* Don't you just love it when two singularly gifted artists find one another, team up and create a whole new singular body of work with one another? Cream faves Evan P. Donohue and Natalie Prass have been teaming up a bit as of late, and their most recent collaboration is the above holiday jam, "Home or Hotel" — it's a sweetly uplifting, sparse and lilting folk-pop number about Christmas feelings and libations and all that good stuff. According to Mr. Donohue, Prass is currently working on an album up in Virginia, but we can anticipate further collaborations and shows and so forth upon her return. [See also: Donohue's Conference Call, Prass and Donohue's Live & Reel sessions]
* Tristen, who you all of course know as the champion of this year's Scene Year in Music local critics' poll, has a gift for us all. Back when Tristen hosted a Kickstarter campaign to fund the release of her Tristen Decks the Halls 7-inch, it was heartening and exciting — though not necessarily surprising — to see her come up with the funds in only 48 hours. Well, even if you don't have the $5 necessary to get the release physically — Seriously? You don't have $5? That's sad, dude — you can still download it for free via this link. All you need is an email address.
* Those local movers and shakers at Blacktooth Records have a year-end mix for you. While the collection of tunes isn't overtly holiday-themed, it's free, and it's in celebration of 2011's end. The compilation features "a Chrome Pony jam ... a new demo from Fly Golden Eagle ... [a track from] Joel McAnulty’s (By Lightning) forthcoming solo release ... Jota Ese remix[ing] the unflappable Mark Morrison's early-90′s slow jam," plus stuff from Ranch Ghost, Natalie Prass, Hepatitties and much more. Download it at this link. And if you're not sick of year-end lists yet, the afore-linked post also features several local artists' Top 5 year-end lists.