Penicillin Baby, "Daddy Drove a Hearse"; Megajoos, "Gnar Gnar"
We brought Penicillin Baby's Jams Vol. 1 to your attention a couple of months ago, and Megajoos' eponymous debut a week after that. But ridiculous band names aren't the only thing these two local outfits have in common — they'll be releasing a split EP titled MEGA/BABY on Oct. 14 via Favorite Face Records. They're already streaming a song apiece from the EP, and you can hear those above or download them at Favorite Face's Soundcloud page. While Penicillin's "Daddy Drove a Hearse" is a shimmering sliver of catchy psych pop, Megajoos' "Gnar Gnar" is a fuzzy, raw sort of thrash-pop garage metal, if you'll indulge my rampant labeling. Both tracks are quite good, as a matter of fact, so check those out. There will be a release show on Oct. 14.
Escondido, Escondido EP
So, while Escondido is a relatively new project from locals Tyler James and Jessica Maros, the two consider themselves "veterans of Nashville’s music scene." They've currently got a debut LP in the works, but for the time being, they're offering up a free download of their eponymous four-track EP. Escondido makes a dreamy, balmy sort of desert pop-rock that goes down easy — songs about driving, smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey (not necessarily at the same time). Download the Escondido EP above or via Noise Trade for any price you like.
Atlas Genius, "Symptoms (Wild Cub Remix)"
Locals Wild Cub, as you all know by now, make a soaring, sugary sort of electro-pop. But, as it turns out, they also occasionally do remixes, like the above retooling of Australian indie-pop outfit Atlas Genius' "Symptoms." Shiny dance-pop fare, to be sure. Stream it above, or download it for free over at Atlas Genius' Soundcloud page. Definitely reminds me of Miike Snow and Pnau. And speaking of Wild Cub ...
Wild Cub, "Thunder Clatter (Meth Dad Remix)"
I've long had a soft spot for Wild Cub's feel-good pop number "Thunder Clatter," but here the tune gets a thorough reworking from Murfreesboro's Meth Dad. Twisted up, turned out and slathered with luxurious new sounds, "Clatter" takes on new life as a shimmering banger. Stream it above or via Meth Dad's Soundcloud page.
Get Better, "Out of Town" and "Clocked"
Hey, more electronic pop music — though I'd say this one leans a little more '80s New Wave than post-Aughts EDM. Props to WOTT for bringing to our attention Get Better, the project of locals Graham LeBron and Shanna Mahan. The above two tracks, says Get Better, are part of a "seven-song EP entitled A Year in a Day." The duo says they'll release a song each month for the rest of the year ... although the most recent tack has a Bandcamp date stamp of July 11. Curious. Either they've fallen behind, or those dates aren't accurate. Regardless, you can stream both tracks above or at Get Better's Bandcamp page.