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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 1

November 28, 2016

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Hey there!  It’s time to start running down my favorite songs and albums (look for this list next week) of the year.  Below you’ll find Part 1 of my Top 50 Songs of 2016 list.  It (and every part that’s coming after today) consists of tracks that I found myself frequently revisiting throughout the year.  Simple!  Enjoy.

PS – One thing is a little different this year – I will not be including any Austin acts in this singles list.  I’m going to be doing a two-part year-ender via 101X Homegrown (my radio show) that will detail my favorite Austin tracks.  Look for Part 1 to air on 12/11, and then Part 2 on 12/18.

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

50)  :Sia – Waving Goodbye (Produced by Diplo):  When I saw (and loved) The Neon Demon, I found myself really digging this anthemic number as it blasted over the credits.  Oddly enough, I didn’t even realize it was by Sia until I got home and looked it up.

49)  :Big Baby D.R.A.M. – Cute:  This is such a silly song by D.R.A.M., but it’s so damn catchy that I’ve been unable to escape it for most of 2016.  Just let it take you.

48)  :Polica – Lately:  If you ask me, this is the best song off of Polica’s latest album, United Crushers.  It’s hazy and sparse and the line “seems like we’re too comfortable in love” is a sharp one.

47)  :Father John Misty – Real Love Baby:  Whether you’ve ever fully boarded the Father John Misty hype train or not, it’s hard to deny just how charming this track is on all fronts.

46)  :Pity Sex – Bonhomie:  The boy/girl vocals in this Pity Sex track are so on point.  As is the 90s-lean it carries.  And well, everything else about it.

45)  :Screaming Females – Skeleton:  I sure do love me some Screaming Females.  This track was rightfully cut from 2015′s Rose Mountain, but I’m glad to have it now – it’s unhinged and great.

44)  :LVL UP – Hidden Driver:  You could criticize this LVL UP effort as being too Neutral Milk Hotel-esque, but that would be silly.  It’s just a great song.  Turn it up.

43)  :Forth Wanderers – Slop:  This one from Forth Wanderers has a meandering arrangement and lyrics loaded with obviously-youthful musings – “I love too much/Too hurt this bad” – but I dig it.

42)  :Frightened Rabbit – Death Dream:  I loved Frightened Rabbit, then I veered away, and now this song has brought me back to them.  That’s how stellar it is.

41)  :The Blow – Think About Me:  There’s an early-era Rilo Kiley vibe on display here that I’ve been caught up since I first heard this song.  Thanks for that, The Blow.

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Sia

June 27, 2016

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When I saw The Neon Demon last week (here is my review), one of the things about it that really impressed me was the soundtrack, with a particular standout being the song that blasted during the credits.  As it turns out, that gem is from Sia and Diplo, two acts I semi-appreciate but don’t necessarily care about.  Go figure.  I suppose this is a good example of why you should never judge an artist by their name, yeah?  Enjoy.

:Sia – Waving Goodbye (Produced by Diplo):

You can stream The Neon Demon soundtrack in its entirety here.  Sia will be at the Frank Erwin Center on November 6.

Bonus Video:

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Stream This

April 3, 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 ➡ Toro Y Moi – What For?

Fred Thomas – All Are Saved
The Mountain Goats – Beat The Champ
Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp
Jessie Baylin – Dark Place
Waters – What’s Real
Weed – Running Back
Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Too
American Wrestlers – Self Titled
Drenge – Undertow
Nudity – Astronomicon
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Doldrums – The Air Conditioned Nightmare
Long Knives – This Is Your Life EP
Elsa – Never Come Down EP
Tei Shi – Verde
Temple Invisible – Enter EP
Shana Falana – Set Your Lightning Fire Free
This Is The Kit – Bashed Out

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Blur

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Stream This

July 11, 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 ➡ Honeyblood – Self Titled

Genuine Leather – Losers
Landlady – Upright Behavior
Morrissey – World Peace Is None Of Your Business
Slow Club – Complete Surrender
Melted Toys – Self Titled
Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear
Anand Wilder – Break Line The Music
Luluc – Passerby
Little Daylight – Hello Memory
Wunder Wunder – Everything Infinite
Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
Woman’s Hour – Conversations

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Interpol

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