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Show Of The Week

February 7, 2018

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This week is a real good one for picking up high quality new albums.  Get out there.

Friday, February 9 at Sidewinder.  Good Field is having a show to celebrate their new LP, Surface Tension, which features some of this rock act’s best work. Tix are $10. Royal Forest, Big Bill and Jesse Dalton are also playing.

Friday, February 9 at Barracuda.  You’ll have to get a little creative to see both Hovvdy at Barracuda and Good Field at Sidewinder, but you can do it!  Hovvdy’s new album is titled Cranberry, and it’s full of fantastic bedroom pop tunes.  Tix are $10.  Molly Burch and Ama will open.

Saturday, February 10 at Empire.  Wild Child’s snazzy new album is called Expectations.  The super nice thing with this one (aside from getting to watch a good band play good songs) is that it’s a FREE show.  Opening for the pop act will be Modern Medicine and Robby.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

Tonight:
- Grace Rowland Park (of The Deer), Ali Holder, Lindsey Verrill (of Little Mazarn) at The Lemon Lounge

Thursday:
- Curtis Roush (of Bright Light Social Hour) at Waterloo Records
- Bill Callahan at Austin Central Library
- A Giant Dog, Lola Tried, Flesh Lights, DJ Steen at Beerland

Friday:
- Ringo Deathstarr, Temple of Angels, Blushing at Hotel Vegas
- RJD2, Always Proper at Empire Control Room
- Night Drive, Moving Panoramas, Emme at Empire Control Room
- Croy and the Boys, Rattlesnake Milk, Dirt Legs at Cheer Up Charlies
- The Devil Makes Three, The Huntress, Holder of Hands at Emo’s

Saturday:
- Phoebe Bridgers, Soccer Mommy at Antone’s
- Taylor Muse (Quiet Company), Ram Vela at the Buzz Mill
- Hamilton Leithauser, Thor Harris, Jana Horn at Barracuda

Sunday:
- Black Books, Trace of Lime, Futon Blonde, Zottos at Hotel Vegas
- Lana Del Rey, Kali Uchis at the Erwin Center

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Quickdraw: Yuck, Diet Cig, Wild Child, Telegraph Canyon, Maximum Balloon

July 13, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Yuck – Hold Me Closer:  Yuck have set free a new song to let you know they’re still awake.  It’s a lot like their previous efforts – hooky on all fronts.  The band will release a new album in early 2016.

:Diet Cig – Sleep Talk:  Right now it’s just Diet Cig who are giving Annabel a run for emo band of the year.  I mean, just listen to this song, they are so damn bitter.  The Sleep Talk/Dinner Date 7″ is due out September 18 via Father/Daughter and Art Is Hard.  See them on September 16 at the Mohawk.

:Wild Child – Fools:  Austin’s own Wild Child announced a new album last week.  If you like your pop music to be really charming and catchy, then expect to like everything about this single.  Fools is due out October 2 via Dualtone.

:Telegraph Canyon – Why Let It Go:  I’ve been playing this Telegraph Canyon song on my radio show, Lone Star State of Mind, over the last couple of weeks and have really fallen in love with it.  There’s just something about the way it moves that I can’t get enough of.  You From Before is due out July 31.

:Maximum Balloon – Let It Grow (Featuring Karen O And Tunde Adebimpe):  Maximum Balloon is David Sitek of TV On The Radio, and this super pleasant track is the first single off his upcoming album.  Grab headphones and get lost in it.  Sitek’s currently untitled LP is expected out later this year via Federal Prism.

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Guest Mix: Wild Child

July 10, 2015

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As you may have seen, Austin’s own Wild Child announced a new album this week!  In celebration of it, I reached out to singer Alexander Beggins to see if he’d be up for a Guest Mix, and he agreed that it was probably a great idea to do one.  Check it out below.  Also, see here for upcoming Wild Child shows.  Enjoy.

One thing to know about me, Alexander James Beggins-Captain Handsome, is that I have extreme music a.d.d. If you were to ask anyone that knows me, especially the band, they would tell you I can’t finish listening to an entire song ever. Which is one of the reasons why I listen to a lot of music through Youtube. Somehow it seems more okay to listen or watch half of a video and move. Having said that, the following tracks are what I’ve been digging lately. It’s about to get really random up in here.

Biggie Smalls – Juicy

If you don’t like this song then you can get the fuck out. You aren’t my friend. Like at all. I can get through about half the raps, and then I fall off and mumble my way through it, but then I find another line and I say it real loud. “……….quietly mumbles…. “LUNCHES BRUNCHES”. Swag.

