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‘Tis the Season: Free from Texas and Seattle

[Updated] For those who prefer their Christmas music as nostalgia-free as is manageable, Austin’s Krayolas and the West Seattle music community are here to help. You can download the rock-oriented Tinselitis: A West Seattle Christmas Album for free here. San Antonio Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roll band the Krayolas with Farfisa great Augie Meyers have a three-song Christmas EP ready and waiting to be downloaded at their website.

In other Christmas music news, tonight I’ll be the DJ spinning Christmas music at the Tales of the Cocktail’s Tales of the Toddy at the Hyatt Regency. I’m told the event is sold out, but if me and Christmas music are enough to push you over the edge and interest you in the event, time to start pulling strings.

Updated 9:32 a.m.

Diamond Rugs - John McCauley and Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick, Ian Saint Pé of Black Lips, Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate, and Bryan Dufresne of Six Finger Satellite – have recorded a woozy, sad, 3 a.m.-in-the-barroom all alone Christmas song, “Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant,” presented here for your listening and downloading pleasure.

Diamond Rugs – Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant by Partisan Records