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Top 50 Songs Of 2017

December 5, 2017

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Well look at that, here are my Top 50 Songs of 2017.  Enjoy.

50) Jamiroquai – Automaton

Jamiroquai still got it, man.

49) Matthew Logan Vasquez

I jammed this Matthew Logan Vasquez (of Delta Spirit fame) track on my radio show, 101X Homegrown, a lot this year. It’s fierce.

48) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter Of Time

I miss Sharon Jones.

47) Sheer Mag – Just Can’t Get Enough

Pure retro goodness here by Sheer Mag.

46) Weaves – Walkaway

Weaves churned out a really nice low key anthem here.

45) Filthy Friends – Any Kind Of Crowd

Corin Tucker sounds adorable in this Filthy Friends song.

44) Julien Baker – Appointments

Sad! Classic Julien Baker.

43) Wiretree – Let Me In

I love this sweet little number by Austin’s own Wiretree.

42) Hazel English – Fix

What a wonderfully hazy pop tune by Hazel English.

41) Mogwai – Eternal Panther

Somehow the best song that Mogwai put out this year isn’t on the album they released.

40) Alyeska – Stones

This 90s indie rock throwback from Alyeska is fantastic.

39) Land Of Talk – Loving

It’s so good to have Elizabeth Powell back in action as Land Of Talk.

38) The Kills – Desperado (Rhianna Cover)

The Kills really make this Rhianna track their own.

37) Why? – Proactive Evolution

I’ll never tire of Why?. This is one of my favorite songs by them.

36) The Octopus Project – Small Hundred

This song by The Octopus Project always makes me want to get up and move.

35) Fujiya & Miyagi – Solitaire

Another year, another infectious jam by Fujiya & Miyagi.

34) Carly Rae Jepsen – Cut To The Feeling

Can’t stop Carly.

33) The Courtneys – Silver Velvet

This is the catchiest song on The Courtneys’ album of really catchy songs.

32) Growl – New Sincerity.

Here’s some jangly pop perfection by Austin’s Growl.

31) Kane Strang – Oh So You’re Off I See

I revisited this slightly weird Kane Strang track a lot in 2017.

30) Beth Ditto – Oo La La

Beth Ditto really goes for it here.

29) Sports – Making It Right

This is a charming pop tune from Sports.

28) Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming

Wolf Parade with a legit ear-pleaser.

27) Ought – These 3 Things

Ought went new wave here. Good move!

26) Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Indie rock perfection by Waxahatchee.

25) The Rural Alberta Advantage – Toughen Up

The Rural Alberta Advantage made a big time jump back onto my radar with this song.

24) Screaming Females – Black Moon

I can’t wait for the new Screaming Females album. This first single is so damn good.

23) Protomartyr – Don’t Go to Anacita

Intense but great. Protomartyr are the best.

22) Sweet Spirit – The Power

What a big track by Austin’s Sweet Spirit.

21) Perfume Genius – Slip Sway

This is one of Perfume Genius’ best songs.

20) Spook School – Less Than Perfect

Spook School are as catchy as can be here.

19) Rhye – Taste

This Rhye track has an immaculate sound.

18) Jay Som – Baybee

Hazy, dancey, perfect stuff here by Jay Som.

17) Walker Lukens – Don’t Want To Be Lonely (Don’t Want To Leave You Alone)

Here’s a total ear-worm from Austin’s Walker Lukens.

16) The Blow – Get Up

This song from The Blow is a rambly as can be, but I love it.

15) LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police

The best song on LCD Soundsystem’s comeback album.

14) Diet Cig – Barf Day

The line “I know that you’re sorry, I just don’t care” will forever make me smirk. Thanks for that, Diet Cig.

13) Molly Burch – Wrong For You

It’s just about impossible to not love this retro-leaning effort from Austin’s own Molly Burch.

12) Lo Tom – Overboard

David Bazan is so good in this Lo Tom tune. I love his voice.

