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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 2

December 1, 2015

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Naturally, the listing continues on today.  Check out entries 40-31 down below.  50-41 can be found right here.  Enjoy.

40)  :Big Grams – Fell In The Sun:  Just in case you’ve been off on an adventure, Big Boi + Phantogram = Big Grams.  Both are equally great here in this sparkly ear worm of a song.  From the act’s self titled album.

39)  :Kiiara – Feels:  I came across Kiiara over the summer and instantly became a fan.  This song is super hooky and wonderfully dramatic.  From the land of one-off tracks.

38)  :Ringo Deathstarr – Guilt:  This one from Austin’s own Ringo Deathstarr is a big, catchy wave of distortion.  Only listen to it with the volume cranked up high.  From Pure Mood.

37)  :Torres – Special (Garbage Cover):  I’m not even sure how many times I’ve gotten lost in this spacious, six-minute cover of Garbage’s SpecialTorres (aka Mackenzie Scott) really took the song and made it her own.  From the land of one-off tracks.

36)  :Car Seat Headrest – Something Soon:  Car Seat Headrest signed to Matador this year, and then promptly remastered and re-released some older material.  So, technically, this song is only partially from 2015.  Regardless, I think it’s a very inspired tune and I love the angsty lyrics – “I want to sing this song like I’m dying.”  From Teens Of Style.

35)  :Deerhunter – Snakeskin:  It still flips my brain around whenever I remember that the sometimes proggy, sometimes noisy rockers Deerhunter put out this funky, accessible number.  Who knew they had it in them?  From Fading Frontier.

34)  :Bully – I Remember:  This little two-minuter from Bully just rips.  I think singer Alicia Bognanno sounds like a less obnoxious version of Courtney Love (the 90s version, not the currently burned out one).  From Feels Like.

33)  :Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires – Sweet Disorder!:  I’m pretty sure I could toss this on a mixtape of nothing but classic rock tunes and no one would catch it as being from the year 2015.  On another note, Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires is a great name.  From the Sweet Disorder 7″.

32)  :Mikal Cronin – Made My Mind Up:  Another year, another charming pop song from Mikal Cronin that I can’t seem to get enough of.  He completes me.  From MCIII.

31)  :Diane Coffee – Everyday:  Shaun Fleming (Foxygen’s drummer) is the main brain behind Diane Coffee.  This track is as soulful and retro as can be. From Everybody’s A Good Dog.

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Deerhunter

August 18, 2015

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Yesterday my various feeds were full of praise for Deerhunter’s new single, and now I see why – it’s really damn good.  If there’s been a time where Bradford Cox and the gang have sounded this groovy or infectious, I must have missed it.  I hope all of their new album is similar to this track.  Enjoy.

:Deerhunter – Snakeskin:

Fading Frontier is due out October 16 via 4AD.

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Stream This

September 13, 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

Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
Dustin Wong – Meditation Of Ecstatic Energy
Keep Shelly In Athens – At Home
LAKE – The World Is Real
Cid Rim – Mute City
MGMT – Self Titled
Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
Arp – More
The Naked And Famous – In Rolling Waves
Pillars And Tongues – End-dances
Traams – Grin
HSY – Self Titled
Seams – Quarters
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Fly By Wire
Drew Price’s Bermuda Triangle – Friends And Family
Said The Whale – Hawaii
San Fermin – Self Titled
Body Language – Grammar

VIDEOS

Arcade Fire will release Reflektor on October 29.

Quasi will put out Mole City on October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  The band is set to play Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Crystal Antlers will release Nothing Is Real on October 15 through Innovative Leisure.

Glasser’s Interiors is due out October 9 via True Panther.

Obits’s Bed & Bugs is out now on Sub Pop.

Franz Ferdinand recently released Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action via Domino.

Deerhunters’s Monomania is out now.

Eagulls will put out the Nerve Endings 7″ on September 30.

Forest Fire’s Screens is out now on FatCat.

Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt is available now via Don Giovanni.

Jonathan Rado’s Law And Order was recently released on Woodsist.

Deer Tick’s Negativity is due out September 24 via Partisan Records.

Icona Pop are set to release This Is … Icona Pop on September 24.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on October 21 via Mute.

Deltron 3030 will put out Deltron 3030: Event II on October 1 via Bulk Recordings.  Catch them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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Stream This

April 26, 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

Akron/Family – Sub Verses
!!! – Thriller
Beacon – The Ways We Separate
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
Iggy Pop And The Stooges – Ready To Die
Deerhunter – Monomania
Secret Circuits – Tactile Galactics
Hands – Synesthesia
Coliseum – Sister Faith
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle – Perils From The Sea
Rollin Hunt – The Phoney
Legs – Pass The Ringo
Sharks – Selfhood
Andy Cato – Times & Places
Annuals – Time Stamp

VIDEOS

Austin’s The Couch released their self titled album last year.

Jonny Fritz just released Dad Country on ATO Records.  He’ll play Antone’s on May 4.

CocoRosie will put out Tales Of A GrassWidow on May 28.

Thee Oh Sees just released Floating Coffin.

Wild Nothing will release the Empty Estate EP on May 14 via Captured Tracks/Bella Union.

Yellowbirds will release Songs From The Vanished Frontier on May 28 via Royal Potato Family.

Bosnian Rainbows will put out its self titled debut on June 25 via Sargent House.

Taken By Trees will release Other Worlds on October 2 through Secretly Canadian.

Young Galaxy’s Ultramarine is out now on Paper Bag Records.

Fitz And The Tantrums will release More Than Just A Dream on May 7.

Prissy Clerks released Bruise Or Be Bruised last year.

Portugal, The Man will put out Evil Friends on June 4.

Club 8′s Above The City will be out May 21 via Labrador.

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Quickdraw: Weekend, Jackson Scott, Empress Of, Hands, Deerhunter

April 8, 2013

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Today’s music just wants to be friends.  Enjoy.

:Weekend – Mirror:  “If you think we were loud and obnoxious before, you’re gonna hate this.”  When a band is okay placing a quote like that in the press release for their upcoming album, I pretty much have to support them.  Jinx is due out July 23 via Slumberland.

:Jackson Scott – Awful Sound:  Here’s a new psych-pop artist out of Asheville, North Carolina that’s been getting some buzz.  He doesn’t have a sound you haven’t heard before (especially if you like Jeff Mangum and such), but it’s quality stuff nonetheless.  Melbourne will be out on Fat Possum this summer.

:Empress Of – Tristeza:  This song is not in English, so I have absolutely no idea what it’s about.  Fortunately though, this has not stopped me from constantly getting lost in it.  What a beautiful track.  Last week Empress Of released the Systems EP on Terrible Records.

:Hands – Brave Motion:  If your Monday is off to a slow start, I highly recommend using this energetic number to help pick up the pace.  Synesthesia is due out on April 30 via Kill Rock Stars.  If you’re in Austin, you’ll be able to see the band play May 24 at Stubb’s Jr.

:Deerhunter – Monomania:  There’s a good chance that this has pretty much instantly become my favorite Deerhunter song.  Everything about it is fierce, and I especially love how it’s the sort of track that I’ll never be able to turn up loud enough.  Monomania is expected out May 7 via 4AD.

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