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Top 50 Songs Of 2017

December 5, 2017


Well look at that, here are my Top 50 Songs of 2017.  Enjoy.

50) Jamiroquai – Automaton

Jamiroquai still got it, man.

49) Matthew Logan Vasquez

I jammed this Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit fame) track on my radio show, 101X Homegrown, a lot this year. It’s fierce.

48) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter Of Time

I miss Sharon Jones.

47) Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough

Pure retro goodness here by Sheer Mag.

46) Weaves – Walkaway

Weaves churned out a really nice low key anthem here.

45) Filthy Friends – Any Kind Of Crowd

Corin Tucker sounds adorable in this Filthy Friends song.

44) Julien Baker – Appointments

Sad! Classic Julien Baker.

43) Wiretree – Let Me In

I love this sweet little number by Austin’s own Wiretree.

42) Hazel English – Fix

What a wonderfully hazy pop tune by Hazel English.

41) Mogwai – Eternal Panther

Somehow the best song that Mogwai put out this year isn’t on the album they released.

40) Alyeska – Stones

This 90s indie rock throwback from Alyeska is fantastic.

39) Land Of Talk – Loving

It’s so good to have Elizabeth Powell back in action as Land Of Talk.

38) The Kills – Desperado (Rhianna Cover)

The Kills really make this Rhianna track their own.

37) Why? – Proactive Evolution

I’ll never tire of Why?. This is one of my favorite songs by them.

36) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred

This song by The Octopus Project always makes me want to get up and move.

35) Fujiya & Miyagi – Solitaire

Another year, another infectious jam by Fujiya & Miyagi.

34) Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

Can’t stop Carly.

33) The Courtneys – Silver Velvet

This is the catchiest song on The Courtneys’ album of really catchy songs.

32) Growl – New Sincerity.

Here’s some jangly pop perfection by Austin’s Growl.

31) Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See

I revisited this slightly weird Kane Strang track a lot in 2017.

30) Beth Ditto – Oo La La

Beth Ditto really goes for it here.

29) Sports – Making It Right

This is a charming pop tune from Sports.

28) Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Wolf Parade with a legit ear-pleaser.

27) Ought – These 3 Things

Ought went new wave here. Good move!

26) Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Indie rock perfection by Waxahatchee.

25) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up

The Rural Alberta Advantage made a big time jump back onto my radar with this song.

24) Screaming Females – Black Moon

I can’t wait for the new Screaming Females album. This first single is so damn good.

23) Protomartyr – Don’t Go to Anacita

Intense but great. Protomartyr are the best.

22) Sweet Spirit – The Power

What a big track by Austin’s Sweet Spirit.

21) Perfume Genius – Slip Sway

This is one of Perfume Genius’ best songs.

20) Spook School – Less Than Perfect

Spook School are as catchy as can be here.

19) Rhye – Taste

This Rhye track has an immaculate sound.

18) Jay Som – Baybee

Hazy, dancey, perfect stuff here by Jay Som.

17) Walker Lukens – Don’t Want To Be Lonely (Don’t Want To Leave You Alone)

Here’s a total ear-worm from Austin’s Walker Lukens.

16) The Blow – Get Up

This song from The Blow is a rambly as can be, but I love it.

15) LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

The best song on LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album.

14) Diet Cig – Barf Day

The line “I know that you’re sorry, I just don’t care” will forever make me smirk. Thanks for that, Diet Cig.

13) Molly Burch – Wrong For You

It’s just about impossible to not love this retro-leaning effort from Austin’s own Molly Burch.

12) Lo Tom – Overboard

David Bazan is so good in this Lo Tom tune. I love his voice.

11) Football, etc. – Save

This track from Austin’s Football, etc. has an early 2000s indie rock vibe that I really dig.

10) The War On Drugs – Holding On

Headphones + this track from The War On Drugs = my happy place.

09) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers are on a real roll right now. This song is a blast.

08) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It

I love how loose Spoon sound here.

