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Show Of The Week

September 30, 2015


ACL takes over Austin this weekend, and I totally get it if that’s where all of your attention is set to go.  However, I don’t think it would hurt if you took a moment to look ahead to Fun Fun Fun, and that’s why I’m highly recommending that you attend the fest’s Rock & Bowl Club House at Austin Saengerrunde this Friday.  Three SOTO favs are playing – Shannon And The Clams, Cool Ghouls, Tele Novella – and there will be free bowling, vintage arcade games, chill zones, give aways and a lots more.  Sounds like a blast to me.  $10 to get in.  Grab tix here.

Here are some other shows I’d consider attending …

- Wilco, William Tyler at Stubb’s
- Teen Daze, Heavenly Beat at Stubb’s

- The Mynabirds, Bad Hats, Moving Panoramas at the Mohawk
- Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band at Emo’s
- Leopold And His Fiction, In The Whale at Stubb’s

- A Giant Dog, Slim Twig, Milezo at The Sidewinder
- Helmet at the Mohawk
- TV On The Radio, Boots at Emo’s
- Leon Bridges at the Parish

- Golden Dawn Arkestra, Think No Think, CAPYAC, Wonderbitch, Brendan Bond, GoodFieldHotelApperations, The Blind Owls, DJ Chiquita Bombita at the Mohawk
- The Decemberists, Olivia Chaney at ACL Live at the Moody Theater
- Royal Blood, Bass Drum of Death at Emo’s
- Ditch The Fest Fest with Hikes, Sip Sip, Chipper Jones, Click Clack, Mobley, Dezorah, Sometimes a Legend, The Human Circuit, Hovvdy, Comforter, Artificial Earth Machine, Hooky, Good Talk, Tamarron, Rikroshi, Food Group, Cactopus, Patch, The Love Sprockets, Mean Girls, Trouble in the Streets, Caterwaulrus, Alaska, Dreamboat at Empire Control Room

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Quickdraw: The Most Serene Republic, Potty Mouth, Yung, Traams, Cool Ghouls

August 10, 2015


Music!  Enjoy.

:The Most Serene Republic – Ontario Morning:  I’ve always liked The Most Serene Republic, so I’m happy they decided to bring their hiatus to an end.  This first single back is really energetic, and I hope the rest of their new LP (their first in six years) is just like it.  Mediac is due out November 13 via MapleMusic.

:Potty Mouth – Cherry Picking:  I really dig this song, but I have to admit it might be a bit much for those of you who prefer to stay away from anything that’s 110% 90s-enthused.  Potty Mouth will release a self titled EP on August 21 via Planet Whatever Records.

:Yung – Blue Uniforms:  Yung frontman Mikkel Holm Silkjær is only 21, so I guess that explains why this six-minute track is all over the place.  Kids and their weird attention spans, right?  At least it’s being used for good here.  The These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Life Choices EP is due out September 18 via Fat Possum.

:Traams – Succulent Thunder Anthem:  The press release for Traams new album says that for it the band “adapted the charisma of White Denim’s experimentalism and early Modest Mouse’ indie guitar pop.”  I’m in for that.  Though, for whatever reason, I kind of hear more Parquet Courts here than anything else.  Modern Dancing is due out November 13 via FatCat Records.

:Cool Ghouls – Creature That I Am:  Here’s a nice straight up rock n’ roll throwback from Cool Ghouls.  Crank it up loud.  The Creature That I Am 7″ is due out October 23 via Dizzybird Records.  They’re apparently playing Austin on October 2, but the venue is listed as TBD.

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Stream This

November 7, 2014


From the depths of the SOTO inbox, I present to you your weekly serving of the latest and greatest album streams and videos.  Enjoy.


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 ➡ Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
Nots – We Are Nots
Dream Police – Hypnotized
Celestial Shore – Enter Ghost
Hookworms – The Hum
Torn Hawk – Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time
Gold Lake – Years
Ex Cops – Dagger
Royksopp – The Inevitable End
Cult Of Youth – Final Days
Sunbears – Future Sounds
The Voyeurs – Rhubarb Rhubarb
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – I’m In Your Mind Fuzz
Empty Moon – The Shark
2:54 – The Other I
Hundred Waters – Down From The Rafters Remix EP
Guerrilla Toss – Smack The Brick EP


Diarrhea Planet

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Quickdraw: Chvrches, Summer Salt, Leon Bridges, Cool Ghouls, Ariel Pink

October 23, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Chvrches – Get Away:  It’s perplexing to me why anyone would even attempt to improve upon the already perfect soundtrack for Drive, but BBC radio host Zane Lowe is giving it a go.  At least the project produced this new bit of dance-heavy fun from ChvrchesRadio One Rescores: Drive will air on October 30 on BBC Three.

