As previously announced, AWR records and Daniel GIll have compiled a somewhat unusual Christmas compilation to benefit Amnesty International, one that includes holiday breakup songs and twisted versions of yuletide classics, as opposed to numbers about sleigh bells and snowflakes.
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We always wondered what Christmas in the age of the digital download might involve (besides slumping CD sales), and Thrill Jockey is providing one such answer. The Chicago-based label of all things eclectic has teamed up with FINA, its digital download store, and created an MP3 advent calendar that will run on the TJ site until December 24.
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In director Justin Zaharczuk’s dark video for Otto Von Shcirach’s song, “Her Blood is Poison,” two officers attempt to arrest a very small, but very aggressive, man beneath a blunt techno beat and evil-sounding, distorted robot vocals. Then there's a small figurine, reminiscent of Big Boy, to offset the paranoid image of a man huddled in a shadowed corner of an empty room, bent over on a park bench or illuminated behind ambiguous bars. Read more »
While German duo Booka Shade is known for its danceable tech-house, this holiday season finds cohorts Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger laying low to a mellower kind of groove. On December 12, the boys are releasing a special digital album on their Get Physical Music label. Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs) is a collection of emotional and melancholy ambient songs to chill out to while you recover from all the eggnog and New Year’s Eve debauchery. Read more »
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