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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 4

December 5, 2013

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We’re now down to the final 20 songs!  Ah!  Enjoy.

20)  :Minks – Margot:  I know some folks weren’t a fan of Minks cleaning up their sound, but I thought it was an alright move.  This song in particular is great and reminds me of early 2000s indie pop.  From Tides End.

19)  :Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  As I said when this made my Austin Essentials list, it’s that one song Okkervil River seem to have on every album that I can’t get enough of.  From The Silver Gymnasium.

18)  :Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now:  To be honest, I totally didn’t get all the love for Parquet Courts until this song came along.  I appreciate its adequate amount of snarl.  From the Tally All The Things That You Broke EP.

17)  :A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Austin’s finest pop punk band is A Giant Dog, and I think this is their best song.  It rocks and does well to show off Sabrina Ellis’ stellar voice.  From Bone.

16)  :Wavves – Demon To Lean On:  I didn’t at all think Wavves would ever turn into a 90s-esque alt-rock band, but here they are doing it and doing it well.  I approve.  From Afraid Of Heights.

15)  :White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  The heaviest song on White Denim’s 2013 effort is also my favorite from it.  I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to blow out my speakers via this track.  From Corsicana Lemonade.

14)  :Swearin’ – Watered Down:  I love any sort of indie rock that feels lifted out of the 90s, so I was hooked on this pretty much immediately.  Be warned, Swearin’ will make you want to dig up tons of old records.    From Surfing Strange.

13)  :Four Fists – MMMMMHMMMMM:  POS and Astronautalis as one act?  Yes.  Forever.  If we’re lucky, this rad track is just the beginning of something awesome.  From Four Fists’ self titled 7″ single.

12)  :Polica – Chain My Name:  Earlier this year I couldn’t wait to get a hold of Polica’s sophomore effort, and it was largely because of this track.  It’s super dancey and completely set on never leaving your head.  From Shulamith.

11)  :Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  This wordy number from Courtney Barnett was a favorite of mine before I was even done listening to it for the first time.  She’s a fantastic storyteller.  From the A Sea Of Split Peas EP.

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Stream This

October 11, 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

Mirror Travel – Mexico
Pelican – Forever Becoming
Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise
The Men – Campfire Songs
Kwes – Ilp
Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley
Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
Cults – Static
Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others
Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Happy Jawbone Family Band – Self Titled
Lucius – Wildewoman
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Carnivores – Second Impulse
Luke Temple – Good Mood Fool
Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
Morcheeba – Head Up High
School Of Night – Self Titled EP
Wymond Miles – Cut Yourself Free
Grails – Black Tar Prophecies, Vol’s 4, 5, & 6
His Clancyness – Vicious
Swiiim – Cellophane Castle

VIDEOS

Love Inks’ Generation Club is out now on Monofonus.

Parquet Courts’ Tally All The Things That You Broke EP was released this week via What’s Your Rupture?.

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings will release Give The People What They Want on January 14 via Daptone.

Black Milk will release No Poison No Paradise on October 15.

Camera Obscura’s Desire Lines is out now on 4AD.

Grooms recently put out Infinity Caller on Western Vinyl.

The Callas will release Am I Vertical? on November 19 via Inner Ear.

The Blow recently released a self titled album on Kanine.  They play Red 7 on November 2.

Rubblebucket’s Save Charlie EP is out now on Communion.

Joanna Gruesome’s Weird Sister is out now on Slumberland.

Infinity Shred’s Sanctuary is available now.

Polica will release Shulamith on October 22 via Mom + Pop.

Of Montreal’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar is out now on Polyvinyl.

T. Hardy Morris’ Audition Tapes is out now on Dangerbird Records.

Nightland’s Oak Island is out now on Secretly Canadian.  They play the Mohawk on December 3.

Pure Bathing Culture’s Moon Tides is available now via Partisan.

Deap Vally just released Sistrionix this week via Cherrytree/Communion/Interscope/Island.

