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Stream This

March 13, 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 ➡ Twin Shadow – Eclipse

Chastity Belt – Time To Go Home
Lightning Bolt – Fantasy Empire
Inventions – Maze Of Woods
Football, etc – Disappear EP
Native Lights – Self Titled
Nic Hessler – Soft Connections
Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield – Sing Elliot Smith
Stone Jack Jones – Love & Torture

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
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Quickdraw: While We Were Sleeping – Part 1

January 5, 2015

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SOTO is back!  Naturally, taking a month to engage in year-end lists and lengthy naps means I missed some stuff, so before I go all in on 2015 I’m sharing some interesting singles that were released in December.  There will be 10 tracks today and another 10 tomorrow.  Enjoy.

:Purity Ring – Push Pull:  I realize this is just one track off of Purity Ring’s impending sophomore effort, but it sure does seem as though they’ve dialed things back to sound more like Chvrches.  It could be a move that works for them.  This first single is certainly far from bad.  The band’s currently untitled LP is expected out later this year via 4AD.

:A Sunny Day In Glasgow – In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing) (Fang Island Remix):  If the original version of this song (and it’s wildly blissful ways) has always proved to be a bit overwhelming for you, then Fang Island’s relaxed take on it will probably delight your ears.  This remix is a one-off, so grab it while you can.

:Twin Shadow – Turn Me Up:  George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow) has made the jump to Warner Bros and is now officially set to release a follow-up to 2012′s Confess.  My guess is that it will be a wonderfully dramatic effort that I listen to far too often.  Eclipse is due out March 17 via Warner Bros.

:Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy:  The #1 album on my “must have immediately” list is Sleater-Kinney’s new one.  They’re an absolute favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to indulge in their reunion tunes.  No Cities To Love is due out January 20 via Sub Pop.

:Dan Deacon – Feel The Lightning:  The always interesting Dan Deacon is back with a new album.  This track is weirdly accessible, and I’m super impressed that it’s 100% Deacon (even the “lady” vocals are actually him).  Gliss Riffer is due out February 24 via Domino.

:Knifight – Young Lovers:  Knifight are one of my favorite Austin bands.  I love their big, intense post punk sound and the way that it aims to dominate you.  You’ll see what I mean when you hit play on this heavy tune.  V will be released on February 10.

:Doomtree – Gray Duck:  POS and his talented cohorts have rallied together for another Doomtree album, and I think it’s going to play well for those of you who fell in love with Run The Jewels-esque hip hop last year.  All Hands is due out January 27 via Doomtree Records.

:Menace Beach – Tastes Like Medicine:  The 90s lover in me is all about Menace Beach.  The band shares their name with an NES game, and their indie rock sound is definitely a fitting tribute to that decade.  Ratworld is due out January 27 via Memphis Industries.

:Metric – The Fatal Gift:  It doesn’t seem as though Emily Haines intends on putting out another solo effort, so we’re all just going to have to make due with this beautiful slow-burner from her main squeeze Metric.  By the way, Haines says this unfinished track “stands alone” so you should snatch it up while it’s readily available.

:Amen Dunes – Song To The Siren:  Here’s Amen Dunes covering This Mortal Coil’s cover of a Tim Buckley song.  Why the whole roundabout approach?  I have no clue.  I only care about it being a stunning track.  Share it with everyone.  The Cowboy Worship EP is due out January 20 via Sacred Bones.

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Stream This

June 13, 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 ➡ White Lung – Deep Fantasy

Say Hi – Endless Wonder
Boris – Noise
The Antlers – Familiars
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour
Lower – Seek Warmer Climes
Alexis Taylor – Await Barbarians
Cerebral Ballzy – Jaded And Faded
Miniature Tigers – Cruel Runnings
Papertwin – Vox Humana EP
Lone – Reality Testing
Death Has No Dominion – Self Titled
Street Eaters – Blood, Muscles, Bones
DeGreaser – Rougher Squalor
Happyness – Weird Little Birthday

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
JJ

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Quickdraw: Pujol, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Twin Shadow, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Swans

April 17, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Pujol – Circles:  This will sound odd, but I’m actually relieved that the first couple of singles off of Pujol’s upcoming full length have failed to make me think it’s going to be much different than his last effort.  He churns out simple but catchy rock ‘n’ roll tunes, and I sincerely hope he never changes anything.  Saddle Creek will release Kludge on May 19.

:The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Eurydice:  The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart seem to have set aside a little bit of their shimmer in exchange for a more anthemic sound, and I’m really digging it.  I think it fits them well.  Days Of Abandon is due out on May 13 via Yebo Music.

:Twin Shadow – To The Top:  While I sort of feel like this song could be the title track for some schlocky Sylvester Stallone-lead 80s sports movie, I totally love it.  Here’s a question though, has Twin Shadow somehow warped himself into just being a guilty pleasure?  Details on a new album should be available soon.

:A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Crushin:  This relaxing number isn’t as much of an attention-grabber as A Sunny Day In Glasgow’s last single, but I do think it’s just as good.  Their upcoming album is now pretty high on my anticipated list.  Expect Sea When Absent to be released on June 24 via Lefse.

:Swans – Oxygen:  Like everything else that comes from the entity known as Swans, this song isn’t something you just casually play in the background.  If you dare hit play, be sure to strap in and get ready to focus.  Look for To Be Kind on May 13 Young God.

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Quickdraw: Phantogram, Twin Shadow, Wild Child, Tera Melos, Fuzz

September 16, 2013

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Today’s music has always thought of you as more than just a friend.  Enjoy.

