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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 4

November 29, 2012

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At least if the world ends in a few weeks, you’ll have some good music to go out to.  That’s sort of comforting, yeah?  Anyhow, below you’ll find the fourth part of my Top 50 Songs Of 2012.  In case you’re curious, I chose the songs from the 400+ tracks that I shared around here throughout the last 11 months.  Enjoy.

20)  :MIA – Bad Girls:  This single was supposed to be from a new album, but that has yet to materialize.  Oh well.  For now it simply serves as a nice reminder of how great MIA is when she’s having fun and not taking herself too seriously.

19)  :Action Bronson – A Simple Man:  I had a long list of Action Bronson songs to choose from for this spot, but I went with this one-off single because it’s what originally made me want to champion the guy.  It’s just stellar stuff.

18)  :Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing:  I don’t know how many times I listened to this in 2012.  I just couldn’t seem to get it out of the part of my soul that wants to dance in a dark corner somewhere.  From the Ghost EP.

17)  :The Eastern Sea – Wasn’t For Love:  With this song, The Eastern Sea went from just being an Austin favorite of mine to being something much bigger and better.  Glad I hopped on the bandwagon early.  From Plague.

16)  :Dan Friel – Valedictorian:  For those that don’t know, Dan is the former frontman of Parts & Labor.  This song sees him being as noisy and wild as can be, and I’m not sure I’ll ever tire of it.  From Total Folklore (due in 2013).

15)  :Chvrches – The Mother We Share:  I’ve yet to come across anything else from this band, and that’s OK because I’m far from being done with this Purity Ring meets Cults combo of a single.

14)  :Yeasayer – Longevity:  My love for Yeasayer has always been in regards to their live show, so I was a little surprised to find myself so attached to one of their studio tracks.  I greatly dig the off-balance mix here.  From Fragrant World.

13)  :Fiona Apple – Every Single Night:  You have to appreciate that Fiona keeps coming up with ways to stay interesting.  This pop effort pulls no punches.  From The Idler Wheel.

12)  :POS – Fuck Your Stuff:  This is exactly what I always expect POS to deliver – it’s aggressive, playful, and smart.  From We Don’t Even Live Here.

11)  :San Cisco – Awkward:  I love this indie pop tune, but I do have to admit that I’m not so sure a song about stalking should be this enjoyable.  From the Awkward EP.

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Stream This

November 2, 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

Writer – Brotherface
Indian Handcrafts – Civil Disobedience For Losers
Lindstrom – Smalhans
Parakeet – Shonen Hearts
Dofish – I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same
Menahan Street Band – The Crossing

VIDEOS

Dark Dark Dark released Who Needs Who last month via Supply And Demand Records.

Das Racist put out Relax last year, but this is a new video.

Laetitia Sadler is about to kick off a European tour.  Silencio is out now.

Tamaryn’s Tender New Signs is available now.  She plays Red 7 on November 17.

Clare And The Reasons have an album titled KR-51 that’s out now.

The Antlers sent over an email that simply said “James Case-Leal created this beautiful video for Drift Dive and we want to share it with you.”

Sky Ferreira’s Ghost EP is out now via Capitol Records.

Gangi put out Gesture Is last month.

DZ Deathrays’ debut, Bloodstreams, is available now.

The Calm Blue Sea recently released Arrivals And Departures.  Check out their Sound Samples entry.

Runner is out now via Thrill Jockey.  The Sea And Cake play the Mohawk on November 14.

Titus Andronicus just recently released Local Business.

This track is off of Feist’s Metals.

Ben Gibbard just put out Former Lives via Barsuk.  He’s out on tour now.

Melody’s Echo Chamber have a self titled album that was released back in September.

My Education will release A Drink For All My Friends on November 27.  They play the ND on November 30.

Melt is available now.  Young Magic is currently out on tour with Purity Ring, and they both play the Mohawk on January 22.

Fidlar will release their debut album on January 22nd via Mom+Pop.

Andrew Bird’s Hands of Glory is out now via Mom+Pop.

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Stream This

October 5, 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

Portraiture – Real As Ritual
Balmorhea – Stranger
Paws – Cokefloat
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Chrome Canyon – Elemental Themes
Matt And Kim – Lightning
Gangi – Gesture Is
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
Naytronix – Dirty Glow
Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
AC Newman – Shut Down The Streets

VIDEOS

Jens Lekman’s I Know What Love Isn’t is available now.  He’ll be playing the Mohawk on November 13.

Solange Knowles will release a 12″ of this single on November 6 via Terrible Records.

Psychic Twin’s Gonna Get Her 7″ is currently available.  She’ll also be playing the Lefse CMJ Showcase.

J.Viewz (aka Jonathan Dagan) has an album out now that’s titled Rivers And Homes.  This video is for the last track on the LP.

This Hood Internet track features AC Newman and Sims.  FEAT is out now via Decon Records.

The Orwells put out Remember When earlier this year on Autumn Tone Records.

Sky Ferreira will release Ghost on October 16 via Capital Records.

Earlier this year AU released Both Lights via Hometapes.

You can get Pink Frost’s Gargoyle Days now via Impose.

Efterklang just released Piramida via 4AD.

A Thing Called Divine Fits is out now.  The band will play Stubb’s on October 31.

Lawrence Arabia’s The Sparrow is available now through Bella Union.

Inc. will release their debut full length early next year on 4AD.

Menomena’s Moms is out now on Barsuk.

White Rabbits are currently out on tour with the Shins.  Milk Famous is available now.

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Quickdraw: Slam Donahue, Divine Fits, Generationals, Sky Ferreira, The Album Leaf

September 4, 2012

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Today’s music was found by the guy who invented Labor Day.  Enjoy.

:Slam Donahue – C’mon, C’mon:  I’ve been getting emails about this band a lot this year, but this is the first time that I’ve really liked one of their songs.  It’s a breezy and infectious piece of pop, and I imagine that you’re going to join me in digging it.  You can expect to see the Hemlock Tea EP on October 2 via Cantora Records.

:Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice:  For some reason I totally blanked on posting this last week.  Shame on me.  Anyhow, this super group of sorts (it features Britt Daniels of Spoon and Dan Boeckner of Wolf Parade) just released their debut.  It’s good.  You need it.  The full length is titled A Thing Called Divine Fits, and it’s out now on Merge.

:Generationals – Lucky Numbers:  I’ve been hoping all year for something new from these guys, and now my dream has come true!  This overly pleasant, synth-filled pop tune is the first taste off their upcoming EP.  The three-song effort is titled Lucky Numbers, and it’s expected out on October 2.

:Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing:  There’s a good chance that I was supposed to already be aware of this girl, but I didn’t know she existed until this weekend.  Is her other stuff any good?  Somebody let me know.  As for this song, it’s a slinky one.  Be careful.  Sky will release the Ghost EP on October 2 via EMI.

:The Album Leaf – Descent:  To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I sat down and listened to an Album Leaf record.  It may have been college?  Regardless, it’s good to see them still working.  This track, as is usually the case with their stuff, makes for great headphone material.  You’ll be able to pick up the Forward/Return EP on September 18.

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