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Quickdraw: Tame Impala, Eternal Summers, M.I.A., Part Time, Sharon Van Etten

May 11, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tame Impala – Eventually:  Tame Impala seem to be rolling like Modest Mouse recently did and just continuously leaking songs from their new album.  I dig it.  This fourth “single” may be my favorite yet.  Currents is due out July 17.  See the band at ACL in October.

:Eternal Summers – Come Alive:  Here’s a new bit of well crafted pop from Eternal Summers.  I just know their upcoming LP is going to be great, so you should really make sure to scribble down a note to seek it out.  Gold And Stone is due out June 2 via Kanine Records.

:M.I.A. – Platforms:  Over the weekend M.I.A. let this demo out of her grasp.  It’s a fairly reserved effort sound-wise, but she makes the song shine with some solid songwriting.  I assume a new album will be announced at some point this year.

:Part Time – Pussy Of My Dreams:  First of all, it’s fine if you spend a few minutes giggling at the fact that this song is called Pussy Of My Dreams.  I certainly did.  Secondly, Part Time sound more playful than ever here, and I like it.  Virgo’s Maze is due out June 16 via Burger Records.

:Sharon Van Etten -  Just Like Blood:  Just in case you need a shot of sophistication today, here’s a beautiful new song from the one and only Sharon Van Etten.  She makes me want to be a better adult.  The I Don’t Want To Let You Down EP is due out June 9 via Jagjaguwar.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 5

December 5, 2014

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The end.  If you missed any part of this countdown, I’ve neatly arranged all of the tracks on one page right HERE.  Enjoy.

10)  :Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) (Featuring Zack De La Rocha):  Killer Mike and El-P each turn in rad work here, but it’s actually Zack Del La Rocha that makes this Run The Jewels track something worth championing forever.  From RTJ 2.

09)  :FKA Twigs – Two Weeks:  Despite listening to this an enormous amount of times, it’s still a song that forcefully grabs and holds my attention.   FKA Twigs is one of music’s best new voices.  From LP1.

08)  :St. Vincent – Digital Witness:  Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is steadily pulling in a more mainstream audience, and I’m all about it.  The world is a better place with avant-pop gems like this one challenging the ears of the masses.  From her self titled album.

07)  :Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:  After Interpol released a couple of mediocre LPs and lost bassist Carlos D, I just knew I was done with them.  Or not.  This track is an inspired effort that has me once again confidently perched on their bandwagon.  From El Pintor.

06)  :Leon Bridges – Coming Home:  Leon Bridges has yet to “officially” put out anything, but he’s already one of my favorite soul artists.  That’s just how amazing this song is.  Keep an eye out for him in 2015.

05)  :Sharon Van Etten – Every Time The Sun Comes Up:  There’s something about Sharon Van Etten being blatantly snarky that I can’t help but find endlessly pleasing.  I’ll never get tired of this slow-burner.  From Are We There.

04)  :Ought – Habit:  Admittedly, this wordy, vocally uneven slice of art-rock is a a bit odd, but if you give it a real shot you’ll find that it’s one of the most engaging experiences of the year.  From More Than Any Other Day.

03)  :Speedy Ortiz – American Horror:  If you ask me, the best of the 90s revivalist bunch is most definitely Speedy Ortiz.  I mean, just listen to this song, it’s perfect.  From the Real Hair EP.

02)  :Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly:  I know Parquet Courts are adored for blistering faces, but I think this lackadaisically-paced track is the best thing they’ve ever done.  I love the rambly vocals and brainy lyrics.  From Sunbathing Animal.

01)  :Spoon – Inside Out:  Here it is, my #1 song of 2014.  Congrats to the mighty Spoon!  They have a ton of great music in their repertoire, but this immaculate track really is some next level stuff for them.  Good on the two-decade old band for still pushing themselves to evolve and get better.  From They Want My Soul.

