Those Darlins, Blur the Line
In the run up to the release of their Blur the Line Oct. 1, Those Darlins have been issuing all sorts of content, from videos to nudie pics and beyond. Well, now you can actually hear the whole damn thing. Spin just posted the entire record, and you can hear that for a limited time above. We'll have much more on the Darlins in advance of their official release. For now I'll just say that the Roger Moutenot-produced Line is a much more ambitious and diverse release than anything else we've heard from the Darlins, from the gritty Southern-rock burn of "In the Wilderness" to the crawling, anguished balladry of "That Man." Pre-order Blur the Line here.
Sol Cat, "Keep Your Heat"
Local chilled-out indie rockers Sol Cat will release their EP Welcome to Cowabunga on Oct. 1, and they've just debuted the track "Keep Your Heat" via CMJ. Like past Cat material, "Heat" bounces along full of quirks and stylistic shifts, slipping in and out of half-time with frontman Brett Hammann crooning slyly over the shape-shifting grooves. Diggable. Hear it above.
What Up English, Play the Hits
Bless those What Up English youngsters*, keeping their rock 'n' roll urgent and energetic and ... well, young. The dance-pop outfit has a lot of new material coming at the end of the year, and until then they're offering a compilation of some of their old tracks from the "early years" (like, 2010?). Anyway, stream Play the Hits above or download it for any price you like via WUE's Bandcamp page.
* I've heard it said that we call What Up English "young" too often. But don't worry about that, kids — you have the whole back half of your lives to be old.
Todd A, "Stay Together for the Dog" and "Ewa"
Remember indie-rock power trio The Carter Administration? Of course you do. They aren't together anymore, but their three members recently got together with longtime collaborator Jeremy Ferguson of Battle Tapes to record a pair of very Carter-esque rock tunes under the banner of Todd A (that's Todd Anderson, who now lives in Orange County). If you like the bands that informed the Carters — you know, Dino Jr. and Superchunk and so forth — then you'll probably like "Stay Together for the Dog" and "Ewa." "Stay Together for the Dog" is about just what it sounds like, and I love that. Stream both tunes above, or buy them for any price you like via Todd A's Bandcamp page.
Alex Baker, January Blues
Anybody remember defunct local outfit Dewey Decibel? I do. Former DD frontman Alex Baker has put together an 11-track album by the name of January Blues — an apt title if I may say, even if it was released in September. It's an introspective, isolated folk record that's a bit sleeker than Neutral Milk Hotel, but not quite as ambitious as, say, Bon Iver. Good stuff. Baker apparently no longer lives in Nashville, but what are you gonna do ... I've already written this paragraph. Stream January Blues above or download it for $7 via Baker's Bandcamp page.
Wayne Mosh, Contagium
Well hey, it's nostalgia week, apparently. Wayne Mosh is the alter ego of former Katies frontman Jason Moore, and he's got a new seven-track collection by the name of Contagium. Tagged "acid folk," Contagium genre hops like some sort of long-lost Ween album, breezing past Springsteen-esque, deep-throated redemption songs and wonky, experimental alt-rock records alike. If you like albums that sound like they were recorded by one very talented dude who's locked in his bedroom studio with a quarter of extraordinarily potent cannabis, you will enjoy this Contagium. Stream it above or download it for free via Mosh's Bandcamp page.