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Stream This

March 27, 2015

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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

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums are released, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Action Bronson – Mr. Wonderful

Sufjan Stevens – Carrie And Lowell
Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsungi
Reptar – Lurid Glow
Lower Dens – Escape From Evil
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress
The Soft Moon – Deeper
Ryley Walker – Primrose Green
Portico – Living Fields
Lost Boy? – Canned
Runaway Brother – Mother
Bouquet – In A Dream EP
Simon Joyner – Grass, Branch And Bone

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Built To Spill

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Top 25 Albums Of 2014: Part 1

December 9, 2014

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Well friends, I’m just about done with posting the site’s year-end music lists.  Today I have the first part of my Top 25 Albums of 2014 (25-11, plus various Honorable Mentions), tomorrow I’ll have my Top 10 selections, and then on Thursday I’ll have Top 5s from each of SOTO’s contributors.  Whew!  Anyhow, on with the rambling.  Enjoy.

PS – This year’s list is very heavily influenced by how often I revisited an album.

25) Swans – To Be Kind

There’s nothing about Swans’ To Be Kind that’s easy (or it would be ranked way higher), but if you can fully immerse yourself in its sprawling sound, you’ll find that it’s a rather rewarding album.

:Swans – A Little God In My Hands:

24) Interpol – El Pintor

While it’s no Turn On The Bright Lights, I do think that El Pintor is the best thing to come from Interpol in a long while.  Who knew that parting with Carlos D would turn out to be good for the band?!

:Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:

23) Future Islands – Singles

Future Islands’ Singles is one of those albums that I burned out on and then ending up excitedly coming back to.  It’s a pretty great effort, especially if you need something to dramatically dance to.

:Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):

22) Sylvan Esso – Self Titled

Sylvan Esso’s self titled debut is an easily accessible effort that’s loaded with some of the year’s best electronic pop songs.  I often just put it on and let its warm sound fill the room.

:Sylvan Esso – Coffee:

21) Thee Oh Sees – Drop

Just when it looked like Thee Oh Sees were going to take a lengthy break, they released the lively Drop.  I approve of such indecisiveness.  Here’s hoping they continue on maybe going on hiatus.

:Thee Oh Sees – Penetrating Eye:

20) Ty Segall – Manipulator

Manipulator is the culmination of all the various sounds that Ty Segall has churned out over the last few years, and it’s great.  Way to bring everything full circle, Mr. Segall.

:Ty Segall – Susie Thumb:

19) Phantogram – Voices

I can’t say that Voices dominated my time the way that Eyelid Movies did (way back in 2010), but it’s definitely a high quality effort.  Phantogram craft great hooks.

:Phantogram – Fall In Love:

18) S – Cool Choices

Jenn Ghetto (formerly of Carissa’s Wierd) is S, and Cool Choices is her very sincere, introspective album.  She’s got the sort of voice that I can’t help but get hung up on.

:S – Vampires:

17) Mono – Rays Of Darkness/The Last Dawn

Technically, Rays Of Darkness and The Last Dawn are two separate releases, but I still consider them to be a two-disc effort.  As for the actual LPs themselves, I really dig how neither of them feel like the Mono that made the over-orchestrated For My Parents.

:Mono – Recoil, Ignite:

16) Jack White – Lazaretto

I can’t ever make any sense of the things that Jack White says and does these days, but I sure do like his music.  Lazaretto is a boisterous experience.

:Jack White – Lazaretto:

15) Abram Shook – Sun Marquee

Austin’s own Abram Shook put out the immensely pleasing Sun Marquee back in January, and it’s been a favorite of mine ever since.  It’s the kind of breezy, relaxed pop music that’s impossible to not get lost in.

:Abram Shook – Coastal:

14) Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Nikki Nack is exactly what we’ve all come to want and expect from the talented Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) – it’s creative and a whole lot of fun to listen to.

:Tune Yards – Real Thing:

13) Ex Hex – Rips

I miss Wild Flag, but their disbandment delivered Mary Timony’s equally catchy and rocking Ex Hex AND put Sleater-Kinney back together.  I’ll take that deal any day.