11) Football, etc. – Save

This track from Austin’s Football, etc. has an early 2000s indie rock vibe that I really dig.

10) The War On Drugs – Holding On

Headphones + this track from The War On Drugs = my happy place.

09) The Coathangers – Captain’s Dead

The Coathangers are on a real roll right now. This song is a blast.

08) Spoon – Do I Have To Talk You Into It

I love how loose Spoon sound here.

07) White Reaper – Judy French

So infectious. White Reaper continue to be big favorites of mine.

06) Alex Lahey – Every Day’s The Weekend

My favorite song from 2017 to sing-a-long to. Alex Lahey sure knows how to write an anthem.

05) The National – The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness

Heavy but accessible. Great track by The National.

04) SZA – Supermodel

I spent a couple of months obsessed with this SZA song. It’s so dramatic.

03) Kendrick Lamar – Humble

It was impossible to escape this Kendrick Lamar song in 2017. I didn’t mind.

02) St. Vincent – Los Ageless

St. Vincent is rather aggressive here, and it’s awesome.

01) Alvvays – In Undertow

This was practically my default song this year. It’s perfect. Thanks, Alvvays!

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Weaves

August 24, 2017

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Weaves have a new single out, and it’s a shimmering, anthemic effort that instantly lodged itself in my head.  I really can’t wait to check out their sophomore album, Wide Open (due October 6).  Enjoy.

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Quickdraw: Bully, The Mynabirds, Weaves, Grooms, Widowspeak

August 8, 2017

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Here’s a few songs that were released while SOTO was napping.  Enjoy.

Bully – Feel The Same

Bully are now on Sub Pop and their new album, Losing, will be out on October 20.  This quickie of a first single is a real gem, and I can’t wait to hear more off of the LP.  Catch the band at Emo’s on December 8.

The Mynabirds – Shouting At The Dark

I think The Mynabirds have themselves a legit hit here.  Turn it up.  Their new album, Be Here Now, is due August 25 via Saddle Creek.

Weaves – #53

I saw Weaves at SXSW earlier this year, and since then I’ve been anxious for new music.  Well, it’s here, and it’s good.  The band will release their sophomore effort, Wide Open, on October 6 via Kanine.


Grooms – Turn Your Body

Grooms have readied a new album, Exit Index, and it’ll be released on October 20 via Western Vinyl.  The lead single is a lot less noisy than their usual stuff, but I dig it.

Widowspeak – When I Tried

Here’s one for your headphones, it’s the latest single off of Widowspeak’s upcoming album, Expect The Best, which is due out August 25 via Captured Tracks. The band will play Sidewinder on October 3.


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Top 50 Songs Of 2016: Part 3

November 30, 2016

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I was going to stop at #31, but I figured that was silly.  So, the list continues on!  Enjoy.

Part 1 is HERE.
Part 2 is HERE.

PS – I got a ton of take down notices, so you’ll have to listen via Spotify.

30)  :Mystery Lights – Follow Me Home:  Daptone launched a rock imprint – WICK – in 2016, and this Mystery Lights single was its first release.  I dig how loud and sloppy it is.

29)  :Weaves – Coo Coo:  If you like things that are clever and quirky, then this song from Weaves will delight you.

28)  :Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love:  This might be my favorite Twin Peaks track.  It’s such a breezy slice of garage pop.

27)  :Frankie Cosmos – On The Lips:  I’m all about Greta Kline (aka Frankie Cosmos) and her rather sincere voice here.  Also, I appreciate that this song mentions David Blaine.

26)  :The Tallest Man On Earth – Time Of The Blue:  Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) cut this late one night while out on the road.  I think it’s one of his better songs.

25)  :Field Mouse – The Mirror:  Mostly 90s, sort of emo, entirely great.  That’s probably the best way to describe this one from Field Mouse.

24)  :The Hotelier – Piano Player:  The Hotelier offer up a lot of song here (roughly six swirling minutes worth), but thankfully it’s a great ride that’s totally worth the time and attention it requires.

