Oh Dang Lo Mein, Ween EP
Back when locals Oh Dang Lo Mein released their OMEN, I noted that the record combined "traditional gospel music, doo-wop, neo-soul and R&B, and true-blue American rock ’n’ roll." Well, the soul-rock-pop alchemists are back with a Halloween EP by the name of Ween. It's 25 minutes of playful but tuneful soul- and hip-hop-inflected grooves featuring contributions from Joel McAnulty, Richard Harper, Jota Ese and Ricardo Alessio. "It's sort of like a reverse remix album," says Harper. Good shit. Stream it above or download it for any price you like via ODLM's Bandcamp page.
Stoyanov, Ghost Notes
Local dude Jay Stoyanov plays with local indie-rock outfit Echo Group, but he also does his own thing from time to time. Here we have the three-track release Ghost Notes, which sounds precisely like an EP called Ghost Notes should — a bunch of eerie, reverb-drenched soundscapes. If you're looking for something to throw on your Halloween party playlist, this is just the thing. Stream it above, or purchase it for $3 via Stoyanov's Bandcamp page.
Paul Burch, Fevers
Local honky-tonkin', rockabillin', shufflin' songster Paul Burch will release his Fevers on Nov. 5 (via Cheetah Chrome's Plowboy Records), and oh hey, would you look at that? The whole thing is already streaming over at USA Today. Says USA Today's Brian Mansfield, "Several of the album's songs — whether the vintage honky-tonk stylings of 'Straight Tears, No Chaser' and 'Saturday Night Jamboree' or the Bo Diddley beat of 'Couldn't Get a Witness' — have the feel of something recorded in one of America's historic studios." Some great, classic-sounding Nashville country right here. Dive in above.
Meadownoise, "Hair Just So"
All right, so this track isn't overtly Halloweeny, but the first lyric is "In a proud orange sweatshirt." That counts for something, right? Local experimentalist Matt Glassmeyer uses his project Meadownoise to present thoughtful, avant-garde, multi-layered story songs, and his latest is a tune by the name of "Hair Just So." Very unique, interesting stuff. Meadownoise will open for Tristen at her album release tomorrow night at The Stone Fox (see our feature here). Stream "Hair Just So" above or buy it for a buck via Meadownoise's Bandcamp page.
The Hawk in Paris, Freaks preview
Electro-pop trio The Hawk in Paris released their Freaks on Tuesday, and they're sharing a four-track preview that you can stream above or via their Soundcloud page. As you'll hear, all four tunes are a New Wave-informed sort of synth pop with shades of New Order, Gary Numan, The Faint, Kraftwerk and Portishead that oscillates between gloomy and sunny.
Tesla Rossa, "Ralston"
And finally, pop-rock crew Tesla Rossa has a new single called "Ralston," and they'll be celebrating its release with a Halloween blowout tonight at The Basement. "Ralston" has a classic, breezy-pop sort of approach that actually puts me in mind of "Boys of Summer." Get your hands on the 7-inch tonight, or stream the track above or via TR's Soundcloud page.