Friday, March 29, 2013

The Week in Fresh Tracks [PUJOL, Makeup and Vanity Set, Penicillin Baby, Ranch Ghost]

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Personally, I have to say that this week's fresh tracks come to us from some of my absolute favorite local outfits. We're looking at new action from brainy punk guru Daniel Pujol and his PUJOL, electronic experimentalists Makeup and Vanity Set, and psychedelic popsters Penicillin Baby. Also, we've got a couple of not-new-but-newly-free tracks from rock 'n' rollers Ranch Ghost. Follow me below to hear all of it. Check out past weeks in fresh tracks here, and if you've got anything for us, email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com.

PUJOL, "Postgrad"

Daniel Pujol-fronted local faves PUJOL will release their Deep Cuts 7-inch on Record Store Day (April 20) via Saddle Creek Records. PUJOL is currently working on their forthcoming LP — a followup to last year's excellent United States of Being — and one of the tunes that will be included on the long-player is also featured on this 7-inch. It's called "Postgrad," and you can hear it above or via Saddle Creek's Soundcloud page, and read the lyrics here. In most PUJOLian fashion, it's a pointed, buzzing, pulsing dose of existential-dilemma punk. Dive in.

Makeup and Vanity Set, 7.25.2148

You may recall that we recently posted the trailer for Makeup and Vanity Set's 7.25.2148 EP. MAVS is of course the dreamy, experimental electronic project of Matthew Pusti and his drummer Christian Williams, and 7.25 (released yesterday) is their latest concept-y sci-fi effort. Here's a bit of text as it appears on MAVS' Bandcamp page:

"i remember you well, your eyes as they would finally open. and reopen. the hum of the machines fading off into the background, i would listen against your chest to the life inside of you and weep. and with the times before, again out into the woods, i would gaze up above the treetops. i would see the stars above us, and hear the rolling thunder, and power throughout the universe displayed. if only then i knew what power we had wrought of this life, even now as i fade back into those woods. it is done."

Sick. Stream all five tracks from 7.25.2148 above, or download them for $5 at Makeup and Vanity Set's Bandcamp page — or better yet, get a physical copy of the EP here.

Penicillin Baby, Jams Vol. III

Far-out local space rockers Penicillin Baby once upon a time released a collection of tunes called Jams Vol. I. They followed that up with Jams Vol. II. Apparently in an attempt to throw us all for a most unexpected loop (kidding), the kiddos are now unleashing Jams Vol. III, a similarly shiny and diggable three-song collection of upbeat, surfy psychedelic pop. One of the three songs featured here is of course "All Dolled Up," the tune for which P-Baby released their NSFW video earlier this week. As previously noted, the boys will play tonight at Springwater with Elk Milk, Golden Spurs and Shy Guy. Stream Jams Vol. III above, or download it for any price you like at Penicillin Baby's Bandcamp page. Keep an eye on these kids. Their jams fall somewhere between Ty Segall and Tame Impala on the psych scale, and I'm looking forward to seeing what's next.

Ranch Ghost, "Nahla" and "Ragged Mile"

Local psychedelic garage rockers — and winners of Monday's Road to Bonnaroo Round Two — Ranch Ghost put out their "Nahla" 7-inch via Ben Blackwell's Cass Records way back in September. But until recently, you could only hear "Nahla" and its B-side, "Ragged Mile," by purchasing the wax or streaming the tunes at R.G.'s Bandcamp page. Well, now you can download both songs for free via this link. Dig in.

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