* Remember how Saddle Creek Records announced the newest member of their family about a week ago? Remember how it turned out to be local brainy garage-punkers PUJOL? Well, PUJOL's first release via the Saddlers will be an EP titled Nasty, Brutish and Short. (Title reminds me of an ex-girlfriend of mine. Hey-oh!) Says a release, "Nasty, Brutish, and Short focuses on fragmentation, compartmentalization, and the idea of cultural maxims dominating the individual's ability to vocalize and interact with the external world." Sounds like PUJOL all right! The EP will be out Oct. 18, right in the middle of PUJOL's tour with Ted Leo.
* Ann Powers of NPR's The Record With Ann Powers put together a pretty interesting piece on neo-traditionalism in country music, along with rapping in country music, and country music in True Blood and all sorts of stuff. The piece is called "Country's New Guard Gets Back to Basics," and it's certainly worth a read. Or a listen. However you want to consume it is OK by me.