07) White Reaper – Judy French

So infectious. White Reaper continue to be big favorites of mine.

06) Alex Lahey – Every Day’s The Weekend

My favorite song from 2017 to sing-a-long to. Alex Lahey sure knows how to write an anthem.

05) The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Heavy but accessible. Great track by The National.

04) SZA – Supermodel

I spent a couple of months obsessed with this SZA song. It’s so dramatic.

03) Kendrick Lamar – Humble

It was impossible to escape this Kendrick Lamar song in 2017. I didn’t mind.

02) St. Vincent – Los Ageless

St. Vincent is rather aggressive here, and it’s awesome.

01) Alvvays – In Undertow

This was practically my default song this year. It’s perfect. Thanks, Alvvays!

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Diet Cig

March 2, 2017

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At this point I’ve declared my love for Diet Cig about a million different times, so I think I’ll just skip that part this time around.  Below is their new single!  Also, here’s a fun fact – I’ve heard their upcoming album, Swear I’m Good At This (due April 7 via Frenchkiss), and I can tell you now that’s real snazzy.  Enjoy.

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Diet Cig

January 17, 2017


On April 7 the great Diet Cig will be rolling out their debut album, Swear I’m Good At This, and I’m really excited for it.  The band has done nothing but put out stellar emo/pop/punk tracks for the last two years, so there’s no way they fail me now!  Well, not really, plenty of bands have faltered when it comes full length time, but I have faith that Diet Cig will deliver the goods.  Below is the first single off of the album.  It is, of course, particularly spunky.  Enjoy.

PS – Be sure to catch the band at SXSW.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 4

December 3, 2015


We’re nearing the end of my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list!  Ah!  Check out entries 20-11 down below.  Enjoy.

- 50-41
- 40-31
- 30-21

20)  :FIDLAR – 40oz. On Repeat:  There’s a pretty solid chance that this FIDLAR track is the year’s most relatable song.  Now, let’s have drink some alcohol, it’ll make us who we really want to be.  From Too.

19)  :Screaming Females – Criminal Image:  This is one of my favorite Screaming Females tunes.  It’s got a big, meaty riff and frontwoman Marissa Paternoster sounds indestructible.  From Rose Mountain.

18)  :Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire:  Out of all the quality songs on Modest Mouse’s latest album, this one is my favorite.  For whatever reason, I dig that it essentially sounds like Dashboard: Part 2.  From Strangers To Ourselves.

17)  :Conner Youngblood – Stockholm:  This track from Conner Youngblood is hypnotizing.  You just have to love the way he uses the harp here.  From The Generation Of Lift EP.

16)  :Leon Bridges – River:  Leon Bridges absolutely blew up this year, and I like to think it was largely because of this stunning slow burner.  What a song.  From Coming Home.

15)  :Bop English – Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control):  James Petralli (of White Denim fame) is Bop English.  There’s a playful, retro pop sound on display here that’s really great.  From Constant Bop.

14)  :Diet Cig – Harvard:  Diet Cig’s front-lady Alex Luciano is in full-on bitter mode throughout this track, and it’s fantastic.  I hope she never loses that sarcastic edge of hers.  From the Over Easy EP.

13)  :Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:  Whenever I want to jump around like a madman in my living room, I put on this sloppy jam from Titus Andronicus.  It’s such a raucous good time.  From The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

12)  :Mos Def – Sensei On The Block (Featuring Ski Beatz):  This song is vintage Mos Def (in the best of ways), and it totally makes me yearn for his pre-Yasiin Bey days.  From the land of one-off tracks.

11)  :Purity Ring – Push Pull:  I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about Purity Ring’s sophomore album – some of it works for me, some of it doesn’t.  This beautiful number is definitely the best track on it.  From Another Eternity.

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Diet Cig

August 20, 2015

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Diet Cig continue to be one of my favorite new things to come out of 2015.  I love the EP, Over Easy, that they released earlier this year, and their new 7″ is also a fantastic listen (new track is below, the other one is here).  Their songs are infectious, and I really dig Alex Luciano’s candid lyrics.  If you haven’t already, join me on their bandwagon.  Enjoy.

