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

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.

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TOUR DATES

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