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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 3

December 2, 2015


Here’s the next set in my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list.  Enjoy.

- 50-41
- 40-31

30)  :Chvrches – Never Ending Circles:  This is such an infectious song.  Here’s hoping that Chvrches never ditch their anthemic pop routine.  From Every Open Eye.

29)  :Mas Ysa – Look Up:  I love me some Mas Ysa (aka Thomas Arsenault).  You should slap on some headphones for this ambitious track, which features big vocals and a wonderfully textured arrangement.  From Seraph.

28)  :Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle:  If you like your music to feel as sincere as possible, then look no further than this Julien Baker song.  Her voice here cuts right through me.  From Sprained Ankle.

27)  :Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin:  Kurt Vile is such a great songwriter, and he shows it all throughout this silly, but really clever track.  From B’lieve I’m Goin’ Down.

26)  :Yung – Blue Uniforms:  I’m all about noisy, shoegaze-esque indie rock, and this Yung song is six and a half glorious minutes of it.  Had to put it on my list!  From the These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores EP.

25)  :Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake?:  This Protomartyr track is not exactly an easy listen, but it’s totally worth the attention it requires.  Hit play, dial in and get rewarded.  From The Agent.

24)  :Amen Dunes – Song To The Siren (Tim Buckely/This Mortal Coil Cover):  Amen Dunes covered a cover (The Mortal Coil –> Tim Buckley) here, and I just really dig the way it came out.  Be warned, you’ll want whiskey about midway through this.  From Cowboy Worship.

23)  :Girlpool – Before The World Was Big:  Growing up is hard!  This Girlpool song makes me feel nostalgic (not sad, thankfully) about life before adulthood rolled in and took over.  From Before The World Was Big.

22)  :Fred Thomas – Bad Blood:  Fred Thomas and the definition of word vomit go hand in hand in this track, but that’s fine.  If only because the numerous things bouncing around in his head are all interesting and/or relatable.  From All Are Saved.

21)  :Black Milk – I Guess:  This is just an all-out, good time sort of effort by Black Milk.  He will always be one of my favorite voices in hip hop.  From the land of one-off tracks.

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Stream This

April 3, 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 ➡ Toro Y Moi – What For?

Fred Thomas – All Are Saved
The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
Jessie Baylin – Dark Place
Waters – What’s Real
Weed – Running Back
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Too
American Wrestlers – Self Titled
Drenge – Undertow
Nudity – Astronomicon
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Doldrums – The Air Conditioned Nightmare
Long Knives – This Is Your Life EP
Elsa – Never Come Down EP
Tei Shi – Verde
Temple Invisible – Enter EP
Shana Falana – Set Your Lightning Fire Free
This Is The Kit – Bashed Out



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Quickdraw: Icky Blossoms, Turbo Fruits, The Go! Team, Fred Thomas, Night Drive

March 2, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I didn’t really connect with Icky Blossoms’ 2012 debut, but I’m all about this new single of theirs.  It’s a fantastic dance pop tune that pretty much dominated my weekend.  Mask is due out May 12 via Saddle Creek.

:Turbo Fruits – Don’t Let Me Break Your Heart Again:  I was hoping Turbo Fruits would let loose another single before SXSW.  This track is less moody and a lot catchier than the one that came before it.  No Control is due out April 20 via Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers.

:The Go! Team – What D’You Say:  Is it just me or is the upcoming Go! Team album kind of flying under the radar?  I think the first three songs released off of it (that includes this one) have all been really good, but I’ve yet to come across anyone who has it pegged as a priority.  Maybe folks will perk up once The Scene Between is actually out on March 24 via Memphis Industries.

:Fred Thomas – Cops Don’t Care Pt. II:  Here’s the latest rambler from Fred Thomas (of Saturday Looks Good To Me).  He kind of sounds as though he’s just spewing out stuff he scribbled in a journal, but I can’t help but find it all really endearing.  All Are Saved is due out April 7 via Polyvinyl.

:Night Drive – Easy To Lie (Original Mix):  This is a rather inspired slice of synth-filled goodness from Austin’s own Night Drive.  A full length from the duo is coming at some point this year, and I’m expecting it to be really good.  The Easy To Lie single is out now on Sound Control Records.

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Quickdraw: Courtney Barnett, The King Khan And BBQ Show, Quarterbacks, Lower Dens, Fred Thomas

February 2, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best:  I can’t stop listening to this whip-smart new one from Courtney Barnett.  I won’t at all be surprised if her upcoming album ends up dominating me.  Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Out will be released on March 24 via Mom + Pop.

:The King Khan And BBQ Show – Illuminations:  Whenever a King Khan And The BBQ Show press release pops up in my inbox, I get excited.  Sure, there’s no information in these emails that’s actually useful, but they’re funny and tend to contain really jangly, awesome tunes.  Bad News Boys is due out February 24 via In The Red.

:Quarterbacks – Knicks:  I think I’m finally ready to jump on Quarterbacks‘ bandwagon, and it’s all because of this 55 second track.  It just oozes charm.  The band’s self titled album is due out February 10 via Team Love/Double Whammy.

:Lower Dens – To Die In L.A.:  Before you hit play on this Lower Dens track, slap on some headphones.  It’s a wonderfully produced effort, and you should lets its various layers exclusively fill your head.  Escape From Evil will be released on March 31 via Ribbon Music.

:Fred Thomas – Bad Blood:  Fred Thomas (from Saturday Looks Good To Me) just signed to Polyvinyl.  This first single off of his solo debut is rambly as hell and perhaps a bit pretentious, but I dig it.  All Are Saved is due out April 7.

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