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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Spreading some local-music holiday cheer

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Last week I told you about New Shouts' new holiday song for charity. Now, as Hanukkah begins and Christmas draws nigh, I have a couple other suggestions for you:

— Before it's too late: Nina Sainato's new Christmas album is on sale right now on Bandcamp; enter the code "holiday" and get 20 percent off. I reviewed the album a couple weeks ago; I think if you're into Christmas music, you'll find something you like on it.

— Also before it's too late: Give the guys in Yours Truly a special gift by helping to fund their next album. There's three days left on their Kickstarter campaign to bankroll their new record, and they're two-thirds of the way there. The bonus: There's pie-throwing involved.

— While we're on the topic: Why not consider the gift of local music this year? We had stellar new releases from tons of Pittsburgh bands and artists — 1,2,3; Black Crash; Donora; Boca Chica; Summer-Winter; Slim Forsythe; White Wives; Mac Miller; Jasiri X. A lot of these records are available at local retailers like Paul's CDs in Bloomfield, Desolation Row (Caliban Books) in Oakland and Mind Cure Records in Polish Hill; others can be downloaded on Bandcamp or iTunes, and you can, like, put them on a flash drive and throw them all in your nephew's stocking at once or whatever.

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