23)  :Tancred – Control Me:  Here’s one of my favorite 90s-inspired tracks of 2016.  It’s just about perfect.  Good work, Tancred.

22)  :LIV – Wings of Love:  This is a fantastic Fleetwood Mac-like effort from LIV, a “supergroup” that features Lykke Li, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and Pontus Winnberg, Peter Bjorn & John’s Björn Yttling and producer Jeff Bhasker.

21)  :Priests – JJ:  Frontwoman Katie Alice Greer destroys in this Priests track.  That voice of hers is just so very rad.

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Quickdraw: Bon Iver, Phantogram, Weaves, LVL UP, The Tallest Man On Earth

August 18, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S00N) (Bob Moose Extended Cab Version):  I’m not sure why, but I just listened to this new Bon Iver track.  It’s fantastic!  What a leap forward for an already great band.  22, A Million is due out September 30 via Jagjaguwar.

:Phantogram – Cruel World:  I haven’t been able to connect with the latest singles from Phantogram, but this track is something else.  One more like it and I’ll definitely go back to being excited about their upcoming LP.  Three is due out October 7 via Republic.  See the band at Sound On Sound Fest in November.

:Weaves – Help (Beatles Cover):  Weaves recently let slip this Beatles cover, and I can’t get myself to take it off of repeat.  It’s such a quirky, charming little number.  This track appears to be a one-off effort that was done for fun, so grab it while you can.

:LVL UP – Hidden Driver:  Whenever I listen to this LVL UP track I get a really strong Neutral Milk Hotel vibe, and I’m super into it.  More please.  Return To Love is due out September 23 via Sub Pop.

:The Tallest Man On Earth – Rivers:  Here’s the second (seemingly) one-off track that Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man On Earth) has released while out on the road.  It’s just as magical as the one that came before it.

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Quickdraw: Dinosaur Jr., Weaves, Shura, No Joy, The Album Leaf

May 31, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Dinosaur Jr.  – Tiny:  You really have to give it up to Dinosaur Jr., they’ve been at it for centuries and they still sound rad.  Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not is due out August 5 via Jagjaguwar.

:Weaves – Coo Coo:  Here’s a rather playful, quirky new one from Weaves.  I’m fully expecting their debut LP to be stellar.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 17 via Kanine.

:Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?:  Oh boy am I in love with this track from Shura.  It’s a perfect little mix of pop and R&B, and I just want to hug it.  Nothing’s Real is due out July 8 via Interscope.

:No Joy – A Thorn in Garland’s Side:  The always wonderfully noisy No Joy are set to release multiple EPs this year, and I’m more than ready to take them all in.  This catchy number is the first single off of the first EP.  The Drool Sucker EP is due out July 15 via Topshelf.

:The Album Leaf – Back To The Start:  The Album Leaf have signed to Relapse and announced a new album (their first since 2010′s A Chorus Of Storytellers).  I think this track sounds immaculate.  Between Waves is due out August 26.

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Quickdraw: Yung, The Julie Ruin, Diarrhea Planet, Weaves, Car Seat Headrest

April 12, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Yung – Uncombed Hair:  In the press release that came along with this sharp indie rocker there’s a part where Yung main brain Mikkel Holm Silkjaer mentions that “this one is dedicated to bad things and good people.”  I like that line.  Youthful Dream is due out June 10 via Fat Possum.

:The Julie Ruin – I Decide:  When Kathleen Hanna popped up in this P.O.S. track, it got me wondering if she and The Julie Ruin were still a thing.  Yep!  In fact, they just joined the Hardly Art roster and announced a new album.  Neat.  This first single is really catchy.  Hit Reset is due out July 8.

:Diarrhea Planet – Let It Out:  Just in case you’re under the impression that Diarrhea Planet only churn out party anthems, here’s a fairly low-key effort from them.  Turn To Gold is due out June 10 via Infinity Cat/Dine Alone.

