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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, Eternal Summers, M.I.A., Part Time, Sharon Van Etten

May 11, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Eventually:  Tame Impala seem to be rolling like Modest Mouse recently did and just continuously leaking songs from their new album.  I dig it.  This fourth “single” may be my favorite yet.  Currents is due out July 17.  See the band at ACL in October.

:Eternal Summers – Come Alive:  Here’s a new bit of well crafted pop from Eternal Summers.  I just know their upcoming LP is going to be great, so you should really make sure to scribble down a note to seek it out.  Gold And Stone is due out June 2 via Kanine Records.

:M.I.A. – Platforms:  Over the weekend M.I.A. let this demo out of her grasp.  It’s a fairly reserved effort sound-wise, but she makes the song shine with some solid songwriting.  I assume a new album will be announced at some point this year.

:Part Time – Pussy Of My Dreams:  First of all, it’s fine if you spend a few minutes giggling at the fact that this song is called Pussy Of My Dreams.  I certainly did.  Secondly, Part Time sound more playful than ever here, and I like it.  Virgo’s Maze is due out June 16 via Burger Records.

:Sharon Van Etten -  Just Like Blood:  Just in case you need a shot of sophistication today, here’s a beautiful new song from the one and only Sharon Van Etten.  She makes me want to be a better adult.  The I Don’t Want To Let You Down EP is due out June 9 via Jagjaguwar.

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Quickdraw: M.I.A., Joanna Gruesome, Thee Oh Sees, Westkust, Chastity Belt

March 9, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:M.I.A. – CanSeeCanDo:  Over the weekend M.I.A. randomly released this track.  It’s not a banger by any means, but it has a slick sound and is an entertaining effort.  No official word yet on a new album, but I assume one is coming soon.

:Joanna Gruesome – Honestly Do Yr Worst:  Here’s the latest sugary-sweet-but-also-fierce single from Joanna Gruesome’s new album.  I really wish they were playing SXSW.  Peanut Butter is due out May 19 via Slumberland Records.

:Thee Oh Sees – Web:  It’s a new year, so of course Thee Oh Sees have readied a new album.  They’ve always been a lively act, but I think this is a bit more dynamic than they’ve sounded in a while.  Manipulator Defeated At Last is due out May 18 via Castle Face.

:Westkust – Swirl:  While do some browsing I came across this “best new track” over at Pitchfork.  I love the guy/girl vocal combo and the wall of sound that’s perfectly situated just behind them.  Westkust’s Last Forever will be released on April 22.

:Chastity Belt – Joke:  I’m finally starting to come around on Chastity Belt.  This relaxed track kind of meanders, but I think it’s a gem.  Time To Go Home is due out March 21 via Hardly Art.  The band is set to open for Courtney Barnett at the Mohawk on June 5.

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Stream This

May 23, 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 ➡ Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Haunted Hearts – Initiation
Robyn & Royksopp – Do It Again
Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Lee Fields – Emma Jean
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Neil Young – A Letter Home
Echo And The Bunnymen – Meteorites
Hercules And Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken Heart
Watter – This World
Future Death – Special Victim
The Echo Friendly – Love Panic
Crowbar – Symmetry In Black
Yonatan – Iberian Passage EP
Napolian – Incursio
Black Anvil – Hail Death
1,2,3 – Big Weather
Chris Schlarb – Making The Saint
Malka Spigel – Gliding EP
RBTS WIN – Palm Sunday Deluxe Edition

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Jurassic 5

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 3

December 4, 2013

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We’re now firmly in the mid-section of this list.  I hope that so far you’ve been digging it and have maybe found some new stuff.  Let me know if you have any guesses on what will be in the top spot!  Enjoy.

30)  :Action Bronson – The Rockers (Featuring Wiz Khalifa):  Out of the ton of good stuff that Action Bronson released in 2013, this track is my favorite.  He sounds great in it, and I especially dig the Wiz Khalifa verse.  From the SAAAB Stories EP.

29)  :Phantogram – Celebrating Nothing:  At some point in 2014 I’m going to finally get a new Phantogram album.  Until then, I’ll just let this gem swirl around in my head.  From their self titled EP.

28)  :Divine Fits – Ain’t That The Way:  If you ask me, this is the best Spoon cover that Divine Fits have ever done.  Ha!  Seriously though, it’s a pretty great pop song.  From the Ain’t That The Way/Chained To Love digital single.

27)  :M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.:  Another year, another great single from M.I.A.  She may be a bit unhinged, but her work is consistently interesting and worth your time.  From Matangi.

26)  :Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  This infectious piece of noise pop has been a favorite of mine for months.  Also, as a Joanna Newsom fan, I’m admittedly a sucker for the name Joanna Gruesome.  From Weird Sister.

25)  :The Orwells – Other Voices:  While the hard working, fresh out of high school dudes in the Orwells make me feel lazy and old, I can’t help but dig their music.  This rock tune is as catchy as it gets.  From the Other Voices EP.

24)  :Son Lux – Lost It To Trying:  This song is definitely Sigur Ros-light, but I think that actually makes me like it more.  Toss on headphones or just crank your stereo, either approach works well with Son Lux.  From Lanterns.

23)  :The Men – The Seeds (Acoustic Version):  The original version of this track is rather nice, but I think the acoustic take really makes for something special.  It’s definitely my favorite song by the Men.  From the Campfire Songs EP.

22)  :Youth Lagoon – Dropla:  Throughout the year this Youth Lagoon song was one of my go-tos for when I just wanted to kick back and listen to something.  It has such a stellar, well layered arrangement.  From Wondrous Bughouse.

