Friday Random Five (#14)
Well, never let it be said that In House doesn't love its listeners/readers. That's why, in addition to the five-pack of midweek mp3s, we're also bringing you the (mostly) regular installment of the Friday Random Five. It's definitely a mixed batch this week, full of timely music news and yuletide glee.
1- Let's begin with month-long Random Five residents, the Decemberists, who made a lot of news this week aside from being included here. In case you didn't hear, frontman Colin Meloy announced that the band has signed with Capitol Records, thus ending a fruitful relationship with indie kill rock stars. While I, for one, am skeptical at best about the move, let's hope it turns out well for the band. In addition, Meloy revealed that he and his longtime girlfriend, artist Carson Ellis, are expecting their first child. Young females in cardigans everywhere wept. Anyway, it's cold, thus, we give you "July!July!" (MP3), dating back to the band's full-length debut, Castaways & Cutouts.
2- In other news, somebody somewhere leaked a new Elliott Smith song, or at least a version no one had heard before. The studio version of "Stickman" (MP3) was apparently recorded during the From a Basement On the Hill sessions.
3- Thus begins the yuletide section of the post: No word yet on whether or not this is included on his upcoming solo release Bitter Honey, but Clem Snide frontman Eef Barzelay brings us this rather haunting and lo-fi rendition of "Joy to the World" (MP3).
4- Ever the fan-friendly one, Jill Sobule has posted a new trio of holiday tunes for download on her website. This one's of particular interest, billed as "quite possibly the only punk Hannukkah song ever written": "Jesus Was a Dreidel Spinner" (MP3).
5- We close it out this week with one from short-lived Idaho country cover act wanda nevada, of whom you will find nothing anywhere in cyberspace. This version of the Squirrel Nut Zippers'
enjoy. rinse. repeat.