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Top 50 Songs Of 2017

December 5, 2017

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Well look at that, here are my Top 50 Songs of 2017.  Enjoy.

50) Jamiroquai – Automaton

Jamiroquai still got it, man.

49) Matthew Logan Vasquez

I jammed this Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit fame) track on my radio show, 101X Homegrown, a lot this year. It’s fierce.

48) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter Of Time

I miss Sharon Jones.

47) Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough

Pure retro goodness here by Sheer Mag.

46) Weaves – Walkaway

Weaves churned out a really nice low key anthem here.

45) Filthy Friends – Any Kind Of Crowd

Corin Tucker sounds adorable in this Filthy Friends song.

44) Julien Baker – Appointments

Sad! Classic Julien Baker.

43) Wiretree – Let Me In

I love this sweet little number by Austin’s own Wiretree.

42) Hazel English – Fix

What a wonderfully hazy pop tune by Hazel English.

41) Mogwai – Eternal Panther

Somehow the best song that Mogwai put out this year isn’t on the album they released.

40) Alyeska – Stones

This 90s indie rock throwback from Alyeska is fantastic.

39) Land Of Talk – Loving

It’s so good to have Elizabeth Powell back in action as Land Of Talk.

38) The Kills – Desperado (Rhianna Cover)

The Kills really make this Rhianna track their own.

37) Why? – Proactive Evolution

I’ll never tire of Why?. This is one of my favorite songs by them.

36) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred

This song by The Octopus Project always makes me want to get up and move.

35) Fujiya & Miyagi – Solitaire

Another year, another infectious jam by Fujiya & Miyagi.

34) Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

Can’t stop Carly.

33) The Courtneys – Silver Velvet

This is the catchiest song on The Courtneys’ album of really catchy songs.

32) Growl – New Sincerity.

Here’s some jangly pop perfection by Austin’s Growl.

31) Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See

I revisited this slightly weird Kane Strang track a lot in 2017.

30) Beth Ditto – Oo La La

Beth Ditto really goes for it here.

29) Sports – Making It Right

This is a charming pop tune from Sports.

28) Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Wolf Parade with a legit ear-pleaser.

27) Ought – These 3 Things

Ought went new wave here. Good move!

26) Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Indie rock perfection by Waxahatchee.

25) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up

The Rural Alberta Advantage made a big time jump back onto my radar with this song.

24) Screaming Females – Black Moon

I can’t wait for the new Screaming Females album. This first single is so damn good.

23) Protomartyr – Don’t Go to Anacita

Intense but great. Protomartyr are the best.

22) Sweet Spirit – The Power

What a big track by Austin’s Sweet Spirit.

21) Perfume Genius – Slip Sway

This is one of Perfume Genius’ best songs.

20) Spook School – Less Than Perfect

Spook School are as catchy as can be here.

19) Rhye – Taste

This Rhye track has an immaculate sound.

18) Jay Som – Baybee

Hazy, dancey, perfect stuff here by Jay Som.

17) Walker Lukens – Don’t Want To Be Lonely (Don’t Want To Leave You Alone)

Here’s a total ear-worm from Austin’s Walker Lukens.

16) The Blow – Get Up

This song from The Blow is a rambly as can be, but I love it.

15) LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

The best song on LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album.

14) Diet Cig – Barf Day

The line “I know that you’re sorry, I just don’t care” will forever make me smirk. Thanks for that, Diet Cig.

13) Molly Burch – Wrong For You

It’s just about impossible to not love this retro-leaning effort from Austin’s own Molly Burch.

12) Lo Tom – Overboard

David Bazan is so good in this Lo Tom tune. I love his voice.

11) Football, etc. – Save

This track from Austin’s Football, etc. has an early 2000s indie rock vibe that I really dig.

10) The War On Drugs – Holding On

Headphones + this track from The War On Drugs = my happy place.

09) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers are on a real roll right now. This song is a blast.

08) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It

I love how loose Spoon sound here.

07) White Reaper – Judy French

So infectious. White Reaper continue to be big favorites of mine.

