Thursday, December 5, 2013
I loves me some !!!. I was backstage after their Bumbershoot performance this year and not only did Nic Offer not scurry away like a frightened rabbit when I geeked out hardcore over his Some Girls hot pants (which I learned had begun life as a pair of board shorts but he wanted to show more leg), he didn't even bother to retreat into his tent to change out of them while we talked. That's a pro.
Anywho, the Sacramento dance-punk combo has just brightened up my holiday playlist with "And Anyway It's Christmas," a frisky little groover that's on par with the better moments of their THR!!!ER album. I mean, it's no "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard (A True Story)" but on a scale of one partridge in a pear tree to 12 drummers drumming, I'd still give it seven swans a swimming.
Monday, December 2, 2013
"The Christmas we get we deserve," indeed. Toyah singing "I Believe in Father Christmas" on a UK TV special back in 1982. Honest to God, 2014 may be the year I finally get to meet her. *fingers crossed*
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
My beloved Nick Lowe has attempted the audacious feat of making a "sleighbell-free" Christmas album. (Then again, I don't think Tracey Thorn resort to sleighbells either.) According to my press colleagues at Yep Roc, Quality Street (out Oct. 29, 2013) includes a rockabilly take on "Children Go Where I Send Thee," a New Orleans-influenced "Silent Night," and a "Johnny Cash-style retelling of the nativity ('I Was Born In Bethlehem')."
The track list also includes three new Lowe originals, including a co-write with Ry Cooder ("A Dollar Short of Happy"), as well as selections by Roger Miller ("Old Toy Trains"), Ron Sexsmith ("Hooves on the Roof"), and Wizzard ("I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"). There's also a fun Quality Street bundle available for pre-order that includes a snow globe, greeting cards & gift wrap.
Nick was an absolute charmer when I interviewed him on KEXP a couple years ago, so hopefully we can coerce him into granting an audience with FESTIVE! this year to discuss Quality Street. Stay tuned!
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Great NYT blog post yesterday about fellow Christmas music geek Mitchell Kezin and the melancholy "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot." That inspired me to poke around for a sound clip to accompany this link, and while I couldn't unearth a digital version of the live Billy Mackenzie rendition that I love so, I stumbled across this oddly jaunty take from 1937.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
It's time for one of my favorite Yuletide traditions: the unveiling of the latest Parenthetical Girls Christmas disc!* Good Christian Men Rejoice, It's Parenthetical Girls is now available in its entirety on the group's Bandcamp page, and carries a very charitable pay-what-you-will sticker price. Since I'll be spending Christmas morning in an otherwise empty KEXP, I'm especially fond of this year's cover art.
On a related note, Parenthetical Girls will be releasing a new album, Privilege (Abridged) in early 2013, featuring highlights from their five-disc Privilege EP series.
God bless us little drama queens, every one!
* Truth be told, Parenthetical Girls have been letting the new songs leak forth one at a time on various blogs over the last few days, but Christmas is overwhelming enough without me having to update this post every 24 hours.