Saturday, December 19, 2009
Tonight thank god it's from them instead of you
More festive offerings to complement our previous selection:
Stereogum has found a rich vein of free mp3s including Can's Silent Night (from 1976, but free for the first time now), the Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd in collaboration with Locust Avenue's Jeff Richardson, Slow Club (tagged as 'Snow Club', which might just be Moshi Moshi's little joke), Lucky Soul, Banjo Or Freakout, Ohbijou, Parenthetical Girls, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Nellie McKay and Blondie doing We Three Kings. The Banjo Or Freakout track comes from a free, home recorded set of festive standards. Italian blog Polaroid have their usual specially commissioned selection up, from which our main points of interest are this week's new His Clancyness track and a new one by The School (which is also on another compilation but we think you have to buy that one rather than get it presented to you as free).
Edinburgh's Avalanche Records has put out Alternative Christmas, all proceeds to Sick Kids Edinburgh and African children's charity Street Invest. Good strong lineup too, with Broken Records, Meursault, Ballboy, Frightened Rabbit, Eagleowl, There Will Be Fireworks, Zoey Van Goey, Pictish Trail and Withered Hand, whose It’s A Wonderful Lie is available seperately for nada. Ruffa Lane's Christmas Gift is Ruffa Round The Christmas Tree, in which their four strong roster - Lucky Soul, Napoleon (featuring Ali Howard), Montt Mardie and Grantura - offer tidings glad and otherwise. Finally Where It's At Is Where You Are have offerings anew, a video for Hong Kong In The 60s' cover of the Beach Boys' Winter Symphony and, if you get in quick enough, Help Stamp Out Loneliness' version of Just Like Christmas.