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Throwback Thursday: Rilo Kiley

July 17, 2014

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A couple of days ago a bit of Jenny Lewis solo stuff made an appearance here at SOTO, and that pretty much guaranteed that the subject of  this week’s Throwback Thursday would be Rilo Kiley.  For some of you, I imagine that it might be difficult to pick a favorite LP (they’re all stellar except for Under The Blacklight, which is a real shit effort), but for me it’s easy to go with The Execution of All Things.  It’s the album that introduced me to the band and it features a large handful of their best tracks – My Slumbering Heart is the personification of early 2000s indie pop, With Arms Outstretched is one of my favorite anthems ever, A Better Son/Daughter, The Good That Won’t Come Out and The Execution of All Things are snarky gems, and So Long and Three Hopeful Thoughts both feature Blake Sennett at his best.  And yes, I’m aware that I just “highlighted” eight of the album’s 11 songs.  Just take it as me being serious about really loving The Execution of All Things.  Have fun revisiting it.

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Throwback Thursday: Saddle Creek

May 15, 2014

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My Throwback Thursday for this week is the Saddle Creek 50 compilation.  Put together to celebrate the label’s 50th release, the effort has two songs (an album cut and one exclusively for the compilation) from each band that was on the roster in 2003.

Saddle Creek 50 helped jump start my still-strong love for the label.  At the time I was only aware of Cursive and Bright Eyes, so it was fun to discover both of their side projects - The Good Life and Desaparecidos – along with other stellar acts like Rilo Kiley, The Faint, and Azure Ray.  And they were all signed to the same roster!  Definitely an exciting time for the “just figuring out indie music” version of me.

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Stream This

April 5, 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

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito
Bleached – Ride Your Heart
The Besnard Lakes – Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO
The Knife – Shaking The Habitual
Rilo Kiley – RKives
Milk Music – Cruise Your Illusion
Wolf Eyes – No Answer: Lower Floors
Maria Minerva – Bless EP
Team Spirit – Team Spirit EP
WALL – Shoestring EP
Pick A Piper – Pick A Piper
Pyramids – Brightest Darkest Day
Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Oblivion – Motion Picture Soundtrack

VIDEOS

Majical Cloudz will put out Impersonator on May 21 through Matador.

Junip will put out a new self titled album on April 23 via Mute.

Kopecky Family Band recently released Kids Raising Kids via ATO Records.

Efterklang’s Piramida is out now on 4AD.

Cat Power released Sun last year.  She’ll be touring the world this summer.

Grandchildren will release Golden Age on May 7 via the Ernest Jenning Recording Co.

Polly Scattergood will release Arrows on June 18 via Mute.

Standish/Carlyon will release Deleted Scenes on May 14 through Felte.

The Casket Girls’ Sleepwalking is out now on Graveface Records.

Charli XCX will release True Romance on April 16 via IAMSOUND.

Liars’ WIXIW is out now on Mute.

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Stream This

March 22, 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 Strokes – Comedown Machine
In The Valley Below – Hymnal EP
Julian Lynch – Lines
Depeche Mode – Delta Machine
Wavves – Afraid Of Heights

VIDEOS

Sigur Ros will put out Kveikur on June 18 via XL Recordings.  Catch them at the Cedar Park Center on April 10.

The Thermals will release Desperate Ground on April 16 via Saddle Creek.

Rilo Kiley will release rkives on April 2 via Little Record Company.

Generationals will release Heza on April 2 via Polyvinyl.

S. Carey recently teamed up with Arco Sessions for this track.

Noah And The Whale will release Heart Of Nowhere on May 6.

The Holydrug Couple’s Nocturnal is out now Sacred Bones Records.

Golden Grrrls just released their self titled album via Slumberland Records.

My Jerusalem released Preachers last year.

Legs will release Pass The Ringo on April 23 via Loglady Records.

The Men’s New Moon is out now on Sacred Bones Records.

Feeding People’s Island Universe is available now.

British Sea Power will release Machineries Of Joy on April 2 via Rough Trade.

The Joy Formidable put out Wolf’s Law back in January.  They play Emo’s East on April 30.

Django Django put out their self titled album last year.

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