Bright Eyes – Bowl of Oranges

This video is amazing. I’ve always wanted to do something like this but I’ve decided I’m way too lazy. I’m hoping one day I’ll be able to just tell someone my ideas and they will just do it for me and I can claim it as my own later on. Until then I will watch Bowl of Oranges. I go through Bright Eyes phases. Sometimes I think he’s the greatest artist ever and sometimes his voice annoys the shit out of me. Sometimes I’m like “shuttttttt upppppp Conor, wow are you are whinny baby”. And other times I’ll listen to Bright Eyes for days and praise him like the worthy Music God that he is.

OK GO – This Too Shall Pass

Okay so, this is literally the coolest shit ever. All their videos are. I could watch stuff like this all day. I think they are amazing writers as well although I don’t really listen too them. Their over the top talent for literally everything kind of pisses me off. I feel like they are like, let’s make an awesome music video and then they are like okay sweet let’s write a song really quick so we can make the awesome video.

Earl Sweatshirt – EARL

I actually know almost every word in this song. I showed my dad this video once and he seems legitimately offended. I think their rhymes are absolutely insane. Not for everyone, but for better or worse, definitely for me.

The Blue Hit – War Like Boys

This song will make you cry. It’s insanely perfect and beautiful. If this doesn’t make you melt on the floor you are a sick sick fuck. I love this song and video. I show it to everyone. It’s one of those songs where I say “dang I really wish I wrote that.” Also, they are from Austin. Which is tite. They broke up and are now in another awesome band.

Wild Child – Crazy Bird

BECAUSE SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION IS THE NAME OF THE GAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

Tonight You Belong To Me (From The Jerk)

Steve Martin with a ukulele … YAS QUEEN. One of my favorite movies and a perfect song. I can’t remember who originally wrote it but I like this version the best. When the trumpet comes it’s #perfection.

Semisonic – Closing Time

Grew up with it and it gives me all the feels. When the piano starts I feel like everything will be okay. The video is so dated now but reminds me of being a kid and rocking out. It’s just a drinking anthem, which I’m fine with.

PHOX – Slow Motion

Some dear friends of mine make up PHOX. I am still utterly blown away by their talent. Monica might actually be an alien or an angel, jury is still out. These friends make me want to quit music and become an accountant.

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Stream This

July 18, 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 ➡ White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent

Alvvays – Self Titled
PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay
Weird Al – Mandatory Fun
My Brightest Diamond – None More Than You EP
La Roux – Trouble In Paradise
The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads
Liam Betson – The Cover Of Hunter
Dikembe – Mediumship
Sugar Stems – Only Come Out At Night
Freeman – Self Titled
Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Field Mouse – Hold Still Life

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Saint Pepsi

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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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Quickdraw: Phantogram, Twin Shadow, Wild Child, Tera Melos, Fuzz

September 16, 2013

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Today’s music has always thought of you as more than just a friend.  Enjoy.

:Phantogram – Black Out Days:  This is a beautiful track, and I’m so very happy that Phantogram are back with some new music.  The band hasn’t announced an album yet, but I would assume there’s one coming soon.  Catch them at the Mohawk on October 26.

:Twin Shadow – Old Love/New Love:  Grand Theft Auto V lands in stores tomorrow, and this Twin Shadow tune is on the soundtrack.  It’s fantastically dancey and soulful, and I can’t wait to drive around and shoot digital people while listening to it.  Or something.

:Wild Child – Crazy Bird:  Here’s a really charming new one from Wild Child, who are one of the better pop bands in Austin.  If I were you, I’d consider it the perfect opportunity to climb up on their bandwagon.  The Runaround is expected out on October 8 via Ben Kweller’s Noise Company.

:Tera Melos – Weird Circles (Fang Island Remix):  I realize that saying a song has been changed from dynamic to plodding doesn’t sound sexy, but it really does work here.  Nice job, Fang Island.  Tera Melos will put out the X’ed Out Remixes EP on October 8 via Sargent House.  You can catch the band tonight at Emo’s East with Minus The Bear.

:Fuzz – What’s In My Head:  Is there anyone right now who’s on more of a roll than Ty Segall?  Fuzz is his 47th side project and 22nd album this year, and there’s just no dip in quality.  The band’s self titled debut is due out October 1 via In The Red.  They play Red 7 on October 4.

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