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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 1

December 1, 2014

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Hey there, let’s begin running down my Top 50 Songs of 2014 (there will be one part each day through this Friday).  As is always the case, the list is comprised of music I’ve shared here at SOTO throughout the year.  Enjoy.

PS – If you missed my 2014 Austin Essentials, all three of those volumes are now on one page right HERE.

50)  :Lana Del Rey – West Coast:  Yeah yeah, I know, Lana Del Rey has big lips and no one (publicly) likes her, but I don’t care, this Dan Auerbach-produced track is great.  Total smokey, moody goodness.  From Ultaviolence.

49)  :Slow Magic – Hold Still:  This one from Slow Magic features what’s probably my favorite “wait for it” moment of 2014.  If the final 30 seconds don’t make you want to move, then you might be dead.  From How To Run Away.

48)  :Joanna Gruesome – Psykick Espionage:  Noisy and infectious.  That’s definitely the best way to describe this track from the one and only Joanna Gruesome.  From the band’s split 7″ with Perfect Pussy.

47)  :White Reaper – Half Bad:  There’s so much energy and enthusiasm packed into this ripper from White Reaper that it’s become one of my go-tos for whenever I need a pick-me-up.  From the band’s self titled EP.

46)  :Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our FriendsSleater-Kinney are back and they’ve still got it!  Not that I’m in any way surprised, of course – Corin, Carrie and Janet are pure magic when they’re together.  From No Cities To Love.

45)  :Perfume Genius – Queen:  While I didn’t find Perfume Genius’ latest album to be for me, I do love this song.  It’s a powerful listen that grabs you and never lets go.  From Too Bright.

44)  :How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure:  This impeccably crafted track is no & It Was You, but I do think it’s the most accessible that Tom Krell (aka How To Dress Well) has ever been.  From What Is This Heart.

43)  :Sophie – Lemonade:  Of all the songs that will appear on my Top 50 list, this pop blip from Sophie is the one I expect to divide people the most.  It’s a weird and obnoxious earworm.  From the Lemonade/Hard single.

42)  :New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers:  There was a stretch this year where I just about wore out this gloriously upbeat track from New Pornographers.  Talk about power pop perfection.  From Brill Bruisers.

41)  :Terry Malts – Let You In:  Another year, another fuzzed out track from Terry Malts that’s really difficult to get out of my head.  Things could be worse, I suppose.  From the Insides EP.

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Stream This

June 20, 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 ➡ A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent

How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Total Control – Typical System
Black Bananas – Electric Brick Wall
Brownout – Brown Sabbath
Phox – Self Titled
Circulatory System – Mosaics Within Mosaics
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
The Knife – Shaken Up Versions
Austra – Habitat EP
Peter Matthew Bauer – Liberation!
White Reaper – Self Titled EP
The Range Of Light Wilderness – Self Titled
Donovan Blanc – Self Titled EP
Island Boy – Basic Instincts

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Lana Del Rey

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Stream This

June 6, 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 ➡ Jack White – Lazaretto

Pollen – Self Titled EP
The Fresh & Onlys – House Of Spirits
Tom Vek – Luck
Die Antwoord – Donker Mag
Tiny Victories – Haunts
First Aid Kit – Stay Gold
Clipping – CLPPNG
Craft Spells – Nausea
How To Train Your Dragon 2 – Soundtrack
Lust For Youth – International
Tomas Barfod – Love Me
Yesway – Self Titled
Vanish – Memory Work
Glass Animals – ZABA
Stagnant Pools – Geist
American Analog Set – Know By Heart

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Parquet Courts

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Stream This

May 9, 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 ➡ Equals – Tracts

Swans – To Be Kind
La Sera – Hour Of The Dawn
Baths – Ocean Death
Sylvan Esso – Self Titled
Young Widows – Easy Pain
Tobacco – Ultima II Massage
Cheap Girls – Famous Graves
Mirah – Changing Light
Tori Amos – Unrepentant Geraldines
Le Butcherettes – Cry Is For The Flies
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Days Of Abandon
Chromeo – White Women
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
Amen Dunes – Love
Walter Martin – We’re All Young Together
Visionist – I’m Fine: Part II
Tiny Ruins – Brightly Painted One
The Trouble With Templeton – Rookie
Dawn Golden – Still Life
Cousins – The Halls Of Wickwire
Barrows – Red Giant

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Real Estate

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Quickdraw: Honeyblood, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Chad VanGaalen, Shannon And The Clams, How To Dress Well

April 7, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Honeyblood – Killer Bangs:  And with this track Glasgow’s Honeyblood have delivered to me a new slice of 90s-enthused rock to leave on repeat.  That’s true friendship, people.  Here’s hoping their upcoming album has more of the same.  FatCat will release the band’s self titled effort on July 15.

:Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Coming Down (Featuring Matt Berninger):  CYHSY are an act that I have only ever sort of liked, but I do think this song is really good.  Matt Berninger’s contribution sounds great alongside Alec Ounsworth’s nasaly voice.  Only Run will be released by the band on June 3.

:Chad VanGaalen – Monster:  The world needs weird/interesting artists like Chad VanGaalen, so it’s great that he’s readied a new album.  This song should flood your brain with all sorts of images.  Have fun.  Look for Sub Pop to put out Shrink Dust on April 19.

:Shannon And The Clams – Mama:  If raw and retro is what you’re looking for today, then you can’t go wrong with this new one from Shannon And The Clams.  Just know it’s going to for sure get lodged in your head for a while.  The band’s split 7″ with Guantanamo Baywatch is currently available for purchase over at Suicide Squeeze.

:How To Dress Well – Repeat Pleasure:  I imagine most of you are already on the How To Dress Well bandwagon, but if for some reason you’re not then this stellar pop song will probably convince you to find a seat.  What Is This Heart? is due out June 23 via Weird World.

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Quickdraw: Pujol, La Sera, HighasaKite, Boyfrndz, How To Dress Well

March 17, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Pujol – Pitch Black:  Pujol have rallied together a follow-up to 2012′s fantastic United States Of Well Being, and I’m excited.  I think we all could use a new dose of the band’s swarmy rock n’ roll ways.  Saddle Creek will release Kludge on May 20.

:La Sera – Losing To The Dark:  “I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag.”  Well, that little nugget from La Sera-mastermind Katy Goodman explains this track’s aggressive approach.  If you ask me, I think it’s a good change for the band.  Hour Of The Dawn is due out on May 13 via Hardly Art.

:HighasaKite – Hiroshima:  I managed to catch a set from HighasaKite at SXSW, and I really liked it.  The band has a pop sound that’s just very easy to love.  This particular track reminds me of Camera Obscura.  Silent Treatment is due out on April 8 via Propeller Recordings.

:Boyfrndz – Design:  When it comes to experiment acts in Austin, Boyfrndz place somewhere near the top of the list.  I think this manic song may be one of their best.  Look for Breeder to be released on April 1 via Brutal Panda Records.

:How To Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember:  Here’s a stellar six minute new one from How To Dress Well.  As is always the case with him, you’re going to need some headphones and a moment or two alone (for maximum reflection time).  No word yet on when a new album will be released, but I imagine this song will end up on it.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 3

November 28, 2012

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On the off-chance that you weren’t paying attention throughout any part of 2012, then know that I have you covered.  Below you’ll find the third part of my Top 50 Songs Of 2012.  In case you’re curious, I chose the songs from the 400+ tracks that I shared around here throughout the last 11 months.  Enjoy.

30)  :Lace Curtains – Bedroom Honesty:  For a song that sounds so wonderfully casual and inviting, it’s brutally upfront about quite a few things.  I love it.  From The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness.

29)  :Three Mile Pilot – Long Way Up:  It doesn’t seem plausible for a band to take a decade-long break and then come back as good as ever, but 3MP are currently in the middle of doing just that.  For proof, give this indie rock effort a listen.  From the Maps EP.

28)  :Ceremony – Hysteria:  There isn’t anything about this punch to the soul that doesn’t make me want to set something on fire, and I appreciate that greatly.  From Zoo.

27)  :FIDLAR – Got No Money:  These guys have so many rad songs that make me want to thrash around, and yet it was this catchy little pop number that I couldn’t escape all year.  Variety is good, friends.  From the Don’t Try EP.

26)  :Yellow Ostrich – Marathon Runner:  Vocal loops, a good chorus, and just the right amount of rock – that’s the Yellow Ostrich formula, and in songs like this one, it works very well.  From Strange Land.

25)  :Rubblebucket – Oooh Wa:  This band’s name makes them sound like some sort of wild punk outfit, but as you’ll see in this shimmering track, they’re actually a really good indie pop act.  From the Oversaturated EP.

