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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 5

December 6, 2013

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Well, this is the end of it.  Feel free to comment and mention anything I may have missed.  Otherwise, take in all the songs, and then join me next Wednesday through Friday for my Top 25 Albums of 2013.  Enjoy.

PS – You can check out 47 of the 50 tracks on this list on Spotify here.

10)  :Jonny Fritz – Ain’t It Your Birthday:  If I were doing a list of the year’s most fun songs, there’s a good chance I would slap this in the #1 spot.  Jonny Fritz is a rad dude.  From Dad Country.

09)  :Veronica Falls – Buried Alive:  This song is so hopelessly romantic.  And well made.  And catchy.  And just awesome.  I’ve actually listened to it so much that I’m surprised I didn’t burn myself out on it.  From Waiting For Something To Happen.

08)  :Quasi – You Can Stay But You Gotta Go:  The return of Quasi was fronted by this wonderfully sloppy 90s-ish indie rock track.  It deserves to be played at a volume that might get you evicted.  From Mole City.

07)  :Ellie Goulding – Tessellate (Alt-J Cover):  This is actually the second year in a row that Ellie Goulding has landed a one-off cover in the top 10 of my song list.  If you ask me, that probably means she should hurry up and do a covers album.

06)  :Haim – The Wire:  I know everyone digs Falling, but this is the song that made me appreciate/love Haim.  It’s like Shania Twain meets arena rock, which is weird but apparently what I’ve always wanted.  From Days Are Gone.

05)  :Diarrhea Planet – Separations:  Yes, the name Diarrhea Planet is silly.  Now with that out of the way, please allow this song to rock your soul.  From I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

04)  :Yuck – Middle Sea:  Yuck lost a frontman and then just continued on like it was nothing.  That’s impressive.  I think this is one of the best songs in their catalog.  From Glow And Behold.

03)  :Chvrches – Recover:  The Mother We Share is a great track (that ranked high on my song list last year), but part of me feels like this is Chvrches’ best single.  Such synth-pop goodness.  From The Bones Of What You Believe.

02)  :Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out:  I was so very close to putting this Mikal Cronin gem in the top spot.  It really is one of the better pop rock songs to come along over the last year or three.  From MCII.

01)  :Vampire Weekend – Step:  It wasn’t until I sat down to do this list that I realized just how much I adore this Vampire Weekend track.  I think it’s an endlessly impressive piece of pop music that’s totally deserving of all the time and attention you can spare.  From Modern Vampires Of The City.

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Stream This

September 27, 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

Yuck – Glow & Behold
Haim – Days Are Gone
Deltron 3030 – Event II
Quasi – Mole City
The Blow – Self Titled
Tape Deck Mountain – Sway
Leverage Models – Self Titled
Unwound – Kid Is Gone
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations EP
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Those Darlins – Blur The Lines
Hunters – Self Titled
Static Jacks – In Blue
Boogarins – As Plantas Que Curam
Rubblebucket – Save Charlie EP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
Golden Animals – Hear Eye Go
Blitzen Trapper – VII
Migrant Kids – Self Titled
Deer Tick – Negativity
Elf Power – Sunlight On The Moon
Zachary Cale – Blue Rider
Dr Dog – B-Room
Rathborne – Soft

VIDEOS

Savages’ Silence Yourself is currently available via Matador.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin recently put out Fly By Wire on Polyvinyl.

Keep Shelly In Athens recently released At Home via Cascine.

Young Galaxy recently released Ultramarine through Paper Bag Records.

Foals released Holy Fire earlier this year.

Charlie XCX will put out a new album next year.

Psychic Friend’s My Rocks Are Dreams is currently available.

US Girls’ Free Advice Column EP is out now on Bad Actors, Inc.

Deptford Goth’s Life After Defo is currently available on PIAS America.

Jon Hopkin’s Immunity is out now.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Morcheeba will release Head High Up on October 14 via PIAS.

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Stream This

September 13, 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

Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister
Dustin Wong – Meditation Of Ecstatic Energy
Keep Shelly In Athens – At Home
LAKE – The World Is Real
Cid Rim – Mute City
MGMT – Self Titled
Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost
Sebadoh – Defend Yourself
Arp – More
The Naked And Famous – In Rolling Waves
Pillars And Tongues – End-dances
Traams – Grin
HSY – Self Titled
Seams – Quarters
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Fly By Wire
Drew Price’s Bermuda Triangle – Friends And Family
Said The Whale – Hawaii
San Fermin – Self Titled
Body Language – Grammar

VIDEOS

Arcade Fire will release Reflektor on October 29.

