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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 5

December 2, 2016

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Here’s the end of my “songs I liked a whole lot this year” list.  Enjoy.

PS – Just a reminder that there are no Austin acts to be found in any part of this list.  I’m going to be doing a two-part year-ender via 101X Homegrown (my radio show) that will detail my favorite local tracks.  Look for Part 1 to air on 12/11, and then Part 2 on 12/18.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.
Part 3 is HERE.
Part 4 is HERE.

PPS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

10)  :P.O.S. – Wave (Featuring Moncelas Boston And Sophia Eris):  P.O.S. didn’t put out an album this year, but he did release a handful of singles.  This slick-sounding effort finished the year as my favorite of the bunch.

09)  :White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed:  White Lung’s Mish Barber-Way commands all with her vocal work in this heavy track that aims to pummel.  Turn it up.

08)  :Chance The Rapper – Angels (Featuring Saba):  Chance The Rapper and Saba are as pleasant as can be in this joyous track – it’s infectious stuff.

07)  :Whitney – Golden Days:  This song from Whitney was a big go-to for me every time I needed a breather in 2016.  It’s so damn accessible and laid back.

06)  :Coathangers – Squeeki Tiki:  Admittedly, a part of me couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put a squeaky toy-enhanced track in the top 10 of my year-end song list.  Also, it’s scuzzy and creative and perfect and deserving of everyone’s love.  Thanks for the jam, Coathangers!

05)  :Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?:  This one from Shura is easily my favorite straight up pop tune of 2016.  It may also be the winner of this year’s “song that John poorly sang-a-long to the most” award.

04)  :Cymbals Eat Guitars – Have a Heart:  If I were to rank out every Cymbals Eat Guitars song, I’d be tempted to put this one in the top spot.  What a track.

03)  :Frank Ocean – Solo:  This is one seriously hypnotic effort from Frank Ocean.  That fella is a hell of a crooner.

02)  :Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me:  Every time I hear this song I just want to high five Angel Olsen and go rollerskating.  I love the way she pulls no punches here.

01)  :Kanye West – Ultralight Beam:  Is this song absolutely ridiculous?  Yes.  I mean, it’s Kanye West, so of course it’s ridiculous.  It also happens to be amazing though, and I love it.  Definitely the song I blasted the most in 2016 … probably because it was the most ridiculous year ever and I needed the right song to accompany me through it.

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Quickdraw: Dinosaur Jr., Weaves, Shura, No Joy, The Album Leaf

May 31, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Dinosaur Jr.  – Tiny:  You really have to give it up to Dinosaur Jr., they’ve been at it for centuries and they still sound rad.  Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is due out August 5 via Jagjaguwar.

:Weaves – Coo Coo:  Here’s a rather playful, quirky new one from Weaves.  I’m fully expecting their debut LP to be stellar.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 17 via Kanine.

:Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?:  Oh boy am I in love with this track from Shura.  It’s a perfect little mix of pop and R&B, and I just want to hug it.  Nothing’s Real is due out July 8 via Interscope.

:No Joy – A Thorn in Garland’s Side:  The always wonderfully noisy No Joy are set to release multiple EPs this year, and I’m more than ready to take them all in.  This catchy number is the first single off of the first EP.  The Drool Sucker EP is due out July 15 via Topshelf.

:The Album Leaf – Back To The Start:  The Album Leaf have signed to Relapse and announced a new album (their first since 2010′s A Chorus Of Storytellers).  I think this track sounds immaculate.  Between Waves is due out August 26.

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Stream This

March 7, 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 WEEKTycho – Awake

Kimono Kult – Hiding In The Light EP
Bradford Cox – Teenage (Soundtrack)
Le1f – Hey EP
Black Lips – Underneath The Rainbow
Max Cooper – Human
Battleme – Future Runs Magnetic
Plateau – Still Paradise

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Men

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