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Top 50 Songs Of 2017

December 5, 2017


Well look at that, here are my Top 50 Songs of 2017.  Enjoy.

50) Jamiroquai – Automaton

Jamiroquai still got it, man.

49) Matthew Logan Vasquez

I jammed this Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit fame) track on my radio show, 101X Homegrown, a lot this year. It’s fierce.

48) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter Of Time

I miss Sharon Jones.

47) Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough

Pure retro goodness here by Sheer Mag.

46) Weaves – Walkaway

Weaves churned out a really nice low key anthem here.

45) Filthy Friends – Any Kind Of Crowd

Corin Tucker sounds adorable in this Filthy Friends song.

44) Julien Baker – Appointments

Sad! Classic Julien Baker.

43) Wiretree – Let Me In

I love this sweet little number by Austin’s own Wiretree.

42) Hazel English – Fix

What a wonderfully hazy pop tune by Hazel English.

41) Mogwai – Eternal Panther

Somehow the best song that Mogwai put out this year isn’t on the album they released.

40) Alyeska – Stones

This 90s indie rock throwback from Alyeska is fantastic.

39) Land Of Talk – Loving

It’s so good to have Elizabeth Powell back in action as Land Of Talk.

38) The Kills – Desperado (Rhianna Cover)

The Kills really make this Rhianna track their own.

37) Why? – Proactive Evolution

I’ll never tire of Why?. This is one of my favorite songs by them.

36) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred

This song by The Octopus Project always makes me want to get up and move.

35) Fujiya & Miyagi – Solitaire

Another year, another infectious jam by Fujiya & Miyagi.

34) Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

Can’t stop Carly.

33) The Courtneys – Silver Velvet

This is the catchiest song on The Courtneys’ album of really catchy songs.

32) Growl – New Sincerity.

Here’s some jangly pop perfection by Austin’s Growl.

31) Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See

I revisited this slightly weird Kane Strang track a lot in 2017.

30) Beth Ditto – Oo La La

Beth Ditto really goes for it here.

29) Sports – Making It Right

This is a charming pop tune from Sports.

28) Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Wolf Parade with a legit ear-pleaser.

27) Ought – These 3 Things

Ought went new wave here. Good move!

26) Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Indie rock perfection by Waxahatchee.

25) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up

The Rural Alberta Advantage made a big time jump back onto my radar with this song.

24) Screaming Females – Black Moon

I can’t wait for the new Screaming Females album. This first single is so damn good.

23) Protomartyr – Don’t Go to Anacita

Intense but great. Protomartyr are the best.

22) Sweet Spirit – The Power

What a big track by Austin’s Sweet Spirit.

21) Perfume Genius – Slip Sway

This is one of Perfume Genius’ best songs.

20) Spook School – Less Than Perfect

Spook School are as catchy as can be here.

19) Rhye – Taste

This Rhye track has an immaculate sound.

18) Jay Som – Baybee

Hazy, dancey, perfect stuff here by Jay Som.

17) Walker Lukens – Don’t Want To Be Lonely (Don’t Want To Leave You Alone)

Here’s a total ear-worm from Austin’s Walker Lukens.

16) The Blow – Get Up

This song from The Blow is a rambly as can be, but I love it.

15) LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

The best song on LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album.

14) Diet Cig – Barf Day

The line “I know that you’re sorry, I just don’t care” will forever make me smirk. Thanks for that, Diet Cig.

13) Molly Burch – Wrong For You

It’s just about impossible to not love this retro-leaning effort from Austin’s own Molly Burch.

12) Lo Tom – Overboard

David Bazan is so good in this Lo Tom tune. I love his voice.

11) Football, etc. – Save

This track from Austin’s Football, etc. has an early 2000s indie rock vibe that I really dig.

10) The War On Drugs – Holding On

Headphones + this track from The War On Drugs = my happy place.

09) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers are on a real roll right now. This song is a blast.

08) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It

I love how loose Spoon sound here.

07) White Reaper – Judy French

So infectious. White Reaper continue to be big favorites of mine.

06) Alex Lahey – Every Day’s The Weekend

My favorite song from 2017 to sing-a-long to. Alex Lahey sure knows how to write an anthem.

05) The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Heavy but accessible. Great track by The National.

04) SZA – Supermodel

I spent a couple of months obsessed with this SZA song. It’s so dramatic.

03) Kendrick Lamar – Humble

It was impossible to escape this Kendrick Lamar song in 2017. I didn’t mind.

02) St. Vincent – Los Ageless

St. Vincent is rather aggressive here, and it’s awesome.

01) Alvvays – In Undertow

This was practically my default song this year. It’s perfect. Thanks, Alvvays!

