* The retro, boutique lodging spot Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, Calif., was recently featured on The Travel Channel's Lonely Planet 1,000 Ultimate Experiences. It's a far-out trailer space with a BB gun range, a smoke lodge, a hot tub, a saltwater pool and all sorts of luxurious jazz. In addition to talking to comic Steve Agee about Hicksville, the Lonely Planet folks also followed around local rock 'n' roll outfit The Ettes while they were staying there — there's even a little snippet of the band playing "You Were There." Dig it above.
* As blogged yesterday, Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) will release her self-titled record on Jan. 22. On top of making the track "Honey" available to us all, she's also set the song behind some footage of her hanging out in an apartment and playing with a cat. It's an album teaser/promo sort of affair, and you can see it after the jump. Also, download the tune "Mother Earth, Father God" for free right here.
* You know how local indie-rock outfit Milktooth likes covering songs? Well, they're at it again. This time they're providing their own rendition of "Walking in the Air," a song from Raymond Briggs' haunting 1982 short film, "The Snowman." You can see them playing the song (along with some assistance from Field Days'/Mynabirds' Patrick Damphier) in an empty Cannery Ballroom after the jump, where you can also stream the recording. Or, buy it here.