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Solids

March 31, 2016

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I’m sitting here looking out my window at cloudy skies, and Solids’ new song, which is a slow burner that’s complete with just the right amount of distortion, is pretty much all I feel like listening to right now.  By the way, if you’re the opposite of me and feeling loud, you should listen to their previous single down below.  Enjoy.

:Solids – Wait It Out:

The Else EP is due out April 15 via Topshelf/Dine Alone.

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Quickdraw: Solids, The Coathangers, Bleached, Purple, Frightened Rabbit

February 22, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Solids – Blank Stare:  “YES!”  That’s what I exclaimed when this new tune from Solids slid into my inbox.  The sound here is thick, but the song itself is still hooky.  I love it.  The Else EP is due out April 15 via Topshelf/Dine Alone.

:The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend:  Here’s the title track off of The Coathangers’ upcoming LP.  It’s not quite as snarly as the band usually is, but there’s still enough attitude on display to get your week started right.  Nosebleed Weekend is due out April 15 via Suicide Squeeze.  See them on June 5 at the Mohawk.

:Bleached – Wednesday Night Melody:  While I’m slightly weirded out by the way this song starts off like a mix of Beverly Hills and I Love Rock N’ Roll, I like that Bleached are trying to expand their sound.  Welcome The Worms is due out April 1 via Dead Oceans.

:Purple – Bliss:  I really love this pop rock gem from the Texas-based Purple.  Good luck getting it out of your head.  Bodacious is due out April 1.

:Frightened Rabbit – Death Dream:  What a wonderfully moody track this is.  I think it has me ready to get back to fully paying attention to Frightened RabbitPainting Of A Panic Attack is due out April 8 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 2

December 10, 2014

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Here are the final 10 selections for my Top 25 Albums of 2014 list!  Be sure to check out PART ONE if you haven’t already.  Enjoy.

10) The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

The War On Drugs’ Lost In The Dream is as dad-rock as it gets, but it’s also the most compelling album of 2014.  Grab some whiskey and give it all your attention.

:The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:

09) Tycho – Awake

Tycho’s Awake is a must-have for fans of instrumental music.  I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent with its post-rock-leaning sound swirling around in my headphones.

:Tycho – Awake:

08) Spoon – They Want My Soul

They Want My Soul is the latest high quality release from Spoon.  I advise that you take a moment to fully appreciate the fact that they’ve been consistently good for roughly TWENTY years.  Wow.

:Spoon – Inside Out:

07) Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

I’ve listened to a lot of people ramble on about how “their last album was better” but Here And Nowhere Else is the first time I’ve truly loved something from Cloud Nothings.  There’s not one bad song on the thoroughly 90s-enthused effort.

:Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me:

06) Solids – Blame Confusion

From start to finish, Solids’ Blame Confusion is just one lo-fi indie rock gem after another.  It seems unlikely that I’ll ever tire of the album.

:Solids – Traces:

05) Lace Curtains – A Signed Piece Of Paper

With A Signed Piece Of Paper, Michael Coomer (aka Lace Curtains) has further cemented himself as one of my favorite singer/songwriters.  We just get each other.  Or something.  Anyways, have you heard his debut, The Garden Of Joy And The Well Of Loneliness?  It was my #1 album back in 2012.

:Lace Curtains – The Fly:

04) St. Vincent – Self Titled

I’m just about out of ways to praise Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent).  This is the fourth time she’s landed in the Top 5 of my year-end album list.  Is she even capable of putting out something that’s not utterly fantastic?

:St. Vincent – Digital Witness:

03) Tony Molina – Dissed And Dismissed

12 songs, 11 minutes.  Tony Molina’s Dissed And Dismissed may not seem like it has a lot to offer, but it’s actually home to some of the best pop hooks I’ve come across in a long time.  Talk about infectious.

:Tony Molina – Nowhere To Go:

02) Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

There was a sizable stretch this year where I found myself listening to Parquet Courts’ Sunbathing Animal at least twice a day.  I really think the album features some of the best songs that the band has ever written.

:Parquet Courts – Instant Disassembly:

01) Run The Jewels – RTJ2

OH MY.  Here in the #1 slot of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 is none other than Run The Jewels’ RTJ2!  The explosive duo of Killer Mike and EL-P really hit a home run with their sophomore effort, and we should all celebrate accordingly.

:Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry:

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Stream This

April 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

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Pink Mountaintops – Get Back
Eels – The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett
Floor – Oblation
Teen – The Way And Color
Kelis – Food
Various – Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina
Death – Death III
Fear Of Men – Loom
Various – The Space Project
Nas – Illmatic XX
Future – Honest
Dances – Whiter Sands EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Courtney Barnett

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Stream This

February 14, 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 ➡ Phantogram – Voices

The Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Pillar Point – Self Titled
Lost In The Trees – Past Life
Solids – Blame Confusion
New Bums – Voices In A Rented Room
Shocking Pinks – Guilt Mirrors
Evan Only – Not Matter What EP
Dawn Landes – Bluebird
Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
The Sour Notes

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Quickdraw: Happy Diving, Solids, Hospitality, Jack Name, Metronomy

November 18, 2013

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Today’s music is brought to you by you.  Enjoy.

:Happy Diving – Sincere:  The nice folks over at Father/Daughter Records recently added Happy Diving to their roster and they will release their self titled debut on January 14.  The band’s first single sounds like it was pulled directly out of the 90s, so of course I love it.

:Solids – Traces:  This song is a glorious blast of distortion and energy, and I’m really digging it.  Consider me excited to check out Solids’ Blame Confusion, which is due out on February 18 via Fat Possum Records.

:Hospitality – I Miss Your Bones:  Here’s a new one from Hospitality that I apparently didn’t catch a couple of weeks back.  It’s a bit quirky, but that’s definitely not a bad thing.  Trouble is set to be released on January 28 via Merge Records.

:Jack Name – Pure Terror:  There isn’t anything about this track that isn’t dense, so I definitely recommend spending some quality headphone time with it.  Jack Name will release Light Show on January 21 via God? Records.

:Metronomy – I’m Aquarius:  I’ve been jamming this one for a few days now.  It’s so damn catchy.  Good luck not getting it lodged in your head forever.  Metronomy will release Love Letters on the very far way date of March 11 through Because Music/Electra Records.

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