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Stream This

October 31, 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 ➡ Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita

Happy Diving – Big World
Dirty Beaches – Stateless
Trans Upper Egypt – Self Titled
Les Sins – Michael
Deptford Goth – Songs
CHLLNGR – Form Of Release
Grouper – Ruins
Neil Young – Storytone
Bob Dylan – The Basement Tapes Complete: Bootleg Series – Volume 11

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Mono

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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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Stream This

May 23, 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 ➡ Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Haunted Hearts – Initiation
Robyn & Royksopp – Do It Again
Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
Lee Fields – Emma Jean
Owen Pallett – In Conflict
Neil Young – A Letter Home
Echo And The Bunnymen – Meteorites
Hercules And Love Affair – The Feast Of The Broken Heart
Watter – This World
Future Death – Special Victim
The Echo Friendly – Love Panic
Crowbar – Symmetry In Black
Yonatan – Iberian Passage EP
Napolian – Incursio
Black Anvil – Hail Death
1,2,3 – Big Weather
Chris Schlarb – Making The Saint
Malka Spigel – Gliding EP
RBTS WIN – Palm Sunday Deluxe Edition

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Jurassic 5

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Stream This

May 16, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Pujol – Kludge

Conor Oberst – Upside Down Mountain
Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
Jolie Holland – Wine Dark Sea
The Roots – And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
American Football – Self Titled (Deluxe Edition)
Yann Tierson – Infinity
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Mimicking Birds – Eons
White Sea – In Cold Blood
Haley Bonar – Last War
Emma Ruth Rundle – Some Heavy Ocean
Copeland – Because I’m Worth It
Kitty – Impatiens

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tycho

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Sharon Van Etten

May 1, 2014

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Just in case you forgot about Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming album, a new single has been put out to remind you about it.  Only, it’s more than just another reminder, I think it’s actually one of her overall best tracks.  It’s laced with attitude and snarky quips (“People say I’m a one-hit wonder/But what happens when I have two”), and I love the slow-burning arrangement that rests beneath it all.  Give it a listen (also, the first single is below in video form).  Enjoy.

:Sharon Van Etten – Every Time The Sun Comes Up:

Are We There is out May 27 via Jagjaguwar.

Bonus Video:

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Stream This

April 4, 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ EMA – The Future’s Void

Ghetto Ghouls – Self Titled
Tweens – Self Titled
HighasaKite – Silent Treatment
School Of Language – Old Fears
Off – Wasted Years
Protomartyr – Under Color Of Official Right
Ital Tek – Mega City Industry
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Avey Tare – Enter The Slasher House
Little Racer – Modern Accent EP
SoftSpot – Mass

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Pure X

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Quickdraw: Equals, The Fresh And Onlys, White Lung, Mac DeMarco, Sharon Van Etten

March 18, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Equals – Conveyor:  Austin’s Equals have apparently readied a debut full length, and this wonderfully crafted and uplifting instrumental gem is the first song off it to be released. I’m rather anxious to hear more.  Tracts is due out May 6.

:The Fresh And Onlys – Bells Of Paonia:  I listened to this simplistic, but stunning pop tune twice yesterday and both times it made me regret not making time to see The Fresh And Onlys at SXSW.  Please forgive me, Tim Cohen.  Mexican Summer will release House Of Spirits on June 10.

:White Lung – Drown With The Monster:  White Lung have gone and signed to Domino, and to celebrate the occasion they’ve coughed up this song.  It’s just fierce enough to make me worry that the band will come and burn down my house.  Look for the Drown With The Monster 7″ on April 29.

:Mac DeMarco – Brother:  I was already looking forward to the new Mac DeMarco album, but this song has catapulted the impending release right into my castle keep.  I adore its somewhat psychedelic, slow burning ways.  Salad Days is due out April 1 via Captured Tracks.

:Sharon Van Etten – Taking Chances:  There’s something about Sharon Van Etten that just melts me.  Naturally, this means I can’t listen all the time, but she’s always worth it when I’m in the right mood.  The new album is called Are We There and it’s due out May 27 via Jagjaguwar.

