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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Club Notes: Give the gift of music

Holiday CDs make great last-minute gifts

'Twas the night before Christmas -- and you still haven't bought your friends and family holiday gifts.

Fortunately, this holiday season has been filled with some very interesting CDs.

Hopefully, these musical gifts will transfer you from Santa's naughty list to his nice list.

Favorite bands

Several national acts have recently visited town and they've promoted their holiday CDs.

Mason Jennings just packed the Boulder Theater and he let fans know about Brushfire Records' holiday release, This Warm December.

The CD features Christmas tunes penned by Brushfire artists Jack Johnson, G. Love, Matt Costa and Jennings.

"This is the first holiday record that Brushfire's done," Jennings said. "I did 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town.' I felt that was a song I could do well.

"It was fun to be part of a record like this."

Indie rockers Relient K visited Denver this fall. Now, the band's busy promoting its Christmas CD Let it Snow Baby... Let it Reindeer.

"We've put out a Christmas record for the last four or five years," bandleader Matthew Thiessen said. "It's fun to be one of those bands that has a Christmas album. My sister listens to Christmas music 365 days a year, so this year she got us to record 'Oh Holy Night.'"

Local bands are even getting into the holiday CD spirit.

Experimental rock band gogolab just put out the CD Complimentary Ornament.

The project was inspired by gogolab's Wednesday night shows at the Appaloosa Grill in Denver.

"What happens when you lock gogolab in a fancy studio and tell them they have five hours to make a record? The gloves come off and the elves bring it," gogolab drummer Brian McCrae said.

More holiday music

The Killers will be hitting Denver next month, but this holiday season the rockers teamed up with Elton John and the Pet Shop Boys to release the single "Better You Than Me."

Meanwhile, the Hives and Cyndi Lauper joined forces to put out the downloadable single "A Christmas Duel."

Singer-songwriter fans might like to receive Sheryl Crow's Christmas CD, Home for Christmas. The record features holiday classics such as "White Christmas."

Metalheads will want to get We Wish You a Metal X-Mas and a Headbanging New Year. The CD features edgy holiday songs performed by members of Foo Fighters, Queensryche, Black Sabbath and more.

Fans of sci-fi based, electronic music might like a copy of the Flaming Lips' Christmas on Mars CD. As a special perk, the band's new movie DVD (the same title) is included in the holiday package.

Frightened Rabbit just came back from touring Europe with Death Cab for Cutie. The Scottish band just released the anti-commercial holiday song "It's Christmas, So We'll Stop." The group's promoting the single in advance of its 2009 U.S. tour.

Finally, Sacha Baron Cohen's brother Erran put out his skewed version of Hanukkah tunes dubbed Songs in the Key of Hanukkah. The CD is a top-seller -- even Amazon is out of stock!

Happy holidays!

Christian Music News Source

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