21)  :Lightning Dust – Loaded Gun:  I ended up not loving Lightning Dust’s new synth-enthused sound as much as I thought I would, but I do think this particular song is rad.  Be sure to jam it.  From Fantasy.

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Stream This

November 15, 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

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Soundtrack
Ejecta – Dominae
Ghost B.C. – If You Have Ghost EP
Daytona – Self Titled
LA Font – Diving Man
Magik Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy
Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

VIDEOS

Mirror Travel recently put out Mexico via Modern Outsider.

Mono released For My Parents last year.

M.I.A. recently released Matangi.

Keep Shelly In Athens released At Home recently via Cascine.

Austra’s Olympia is out now on Domino.

Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers is due out November 26 via Sub Pop.

Beachwood Sparks will release Desert Skies on November 26 via Naturalsound Records.

Hebronix and The Howling Hex teamed up for this track.  The Heb-Hex 7″ is due out November 25 via ATP.

Wild Ones’ Keep It Safe is out now on Party Damage Records.

Julianna Barwick put out Nepenthe earlier this year on Dead Oceans.  She plays the Parish on December 5.

Obits’ Bed & Bugs is out now on Sub Pop.

Big Scary just put out the Twin Rivers EP on Barsuk.

Cool Ghouls have an album out now on Empty Cellar.

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Stream This

November 8, 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

David Bowie – The Next Day Extra
M.I.A. – Matangi
Latryx – The Second Album
Mount Eerie – Pre-Human Ideas
Eminem – The Marshal Mathers LP 2
Lady Gaga – Artpop
Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co. (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
Flume – Self Titled
Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum
Nguzunguzu – Skycell
Vaura – The Missing
Eraas – Initiation
Chris Garneau – Winter Games
Cold Beat – Worms EP
Caspian – Hymn For The Greatest Generation EP
ILLS – Hideout From The Feeders
Vaadat Charigim – The World Is Well Lost

VIDEOS

Thao And The Get Down Stay Down just put out The Feeling Kind EP on Ribbon Music.

Chvrches’ The Bones Of What You Believe is out now.  They play Stubb’s on November 22.

Ty Segall’s Sleeper is out now on Drag City.

Yuck’s Glow And Behold is out now on Fat Possum.

Frightened Rabbit’s Pedestrian Verse is out now on Atlantic Records.

JD Samson & MEN’s Labor is out now.  They play Cheer Up Charlie’s tomorrow night.

These New Puritans put out Field Of Reeds this week via Infectious/PIAS.

White Sea recently released the They Don’t Know single.

Tim Kasher recently released Adult Film.

The HairsCall Me Mista is out now.

Owen’s L’Ami du Peuple is out now on Polyvinyl.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s Fly By Wire is out now on Polyvinyl.  They play Holy Mountain on December 7.

Night Beds’ Country Sleep is out now on Dead Oceans.

Califone’s Stitches is out now on Dead Oceans.

Weekend put out Jinx earlier this year via Slumberland.

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M.I.A.

October 24, 2013

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The always great Fun Fun Fun Fest is just two weeks away, and one of the acts on the lineup that I can’t wait to see is M.I.A.  It’s been years since I last saw her perform, and I’m curious to see what kind of a show she’s doing these days.  I imagine it’s still a fun time, but crazier.  Or perhaps calmer?  Guess we’ll see.  Be sure to grab her new album, Matangi, when it (finally) gets released on November 5 via Interscope.

:M.I.A. – Y.A.L.A.:  Only M.I.A. can sound so frenetic and random but also still manage to pack a message that’s worth listening to.  Now excuse me, I need to get back to philosophizing while dancing.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 4

November 29, 2012

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At least if the world ends in a few weeks, you’ll have some good music to go out to.  That’s sort of comforting, yeah?  Anyhow, below you’ll find the fourth 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.

20)  :MIA – Bad Girls:  This single was supposed to be from a new album, but that has yet to materialize.  Oh well.  For now it simply serves as a nice reminder of how great MIA is when she’s having fun and not taking herself too seriously.

19)  :Action Bronson – A Simple Man:  I had a long list of Action Bronson songs to choose from for this spot, but I went with this one-off single because it’s what originally made me want to champion the guy.  It’s just stellar stuff.

18)  :Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing:  I don’t know how many times I listened to this in 2012.  I just couldn’t seem to get it out of the part of my soul that wants to dance in a dark corner somewhere.  From the Ghost EP.

17)  :The Eastern Sea – Wasn’t For Love:  With this song, The Eastern Sea went from just being an Austin favorite of mine to being something much bigger and better.  Glad I hopped on the bandwagon early.  From Plague.

16)  :Dan Friel – Valedictorian:  For those that don’t know, Dan is the former frontman of Parts & Labor.  This song sees him being as noisy and wild as can be, and I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of it.  From Total Folklore (due in 2013).

15)  :Chvrches – The Mother We Share:  I’ve yet to come across anything else from this band, and that’s OK because I’m far from being done with this Purity Ring meets Cults combo of a single.

14)  :Yeasayer – Longevity:  My love for Yeasayer has always been in regards to their live show, so I was a little surprised to find myself so attached to one of their studio tracks.  I greatly dig the off-balance mix here.  From Fragrant World.

13)  :Fiona Apple – Every Single Night:  You have to appreciate that Fiona keeps coming up with ways to stay interesting.  This pop effort pulls no punches.  From The Idler Wheel.

12)  :POS – Fuck Your Stuff:  This is exactly what I always expect POS to deliver – it’s aggressive, playful, and smart.  From We Don’t Even Live Here.

11)  :San Cisco – Awkward:  I love this indie pop tune, but I do have to admit that I’m not so sure a song about stalking should be this enjoyable.  From the Awkward EP.

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