:Ex Hex – Hot And Cold:

12) The Dead Space – Faker

If you are even the slightest fan of post-punk, then you need The Dead Space’s Faker in your life.  There’s not a track on it that isn’t rad.

:The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:

11) Tacocat – NVM

I didn’t pay much attention to Tacocat’s NVM until kind of late in the year, but once I “discovered” it I was forever hooked.  It’s total surf-rock bliss.

:Tacocat – Crimson Wave:

Come back tomorrow for my Top 10 Albums of 2014!

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

To be honest, I could have easily detailed 50 albums this year, but since the bottom 25 slots would have been occupied by the various releases that I liked but didn’t listen to a whole super lot, I figured it was best to hold back.  For fun though, here are the LPs that more than likely would have made an expanded list.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Sea When Absent
Alex Napping – This Is Not A Bedroom
Alvvays – Self Titled
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
Coathangers – Suck My Shirt
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita
Equals – Tracts
Eternal Summers – The Drop Beneath
FKA Twigs – LP1
Flesh Lights – Free Yourself
Literature – Chorus
Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
OBN IIIs – Third Time To Harm
Owls – Two
Pompeii – Loom
Ramesh – The King
Sharon Van Etten – Are We There
Thurston Moore – The Best Day
Tontons – Make Out King And Other Stories Of Love
Warpaint – Self Titled
We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
Wye Oak – Shriek
Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos

Also, for even more fun, here are my five favorite EPs of 2014.

Speedy Ortiz – Real Hair EP
Diarrhea Planet – Aliens In The Outfield EP
White Reaper – Self Titled EP
Otis The Destroyer – Dark Arts EP
Whiite Walls – Self Titled EP

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 4

December 4, 2014

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We’re nearing the end of my Top 50 Songs of 2014 list!  Look for the final ten songs tomorrow.  For fun, here’s parts ONE, TWO and THREE.  Enjoy.

20)  :Cherry Glazerr – Had Ten Dollaz:  Cherry Glazerr are a really young trio (two of them aren’t even 18) who are already way cooler than any of us will ever be.  If you don’t believe me, just listen to this attitude-laced gem.  From the Had Ten Dollaz single.

19)  :Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want:  This song is so emotive that it’ll either pull you out of a funk or completely toss you into one.  I love it.  Deleted Scenes are the best.  From Lithium Burn.

18)  :Dana Falconberry – Palmless:  Austin’s own singer/songwriter extraordinaire Dana Falconberry collaborated with Spoon’s Jim Eno on this track.  It’s a pretty spectacular listen on all fronts.  From Public Hi-Fi Sessions 02.

17)  :Little Big League – Property Line:  I’m all about the 90s revival that’s currently underway, but even if I wasn’t I think I’d still dig this Little Big League track.  It’s just about as sincere as can be.  From Tropical Jinx.

16)  :Diarrhea Planet – Spooners:  ”It’s all about the drugs, money, power, and getting off.”  Well said, Diarrhea Planet.  Well said.  From the Aliens In The Outfield EP.

15)  :Sheer Mag – What You Want:  I stumbled across this riffy piece of retro rock back in October and I’ve been jamming it (probably too much) ever since.  If you’re not on Sheer Mag’s bandwagon, you should be.  From the band’s debut 7″.

14)  :Tune Yards – Real Thing:  This track is Merrill Garbus (aka Tune Yards) throwing everything at a wall and somehow having all of it stick.  Hard not to be impressed, you know?  From Nikki Nack.

13)  :Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes:  I have a variety of mixed feelings about the latest Dum Dum Girls’ album, but I can’t really complain since it features this immaculate pop tune.  From Too True.

12)  :Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me:  Here’s my favorite single off of the album that Cloud Nothings put out earlier this year.  The 90s-rock lover in me just can’t get enough of it.  From Here And Nowhere Else.

