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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 3

December 4, 2013

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We’re now firmly in the mid-section of this list.  I hope that so far you’ve been digging it and have maybe found some new stuff.  Let me know if you have any guesses on what will be in the top spot!  Enjoy.

30)  :Action Bronson – The Rockers (Featuring Wiz Khalifa):  Out of the ton of good stuff that Action Bronson released in 2013, this track is my favorite.  He sounds great in it, and I especially dig the Wiz Khalifa verse.  From the SAAAB Stories EP.

29)  :Phantogram – Celebrating Nothing:  At some point in 2014 I’m going to finally get a new Phantogram album.  Until then, I’ll just let this gem swirl around in my head.  From their self titled EP.

28)  :Divine Fits – Ain’t That The Way:  If you ask me, this is the best Spoon cover that Divine Fits have ever done.  Ha!  Seriously though, it’s a pretty great pop song.  From the Ain’t That The Way/Chained To Love digital single.

27)  :M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.:  Another year, another great single from M.I.A.  She may be a bit unhinged, but her work is consistently interesting and worth your time.  From Matangi.

26)  :Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  This infectious piece of noise pop has been a favorite of mine for months.  Also, as a Joanna Newsom fan, I’m admittedly a sucker for the name Joanna Gruesome.  From Weird Sister.

25)  :The Orwells – Other Voices:  While the hard working, fresh out of high school dudes in the Orwells make me feel lazy and old, I can’t help but dig their music.  This rock tune is as catchy as it gets.  From the Other Voices EP.

24)  :Son Lux – Lost It To Trying:  This song is definitely Sigur Ros-light, but I think that actually makes me like it more.  Toss on headphones or just crank your stereo, either approach works well with Son Lux.  From Lanterns.

23)  :The Men – The Seeds (Acoustic Version):  The original version of this track is rather nice, but I think the acoustic take really makes for something special.  It’s definitely my favorite song by the Men.  From the Campfire Songs EP.

22)  :Youth Lagoon – Dropla:  Throughout the year this Youth Lagoon song was one of my go-tos for when I just wanted to kick back and listen to something.  It has such a stellar, well layered arrangement.  From Wondrous Bughouse.

21)  :Lightning Dust – Loaded Gun:  I ended up not loving Lightning Dust’s new synth-enthused sound as much as I thought I would, but I do think this particular song is rad.  Be sure to jam it.  From Fantasy.

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Quickdraw: Divine Fits, Yuck, Grooms, ARMS, Colette

July 22, 2013

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Today’s music once killed a yak from 200 yards away with mind bullets.  Enjoy.

:Divine Fits – Ain’t That The Way:  I kind of figured Divine Fits were going to be a one and done sort of project, but here they are with a new double A-side single.  The other track is good, but I think this one is great.  Grab the 12″ tomorrow via Merge.

:Yuck – Rebirth:  In case you missed it, frontman Daniel Blumberg is no longer in Yuck.  He left the band to start Hebronix, and has since been replaced by Max Bloom.  This is a well crafted effort that I really like, but it somewhat bums me out to think they may have totally ditched their 90s indie rock angle.  Expect an LP at some point later this year.

:Grooms – I Think We’re Alone Now:  One of the better things I discovered buried in my inbox over the weekend was this new song from Grooms.  It might be the best single they’ve ever put out.  Infinity Caller is due out September 3 via Western Vinyl.

:ARMS – Comfort:  Todd Goldstein (formerly of Harlem Shakes) did a lot with ARMS when he first started it up, but he’s been rather quiet the last couple of years.  Good to have him back.  This refreshing number can be found on EP2, which is due September 10 via Paper Garden Records.

:Colette – When The Music’s Loud:  I don’t know what it is about Colette, but I always love her singles.  Now excuse me, I have to get back to dancing in front of a mirror.  When The Music’s Loud is due out August 27 via Candy Talk.

