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Stream This

April 5, 2013

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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.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Bleached – Ride Your Heart
The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
Rilo Kiley – RKives
Milk Music – Cruise Your Illusion
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
Maria Minerva – Bless EP
Team Spirit – Team Spirit EP
WALL – Shoestring EP
Pick A Piper – Pick A Piper
Pyramids – Brightest Darkest Day
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Oblivion – Motion Picture Soundtrack

VIDEOS

Majical Cloudz will put out Impersonator on May 21 through Matador.

Junip will put out a new self titled album on April 23 via Mute.

Kopecky Family Band recently released Kids Raising Kids via ATO Records.

Efterklang’s Piramida is out now on 4AD.

Cat Power released Sun last year.  She’ll be touring the world this summer.

Grandchildren will release Golden Age on May 7 via the Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on June 18 via Mute.

Standish/Carlyon will release Deleted Scenes on May 14 through Felte.

The Casket Girls’ Sleepwalking is out now on Graveface Records.

Charli XCX will release True Romance on April 16 via IAMSOUND.

Liars’ WIXIW is out now on Mute.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2012: Part 4

December 6, 2012

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Well, here’s the fourth part of Top 25 Albums of 2012.  We’re so close to the top!  By this time tomorrow you’ll know all the songs and albums that I loved in 2012.  Whew!  I’m ready for a break.

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.

10) Tame Impala – Lonerism

Of the 25 albums that made my year-end list, it was Lonerism that took me the longest to love.  For the first slew of play-throughs I just couldn’t stop comparing it to the stellar Innerspeaker (2010), but now I’ve come to see (and greatly appreciate) that it’s just a more challenging listen.

:Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams:

09) Cat Power – Sun

I really want to high five Cat Power for Sun.  It feels like a well crafted combination of the various sounds she’s had over the last 17 years, and I greatly dig it.  It’ll be interesting to see if she holds onto this approach or just moves on to something entirely different.

:Cat Power – Ruin:

08) POS – We Don’t Even Live Here

We Don’t Even Live Here is a nifty album.  There are more than enough politically-charged messages that can be found throughout its 11 tracks, but the LP is also a big, fun listen.  Thank whoever that POS is smart enough to know that trying to say something important doesn’t need to be an obnoxious endeavor.

:POS – Bumper:

07) Lee Fields And The Expressions – Faithful Man

Every year there’s a soul-oriented effort that I want to champion forever, and this time around it came from Lee Fields And The Expressions.  These guys are a wild bunch, and I loved frequently revisiting Faithful Man in 2012.

:Lee Fields And The Expressions – I Still Got It:

06) Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel

I don’t know how she does it, but Fiona Apple is able to live up to super high expectations every single time she puts out an album.  Maybe such a winning streak and the amount of pressure that comes with it is why she always seems to be on the fritz.  Feel free to take a break now, Fiona.

:Fiona Apple – Werewolf:

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Cat Power

August 16, 2012

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I was hoping Austin would be one of the stops on the recently announced Cat Power tour, but it isn’t.  Bummer.  On the bright side, word of her upcoming road activities allowed me to realize she had released another single.  Check it out.  Matador will release Suns on September 4.  Enjoy.

:Cat Power – Cherokee:  The lyrics here aren’t exactly cheery, but I think you’ll struggle to disagree with me saying that Chan Marshall sounds like she’s having fun.  The song has a cool 90s dance vibe to it, and there’s some sort of bird call near the end that makes me chuckle every single time I hear it.  Sad music can be fun!  Or something.

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