24)  :Felix – Oh Thee 73:  Listening to this duo snark their way through this intricate number has been one of my favorite parts of 2012.  From Oh Holy Motar.

23)  :How To Dress Well – & It Was U:  90s R&B isn’t something I can claim as my thing, but if it’s coming from How To Dress Well?  Well, then that is entirely me.  I wish I had a good dance move for whenever this comes on.  From Total Loss.

22)  :Reptar – Sebastian:  Reptar are a bizarre ray of sunshine for me.  The vocals live out in left field, but the music is gloriously upbeat.  I’ve been singing this one all year.  From Body Faucet.

21)  :Dan Deacon – Lots:  My favorite thing about Dan Deacon is that even if you can’t figure out what the hell he’s trying to do, he has songs like this one that you get into simply because they’re so kinetic.  If I ran, I’d totally run to this.  From America.

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Stream This

September 14, 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

Solos - Beasts Of Both Worlds
Corin Tucker Band – Kill My Blues
Agent Ribbons – Let Them Talk
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock
How To Dress Well – Total Loss
Buke & Gase – Function Falls
The Sea And Cake – Runner
Zulu Pearls – No Heroes No Honeymoons
The Lighthouse And The Whaler – This Is An Adventure

VIDEOS

Broncho is heading out on tour this Fall.  They’ll be playing Red 7 on November 3.  Can’t Get Past The Lips is out now.

Mission Of Burma has a show at Antone’s tomorrow night.  Unsound is available now.

P.O.S. just announced a tour.  He’ll be at the Mohawk on November 17.  We Don’t Even Live Here is due October 23.

There aren’t any Austin dates, but the Raveonettes are out on tour.  Observator is now available.

Fang Island and Anamanaguchi are doing a short tour together that will end with a Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance.  Major is out now.

Chateau Marmont will release their debut, The Maze, some time in the winter.

The Tontons are a band out of Houston that’s been getting some buzz.  They’re set to play the W Hotel on October 29.  Their Golden EP is currently available.

This trio are about to release their debut full length.  It will be out on October 2 via Temporary Residence LTD.

Tilly And The Wall are back after a lengthy absence.  Their new album is titled Heavy Mood, and they’ll be touring in support of it this Fall.  Catch them at the Mohawk on November 16.

Ty Segall plays La Zona Rosa with Thee Oh Sees tomorrow.  Twins is due on October 9 via Drag City.

Buke & Gase just put out a new EP, and they’re about to head out on tour.  The Austin show is set for October 5 at Red 7.

Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives is the latest release from Henry Clay People.  It’s out now.  The band’s tour starts this weekend.  No Austin dates yet.

Family Band put out Grace & Lies earlier this year.  This is the second single off of it.

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Quickdraw: Cymbals Eat Guitars, Rubblebucket, Tony Castles, How To Dress Well, The Calm Blue Sea

September 10, 2012

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Today’s music was found while looking for music.  Enjoy.

:Cymbals Eat Guitars – Hawk Highway:  I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, Cymbals Eat Guitars are one of the best indie rock acts working right now.  They only churn out magic.  This track is part of a web series titled Masters Of Their Day, which follows a band and a producer as they try to record a single in 24 hours.

:Rubblebucket – Oooh Wa:  This band is really growing on me.  Kalmia Traver has a nice voice, and I especially dig how their songs feel like pop music with a purpose.  Their show with Reptar at Beauty Ballroom on September 26 can’t get here soon enough.  The Oversaturated EP is due out tomorrow.

:Tony Castles – One Tone Man:  If you like your pop music to be doused with a good amount of soul, then this slick Tony Castles track is for you.  Don’t leave it on repeat for too long.  The band will release the Sharon Stone EP on October 23, but you stream it now on their Bandcamp page.

:How To Dress Well – And It Was U:  I don’t know what it is about Tom Krell’s work as How To Dress Well, but I really like it.  Maybe I should listen to more R&B?  Seems unlikely.  Anyhow, HTDW will release Total Loss on September 18 via Acephale.

:The Calm Blue Sea – Mary Ann Nichols:  Austin’s list of great instrumental bands will always start with Explosions In The Sky, but don’t think for a second that The Calm Blue Sea aren’t prepared to give them a run for their money.  This absolutely epic track is off of Arrivals And Depatures, which is due out October 9 on Modern Outsider Records.  These guys will also be doing a Sound Samples soon, so keep watch for that.

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