Take a cup of kindness

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Some of BR’s finest get into the swing of the holidays with spirited renditions of classic Christmas songs like “Silent Night” and “Auld Lang Syne,” plus a few newbies, too, like Luke Ash’s own joyous toe-tapper “It’s Christmastime Fo Sho.” Download all 16 tracks from A Baton Rouge Acoustic Christmas here and have the most righteous holiday party music for just $15.

:Jeff

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Young hearts swallowed in the thick of it

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Ghost Boy, the highly anticipated second album from Sanders Bohlke, is available digitally today via Communicating Vessels.  Vinyl/CD releases are scheduled for February 2013.

Ghost Boy Trailer 1
Ghost Boy Trailer 2
Ghost Boy Trailer 3

:Barrett

The seed of all this indecision isn’t me

kingkruleAussie Kevin Parker is a creator of worlds, ethereal, elastic landscapes he records alone and at home with the meticulousness of an architect unbridled by insignificant things like space and time. His second LP as Tame Impala, rather pugnaciously titled Lonerism, bathes in this conceit even as it meditates on the struggles of perseverance and connection on a crest of hummable pop melancholy.

Throughout, it sounds a little like what The Beatles might have come up with had they remained fascinated with psychedelic sounds post-Magical Mystery Tour, had remained active into the glammed-out early ’70s, and had convinced George Harrison to trade in his sitar for a bank of synthesizers…and, well, the best description is probably the band’s latest video confection, a hyperbolic animated piece by Joe Pelling & Becky Sloan. Mixer David Fridmann (The Flaming Lips) brings out a bit of that more famous band’s reverberant psych-affirmation, making these downer lyrics sound more like a big pick me up; one ready for the radio, even if it happens to be a radio on Mars.

“Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” (Official Video) – Tame Impala

“Be Above It” – Tame Impala

“Do You Realize?” (Official Video) – The Flaming Lips

:Jeff

Descend from heaven and tell us we are worth something

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In case you have not figured it out yet, we are gigantic supporters of the ridiculously dope and underrated Julie Odell.  She makes us want to form a label. In the past 24 hours, Julie posted a few new recordings to her SoundCloud site.

Listen.

“Old Buried Treasure”
“Sediment”
“The Ferns”

Silence is something to be shared when you learn what it is worth.

:Barrett

Without your love I am nothing at all

Today is a gigantic day in the Jim James/Yim Yames camp. First, the Regions of Light and Sound of God LP announcement (includes free download), and now word of a glorious slice of limited edish MMJ + Brittany Howard 10″ orange vinyl.  The A-side is a live cover one of the greatest pieces of legistation Robbie Robertson ever issued.

The Band – It Makes No Difference from The Last Waltz (video)
MMJ + Brittany Howard – It Makes No Difference from 2012 Neport Folk Festival (video)

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A thousand voices talking perfectly loud

Buy a ticket. Take a ride. Alternately praised and pilloried, whimsically indulgent and eerie The Beatles’ 1967 ramshackle, and often ponderous, homemade head trip Magical Mystery Tour has been refurbished and restored for Blu-ray with cut scenes that include English band Traffic and the previously unreleased Lennon-McCartney-penned instrumental “Shirley’s Wild Accordion” as well as a deluxe set that includes a book and a vinyl re-issue of the film’s original double EP soundtrack.

Did you know? The stock aerial imagery used during the film’s “Flying” sequence (see “indulgent” above) was cut from out-take footage originally shot for Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.

“I Am the Walrus (Love mix)”The Beatles

“The Fool on the Hill (Take 4)”The Beatles

“Death-Cab for Cutie”The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band

:Jeff

We’re living in a land that went astray from history

151a is the debut LP from Kishi Bashi via noise/pop outfit Joyful Noise.

Tiny Desk Concert

:Barrett