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Show Of The Week

November 1, 2017


If my Friday wasn’t full up, you’d definitely find me at Barracuda for EMA and The Blow.  Both put out quality albums this year – EMA with Exile In The Outer Ring and The Blow with Brand New Abyss – and I’d really love to be in the house when those tracks are performed.  Plus, I’ve never seen EMA (I can only imagine she’s awesome live) and I haven’t caught The Blow in probably six or seven years (I can only imagine they’ve gotten better). Go for me!

Tix are $15. Violinda Lola is set to open.

BONUS Show Recommendations:

- Third Eye Blind at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

- Ween at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater

- Continental Drift, Hard Proof, Superfonicos, Poon, Free Kittens and Bread at Cheer Up Charlies
- Lizzo at Emo’s
- Ween at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
- Lupe Fiasco at the Belmont
- Vintage Trouble, Desi Valentine at the Scoot Inn

- Damien Jurado, Thee Conductor (record release), Darkest Wonder at Stateside at the Paramount
- The Halfways, Pearl Earl, Food Group, Go Fever at Cheer Up Charlies
- Saint Motel, Gibbz at the Mohawk

- Everclear at Emo’s

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The Blow

July 13, 2017


“I’m inside your head right now, good luck getting me out.”  That’s a line in today’s track from The Blow, and it’s so true.  The song, which is called Get Up, is a weird, rambly affair, but it’s oddly infectious and I can’t get enough of it.  I have no idea what to expect from their upcoming album, Brand New Abyss (due September 22), but I’m looking forward to it.  Enjoy.

PS  – If you’re in Austin, you can see The Blow with EMA at Barracuda on November 3.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 1

November 28, 2016


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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The Blow

October 18, 2016


It’s been a long time since I’ve shared anything from The Blow here at SOTO, but their new track caught my attention and I think you should hear it.  Personally, I think the song sounds like early Rilo Kiley, but judging by the press release, that thought might be selling it short.  Here’s the excerpt about it.  Read and then listen.  Enjoy.

“The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich have spent the past handful of years deep in the studio, working out their own new way of producing electro acoustic pop. “Think About Me” is the fruit of these labors. The song consists of five tracks, using modular and analog synthesizers plus vocals to create layers of frequency. Through the recording process, the duo have developed their own instruments and processing systems for creating sounds, ending up with a mothership of gear patched together in a a web of cables. No longer employing a laptop in live shows, their songs are now performed as live production.”

:The Blow – Think About Me:

Bonus Video:

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Stream This

October 11, 2013


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.


Mirror Travel – Mexico
Pelican – Forever Becoming
Black Milk – No Poison No Paradise
The Men – Campfire Songs
Kwes – Ilp
Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
Dismemberment Plan – Uncanney Valley
Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
Cults – Static
Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others
Boldy James – My 1st Chemistry Set
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Happy Jawbone Family Band – Self Titled
Lucius – Wildewoman
Tim Hecker – Virgins
Carnivores – Second Impulse
Luke Temple – Good Mood Fool
Dean Wareham – Emancipated Hearts
Morcheeba – Head Up High
School Of Night – Self Titled EP
Wymond Miles – Cut Yourself Free
Grails – Black Tar Prophecies, Vol’s 4, 5, & 6
His Clancyness – Vicious
Swiiim – Cellophane Castle


Love Inks’ Generation Club is out now on Monofonus.

Parquet Courts’ Tally All The Things That You Broke EP was released this week via What’s Your Rupture?.

Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings will release Give The People What They Want on January 14 via Daptone.

Black Milk will release No Poison No Paradise on October 15.

Camera Obscura’s Desire Lines is out now on 4AD.

Grooms recently put out Infinity Caller on Western Vinyl.

The Callas will release Am I Vertical? on November 19 via Inner Ear.

The Blow recently released a self titled album on Kanine.  They play Red 7 on November 2.

Rubblebucket’s Save Charlie EP is out now on Communion.

Joanna Gruesome’s Weird Sister is out now on Slumberland.

Infinity Shred’s Sanctuary is available now.

Polica will release Shulamith on October 22 via Mom + Pop.

Of Montreal’s Lousy With Sylvianbriar is out now on Polyvinyl.

T. Hardy Morris’ Audition Tapes is out now on Dangerbird Records.

Nightland’s Oak Island is out now on Secretly Canadian.  They play the Mohawk on December 3.

Pure Bathing Culture’s Moon Tides is available now via Partisan.

Deap Vally just released Sistrionix this week via Cherrytree/Communion/Interscope/Island.

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Stream This

September 27, 2013


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.


