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Stream This

August 22, 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 come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

J Mascis – Tied To A Star
Ty Segall – Manipulator
The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader
Merchandise – After The End
The Rentals – Lost In Alphaville
Opeth – Pale Communion
Mono/Poly – Golden Skies
Cassie Ramone – The Time Has Come
Elephant Stone – The Three Poisons
Johnny Aries – Unbloomed
Rubblebucket – Survival Sounds
The Young – Chrome Cactus
Gemma Ray – Milk For Your Motors
Emily And The Complexes – Dirty Southern Love EP
Maps – Realigned
Wand – Ganglion Reef
Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) – You Will Eventually Be Forgotten

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Action Bronson

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Stream This

February 28, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

Ume – Monuments
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Soundtrack
Eagulls – Self Titled
Trust – Joyland
Posse – Soft Opening
Real Estate – Atlas
Nothing – Guilty Of Everything
Rick Ross – Mastermind
Pharrell – Girl
Frankie Cosmos – Zentropy
Ava Luna – Electric Ballooon
Bart Davenport – Physical World
Roman Remains – Zeal
Wake Owl – The Private World Of Paradise
Dark Mean – Samuel The Phoenix EP
We Are Scientists – TV en Francais

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Coathangers

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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 2

December 12, 2013

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Here’s another 10 of my favorite albums of 2013.  Jump back tomorrow for the top five on my list!  Enjoy.

15) Polica – Shulamith

If you’re pessimistic and happen to remember how high my expectations were for Polica’s Shulamith, then you might look at this “middle of the pack” placement and call the album a disappointment.  Believe me though, that would be silly.  Lots of great tracks to be had on this one.

:Polica – Chain My Name:

14) The Mantles – Long Enough To Leave

If I had things my way, everyone would start including the Mantles in the first wave of bands that roll out of their mouth whenever the Bay Area comes up in conversation.  Long Enough To Leave is loaded with very catchy retro pop tunes.

:The Mantles – Hello:

13) The Octopus Project – Fever Forms

The Octopus Project have long been a solid act, but I think Fever Forms is proof that they’re actually a great one.  I’m excited to see where they go from here.

:The Octopus Project – Whitby:

12) Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Only one album in 2013 actually made me want to throw up rock horns in a non-ironic way, and it was Diarrhea Planet’s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.  Listen loud.

:Diarrhea Planet – Separations:

11) Haim – Days Are Gone

The girls in Haim have been making music for most of their lives, so of course Days Are Gone is packed with some of 2013′s better crafted pop songs.  On another note, this album is a sing-a-long lovers dream.

:Haim – The Wire:

10) A Giant Dog – Bone

Pop punk is fun stuff, but I usually wear the albums out and then promptly shuffle on to something else.  This didn’t happen with A Giant Dog’s Bone though, the songs are too good to just let go of.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:

09) Kanye West – Yeezus

Kanye West’s Yeezus is such an intense album that I can’t listen to it on a regular basis.  With that being said, I think it’s a stellar piece of work from one of the biggest, most interesting pop stars on the planet.

:Kanye West – New Slaves:

08) Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

Thee Oh Sees release so much music that I always move on to whatever new thing they’re doing instead of allowing the “old” effort to settle.  Floating Coffin managed to hook me though, and I plan on jamming the gloriously kinetic album for years to come.

:Thee Oh Sees – Maze Francier:

07) FIDLAR – Self Titled

FIDLAR seem like an act that could fizzle out at any moment, so I’ve been loving them while I can.  Their self titled debut is as catchy and loud as I hoped it would be when the band first popped up on my radar last year.

:FIDLAR – Cheap Beer:

06) Sigur Ros – Kveikur

I didn’t think Sigur Ros had a bombastic post rock album in them at this point, but Kveikur is just that.  If their last few efforts were too far out in left field for you, then this one should win you back.

:Sigur Ros – Kveikur:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 5

December 6, 2013

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Well, this is the end of it.  Feel free to comment and mention anything I may have missed.  Otherwise, take in all the songs, and then join me next Wednesday through Friday for my Top 25 Albums of 2013.  Enjoy.

PS – You can check out 47 of the 50 tracks on this list on Spotify here.

10)  :Jonny Fritz – Ain’t It Your Birthday:  If I were doing a list of the year’s most fun songs, there’s a good chance I would slap this in the #1 spot.  Jonny Fritz is a rad dude.  From Dad Country.

