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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 2

December 3, 2013

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Because it would just be totally weird to skip part two of my Top 50 Songs Of 2013, here it is.  Enjoy.

40)  :Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege:  I can’t at all figure out what overall direction the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are heading in, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.  I gave this weird track a lot of plays in 2013.  From Mosquito.

39)  :Desaparecidos – The Left Is Right:  To be honest, I equally dig each of the four songs that Desaparecidos released this year.  I listed this one simply because it reminds me the most of the band’s 2002 effort, Read Music/Speak Spanish.  From The Left Is Right/Anonymous 7″.

38)  :Terry Malts – I Was Not There:  Terry Malts and this fuzzy pop punk gem of theirs muddled up a good portion of my summer.  Fortunately, I didn’t mind.  At all.  From Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere.

37)  :Eat Skull – Space Academy:  Way back in January I called this Eat Skull effort the first great rock track of 2013, and in the time since then I’ve only grown even more fond of its swirling guitars.  You need this if you like noise.  From III.

36)  :The Callas – Anger:  The great thing about the Callas on this track is that they give you two of the things that tend to make rock n’ roll a lot of fun -  a good hook and shit ton of attitude.  I approve.  From Am I Vertical?.

35)  :Sleigh Bells – You Don’t Get Me Twice:  I thought that perhaps I was done with Sleigh Bells, but then this raucous anthem came along and reminded that when inspired, not many are as fun as they are.  From Bitter Rivals.

34)  :Metronomy – I’m Aquarius:  This might be my favorite Metronomy song ever.  If you can manage to not adore it whenever the “shoop doop” part kicks in, then there might be something wrong with you.  From Love Letters.

33)  :Tennis – Mean Streets:  Tennis have now completely moved away from sounding like they just got off a sail boat, and I love it.  I really didn’t think they had a slinky dance pop number like this one in them.  From the Small Sound EP.

32)  :Tony Molina – Breakin Up:  This little pop tune from Tony Molina is just a minute and half long, but it packs some great songwriting and a really nice guitar solo.  Talk about being efficient.  From the Six Tracks EP.

31)  :Charles Bradley – Strictly Reserved For You:  With Sharon Jones battling cancer, I looked to Charley Bradley for my soul fix, and he didn’t fail me.  This is one of his better songs.  From Victim Of Love.

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Stream This

February 22, 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

How To Destroy Angels – Welcome Oblivion
Sally Shapiro – Somewhere Else
The M Machine – Metropolis Pt. II
Sin Fang – Flowers
Doldrums – Lesser Evil
Mister Lies – Mowgli
Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple

VIDEOS

Sorne will release Ego Altar later this year.

Stornoway will release Tales From Terra Firma on March 19 via 4AD.

Field Report’s self titled album is out now.

Efterklang’s Piramidea is out now.  They play the Mohawk on March 6.

GRMLN put out this track as a one-off single.

DWNTWN’s The Red Room EP is out now.

Junip will put out a self titled effort on April 23 via Mute.

Warm Soda will release Someone For You on March 26 via Castle Face Records.

Beware Of Darkness will release Orthodox on May 7 via Bright Antenna.

Pony Time released Go Find Your Own earlier this week via Per Se Records.

Eat Skull released Ill this week on Woodsist.

The Aprons released Sound Stains last year.

The Gossip put out a A Joyful Noise last year.

Decades will release a self titled album on April 30 via White Girl Records.

Bat For Lashes put out The Haunted Man last year.

Screaming Females just put out the Chalk Tape EP.

The ACB’s will release Little Leaves on March 5 via High Dive Records.

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Stream This

February 15, 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

Eat Skull – III
Matmos – The Marriage Of True Minds
Iceage – You’re Nothing
Holy Wave – Evil Hits
Apparat – Music For Theatre
Girl Names – The New Life
Ivan & Alyosha – All The Times We Had
PVT – Homosapien
Psychic Ills – One Track Mind
Flume – Self Titled

VIDEOS

The Postal Service will reissue Give Up on April 9 via Sub Pop.

Justin Timberlake will release The 20/20 Experience on March 19 via RCA Records.

Wild Nothing’s Nocturne was released last year.

POS put out We Don’t Even Live Here last year.

Passion Pit released Gossamer last year.

Elephant Stone’s self titled album is out now on Burger Records.

Maps & Atlases released Beware & Be Grateful last year.

Popstrangers will release Antipodes on February 26 via Carpark Records.

Trail Of Dead put out Lost Songs last year.

The Spinto Band just released Cool Cocoon.

Suuns will release Images du Futur on March 5 via Secretly Canadian.

This is from the Beach House short film, Forever Still.

Jim James recently released Regions Of Light And Sound Of God via ATO Records.

Marissa Nadler’s self titled full length is out now.

Walker Lukens, who is from Austin, will have a 7″ release show at Scoot Inn on February 21.

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Quickdraw: Starfucker, Kirby Kaiser, Toro Y Moi, Eat Skull, Torres

January 7, 2013

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We’re back!  Let’s get it going.  Enjoy.

:STRFKR – Say To You:  I probably could have brought the site back online with just this relaxed, headphone-worthy track from STRFKR, and all of you would have been satisfied.  It really is that good.  The now highly anticipated Miracle Mile is due out February 19 via Polyvinyl.

:Kirby Kaiser – Every Time:  Kirby Kaiser is only 20, but she’s already churning out some great stuff.  For instance, this song, which is charming enough to make even the most jaded of you want to find someone to cuddle with.  Female Jungle is expected out at some point over the next few months.

:Toro Y Moi – Say That:  I’m really starting to fully appreciate Chaz Bundick.  The guy is always twisting the sound of Toro Y Moi into different things, and he pulls it off more often than not.  Turn this spacious jam up and let it fill the room.  Anything In Return is due January 22 via Carpark.

:Eat Skull – Space Academy:  Here’s a little something I found over at Pitchfork this weekend.  It’s wonderfully noisy and fuzzed out, and you should expect to want to call it the first great rock track of 2013.  Woodsist will release III on February 19.

:Torres – Honey:  While I really like this song and think that it’s as inspired as can be, I find it a bit hard to casually listen to.  The damn thing is just sad.  Who starts a new year this way?!  Anyhow, Torres is due out January 22.

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