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+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
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+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
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+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
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+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
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+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
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+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
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+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
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+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
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+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
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+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
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+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
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+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
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+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
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The Iditarod
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If you've ever sweated your way through a sweltering December in Australia, it's ever apparent — thanks to those stupid faux-snow decorations thrown up in capitalist establishments — that Christmas is a Northern Hemispheric thing, its distant traditions and modern marketing spins all to do with a winter wonderland that has zero relevance to those in the throes of a Southern Hemispheric summer. Whilst this means, for those on the underside of the globe, The Iditarod's two-set series of Yuletide records may come minus the same physical conditions — darkness, cold, snow, death and rebirth — that are the band's seasonal connotations, it's still pretty easy to sit back and enjoy the wintry wonder of their cold-driven craft. A two-CD reissue of a pair of limited-run "gifts" given out by the Rhode Islander duo for Christmases 2000 and 2001, the 150-minute set tacks on a newly-recorded "Winter Suite" and various live/rare bits and pieces, the sprawling whole finding them spinning their regular gloomy spell with a seasonal slant. The Iditarod's music is a mixture of fragile Movietone-ish whisper-ballads, raga-rific acid-folk, and glacial guitar-drone ambience, with the spectre of ace American new-psych unions like Charalambides and Windy & Carl lingering in ghostly glow throughout. The mutability of the pair's gentle psychedelia lends itself to the Yuletide vibe, which finds them adapting traditional songs/melodies/words, working seasonal hymns and wintry folksongs into their own droned-out craft. In a blessed gesture, their reason for doing this and their song/season reverence has naught to do with religion (or commerce, the other great deus of this time of year), the duo knowing that spiritual/oblatory type folksongs gain their cultural resonance through the thousands of voices that have handed them down over the generations, and not through whatever icon they profess praise for. And seeing tunes that have been denigrated into "carols" viewed anew through the prism of something this pure and white casts them in a whole new light, like you're hearing old spirits driven forth, through wilds, over new horizons.

by Anthony Carew

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