OK, yes. Oblivians are — quite notably — a Memphis band. Hell, one of the Oblivians founded Memphis-to-the-core Goner Records. But the Oblivians recorded Desperation — their first effort in 16 years, released next week via In the Red — here, and so I'm going to claim at least a little tiny corner of the record as Nashvillian. Tracked at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound, Desperation features just the sort of gloriously imprecise and fuzzy garage-punk fare that Oblivians issued back in the '90s — when they were helping define an entire genre. Among the set is Stephanie McDee's zydeco stomper "Call the Police," a tune that The Spin caught co-frontman Greg Cartwright & Co. playing at the Quintron and Miss Pussycat show at Third Man about a year ago. Anyway, stream it via P4k. It's good.
When Bully opened for Best Coast earlier this week, The Spin called them "tight and angular post-Breeders punk-pop." Let's see if The Spin was right. Frontlady Alicia Bognanno & Co. have a new tune called "Brainfreeze" from their forthcoming EP (out later this summer), and indeed it is a catchy and urgent little blast of pop-flavored indie rock with attitude to spare. Stream it above or at Bully's Bandcamp page.
Ben Spinks Supermelt, "D" and "Deceiver"
Know Ben Spinks Supermelt? They're an unapologetic, blown-out blues-punk power trio that lands somewhere between distortion-addicted sonic pulverizer Jon Spencer and the early material of virtuosic Texans White Denim. Like The Black Keys but wish their blues-rock stomp-alongs were just a little bit less accessible to the popped-collar set? Dig the local garage scene but wish most of the bands you catch on a weekly basis had a bigger pair of balls? Here's your answer, friends. "D" is a punishing, punky blast, and "Deceiver" is a slinky, sexy sex attack. Stream both tunes above, or download them for any price you like at Ben Spinks Supermelt's Bandcamp page.
Amanda Shires, "Devastate"
Fiddle-toting songstress Amanda Shires may be a Texas girl at heart, but she — and her notable husband, Jason Isbell — currently call Nashville home. Shires will release her Down Fell the Doves on Aug. 6 via Lightning Rod Records, and Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog recently debuted the Doves track "Devastate." While you could certainly loosely lay the "country" genre blanket over "Devastate," Shires' fiddle runs and alt-rock vocals will probably appeal to folks who aren't typically drawn to the cowboy-hat scene. Like her hubby, Shires has an alt-country sort of edge to her. Give the tune a listen above or at Lightning Rod's Soundcloud page.
DeRobert and the Half-Truths, "Goin' Places"
We've told you a couple of times, but allow me to tell you once more: G.E.D. Soul Records is currently seeking funds via Kickstarter to release albums from three of their artists (DeRobert and the Half-Truths, The Coolin' System and A.J. and the Jiggawatts). The forthcoming DR&tHT record is called I'm Tryin', and the boys have made the Tryin' track "Goin' Places" available for free download in order to get the word out about their label's Kickstarter campaign. It's a smooth and soulful, self-assured R&B cut that coasts along in an easy and laid-back groove, and you can stream it above or download it for free via G.E.D. Soul's Soundcloud page.