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Mikela’s Top 5 Albums Of 2012

December 10, 2012

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Picking 10 albums from an entire year’s worth of music is no easy feat. Picking 5? Nearly impossible. So in order to offer up my handful of favorites from the Mayan calendar’s final year, I thought long and hard about what impressed me in 2012. And while I could easily have put 25 albums on this list, here are 5 that consistently made their way into my catalog almost instantly. So sit back and listen, and maybe you’ll find some music to help you tune out your family this holiday season.

1. alt-J – An Awesome Wave

I joke about avoiding buzz bands because I’m afraid to be disappointed, and alt-J fell victim to my prejudice. But since discovering this album a few months ago, it’s been a permanent fixture in my repertoire. Sleek, sexy, and Radiohead-esque, this is an album best enjoyed through headphones.

:alt-J – Breezeblocks:

2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock 

It’s hard to argue an album that was more fun than Japandroids’ most recent release. This scream-every-lyric, can’t-help-but-dance-around collection of songs is an instant anti-depressant, turning every gray cloud into a gritty and loud ray of sunshine.

:Japandroids – The Night Of Wine And Roses:

3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist

First off, I’m not a hip hop girl. But with the sweet and soulful gay marriage anthem Same Love, this Seattle rap/producer duo reeled me in. It was their infectious hooks and slew of guest collaborators that kept me around for more.

:Macklemore And Ryan Lewis – Same Love (Featuring Mary Lambert):

4. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

I gotta hand it to my girl Sharon Van Etten. She does angst in a heartbreaking way. And while her freshman release was near-perfect, her sophomore release expanded her ability and broke my heart all at the same time.

:Sharon Van Etten – Give Out:

5. Father John Misty – Fear Fun

It has to be said that of all the shows I saw in 2012, Father John Misty was one of the most surprising. A former Fleet Foxes member, Josh Tillman struck me as the kind of guy who would put on a bit of a snoozy show. Yet when he took the stage dancing and prancing, I was sold. His first solo effort is solid, from folky tunes to the foot-stomping Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings.

:Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings:

Honorable Mentions:

Patrick Watson – Adventures in Your Own Backyard

A hauntingly beautiful effort from this Canadian singer-songwriter.

:Patrick Watson – Words In The Fire:

Tame Impala – Lonerism

An album that feels like it should have come out years ago. 1/2 Beatles, 1/4 Miike Snow, and 1/4 Dr. Dog, I loved it.

:Tame Impala – Elephant:

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Stream This

October 11, 2012

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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

Savoir Adore – Our Nature
Majeure – Solar Maximus
Win Win – Double Vision
Daphni – Jiaolong
Ben Gibbard – Former Lives
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!
Santah – You’re Still A Lover
Tamaryn – Tender New Signs
Boyfrndz – All Day Pass

VIDEOS

Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory is out now on Carpark.

Yeasayer put out Fragrant World earlier this year, and they are currently out on tour.

Sharon Van Etten is set to play Fun Fun Fun Fest.  This song is off of Tramp.

The Mountain Goats play Emo’s East on December 5.  Transcendental Youth is out now.

Matt And Kim just put out Lightning via Fader.  They play Stubb’s on October 20.

Trail Of Dead will release Lost Songs on October 23 via Richter Scale/Superball Music.

Rhye are expected to put out their debut full length early next year.

El Perro Del Mar will release Pale Fire on November 13 via The Control Group.

Taken By Trees just released Other Worlds on Secretly Canadian.  The play the Mohawk on November 13.

Gap Dream just released the Ali Baba 7″ on Suicide Squeeze.

Diamond Rugs put out their self titled debut earlier this year.  They’ll be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest.

Talk Normal will release Sunshine on October 23 via Joyful Noise Recordings.  They play the Parish on November 11.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros released Here a few months back.

Sleeper Agent are currently in the studio.  Celabrasion is out now on Mom + Pop Music.

Jack White plays ACL this weekend.  Blunderbuss is out now.

Levek’s Look A Little Closer is out now on Lefse.

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