* Digital Leather is back on the label market after the sudden collapse of longtime indie label Absolutely Kosher Records, which shuttered earlier this year. But that hasn't stopped the band from putting out smaller releases. The latest is Sponge, a nine-song cassette and digital download release out this January on Crash Symbols.
* Digitial Leather will also be one of the acts featured on a new Nebraska music compilation put together by HearNebraska.org. The website, which seeks to cover and support locally made music., will also host a release show for the compilation, set for Saturday, December 3rd at the Sydney, 5918 Maple St. at 9:30 p.m. Digital Leather will be joined by Masses, Dim Light, Domestica and The Wagon Blasters. The album, which is limited to 150 copies, features 12 bands. Eight of the 12 songs are previously unreleased. The $15 CD is a fundraiser for the nonprofit website. After the physical copies sell out, Hear Nebraska will release the album digitally. Doug Van Sloun mastered the tracks and the album's artwork and printing were all done locally. The album includes songs by Big Harp, The So-So Sailors, The Mezcal Brothers and The Betties.
* If the Color Me Impressed Replacements documentary has gotten you in the mood for boozy, messy Americana-leaning rock, check out Deer Tick's new album, Divine Providence. The Rhode Island rockers sound like they locked themselves away with cases upon cases of beer until they finished the record. The highlight: "Let's All Go To the Bar".
* Brimstone Howl singer/guitarist John Ziegler has opened a new chapter with The Lupines. Between finished up a final mixing session with Detroit producer Jim Diamond and recording another session in Lincoln with Mark Wolberg, Ziegler told The Reader could see that the end had come for Brimstone. Instead of recruting a new line-up, he retired the name that he had shared with core members, Nick Waggoner and Calvin Retzlaff. Then he hooked up with bassist Mike Tulis, after years of talking about starting a band together. Tulis asked Ziegler if he had any musicians in mind and Ziegler mentioned he had enjoyed the playing of ex-Anonymous American guitarist Mike Friedman. After the band's rehearsals started in July, the band also recruited Bright Calm Blue's Javid Dabestani on drums. The Lupines played one show in November and plans more shows in 2012.