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Christmas Time (Is Here Again)


He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister: “How’m I Gonna Get Back Home”

I never really liked that song (the post title–not the above track, of course), but it’s nonetheless true: today being December 1st, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. So I thought I’d bring to your attention a few ways to give and receive this holiday season, folk-style.

PledgeMusic
You all know I’m a big fan of PledgeMusic. Besides my general enthusiasm for direct-to-fan anything, I happen to love a lot of the artists that end up on here. This holiday season, support some up-and-coming musicians in their creative endeavors–and get some awesome, unique merch while you’re at it. (I just got my signed Summer Camp tote, and I still can’t get over those brownies.) Although I’d encourage you to check out all the offerings on the site, I’ll highlight two:

He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
LA sextet He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister describe themselves as “Flamboyant Folk, Glam-a-billy, Circus Rock, Vaudeville Pop, Cabaret Blues.” And truthfully, that’s about as succinct as it’ll get. The band is a rollicking good time, full of catchy tunes and a healthy dose of sass. They have some free downloads on Bandcamp–I dare you to listen to “How’m I Gonna Get Back Home” (above) and not love it. Dare you.

Right now the band needs a tour van, and you can help them out: in exchange, you can get them to play your wedding, give you tap dancing lessons, or (my favorite) go on a naked skydiving trip. Click the link above to see more and pledge.

Tom Williams & the Boat
English folk-rockers Tom Williams & the Boat borrow slightly from the Frank Turner style of anti-folk, but do so with a bit more youthful oomph. They’re partnering with Moshi Moshi (can’t go wrong with that, can you?) for their Too Slow follow-up, and want you to be a part of it. And part of the proceeds go to the charity Kent Air Ambulance, so your pledge will certainly outweigh any lingering Scrooge-iness. And getting a drum lesson, house gig, or painting (yes, painting) wouldn’t hurt either. Check the band’s website here and click the link above to pledge.

For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas
The wonderful For Folk’s Sake are back with Christmas album Volume 2, and it’s nothing short of splendid. Featuring holiday tunes new and old, it features some of the finest folk artists on the scene–from Caitlin Rose and Cocos Lovers to the Leisure Society and Laura Boyle. The full track listing is below, but you can buy and listen on Bandcamp.

1. Howard Carter – Christmas Blues 03:09
2. The Leisure Society – Christmas Mistakes 03:48
3. Caitlin Rose with Keegan DeWitt – You Never Come Home For Christmas 02:58
4. Cocos Lovers – Christmas is Coming/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 02:02
5. Devon Sproule – Send Me To Coventry 03:49
6. Darren Hayman – Lost In The Snow 04:04
7. Paper Aeroplanes – In The Bleak Midwinter 03:06
8. Kathryn Williams & Neill MacColl – Christmas In Hell 03:27
9. Fiona Bevan – Love In A Cold Climate 03:45
10. Hollows – Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing 02:26
11. Adam Killip & Mi Mye – O Come All Ye Faithful 02:53
12. Laura Boyle – Silent Night 02:49

Tim Wheeler & Emmy the Great’s This Is Christmas
As I mentioned a while back, Emmy the Great and Ash’s Tim Wheeler have released This Is Christmas, an album of rocking new holiday tunes. It includes instant classics like “Jesus the Reindeer”, “Zombie Christmas”, and “Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)”. Any other Christmas party soundtrack is tame by comparison. To support the album and celebrate the December 1st-ness of today, Emmy and Tim have also released an online advent calendar–today’s offering, “Christmas Do’s and Don’t’s”, is below, but you should see the calendar just for kicks. And if you’re wondering about the frame in the video below, one of the holiday don’t’s is “don’t play naked twister with your family.” Sage advice, guys.

p.s. Yep Roc Records (Peggy Sue, Alessi’s Ark, Cheyenne Marie Mize, and more) has a sweet holiday sale going on now. Besides some theme albums and a free sampler, they’re offering free shipping on all US orders (through the 20th), and 15% off all orders (through the 31st) with the code HOHOHO.

Emmy the Great Announces Christmas Album & Contest

Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler (of Northern Irish band Ash) are making a Christmas album. That seems to be ‘the thing’ this season, but I can say with complete certainty that I’ll buy This Is Christmas before I even go near A Very She and Him Christmas (check out that duo’s first track, “A Christmas Waltz”, here). For one, This Is Christmas is out November 21st. And with Christmas albums, it’s first come, first served.

Emmy and Tim are letting us all in on the Christmas fun. Besides giving away “Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)” for free (see below), they also want your Christmas photos to end up in their iTunes booklet. The duo says the following on their Facebook page:

“We’re collecting people’s Christmas photos too, so please upload your best, funniest, and most seasonal shots. For a chance to be included on our iTunes booklet, upload them via Twitter with the hashtag #thisischristmasphotos

To set the pictures ball rolling, we’ve uploaded our own photos from last Christmas, when we were snowed in. There was literally nothing to do except write this album, listen to Phil Spector’s Christmas Album, and make the snowman and snowgirl in this picture.

There’s lots more music and celebrating to come, but in the meantime get Facebook-ing and keep in touch as we reveal more of our plans for festive fun.”