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Stream This

October 4, 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

Courtney Barnett – The Double EP: A Sea Split Of Peas
Frog Eyes – Carey’s Cold Spring
Of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvianbriar
Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals
Parquet Courts – Tally All The Things That You Broke EP
Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind
Dream Shake – Self Titled
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – The Speed Of Things
Tim Kasher – Adult Film
St. Lucia – When The Night
Cumulus – I Never Meant It To Be Like This
RJD2 – More Is Than Isn’t

VIDEOS

Courtney Barnett’s The Double EP: A Sea Splits Of Peas is due October 15 on House Anxiety/Marathon Artists.

Mikal Cronin’s MCII is out now on Merge.

Cults will release Static on October 15 via Columbia Records.  They play Emo’s East on November 4.

Crocodiles’ Crimes Of Passion is out now on Frenchkiss.  They play Holy Mountain on October 31.

Palma Violets’ 180 is out now on Rough Trade.

Cheatahs will release a double A-side single on October 29 via Wichita Recordings.

Forest Swords’ Engravings is out now on Tri Angle Records.

Fuck Buttons will release the Brainfreeze 12″ on October 8 via ATP Recordings.

Jackson Scott’s Melbourne is out now on Fat Possum.

Hunters have a self titled album out now on Mom + Pop.

Jaguar Ma’s Howlin is available now via Mom + Pop.

The High Highs will put out the A Real Hero single soon via Never Leave Never Sleep.

Bad Bad Hats have a free five-song EP out now on Afternoon Records.

Forest Fire’s Screens is out now on FatCat.

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Quickdraw: Parquet Courts, Volcano Choir, Tristen, Why?, Peelander-Z

August 20, 2013

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Today’s music would like to know what you’re doing this weekend.  Enjoy.

:Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now:  This track has such an infectious attitude about it that I think I’m finally ready to find a spot on Parquet Court’s bandwagon.  The Tally All The Things That You Broke EP is due October 8 via What’s Your Rupture?.

:Volcano Choir – Comrade:  Is it possible that I prefer Volcano Choir over Bon Iver when it comes to Justin Vernon?  I’m starting to think I might.  The former is certainly a lot more accessible.  Repave is due September 3 via Jagjaguwar.  Stream the album in its entirety here.

:Tristen – No One’s Gonna Know:  I dig this song, but I’ll admit it’s a little weird to hear the normally reserved Tristen in full on pop mode.  I wonder if all of the new album is like this?  Caves is expected out on October 15 via Pupsnake Records.

:Why? – Murmurer:  And in today’s really cool news, Why? have put together an EP that features songs about particular fans.  You’ll be able to grab the Golden Tickets EP on September 17 via Joyful Noise Recordings.  The band will play the Mohawk on September 27.

:Peelander-Z – Ride On The Shooting Star:  There’s nothing like a brand new Peelander-Z track to help get your day going.  Metalander-Z is due out September 10 via Chicken Ranch Records.  Catch the band at the Mohawk on September 28.

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Stream This

January 18, 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

Pillowfight – Self Titled
FIDLAR – Self Titled
Ra Ra Riot – Beta Love
He’s My Brother She’s My Sister – Nobody Dances In This Town
Big Harp – Chain Letters
Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
Mystical Weapons – Self Titled
The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law
Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
Widowspeak – Almanac
Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

VIDEOS

J. Mascis is set to appear on Portlandia on January 25.

Dan Deacon is heading out on tour.  See the dates here.

Now Now are hitting the road with a variety of acts, including Minus The Bear, Bob Mould, and Circa Survive.

Dead Leaf Echo will release Thought & Language on March 5.

Ty Segall will play the Mohawk on January 25.  Register to win a pair of tickets here.

Suuns will put out Images du Futur on March 5.

PAPA will release a full length at some point this year.

Woods is heading out on tour in Australia and New Zealand.  See the dates here.

Western Medication will release The Painted World 7″ via Jeffrey Drag Records on January 29.