09)  :Veronica Falls – Buried Alive:  This song is so hopelessly romantic.  And well made.  And catchy.  And just awesome.  I’ve actually listened to it so much that I’m surprised I didn’t burn myself out on it.  From Waiting For Something To Happen.

08)  :Quasi – You Can Stay But You Gotta Go:  The return of Quasi was fronted by this wonderfully sloppy 90s-ish indie rock track.  It deserves to be played at a volume that might get you evicted.  From Mole City.

07)  :Ellie Goulding – Tessellate (Alt-J Cover):  This is actually the second year in a row that Ellie Goulding has landed a one-off cover in the top 10 of my song list.  If you ask me, that probably means she should hurry up and do a covers album.

06)  :Haim – The Wire:  I know everyone digs Falling, but this is the song that made me appreciate/love Haim.  It’s like Shania Twain meets arena rock, which is weird but apparently what I’ve always wanted.  From Days Are Gone.

05)  :Diarrhea Planet – Separations:  Yes, the name Diarrhea Planet is silly.  Now with that out of the way, please allow this song to rock your soul.  From I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

04)  :Yuck – Middle Sea:  Yuck lost a frontman and then just continued on like it was nothing.  That’s impressive.  I think this is one of the best songs in their catalog.  From Glow And Behold.

03)  :Chvrches – Recover:  The Mother We Share is a great track (that ranked high on my song list last year), but part of me feels like this is Chvrches’ best single.  Such synth-pop goodness.  From The Bones Of What You Believe.

02)  :Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out:  I was so very close to putting this Mikal Cronin gem in the top spot.  It really is one of the better pop rock songs to come along over the last year or three.  From MCII.

01)  :Vampire Weekend – Step:  It wasn’t until I sat down to do this list that I realized just how much I adore this Vampire Weekend track.  I think it’s an endlessly impressive piece of pop music that’s totally deserving of all the time and attention you can spare.  From Modern Vampires Of The City.

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Quickdraw: Swearin, Haim, Popstrangers, Crystal Antlers, Widowspeak

October 7, 2013

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Today’s music loves your shoes.  Enjoy.

:Swearin – Dust In The Gold Sack:  There will soon come a time where I’ll be able to put on the Speedy Ortiz and Swearin albums back to back, and it’s going to be glorious in the way that only 90s-enthused indie rock can be.  The band will release Surfing Strange on November 4 via Salinas.  Catch them at the Mohawk on December 10.

:Haim – Edge:  Here’s a technically new one from Haim that was produced by George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow).  It sounds like Haim doing a Twin Shadow track, which I think is pretty great.  You can get Days Are Gone now via Columbia, but if you want this track with it you’ll have to pick up the deluxe UK iTunes edition of the album.  The band’s next show in Austin is this weekend during round #2 of ACL.

:Popstrangers – Rats In The Palm Trees:  I haven’t listened to the album that Popstrangers put out earlier this year, but this new single makes me want to.  They make really pleasant guitar-driven pop music.  Expect to be able to grab the Rats In The Palm Trees 7″ on November 5 via Carpark.

:Crystal Antlers – Licorice Pizza:  This track is a quick burst of punk fun, and I dig it.  If only the title didn’t totally gross me out, though.  Crystal Antlers are all set to put out Nothing Is Real on October 15 via Innovative Leisure.  You’ll be able to see them on October 19 at the Mohawk.

:Widowspeak – Calico:  I had two chances to see Widowspeak this weekend, and I missed out on both of them.  This well crafted number makes me regret that.   The Swamps EP will be made available to the world on October 29 via Captured Tracks.  See them play this weekend at ACL.

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Stream This

September 27, 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.

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Yuck – Glow & Behold
Haim – Days Are Gone
Deltron 3030 – Event II
Quasi – Mole City
The Blow – Self Titled
Tape Deck Mountain – Sway
Leverage Models – Self Titled
Unwound – Kid Is Gone
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations EP
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Those Darlins – Blur The Lines
Hunters – Self Titled
Static Jacks – In Blue
Boogarins – As Plantas Que Curam
Rubblebucket – Save Charlie EP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
Golden Animals – Hear Eye Go
Blitzen Trapper – VII
Migrant Kids – Self Titled
Deer Tick – Negativity
Elf Power – Sunlight On The Moon
Zachary Cale – Blue Rider
Dr Dog – B-Room
Rathborne – Soft

VIDEOS

Savages’ Silence Yourself is currently available via Matador.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin recently put out Fly By Wire on Polyvinyl.

