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Top 50 Songs Of 2015: Part 4

December 3, 2015

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We’re nearing the end of my Top 50 Songs of 2015 list!  Ah!  Check out entries 20-11 down below.  Enjoy.

- 50-41
- 40-31
- 30-21

20)  :FIDLAR – 40oz. On Repeat:  There’s a pretty solid chance that this FIDLAR track is the year’s most relatable song.  Now, let’s have drink some alcohol, it’ll make us who we really want to be.  From Too.

19)  :Screaming Females – Criminal Image:  This is one of my favorite Screaming Females tunes.  It’s got a big, meaty riff and frontwoman Marissa Paternoster sounds indestructible.  From Rose Mountain.

18)  :Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire:  Out of all the quality songs on Modest Mouse’s latest album, this one is my favorite.  For whatever reason, I dig that it essentially sounds like Dashboard: Part 2.  From Strangers To Ourselves.

17)  :Conner Youngblood – Stockholm:  This track from Conner Youngblood is hypnotizing.  You just have to love the way he uses the harp here.  From The Generation Of Lift EP.

16)  :Leon Bridges – River:  Leon Bridges absolutely blew up this year, and I like to think it was largely because of this stunning slow burner.  What a song.  From Coming Home.

15)  :Bop English – Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control):  James Petralli (of White Denim fame) is Bop English.  There’s a playful, retro pop sound on display here that’s really great.  From Constant Bop.

14)  :Diet Cig – Harvard:  Diet Cig’s front-lady Alex Luciano is in full-on bitter mode throughout this track, and it’s fantastic.  I hope she never loses that sarcastic edge of hers.  From the Over Easy EP.

13)  :Titus Andronicus – Dimed Out:  Whenever I want to jump around like a madman in my living room, I put on this sloppy jam from Titus Andronicus.  It’s such a raucous good time.  From The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

12)  :Mos Def – Sensei On The Block (Featuring Ski Beatz):  This song is vintage Mos Def (in the best of ways), and it totally makes me yearn for his pre-Yasiin Bey days.  From the land of one-off tracks.

11)  :Purity Ring – Push Pull:  I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about Purity Ring’s sophomore album – some of it works for me, some of it doesn’t.  This beautiful number is definitely the best track on it.  From Another Eternity.

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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Bop English, Eternal Summers, The Helio Sequence, Modest Mouse

March 5, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Speedy Oritz – The Graduates:  This is the second single from Speedy Ortiz‘s sophomore effort.  The LP is starting to look like it won’t be anything but off-kilter anthems, and that’s totally fine by me.  Look for Foil Deer on April 21 via Carpark Records.  The band will play Red 7 on May 15.

:Bop English – Sentimental Wilderness:  Just in case you missed this bit of info when I posted it a while back, Bop English is the solo moniker of White Denim’s James Petralli.  I think you’re going to love the playful but intricate arrangement that drives this song (I certainly do).  Constant Bop is due out April 14 via Downtown Records.

:Eternal Summers – Together Or Alone:  The Drop Beneath came out just last year, but Eternal Summers have already put together a follow-up.  Judging by this track, they’ve found a nice balance between the sheen of their recent work and the lo-fi ways of their earlier efforts.  Cool.  Gold And Stone is due out June 2 via Kanine Records.

:The Helio Sequence – Stoic Resemblance:  Indie stalwarts The Helio Sequence have readied their sixth full length.  As you’ve probably already guessed (since the duo are so amazingly consistent), everything about this track is as crisp as can be.  The band’s self titled album will be released on May 18 via Sub Pop.

:Modest Mouse – Of Course We Know:  I believe this heavy slow burner is the fifth song that has been set free in anticipation of Modest Mouse’s new album.  Not sure I can recall another time where a high profile release has had so many official “leaks.”  Strangers To Ourselves is due out March 17 via Epic.

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Quickdraw: Modest Mouse, Abram Shook, Jeff The Brotherhood, Blur, Action Bronson

February 19, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Modest Mouse – The Ground Walks With Time In A Box:  Here’s the latest single/leak/track off of Modest Mouse’s upcoming album.  It’s big and weird, and I think it’s great.  Can’t wait to hear the whole LP.  Strangers To Ourselves is due out March 17 via Epic.

:Abram Shook – Understood:  Abram Shook has announced the follow-up to last year’s stellar Sun Marquee, and I’m ecstatic.  As this track will show (or remind) you, the guy is great at crafting effortlessly enjoyable pop music.  Landscape Dream is due out May 12 via Western Vinyl.

