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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 3

December 13, 2013

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This is it! I’m done listing things for you people. If you’re curious about what the staff loved, look for an all-inclusive post next week!  Enjoy.

05) Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

If I were to jot down a list of my biggest surprises of 2013, Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City would be at the top.  I’ll forever feel sort of silly for assuming they could never be this good.

:Vampire Weekend – Step:

04) Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe

Chvrches were pretty much all the rage this year, and it’s easy to see why when listening to The Bones Of What You Believe.  There’s just not a bad song anywhere on it.

:Chvrches – Recover:

03) Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen

I’ve listened to Waiting For Something To Happen at least once a week since it was released back in February.  I love the songwriting.  Also, I think there’s only a handful of indie pop acts that can claim to be as infectious as Veronica Falls.

:Veronica Falls – Buried Alive:

02) Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana

Speedy Ortiz’s Major Arcana is a sloppy slice of 90s alt-rock, and I absolutely love it to no end.  I only wish I had managed to give the band more love on SOTO throughout the year.

:Speedy Ortiz – Tiger Tank:

01) Mikal Cronin – MCII

Mikal Cronin dominated my 2013 with MCII.  From front to back the album is nothing but one stellar pop rock song after another, and it pretty much made me a forever fan of Mikal’s.  Here’s hoping a follow-up isn’t too far away.

:Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out:

5 Honorable Mentions:
Bleached – Ride Your Heart
Quasi – Mole City
Mirror Travel – Mexico
Russian Circles – Memorial
Action Bronson – Blue Chips 2

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Top 50 Songs Of 2013: Part 5

December 6, 2013

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Well, this is the end of it.  Feel free to comment and mention anything I may have missed.  Otherwise, take in all the songs, and then join me next Wednesday through Friday for my Top 25 Albums of 2013.  Enjoy.

PS – You can check out 47 of the 50 tracks on this list on Spotify here.

10)  :Jonny Fritz – Ain’t It Your Birthday:  If I were doing a list of the year’s most fun songs, there’s a good chance I would slap this in the #1 spot.  Jonny Fritz is a rad dude.  From Dad Country.

09)  :Veronica Falls – Buried Alive:  This song is so hopelessly romantic.  And well made.  And catchy.  And just awesome.  I’ve actually listened to it so much that I’m surprised I didn’t burn myself out on it.  From Waiting For Something To Happen.

08)  :Quasi – You Can Stay But You Gotta Go:  The return of Quasi was fronted by this wonderfully sloppy 90s-ish indie rock track.  It deserves to be played at a volume that might get you evicted.  From Mole City.

07)  :Ellie Goulding – Tessellate (Alt-J Cover):  This is actually the second year in a row that Ellie Goulding has landed a one-off cover in the top 10 of my song list.  If you ask me, that probably means she should hurry up and do a covers album.

06)  :Haim – The Wire:  I know everyone digs Falling, but this is the song that made me appreciate/love Haim.  It’s like Shania Twain meets arena rock, which is weird but apparently what I’ve always wanted.  From Days Are Gone.

05)  :Diarrhea Planet – Separations:  Yes, the name Diarrhea Planet is silly.  Now with that out of the way, please allow this song to rock your soul.  From I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.

04)  :Yuck – Middle Sea:  Yuck lost a frontman and then just continued on like it was nothing.  That’s impressive.  I think this is one of the best songs in their catalog.  From Glow And Behold.

03)  :Chvrches – Recover:  The Mother We Share is a great track (that ranked high on my song list last year), but part of me feels like this is Chvrches’ best single.  Such synth-pop goodness.  From The Bones Of What You Believe.

02)  :Mikal Cronin – Shout It Out:  I was so very close to putting this Mikal Cronin gem in the top spot.  It really is one of the better pop rock songs to come along over the last year or three.  From MCII.

01)  :Vampire Weekend – Step:  It wasn’t until I sat down to do this list that I realized just how much I adore this Vampire Weekend track.  I think it’s an endlessly impressive piece of pop music that’s totally deserving of all the time and attention you can spare.  From Modern Vampires Of The City.

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Veronica Falls

October 31, 2013

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I’m not exactly sure where Veronica Falls’ Waiting For Something To Happen will end up on my year-end album list, but I know it’s going to be somewhere near the top.  I greatly adore it.  Today, however, is not about what VF have done, it’s about what they have coming up.  The band has readied a double a-side 7″ single, Nobody There/Need You Around, that will ship on December 9, and they’re about to head out on a short tour through lands that are far away from Austin (unfortunately).  Enjoy.

:Veronica Falls – Nobody There:  “There’s no use shouting, there’s nobody there.”  I’d like to say I planned to post such a scary line on Halloween, but I didn’t.  Sorry.  On another note, this is one fine pop song.

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Stream This

February 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

Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen
Feeding People – Island Universe
Alexander Spit – A Breathtaking Trip To That Otherside
Companion – Self Titled
Buke And Gase – General Dome
Dog Bite – Velvet Changes
Black Books – Aquarena EP
Eels – Wonderful, Glorious
Matt Pond – The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand
Jim James – Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse
Guards – In Guards We Trust
Night Beds – Country Sleep
Amateur Best – No Thrills
Dark Star – News From Nowhere

VIDEOS

The Tontons play Stubb’s tonight with the Couch and Emily Wells.  Their Bones 7″ is available now.

Chelsea Wolfe will play the Central Presbyterian Church tomorrow night.

Fade is the name of Yo La Tengo’s latest release.

Deep Elm Records recently released Lights & Motion’s Reanimation.

Woodpigeon will release Thumbtacks+Glue on February 26.

Satellite Stories just released a Singles Remixed EP.

Madison will released We’ve Been Nothing on February 5.

Maston will release Shadows on February 12 via Trouble In Mind.

Takka Takka’s AM Landscapes is available now.

Black Moth Super Rainbow play the Mohawk on May 28.  Cobra Juicy is out now.

Tame Impala’s Lonerism is out now.  They play Stubb’s on February 26.

Grizzly Bear’s Shields is currently available.

Deerhoof’s Breakup Song is out now.

The Ruby Suns just released Christopher.

The Trent Reznor-lead How To Destroy Angels will release Welcome Oblivion on march 5.

You can pick up Ra Ra Riot’s Beta Love on Barsuk now.  They play the Belmont on February 20.

This Dana Falconberry video is part of the Transistor Six series.

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Veronica Falls

January 24, 2013

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I need to see Veronica Falls live.  I keep getting sent stellar track after stellar track, but the band never seems to make it to Austin.  Bummer.  In any case, they’re set to release a new album titled Waiting For Something To Happen on February 12 via Slumberland.  Enjoy.

:Veronica Falls – Buried Alive:  There’s some great songwriting at play here that’s what I would describe as a proper mixture of sweet and creepy.  Maybe put this one in your back-pocket for Valentine’s Day.

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Veronica Falls

November 13, 2012

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Veronica Falls is a name that I think will soon be known by everyone.  They put out a solid debut last year, and judging by their new single (check it out below), their sophomore effort seems like it will feature a rather nice jump in quality.  The new LP is titled Waiting For Something To Happen, and it’s due out February 12 via Slumberland.  Enjoy.

:Veronica Falls – Teenage:  This band definitely operates in the realm of Dum Dum Girls-esque retro pop, but I think there’s a bit of the Raveonettes thrown in, too.  In other words, it sounds pretty, but it’s also music that’s kind of sad (and perfect for fall weather, if you ask me).

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