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Arlington Hotel Edition, with Kari Faux and Country Florist

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click image RELAXING IN HOT SPRINGS: John Puckett, the Arlington Hotel's piano player has a seat before his Sunday brunch performance. - BRIAN CHILSON
  • RELAXING IN HOT SPRINGS: John Puckett, the Arlington Hotel's piano player has a seat before his Sunday brunch performance.

1. Kari Faux - "No Small Talk" 

Little Rock's song of the summer
 now has a video, and it's better than any of us could have hoped, like DGainz meets DIS magazine. The fact that I've yet to hear this song on the radio here is a complete mystery.

2. Country Florist - "Night Dress"

This is from a new tape, "CF-1," by Little Rock's Andrew Morgan (Chinese Girls, Ettiem), aka Country Florist, who went the cassette-only route via Drawing Room Records, which used to be based in Little Rock and is now based in New York. RIYL: Bauhaus, Ultravox, Ariel Pink, listening to the radio and watching TV and dreaming at the same time.

3. Yung Envy - "Stay Away"

Former Pepperboy protege Yung Envy
 reappeared with this spooky ode to antisocial behavior a few days ago, and it's brief and pretty good and a huge downer. The best part is that disembodied, echoey voice shouting "far" off in the distance over the hook. 

4. Rodney CoLe - "I Luvs It"  

The layers of delay and the stop-start, slipstream dreaminess of the whole thing here is impressive. Wish it were longer. There's a Chance the Rapper quality to the yawps and the jazz chords. Seems like CoLe splits his time between Little Rock and Louisiana, but I think we can claim him all the same. 

5. Wasted Colours - "Burn Me Blank"

Wasted Colours is, I  think, a loosely Little Rock-based collaboration between Liquid Skulls' Jimmy Spice and someone else named B. Harris. They released a sort of EP, a pretty good one, earlier this year, but here's a new track, from that Fayetteville-centric Art Amiss comp that came out on Saturday. After a couple of listens, this is the song that grabbed me the most, just as great post-punk / industrial pop, like The Slits but more immersive. 

6. T-Scrill ft. Yung2 - "Ketchup"

Watching this video, you may find yourself wondering, "Does T-Scrill go too far with the ketchup wordplay?" There is the bottle of Hunt's in an ice bucket as if it were champagne. There is T-Scrill's t-shirt, which plays off the Heinz logo and says "Ketchup." During Yung2's pretty good verse, there's often just a bottle of Hunt's perched on the bar next to his face, as if to say, "Don't forget, this whole thing is about ketchup." 

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