But none of that is to downplay just how great it is that PUJOL has signed to Saddle Creek. It's only to suggest that — given the state of the music industry and, you know, everything in the world — perhaps record labels like Saddle Creek need acts like PUJOL (i.e., genuinely unique, hardworking and prolific generators of product) as much or more than acts like PUJOL need labels like Saddle Creek. Anyway, here (via my Critic's Pick) are some facts and opinions relating to PUJOL:
Back in February 2010, when we named PUJOL frontman Daniel Pujol one of 10 Nashvillian artists to keep an eye on and dubbed him the “Socrates of the House-Show Circuit,” even we — in all our prescience — didn’t know just how right we were. Since then, he’s unveiled a myriad of releases, most notably the Jack White-produced Third Man Records single “Black Rabbit.” PUJOL’s seven-song EP Nasty, Brutish, and Short — out Oct. 18 via typically-but-not-always-emo-leaning tastemakers Saddle Creek — features a mostly different lineup (aside from Pujol himself, of course), with contributions from members of local outfits Natural Child, Denney and the Jets, Action!, Quichenight, A Country Gentleman and more. Co-produced by Pujol and Jeremy Ferguson of Battle Tapes Recordings, Nasty certainly sports less polish than the “Black Rabbit” 7-inch, but PUJOL’s burning punk-rock urgency and thoughtful lyricism remain. In most erudite fashion, Pujol tackles topics both ambitiously big-picture (the daunting implications of existing in modern culture) and sweetly timeless (being with someone you really care about). It’s upbeat, poppy, aggressive and pensive punk rock of the highest order. And have a look at this extremely strong local undercard: Turbo Fruits, D. Watusi, King Arthur and Fox Fun. —D. PATRICK RODGERS
PUJOL will also play a Grimey's in-store today at 6 p.m. Maybe you heard "Mayday" via Spinner or "Stuff" via NPR's All Songs Considered. Well, we've got another one for you — just streamy, no downloady. Hear "Scully" from Nasty, Brutish and Short below.