A couple of quick notes here at FFW>>:
— Tonight is WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny at the New Hazlett Theater. The show's great every year; this year, the house bands are New Shouts and the Panther Hollow String band, and guests include members of your favorite bands, like Lohio, Big Hurry and Donora. There are still tickets available as far as I know, so if you're in a holiday-ish mood and are free tonight, do go!
— Speaking of New Shouts, they have a new Christmas tune out and it benefits a sweet charity, the Goodfellows Fund, which gets toys for less fortunate kids. This may seem slightly out of line since my band helped out with the track, but hell — it's for charity, Scrooge! We're not seeing a dime of it, nor are New Shouts. So, I encourage you to check it out.
— And speaking of holiday things that are for charity, a mea culpa: I screwed the proverbial Christmas pooch in Critics' Picks this week when highlighting Alive In the Underground's holiday bash at the Loose Moose in Baldwin. It's actually Saturday, the 17th — not Tuesday, the 20th. Please take note and check it out if you're in the neighborhood!
— Last but certainly not least, as you probably noticed if you're reading this: We at CP have a new website! We're excited about it, and excited about the possibilities it presents. We can now let you STREAM audio on FFW>>! We can now EMBED YOUTUBE VIDEOS on FFW>>! Basically everything you could want, we can do!
Did I mention that I CAN EMBED YOUTUBES NOW?
This week's free MP3 comes from locals The Red Western, whose CD release for Loves You happened last Friday night, after much anticipation and drummer-changing. They play alt-country on the rock end of the spectrum; the song they're offering up for your enjoyment: "Heart Just Wants What It Wants." Get it!
Patti wasn't there, hasn't been on this tour at all. The only woman onstage (Besides…