As the new year kicks off, I find myself with a backlog of coverage-worthy local music. So, in the efficient spirit of a Larry King column, here are some quick hits about high-quality area sounds.

Maryland indie-noise-punk label Fan Death offers up a 13-song digital comp (available at featuring songs it released in 2011 plus two live cuts — including a standout brooder from post-punkers Puerto Rico Flowers.

The Baltimore Mixtape Project (at has 15 more days to meet a $2,000 fundraising goal on to support its program helping Charm City young folks make, promote and release politically conscious hip-hop and spoken word.

Veteran area power trio the Jet Age, above, celebrates the CD release of its fourth full-length, “Domestic Disturbances,” a 12-track, indie-rock song cycle about fizzling romance. Check them out at

Finally, if you want to see how active D.C.’s hip-hop scene really is, visit, an unending pipeline for videos featuring Chocolate City beats and rhymes.