Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Christmas #1! Fantastic plastic - The Black Arts

Ahhhh, the holidays bring out the crazy collaborations. Here we have something just emailed out yesterday. Art Brut and Black Box recorder are teamed up as Black Arts for this Christmas 7". Entitled Christmas Number One, I don't know what the tracks might be like, but this is sure to be gone fast. It's very reasonably priced at 2 pounds 50.
I keep checking Suicide Squeeze site to see if there will still be an annual Pedro the lion Christmas 7" of some kind, but I'm about to give up hope. I'll be sure to pst if I hear about anything.
I have a Walkmen Christmas 7", the White Stripes Christmas one (best present ever), most of the pedro ones, except the latest, and a deerhoof tomlab xmas picture disc. That's all I can think of at the moment.
I'm still trying to come up with something for that Sufjan Stevens Xmas song exchange contest, but it's hard...I try to go funny, then think , no this should be serious, and hate them both. I'm not giving up, it's just hard. Damn I want that song to release as a 7".

You can preorder this bad boy at Fantastic Plastic.

"Top of the Pops" may be off the air, but that clearly hasn't quashed the ambitions of Art Brut's Eddie Argos one bit. If this year is anything like last year, there will be a "TOTP" Christmas special, and Argos hopes to crash it with a bona fide Christmas number one.

To do so, Eddie has teamed with another UK act fond of the speak-singing, lovable cynics Black Box Recorder, and a pal who goes by the name of Keith Top of the Pops. Together as the Black Arts, this upstanding bunch has recorded a holiday heatseeker, conveniently titled "Christmas Number One", about-- get this-- a Christmas single that takes on a life of its own. This "One" has it all: jingle bells, children singing, some tacky rhymes, a bridge in waltz time, the delirious barks of Argos, and the authoritative coo of BBR's Sarah Nixey.

Meanwhile, B-side "Glam Casual" has Argos reminding us that "the internet is full of mean and evil people." Errr...

Fantastic Plastic offers up "Christmas Number One" as a limited edition (1,000 copies) slab of green 7" vinyl on December 10, and as a digital download on December 3. But it's up to you, the record-buying public, to take it to number one. And if you don't, THERE WILL BE NO CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR. (Haha, kidding, but Christmas won't be nearly as funny.)

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