Wild Cub, Letters Home From Far Away
You saw hometown-outfit-on-the-rise Wild Cub covering Beyonce a couple weeks back. If that got you thinking, "Hey, what else do those glossy electro-popsters have up their sleeves?" then good news: They have a new EP that, in addition to a couple of live numbers and an outtake from their record Youth, features WC covering Drake and CHVRCHES (in addition to the aforementioned "Crazy in Love"). Sleek stuff. You can stream Letters Home From Far Away above or at Wild Cub's Soundcloud page, or purchase it via iTunes.
D. Striker, Come Over Here
We recently had a Friday the 13th, which of course means that local Man in Yellow and country-skewering satirist D. Striker had one of his RR release shows. But Striker also has a brand-new record by the name of Come Over Here, for which he called upon his cast of Music City pros. Thirteen beautifully played classic-country and country-rock songs that you can download for any price you like or get physically for (guess how much!) $13. Stream it above or via D. Striker's Bandcamp page, and see some of Striker's upcoming tour dates here.
The Wans, "I Can't Fix You"
Local rock 'n' roll trio The Wans will release their long-player He Said, She Said on Sept. 2, but you can get a little taste now. They debuted their song "I Can't Fix You" via The AV Club earlier this week, where Marah Eakin said that the band's aesthetic "mixes Zeppelin, Cream and 'newer' bands like Nirvana." Personally, it sounds more to me like the turn-of-the-century garage-rock revivalism we heard from outfits like The Vines, The Hives and, to a lesser extent, Jet (the latter of whom are less homagers and more rip-off artists). Anyway, fun song. Stream it above.
Jawws, "Thrashin' (Demo)"
You know what makes me happy? Seeing local youngsters (i.e., punkins) carry the punk-rock torch. Local hardcore thrashers Jawws have a new demo by the name of "Thrashin'," and you can stream it above or download it for free via their Bandcamp page. That's an angst-riddled blast of "FUCK YOU" right there, for fans of OFF!, Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat ... you know, good shit.
Good Rester, Beat Tape Vol. 1
Local dude Brian Siskind has his fingers in many a musical pie. One of such pies is Good Rester, the name under which Siskind has released his recent Beat Tape Vol. 1. You can purchase Beat Tape Vol. 1 on cassette via Siskind's Beat Hollow Records, or stream it above. Rad, free-flowing, experimental hip-hop that — were I a serious MC — I'd probably get the urge to spit all over.
Brian Siskind, Live at the Rothko Chapel
And oh hey, speaking of Siskind, he and his Beat Hollow Records are also releasing his own Live at Rothko Chapel, "a guided sonic meditation, acoustically tailored and specifically crafted solely for and in reverence of the sacred space of the Rothko Chapel." Beautiful, meditative stuff that you can stream above or purchase on vinyl right here. Dig in.