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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 3

December 3, 2014

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We’ve now arrived at the middle section of my Top 50 Songs of 2014.  Check out Part ONE & TWO if you haven’t already.  Otherwise, get on with cruising today’s list!  Enjoy.

30)  :The Dead Space – Behind The Wall:  Pretty much all of my dark-corner-brooding in 2014 was done while listening to this stellar piece of post-punk from Austin’s own The Dead Space.  From Faker.

29)  :We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed:  This swirling song reinvigorated my love for We Were Promised Jetpacks.  I’m honestly not sure they’ve ever sounded as good as they do here.  From Unraveling.

28)  :Angel Olsen – Forgiven-Forgotten:  While I like Angel Olsen’s slower and more intimate material, I found myself coming back to this little rocker of hers the most.  From Burn Your Fire For No Witness.

27)  :Shannon And The Clams – Mama:  This Shannon And The Clams song is splendid and permanently on my go-to list for whenever I’m in the mood for soul/doo-wop-enthused music.  From the band’s split with Guantanamo Baywatch.

26)  :Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne:  My “song of the summer” this year was definitely this Saint Pepsi track.  It’s immensely catchy.  And danceable.  And super fun.  From the Fiona Coyne single.

25)  :Tennis – I’m Callin’:  I love this song for two reasons.  1) It’s wonderfully easy on the ears.  2) It fully completes Tennis‘ transition from lo-fi indie band to full on pop act.  Not sure they could have done it any smoother.  From Ritual In Repeat.

24)  :Screaming Females – Wishing Well:  Screaming Females usually go right after your face, but for this track they decided to dial things back a bit.  It worked.  In fact, I think this is probably their best song.  From the Wishing Well single.

23)  :Phantogram – Fall In Love:  Phantogram blew up in 2014, and it was partly because of this single.  To be honest, I think it ranks a little lower than some of their older songs, but I still love it.  From Voices.

22)  :The War On Drugs – Red Eyes:  The War On Drugs really got me with this track.  I had only ever just appreciated them and their Springsteen-ish ways, but this is so damn good that they’re now a favorite of mine.  From Lost In The Dream.

21)  :Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You):  This fantastic synth-pop song totally helped Future Islands wrangle in just under a bazillion new fans.  Good for them.  They deserve it.  From Singles.

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Stream This

October 3, 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 ➡ Ex Hex – Rips

We Were Promised Jetpacks – Unravelling
NehruvianDOOM – Self Titled
Wampire – Bazaar
Roger Sellers – Primitives
Allo’ Darlin – We Come From The Same Place
Foxygen – … And Star Power
Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love
Tomorrows Tulips – When
Caribou – Our Love
Minus The Bear- Lost Loves
Field Report – Marigolden
Single Mothers – Negative Qualities
Godflesh – A World Lit Only By Fire
Dark Blue – Pure Reality
Young Mammals – Alto Seco
SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
Zola Jesus – Taiga
Populous – Night Safari
Peaking Lights – Cosmic Logic
Fiance – EP1
Vashti Bunyan – Heartleap
Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End
Prince – Art Official Age & Plectrumelectrum
Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault
Johnny Marr – Playland

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Mastodon

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Stream This

September 12, 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 ➡ This Will Destroy You – Another Language

Generationals – Alix
My Brightest Diamond – This Is My Hand
Lia Ices – Ices
The Juan MacLean – In A Dream
Banks – Goddess
Valery Gore – Idols In The Dark
So Cow – The Long Con
Odesza – In Return
Bee Vs Moth – Shelter In Place
She Keeps Bees – Eight Houses
The White Octave – Style No. 6312
Broncho – Just Enough Hip To Be Woman
Moon Hooch – This Is Cave Music
Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly
Cy Dune – Shake
White Arrows – In Bardo
Cancers – Fatten The Leeches

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
We Were Promised Jetpacks

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We Were Promised Jetpacks

August 28, 2014

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We Were Promised Jetpacks will soon put out a new album, and as of today it’s one that I’m really looking forward to.  I thought the first single, Safety In Numbers, was solid and worth sharing because it signified a shift to a less raw, more calculated sound for the band, but I haven’t found myself feeling a need to revisit it often.  Today’s track though, is spectacular and I’ve had it on repeat for the last day or so.  While it also showcases a rather clean, mathy approach, it’s epic and feels more like the We Were Promised Jetpacks that won everyone over all those years ago.  Expect to like it.  Enjoy.

:We Were Promised Jetpacks – I Keep It Composed:

Unraveling is due out on October 14 via FatCat.  See them at the Mohawk on November 11.

Bonus Video:

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Quickdraw: Interpol, We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ex Hex, Death From Above 1979

July 10, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Interpol – All The Rage Back Home:  If you’ve been waiting around for Interpol to rally up and become impressive again, then I think you’re going to be really happy with this stellar single. Here’s hoping that the rest of their new album is just as good.  El Pintor is due out September 9 via Matador.  See the band at ACL in October.

:We Were Promised Jetpacks – Safety In Numbers:  Those of you who love the super moody, post-rock-leaning early days of We Were Promised Jetpacks may not immediately latch onto this track, as it’s packing a clean, mathy sound.  Different but good, I think.  Unraveling will be out at some point later this year on FatCat.  See the band at the Mohawk on November 11.

:The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified:  After a bit of a break, the Rural Alberta Advantage are ready to get back to it.  Judging by this song, they’re still somewhat tortured and too intense for their own good.  Hooray!  Get Mended With Gold on September 30 via Saddle Creek.  Catch the band at Red 7 on November 5.

:Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose:  It took a bit longer than I expected, but Mary Timony has finally wrapped an album with her new act, Ex Hex.  I expect it to fill the gap in my soul that’s been present ever since the last group she was in, Wild Flag, decided to not continue forward.  Look out for Rips on October 7 via Merge.

:Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck 1979:  The actual members of DFA 1979 may not be thrilled about reforming, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to this energetic number.  It’s good to have them back (even if they only sort of want to be around).  The Physical World is due out September 9.  See the band at Fun Fun Fun Fest in November.

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