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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 4

December 5, 2013

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We’re now down to the final 20 songs!  Ah!  Enjoy.

20)  :Minks – Margot:  I know some folks weren’t a fan of Minks cleaning up their sound, but I thought it was an alright move.  This song in particular is great and reminds me of early 2000s indie pop.  From Tides End.

19)  :Okkervil River – It Was My Season:  As I said when this made my Austin Essentials list, it’s that one song Okkervil River seem to have on every album that I can’t get enough of.  From The Silver Gymnasium.

18)  :Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now:  To be honest, I totally didn’t get all the love for Parquet Courts until this song came along.  I appreciate its adequate amount of snarl.  From the Tally All The Things That You Broke EP.

17)  :A Giant Dog – All I Wanted:  Austin’s finest pop punk band is A Giant Dog, and I think this is their best song.  It rocks and does well to show off Sabrina Ellis’ stellar voice.  From Bone.

16)  :Wavves – Demon To Lean On:  I didn’t at all think Wavves would ever turn into a 90s-esque alt-rock band, but here they are doing it and doing it well.  I approve.  From Afraid Of Heights.

15)  :White Denim – At Night In Dreams:  The heaviest song on White Denim’s 2013 effort is also my favorite from it.  I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to blow out my speakers via this track.  From Corsicana Lemonade.

14)  :Swearin’ – Watered Down:  I love any sort of indie rock that feels lifted out of the 90s, so I was hooked on this pretty much immediately.  Be warned, Swearin’ will make you want to dig up tons of old records.    From Surfing Strange.

13)  :Four Fists – MMMMMHMMMMM:  POS and Astronautalis as one act?  Yes.  Forever.  If we’re lucky, this rad track is just the beginning of something awesome.  From Four Fists’ self titled 7″ single.

12)  :Polica – Chain My Name:  Earlier this year I couldn’t wait to get a hold of Polica’s sophomore effort, and it was largely because of this track.  It’s super dancey and completely set on never leaving your head.  From Shulamith.

11)  :Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener:  This wordy number from Courtney Barnett was a favorite of mine before I was even done listening to it for the first time.  She’s a fantastic storyteller.  From the A Sea Of Split Peas EP.

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Stream This

November 1, 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

Tennis – Small Sound EP
Swearin’ – Surfing Strange
Midlake – Antiphon
Yvette – Process
Sebastian Teller – Confection
Pompeya – Tropical
Blessed Feathers – Order Of The Arrow
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Blue Record EP

VIDEOS

Tele Novella will soon release the Don’t Be A Stranger 7″.

Dum Dum Girls will release Too True on January 29 via Sub Pop.

Bill Callahan’s Dream River is out now on Drag City.

Best Coast recently released Fade Away.  They play Austin Music Hall on March 1.

Okkervil River’s The Silver Gymnasium is out now on ATO Records.

Bleached put out Ride Your Heart earlier this year on Dead Oceans.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Son Lux’s Lanterns is out now on Joyful Noise Recordings.

Audacity just put out Butter Knife via Suicide Squeeze.  They play Hotel Vegas on November 9.

MGMT have a self titled album that was recently released.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next week.

Savages’ Silence Yourself is out now on Matador.

Moonface’s Julia With Blue Jeans On is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Los Campesinos just released No Blues via Wichita Recordings.

Islands’ Ski Mask is out now.

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros released a self titled LP earlier this year.

Sumie will put out a self titled album on December 3 via Bella Union.

Gliss will put out a deluxe edition of Langsome Dans on November 19 via Modern Outsider.

Document will put out an EP in January.

Diane Coffee just put out My Friend Fish via Western Vinyl.

Happy Jawbone Family Band recently released a self titled album on Mexican Summer.

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Stream This

October 25, 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

Russian Circles – Memorial
Los Campesinos – No Blues
Yamantaka / Sonic Titan – Uzu
Moonface – Julia With Blue Jeans On
Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition)
Son Lux – Lanterns
Bardo Pond – Peace On Venus
Whores – Clean
Bottomless Pit – Shade Perennial
Audacity – Butter Knife
Botany – Lava Diviner (True Story)
Widowspeak – The Swamps EP
Minor Alps – Get There
Body Parts – Fire Dream
Gringo Star – Floating Out To See
Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Cut Copy – Free Your Mind

VIDEOS

Swearin’ will release Surfing Strange on November 4 via Wichita.  They play the Mohawk on December 10.

Beach Fossils’ Clash The Truth is out now.  They play Fun Fun Fun Fest next month.

Arctic Monkey’s AM is out now on Domino.

His Clancyness’ Vicious is out now on FatCat Records.

Besnard LakesUntil In Excess, Imperceptible UFO is out now on Jagjaguwar.  The band will play Red 7 on November 22.

The Creases will release the I Won’t Wait 7″ on November 11 via Rough Trade.

Spires’ Candy Flip single is out now.

Girls Names will release The Next Life EP on October 29 via Slumberland.

Jim James’ Regions Of Light And Sound Of God is out now on ATO.

I Break Horses will put out a new album early next year.

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Quickdraw: Swearin, Haim, Popstrangers, Crystal Antlers, Widowspeak

October 7, 2013

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Today’s music loves your shoes.  Enjoy.

:Swearin – Dust In The Gold Sack:  There will soon come a time where I’ll be able to put on the Speedy Ortiz and Swearin albums back to back, and it’s going to be glorious in the way that only 90s-enthused indie rock can be.  The band will release Surfing Strange on November 4 via Salinas.  Catch them at the Mohawk on December 10.

:Haim – Edge:  Here’s a technically new one from Haim that was produced by George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow).  It sounds like Haim doing a Twin Shadow track, which I think is pretty great.  You can get Days Are Gone now via Columbia, but if you want this track with it you’ll have to pick up the deluxe UK iTunes edition of the album.  The band’s next show in Austin is this weekend during round #2 of ACL.

:Popstrangers – Rats In The Palm Trees:  I haven’t listened to the album that Popstrangers put out earlier this year, but this new single makes me want to.  They make really pleasant guitar-driven pop music.  Expect to be able to grab the Rats In The Palm Trees 7″ on November 5 via Carpark.

:Crystal Antlers – Licorice Pizza:  This track is a quick burst of punk fun, and I dig it.  If only the title didn’t totally gross me out, though.  Crystal Antlers are all set to put out Nothing Is Real on October 15 via Innovative Leisure.  You’ll be able to see them on October 19 at the Mohawk.

:Widowspeak – Calico:  I had two chances to see Widowspeak this weekend, and I missed out on both of them.  This well crafted number makes me regret that.   The Swamps EP will be made available to the world on October 29 via Captured Tracks.  See them play this weekend at ACL.

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Swearin’

September 19, 2013

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There’s been a nice bit of buzz for Swearin’ swirling around recently, and I’m here to tell you that it’s all totally warranted.  Jump below for proof via the band’s new song.  They’re all set to release Surfing Strange on November 5 through Salinas Records.  On December 10 they’ll play the Mohawk with Waxahatchee (who I’m also digging this week).  Enjoy.

:Swearin’ – Watered Down:  Every now again a song like this comes along and quickly reminds me that there’s just nothing better than a stellar piece of indie rock.  I really can’t wait to hear more of Swearin’s new stuff.

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