Two quick hits:

Pitchfork reports: D.C.’s Mary Timony, of Helium and solo work and lately Soft Power, has a new band called Wild Flag, which is now signed to Merge, and which has some West Coast dates coming up. Also in the group: Sleater-Kinney‘s Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, and The MindersRebecca Cole. I’ll shelve my usual skepticism of indie-rock supergroups—-on paper this looks awesome.

Baltimore’s (formerly College Park’s) Maryland label Fan Death Records has a new mixtape up, which includes a song by D.C.’s Screen Vinyl Image that I’m on record loving, “New Visions.” The band—-whose sonic vocabulary has made leaps beyond its early J+MC fixation—-plays at the Black Cat on Sept. 30.