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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 1

November 30, 2015

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Hey!  It’s time to start counting down my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  As always, the entire list is made up of tracks that have steadily been in my rotation since I came across them.  Enjoy.

50)  :Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:  I officially boarded CRJ’s bandwagon this year.  Her latest is LP is pretty damn fun, and I think this is the best song off of it.  You’re legit stone cold if you can listen to it and not want to dance.  From Emotion.

49)  :Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I was all about this driving, synth-filled track from Icky Blossoms before I even finished listening to it for the first time.  It’s an all-around stellar sounding song that just dominates the room.  From Mask.

48)  :Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  This is the first Death Cab For Cutie single in a very long time that’s stuck with me.  Probably because it moves well and the band actually sounds awake in it.  From Kintsugi.

47)  :Albert Hammond Jr. – Born Slippy:  It’s nice that the Strokes are still working together, but I’d be fine if they called it quits and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just went about churning out more solo albums.  As shown here, the guy really knows how to write an inviting pop tune.  From Momentary Masters.

46)  :The Suffers – Make Some Room:  Houston’s The Suffers really took off this year, and I’m so very happy for them.  As for this track, I think it’s one of 2015′s most endearing efforts.  From the Make Some Room EP.

45)  :Sweet Spirit – Babydoll:  I’ve been watching locals Sweet Spirit play this live for a long while, so I love that a recorded version finally came along.  It’s definitely one of those songs that I find stuck in my head seemingly all of the time.  From the band’s self titled EP.

44)  :Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  This song from Jeff The Brotherhood features a goddamn flute solo by Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) and has a chorus that mentions wanting to stab someone in the eye.  Those two things alone should warrant its placement on anyone’s year-end list.  From Wasted On The Dream.

43)  :Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:  The Conor Oberst that fronts Desaparecidos is my favorite Conor Oberst.  I think his emo-y voice is best used in tracks like one, which is an anthemic scorcher.  From Payola.

42)  :Dan Friel – Rattler:  Dan Friel is a master at twiddling knobs (not a euphemism).  I frequently put this inspired tune on whenever I need to rally up for something.  From Life.

41)  :jj – Truce:  The immense amount of attitude that’s all throughout this jj song has entertained me for much of 2015.  The whole thing is just ridiculous (and fun).  From Truce.

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Quickdraw: Big Grams, Chvrches, Death Cab For Cutie, Small Black, Youth Lagoon

September 11, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Big Grams – Fell In the Sun:  Phantogram and Big Boi are Big Grams.  The former are good here, but it’s the latter that makes the track memorable.  He just straight up just kills it at every turn.  The act’s self titled album is due out September 25 via Epic.

:Chvrches – Clearest Blue:  A couple of weeks back I got to check out Chvrches new album (it’s good, by the way), and this was one of the tracks that really stood out.  I’m glad it got released as s single.  Every Open Eye is due out September 25 via Glassnote.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Small Black – Back At Belle’s:  This is the third single to be released off of Small Black’s upcoming LP.  It has a shoegazey kind of feel to it that I think is pretty great.  Best Blues is due out October 16 via Jagjaguwar.  See them at Sidewinder on the same night.

:Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive (Tycho Remix):  Admittedly, if it’s been touched by Tycho, then I’m in 100%.  I do, however, really love what was done here – the track is now so much more atmospheric and headphone-worthy.  Grab this one-off effort while you can!  You can see Death Cab For Cutie at ACL Live twice later this month.

:Youth Lagoon – Rotten Human:  “I’d rather die than piss away my time”  This is easily one of my favorite Youth Lagoon songs.  Every lyric in it just hits hard.  Well done, Trevor Powers.  Savage Hills Ballroom is due out September 25 via Fat Possum.

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Stream This

March 27, 2015

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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 are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie And Lowell
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsungi
Reptar – Lurid Glow
Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
The Soft Moon – Deeper
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
Portico – Living Fields
Lost Boy? – Canned
Runaway Brother – Mother
Bouquet – In A Dream EP
Simon Joyner – Grass, Branch And Bone

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Built To Spill

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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, Mikal Cronin, Death Cab For Cutie, Braids, Girlpool

March 12, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Let It Happen:  This nearly eight-minuter from Tame Impala immediately slapped a smile on my life.  Not only is it rad and groovy as hell, but it officially means a new album from the band will be out at some point later this year.  Hooray!  See them play at Levitation in May.

