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Throwback Thursday: The Hold Steady

May 29, 2014

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Separation Sunday and Boys And Girls In America are the only two albums that people ever talk about if you bring up The Hold Steady, and I think that’s just silly.  So for this week’s Throwback Thursday we’re going all the way back to the band’s 2004 debut, Almost Killed Me.

Honestly, it’s my favorite Hold Steady release.  Positive Jam is still one of my top “side one, track ones” ever, Barfruit Blues, The Swish, Knuckles and Most People Are DJs feature some of Craig Finn’s best rambling rock moments, and when it comes to slow jam anthems, it just doesn’t get better than Certain Songs and Killer Parties.

If I’m lucky, one day The Hold Steady will tour and just play Almost Killed Me and then I’ll be able to die happy.

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Stream This

May 2, 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 ➡ Lykke Li – I Never Learn

Curtis Harding – Soul Power
Atmosphere – Southsiders
Paws – Youth Culture Forever
Fujiya & Miyagi – Artificial Sweetners
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – Someday World
The Horrors – Luminous
Antwon – Heavy Hearted In Doldrums
Papercuts – Life Among The Savages
Liam Finn – The Nihilist
Makthaverskhan – II
Kishi Bashi – Lighght
Gary Clark Jr. – Blak And Blu Mixtape
Doss – Self Titled EP
Secret Colours – Positive Distractions
Mystic Braves – Desert Island

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Sylvan Esso

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Stream This

March 21, 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 ➡ Tony Molina – Diss And Dismissed

Owls – Two
The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams
Future Islands – Singles
Liars – Mess
Tokyo Police Club – Forcefield
The Range – Panasonic
Withered Hand – New Gods
Ages And Ages – Divisionary
Lavendar Country – Self Titled
Howler – World Of Joy
Mr. Little Jeans – Pocketknife
Gang Wizard – Important Picnic
Horseback – Piedmont Apocrypha
Hiro Kone – The Unmoved Mover EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Ex Hex

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Quickdraw: The Hold Steady, The Coathangers, Mac DeMarco, Sylvan Esso, Magna Carda

January 27, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:The Hold Steady – I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You:  After a few years of other projects and such, the Hold Steady are back together.  Guitarist Steve Selvidge (he toured with them in 2010) is now an official member of the band, and his presence seems to have given them a meatier sound.  I like it.  You’ll be able to get Teeth Dreams on March 25 via the band’s own Positive Jams imprint.

:The Coathangers – Follow Me:  Here in the next couple of weeks I’m going to scribble out a to-do list for SXSW, and near the top of it will definitely be to finally see The Coathangers play.  I bet it’s a show that just dominates you.  Suicide Squeeze Records will release Suck My Shirt on March 18.

:Mac DeMarco – Passing Out Pieces:  I really love this whimsical number from Mac DeMarco.  Makes me wonder why I’ve never really spent a lot of time listening to his albums.  Salad Days is all set to be released on April 1 via Captured Tracks.  DeMarco will play the Mohawk on April 13.

:Sylvan Esso – Coffee:  In case you missed my recommendation of Sylvan Esso last year, it’s a project from Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun).  I think they’re doing some really interesting stuff.  The Coffee/Dress 12″ is due out March 25 on Partisan Records.

:Magna Carda – Geaux:  These days every time I turn around someone is asking about Austin’s Magna Carda, and I think that’s a very good thing.  Not only are they worthy of the attention, but maybe it will make people (and I’m including myself here) pay more attention to the local hip hop scene.  You can get the group’s new mixtape, Van Geaux, for free over at Bandcamp.

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