Time is running out to pick up your copy of Live at KEXP Volume Three. This limited release is available in retail stores in the Seattle area and online only until the end of the year. Think of what a great gift it would be to give your friends (and yourself) a collection of exclusive live songs recorded in the KEXP studio from outstanding bands like The Long Winters, The Shins, Ghostland Observatory, Grizzly Bear, Peter Bjorn & John, Beirut, and many more.
If nothing says “happy holidays” to you more than a desolate dystopia that you can dance to, check out the Nine Inch Nails remix album Y34RX3R0R3MIX3D, which features the original album, Year Zero, remixed by the likes of Saul Williams, Ladytron, The Faint, The Kronos Quartet, and many others. Included in the package for the DIY fan: a DVD of multi-track files for the entire album so that you can remix it yourself! Trent Reznor originally planned to feature fan remixes on his website but has run into a snag in the legal system, which you can read about here. Until then, several fan-run sites have evolved, such as Nine Inch Nails Open Source Remixes, where you can check out sweet mixes like this one:
While you’re feeling the gift-giving holiday spirit, you might check out Largehearted Boy‘s list of new releases for music fans in your life. While the short holiday week this time brings just a smattering of new contenders, there are still a some worthwhile purchases here — like the domestic release (finally) of Amy Winehouse’s debut Frank — perfect your Secret Santa needs. Also, released for the holidays are plenty of repackaged albums and recompiled collections, like Rhino’s The Brit Box, a four-disc collection of “U.K. Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-Pop Gems of the Last Millennium” and the CD/DVD remasted combo of U2’s now-classic The Joshua Tree. And if you happen to know a Genesis — whoo-boy! — you get 5 CDs and 5 DVDs of Phil Collins-y goodness. If that’s not your thing, try the Gorillaz D-Sides, a collection of remixes and rarities, or Ed Harcourt’s two-disc retrospective, Until Tomorrow Then. Have a shorter attention span… or just feeling cheap? Pick up one of the EPs available, like Bonnie Prince Billy’s Ask Forgiveness or British Sea Power’s Krankenhaus?. Wanna get your weird on, or know someone else who does? Drag City has released three full-lengths today in addition to the Bonnie Prince Billy EP!
Before you head out to the store, check out this sampling of the new releases this week:
Birchville Cat Motel – “Ghastly Star” from Seventh Ruined Hex (MP3)
Boris & Merzbow – “Flower Sun Rain” from Rock Dream (MP3)
British Sea Power – “Atom” from Krankenhaus? (MP3)
Freeway – “Still Got Love” from Free At Last
Gene – “Sleep Well Tonight” from The Brit Box: Uk Indie, Shoegaze And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millenium
Gorillaz – “Rock It” from D-Sides
Ed Harcourt – “You Put a Spell on Me” from Until Tomorrow Then: The Best of Ed Harcourt
Major Stars – “Portable Freak Factory” from Mirror/Messenger (MP3)
Populous – “Breathes The Best” from A Number of Small Things: A Morr Music Sampler (MP3)
Six Organs of Admittance – “Jade Like Wine” from Shelter from the Ash (MP3)
Statehood – “A Story’s End” from Lies and Rhetoric (MP3)
The Valerie Project – “Introduction” from The Valerie Project (MP3)
Thanks as always to the labels who make songs available for potential buyers to sample.