:Weaves – Candy:  Holy cow.  This is one hell of a song by Weaves.  I’ve been a big fan of theirs for a while now, but I can’t say I knew they could rip it up like this.  The band’s self titled album is due out June 17 via Kanine.

:Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank:  If my love for Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toledo) has been making you feel confused, then give this song a shot.  It’s by far his most accessible effort yet, and it just may convince you to jump on his bandwagon.  Teens Of Denial is due out May 20 via Matador.

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Quickdraw: P.O.S., Black Mountain, Weaves, Pity Sex, Yung

March 7, 2016

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Music!  Enjoy.

:P.O.S – Sleepdrone-Superposition:  Kathleen Hanna, Allan Kingdom, Astronautalis, Eric Mayson, Hard_R, Lydia Liza, Lizzo and Nicholas L. Perez are all listed as contributors on this intense nine-minute monster from P.O.S.  What a way to start the week.  The Sleepdrone/Superposition single is out now via Doomtree.

:Black Mountain – Florian Saucer Attack:  This track is Black Mountain in bizarro mode (I mean, just look at the the video), but I like it.  Judging by the first single and this song, their upcoming album is looking like it’ll be a diverse listen.  IV is due out April 1 via Jagjaguwar.

:Weaves – One More:  There’s something about Jasmyn Burke’s voice that I can’t get enough of.  As you’ll see in this catchy, 90s-esque indie rock tune, it’s just got its own thing going on.  Weaves’ self-titled LP is due out June 17 via Kanine/Memphis Industries/Buzz.

:Pity Sex – Bonhomie:  Here’s a good pop song from Pity Sex.  I especially love the on-point boy/girl vocal combo that slides in around the halfway mark.  White Hot Moon is due out April 29 via Run For Cover.

:Yung – Pills:  Yung (aka Mikkel Holm Silkjaer) has quickly become a real favorite of mine, and I’m hoping I can the act at SXSW.  This new single is pure indie rock goodness.  A Youthful Dream is due out June 10 via Fat Possum.

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Quickdraw: Ratatat, Weaves, Parquet Courts, Cherry Glazerr, Beck

June 18, 2015

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Ratatat – Abrasive:  Here’s the new single off of Ratatat’s upcoming album.  I’m assuming that titling it Abrasive was some kind of inside joke because it’s immaculately crafted and a total joy to listen to.  Magnifique is due out July 17 via XL Recordings.

:Weaves – Tick:  Shame on me for missing out on this squirrely little jam by Weaves when it was released a couple of weeks back.  It’s really damn good.  I believe the band’s debut album will be out later this year.  It’ll probably be great.

:Parquet Courts – Pretty Girls (Joey Pizza Slice Cover):  “Sunshine is a mother fucker/Pretty girls is a mother fucker/Happiness is a mother fucker”  Now that’s a positive message!  Parquet Court’s split 7″ with Joey Pizza Slice (they cover each other on it) is due out August 11 via Wharf Cat.

:Cherry Glazerr – Sip ‘O Poison:  The Adult Swim Singles series is back!  I’ve always liked how it allows bands to operate outside of their usual comfort zone, and Cherry Glazerr definitely are doing that here.  I didn’t think they had such an aggressive sound in them.

:Beck – Dreams:  I know it’s only June, but I’m pretty certain we can go ahead and label this new one from Beck as the definitive song of this summer.  What an immensely infectious effort it is.  The Dreams single is out now.

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Top 50 Songs Of 2014: Part 2

December 2, 2014

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Boom.  Here’s part two of my Top 50 Songs of 2014.  If you missed the first installment, check it out here.  The other parts will arrive each day this week!  Enjoy.

40)  :Braid – No Coast:  It was the arrival of this anthemic track that pushed me from curious to excited about Braid reuniting for a new full length (their first in 16 years).  From No Coast.

39)  :Eternal Summers – Gouge:  I’ve had this shoegazey number on repeat for just about the entirety of 2014.  I definitely think it’s Eternal Summers’ best song (so far).  From The Drop Beneath.

