Big Hud Collaborates With Every Rapper In Town and Maren Morris Is Writing For Tim McGraw.

Making the rounds yesterday was this must-read Pitchfork feature which delves into just about every facet of vinyl's resurgence in recent years.

Included in that piece are more than a few interesting tidbits — like the fact that Jack White's latest record sold 40,000 vinyl copies in its first week and that overall vinyl sales have risen from roughly one million copies in 2007 to over six million last year.

More importantly, for the sake of this column anyway, St. Vincent's stunning self-titled LP currently stands as the tenth-highest selling vinyl of 2014.

Not bad at all.

At the same time, there are a number of other locals currently working on new albums that'd surely love to be on that list.

Local rap phenom Lord Byron, for instance, already has a new one in the works for release this fall. Check out its first single, “Mono{poly}”:

Then there's the band Dripping Wet (read: a handful of 20-year-old University of North Texas students that just came together in the past few months) that just put out its first two-song EP last week, which you can check out below. The group's Mac Demarco-meets-every-band-Caleb Ian Campbell-has-ever-been-in sound instantly makes them one of the little d's most interesting upstarts.

Meanwhile, Dallas rapper Big Hud has a pair of albums set for release this summer, one of which is a collaborative effort with Oakland hyphy emcee — and self-proclaimed “stunnaholic” — Beeda Weeda. For his solo album, though, Hud's OYBA (On Yo Bitch A$$) is very much intended to highlight Dallas and boost up some of its so-called street rappers. That one will feature guest appearances from A.Dd+, Tum Tum, Fat Pimp, Lil Ronny MF, J-White, Too $hort, Curren$y and several more folks whose names contain dollar signs. Look for that one August 12.

Another of the fall's most anticipated records (in many circles, anyway) is Tim McGraw's 13th studio album, Sundown Heaven Town. Earlier this week, McGraw told Rolling Stone that the album will feature guest appearances from his wife, Faith Hill, plus their daughter and also Kid Rock. White Noise has also learned it'll feature a track called “Last Turn Home,” which was co-written by North Texas expat Maren Morris. The album comes out September 16.

Fellow expat Mystery Skulls has also officially re-released his 2012 jam “Paralyzed” as a single earlier today. That release coincides with the release of a second video for the song, which the former North Texan debuted this morning via Spin. Of course, even that publication admitted that further details on the outfit's Warner Bros. debut were sketchy beyond the fact that it'll be released sometime this fall. Anyway, check it out:

Oh, and you can also peep the completely different 2012 version of the video right here.

Also? Fort Worth's The Dangits is releasing its sophomore effort this Saturday at Lola's, and Dallas' Party Static is currently working on a second release of its own. Sample a track from the former's album below, and check out a clip of the latter hard at work in the studio here.

And, finally, here are a few notes not involving upcoming albums.

DJ Sober's next project is actually one that doesn't even involve music at all. Rather, the friend of our program and longtime hobo culture enthusiast is putting together a zine and organizing a group art show, both of which deal with the monikers and marks of these folks. The art show opens Saturday, September 13 at The Public Trust, where copies of said zine will first be available to pick up.

Lastly, Trees is holding a listening party for its newly-installed sound system on August 13 where, says the club, they'll have DJs on the decks all night long, pushing the system to its limits. Cover to that one is free, and well drinks cost just $1.

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