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A Burning Ear Christmas – Part 1: Original Jams

gimpy tree

It’s crazy to think about it but Christmas is right around the corner! However, while most blogs are geeking out over their best of the year/decade lists (umm… it’s not over yet, dudes) I’ve been working to collect a couple X-mas mixes for the holiday season. If you are anything like me you can’t handle getting too deep into Christmas music until the date looms a bit closer, so I figured I would start slow. Today I’ve got a mix of pretty snazzy original Christmas songs by some great artists. Start easing yourself into the holiday spirit and next week we will get into holiday standards covered by great bands. Do I need to mention that this mix fits nicely on a CD or in an iTunes playlist? No, you got that already? Good, good.

A Burning Ear Christmas Part 1 – Original Jams

Zip file at the above link. Tracklist and individual MP3s after the jump…

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Due Diligence – Vol I {11/5/09} /// DEBUT!!

North-Korean-leader-Kim-Jong-Il

We live in a world with a lot of musical debate and discourse. Too much, even. My aim with TBE is to be like good pair of Bose headphones and filter out that static, bringing you only the best sounds. With that said, I come across a lot of tracks that are highly anticipated, or getting hyped out the ass, but in the end are just not very good? You should know they exists but probably don’t want them diluting the fountain of magical regular posts, right? What am I supposed to do? Well, like any good maniacal despot, I take off my pants, crack a few brews, and get to scheming. My result may be less intimidating than Kim Jong Il’s inner thigh, but I think you will find it more palatable. Welcome to a feature that until seconds ago was titled “Duty VS. Doodie” (I’m not ruling it out) and will periodically recap recent hype-nuggets, for whatever they are worth. Like Kim Jong* said after standing up and grabbing a fresh sixer, “Let’s do this bitch!”

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Frightened Rabbit has advice on how to Keep Yourself Warm

Frightened Rabbit - The Midnight Organ Fight (2008)

if we have a hormone race i’m bound to finish first

Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm

It’s all about the slow burn. Feel the heat rise as the guitar in Keep Yourself Warm builds from churning milk… to churning butter… to churning out a rock and roll anthem that makes me want to put my headphones in other people’s ears. However, if you are paying attention to the knowledge being dropped in these lyrics you will know that putting things in other people’s holes is not the path to happiness. Hear that, kids?

Frightened Rabbit on MySpace. Click the Album art for iTunes.