The Loom's "Auld Lang Syne" Heralds the New Year

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Sterling Taylor
One of our favorite discoveries of 2011, the very retro chamber-folksters the Loom, have just released their version of "Auld Lang Syne." Why? They said, "When choosing a holiday song to record, we were looking for something secular that also felt in keeping with the spirit of our music. Well-trodden as this song is, we feel we recorded a version that achieves that sonically, and that lyrically also expresses a sentiment of appreciation, which kind of feels like what we'd like to say at this time of year." Listen to it after the jump.


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Five Great New Christmas Songs You'll Want to Put on Your Holiday Rotation

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We get a lot of free music here at the Heard Mentality offices on a regular basis, but this holiday season, record labels want us the share and gift that music with impunity. Which is great, because if you're anything like me, you're a sucker for good Christmas songs but don't always know how to seek them out. Here are five great new ones that are going to be on permanent rotation--from the funny country music duo Joey+Rory, a free song from the Spinto Band, alt-rock band Diamond's cover of "Christmastime is Here,"  electro-pop quartet Body Language's "Holiday" to Seattle songwriter Shelby Earl's sweet "This Christmas is for Us."

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White Elephant Mix: Go Radio

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The first of our bands to cover the hymn "O Holy Night," Florida natives Go Radio tear into the piece with an anthemic, My Chemical Romance-like gusto. Originally released just last month on Fearless Records' holiday compilation 'Tis the Season to Be Fearless, the amped-up carol features slashing guitars, melodic piano, martial drums and angelic backing vocals that add up to an emo-tinged Christmas slammer. It may not be the way Adolphe Adam pictured his compostion over 150 years ago, but it's suitably epic for the occasion.

You'll be covered with Christmas cheer as you listen to our twelve local artists jingling their bells here. 

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White Elephant Mix: The Bumpers

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​Long Beach-repping pop-rockers the Bumpers groove out on "I Need My Baby by My Side." This original tune is a sort of '60s garage-pop ditty by way of lo-fi, with a delicious melody and sweet backing vocals. It tells the sad tale of a young man facing a lonely Christmas in the LBC, pleading for his girl to return. 

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White Elephant Mix: Honeypie

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​Huntington Beach folk-pop lovelies Honeypie tackle the totally un-PC Christmas classic "Santa Baby" with understated aplomb. The recording is spare, just Trisha Smith's girlish vocals and Ryan Radcliff's reverb-soaked guitar picking. It may not be an earth-shattering rendition (Cynthia Basinet's and Eartha Kitt's versions clearly loom large in Smith's conception of the vocals), but it beats the hell out of Madonna's Betty Boop impersonation.
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White Elephant Mix: Wildboys

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This year, OC/LB bands have come together to provide us with a smokin' holiday soundtrack called the White Elephant Mix. Wildboys clearly enjoy a party, so the holidays afford them many opportunities to do what they do best. "Clubbin' Around the Christmas Tree" is a funky electro splice job that features snippets of several Yuletide classics.More »

White Elephant Mix: Dustin Kensrue of Thrice

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This year, OC/LB bands have come together to provide us with a smokin' holiday soundtrack called the White Elephant Mix. Dustin Kensrue, vocalist/guitarist of Irvine's post-hardcore heroes Thrice, switches gears for a straightforwardly jangly take on "Blue Christmas." Longtime Thrice fans may have heard this track on Kensrue's 2008 solo Christmas album This Good Night Is Still Everywhere that he wrote, recorded and produced with Teppei Teranishi.


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White Elephant Mix: Argyle Smile

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​(Click on the band's picture to hear their new holiday tune!) 
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This year, OC/LB bands have come together to provide us with a smokin' holiday soundtrack called the White Elephant Mix. Jared Parsons of fey indie-poppers Argyle Smile gets a little goofy on his brief ode to one of life's most simple pleasures: macaroni and cheese.
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White Elephant Mix: Melanoid

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This year, OC/LB bands have come together to provide us with a smokin' holiday soundtrack called the White Elephant Mix. Melancholic synth-soul project Melanoid performs "I'll Be Home for Christmas" as a straightforwardly pretty and sad ballad, dressed up with some swirly keyboard and synth-string accompaniment.

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White Elephant Mix: Two Guns

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Jennie Warren
​(Click on the band's picture to hear their new holiday tune!) 

This year, OC/LB bands have come together to provide us with a smokin' holiday soundtrack called the White Elephant Mix. Two Guns--comprised of Kevin Poush, Aaron Bradford, Brad Lindsay, Harris Pittman and Gabe Palmer--have brought you their very own number "A Little More" to rock this holiday season. If you aren't already familiar, their song was featured on the finale of Jersey Shore, and they have been busy in the studio with Cold War Kids' producer Matt Wignall completing their full-length album Far People in Far Places. Lead singer Kevin Poush reveals his favorite holiday film and why he loves it so.

Don't fret, you'll be covered with Christmas cheer as you listen to our twelve local artists belt their hearts out here.

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