06) Alex Lahey – Every Day’s The Weekend

My favorite song from 2017 to sing-a-long to. Alex Lahey sure knows how to write an anthem.

05) The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Heavy but accessible. Great track by The National.

04) SZA – Supermodel

I spent a couple of months obsessed with this SZA song. It’s so dramatic.

03) Kendrick Lamar – Humble

It was impossible to escape this Kendrick Lamar song in 2017. I didn’t mind.

02) St. Vincent – Los Ageless

St. Vincent is rather aggressive here, and it’s awesome.

01) Alvvays – In Undertow

This was practically my default song this year. It’s perfect. Thanks, Alvvays!

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Mogwai

August 28, 2017

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Mogwai have been all over the map sound-wise in 2017, and I’ve been digging it.  There was this post-rock tune, this shoegaze-ish track, and now there’s today’s indie rock-leaning number.  Oddly enough though, it isn’t on their upcoming album, Every Country’s Sun (due September 1), it’s a b-side.  Enjoy.

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Mogwai

July 6, 2017

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Mogwai have rolled out a new single, and it’s not quite like what came before it.  This one is a shoegazey slice of art-pop that’s complete with vocals.  I wonder if there will be more like it on the band’s upcoming album, Every Country’s Sun (due 9/1)?  I hope so.  It’s cool stuff.  Enjoy.

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Mogwai

May 15, 2017

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After watching the great Mono play a sweeping set of post rock gems at Barracuda last night, waking up to a new Mogwai single seems more than fitting.  The track is cleverly titled Coolverine, and it’s off of their upcoming album, Every Country’s Son, which is due September 1 via Temporary Residence.  Let it calm your Monday.  Enjoy.

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Quickdraw: Sheer Mag, Parquet Courts, Mass Gothic, The Raveonettes, Mogwai

February 8, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Sheer Mag – Can’t Stop Fighting:  Another year, another immensely rad track from Sheer Mag.  Eventually they’re going to write a bad song, and even then I might still dig it.  No word yet on whether this is a one-off track or if it belongs to an EP/LP.

:Parquet Courts – Dust:  Here’s a simplistic, somewhat humorous new one from Parquet Courts.  I appreciate the way those guys seemingly never take any time off.  Human Performance is due out April 8 via Rough Trade.  The band will be at Levitation in April/May.

:Mass Gothic – March Of The Cigs:  Even though they just put out an album via the mighty Sub Pop, I wasn’t aware of Mass Gothic until this track came along.  It’s big and atmospheric, and I’ll definitely use it as a reason to check out the band’s debut.  The Mass Gothic/Mazed split is available now via Bandcamp.

:The Raveonettes – This World Is Empty (Without You):  This catchy, 80s-enthused number is the first of 12 singles that The Raveonettes will be releasing this year (that’s one per month, in case that didn’t auto-click in your head).  I’m into it.

:Mogwai – Ether:  Mogwai just made the jump to Temporary Residence LTD, and that’s where they’ll put out reworked versions of the music they crafted for the documentary Atomic: Living In Dread and Promise.  This first taste is a slow-burner that’s deserving of good headphones.  Atomic: A Soundtrack By Mogwai is due out June 17.

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Quickdraw: Hundred Visions, Francisco The Man, Cool Ghouls, Mogwai, Gold Lake

October 6, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose:  Hundred Visions are a quality act that’s been banging around Austin for a good bit, and I’m excited to have some new music from them.  This might be their catchiest song yet.  The band will release Spite on October 28 via Pau Wau Records.  See them play Hotel Vegas on October 25.

:Francisco The Man – It’s Not Your Fault:  If you don’t already have it on there, I believe it’s time to add Francisco The Man’s upcoming debut album to the “anticipated” list.  I think it’s going to be an effort loaded with refreshing pop songs.  Loose Ends is due out October 27 via Fat Possum/Small Plates.

:Cool Ghouls – And It Grows:  SOTO’s own Noah Sanders has been rambling and raving about Cool Ghouls for a while now, and it’s not hard to understand why – they’re rad.  Expect to love this retro rock track.  A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye is due out November via Empty Cellar Records.