:Diet Cig – Dinner Date:

The Sleep Talk/Dinner Date 7″ is due out September 18 via Father/Daughter Records/Art Is Hard.  See the band at the Mohawk on September 16.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Yuck, Diet Cig, Wild Child, Telegraph Canyon, Maximum Balloon

July 13, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Yuck – Hold Me Closer:  Yuck have set free a new song to let you know they’re still awake.  It’s a lot like their previous efforts – hooky on all fronts.  The band will release a new album in early 2016.

:Diet Cig – Sleep Talk:  Right now it’s just Diet Cig who are giving Annabel a run for emo band of the year.  I mean, just listen to this song, they are so damn bitter.  The Sleep Talk/Dinner Date 7″ is due out September 18 via Father/Daughter and Art Is Hard.  See them on September 16 at the Mohawk.

:Wild Child – Fools:  Austin’s own Wild Child announced a new album last week.  If you like your pop music to be really charming and catchy, then expect to like everything about this single.  Fools is due out October 2 via Dualtone.

:Telegraph Canyon – Why Let It Go:  I’ve been playing this Telegraph Canyon song on my radio show, Lone Star State of Mind, over the last couple of weeks and have really fallen in love with it.  There’s just something about the way it moves that I can’t get enough of.  You From Before is due out July 31.

:Maximum Balloon – Let It Grow (Featuring Karen O And Tunde Adebimpe):  Maximum Balloon is David Sitek of TV On The Radio, and this super pleasant track is the first single off his upcoming album.  Grab headphones and get lost in it.  Sitek’s currently untitled LP is expected out later this year via Federal Prism.

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Stream This

February 20, 2015


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


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 ➡ Screaming Females – Rose Mountain

Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up
Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer
Radical Dads – Universal Coolers
The King Khan And BBQ Show – Bad News Boys
Gal Pals – Velvet Rut
Diet Cig – Over Easy EP
THEESatisfaction – EarthEE
Torche – Restarter
Diamond Rugs – Cosmetics
Iron And Wine – Archive Series: Volume 1
Pearls – Pretend You’re Mine
Keath Mead – Sunday Dinner
Tall Tales And The Silver Lining – Tightropes
Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell (Remixed)
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space



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Stream This

February 6, 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.


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 ➡ Quarterbacks – Self Titled

Knifight – V
The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil
Hello Blue Roses – WZO
Paperhaus – Self Titled
Blis – Starting Fires In My Parent’s House EP
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll


Diet Cig

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Quickdraw: Bop English, Colleen Green, American Wrestlers, Diet Cig, Hurry

January 29, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bop English – Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control):  Here’s the first single from Bop English, a new project from White Denim’s James Petralli.  It’s expansive, quirky and instantly likeable stuff.  Constant Bop is due out April 14 via Downtown Records.

:Colleen Green – TV:  Those of you who’ve long desired something to help explain your love of TV, this one is for you.  Be sure to thank Colleen Green by seeking out her new album, I Want To Grow Up, when it gets released on February 24 via Hardly Art.

:American Wrestlers – Kelly:  The press release for this song says it has “shimmering charm” and I totally agree.  I’m definitely interested in hearing whatever else American Wrestlers have to offer.  Look for the act’s self titled debut on April 7 via Fat Possum.

:Diet Cig – Harvard:  The lyrics in this new one from Diet Cig become increasingly direct, so by the time it ends my face is always completely cringed.  I like that.  In fact, I want more.  The Over Easy EP will be released on February 24 via Father/Daughter Records.

:Hurry – Shake It Off:  I came across Hurry in Pitchfork’s “tracks” section the other day, and I’m really pumped that I did.  This song of theirs is power pop perfection.  You can find it on Strength In Weakness, a six band split benefiting United Cerebral Palsy.

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