Quasi will put out Mole City on October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  The band is set to play Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Crystal Antlers will release Nothing Is Real on October 15 through Innovative Leisure.

Glasser’s Interiors is due out October 9 via True Panther.

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

Franz Ferdinand recently released Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action via Domino.

Deerhunters’s Monomania is out now.

Eagulls will put out the Nerve Endings 7″ on September 30.

Forest Fire’s Screens is out now on FatCat.

Waxahatchee’s Cerulean Salt is available now via Don Giovanni.

Jonathan Rado’s Law And Order was recently released on Woodsist.

Deer Tick’s Negativity is due out September 24 via Partisan Records.

Icona Pop are set to release This Is … Icona Pop on September 24.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on October 21 via Mute.

Deltron 3030 will put out Deltron 3030: Event II on October 1 via Bulk Recordings.  Catch them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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Quickdraw: Terry Malts, Quasi, Black Books, Joanna Gruesome, Black Milk

August 19, 2013

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Today’s music isn’t sure about you.  Enjoy.

:Terry Malts – Walking Without You:  Here’s your adrenaline shot for today.  Terry Malts are the absolute best, and I can’t wait for their new album.  Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere is due on September 9 via Slumberland.  The band will play the Mohawk on September 26.

:Quasi – See You On Mars:  I’m starting to really look forward to Quasi’s upcoming double LP.  The first two singles (that would be You Can Stay But You Got To Go and this playful number) have been pretty great.  Mole City is due out October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  Catch the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:Black Books – Favorite Place:  This atmospheric track packs a real punch, and it makes me think that Austin’s Black Books are seriously ready for much bigger things.  Good for them.  The band will put out a self titled effort on October 1 via Believe Recordings.  Their next show in town is August 24 at the Mohawk.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:  I think it’s safe to say that Joanna Gruesome’s late summer emergence has been a welcomed one.  They sure know how to write a hook.  The anticipated Weird Sister is due September 10 via Slumberland.

:Black Milk – Perfected On Puritan Ave:  Every time I get a new Black Milk single I hope he’ll suddenly go from underrated to beloved.  So, is this the one that forces such a deserved jump?  You tell me.  No Poison No Paradise is due out October 15 via Fat Beats/Computer Ugly.

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Stream This

July 26, 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

Bad Cop – Light On EP
Kid Karate – Lights Out EP
The Mallard – Finding Meaning In Deference
Rainbow Chan – Long Vacation EP

VIDEOS

Quasi will put out Mole City on October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.

Hanni El Khatib’s Head In The Dirt is out now on Innovative Leisure.

Static Jacks will release In Blue on October 1 via Old Friends Records.

Fiona Apple put out The Idler Wheel last year.

King Khan And The Shrines will release Idle No More on September 3 via Merge.

Tree will release the Demons EP on August 13 via Apollo Records.

Volcano Choir will put out Repave on September 3 via Jagjaguwar.

Washed Out is set to release Paracosm on August 13 via Sub Pop.

Franz Ferdinand’s Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is due August 27 via Domino.

The Uncluded recently put out Hokey Fright.

Holy Ghost will release Dynamics on September 10 via DFA.

Johan Hedberg will release a full length on Labrador later this year.

Shark Week will put out the Santurce 7″ on July 30 via Analog Edition Records.

White Prism’s self titled EP is out now.

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Quasi

July 11, 2013

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Considering how the band has been around for 20 years and that I greatly love anything Sleater-Kinney related, I’ve somehow never spent much time with Quasi.  You deserve better, Janet Weiss.  The famed drummer and her cohort, Sam Coomes (Heatmiser), have readied a 24 track double album titled Mole City.  It’s due out October 1 via Kill Rock Stars.  Enjoy.

:Quasi – You Can Stay But You Got To Go:  There’s a lot of great music coming out of the 90s indie rock revival that’s currently underway, but only a small portion of it is as effortless as this.  Good to see that Quasi still has it after all these years.

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