:Mogwai – Teenage Exorcists:  Earlier this year Mogwai released Rave Tapes, and now they’re following it up with a companion EP that’s comprised of some outtakes and remixes.  I can see why this track didn’t make the LP, as it’s essentially a slice of shoegaze pop and not at all like the post-rock jams they’re known for.  I like it a lot, though.  Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. is out December 1 via Rock Action.

:Gold Lake – Lovers:  Gold Lake have have only ever been a tiny blip on my radar, but this well crafted track has suddenly made me ready to really pay attention to them.  Be sure to grab a good pair of headphones before you hit play.  Look for Years to be released on November 4.

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Stream This

January 17, 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 WEEKWarpaint – Self Titled

Abram Shook – Sun Marquee
Crushed Stars – Farewell Young Lovers
I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro
Feathers – Only One EP
The Hidden Cameras – Age
Girl Trouble – Hit It Or Quit It
Mogwai – Rave Tapes
Against Me – Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Gem Club – In Roses
Jeremy Jay – Abandoned Apartments
Alcest – Shelter
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchesta – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Ages And Ages

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Quickdraw: Thee Oh Sees, Radical Dads, Those Howlings, Dum Dum Girls, Mogwai

November 4, 2013

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Today’s music totally agrees with you.

:Thee Oh Sees – What You Need:  Only Thee Oh Sees can put out nine albums a year and then still need a separate release for their various one-off tracks, split contributions, and more.  The band will release Singles Collection: Volume 3 on November 26 via Castle Face.  Catch them at Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend.

:Radical Dads – Creature Out:  My favorite thing about Radical Dads is that they seem incapable of making something that’s not filled with enthusiasm.  I find it infectious.  Be sure to grab the band’s new 7″ single when it gets released on November 5 via EAU Records.  In case you missed it, they also put out a full length, Rapid Reality, earlier this year.

:Those Howlings – Paid For You:  Here’s a catchy little number from Those Howlings, who are an Austin act that I’ve been meaning to show some love for a while now.  It’s an endearing piece of retro pop.  You can get the band’s new 7″ single now over at their Bandcamp page.

:Dum Dum Girls – Lost Boys And Girls Club:  I know the Dum Dum Girls are already pretty well known, but I think this track’s particularly polished alt-rock sound will probably attract a slew of new listeners.  Good for them.  The band will put out Too True on January 28 via Sub Pop.

:Mogwai – Remurdered:  First of all, Remurdered is probably the best song title this year.  Secondly, this atmospheric beast of a single means we all get to start 2014 with a new Mogwai full length, and that’s fantastic.  Rave Tapes is due out January 21 via Sub Pop.

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Quickdraw: Mikal Cronin, Elephant, Mogwai, Polly Scattergood, Thee Oh Sees

February 11, 2013

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Today’s music wants you to be its Valentine.  Enjoy.

:Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out:  You know what I can’t wait for?  Mikal Cronin’s new album.  This first single is a shimmering anthem, and I hope the whole LP is packed with more of the same.  MCII is due out May 7 via Merge.

:Elephant – Skyscraper:  The press release for this duo had a lot of information about their early success and the subsequent drama that followed it, but that stuff’s no fun.  All you need to know is that this is a beautiful pop track.  The Skyscraper 7″ is due out March 26 via Memphis Industries.

:Mogwai – Wizard Motor:  These guys spent a bit of time doing some soundtrack work for the French zombie-show Les Revenants, and now you’ll be able to get their contributions on one disc.  This brooding number should convince you to pick up the effort.  Sub Pop will release the LP on February 26.

:Polly Scattergood – Wanderlust:  The last time I heard something from Polly I thought it sounded like Bjork-light.  This is different.  It’s more ambitious, and she seems to have found her own sound.  Arrows is expected out at some point this summer via Mute.

:Thee Oh Sees – Minotaur:  I’m not sure how many times I checked to make sure this was actually Thee Oh Sees.  I was expecting their usual blast of noise, but this track is so breezy and relaxed.  I like it.  The band will release Floating Coffin on April 16 via Castle Face.

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