:Summer Salt – Sweet To Me:  One of my favorite new acts out of Austin this year is Summer Salt.  If you like breezy pop tunes that are as charming as can be, then I think you’ll really love this new single from the band.  Keep an eye out for their upcoming EP.

:Leon Bridges – Coming Home:  Holy shit.  Yesterday I came across this soulful gem from Leon Bridges and it completely stunned me.  The guy has one of those classic voices that’s just impossible to get enough of.  No word yet on when an EP or album will arrive.

:Cool Ghouls – What A Dream I Had:  Here’s the latest retro jam from Cool Ghouls.  As Noah and I have said before, they’re one of the more impressive acts out of the Bay Are right now, and you should have their upcoming LP on your radar.  A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye is due out November 11 via Empty Cellar Records.

:Ariel Pink – Black Ballerina:  You may want to give this bizarro, 80s-enthused track from Ariel Pink a few listens.  My initial reaction was that of pure hate, but now I think it’s rad and weirdly catchy.  Look for Pom Pom when it gets released on November 18 via 4AD.

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Quickdraw: Hundred Visions, Francisco The Man, Cool Ghouls, Mogwai, Gold Lake

October 6, 2014


Music!  Enjoy.

:Hundred Visions – You’re Gonna Cut Me Loose:  Hundred Visions are a quality act that’s been banging around Austin for a good bit, and I’m excited to have some new music from them.  This might be their catchiest song yet.  The band will release Spite on October 28 via Pau Wau Records.  See them play Hotel Vegas on October 25.

:Francisco The Man – It’s Not Your Fault:  If you don’t already have it on there, I believe it’s time to add Francisco The Man’s upcoming debut album to the “anticipated” list.  I think it’s going to be an effort loaded with refreshing pop songs.  Loose Ends is due out October 27 via Fat Possum/Small Plates.

:Cool Ghouls – And It Grows:  SOTO’s own Noah Sanders has been rambling and raving about Cool Ghouls for a while now, and it’s not hard to understand why – they’re rad.  Expect to love this retro rock track.  A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye is due out November via Empty Cellar Records.

:Mogwai – Teenage Exorcists:  Earlier this year Mogwai released Rave Tapes, and now they’re following it up with a companion EP that’s comprised of some outtakes and remixes.  I can see why this track didn’t make the LP, as it’s essentially a slice of shoegaze pop and not at all like the post-rock jams they’re known for.  I like it a lot, though.  Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. is out December 1 via Rock Action.

:Gold Lake – Lovers:  Gold Lake have have only ever been a tiny blip on my radar, but this well crafted track has suddenly made me ready to really pay attention to them.  Be sure to grab a good pair of headphones before you hit play.  Look for Years to be released on November 4.

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Cool Ghouls (Noah)

September 10, 2014


Do you remember the beginning of that 1980s nurses-in-Vietnam-show China Beach? You know the one that started with Dana Delaney and a bunch of other ladies and gentlemen all hanging out on a beach in ‘Nam, and then explosions started happening, and USO shows up with ladies in glittery dresses, and this one helicopter swooping down over everything, and the whole time Diana Ross and The Supremes Reflections just blasted out over everything. Well, the first song, The Mile off of Cool Ghoul’s second LP, A Swirling Fire Burning Through Rye, feels like a distant homage to not just Reflections but to the sort of nostalgic Hollywood representation of those moments in our history.

The Mile is a good-time song, the type you’ve come to recognize from Cool Ghouls, a slow burning bit of Buzzcocks and Yardbirds that you might hear in a bar late at night and find yourself swaying to in some mixture of hip-shaking and slow-dancing. It doesn’t stop there though, there’s something about the vocals, the tinge of melancholy just barely hanging off their edges, that pulls you back as well, to an era when Vietnam had come and gone, and we were finally taking the time to talk about it, to dissect it’s lengthy shadow, to look at what might have happened to those who weren’t just killed there, but lived to see it through to its anti-climactic end. We were trying to understand what had come before, and when you look at an event of such horror and length, sometimes you have to sweeten the view from above just a little bit with a Diana Ross song. And that, that’s what The Mile is, it’s a band in 2014 looking back on the music (and the events, and the people, and everything else) of the 60s and 70s through the filter of nostalgia and producing something that condenses all of it – the good, the bad, the hippies, the longhairs, etc. – into an amalgamation of what we’ve heard before. And sure, it might ride the rails of nostalgia a bit much, but there isn’t a band out there I’d rather hear doing so than Cool Ghouls.