11)  :Mikal Cronin – Soul In Motion:  Mikal Cronin knew that not putting out any new music in 2014 would hurt my feelings, so he contributed this fantastic song to Famous Class’ 7″ series.  What a guy!  From LAMC #11.

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Stream This

October 10, 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

Please note that the majority of the streams expire as soon as the albums come out, so don’t wait too long to check them out.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK ➡ Meatbodies – Self Titled

Pompeii – Loom
Zookeeper – Pink Chalk
Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!
Kevin Morby – Still LIfe
Greylag – Self Titled
Useless Eaters – Bleeding Moon
The Aislers Set – How I Learned To Write Backwards
Kindness – Otherness
Stars – No One Is Lost
Inter Arma – The Cavern
Pharmakon – Bestial Burden
Dads – I’ll Be The Tornado
Obliterations – Destroy Everything
The 2 Bears – The Night Is Young
Holy Youth – Self Titled
Kittyhawk – Hello Again
Absolutely Free – Self Titled
Halasan Bazar And Tara King – 8
Museum Of Love – Self Titled

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Tune Yards

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Stream This

April 25, 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 ➡ Tune Yards – Nikki Nack

Ought – More Than Any Other Day
Wye Oak – Shriek
Chad VanGaalen – Shrink Dust
The Pixies – Indie Cindy
Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots
Brody Dalle – Diploid Love
Rodrigo y Gabriela – 9 Dead Alive
Olga Bell – Krai
Ex-Cult – Midnight Passenger
Nat Baldwin – In The Hollows
Wovenhand – Refractory Obdurate
Survival Knife – Loose Power
Pigeon John – Encino Man
Pony Bones – Pony Bones II
Elephant – Sky Swimming
Modern Rivals – Cemetery Dares
The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Dum Dum Girls

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Tune Yards

April 10, 2014

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In just under a month Merrill Garbus and her cohorts in Tune Yards will release the highly anticipated follow-up to 2011′s Who Kill.  The first single was an upbeat, refreshing number called Water Fountain, and now there’s a fancily produced pop ballad-like effort titled Wait For A Minute.  Neither are as raw or wild as what filled the last Tune Yards album, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.  As a person somewhere probably once said, a little polish never hurt anyone.  Enjoy.

:Tune Yards – Wait For A Minute:

Nikki Nack is due out May 5 via 4AD.

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Quickdraw: Tune Yards, Deleted Scenes, Dana Falconberry, Black Bananas, The Black Angels

March 24, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Tune Yards – Water Fountain:  After a lengthy break, Merrill Garbus is back and ready to impress with a new Tune Yards album.  Judging by this first single (and this interview), it sounds like she’s crafted a super catchy effort.  Nikki Nack is expected out on May 6 via 4AD.

:Deleted Scenes – You Get To Say Whatever You Want:  I think it’s time to switch from liking Deleted Scenes to loving them.  This stellar song is heavy and sincere and I listen to it and just want to brood about whatever forever.   Lithium Burn will arrive on April 15 via Carpark Records.  See the band at Holy Mountain on April 19.

:Dana Falconberry – Palmless:  Dana Falconberry is an Austin artist that I’ve championed for a long time, so you know I mean it when I say I think this superbly crafted collaboration with Spoon’s Jim Eno is one of the best things she’s ever done.  Hell, it’s probably even the top single out of the local scene so far this year.  Look for Public Hi-Fi Sessons 02 on Record Store Day (April 19).

:Black Bananas – Physical Emotions:  If you’re looking for something to blast while you dance around in just your underwear, then this rad new Black Bananas track is it!  I’ve been jamming the hell out of it over the last few days.  The band will release Electric Brick Wall on June 24 via Drag City.

:The Black Angels – Diamond Eyes:  While I adore the thick, droney psych rock sound that The Black Angels churned out in their early days, I also dig their recent, more accessible material.  After all, it’s not like I can lay on my floor and stare at the ceiling fan every day.  The Clear Lake Forest EP will be released on Record Store Day (April 19).

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