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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 2

December 12, 2013

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Here’s another 10 of my favorite albums of 2013.  Jump back tomorrow for the top five on my list!  Enjoy.

15) Polica – Shulamith

If you’re pessimistic and happen to remember how high my expectations were for Polica’s Shulamith, then you might look at this “middle of the pack” placement and call the album a disappointment.  Believe me though, that would be silly.  Lots of great tracks to be had on this one.

:Polica – Chain My Name:

14) The Mantles – Long Enough To Leave

If I had things my way, everyone would start including the Mantles in the first wave of bands that roll out of their mouth whenever the Bay Area comes up in conversation.  Long Enough To Leave is loaded with very catchy retro pop tunes.

:The Mantles – Hello:

13) The Octopus Project – Fever Forms

The Octopus Project have long been a solid act, but I think Fever Forms is proof that they’re actually a great one.  I’m excited to see where they go from here.

:The Octopus Project – Whitby:

12) Diarrhea Planet – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

Only one album in 2013 actually made me want to throw up rock horns in a non-ironic way, and it was Diarrhea Planet’s I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.  Listen loud.

:Diarrhea Planet – Separations:

11) Haim – Days Are Gone

The girls in Haim have been making music for most of their lives, so of course Days Are Gone is packed with some of 2013′s better crafted pop songs.  On another note, this album is a sing-a-long lovers dream.

:Haim – The Wire:

10) A Giant Dog – Bone

Pop punk is fun stuff, but I usually wear the albums out and then promptly shuffle on to something else.  This didn’t happen with A Giant Dog’s Bone though, the songs are too good to just let go of.

:A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:

09) Kanye West – Yeezus

Kanye West’s Yeezus is such an intense album that I can’t listen to it on a regular basis.  With that being said, I think it’s a stellar piece of work from one of the biggest, most interesting pop stars on the planet.

:Kanye West – New Slaves:

08) Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

Thee Oh Sees release so much music that I always move on to whatever new thing they’re doing instead of allowing the “old” effort to settle.  Floating Coffin managed to hook me though, and I plan on jamming the gloriously kinetic album for years to come.

:Thee Oh Sees – Maze Francier:

07) FIDLAR – Self Titled

FIDLAR seem like an act that could fizzle out at any moment, so I’ve been loving them while I can.  Their self titled debut is as catchy and loud as I hoped it would be when the band first popped up on my radar last year.

:FIDLAR – Cheap Beer:

06) Sigur Ros – Kveikur

I didn’t think Sigur Ros had a bombastic post rock album in them at this point, but Kveikur is just that.  If their last few efforts were too far out in left field for you, then this one should win you back.

:Sigur Ros – Kveikur:

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Stream This

June 14, 2013

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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

The Mantles – Long Enough To Leave
Hospital Ships – Destruction In Yr Soul
High On Fire – Spitting Fire
Quasimoto – Yessir Whatever
Melt Yourself Down – Self Titled
Sigur Ros – Kveikur
Empire Of The Sun – Ice On The Dune
Action Bronson And Harry Fraud – Saaab Stories
Lemuria – The Distance Is So Big
Austra – Olympia
Vacation – Candy Waves
Beach Day – Trip Trap Attack
Heliotropes – A Constant Sea

VIDEOS

Polica will put out Shulamith out later this year on Mom + Pop Records.

Hebronix will release Unreal on July 9 via ATP Recordings.

Pure X recently put out Crawling Up The Stairs on Acephale.

Boyfrndz will release Natures on July 16.

Young Galaxy’s Ultramarine is out now.

Hooded Fang’s Gravez is available now.

Mum will release Smilewound on September 17 via Morr Music.

The Uncluded recently released Hokey Fright on Rhymesayers.

Blue Hawaii’s Untogether is out now on Airbus Records.

Water Liars’ Wyoming is out now.

Sombear will put out Love You In The Dark on July 23 via Trans-Records.

Quilt have a 10″ split with MMOSS titled New Hampshire Freaks that’s out now.

Dungeonesse’s self titled album is out now.

Kisses’ Kids In LA is out now.

Black Sabbath recently released 13.  They play the Frank Erwin Center on July 27.

Angel Haze recently put out the No Bueno single.

Maps And Atlases’ Beware And Be Grateful is available now.

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Stream This

June 7, 2013

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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

Deafheaven – Sunbather
Black Sabbath – 13
Surfer Blood – Pythons
Disclosure – Settle
Hyetal – Modern Worship
Close – Getting Closer
Sonny And The Sunsets – Antenna To The Afterworld
CSS – Planta
Rodan – 15 Quiet Years
Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live
Airhead – For Years

VIDEOS

Vampire Weekend recently released Modern Vampires Of The City.

Sigur Ros will put out Kveikur on June 18 via XL Recordings.

Gauntlet Hair will set free Stills on July 16 via Dead Oceans.

The Gorgeous Hands released their debut, Tender, last month.

Royal Forest will release Spillway on July 9 via

Cold War Kids’ Dear Miss Lonelyhearts is out now.  They play Stubb’s on August 22.

The XX’s Coexist is out now.

Rathborne will release Soft on July 15 via Dilettante Records.

The Purrs will put out The Boy With Astronaut Eyes on June 18 via Fin Records.

The Boy Least Likely To released The Great Perhaps earlier this year.

Small Multiples released a self titled album last month.

Major Major Major are expected to put out a new EP (with this song on it) sometime later this year.

Morningbell put out Boa Noite last month.

Matthew Squires And The Learning Disorders’ How to Combust Your Life is available now.

Typhoon will put out White Lighter on August 20 via Roll Call Records.

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Stream This

March 22, 2013

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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

The Strokes – Comedown Machine
In The Valley Below – Hymnal EP
Julian Lynch – Lines
Depeche Mode – Delta Machine
Wavves – Afraid Of Heights

VIDEOS

Sigur Ros will put out Kveikur on June 18 via XL Recordings.  Catch them at the Cedar Park Center on April 10.

The Thermals will release Desperate Ground on April 16 via Saddle Creek.

Rilo Kiley will release rkives on April 2 via Little Record Company.

Generationals will release Heza on April 2 via Polyvinyl.

S. Carey recently teamed up with Arco Sessions for this track.

Noah And The Whale will release Heart Of Nowhere on May 6.

The Holydrug Couple’s Nocturnal is out now Sacred Bones Records.

Golden Grrrls just released their self titled album via Slumberland Records.

My Jerusalem released Preachers last year.

Legs will release Pass The Ringo on April 23 via Loglady Records.

The Men’s New Moon is out now on Sacred Bones Records.

Feeding People’s Island Universe is available now.

British Sea Power will release Machineries Of Joy on April 2 via Rough Trade.

The Joy Formidable put out Wolf’s Law back in January.  They play Emo’s East on April 30.

Django Django put out their self titled album last year.

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