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Stream This

June 6, 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 ➡ Jack White – Lazaretto

Pollen – Self Titled EP
The Fresh & Onlys – House Of Spirits
Tom Vek – Luck
Die Antwoord – Donker Mag
Tiny Victories – Haunts
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
Clipping – CLPPNG
Craft Spells – Nausea
How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Soundtrack
Lust For Youth – International
Tomas Barfod – Love Me
Yesway – Self Titled
Vanish – Memory Work
Glass Animals – ZABA
Stagnant Pools – Geist
American Analog Set – Know By Heart

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Parquet Courts

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Arum Rae (Jennifer)

March 26, 2014

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Arum Rae, formerly known as White Dress, is back with new music after If I Didn’t Know Better (which she co-wrote with The Civil Wars’ John Paul White) charted as a hit song on iTunes and Billboard after being used on the ABC drama Nashville. Her Warranted Queen EP is set to be released on April 22.

The first song to be made available is the haunting and longing 2001, which highlights Arum’s mournful, bluesy vocals. The lyrics – “Cause my baby left me in 2001/ and I haven’t seen the sun since he’s been gone/All I do is watch the moon” – sound like a country song set to a gritty, electronica soundtrack. 2001 is available on Soundcloud as a free download.

Also, the Pop Candy blog on USA Today has debuted the title track from the upcoming EP (also a free download). She sings with a reassuring voice offering a comforting hand on the shoulder when saying your goodbyes and looking ahead towards the future.

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Leatherbag, Arum Rae (Jennifer)

October 31, 2012

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First up today is a parting gift from Leatherbag, who called it a day earlier this year. This week they released a collection of demos and rarities from 2008-2012 on Bandcamp as a “thank you” to fans and listeners. Ranging from the rough sounding rehearsal version of Pretty Tuff to their true to form cover of Big Star’s Jesus Christ (that appeared on a Christmas song compilation) and closing with Living In The Dark (which was recorded in the studios where Big Star had its beginnings), these nuggets should make you smile and be grateful for a band that diehard fans like myself will miss dearly. There’s no time to be sad and we should all pay heed to Leatherbag’s musical advice of Start All Over Again – “It’s time for you to begin/now’s not the time to give in /and recognize that the past is just fiction/and start all over again”

:Leatherbag – Jesus Christ (Big Star Cover):

The summer of 2011 was when I was introduced to the stunning vocals of Arum Rae Valkonen, when she performed as part of the band, White Dress. Even in a venue such as the Cactus Cafe where people tend to pay attention and really listen, you could still feel a hushed sense of awe fall over the room. About a month ago, I saw her perform an impressive solo set at Hole in the Wall playing a mix of originals and covers (Her Hank Williams cover of I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry definitely left a lump in my throat).  Last week, a song she co-wrote with The Civil Wars’ John Paul White, If I Didn’t Know Better, was performed on the new ABC drama series, Nashville. After the episode aired, the song hit the #5 spot on the iTunes country chart. While the actors singing the duet version performed on the show did a beautiful job, I’m rather partial to the spooky vibe and the sultry yet mournful vocals sung by Arum Rae. The lyrics tell a tale to which many of us can relate – doing something wrong and knowing better but doing it anyway despite the consequences. Keep your ears open for more songs from her, as there’s an EP anticipated for release at the end of 2012 or early 2013.

Version performed on ABC’s Nashville by Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio.

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