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Stream This

January 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

On And On – Give In
Speck Mountain – Badwater
Gold Panda – Trust EP
Ducktails – The Flower Lane
The Ruby Suns – Christopher
Bleeding Rainbow – Yeah Right
Ex Cops – True Hallucinations
Tomahawk – Oddfellows

VIDEOS

FIDLAR just released their self titled album on Mom + Pop.

Nightlands released Oak Island via Secretly Canadian this week.  They play the Mohawk on March 6.

Lee Fields brought in Lady for this acoustic number.

This is s German version of Moon Duo’s I Can See.

Crystal Castles will play the Austin Music Hall on April 21.  The Sad Eyes single will be out February 18.

Ultraista will play on Jimmy Fallon this Tuesday.

Nite Jewel’s One Second Of Love is available now via Secretly Canadian.

Sin Fang will release Flowers on February 19 via Morr Music.

PAWS will play SXSW.  Cokefloat! is out now on FatCat.

Shout Out Louds will release Optica on February 26.  They’ll also be at SXSW.

This is Club 8′s first new music since 2010.

A Thing Called Divine Fits is out now.

Widowspeak put out Almanac this week via Captured Tracks.

Iceage will release You’re Nothing on February 19 via Matador.

Minus The Bear’s Infinity Overheard is out now on Dangerbird Records.

Menahan Street Band’s The Crossing is available now via Daptone Records.

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Brad’s Top 10 Albums Of 2012

December 19, 2012

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2012 – the year in which the Mayans saw it fit to end all days would make a pretty nice conclusion to all things, or well when it comes to music at least. I would gesture it’s been a good year from the fact that I had particular difficulties in narrowing down my favorite releases, and it really has been a good year. Never mind even ranking them, just whittling down to these 10 was a challenge enough. This past year was great in that it saw plenty of newcomers take hold, and even better, the new guys from last year firmly held their places and graduated from being promising newcomers to established powerhouses. Throw in some seasoned players, and you’ve got a year that had one hell of a variety to offer. Yes, it was a good year. Here are my choice choices. In no particular order, of course.

:Beach House – Myth:

:Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice:

:Django Django – Life’s A Beach:

:Fanfarlo – Feathers:

:Japandroids – The Night Of Wine And Roses:

:Kids Of 88 – Feel The Love:

:Purity Ring – Fineshrine:

:Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards:

:Tennis – Petition:

:Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner:

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Dan’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012

December 12, 2012

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Considering I listen to roughly ten new albums each week on Spotify, it’s not easy narrowing down my list of top albums to just five. While my favorite album was determined months ago, the rest of the top 5 and my honorable mentions list has fluctuated greatly. However, after much internal debate, shuffling of positions, and a far amount of procrastination, I present my top albums of 2012.

5. Imperial China – How We Connect

The second album from my favorite DC band was released in January of this the year. It contains all the things I loved about their first record – lots of searing guitars and swirling synths layered over pummeling percussion – but the new record also shows a marked growth in their sound. This is a tight record that balances musicianship, experimental elements, and sonic intensity. Add it all together and you have a stand out record from a band that has truly distinguished itself on the DC music scene.

:Imperial China – Ljos:

4. Cloud NothingsAttack On Memory

There’s just something about this indie-punk record that I instantly loved. It’s a throwback to bands like Fugazi and Nirvana that mixed fuzz-rock and punk with a pop aesthetic. The record is full of hooks, anthemic tracks, loud drums, and each song is distinguished by Dylan Baldi’s off-kilter yet charming  vocals. What’s not to love?

:Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless:

3. Mind SpidersMeltdown

While the first Mind Spiders record was basically a solo project of Mark Ryan (Marked Men), Meltdown was recorded with a full band and the bigger, more expansive sound is apparent. The lo-fi psychedelic tracks are gone and there are fewer quick hitting punk-pop jams. Meltdown is an expansive record with influences ranging from Jay Reatard to Brian Eno while still retaining the garage rock core that I love so much.

