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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 1

November 30, 2015

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Hey!  It’s time to start counting down my Top 50 Songs of 2015.  As always, the entire list is made up of tracks that have steadily been in my rotation since I came across them.  Enjoy.

50)  :Carly Rae Jepsen – Let’s Get Lost:  I officially boarded CRJ’s bandwagon this year.  Her latest is LP is pretty damn fun, and I think this is the best song off of it.  You’re legit stone cold if you can listen to it and not want to dance.  From Emotion.

49)  :Icky Blossoms – In Folds:  I was all about this driving, synth-filled track from Icky Blossoms before I even finished listening to it for the first time.  It’s an all-around stellar sounding song that just dominates the room.  From Mask.

48)  :Death Cab For Cutie – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive:  This is the first Death Cab For Cutie single in a very long time that’s stuck with me.  Probably because it moves well and the band actually sounds awake in it.  From Kintsugi.

47)  :Albert Hammond Jr. – Born Slippy:  It’s nice that the Strokes are still working together, but I’d be fine if they called it quits and guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. just went about churning out more solo albums.  As shown here, the guy really knows how to write an inviting pop tune.  From Momentary Masters.

46)  :The Suffers – Make Some Room:  Houston’s The Suffers really took off this year, and I’m so very happy for them.  As for this track, I think it’s one of 2015′s most endearing efforts.  From the Make Some Room EP.

45)  :Sweet Spirit – Babydoll:  I’ve been watching locals Sweet Spirit play this live for a long while, so I love that a recorded version finally came along.  It’s definitely one of those songs that I find stuck in my head seemingly all of the time.  From the band’s self titled EP.

44)  :Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  This song from Jeff The Brotherhood features a goddamn flute solo by Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull fame) and has a chorus that mentions wanting to stab someone in the eye.  Those two things alone should warrant its placement on anyone’s year-end list.  From Wasted On The Dream.

43)  :Desaparecidos – City On The Hill:  The Conor Oberst that fronts Desaparecidos is my favorite Conor Oberst.  I think his emo-y voice is best used in tracks like one, which is an anthemic scorcher.  From Payola.

42)  :Dan Friel – Rattler:  Dan Friel is a master at twiddling knobs (not a euphemism).  I frequently put this inspired tune on whenever I need to rally up for something.  From Life.

41)  :jj – Truce:  The immense amount of attitude that’s all throughout this jj song has entertained me for much of 2015.  The whole thing is just ridiculous (and fun).  From Truce.

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November 9, 2015

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Fun Fun Fun Fest is over.  My brain is fried.  I’ll probably spend a lot of time today just drooling and looking bewildered.  In any case, way back on Friday the always interesting jj randomly tossed a single up on Soundcloud.  It’s a total breakup track and very much a nice way to ease into this week.  Enjoy.

:jj – I Wish:

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: EL VY, Widowspeak, Low, jj, Caspian

August 6, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:EL VY – Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo):  EL VY is – and I’m quoting the press release here – “not a replacement or a side project, but a glimpse into an alternate musical universe” from Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls/Menomena).  OK?  Either way, those two are favorites of mine and this song is quite easy on the ears, so I’m in for more.  Return To The Moon is due out October 30 via 4AD.

:Widowspeak – Dead Love (So Still):  Where is everyone in regards to the upcoming Widowspeak album?  I feel like there hasn’t been much chatter about it.  This is another stellar single off of the LP (here’s another).  All Yours is due out September 4 via Captured Tracks.

:Low – What Part Of Me:  This is a really pretty new single from Low.  Like everyone else, my level of love for the band is at its highest when they’re crawling along and slinging darkness around, but this song is just too inviting to not appreciate.  Ones And Sixes is due out September 11 via Sub Pop.

:jj – Fuck It:  jj have seemingly reached a point where they have no more fucks to give, and I’m all about it.  This attitude-laced effort is rad and serves as a great companion piece to their other sassy single, Truce.  The Death EP is due out June 12.

:Caspian – Darkfield:  Things have been a little slow on the post rock front in 2015, so big ups to Caspian for providing fans of the genre something to lean on.  As always with anything instrumental, you should slap on some headphones before you hit play.  Dust And Disquiet is due out September 25 via Big Scary Monsters.

