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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 4

December 4, 2014

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We’re nearing the end of my Top 50 Songs of 2014 list!  Look for the final ten songs tomorrow.  For fun, here’s parts ONE, TWO and THREE.  Enjoy.

20)  :Cherry Glazerr – Had Ten Dollaz:  Cherry Glazerr are a really young trio (two of them aren’t even 18) who are already way cooler than any of us will ever be.  If you don’t believe me, just listen to this attitude-laced gem.  From the Had Ten Dollaz single.

19)  :Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want:  This song is so emotive that it’ll either pull you out of a funk or completely toss you into one.  I love it.  Deleted Scenes are the best.  From Lithium Burn.

18)  :Dana Falconberry – Palmless:  Austin’s own singer/songwriter extraordinaire Dana Falconberry collaborated with Spoon’s Jim Eno on this track.  It’s a pretty spectacular listen on all fronts.  From Public Hi-Fi Sessions 02.

17)  :Little Big League – Property Line:  I’m all about the 90s revival that’s currently underway, but even if I wasn’t I think I’d still dig this Little Big League track.  It’s just about as sincere as can be.  From Tropical Jinx.

16)  :Diarrhea Planet – Spooners:  ”It’s all about the drugs, money, power, and getting off.”  Well said, Diarrhea Planet.  Well said.  From the Aliens In The Outfield EP.

15)  :Sheer Mag – What You Want:  I stumbled across this riffy piece of retro rock back in October and I’ve been jamming it (probably too much) ever since.  If you’re not on Sheer Mag’s bandwagon, you should be.  From the band’s debut 7″.

14)  :Tune Yards – Real Thing:  This track is Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) throwing everything at a wall and somehow having all of it stick.  Hard not to be impressed, you know?  From Nikki Nack.

13)  :Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes:  I have a variety of mixed feelings about the latest Dum Dum Girls’ album, but I can’t really complain since it features this immaculate pop tune.  From Too True.

12)  :Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me:  Here’s my favorite single off of the album that Cloud Nothings put out earlier this year.  The 90s-rock lover in me just can’t get enough of it.  From Here And Nowhere Else.

11)  :Mikal Cronin – Soul In Motion:  Mikal Cronin knew that not putting out any new music in 2014 would hurt my feelings, so he contributed this fantastic song to Famous Class’ 7″ series.  What a guy!  From LAMC #11.

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Dan’s Favorite Albums of 2014 … So Far

July 9, 2014

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I’m a sucker for the “Top Albums of the Year!” lists, so I’ve been reading a bunch of articles on the best music for the first half of 2014. It’s been fascinating to see which albums I slept on and which ones I maybe needed to give a second listen. The only thing that bothered me was I didn’t see many of my favorite records listed. I’m here to fix that.

I’ve already lavished praise on many of these records (see my album reviews of Deleted Scenes, OBN IIIs, The Dead Space, Ghetto Ghouls and Together Pangea) so it’s no surprise to find them on this list. The other five albums are from a scattering of indie, garage, and post-punk bands.

Cloud Nothings proved they are one of the premier indie bands playing today with the release of Here And Nowhere Else. Courtney Barnett is an Australian artist that writes the best deadpan slacker jams since Pavement while Priests are a blistering post-punk trio out of Washington, DC that play with a nasty furor. Free To Eat by Plague Vendor has been on almost constant rotation since I stumbled across it a few months ago. I’m shocked more people aren’t talking about this record. Finally, Under Color Of Official Right by Protomartyr is the clubhouse leader for my top album thus far. It’s gritty and raw record that reminds me of everything I love about Joy Division, The Fall, and Wire.

If you haven’t already done so, check out these records. If I missed any of your favorites then let me know in the comments. I promise to listen to the record then tell you why you’re completely wrong and that it’s complete crap. Unless of course I actually dig it. Then I’ll buy you a beer.

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014 … SO FAR:

ProtomartyrUnder Color Of Official Right
Deleted Scenes
Lithium Burn
OBN IIIs
Third Time To Harm
Plague Vender – Free To Eat
Ghetto Ghouls
Ghetto Ghouls
Cloud Nothings
Here And Nowhere Else
The Dead Space
Faker
Courtney Barnett
The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Pea
Priests
Bodies And Control And Power And Money
Together Pangea
Badillac

MIDWAY 2014 MIX:

:Cloud Nothings – Now Hear In:
:Together Pangea – Offer:
:Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:
:The Dead Space – Both Eyes:
:Deleted Scenes – Landfall:
:Protomartyr – Scum, Rise!:
:Ghetto Ghouls – Peepshow:
:Priests – New:
:OBN IIIs – No Time For The Blues:
:Plague Vendor – Black Sap Scriptures:

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Stream This

May 16, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Pujol – Kludge

Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea
The Roots – And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
American Football – Self Titled (Deluxe Edition)
Yann Tierson – Infinity
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Mimicking Birds – Eons
White Sea – In Cold Blood
Haley Bonar – Last War
Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean
Copeland – Because I’m Worth It
Kitty – Impatiens

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tycho

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Deleted Scenes (Dan)

April 16, 2014

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Did you get your taxes done on time? Perhaps you got an unexpected return and are looking for fun ways to spend your tax refund? Well then I have some suggestions for you.

