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jason on 12/22/2009 at 05:08PM

Wooden Shjips for the Holidays (2009 edition)

Wooden Shjips' 2008 holiday cassingle

This time last year, San Francisco's Wooden Shjips released a Holiday Cassingle featuring psychedelic covers of "Auld Lang Syne" and "O Tannenbaum". The 4-piece -- who famously gave away all 300 copies of their debut 10'' -- offered free mp3 version of the cassingle to the WFMU blog. Meanwhile, the cassette itself, limited to 100 copies, sold out in no time, and -- in the spirit of The Holidaze -- all proceeds went to the San Francisco Food Bank.

This holiday season, Wooden Shjips' guitarist and vocalist Erik "Ripley" Johnson is continuing this tradition. He sent over an mp3 from his new project Moon Duo, a brilliant melding of "Silver Bells" with a bit of Hawkwind's "Silver Machine" thrown in the mix. [*Because of these references, we can't certify it as "FMA-safe", so you can grab it from this off-site locale: Moon Duo - Silver Bells (mp3)]

Moon Duo have also put together a new benefit for the SF Food Bank, in collaboration with Zola Jesus, Gary War, and Sacred Bones Records. From the Moon Duo blog (after the jump):

Private Records Auction -- We are auctioning off three one-sided holiday 12" LPs manufactured by Sacred Bones records. They are part of a private press batch, created as a limited-edition holiday gifts and not available for sale anywhere! Proceeds go to the SF Food Bank.

The exclusive tracks are:
Moon Duo - Winter (Rolling Stones cover)
Gary War - Grounds for Termination (Phil Gone Mix)
Zola Jesus - No Time

More info on the auction pages [1] [2] [3]

The action ends Christmas Eve, and to get us all in the holiday zone, Wooden Shjips is letting the Free Music Archive share the two fantastic sides of their 2008 holiday cassette under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. Take a listen below, enjoy more Wooden Shjips on the FMA here, and you can donate directly to the SF Food Bank here.

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Jacklebee on 12/23/09 at 05:56AM
yeah! i love the Christmas Spirit all dressed up in a new sweater!
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