* Digital Leather is finally able to let loose plans for its follow-up to 2009’s Warm Brother . The new record, Infinite Sun, is due out in June or early July on Chicago label, Tic Tac Totally. After Shawn Foree and his bandmates recorded the album, they took to fundraising website kickstarter.com to pay mixing and mastering of the record. Those who donated get one of a limited line of records made specifically for donors. Foree says he wanted to get the full-length squared away, so he can begin his 2011 mission — to set a personal best for number of releases in a calendar year. He already has a Scion A/V Garage and Vice Records co-release split single with the Cola Freaks lined up. * Ryan Olson of Gayngs brings his other project, Marijuana Death Squad, to Brothers Lounge, 3812 Farnam St., Saturday, Jan. 29. Olson has built his reputation in Minneapolis as a producer, before Gayngs took off last year. Marijuana Death Squad combines dance music with improvised elements and features two live drummers. The group is stopping on its way to Los Angeles for a residency at the ex-Spaceland venue, which is now the Satellite. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and is $5 at the door. * Blackheart Booking’s Lucas Wright and Lincoln musician Kevin Waltemath (Motherpile, Life of a Scarecrow) have joined forces to spearhead their own local label, DenyBeDoomed Records. So far, the label has put out two releases, Masses’ Smother Nature and a collection of Motherpile demo recordings. Both are available on CD. The Masses EP contains five songs, while the Motherpile compilation features seven cuts the band recorded in a basement. The DenyBeDoomed catalog is available at Antiquarium Records and Homer’s Music. Wright says he’s currently working on a label website, as well as future releases from The Answer Team and Life of a Scarecrow. Until the label’s website goes live, find DenyBeDoomed on Facebook, Wright says. * Rainy Road Records launched its no-frills answers to the record label website last week when rainyroadrecords.com went live. The site features offerings from the tape and vinyl label, as well as distributing releases from several other small rock labels, including fellow local imprint Doom Town Records. The site offers downloads, a news blog, and its fine selection of mail order music goods. Backbeat takes you behind the scenes of the local music scene. Send tips, comments and questions to {encode=”backbeat@thereader.com” title=”backbeat@thereader.com”} .


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