Wooden Wand, Death Seat: The Murfreesboro Mix
Once upon a time, noted songster James Jackson Toth (aka Wooden Wand) recorded a version of his Death Seat down in Murfreesboro with local musicians including Joey Knieser, Bingham Barnes, William Tyler, Casey Kaufman, Brian Lowery, Tyler Coppage, Andrew Mosiman and Spencer Duncan. Swans frontman Michael Gira — who released Death Seat via his Young God Records — wasn't pleased with that version, so it was re-recorded with Gira as producer. The Murfreesboro version was shelved — until now. Toth is offering what he's calling Death Seat: The Murfreesboro Mix via Bandcamp, saying, "if you ever wondered what the album would have sounded like had I produced it without Michael Gira, well, here you go." Stream it above, or purchase it for $9 at Wooden Wand's Bandcamp page. Fine, thoughtful, somewhat minimal folk rock. Good stuff.
Old Crow Medicine Show, Carry Me Back to Virginia EP
Traditionalists Old Crow Medicine Show need no introduction. OCMS has a brand-new EP by the name of Carry Me Back to Virginia, on which they saw and pick and plow their way through two tuneful bluegrass tracks, plus a cover of Alabama's “Dixieland Delight.” For real. The Show will play Nashville's The Woods Amphitheater on Aug. 3, but you can hear the EP now via Soundcloud.
Brendan Benson, "Red White and Blues"
Remember when we mentioned that Brendan Benson is releasing his next album a single at a time in the run up to his proper Black Friday LP unveiling? Well, the next single is here. It's called "Red White and Blues," and it's a burning roots rocker. Hear it above or via Soundcloud, or get more info at BB's website.
Echo Group, Side Steps!
Our old melodic indie-rockin' pals of Echo Group are back with another full-length. It's called Side Steps!, and it's full of sweet, sunny, smartly arranged and well-played rock 'n' roll. Get a load of that above, or purchase it for just $7 at Echo Group's Bandcamp page.
Chance Martin, "Blue Monday"
If you read freelancer Jordan Lawrence's excellent feature on Chance Martin this week, then you know that the elusive Martin is about to release his In Search via Paradise of Bachelors, 32 years after it was recorded. You can already hear the very far-out, psych-country scorcher "Blue Monday." Stream it above or via Soundcloud, where you can also hear the extremely trippy "Mr. Freedom Man."
John McCauley and Jonny Fritz, Oxyana Soundtrack
So, Oxyana is director Sean Dunne's new, award-winning documentary about the Oxycontin-ravaged community of Oceana, W.V. Locals John McCauley (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs) and Jonny Fritz created the soundtrack for the film, and it's a haunting, lovely thing, complete with instrumental versions of Fritz's "Fever Dreams," "Dog on a Chain" and more. Very spooky, and very well executed. Hear it all above or via Soundcloud.
Kyle Andrews, "Crystal Ball"
Pop songster Kyle Andrews — who will be playing the second installment of our Sounds Like Summer/Cream Anniversary Party at Mercy Lounge on July 20 — will release his Brighter Than the Sun on July 23. He's already offering his bouncy, electro-pop scorcher "Crystal Ball," and you can hear that above or via his Soundcloud page. Infectious stuff.
Familiar with Churchyard yet? They're a relatively new quartet of young ladies who make lo-fi, grungy garage pop with more than a hint of '60s psych, surf pop influence. They recorded three songs with fellow local rock 'n' roller Ben Spinks, and you can hear those tunes above or at Churchyard's Bandcamp page. Keep an eye on these youngsters — Good Shit Alert.
Moon Taxi, "Running Wild"
Nashville jam sensations Moon Taxi will release their next LP, Mountains Beaches Cities, on Sept. 10, and they recently premiered their lead-off single "Running Wild." It's a feel-good sort of posi-pop number, very much in step with the Taxi's jubilant vibes. And oh hey, catch M.T. today at Forecastle. Anyway, hear "Running Wild" via the YouTube embed above.
El El, "Kiss Kiss"
So, local robot rockers Heypenny broke up. But frontman Ben Elkins has a new project by the name of El El, and you can get a little taste of their expansive, experimental pop right now. The tune is called "Kiss Kiss," and you can hear it above or at El El's Soundcloud page.
Matt Moody, "Remains to Be Seen"
Honestly, wicked wizard, psych-pop master and bassist extraordinaire Matt Moody may be the most prolific musician in Nashville. Guess what! He's back with another track, and it's a ragged, riffing, Southern-psych blaster — lean, mean and fuzzed out. Good shit. Hear "Remains to Be Seen" above or via Moody's Bandcamp page.
Bad Cop, "Light On (Two Fresh Remix)"
So, we've already heard local garage-punk outfit Bad Cop's catchy and diggable "Light On" single. Well, had you wondered what a tricked-out, electronic version of "Light On" might sound like? Lucky you, EDM duo Two Fresh created a remix of "Light On," and you can hear that above or via Soundcloud. And oh yeah, Bad Cop will play The High Watt as part of our Sounds Like Summer/Cream Anniversary Party two-night stand on July 20.
You may Jared Forrester as a local bassman who's played with Hammertorch and others. Well, he also makes experimental electronic music under the name J4, and he's just unleashed a busy, eclectic, tweaked-out album by the name of Foreasonal. It's all over the place. Get a load of it above, or purchase it for $7 at J4's Bandcamp page.