The Beat has fallen way behind in our already infrequent attempts to keep readers updated about new recorded music by central Ohio musicians. so here we go, in clearinghouse fashion:

Local modern rockers The Mercury Retrograde continue their upswing with a new EP CD released last month. And these fellas are still in high school! Jazz singer Eileen Howard recently released her second jazz CD, "Street of Dreams," backed by a crack lineup of local musicians. Garage-rockers The Patsys and their friends in Magic City have released a split 7" single on The Patsys' label, Umbrella Records. Melodic adult popsters The Whiles recently released their second CD, "Sleepers Wake."