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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 3

December 3, 2014

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We’ve now arrived at the middle section of my Top 50 Songs of 2014.  Check out Part ONE & TWO if you haven’t already.  Otherwise, get on with cruising today’s list!  Enjoy.

30)  :The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:  Pretty much all of my dark-corner-brooding in 2014 was done while listening to this stellar piece of post-punk from Austin’s own The Dead Space.  From Faker.

29)  :We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed:  This swirling song reinvigorated my love for We Were Promised Jetpacks.  I’m honestly not sure they’ve ever sounded as good as they do here.  From Unraveling.

28)  :Angel Olsen – Forgiven-Forgotten:  While I like Angel Olsen’s slower and more intimate material, I found myself coming back to this little rocker of hers the most.  From Burn Your Fire For No Witness.

27)  :Shannon And The Clams – Mama:  This Shannon And The Clams song is splendid and permanently on my go-to list for whenever I’m in the mood for soul/doo-wop-enthused music.  From the band’s split with Guantanamo Baywatch.

26)  :Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne:  My “song of the summer” this year was definitely this Saint Pepsi track.  It’s immensely catchy.  And danceable.  And super fun.  From the Fiona Coyne single.

25)  :Tennis – I’m Callin’:  I love this song for two reasons.  1) It’s wonderfully easy on the ears.  2) It fully completes Tennis‘ transition from lo-fi indie band to full on pop act.  Not sure they could have done it any smoother.  From Ritual In Repeat.

24)  :Screaming Females – Wishing Well:  Screaming Females usually go right after your face, but for this track they decided to dial things back a bit.  It worked.  In fact, I think this is probably their best song.  From the Wishing Well single.

23)  :Phantogram – Fall In Love:  Phantogram blew up in 2014, and it was partly because of this single.  To be honest, I think it ranks a little lower than some of their older songs, but I still love it.  From Voices.

22)  :The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:  The War On Drugs really got me with this track.  I had only ever just appreciated them and their Springsteen-ish ways, but this is so damn good that they’re now a favorite of mine.  From Lost In The Dream.

21)  :Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):  This fantastic synth-pop song totally helped Future Islands wrangle in just under a bazillion new fans.  Good for them.  They deserve it.  From Singles.

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Quickdraw: Blonde Redhead, Saint Pepsi, Ex Hex, Ty Segall, I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness

August 14, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Blonde Redhead – The One I Love:  Here’s the third single off of Blonde Redhead’s upcoming album.  It’s a minimalistic gem.  Look for Barragan to be released on September 2 via Kobalt.  See them at the Mohawk on November 17.

:Saint Pepsi – Fall Harder:  Saint Pepsi has transitioned from being a producer (remixer? masher upper?) to turning out really catchy pop tunes, and I’m digging it.  I hope he (Ryan DeRobertis) has more of the same on the way.  The Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder single is out now via Carpark.

:Ex Hex – Beast:  I feel like it’s taking an eternity for the Ex Hex album to come out.  I need it!  Mary Timony is the best and I just want to ride around in my car and blast a bunch of hooky pop rock tunes like this one.  Rips is due out October 7 via Merge.

:Ty Segall – Susie Thumb:  Even if you’re not a big fan of Ty Segall, you at least have to appreciate the way he non-stop churns out albums.  I guess downtime isn’t really his thing.  Anyhow, this track is rad and riffy.  Manipulator will be released on August 26 via Drag City.  See Ty at the Mohawk on September 5.

:I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Faust:  I thought I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness had called it quits, but here they are – eight years since their one and only album – with a new effort.  They still sound like a moody bunch.  Dust is due out October 28 via Secretly Canadian.

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Stream This

July 18, 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 ➡ White Fence – For The Recently Found Innocent

Alvvays – Self Titled
PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay
Weird Al – Mandatory Fun
My Brightest Diamond – None More Than You EP
La Roux – Trouble In Paradise
The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads
Liam Betson – The Cover Of Hunter
Dikembe – Mediumship
Sugar Stems – Only Come Out At Night
Freeman – Self Titled
Got A Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Joyce Manor – Never Hungover Again
Field Mouse – Hold Still Life

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Saint Pepsi

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Quickdraw: Saint Pepsi, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Love Inks, Generationals, Speedy Ortiz

July 14, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne:  For those of you who’ve been scrambling to find THE song of the summer, I think this catchy as hell Saint Pepsi jam is it.  Turn it up and share it with everyone (even those who don’t want to hear it).  The Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder 7″ is due out August 12 via Carpark.

:Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped:  I feel like I’ve been waiting an eternity to share this song with you (#AdvancedAlbumProblems).  It’s pop perfection and will instantly make you have strong feelings for Letting Up Despite Great Faults.  The rather good Neon is due out August 12.  Come see the band at their SOTO sponsored album release show at Holy Mountain on August 16.

:Love Inks – Shoot 100 Panes Of Glass:  Here’s the first track off of Love Inks’ follow-up to last year’s rather solid Generation Club.  I think it’s a can’t-miss listen for those of you who dig minimalist pop.  The Austin-based band will release EXI on September 9 via Republic Of Music.

:Generationals – Gold Silver Diamond:  The fellas in Generationals aren’t capable of doing anything but crafting really enjoyable pop songs, so it’s totally not surprising that this first single off their new album is as light and breezy as can be.  The band will put out Alix on September 16 via Polyvinyl.

:Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party:  “I’m sorry for the time I made out with all your friends/I’m really a shithead.”  This line has made me chuckle an absurd amount of times, which probably means I have a maturity problem.  Thanks for that, Speedy Ortiz.   The Adult Swim Singles Series is where this track can permanently be found.

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