A Swirling Fire Burning Through Rye drops on November 11 from Empty Cellar Records.

:Cool Ghouls – The Mile:

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Stream This

November 15, 2013


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.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Soundtrack
Ejecta – Dominae
Ghost B.C. – If You Have Ghost EP
Daytona – Self Titled
LA Font – Diving Man
Magik Markers – Surrender To The Fantasy
Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain


Mirror Travel recently put out Mexico via Modern Outsider.

Mono released For My Parents last year.

M.I.A. recently released Matangi.

Keep Shelly In Athens released At Home recently via Cascine.

Austra’s Olympia is out now on Domino.

Shearwater’s Fellow Travelers is due out November 26 via Sub Pop.

Beachwood Sparks will release Desert Skies on November 26 via Naturalsound Records.

Hebronix and The Howling Hex teamed up for this track.  The Heb-Hex 7″ is due out November 25 via ATP.

Wild Ones’ Keep It Safe is out now on Party Damage Records.

Julianna Barwick put out Nepenthe earlier this year on Dead Oceans.  She plays the Parish on December 5.

Obits’ Bed & Bugs is out now on Sub Pop.

Big Scary just put out the Twin Rivers EP on Barsuk.

Cool Ghouls have an album out now on Empty Cellar.

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Stream This

May 10, 2013


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.


MS MR – Secondhand Rapture
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
Dirty Beaches – Strange Pleasures
Small Black – Limits Of Desire
Peals – Walking Field
Wampire – Curiosity
Eluvium -  Nightmare Ending
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding
Pure X – Crawling Up The Strairs
Sam Amidon – Bright Sunny South
Survival – Self Titled
Dungeonesse – Self Titled
Phaseone – If I Tell U
Snowden – No One In Control
Adult – The Way Things Fall
The Features – Self Titled
Saturday Looks Good To Me – One Kiss Ends It All
Luke Rathborne – Last Forgiven
Burnt Ones – You’ll Never Walk Alone
PacificUV – After The Dream You Are Awake


The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito is out now on Interscope.

Smith Westerns will release Soft Will on June 25 through Mom + Pop.

Alpine’s A Is For Alpine is due out May 21 via Votiv.

Wolf People just recently released Fain on Jagjaguwar.

David Bowie’s The Next Day is out now.

The National will put out Trouble Will Find Me on May 21 via 4AD.

Gary Clark Jr. released Blak And Blu last year.

Queens Of The Stone Age are set to release Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador.

Deftones have an album out now titled Koi No Yokan.

Girl Names put out The New Life earlier this year on Slumberland.

Wild Moccasins’ Gag Reflections single is out now on New West Records.

Secret Colours will release Peach on May 28.

Theophilus London is expected to put out a new full length later this year.

Cool Ghouls have a self titled album out now on Empty Cellar Records.

Tycho have a 12″ available now titled Fragments.Ascension.

Hands just recently put out Synesthesia on Kill Rock Stars.

Blake Hazard (of the Submarines) will release The Eleanor Islands on July 9.

Coma Cinema’s Posthumous Release is due June 11 via Fork & Spoon Records/Orchid Tapes.

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Cool Ghouls (Noah)

April 10, 2013


You’d think at some point bands from San Francisco would run aground on the shores of the garage rock sound. That they’d go to plug in their instruments and play a few jangly, distortion-soaked power chords and find that, at long last, the well had finally run dry and all they could really think of playing was moody covers of Depeche Mode’s Greatest Hits. It sure has felt a little like the “San Francisco sound” that Pitchfork so deftly pinned in their Positive Destruction article has fallen on hard times, the tight jeans of garage given way to the short shorts and leopard prints of 80s-aping.

And then upon the scene, are Cool Ghouls, a trio of scrappy youth from the Yay Area, ready to turn their jangle up to eleven and let the broken-voiced holler of a new generation of garage kids fly free. With Tim Cohen, he of the Fresh & Onlys, on the boards, it doesn’t seem strange at all that this bit of San Francisco is tinged with a hint of doo-wop, a touch of the drunk and swaggering, a little, tiny puff of the psychedelia.

If you were worried that the San Francisco sound had taken a nose dive off in to the territory of mope and gloom, fear not listeners, the Cool Ghouls have arrived (again), flag-bearers of the next wave of San Francisco’s grittily beautiful.

Cool Ghoul’s new self-titled album is out April 23 on perennial San Francisco favorite Empty Cellar Records.

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