Yesterday the beloved DC band Deleted Scenes released their third full length album and I’m hear to tell you, it’s phenomenal. Lithium Burn is the follow up to the much heralded Young People’s Church Of The Air and it marks yet another leap for the band. Trying to compared Deleted Scenes to other bands or accurately characterize their sound is near impossible. The group strives to expand their range not just on each album, but in each song. I guess the best description would be experimental art rock performed with brutal honesty and sincerity. Let’s just say this is not your usual indie pop rock.

Lead singer Dan Scheuerman’s lyrics have a confessional quality that gives each song a certain power and fire. He exposes his own fragility and self-doubt without reservation. Sometimes it’s alluring and moving like on You Get To Say Whatever You Want and sometimes it’s jarring like on Stutter. Either way the tracks will impact you like few bands today are capable of doing.

The new record also does a brilliant job of capturing the essence of a Deleted Scenes live performance. This is no easy feat and is a tribute to both the band and the album producers. The group has honed its craft over many years and countless shows and they have evolved into one of the tightest and most talented bands you’re likely to see.

So do yourself a favor and make your way down to Holy Mountain on Saturday night for the Deleted Scenes show with Royal Forest and Brass Bed. And while you’re there, treat yourself to a vinyl copy of Lithium Burn. I can’t think of a better way to spend that money from Uncle Sam.

:Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want:

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Stream This

April 11, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Deleted Scenes – Lithium Burn

Woods – With Light And With Love
Megafauna – Maximalist
Horse Thief – Fear In Bliss
Wyrd Visions – Half-Eaten Guitar
Amps For Christ – Canyons Cars And Crows
Cloud Cult – Unplug
Slint – Spiderland (Remastered)
The Afghan Whigs – Do To The Beast
Plague Vendor – Free To Eat
Lockah – Yahoo Or The Highway
Odonis Odonis – Hard Boiled Soft Boiled
Kinky Love – Promise EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Warpaint

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Stream This

March 28, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
White Hinterland – Baby
Pattern Is Movement – Self Titled
S. Carey – Range Of Light
Saintseneca – Dark Arc
Thievery Corporation – Saudade
Pure X – Angel
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars
Wolfmother – New Crown
The Toadies – Rubberneck
Manchester Orchestra – Cope
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
Inventions – Self Titled
Weaves – Self Titled EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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Quickdraw: Tune Yards, Deleted Scenes, Dana Falconberry, Black Bananas, The Black Angels

March 24, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tune Yards – Water Fountain:  After a lengthy break, Merrill Garbus is back and ready to impress with a new Tune Yards album.  Judging by this first single (and this interview), it sounds like she’s crafted a super catchy effort.  Nikki Nack is expected out on May 6 via 4AD.

:Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want:  I think it’s time to switch from liking Deleted Scenes to loving them.  This stellar song is heavy and sincere and I listen to it and just want to brood about whatever forever.   Lithium Burn will arrive on April 15 via Carpark Records.  See the band at Holy Mountain on April 19.

:Dana Falconberry – Palmless:  Dana Falconberry is an Austin artist that I’ve championed for a long time, so you know I mean it when I say I think this superbly crafted collaboration with Spoon’s Jim Eno is one of the best things she’s ever done.  Hell, it’s probably even the top single out of the local scene so far this year.  Look for Public Hi-Fi Sessons 02 on Record Store Day (April 19).

:Black Bananas – Physical Emotions:  If you’re looking for something to blast while you dance around in just your underwear, then this rad new Black Bananas track is it!  I’ve been jamming the hell out of it over the last few days.  The band will release Electric Brick Wall on June 24 via Drag City.

:The Black Angels – Diamond Eyes:  While I adore the thick, droney psych rock sound that The Black Angels churned out in their early days, I also dig their recent, more accessible material.  After all, it’s not like I can lay on my floor and stare at the ceiling fan every day.  The Clear Lake Forest EP will be released on Record Store Day (April 19).

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DC Against The World (Dan)

March 5, 2014

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By now you should be in full planning mode for SXSW. If you’re not, you’re in trouble. Don’t worry though, I’m here to help. What are the keys for the best day shows? It has to have amazing bands, free beer, and free tacos. If you agree then my friends and I are hosting the perfect show for you: DC Against The World at The New Movement on Thursday, March 13 from 11AM to 6PM.

The show is to a follow up to last year’s packed DC vs Austin event and is the seventh year we’ve thrown a party spotlighting bands from Washington, DC. Each year the party has got bigger and better. This lineup is our best yet thanks to sponsors CHIRP – Chicago Independent Radio ProjectFredericksburg All AgesRogness Brewing Company and Bitch Beer.

