By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Suspicious activities involving groups of fat men in red suits in New Hope, PA, and a dangerous level of tryptophan in the region suggest that prudent behavior on the part of local citizenry is called for. But what fun is that? Instead, make a pre-emptive strike against mindless public consumerism via a carefully planned assault on your senses with new music from rap icon Jay-Z, café-friendly postergirl Melissa Ferrick, and Damien Ricewhose secret weapons are a focus and intensity that will leave you running for cover. Since extreme times call for an extreme soundtrack, we offer the following sure-to confuse, sure-to-delight pairing: the mysterious ladies of the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir vs. Mr. Altrock himself, Dinosaur Jr. No, not together . . . but both within the perimeter this week to get you and yours in the appropriate seasonal spirit.
Secret message to all concerned partiers: Agent EL Vez is in the casa!
El Vez "Go Zapata Go!" from GRACIASLAND (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1995) [Music listing for Saturday, December 2]
Melissa Ferrick "Never Give Up," from IN THE EYES OF STRANGERS (Right On, 2006) [Music listing for Monday, December 4]
Hula "Dont Have to Shout" from HULA (Pehr, 2004) [Music listing for Wednesday, November 30]
Lovedrug "The Narcoleptic"single (The Militia Group, 2005) [Music listing for Tuesday, December 5]
My Morning Jacket "Sweetheart," from CHOCOLATE AND ICE (Badman, 2002) [Music listing for Thursday, November 31]
Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares "Svatba (The Wedding)," from LE MYSTÈRE DES VOIX BULGARES (Nonesuch, 1990) [Music listing for Sunday, December 3]
Dinosaur Jr "Puke & Cry," from GREEN MIND (Reprise, 1991) [Music listing for Friday, December 1]
David Krakauer "The Electric Sher," from FROM BUBBEMEISES: LIES MY GRAMMA TOLD ME (Label Bleu, 2005) [CD reviews]