Tunes from Christmas Highlight the New K Records Singles Zip-Pak (MP3) (PopMatters Premiere)

by PopMatters Staff

26 August 2010

Christmas' gritty, pop noise headlines the latest K Singles Zip-Pak releasing this week.

Earlier this summer K Records unveiled the innovative K Singles Zip-Pak, wherein subscribers receive new MP3 singles via e-mail each week for just $35.00 for a yearly subscription. In addition to new tunes from K artists, the series also includes “exclusive mixes, bonus songs and live documents”. In the end, subscribers wind up with hundreds of new tunes in a year that they couldn’t get anywhere else and all for a bargain price that goes straight to the artists and the label and cuts out the middleman.

Today we have the pleasure of offering PopMatters readers these two songs from Christmas that will be among the tunes mailed out to subscribers this evening. Olympia Washington’s Christmas formed out of a trip to Poland taken by Emily Beanblossom (vocals, keys) and Pat Scott-Walsh (guitar). Chatting in a bar there, they concocted their plan for a gritty, noise band with pop underpinnings. “Dog Problems” and “It’s Only an Ocean”, which features Calvin Johnson, will be appearing on a February 2011 7-inch single along with “Namiot” and a remix of “Namiot” by Johnson. If you like what you hear, check out the band at one of their upcoming dates (after the jump) and sign up for the Zip-Pack subscription.

[Subscribe to the K Singles Zip-Pak]

Aug 27, 2010 - Seattle, Washington - Cairo
Aug 28, 2010 - Spokane, Washington - Baby Bar
Aug 29, 2010 - Missoula, Montana - BSMT Free Store
Aug 30, 2010 - Billings, Montana - The Railyard
Sep 2, 2010 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - Triple Rock Social Club
Sep 3, 2010 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - The 1419 Space
Sep 4, 2010 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Borg Ward
Sep 5, 2010 - Chicago, Illinois - The Attic
Sep 6, 2010 - Hamtramck, Michigan - Atlas Bar
Sep 7, 2010 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Howlers Coyote Cafe
Sep 8, 2010 - Baltimore, Maryland - The Good Son
Sep 9, 2010 - Brooklyn, New York - Shea Stadium
Sep 10, 2010 - Brooklyn, New York - Union Pool
Sep 11, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Castle Gay
Sep 12, 2010 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
Sep 13, 2010 - Harrisonburg, Virginia - James Madison University - Transitions Room, Warren Hall
Sep 14, 2010 - Chapel Hill, North Carolina - The Nightlight
Sep 15, 2010 - Athens, Georgia - Farm 255
Sep 16, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia - The Highland Inn
Sep 17, 2010 - Chattanooga, Tennessee - Discoteca
Sep 18, 2010 - Memphis, Tennessee - The Dairy
Sep 19, 2010 - Lawrence, Kansas - Replay Lounge
Sep 20, 2010 - Omaha, Nebraska - The Slowdown
Sep 21, 2010 - Colorado Springs, Colorado - Colorado College - Electrical Room
Sep 22, 2010 - Salt Lake City, Utah - The Urban Lounge
Sep 25, 2010 - San Francisco, California - Amnesia


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