Charlotte-schooled singer Nicole Atkins (a long-time pal and current labelmate to The Avett Brothers) releases a four-song EP, Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs, today. Check Stereogum for an interview with Atkins and her cover of The Church's "Under the Milky Way" from the EP. Still love the simple warmth of her voice. ... Don't know if anyone's ever said that about Mac McCaughan's Portastatic, whose double-disc set, Some Small History, was released today on Merge. I wrote about it here, and we'll run a long story about it by Chris Parker tomorrow here. See Portastatic on Friday at Local 506.