38)  :Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Wrapped:  This fantastic slice of dream pop is from one of my favorite bands in Austin, Letting Up Despite Great Faults.  It’ll make you dance (and maybe cry a little).  From Neon.

37)  :Mas Ysa – Shame:  Thomas Arseneault (aka Mas Ysa) churns out some really interesting stuff.  For instance, this synthy gem is somehow both very calculated and super raw.  From The Worth EP.

36)  :Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me:  Sure, Alvvays is a pretty silly name, but that doesn’t mean this song isn’t one of the best lo-fi pop efforts of the year.  From the band’s self titled album.

35)  :Pillar Point – Eyeballs:  I’m not sure that Scott Reitherman (formerly of Throw Me The Statue and now the main brain behind Pillar Point) has ever made a song that I didn’t like.  The guy sure knows how to craft quality pop music.  From the band’s self titled album.

34)  :Cymbals Eat Guitars – Chambers:  If you’ve ever wanted to hear Cymbals Eat Guitars as a full-on accessible rock act, then this is the song you’ve been looking for.  It’s a good sound for them.  From Lose.

33)  :Ariel Pink – Put Your Number In My Phone:  When it comes to Ariel Pink, I’m always impressed with the way he’s able to craft that one single every release that’s a total ear-pleaser.  I think he does it on purpose so it’s easier to dive into the bizarro creations that usually fill out his albums.  From Pom Pom.

32)  :Sylvan Esso – Coffee:  For a while I thought MS MR’s fancy remix of this track was unbeatable, but in the end I found myself partial to the minimalistic sound of Sylvan Esso’s original take.  From the band’s self titled album.

31)  :Weaves – Shithole:  Every time I listen to this song I immediately want to travel back to the 90s so that I can be angsty about having to exist in the 90s.  Thanks for that, Weaves.  From the Shithole single.

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Quickdraw: Parkay Quarts, The Beverleys, Bully, Weaves, Ricked Wicky

October 20, 2014

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Music!  Enjoy.

:Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth:  As you surely guessed, Parkay Quarts is actually Parquet Courts.  This rambly gem is off of a little something that band members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown did in their spare time.  I think it’s awesome.  Content Nausea is due out November 11 via What’s Your Rupture?.

:The Beverleys – Hoodwink:  Over the weekend I stumbled upon this track from The Beverleys.  It’s a fairly fantastic slice of 90s-enthused punk that totally reminds me of stuff I used to catch on MTV2 when I was in high school.  The Hoodwink single is available now through Bandcamp.

:Bully – Milkman:  Bully is centered around Alicia Bognanno (she is the guitarist, singer, producer, and engineer) and I think her debut EP is going to be worth seeking out, especially if you love pop punk of any sort.  Look for the self titled EP when it gets released tomorrow.

:Weaves – Shithole:  Over the summer Rolling Stone called Weaves a “band to watch” and now here they are on SOTO.  Is there anything left for them to achieve?  Oh yes.  A lot, actually.  Anyhow, this song is clever and infectious.  The Shithole single is available now though Bandcamp.

:Ricked Wicky – Mobility:  The great Robert Pollard is the man behind Ricked Wicky (it’s a name he apparently made up in his teens) and the band’s sound is what he describes as “sophisticated arena rock.”  I expect the debut LP to at least be interesting.  Ricked Wicky: I Sell The Circus is due out February 3 via GBV Inc. Records.

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Stream This

March 28, 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 ➡ Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere Else

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
White Hinterland – Baby
Pattern Is Movement – Self Titled
S. Carey – Range Of Light
Saintseneca – Dark Arc
Thievery Corporation – Saudade
Pure X – Angel
Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars
Wolfmother – New Crown
The Toadies – Rubberneck
Manchester Orchestra – Cope
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
Inventions – Self Titled
Weaves – Self Titled EP

MUSIC VIDEOS

⬆ VIDEO OF THE WEEK ⬆
Diarrhea Planet

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