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Stream This

February 6, 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 ➡ Quarterbacks – Self Titled

Knifight – V
The Districts – A Flourish And A Spoil
Hello Blue Roses – WZO
Paperhaus – Self Titled
Blis – Starting Fires In My Parent’s House EP
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn
JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diet Cig

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 1

December 9, 2014

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Well friends, I’m just about done with posting the site’s year-end music lists.  Today I have the first part of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 (25-11, plus various Honorable Mentions), tomorrow I’ll have my Top 10 selections, and then on Thursday I’ll have Top 5s from each of SOTO’s contributors.  Whew!  Anyhow, on with the rambling.  Enjoy.

PS – This year’s list is very heavily influenced by how often I revisited an album.

25) Swans – To Be Kind

There’s nothing about Swans’ To Be Kind that’s easy (or it would be ranked way higher), but if you can fully immerse yourself in its sprawling sound, you’ll find that it’s a rather rewarding album.

:Swans – A Little God In My Hands:

24) Interpol – El Pintor

While it’s no Turn On The Bright Lights, I do think that El Pintor is the best thing to come from Interpol in a long while.  Who knew that parting with Carlos D would turn out to be good for the band?!

:Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:

23) Future Islands – Singles

Future Islands’ Singles is one of those albums that I burned out on and then ending up excitedly coming back to.  It’s a pretty great effort, especially if you need something to dramatically dance to.

:Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):

22) Sylvan Esso – Self Titled

Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut is an easily accessible effort that’s loaded with some of the year’s best electronic pop songs.  I often just put it on and let its warm sound fill the room.

:Sylvan Esso – Coffee:

21) Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Just when it looked like Thee Oh Sees were going to take a lengthy break, they released the lively Drop.  I approve of such indecisiveness.  Here’s hoping they continue on maybe going on hiatus.

:Thee Oh Sees – Penetrating Eye:

20) Ty Segall – Manipulator

Manipulator is the culmination of all the various sounds that Ty Segall has churned out over the last few years, and it’s great.  Way to bring everything full circle, Mr. Segall.

:Ty Segall – Susie Thumb:

19) Phantogram – Voices

I can’t say that Voices dominated my time the way that Eyelid Movies did (way back in 2010), but it’s definitely a high quality effort.  Phantogram craft great hooks.

:Phantogram – Fall In Love:

18) S – Cool Choices

Jenn Ghetto (formerly of Carissa’s Wierd) is S, and Cool Choices is her very sincere, introspective album.  She’s got the sort of voice that I can’t help but get hung up on.

:S – Vampires:

17) Mono – Rays Of Darkness/The Last Dawn

Technically, Rays Of Darkness and The Last Dawn are two separate releases, but I still consider them to be a two-disc effort.  As for the actual LPs themselves, I really dig how neither of them feel like the Mono that made the over-orchestrated For My Parents.

:Mono – Recoil, Ignite:

16) Jack White – Lazaretto

I can’t ever make any sense of the things that Jack White says and does these days, but I sure do like his music.  Lazaretto is a boisterous experience.

:Jack White – Lazaretto:

15) Abram Shook – Sun Marquee

Austin’s own Abram Shook put out the immensely pleasing Sun Marquee back in January, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.  It’s the kind of breezy, relaxed pop music that’s impossible to not get lost in.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:

14) Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Nikki Nack is exactly what we’ve all come to want and expect from the talented Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) – it’s creative and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

:Tune Yards – Real Thing:

13) Ex Hex – Rips

I miss Wild Flag, but their disbandment delivered Mary Timony’s equally catchy and rocking Ex Hex AND put Sleater-Kinney back together.  I’ll take that deal any day.

:Ex Hex – Hot And Cold:

12) The Dead Space – Faker

If you are even the slightest fan of post-punk, then you need The Dead Space’s Faker in your life.  There’s not a track on it that isn’t rad.

:The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:

11) Tacocat – NVM

I didn’t pay much attention to Tacocat’s NVM until kind of late in the year, but once I “discovered” it I was forever hooked.  It’s total surf-rock bliss.

:Tacocat – Crimson Wave:

Come back tomorrow for my Top 10 Albums of 2014!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

To be honest, I could have easily detailed 50 albums this year, but since the bottom 25 slots would have been occupied by the various releases that I liked but didn’t listen to a whole super lot, I figured it was best to hold back.  For fun though, here are the LPs that more than likely would have made an expanded list.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
Alvvays – Self Titled
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Coathangers – Suck My Shirt
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
Equals – Tracts
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath
FKA Twigs – LP1
Flesh Lights – Free Yourself
Literature – Chorus
Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Owls – Two
Pompeii – Loom
Ramesh – The King
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Thurston Moore – The Best Day
Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Warpaint – Self Titled
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Wye Oak – Shriek
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos

Also, for even more fun, here are my five favorite EPs of 2014.

Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP
Diarrhea Planet – Aliens In The Outfield EP
White Reaper – Self Titled EP
Otis The Destroyer – Dark Arts EP
Whiite Walls – Self Titled EP

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Stream This

October 24, 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

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 ➡ Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

Shivery Shakes – Three Waves And A Shake
Mono – The Last Dawn/Rays Of Darkness
Francisco The Man – Loose Ends
Black Milk – If There’s A Hell Below
Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave
Ought – Once More With Feeling
His Name Is Alive – Tecuciztecatl
The Flaming Lips – With A Little Help From My Fwends
Swearing At Motorists – While Laughing, The Joker Tells The Truth
Pianos Become The Teeth – Keep You
Scott Walker And Sun O))) – Soused
French For Rabbits – Spirits
Wild Smiles – Always Tomorrow
Medicine – Home Everywhere
Daniel Lanois – Flesh And Machine

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Interpol

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Stream This

September 26, 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

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ The Rural Alberta Advantage – Mended With Gold

Christoper Owens – A New Testament
The History Of Apple Pie – Feel Something
Curtin – One For The Doghearted
The Vaselines – V For Vaselines
Pujol – Reunited States of Being
Witch Mountain – Mobile of Angels
Julian Casablancas – Tyranny
Aphex Twin – Syro
Yelle – Completement Fou
Electric Youth – Innerworld
Lucinda Williams – Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
Kat Edmonson – The Big Picture
Finch – Back To Oblivion
Gerard Way – Hesitant Alien
Hightide Hotel – Naturally
Team Spirit – Killing Time

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Ariel Pink

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Stream This

September 19, 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

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
Spray Paint – Clean Blood, Regular Acid
S – Cool Choices
Whirr – Sway
Terry Malts – Insides EP
Dntel – Human Voice
Foxes In Fiction – Ontario Gothic
Tweedy – Sukierae
Mr. Twin Sister – Self Titled
King Tuff – Black Moon Spell
Sondre Lerche – Please
Alt-J – This Is All Yours
Black Moth – Condemned To Hope
Erasure – The Violent Flame
Suicide Year – Remembrance
Youth Code – A Place To Stand
The Aislers Set – The Last Match
Goat – Commune
Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
Mapei – Hey Hey
Weird Wombs – Laziness EP
Pink Frost – Traitors EP
Teach Me Equals – Knives In The Hope Chest
Redinho – Self Titled
Roz And The Rice Cakes – Need To Feed

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Raveonettes

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Quickdraw: Run The Jewels, King Tuff, White Sands, S, The Twilight Sad

August 25, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Run The Jewels – Blockbuster Night Part 1:  For those of you in dire need of a pick-me-up today, this Run The Jewels track and its aggressively inspiring approach should more than do the trick.  Look for RTJ2 on October 28 via Mass Appeal Records.  See them at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

:King Tuff – Black Moon Spell:  Here’s a super riffy new one from King Tuff.  I wonder if the rest of the upcoming album will be like this or if it’ll have some of the sunny psychedelic stuff that the act normally delivers?  Guess we’ll see when Black Moon Spell is released on September 23 via Sub Pop.

:White Sands – The Wait:  Conan Roberts (Mazes), Sophy Hollington (Novella) and John Arthur Webb (Male Bonding) make up White Sands.  I think this driving rock number of theirs is damn catchy.  The band’s 7″ is expected out in October via Art Is Hard.

:S – Brunch:  The impending full length from S (Jenn Ghetto from the now defunct Carissa’s Wierd) is one that I’m really starting to look forward to.  I blame the genuineness of both her songwriting and her vocals.  Hardly Art will release Cool Choices on September 23.

:The Twilight Sad – There’s A Girl In The Corner:  Are you feeling too happy?  This grade-A brooder from The Twilight Sad should help!  The band will release Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave on October 27 via FatCat.  See them at the Mohawk on November 12.

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Quickdraw: Spoon, Midnight Masses, Bon Iver, S, Tyrannosaurus Dead

July 7, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Spoon – Do You:  I had someone tell me that they thought this was the catchiest song in Spoon’s repertoire.  Naturally, my initial reaction was to scoff at them, but since I’m starting to realize I may never get it out of my head, I think they might actually be right.  They Want My Soul is due out August 5 on Loma Vista.  See the band play at this year’s ACL.

:Midnight Masses – Am I A Nomad?:  Autry Fulbright (from Trail of Dead) is the main brain behind Midnight Masses, and this gem is the first single off of his debut full length.  I think it might end up being a good one.  Departures will be released on July 22.  Catch the act at Holy Mountain on August 7.

:Bon Iver – Heavenly Father:  For some reason I feel as though the last Bon Iver track we ever get will be this non-Bon Iver sounding effort that was done for a Zach Braff film.  At least it’s a cool song, I guess.  The Wish I Was Here soundtrack is due July 15 via Columbia.

:S – Vampires:  S, who was once a part of Carissa’s Wierd, is the latest addition to Hardly Art.  This track reminds me of acts like Azure Ray and Land Of Talk, which is something that I have no problem with at all.  Look for Cool Choices to be released on September 23.

:Tyrannosaurus Dead – Post Holiday Dead Song:  I’m not really at all familiar with Tyrannosaurus Dead, but this fuzzy indie pop number makes me want to be.  It’s a real charmer.  The band will release a split 7″ with Joanna Gruesome on July 21 via Odd Box Records.

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