:Jeff The Brotherhood – Black Cherry Pie:  Jeff The Brotherhood recently noted that they’re no longer in the “clutches of the demented vulture that is Warner Bros.”  Good for them.  On another note, there’s some solid flute work at play in this riffy tune.  Wasted On The Dream is due out March 24 via Infinity Cat.

:Blur – Go Out:  The mighty Blur have announced their first LP since 2003′s Think Tank.  This first single is kind of slinky and just rad enough to make me want to spend a day or four revisiting the band’s previous albums.  Look for The Magic Whip on April 27.

:Action Bronson – Terry:  I think this might be one of my favorite Action Bronson songs ever.  It’s super relaxed, rambly and it features a heady outro that’s nearly two-minutes long.  Mr. Wonderful is due out March 24 via Vice/Atlantic.

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Modest Mouse

February 5, 2015

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Not sure if you’ve been keeping count, but I believe that with the arrival of today’s infectious track, Modest Mouse are now 3/3 when it comes to singles for their upcoming LP.  Sure, I’m fairly shaky when it comes to anything math-related and there’s the fact that I’m one of maybe five people who thought We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank was a solid effort, but I’m pretty sure it all means we’re set to receive an album that’s going to be a real ear-pleaser  Keep those fingers crossed anyway, though.  Enjoy.

:Modest Mouse – The Best Room:

Strangers To Ourselves is due out March 17 via Epic Records.

Bonus Videos:

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Stream This

January 24, 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 ➡ Doomtree – All Hands

Cotillon – Self Titled
Emmy The Great – S EP
The Dodos – Individ
Ty Segall Band – Live In San Francisco
Natalie Prass – Self Titled
Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
Young Ejecta – The Planet
Suburban Living – Self Titled
Invisible Familiars – Disturbing Wildlife
John Reis And The Blind Shakes – Modern Surf Classics

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Ex Hex

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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 2

January 6, 2015

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Alright kids, I believe that with this post I’m all caught up now.  Hopefully you discover(ed) some cool stuff that you may have missed over the holiday break.  Enjoy.

:Modest Mouse – Lampshades On Fire:  This is one of those stellar Modest Mouse singles that reminds you why they’re so revered.  It’s anthemic, weird and infectious.  I really hope their new album is a great one.  Strangers To Ourselves will be out on March 3 via Epic Records.

:Spoon – Inside Out (Tycho Remix):  While I’m not sure it’s necessary to alter something as perfect as the original version of this Spoon track, I can’t deny that I dig what Tycho did with it.  The arrangement is now much more expansive.  This remix is a one-off, so download it while it’s here.

:The Julie Ruin – Blueberry Island:  For a moment I thought that Kathleen Hanna and The Julie Ruin had readied a new album, but this slick number is actually just a b-side from 2013′s Run Fast.  Oh well.  I’ll still take it!  The Blueberry Island 7″ is due out soon via Federal Prism.

:Guards – Nothing More:  Richie James Follin (brother of Cults’ Madeline Follin) sent me this new Guards track over the break.  I think it’s a wonderfully produced pop song, and I expect you to eat it right up.  Look for a new album from the band later this year.

:Male Bonding – Falling:  Here’s a fuzzy new one from Male Bonding, who have been largely MIA for the last few years.  No details on a new album (or tour) have been released, but it seems pretty likely that some sort of announcement is coming soon.  Fingers crossed, though.

:Gal Pals – Ex-Marionette:  It’s a bummer that Gal Pals are no longer in Austin (they’re now in LA), but at least they finally wrapped their debut album.  This first single is one super catchy piece of retro pop.  Velvet Rut is due out February 24 via Papercup Music.

:Moon Duo – Animal:  This new Moon Duo song isn’t exactly what I would call accessible, but you’ll probably still stick it on repeat since it’s a rather entrancing effort.  Have fun living in a psychedelic haze for a bit.   Shadow Of The Sun is due out March 3 via Sacred Bones.

:Conor Oberst – Sugar Street:  Conor Oberst just about puts me to sleep these days, so I have to admit I was pretty surprised when this track managed to hold my attention.  It sounds a lot like the stuff that originally made him worth paying attention to.  If you search around, you can probably find the Record Store Day Black Friday 7″ that this song resides on.

:The Suffers – Make Some Room:  My good pals The Suffers are ready to set loose an official EP, and you’re going to want it.  Unless, of course, you don’t like good soul music.  The Make Some Room EP is due out January 20.  See the band at Empire Control Room on January 23.

:Magna Carda – Juice:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Magna Carda are one of Austin’s best acts.  You should really download their latest release, Like It Is, for FREE via Bandcamp and then spend the next week or eight blasting it as loud as you can.

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