Now that we're in that crawl between the holidays and the New Year, we may not see a whole lot of action this week — though we will have another of our New Year's Eve flowcharts in tomorrow's forthcoming dead-tree issue of the Scene, so stay tuned for that. Nevertheless, there is a handful of stuff to sink your teeth into today, if you're game:
* Battle Pod 2012. Local engineer/producer/studio dude/Battle Tapes honcho Jeremy Ferguson — with a creative assist from local rock 'n' roller and poet Daniel Pujol of PUJOL — put together another of his holiday offerings. Says Ferguson, "This podcast has noises, 'music' and editing performed by yours truly. Mr. Pujol wrote the origin of Leezard Phace and Santa. It's the most tuneful Battle Pod yet! Enjoy it while clutching your loved ones by the fire that is the Sun." Chock full of samples, pitch-shifted weirdness and various ominous tones, it's an instant Battle Tapes classic! The Dropbox link is here, but if you visit the BT site, you can hear past Battle Pods — which feature contributions from locals including Hands Down Eugene, Tristen, Lylas, Jonas Stein, Dave Paulson and plenty more.
* Free Eaglebreeze LP Release/Reunion Show at The Stone Fox. Eaglebreeze, anyone? Also once (and maybe still sometimes?) known as "Party Cannon," this crew of barely clothed hedonists was once described by yours truly as "a dumbed-down version of Andrew W.K. that will leave you saying 'What the shit was that?'" The Spin described their set at Little Hamilton three years ago (to the day) as "a continuous, Ritalin-fueled stream of speedy, meaty punk ditties reveling in hedonism and beckoning for an epicurean meltdown." According to this Facebook event page, the Breezers will release their eponymous debut LP tonight at The Stone Fox, where they'll also "share their stories, answer unscripted questions from people they've never met, as well as reenactments of now legendary stories we've only heard rumored to be true." It's free, and James Wilson will spin records.
* Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Bridgestone Arena. Well, seeing as how our ticket giveaway for this one was an enormous hit, I'm sure you guys really care. Anyway, The Spin went about three years ago and seemed to have a good time, so maybe you will too. Here, read Stephen "Goose" Trageser's pick.
* Nashville's "Someday You'll Call My Name." If you're too lazy or Net-dumb to pull up a "classic" two-month-old episode of Nashville on the old comp, here's a chance to re-watch it on TV. According to ABC's schedule, tonight they'll once again be airing the Oct. 24 episode of Nashville, "Someday You'll Call My Name." Follow along with contributor Ashley Spurgeon's excellent recap of the episode as you watch! Or just count how many times Hayden Panettiere pulls out one of her three acting moves: 1) Threatening or insulting someone through gritted teeth, 2) Walking away from someone she's just threatened or insulted while looking just past the camera and glaring from under her eyebrows like a Star Trek villain, or 3) seducing someone while half-smiling like a psychopath.