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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 3

December 2, 2015

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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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Quickdraw: Empress Of, Rose Windows, The Mary Onettes, Girlpool, The Tallest Man On Earth

April 16, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Empress Of – Water Water:  Lorely Rodriguez (aka Empress Of) has readied her debut LP.  I don’t know if this is an “official” single or just a promise of what’s to come, but I like it.  She has moments where she sounds like Bjork.  Look for the album later this year via Terrible Records.

:Rose Windows – Strip Mall Babylon:  Bad news!  Rose Windows just called it quits.  Good news!  They’re still going to follow through with the release of their new album.  As for this song, it’s slinky, loud and weird.  Expect to dig it.  The band’s self titled album is due out May 4 via Sub Pop.

:The Mary Onettes – Ruins (Featuring Maria Usbeck):  Here’s one from The Mary Onettes that was originally crafted as an instrumental track for a Swedish film.  I think it’s beautiful.  Kudos to the band for deciding it needed some vocals.  The Ruins single is currently available via Cascine.

:Girlpool – Before The World Was Big:  Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad are a clever pair of ladies, and I’m a big fan of what they’re doing together as Girlpool.  This may be their best song yet.  Before The World Was Big is due out June 2 via Wichita Recordings.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home:  I didn’t much care for the first song that was released off of the upcoming album from The Tallest Man On Earth, but this one works for me.  I love the guitar-work a lot, and (of course) Kristian Matsson’s voice is terrific.  Dark Bird Is Home is due out May 12 via Dead Oceans.

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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, Mikal Cronin, Death Cab For Cutie, Braids, Girlpool

March 12, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Let It Happen:  This nearly eight-minuter from Tame Impala immediately slapped a smile on my life.  Not only is it rad and groovy as hell, but it officially means a new album from the band will be out at some point later this year.  Hooray!  See them play at Levitation in May.

:Mikal Cronin – ii) Gold:  Mikal Cronin let this one go earlier this week.  As is always the case with his material, it’s loaded with the perfect amount of noise, catchy bits and sincere lyrics.  Someone get his new album ASAP.  MCIII will be released on May 5 via Merge.

:Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  While I really dig this track and think it’s the best thing I’ve heard from Death Cab For Cutie in a long while, I’m still not overly excited about their upcoming album.  Big ups to the band though for churning out such a kinetic single.  Kintsugi is due out March 31 via Atlantic.

:Braids – Taste:  Not that I hated the first single (Miniskirt – it’s here) off of Braids’ new album, but I just couldn’t get into it.  This track though, it’s a beautifully crafted gem.  Raphaelle Standell sounds as good as she ever has here.  Deep In The Iris is due out April 28 via Arbutus.  See them at Stubb’s (with Purity Ring) on May 23.

:Girlpool – Ideal World:  “Tranquilize me with your ideal world.”  This plodding track from Girlpool isn’t exactly a ray of sunshine, but I think you’ll like it.  Before The World Was Big will be released on June 2 via Wichita Recordings.

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Stream This

January 30, 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.

FULL ALBUM STREAMS

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 ➡ Two Gallants – We Are Undone

Title Fight – Hyperview
Mount Eerie – Sauna
Nite Fields – Depersonalization
Asaf Avidan – Gold Shadow
John Carpenter – Lost Themes
Choke Up – Black Coffee, Bad Habits
H Hawkline – In The Pink Of Condition

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Run The Jewels

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Stream This

November 21, 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

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 ➡ Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

Two Inch Astronaut – Foulbrood
Flake Music – When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return
Your Old Droog – Self Titled
Gala Drop – II
September Girls – Veneer EP
Squrl – EP #3
Sunbeam Sound Machine – Wonderer
Cursive – The Ugly Organ (Deluxe Edition)

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Run The Jewels

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Stream This

November 14, 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

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 ➡ TV On The Radio – Seeds

Mr. Gnome – The Heart Of A Dark Star
The Memories – Hot Afternoon
Acid Baby Jesus – Selected Recordings
Mark McGuire – Noctilucence
RL Grime – Void
Dirt Dress – Revelations EP
Girlpool – Self Titled EP
Honduras – Break EP
Sea Lion – Big Moon EP
Savages And Bo Ningen – Words To The Blind
Buzzcocks – The Way
Red Red Meat – There’s A Star Above The Manger Tonight
Nathan Bowles – Nansemond

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Deerhoof

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Stream This

October 24, 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

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 ➡ Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

Shivery Shakes – Three Waves And A Shake
Mono – The Last Dawn/Rays Of Darkness
Francisco The Man – Loose Ends
Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below
Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
Ought – Once More With Feeling
His Name Is Alive – Tecuciztecatl
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
Swearing At Motorists – While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Scott Walker And Sun O))) – Soused
French For Rabbits – Spirits
Wild Smiles – Always Tomorrow
Medicine – Home Everywhere
Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Interpol

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Stream This

October 17, 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

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 ➡ Thurston Moore – The Best Day

Christian Bland And The Revelators – The Unseen Green Obscene
Tennis System – Technicolour Blind
Unwound – No Energy
Nude Beach – 77
Dope Body – Lifer
Jesse Ware – Tough Love
Girlpool/Slutevers – Split EP
Mall Walk – Self Titled EP
Spookyland – Rock And Roll Weakling EP
Icewater – Self Titled EP
Triathlon – Lo-Tide
Roomrunner – Separate EP
Neil Diamond – Melody Road

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tennis

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