album on November 27 through Joyful Noise.

Ask Me This, which Alcoholic Faith Missions’s latest album, is available now through Old Flame Recordings.

This Miike Snow video is for a song off of the currently available Happy To You.

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Quickdraw: Action Bronson, Harlan, AC Newman, Earlimart, Why?

September 24, 2012

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Today’s music beat all other music in a fight to the death.  Enjoy.

:Action Bronson – It’s Me:  This is a song that features what seems to be a Little Mermaid sample thrown over lyrics that Disney would never ever approve of.  I dig it.  Way to keep things fresh, AB.  This Party Supplies-produced number appears to be a random one, so grab it while you can.

:Harlan – 1984:  Here’s a nice 80s-enthused track.  If you can manage to make it through the chorus with wanting to create some sort of embarrassing dance, then there might be something wrong with you.  The 1984 EP is expected out digitally tomorrow.

:AC Newman – Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns:  I think I’m now officially excited for AC Newman’s upcoming full length.  The New Pornographers’ frontman has put out two pop gems in advance of the new album, and I’m just convinced there’s plenty more to be had.  The LP is titled Shut Down The Streets and is due October 9 via Matador.

:Earlimart – 10 Years:  I’m not sure why, but on occasion I totally forget about how long this duo has been around.  Weird.  Anyhow, they’re back with a new album (they’re seventh), and this moody number is off of it.  System Preferences is expected to physically be released (it’s digitally available now) on October 16 via The Ship.

:Why? – Strawberries:  These guys have been pouring out music all year in order to get the world ready for their new full length, and this looks as though it’ll be the last track released before the LP finally drops.  I like it.  Be sure to grab headphones, though.  Mumps, etc is due out October 2 via Anticon.

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August 30, 2012


Why? are taking an aggressive approach to getting back into the swing of things, and that makes me happy.  Earlier this year they released the Sod In The Seed EP, now there’s a full length titled Mumps, Etc, which is due out October 9 via Anticon.  The band also just started a tour (they’ll be in Austin for Fun Fun Fun Fest) that will have them out and about through the first part of November.  Check out the dates here.  Enjoy.

:Why? – Jonathan’s Hope:  This track is a great example of what the band does best.   The music is simple, yet experimental, and frontman Yoni Wolf spends every possible moment tossing out a lyrical collage made up of harsh truths and random observations.  I’ll forever dig it.

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