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Quickdraw: Health, The Cairo Gang, Diane Coffee, Tearjerker, jj

June 15, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Health – Stonefist:  Whenever I listen to this I can’t help but picture a dark, hazy club with far too many lasers and strobes wildly going off.  Hopefully that’s what Health was going for.  Death Magic is due out August 7 via Loma Vista Recordings.

:The Cairo Gang – Be What You Are:  This little retro pop tune is just about as pleasant as can be.  If the rest of The Cairo Gang’s upcoming LP is equally ear-pleasing, I may end up spending a lot of time with it.  Goes Missing is due out June 23 via God? Records.

:Diane Coffee – Everyday:  Foxygen have lost the weird magic that initially made me love them, but at least Shuan Fleming (their drummer) is still going strong as Diane Coffee.  I really like this scatterbrained but inspired song.  Everybody’s A Good Dog is due out September 4 via Western Vinyl.

:Tearjerker – Obviously Wrong:  Shoegaze without a wall of a sound pounding your ears – that’s probably the best way to describe this gem from Tearjerker.  I’m excited to check out their new album.  Stay Wild is due out July 17.

:jj – Truce:  “I’m on the news/I hear my enemies screaming/We want truce”  This sassy as fuck new track from jj has been cracking me up for days.  More please.  The Truce single will be out later this month via Sincerely Yours.

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Stream This

September 26, 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 Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

Christoper Owens – A New Testament
The History Of Apple Pie – Feel Something
Curtin – One For The Doghearted
The Vaselines – V For Vaselines
Pujol – Reunited States of Being
Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels
Julian Casablancas – Tyranny
Aphex Twin – Syro
Yelle – Completement Fou
Electric Youth – Innerworld
Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Kat Edmonson – The Big Picture
Finch – Back To Oblivion
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Hightide Hotel – Naturally
Team Spirit – Killing Time

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Ariel Pink

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Stream This

August 8, 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 ➡ FKA Twigs – LP1

Literature – Chorus
Childhood – Lacuna
JJ – V
Ladada – Self Titled
Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Moonface

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Stream This

June 13, 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 ➡ White Lung – Deep Fantasy

Say Hi – Endless Wonder
Boris – Noise
The Antlers – Familiars
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Lower – Seek Warmer Climes
Alexis Taylor – Await Barbarians
Cerebral Ballzy – Jaded And Faded
Miniature Tigers – Cruel Runnings
Papertwin – Vox Humana EP
Lone – Reality Testing
Death Has No Dominion – Self Titled
Street Eaters – Blood, Muscles, Bones
DeGreaser – Rougher Squalor
Happyness – Weird Little Birthday

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
JJ

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Quickdraw: White Reaper, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Merchandise, JJ, Tijuana Panthers

June 2, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:White Reaper – Cool:  I’m quickly becoming a big fan of White Reaper.  They really know how to write a hook.  Also, I get the impression they can rip up a room, so I’m very much looking forward to July 2, when they’ll be in Austin to rock Holy Mountain.  The band will put out a self titled EP on June 24 via Polyvinyl.

:A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Bye Bye Big Ocean (The End):  And with the arrival of this masterfully crafted gem, A Sunny Day In Glasgow are 3/3 when it comes to singles for their upcoming album.  I can’t wait to hear the rest of it.  Look for Sea When Absent on June 24 via Lefse.  They play the Mohawk on July 21.

:Merchandise – Little Killer:  Despite the fact that Merchandise have put out a handful of albums, this rad piece of pop marks my first experience with then.  Who has some other song recommendations?  Tell me!  The band will release After The End on August 24 via 4AD.

:JJ – All White Everything:  “Bitches get in trouble” is a line that gets dropped near the end of this track, and every time I hear it I can’t help but chuckle.  Not many can keep shit real while sounding classy, so good on JJV will be released on August 19 via Secretly Canadian.

:Tijuana Panthers – NOBO:  This is one slinky number from Tijuana Panthers.  If you happened to skip work today in favor of hanging out on a porch somewhere, then you’re going to love this song.  Wayne Interest is set to be released on June 3 via Innovative Leisure.

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