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Christmas 2009

posted Dec 23, 2009, 1:44 PM by Vu Nguyen

Christmas 2009
Dec 23, 2009 at 5:05 AM

Christmas with the Jews
Elizabeth & the Catapult
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Elizabeth & The Catapult
Paste and Rolling Stone loves Brooklyn-based Elizabeth & The Catapult

The last time we mentioned Elizabeth and the Catapult, the song "Race You", went straight to the top ten on The Hype Machine. And it's easy to see why, the song is such a fun and cute pop song.

This Christmas song, "Christmas with the Jews", is also fun and cute (and not to mention quite short). But what you're thinking when you're listening to this song, is "er, aren't you forgetting Hanukkah?"

Maybe you can ask them if you see them live:

    01/28/10 The Barn Clinton, New York
    02/05/10 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    02/06/10 8x10 Baltimore, Maryland

When I first heard of The Joy Formidable last year, I was impressed. I said I saw "lot of potential" in this band. Based on the free Christmas song, "My Beerdrunk Soul is Sadder than a Hundred Dead Christmas Trees" (available at, I'm still loving the vocals by Ritzy.

Maybe there was a problem with my download, but the MP3 track is 4:56, where the last 30 seconds of the song is complete and utterly garbage... it sounds like it was encoded in error and not part of the song. I've edited out the crap part for you.

The tour information they sent me is as follows:
    January 2010.
    Fri 8 USA New York Terminal 5 w/Passion Pit.
    Sat 9 USA New York Terminal 5 w/Passion Pit.
    Mon 11 USA New York Union Hall.
    Tue 12 USA New York Pianos.

    February 2010.
    Sun 21 Norway Oslo John Dee w/The Temper Trap.
    Mon 22 Denmark Copenhagen Vega w/The Temper Trap.
    Tue 23 Denmark Copenhagen Vega w/The Temper Trap.
    Wed 24 Sweden Stockholm Debaser Slussen w/The Temper Trap.
    Fri 26 Germany Hamburg Molotow w/The Temper Trap.
    Sat 27 Germany Berlin Postbahnhof w/The Temper Trap.
    Sun 28 Germany Cologne Gloria w/The Temper Trap.

    March 2010.
    Tue 2 Germany Munich Atomic Café w/The Temper Trap.
    Wed 3 Germany Frankfurt Nachtelben w/ The Temper Trap.

We're on Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas, so hurry on over if you're a fan of the Manchester Orchestra. Each of these songs are acoustic live versions of their song. My only complaint is that you have to listen to these songs on the computer - so if you've got 30 minutes to spare, sit and listen away.

My favorite track is "One Hundred Dollar", you can simply hear the anger as singer Andy Hull asks to borrow $100. While the song is short and doesn't offer much explanation, you, as the audience makes up your own background to the song. Anyway, the song is from their latest album, Mean Everything to Nothing, they'll probably be playing loads of their new songs on tour:
    01/29/10 Salt Palace Convention Center^ Salt Lake City, Utah
    01/30/10 The Fillmore^ Denver, Colorado
    01/31/10 The Black Sheep* Colorado Springs, Colorado
    02/02/10 The Marquee* Tulsa, Oklahoma
    02/03/10 Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom* Little Rock, Arkansas
    02/04/10 New Daisy Theatre* Memphis, Tennessee

    ^ with Brand New
    * with Harrison Hudson

Finally, we have Sia. This actually has nothing to do with Christmas, unless you count getting a new music video as a holiday gift. But just talking about the video for "You've Changed" isn't enough to warrant its own article, so I thought I might as well stuck her here.

Sia has always seem to me to be this child trapped in a grown-up's body. The latest video is wonderful, it features this weird stop-motion, "dress up" video-gamey feel to it. I don't know who's idea it was, I'll bet it's a combination of Sia's child-mind and director Dennis Liu of, but it came together pretty great.

Be sure to watch the high-resolution video of it (you'll need it to read the song lyrics scrolling at the bottom).

 12/23/2009 04:58:16  vu ()