Yuck – Glow & Behold
Haim – Days Are Gone
Deltron 3030 – Event II
Quasi – Mole City
The Blow – Self Titled
Tape Deck Mountain – Sway
Leverage Models – Self Titled
Unwound – Kid Is Gone
Passion Pit – Constant Conversations EP
Lorde – Pure Heroine
Those Darlins – Blur The Lines
Hunters – Self Titled
Static Jacks – In Blue
Boogarins – As Plantas Que Curam
Rubblebucket – Save Charlie EP
Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven
Golden Animals – Hear Eye Go
Blitzen Trapper – VII
Migrant Kids – Self Titled
Deer Tick – Negativity
Elf Power – Sunlight On The Moon
Zachary Cale – Blue Rider
Dr Dog – B-Room
Rathborne – Soft


Savages’ Silence Yourself is currently available via Matador.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin recently put out Fly By Wire on Polyvinyl.

Keep Shelly In Athens recently released At Home via Cascine.

Young Galaxy recently released Ultramarine through Paper Bag Records.

Foals released Holy Fire earlier this year.

Charlie XCX will put out a new album next year.

Psychic Friend’s My Rocks Are Dreams is currently available.

US Girls’ Free Advice Column EP is out now on Bad Actors, Inc.

Deptford Goth’s Life After Defo is currently available on PIAS America.

Jon Hopkin’s Immunity is out now.

Small Black’s Limits Of Desire is out now on Jagjaguwar.

Morcheeba will release Head High Up on October 14 via PIAS.

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Quickdraw: Future Of The Left, The Blow, Son Lux, Shearwater, Ducktails

September 10, 2013


Today’s music doesn’t know what to do with you.  Enjoy.

:Future Of The Left – Bread, Cheese, Bow And Arrow:  Mclusky may be long gone, but at least we still have Andy Falkous plodding along as Future Of The Left.  The world needs his snarl.  How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident is due out October 21 via Prescriptions Music.

:The Blow – From The Future:  I keep listening to this wonderfully refreshing and superbly well crafted pop gem and wondering why it wasn’t the first single.  It’s just about perfect.  The Blow’s self titled album will be released on October 1 via Kanine.  See them at Red 7 on November 2.

:Son Lux – Lost It To Trying:  There’s a lot going on in this song, but it works.  Son Lux’s upcoming album is going to be really good if it’s full of tracks as dynamic as this one.  We’ll all be able to grab Lanterns on October 29 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

:Shearwater – I Luv The Valley OH!! (Xiu Xiu Cover):  It would appear that Shearwater have assembled an album of covers to pay tribute to the acts they’ve played with over the years.  I can get behind that.  The LP is titled Fellow Travelers, and it’s due out November 26 via Sub Pop.  Personally, I can’t wait to hear their version of St. Vincent’s Cheerleader.

:Ducktails – Honey Tiger Eyes:  Because staying busy is fun, Ducktails are putting out an EP directly on the heels of The Flower Lane, which came out earlier this year.  This first single is an ear-pleaser.  The Wish Hotel EP is expected out on October 22 via Domino.

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Quickdraw: Desaparecidos, The Samps, The Blow, Frankie Rose, Diarrhea Planet

August 5, 2013


Today’s music does not believe that Saturday night’s alright for fighting.  Enjoy.

:Desaparecidos – Te Amo Camila Vallejo:  Of all the acts that have reunited in the last year or so, it seems like Conor Oberst’s Desparecidos has been met with the least amount of excitement.  Bummer.  I think they’re a great punk band.  This track is one side of their latest 7″, which is available now.  See them play the Mohawk on October 30.

:The Samps – Overnight Lo:  This is a really slick effort, and it makes me wish The Samps would release music on a more consistent basis.  For now, though, I’ll just have to settle for a compilation of sorts (it has 2010′s EP and a few unreleased tracks) called Macrochips And Microdips that’s due out August 28 via Big Love.

:The Blow – Make It Up:  Once I was able to move on from how I’m old and it’s been seven years since The Blow released Paper Television, I found this track to be a real charmer.  The dance act will release a self titled album on October 1 via Kanine.  Catch them at Red 7 on November 2.

:Frankie Rose – Sorrow:  I really liked Frankie Rose’s Interstellar, so I’m happy to see her back so quick with a new effort.  This pleasant pop song makes me think her new album is going to be super lush.  Herein Wild is due September 24 via Fat Possum.

:Diarrhea Planet – Babyhead:  As of right now, I don’t think there’s an album that I’m anticipating more than the one from Diarrhea Planet.  I’m just convinced it’s going to be full of rad anthems.  This is the third single off of I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams, which is due August 20 via Infinity Cat Records.

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