:Mikal Cronin – ii) Gold:  Mikal Cronin let this one go earlier this week.  As is always the case with his material, it’s loaded with the perfect amount of noise, catchy bits and sincere lyrics.  Someone get his new album ASAP.  MCIII will be released on May 5 via Merge.

:Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  While I really dig this track and think it’s the best thing I’ve heard from Death Cab For Cutie in a long while, I’m still not overly excited about their upcoming album.  Big ups to the band though for churning out such a kinetic single.  Kintsugi is due out March 31 via Atlantic.

:Braids – Taste:  Not that I hated the first single (Miniskirt – it’s here) off of Braids’ new album, but I just couldn’t get into it.  This track though, it’s a beautifully crafted gem.  Raphaelle Standell sounds as good as she ever has here.  Deep In The Iris is due out April 28 via Arbutus.  See them at Stubb’s (with Purity Ring) on May 23.

:Girlpool – Ideal World:  “Tranquilize me with your ideal world.”  This plodding track from Girlpool isn’t exactly a ray of sunshine, but I think you’ll like it.  Before The World Was Big will be released on June 2 via Wichita Recordings.

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Stream This

February 13, 2015

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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 are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Jose Gonzalez – Vestiges & Claws

Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
A Place To Bury Strangers – Transfixiation
Grooms – Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair
Six Organs Of Admittance – Hexadic
Slultever – Almost Famous EP
Sonny And The Sunsets – Talent Night At The Ashram
Karen O – Live From Crush Palace
Phosphorescent – Live At The Music Hall
Pops Staples – Don’t Lose This
S. Carey – Supermoon EP
In Tall Buildings – Driver
Ibeyi – Self Titled
Carl Barat And The Jackals – Let It Reign
Adventures – Supersonic Home
Le Couleur – Dolce Desir
Tropics – Rapture
Divers – Hello Hello
The Amazing – Picture

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Doomtree

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Stream This

October 25, 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

Russian Circles – Memorial
Los Campesinos – No Blues
Yamantaka / Sonic Titan – Uzu
Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)
Son Lux – Lanterns
Bardo Pond – Peace On Venus
Whores – Clean
Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial
Audacity – Butter Knife
Botany – Lava Diviner (True Story)
Widowspeak – The Swamps EP
Minor Alps – Get There
Body Parts – Fire Dream
Gringo Star – Floating Out To See
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

VIDEOS

Swearin’ will release Surfing Strange on November 4 via Wichita.  They play the Mohawk on December 10.

Beach Fossils’ Clash The Truth is out now.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Arctic Monkey’s AM is out now on Domino.

His Clancyness’ Vicious is out now on FatCat Records.

Besnard LakesUntil In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is out now on Jagjaguwar.  The band will play Red 7 on November 22.

The Creases will release the I Won’t Wait 7″ on November 11 via Rough Trade.

Spires’ Candy Flip single is out now.

Girls Names will release The Next Life EP on October 29 via Slumberland.

Jim James’ Regions Of Light And Sound Of God is out now on ATO.

I Break Horses will put out a new album early next year.

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Songs For Singing Along (Zoe)

September 12, 2012

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One of my all time favorite activities of absolutely ever (say that 5 times fast) is singing along to songs. I sing loudly, with deep feeling. I sing with interpretive dance moves. I sing with great abandon, and rarely in tune. And I encourage everyone to do so as well; it just makes you feel better, no matter what. For those of you who may be shy, I present to you my top three fool-proof sing along list. If you can resist these songs, then our friendship probably wasn’t meant to be.

:Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al:  Even if you’ve never heard this song, it’s pretty easy to pick up the chorus immediately. It’s fun and silly, and an excellent best friends or relationship song. Talk about interpretive dancing … it’s pretty much a crime not to make large theatrical dance moves to this song. Bonus points for dramatic facial expressions.

:Death Cab For Cutie – Crooked Teeth:  It may not be a traditional choice, but once you bust it out with similarly Death Cab obsessed friends, you’ll get it. An upbeat tune and totally depressing lyrics, it’s great to bust out when someone needs commiseration. It’s also just a great, catchy tune. My friend Maurice and I once led a small crowd of friends and strangers in a sing-along to this song in a gas station parking lot at about 1am in Denton, TX.

:Elton John – Tiny Dancer:  Do I even need to explain this one? For further info, see: only the best scene in Almost Famous. The song has healing properties. It just does.

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