Keep Shelly In Athens recently released At Home via Cascine.

Young Galaxy recently released Ultramarine through Paper Bag Records.

Foals released Holy Fire earlier this year.

Charlie XCX will put out a new album next year.

Psychic Friend’s My Rocks Are Dreams is currently available.

US Girls’ Free Advice Column EP is out now on Bad Actors, Inc.

Deptford Goth’s Life After Defo is currently available on PIAS America.

Jon Hopkin’s Immunity is out now.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Morcheeba will release Head High Up on October 14 via PIAS.

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Stream This

August 16, 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

Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
Ty Segall – Sleeper
Superchunk – I Hate Music
No Age – An Object
Porcelain Raft – Permanent Signal
Braids – Flourish // Perish
Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
White Hills – So You Are … So You’ll Be
Diana – Perpetual Surrender
Larry Guy – Years Not Living
Willy Mason – Carry On
Joseph Childress – The Rebirths
Shigeto – No Better Time Than Now
Crocodiles – Crimes Of Passion
Feuding Fathers – Kid Tested, Father Approved
Sarah Neufeld – Hero Brother
Paper Lions – My Friends
Still Life Still – Mourning Trance
Native – Orthodox
Laura Veirs – Warp And Weft

VIDEOS

Austin’s Love Inks will release Generation Club on September 24 via Monofonus Press.

HAIM will put out Days Are Gone on September 30 via Columbia.

Grooms’ Infinity Caller is due out September 3 on Western Vinyl.

Arctic Monkeys will release AM on September 10 via Domino.

Camera Obscura put out Desire Lines earlier this year on 4AD.

Drew Price will release Friends And Family on September 10 via Happenin Records.

King Tuff recently re-issued 2008′s Was Dead.

Butter The Children’s True Crime EP is due August 20 via Downtown Records.

Nite Jewel’s One Second Of Love is out now.

Those Darlins will put out Blue The Line on October 1.

Jacuzzi Boys will put out a self titled album on September 10 via Hardly Art.

Tom Lark is expected to put out a full length next year.

Wax Idols’ Discipline And Desire is out now on Slumberland.

Youth Lagoon’s Wondrous Bughouse is out now on Fat Possum.

These New PuritansField Of Reeds is out now on Infectious Music.

Kim Deal’s Are You Mine? single is out now.

Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love is out now on Barsuk.

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HAIM

July 30, 2013

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Like many of you, I’ve pretty much worn out HAIM’s Falling, so the arrival of a new single is definitely good news.  Check it out below.  The band is set to play both ACL weekends in October, but there’s still no word on when a full length can be expected.  Enjoy.

:HAIM – The Wire:  While I really like this song, I don’t think there’s any part of me that can deny how it sort of sounds like a late 90s country crossover hit.  You guys are good with that, yeah?  I seem to be.

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Quickdraw: Grape St, Radical Dads, Cheatahs, Haim, Alela Diane

March 18, 2013

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Today’s music is happy that SXSW is over.  Enjoy.

:Grape St – A Date With You:  Here’s another band (the other is Lace Curtains) that has come about because of Harlem going on hiatus.  They make some seriously catchy stuff and have quickly become an act to know around Austin.  Our friends over at Austin Town Hall will release A Date With You tomorrow.

:Radical Dads – Mountain Town:  This act put out an easy to like indie rock album titled Mega Rama back in 2011.  It was a super solid release, but I will say that I like how this track seems to indicate a more aggressive approach on their new LP.  That should make for some added fun.  Rapid Reality is due out May 21 via Uninhabitable Mansions.

:Cheatahs – Fall:  I saw this band’s name on a lot of SXSW bills, but I didn’t make an effort to see them.  This may have been a mistake, as I’m now seeing that they make some rather good shoegaze.  No release date has been given, but Cheatahs are expected to out an album this year via Wichita.

:Haim – Falling (Duke Dumont Remix):  I tend to be overly picky when it comes to remixes, so you know it means something when I say that I really dig what Duke Dumont did with this track.  It’s now so light that it effortlessly glides around the room.  Turn the volume up like you mean it.

