Pre-Seasons Greetings

As the season of sweet-smelling candles and ‘Best Of’ lists approaches I felt the need to chime in and woo my readers into downloading a few left-of-center X-Mas/seasonal compilations. I am also officially announcing the next BTID netlabel release – which happens to be a holiday EP(!) from The Wiggly Tendrils. TWT is none other than Conor from Deirdre & Conor/First Coat. Conor has been plugging away at a songwriting project for quite some time and he’s morphing it into a holiday theme for this occasion. You should expect to see the EP posted sometime in the next week or so. In the interim, download some of The Wiggly Tendrils songs, including Love and Zombies – a track based off of my very own request parameters. ‘Tis indeed the season for giving!

Suburban Sprawl has been around for several years now releasing mostly decent albums here and there (Javelins & The Recital to name a few) but the label is best known for its yearly Holiday mix series. Every year you can count on some old faces/new faces and a wildly eclectic mix of mashed up covers and moving originals. You can grab every year’s mixtape – dating back to 2002 (scroll down). Shazam!

It appears Alan from Sixeyes blog is going to roll out a series of weekly X-mas mixes through the holiday season. You can grab the first and second installments. There’s a nice selection of old and new, familiar and foreign going on here.

XO Publicity is also getting into the holiday spirit with its second annual holiday sampler – featuring spirits from their represented client base. Snatch up this year’s AND last year’s volumes or click on the album covers above to start downloading the mixes in a zip file. Sample my favorite track from the 2009 edition below.

The Winter Sounds – The Anthem Is A Gift

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