:Phantogram – Black Out Days:  This is a beautiful track, and I’m so very happy that Phantogram are back with some new music.  The band hasn’t announced an album yet, but I would assume there’s one coming soon.  Catch them at the Mohawk on October 26.

:Twin Shadow – Old Love/New Love:  Grand Theft Auto V lands in stores tomorrow, and this Twin Shadow tune is on the soundtrack.  It’s fantastically dancey and soulful, and I can’t wait to drive around and shoot digital people while listening to it.  Or something.

:Wild Child – Crazy Bird:  Here’s a really charming new one from Wild Child, who are one of the better pop bands in Austin.  If I were you, I’d consider it the perfect opportunity to climb up on their bandwagon.  The Runaround is expected out on October 8 via Ben Kweller’s Noise Company.

:Tera Melos – Weird Circles (Fang Island Remix):  I realize that saying a song has been changed from dynamic to plodding doesn’t sound sexy, but it really does work here.  Nice job, Fang Island.  Tera Melos will put out the X’ed Out Remixes EP on October 8 via Sargent House.  You can catch the band tonight at Emo’s East with Minus The Bear.

:Fuzz – What’s In My Head:  Is there anyone right now who’s on more of a roll than Ty Segall?  Fuzz is his 47th side project and 22nd album this year, and there’s just no dip in quality.  The band’s self titled debut is due out October 1 via In The Red.  They play Red 7 on October 4.

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Top 25 Albums Of 2012: Part 3

December 5, 2012

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Because at least two of you asked for it, here’s the third part of my Top 25 Albums of 2012.  As I’ve said, I easily could have listed 50 releases, but I realized that half of those would have been albums that I only listen to when I’m in a particular mood.  In other words, they’re not immediately accessible, and that to me knocks them down a notch.  So, if you’re looking for 25 releases that you can immediately dive into and love, this is the place to be.  Enjoy.

15) Tennis – Young & Old

I didn’t expect to like this album as much as I did.  There are so many great songs on it, and I think that (for me, anyway) it establishes Tennis as one of the best pop acts currently working.

:Tennis – Petition:

14) The White Wires – WWIII

Even if I had wanted to, there was no escaping the garage rock glory of WWIII.  It’s loaded with so many hooks that the White Wires could cut a bunch out, and they’d still be providing an album that’s catchier than any of us deserve.

:The White Wires – Let’s Start Over Again:

13) Twin Shadow – Confess

To be honest, I figured I’d listen to Confess and just repeatedly skip to Five Seconds while ignoring the rest of the songs on the album.  But that didn’t happen.  In fact, the “skip” button never even came into play.

:Twin Shadow – Golden Light:

12) The Eastern Sea – Plague

Austin’s the Eastern Sea have been slowly assembling all the right pieces for years, and Plague is them (finally) putting everything together.  I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

:The Eastern Sea – A Lie:

11) Jack White – Blunderbuss

While Blunderbuss may sound exactly how you’d expect a Jack White solo album to sound, it’s still a pretty great effort.  If we’re lucky, we’ll get a follow-up sooner rather than later.

:Jack White – Missing Pieces:

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Top 50 Songs Of 2012: Part 5

November 30, 2012

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It’s Friday, which means we have arrived at the end of my Top 50 Songs Of 2012 list!  I hope you’ve had a good time perusing the previous 40.  In case you somehow missed this little bit of info, I chose the songs from the 400+ tracks that I shared around here throughout the last 11 months.  Enjoy.

10)  :Icona Pop – I Love It:  Much of my 2012 was spent looking to this electropop number for a burst of fun.  I just kind of adore how obnoxious it is.  From the Nights Like This EP.

09)  :Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built:  I think it’s safe to say that with this song, Japandroids are now officially the band everyone looks to when they’re in need of an anthem.  From Celebration Rock.

08)  :David Byrne And St. Vincent – Who:  This track is focused pop madness, and to be honest, that’s exactly what I was hoping the David Byrne/St. Vincent collaboration would unleash onto the world.  From Love This Giant.

07)  :Ellie Goulding – High For This (The Weeknd Cover):  Every year there’s a cover that I can’t get enough of, and in 2012 it was Ellie’s sensual take on this Weeknd track.  I highly recommend headphones.  And booze.

06)  :TV Girl – I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now:  There’s going to come a year where I don’t get an incredibly catchy and charming retro pop track from TV Girl, and then I’ll immediately become cranky and constantly reference the “good old days.”  From The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle.

05)  :Tame Impala – Elephant:  Of the 50 songs on this list, this is my favorite to try and ruin my speakers with.  It’s actually flaunting some attitude, which is something I didn’t think Tame Impala had in them.  From Lonerism.

04)  :MS MR – Hurricane:  2012 featured a ton of good music that was 90s-enthused, so you know it means something when I say that I found this MS MR song to be the best of the bunch.  From the Candy Bar Creep Show EP.

03)  :Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows:  This band is so very good, and it’s all because Dee Dee continues to be one of the best songwriters around.  Just listen to the lyrics in this incredible song for proof.  From the End Of Daze EP.

02)  :Twin Shadow – Five Seconds:  I wanted to not use the word “infectious” anywhere in this list, but that’s just exactly what this 80s throwback is.  Good luck trying to ever escape its grasp.  From Confess.

01)  :Purity Ring – Fineshrine:  When I sat down to map out this year’s 50 songs, I already knew what would be in this spot.  That’s actually never happened before, and I give all the credit to Purity Ring, who created a song that’s as fantastic as can be on all fronts.  I will love this track forever.  From Shrines.

PS – You can check out the entire list on one page here, or the majority of the songs here on Spotify.

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