So get the song, ‘like’ them on Facebook, and show off those embarrassing Christmas sweaters!

Emmy the Great New Single and Album Stream, Alessi’s Ark Stream

The video for Emmy the Great’s new single “Iris” seems to have been posted May 12th, but the single was officially released yesterday. Though free download “Century of Sleep” (below) has already been circulating, “Iris” is the first official single off Virtue.

The much-anticipated new album will arrive in the UK on June 13th, and the US June 14th. As I wrote about last August, Emmy used PledgeMusic to fund the work entirely through fan contributions.

The Guardian has a full stream of the album–as well as track-by-track commentary from Emmy–here. Excuse me while I go all fan-girl on this business.

p.s. For us American Alessi’s Ark fans, stream “On the Plains” here! As of today it’s also available for purchase on iTunes. We’ll have to wait until September for the full release of sophomore LP Time Travel.

New-Folk Round-Up: News from the Vaccines, Emmy the Great, Elizabeth Sankey, and Benjamin Francis Leftwich

It’s been a big week for some new-folk staples (even though Justin Young of the Vaccines has abandoned his singer-songwriter roots, he’ll always have a place in my heart). The rock band made their US television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman performing “If You Wanna”, and released their new music video, “All In White” (check it out here). Their highly anticipated album, What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?, will be available May 31st.

Emma Lee Moss (Emmy the Great) and Elizabeth Sankey (the lovely vocalist of Summer Camp) have formed a new band called Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield–yep, named after the Sweet Valley High twins. Though there isn’t much info about the group yet, Wears the Trousers found a Youtube video of their first live performance. The two are also on Twitter as @WakefieldJess and @WakefieldLiz.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich is getting ready for the July 4th release of his album Box of Stones. His music video for the single of the same name came out earlier this month, and the first 1000 people who preorder the album at HMV will receive a special signed version.

Those are all the bits and pieces of news I have at the moment. I’m getting pumped for Noah and the Whale’s first of two San Francisco shows tonight–stay tuned for a review.

Emmy the Great Sings About the Royal Wedding

In more Emmy the Great news, the Guardian posted a video of “Mistress England”, a song for all those English mothers who wanted their darling daughters to be royalty. And I must say, Emma’s voice sounds especially lovely.

Dang thing isn’t embedding, but click the link above for the video.

Emmy the Great announces new album release date


Album art, courtesy of Drowned in Sound (link below).

Emmy the Great has announced that her second album, Virtue, will be released on June 13th! As I wrote about here, the album was funded by fans through PledgeMusic. It was produced by Gareth Jones, who has worked with These New Puritans and Grizzly Bear.

Drowned in Sound has the tracklist, below, and a free download of “A Woman, A Woman, A Century of Sleep” (via RCRDLBL). They also list a bunch of Emmy’s UK tour dates in spring and summer.

1. Dinosaur Sex
2. A Woman, A Woman, A Century of Sleep
3. Iris
4. Paper Forest (In the Afterglow of Creation)
5. Cassandra
6. Creation
7. Sylvia
8. Exit Night
9. North
10. Trellick Tower

Emmy the Great Participates in International Women’s Day Festivities

Morning, world. I have a paper due in seven hours. I awoke at the happy hour of six AM to find a lovely update from Emmy the Great via Pledge Music about this week’s International Women’s Day festivities. Being both a) an Emmy the Great fan and b) a woman, I was interested.

For those of you in London, take note of the Emmy’s events this week:

“On Friday, we’re playing the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival. It’s our own show at the Purcell Rooms, and it’ll be the first one back since we finished the album.” Buy tickets here.

“As well as that, to reflect the festivals’ spirit of support between women, I’m curating an acoustic stage in conjunction with Storm in a Teacup. The stage is in their live zine factory on the 2nd floor of Southbank Centre, and the performances will be between 1-3pm on the Saturday (12th) and Sunday (13th). Each act performing has been asked by another artist performing at the festival. I’m pleased to have asked the most awesome, most bodacious Nimmo and the Gauntletts, Milla Traylen and Grace Petrie.”

She also participated in the launch of Annie Lennox’s EQUALS project at Southbank Centre earlier this afternoon (or, for me, in the wee small hours of the morning). Props to Emmy for just being awesome, and supporting a great cause. In other exciting news, the new album has been recorded and fully funded. I’m anxiously awaiting a release date!

Make a Pledge!


Black Cab Sessions, with Noah and the Whale’s Tom Hobden

Fantastic singer-songwriter Emmy the Great has decided to cut out the middle man in record producing. Using Pledge Music, the quirky Londoner is raising funds for her second album by selling an assortment of items and events to dedicated fans. Emmy’s pledgers can bid on anything from signed CDs (£8) and tour postcards (£10) to guitar workshops (£70) and private gigs (in your living room for only £500!). Although they will only receive the items (and thus, be charged the pledge amount) if Emmy reaches her financial goal, pledgers will be able to access exclusive updates and contents as the album is in progress. This collaborative effort relies on fan support and social media rather than record label rigmarole–and Pledge Music even allocates a portion of the proceeds to several charities.

I can’t say it any better than Emmy already has, so check out her items and more here.