:Mind Spiders – Wait For Us:

2. OBN IIIS – OBNS IIIS

There are a lot of garage rock bands out there vying for our attention, but only one can be King of Rock Mountain, and that king is the OBN IIIs. I didn’t think it possible for them to top their last album, The Only And Only, yet they managed to do just that.

:OBN IIIs – People Are Afraid:

1. Lace Curtains – The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness

I’m still blown away by what Michael Coomer (Harlem) accomplished with The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness. Based on Harlem’s records I expected fun and goofy garage rock. Instead he delivered brilliant pop music that was heartfelt and honest. A personal and authentic album about regrets, confessions, apologies, and sex. Such lyrics usually mean a heavy or dark feel but Coomer manages a breezy laid back vibe that only magnifies the charm of the record.

:Lace Curtains – High Fantasy:

Honorable Mentions:
Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse
Metz – Metz
The White Wires – WWIII
Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

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Stream This

October 5, 2012

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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

Portraiture – Real As Ritual
Balmorhea – Stranger
Paws – Cokefloat
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Chrome Canyon – Elemental Themes
Matt And Kim – Lightning
Gangi – Gesture Is
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
Naytronix – Dirty Glow
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
AC Newman – Shut Down The Streets

VIDEOS

Jens Lekman’s I Know What Love Isn’t is available now.  He’ll be playing the Mohawk on November 13.

Solange Knowles will release a 12″ of this single on November 6 via Terrible Records.

Psychic Twin’s Gonna Get Her 7″ is currently available.  She’ll also be playing the Lefse CMJ Showcase.

J.Viewz (aka Jonathan Dagan) has an album out now that’s titled Rivers And Homes.  This video is for the last track on the LP.

This Hood Internet track features AC Newman and Sims.  FEAT is out now via Decon Records.

The Orwells put out Remember When earlier this year on Autumn Tone Records.

Sky Ferreira will release Ghost on October 16 via Capital Records.

Earlier this year AU released Both Lights via Hometapes.

You can get Pink Frost’s Gargoyle Days now via Impose.

Efterklang just released Piramida via 4AD.

A Thing Called Divine Fits is out now.  The band will play Stubb’s on October 31.

Lawrence Arabia’s The Sparrow is available now through Bella Union.

Inc. will release their debut full length early next year on 4AD.

Menomena’s Moms is out now on Barsuk.

White Rabbits are currently out on tour with the Shins.  Milk Famous is available now.

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Quickdraw: Slam Donahue, Divine Fits, Generationals, Sky Ferreira, The Album Leaf

September 4, 2012

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Today’s music was found by the guy who invented Labor Day.  Enjoy.

:Slam Donahue – C’mon, C’mon:  I’ve been getting emails about this band a lot this year, but this is the first time that I’ve really liked one of their songs.  It’s a breezy and infectious piece of pop, and I imagine that you’re going to join me in digging it.  You can expect to see the Hemlock Tea EP on October 2 via Cantora Records.

:Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice:  For some reason I totally blanked on posting this last week.  Shame on me.  Anyhow, this super group of sorts (it features Britt Daniels of Spoon and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade) just released their debut.  It’s good.  You need it.  The full length is titled A Thing Called Divine Fits, and it’s out now on Merge.

:Generationals – Lucky Numbers:  I’ve been hoping all year for something new from these guys, and now my dream has come true!  This overly pleasant, synth-filled pop tune is the first taste off their upcoming EP.  The three-song effort is titled Lucky Numbers, and it’s expected out on October 2.

:Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing:  There’s a good chance that I was supposed to already be aware of this girl, but I didn’t know she existed until this weekend.  Is her other stuff any good?  Somebody let me know.  As for this song, it’s a slinky one.  Be careful.  Sky will release the Ghost EP on October 2 via EMI.

:The Album Leaf – Descent:  To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I sat down and listened to an Album Leaf record.  It may have been college?  Regardless, it’s good to see them still working.  This track, as is usually the case with their stuff, makes for great headphone material.  You’ll be able to pick up the Forward/Return EP on September 18.

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