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Calling all the planets! And more music news and gossip

Think of two things: Total Recall Records has just released two cassettes of releases from earlier this year. The first is the three-song, two-minute and 56-second demo of Häxorna. It's basically traditional, fast hardcore that's over before it even really begins. Next up is the four-song, four-minute, 52-second Golden lines from Joro Trail. This one is a little weirder and more indebted to the crust punk tradition, particularly the opening song “Prophecy” and the closing track “Procession.” The main problem with these songs is really the environmental disaster and economic inefficiency involved in shelling out six bucks for a piece of decaying plastic that contains, at best, less than five minutes of music. You can get around this dilemma by listening to the songs digitally at totalrecallrecordings.bandcamp.com. If you want to take the plunge and buy them, head to totalrecall.bigcartel.com and they'll help you out.

I'm just checking in: Although he released the whopping 100-track collection More music for games last January, Big Grey (aka Lucas Jensen) has just completed the relatively conservative two-lane Sonifications last week. The opening track, “Sonifications 1,” follows a set ambient path until the middle, where it's driven forward by a killer drum rhythm that lasts for over a full minute. By the end of the track, it's nicely transformed into a more open space. The second track, “Autumn Brushes,” is a nice sketch of an airy but driving melody that doesn't seem fully fleshed out yet, but is definitely a good listen. Find this and more on biggray.bandcamp.com.

WHAT A BARGAIN!: The Athens Cotton Press (149 Oneta St.) hosts the FoxSaid Fest: Music and Arts Festival Saturday, July 27. The entire event runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Events from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. include the artist market, outdoor acoustic performances, indoor children's activities and performances on the children's stage. Indoor main stage performances run concurrently from noon to 10 p.m. Children under 10 are free, everyone else pays $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Other amenities include a beer garden, on-site food trucks and a community art board. Dollar for dollar, this is the best entertainment offering of the summer so far. Featured artists include Gail Langer Karwoski (storyteller/author), The Magic of Evan Dupree (illusionist), DJ Mahogany, Kemp Jones (author/musician), The PG Show, Amanda Martin (music therapist), Sutherland, Hawk Proof Rooster, Mayberry Wine, Tracy & Jeff, Candace & Stephan, Honeychild, Clay Leverett, Jim White, T. Hardy Morris, Don Chambers, Dodd Ferrelle, String Theory, The New Orleans Jazz Stompers, Rick Fowler Acoustic Band, The Hobohemians, Immaterial Possession, Cicada Rhythm and The Pink Stones. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Clarke County School District arts program. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit foxsaidfest.com.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, but never completely distant Space Brother has just released a new album on Spain's Tataki bands Designation with the name Call to planet Earth!At the beginning of the year he released the 19-track album, which consists exclusively of instrumental pieces From time. The artist, born Donald Whiteheaddescribed the new album to me as his “most sample-heavy record yet, with plenty of dialogue from forgotten heavyweight films of the '90s.” But these perhaps familiar snippets don't translate easily into easy listening. In fact, this is a multi-layered album that fully embodies the experimental direction Whitehead took many years ago. Still, it's not at all unenjoyable, and even revisits the role of Whitehead's old hip-hop-based projects on tracks like “Project Montauk.” The album also features the rapper for the first time. Donny Knottsville somewhere for a while on the song “Tomb Raider”. This is a song with a beat by Robitussin and the vocals are always a little ahead of him. Find it at tatakitapes.bandcamp.com and if you want to dig deeper into the old catalog, go to spacebrother.bandcamp.com.

ISN'T LIFE GREAT?: By today’s standards, one might initially get the impression that the new album by Widespread panic is an EP, but the six songs on the band's new release Snake Oil King fill out the record quite nicely. It starts with the hard rocker “Little By Little,” followed by the peaceful and wistful “We Walk Each Other Home,” which in turn is similar in structure to the faster “Small Town.” The only song with a distinct southern flavor is the nearly 8-minute “Tackle Box Hero.” Stream it wherever you do that sort of thing, or just go to widespreadpanic.bandcamp.com. All other information can be found at widespreadpanic.com.