The Raveonettes / Wishing You A Rave Christmas / Vice Records / BUY
2008 has been a prolific year for the acclaimed Danish boy/girl garage rock duo, The Raveonettes. Back in February they released Lust Lust Lust to critical praise from the likes of Billboard, SPIN, The Guardian, Rolling Stone and Filter, among others. Then in September, the pair announced an innovative plan to release four new digital-only EPs by the end of the year. And what better way to announce it than by giving away the first EP, featuring remixes from Lust Lust Lust, for free?!
The next two EPs, Sometimes They Drop By and Beauty Dies, weren’t far behind, focusing on the Raves electronic side and their signature reverb-soaked sound, respectively. And now as we approach this last month of the year, the fourth and final chapter in this outpouring of fuzzy noir-rock, Wishing You A Rave Christmas, is available for stocking stuffing (the digital kind, at least) today. This release not only has some Christmas-themed originals, but also a raved-up version of Phil Spector’s 1963 holiday pop classic, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” So put some wood on the fire and get ready to snuggle up with your favorite Danes for the holidays!
The Hives and Cyndi Lauper offer up the perfect anti-Christmas song, a call and response bell-jingler approrpiately titled Christmas Duel . The only winner in this fight: us. The track will be available for FREE download on the Hives website over Thanksgiving weekend, and will be available for download at all online retailers on December 2nd.
Vanilla Ice has been following the release of his latest album Vanilla Ice is Back! Hip Hop Classics with three months of meet and greets and tour dates, which he kicked off with a performance on FOX News on November 8th on Talkshow with Spike Feresten. Last week Ice stopped by New York City’s Turtle Bay to pour shots and sign autographs, where he also surprised with a life sized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sidekick. And of course The ‘Rind was there.
Ice will continue to pour shots and shake hands from coast to coast through February. See him in a town near you! And tell him you liked his cover of “Baby Got Back.” Tracklist and dates after the jump.
Conjuring up ethereal rhythmic landscapes that would make any quirky indietronica fan gush, Dokkemand isn’t afraid to use a bit of tension in his reveries. His debut album, Hons!, snags its name from a fifties-era plastic ring game, fittingly bringing to mind a colorful toddler’s mobile that he gazes up at with wonder. Sounding kind of like a conversation between space-robots and crickets, the Norwegian native spares nothing in his tapestry of arcade-inspired melodies. The lighthearted songs sparkle and pop and refuse to approach life with any semblance of restraint.
Dokkemand, a.k.a. Marius Egenes, releases Hons! on December 2nd, on the aptly named Other Electricities label. The album features contributions from some amazing artists, including Kate Havnevik (courtesy of Universal Records) and Cranes vocalist Alison Shaw. If Passion Pit, Bjork, and glitchy fax machines are your thing, then we’ve found your newest dig.