Johnny Marr will put out The Messenger on February 26.

My Education’s A Drink For All My Friends is out now.

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Noah’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012

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Let’s be frank: I’ve been a shitty music reviewer this year. Bogged down with the basic realities of life I’ve spent far too little time chasing the errant strands of my musical obsessions. I relied on unreliable sources and found myself, more often than not, half-assedly listening to popular radio.

Simply put, this isn’t my most complete list. Yes, this is five albums that I’ve loved this year. Five albums that have seen more time on my record player than any other. Five albums that when I look back on 2012 will automatically suck me back in to the vortex.

Drinks up for another one gone and another on its way.

5. Moon Duo – Circles

Moon Duo has been a favorite since their first Kraut-rock rippin’ psych-EP blasted in to my grey matter three or four years ago. I’ll say that Mazes, their first full length strayed too much in to out and out rock ‘n’ roll but oh how the band has returned to form. From the opening, sludgy guitar riff of Sleepwalker, Circles is a perfect combination of everything that went right on their prior and everything they’d forgotten from their first EP. Big and booming with a new found bag of guitar licks lingering throughout every song, Circles is upbeat and unforgivingly Kraut-rock heavy and the combination creates the most surprisingly danceable album I’ve heard all year.

:Moon Duo – Sleepwalker:

4. Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold

A late entry in to my musical rotation this year, Parquet Courts are the sneer and swagger that somehow jumped the garage rock ship in 2012. Its punk, it’s garage, it’s a throwback to times less sinister. More and more as the record spins you get a real taste of The Feelies hanging around the edges and the more bands paying homage to those talented boys the better. To be quite honest I couldn’t tell you a single thing about Parquet Courts aside from the fact that this, manic energy bubbling at every corner, is a must listen.

:Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time:

3. Belbury Poly – The Belbury Tales

Call me a musical heathen because prior to six months ago I’d never listened to Broadcast. I’ll take it, it’s a grave error, one only remedied by a recommendation to check out this project by the guy who ran Ghost Box records. Somewhere between beat record, found sound and musical odyssey, I don’t know if you can really put a finger on what this eclectic mixture of music is. Cantalus the second track on the album has perhaps the catchiest intro of the year (one I can’t help hearing when the elevator dings each and every morning) and what follows is some stoner haze of high-pitched vocals and near-film soundtracks. It’s bizarre in the best, most listenable way.

:Belbury Poly – Cantalus:

2. The Men – Open Your Heart

A friend of mine picked up The Men’s older Sacred Bones album a while back and I remember he referred to it as “scorched Earth” or something along those lines. I’d given The Men a few listens and they were good, but they almost pushed the limits of my sonic depths, really driving home the desolate post-rock without much of an upbeat resolution. That said, they must of holed up in a dingy cabin and talked the future ’cause Open Your Heart shaves down a bit of the desolation, replacing it with warmth and a yen for good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. Friends of mine, who I force to listen to this album time and time again, often cite Foo Fighters and though Dave Grohl’s little outfit might not be my jam anymore, The Men capture a certain essence of their early days. This is, without any apologies, rock ‘n’ fuckin’ roll, buoyed by an almost punk-rock energy and an excess of heart-felt warmth lost on prior The Men albums. It’s a huge step forward for the group, and to ride the rails of cliche, there’s big, big things ahead for this band.

:The Men – Open Your Heart:

1. Tame Impala – Lonerism

I imagine I’m going to be one of many finishing their lists with Tame Impala’s absolutely brilliant second album this year. Where InnerSpeaker was all about repetitive, blown out psych-jams, Tame Impala have scaled a bit of the noodling nature in trade for a nice, glowing hit of pop. You can hear the remnants of Lennon’s inspiration hanging out in lead singer Kevin Parker’s voice and it rides nicely on the new, sunnier tones. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards has been stuck in the frameworks of my skull for months now, and every time Parker’s croon revs up again, I can’t help but smile.

:Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards:

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