:Alela Diane – The Way We Fall:  This is such a pretty track.  I’ve really got to start paying more attention to Alela.  I always post the singles and then never check out her albums, which is just totally lame on my part.  Anyway, About Farewell will be released at some point later this year.

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Who To See At SXSW 2013

March 4, 2013

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Previewing SXSW is such an odd task.  It would take a year’s worth of daily posts to cover just the great acts playing, and I think doing a mammoth playlist that contains every SXSW artist is a waste of time.  So, today I’m keeping things clean and providing five bands that are can’t miss this year, and then I’m tossing in five local acts for those of you that aren’t based in Austin.  Enjoy.

See These 5 Bands At SXSW

MS MR

For me, MS MR are the one band that I have to see at SXSW this year.  Their 90s-influenced sound is great, and I’ve yet to come across a song of theirs that hasn’t totally won me over.  By the way, I recommend getting in line early for wherever they’re playing, as their recent placement in the season three trailer for Game Of Thrones will certainly bring out the masses.

:MS MR – Bones:

Foxygen

Foxygen have put out one of the year’s best albums, which should be reason enough for you to seek them out.  I, however, want you to do it because their current live show is so odd.  They’re a young group that haven’t quite figured out how to keep their energy (or nerves) in check, so what ends up on stage is a really interesting watch.

:Foxygen – On Blue Mountain:

Chvrches

The first couple of singles from Chvrches were met with all sorts of buzz, and now they’re positioned to use SXSW to officially blow up.  I think their live show seems like something that could be a sweeping, joyous experience, and I can’t wait to see if that’s what they deliver.

:Chvrches – The Mother We Share:

Youth Lagoon

Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers) will probably exit SXSW with a packed bandwagon.  Wondrous Bughouse, one of the year’s most anticipated albums, will be out before the festival starts, and I really think if there’s anyone that will be able to get the crowd to be quiet and pay attention, it’s him.

:Youth Lagoon – Dropla:

Haim

This trio is rolling into SXSW with a ton of buzz due to the overwhelmingly catchy Falling.  This could make for a situation where people just impatiently wait to hear the one track, but something tells me these ladies will avoid that by delivering one awesome dance party after another.

:Haim – Falling:

See These 5 Austin Bands At SXSW

Dana Falconberry

Dana has been one of Austin’s hardest working artists for quite a while, but it wasn’t until last year’s Leelanau that she finally got everyone to really start paying attention.  If you like your folk music to be intricate, yet accessible, then I highly recommend that you make some time to see her play.

:Dana Falconberry – Lake Charlevoix:

PS – Dana is playing SOTO’s day party, DC VS Austin, at Sidebar on March 15.  I would have mentioned her here regardless of this tidbit, but I figured you should know.

The Eastern Sea

The Eastern Sea certainly took their time to get to where they are now, and that patience has worked in their favor.  Plague turned out to be a great album, and the large lineup behind frontman Matt Hines allows for a rather expansive sound in a live setting.

:The Eastern Sea – Wasn’t For Love:

Sorne

An artist in all aspects of the word, Sorne is one of Austin’s most buzzed about acts.  For proof of how enthusiastic everyone is about this guy, take a look at his Kickstarter, where he just raised over $16,000 to fund his new album.

:Sorne – Ego Altar:

A Giant Dog

I know some of you are hoping to find a way for Austin to punch you in the face, and that’s why I made sure to include A Giant Dog.  They just released the very good Bone, and their live show was meant for the chaos that often comes with SXSW.

:A Giant Dog – Teasin’ Ass Bitch:

The Couch

The Couch have been one of my favorite local acts over the last three or four months.  Their live shows are a upbeat and fun, and I really dig the pop rock sound that makes up their self titled full length (released late last year).

:The Couch – Kick The Can:

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Haim

February 21, 2013

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Haim have apparently been around for a bit, but today’s track is actually the first thing I’ve ever heard from them.  Why didn’t you guys speak up?  Anyhow, they’re a trio of sisters from California that are pretty much in the midst of blowing up, so jump on the bandwagon now.  You’ll be able to grab the Falling EP on April 1 via National Anthem/Polydor.

:Haim – Falling:  There’s a big part of me that wants to call this retro dance number a guilty pleasure, but I think it’s actually just a stellar song.  I just don’t want to own up to the terrible dance moves that it makes me want to do.

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