Representing DC are art rockers Deleted Scenes, singer-songwriter Olivia Mancini, the much buzzed about Coeds, and indie rockers Tereu Tereu. The bands representing the World are funk-punk gods The Coup, indie pop trio HospitalityVertical Scratchers (featuring members of Brainiac/Enon) , garage rockers The Blind ShakeThe Audacity and No Regrets Coyote as well the Hebrew shoegaze of Vaadat Charigim, and psych-rockers Outer Minds. Set times are as follows …

Theater Stage (Doors and Breakfast Tacos at 11 AM)
11:25-11:55 Olivia Mancini
12:20-12:55 Audacity
1:30-2:10 The Coup
2:45-3:20 Blind Shake
3:55-4:30 Deleted Scenes
5:05-5:40 Outer Minds

Back Stage
11:55-12:25 Vaadat Charigim
12:55-1:30 Vertical Scratchers
2:10-2:45 Hospitality
3:20-3:55 No Regrets Coyote
4:30-5:05 Tereu Tereu
5:40-6:00 Coeds

Be sure to RSVP here to enter our Merge Records prize pack drawing! Check out the bands below and also subscribe to our Spotify Playlist to hear even more great tracks.

:Audacity – Rooster:
:Vertical Scratchers – These Plains:
:Coeds – Sensitive Boys:
:Vaadat Charigim – Odisea:
:Deleted Scenes- The Days Of Adderall:
:The Coup – The Magic Clap:
:Hospitality – Going Out:
:The Blind Shake – Garbage On Glue:
:No Regrets Coyote – Rat Tail:
:Tereu Tereu – Cage Was Right:
:Olivia Mancini – Let’s Do This:
:Outer Minds – Something New:

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Quickdraw: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Gay, Paws, Deleted Scenes, Sleepmakewaves

March 3, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Simple And Sure:  And then The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart returned and the world rejoiced in knowing that it would soon have a new set of shimmering pop songs to support them whenever melancholy attacks.  Get Days Of Abandon when it’s released on April 22 via Yebo Music.

:Gay – Blue Blue Heart:  While Gay probably wouldn’t be my top choice if I were given the chance to name these guys, I do really like this track.  It’s catchy and retro in all of the right ways.  The band will put out their 7″ tomorrow via ZOO Records.

:Paws – Tongues:  Here’s a new one from Paws, a pop punk act I’ve been following for a bit now.  It’s a loud one that you can expect to get lodged in your head.  Look out for Youth Culture Forever to be released on May 6 via FatCat Records.  The band will play Red 7 on May 15.

:Deleted Scenes – Songs Of Leaving Behind:  I appreciate that Deleted Scenes are one of those bands that seem to revel in being unpredictable.  It keeps things exciting.  By the way, this semi-slowing burning song is totally headphone-worthy.  Lithium Burn will be released on April 15 via Park The Van/Nevado.

:Sleepmakeswaves – One Day You Will Teach Me To Let Go Of My Fears:  This track from Australia’s Sleepmakeswaves was an instant hit on the instrumental music-loving side of my brain.  Listen up if you like bands like The Timeout Drawer, Explosions In The Sky, Russian Circles, etc.  Monotreme Records will release In Today Already Walks Tomorrow on April 8.

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Stream This

February 7, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP

Cynic – Kindly Bent To Free Us
Cheatahs – Self Titled
Total Slacker – Slip Away
Sunn O))) & Ulver – Terrestrials
Modern Baseball – You’re Gonna Miss It All
The Casket Girls – True Love Kills The Fairy Tale
The Burlies – Self Titled EP
Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine
Illum Sphere – Ghosts Of Then And Now
Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors
Majestico – When Kingdom Come
El Ten Eleven – For Emily EP
Com Truise – Wave 1 EP
Secret Colours – Positive Distractions: Part 1
Temples – Sun Structures

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Julie Ruin

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Quickdraw: Russian Circles, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, Deleted Scenes, Gems, Mutual Benefit

October 14, 2013

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Today’s music is happy that ACL is done.  Enjoy.

:Russian Circles – 1777:  This is such an epic track.  Russian Circles can sometimes get too meaty, so it’s nice when they take a moment to remind me how expansive their sound can be.  The band will release Memorial via Sargent House on October 29.

:Yamantaka/Sonic Titan – Windflower:  I’d say that Yamantaka/Sonic Titan is a terrible name, but somehow it’s just the right fit for the way their scattered sound soars here.  You’ll be able to pick up UZU when it’s released on October 29 via Suicide Squeeze.

:Deleted Scenes – Stutter:  I’m not entirely sure what to make of this track, but I can say that I love how weird it is.  I advise that you just turn it up and see what happens.  Deleted Scenes will release a 7″ on November 5, and then they have a new full length, Lithium Burn, expected out in February via Park The Van.

:Gems – Medusa:  Admittedly, there’s a few moments here that are just cheesy enough to make you want to roll your eyes.  However, Gems’ oh so very dream pop sound is too good to pass up.  Grab the Medusa EP when it gets released on November 12.

:Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry:  I found this over at Pitchfork this weekend.  It reminds me of a lot of the indie music  (Sufjan Stevens, Annuals, etc) I was loving back when I was in my last year of college.   You can get Love’s Crushing Diamond now through Mutual Benefit’s Bandcamp page.

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