As we've reported in the past, Portland combo Parenthetical Girls—and, in particular, Zac Pennington—are as geeky for Christmas as I am. This year, in a pleasant twist, the Girls' buddy Sam Mickens of the Dead Science has released the pay-what-you-will A Christmas Gift To You, Zac Pennington, a seven-song EP of holiday favorites recorded in 2010. Sam's eerie voice has brought me joy for many years (read what I wrote about TDS back in 2004 here), and his Christmas set is a welcome addition to the canon.
We asked Sam to tell us a little more about the genesis of this nifty little record, and he's what he replied:
My friend Zac, one of my very best friends in fact, has been as long as I've known him a real intense Christmas Music-ophile. Being newly presented with a friend and means with which to record music I was taken with the spirit to record this EP as a personal gift to Zac. I recorded it and mixed it all in one long night, aided by red champagne & jazz cigarettes. I feel it is one of the best and truest things I have ever made. Hark!
What are you waiting for? Name your own price and download A Christmas Gift To You, Zac Pennington, here.