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Colin Close EP

Hailing from Liverpool, Colin Close is a dreamy acoustic duo who released their debut EP at the end of September. Evidently, neither member is named Colin.* Their label, Fruit Soup, sent me an e-mail in late October with Colin Close’s self-titled EP attached. Thank goodness I downloaded it.

Rob Hamer and Jan Staunton’s music feels less like an intricately constructed score and more like the natural weaving together of two guitars. Think of a more lyrically sparse and abstract Simon and Garfunkel and you’ll be on the right track.

Colin Close - Play Circles
Colin Close - Folk 2
Buy their self-titled EP
Colin Close's website/**

*...but you wouldn't know that from their lack of promo photos (just a hint).
**get a myspace, now

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Download Belle and Sebastian's free Christmas song!

TGH's favorite Scottish twee poppers have a new song, "Are You Coming Over For Christmas?" available for download on their myspace until Midnight (maybe Scotland time?) today.

Belle and Sebastian - Took Some Time For Christmas (live, peel session)


The Octopus Project "Truck"

A rollicking song now gets a fun music video to go with it:

The Octopus Project - Truck [download or die!]
Buy Hello, Avalanche from Insound
The Octopus Project's Website

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Andy Swan: Ottawa

Andy Swan’s Ottawa is one of the more charming flying-under-the-radar releases I’ve heard this year. I’ve always thought that my favorite albums and pieces of music sound like the soundtrack to a movie I’d rather imagine than see, and this is no exception. Swan adds charm to his already-sweet songwriting with lulling folk and old-time country instrumentation.

I’d been falling (no, it was more like diving) in love with the (I hesitate to say) glorious “Can I pay you with sunshine?” (I think we were introduced by Quick, Before It Melts) when Ottawa snuck into my mailbox back in Virginia. When I arrived home from Ohio for Thanksgiving break it was sitting on my desk and oh, was I excited. I hope you are too.

Should I mention he's Canadian, or is it obvious?

Andy Swan - Starfucker
Andy Swan - Can I pay you with sunshine? [download or die]
(my answer: yes, Andy Swan, you can.)

Andy Swan's website/myspace
Buy Ottawa from Kelp Records

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Bishop Allen "Click Click Click Click" music video

Bishop Allen - Click Click Click Click
[alt link] (download or die!)
Buy the Broken String at Bishop Allen's website

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Kind of neat, right?

Like Joe, I'm in the middle of finals, which is why the posts have recently been few and far between.
I was outside earlier today, and it was snowing so you could barely see past a block, and the wind was blowing hard. I have a paper to write, an exam to take, and a portfolio to perfect.

Oliver Future - Whispery Wintry Wind

For your enjoyment, here's a video my friend Nick showed me the other day...

(Living My Life Faster - 8 years of JK's Daily Photo Project from c71123 on Vimeo)

Wilco - When You Wake Up Feeling Old [highly rec'd!]


Snow! mixtape

Finals Time

Hey, folks.

I'm starting in on my finals tomorrow so I thought I'd post a few school-type songs for y'all.
1. The Jackson 5 - ABC
2. Sam Cooke - Wonderful World
3. The Pipettes - ABC


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The Maccabees "Toothpaste Kisses"

The Maccabees - Toothpaste Kisses [highly rec'd!]
Buy Toothpaste Kisses EP (released Oct. 22) from Sister Ray

I am addicted to lies, smiling sweetly back across the table, catching your eye. It could be worse; at least I don't do it with words. November came and made me cold, raw skinned and forlorn, but I'm keeping it quiet, hoping you'll see through me and unfog the glass in my window with a swipe of your hand. I live in fear of the light falling out of your eyes, but I can't tell you that.

One great thing about this song: the whistling. And by the way - most of the time, the Maccabees sound like a love-struck British pop punk band.

The Maccabees - About Your Dress
Buy Colour It In from
The Maccabees' Website/Myspace

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