Monday, December 06, 2010

a little free Christmas, right this very minute

One of the things that I enjoy most about this music writing gig (besides writing about music, that is) is that it often puts me in contact with some fine people. And sometimes those fine people lay some goodies on me.

Hallie Pritts is one of those fine people who gives me things. Hallie does publicity for Shut Eye Records and lately she's been sending me CDs to review. Emma Hill, Angie Mattson, Lohio - those were all courtesy of Hallie.

In her other life, Hallie is a member of Boca Chica, the Pittsburgh-based alt-folk collective about whom you are starting to hear the growing buzz. And Boca Chica want to give us all something!

As part of the annual Christmas compendium compiled by their label, Indiecater, Boca Chica is offering up a couple of free releases. Not on Christmas Eve is a honky tonk number about getting dumped on Christmas, and Snow Angels is a pretty little folk song about water freezing in your toilet because you have no heat in your house.

You can get the free downloads here. Because even Christmas ditties need a touch of reality.

Also congratulations to Lohio on successfully raising $4,000 through the Kickstarter program to fund the making of a new video. I sure hope they use that big old dog in it!


Toccata said...

What a great way to end the day. I'm listening to Snow Angels now. I started with Not on Christmas Eve initially and must admit the songs are making my feet dance around to the strong rhythmical arrangement and the lyrics make me laugh.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They're really catchy songs, aren't they, Toccata? And we all need more subversive Christmas songs.

L said...

Sigh. You're so cool.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Nah, I just write about cool people, Lesley.

BeckEye said...

OK, now this is Pittsburgh music I can't get behind. I haven't really heard of any of Boca Chica's stuff, but I did happen to catch this Christmas tune and I didn't like it.

However, the Target free Christmas album is great. I was surprised by how much I liked it. If you haven't already snagged it, you should. Unless Target has something against Canadians.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

There is room in this world for all kinds of musical tastes, Beckeye, with the possible exception of Kid Rock and Nickelback.

We don't have any Targets around here; I'm not sure they are even in Canada, to be honest, not being a shopper-type myself.