Just in time for the holidays, the Australia band The Church has issued a free, previously unreleased song "Xmas", available on soundcloud.com. The band writes, "We are giving away a free download of the beautifully-sad, seasonal song 'XMAS' to all The Church fans to thank you for your ongoing support and to wish you all a happy and safe holiday."
In other The Church news, the Sydney-based band will be releasing a brand new album called Further/Deeper, set for release on February 3, 2015, via +180 Records. Although "Xmas" won't be on the CD, the song will make its way on the double vinyl version of Further/Deeper (due out in early January).
To support Further/Deeper, the legendary band will head out on a world tour, and also to coincide with their 35th anniversary as a band!
02/22/15 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
02/23/15 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
02/24/15 Seattle, WA The Triple Door
02/26/15 Noise Pop Festival
02/27/15 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
02/28/15 San Diego, CA The Casbah
03/02/15 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
03/03/15 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
03/05/15 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
03/06/15 Chicago, IL Double Door
03/07/15 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
03/09/15 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
03/10/15 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
03/12/15 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair
03/13/15 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
03/14/15 Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
03/15/15 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
03/16/15 SXSW 2015
03/17/15 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
Singer-songwriter Scott Gagner recently shared his song "I'll Be Drinking This Christmas" on Stereo Subversion.
No cover artwork was provided, but we are reminded us that his second LP Rise & Shine, was released earlier this year.
St. Louis-based band, Rough Shop, has a new holiday album Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree, out now.
Rough Shop features songwriters John Wendland and Andy Ploof, along with the voice and bass of Anne Tkach.
Stockholm's The Stuff (not to be confused with late 70s band Stuff or the now-defunct UK band The Stuff), released their compilation cover-lover album Frog Bouquet, featuring covers of Bryan Ferry, Beck, The Damned, and The Kinks' "Father Christmas".
Hear "Father Christmas" on soundcloud.com.
Paste's annual Paste Holiday Sampler is available now. The ten free songs can be downloaded at pastemagazine.com.
Free Christmas songs from Swear and Shake, Sinclair, River Whyless, Powerkompany, Over the Rhine, The Oh Hellos, Odessa, Dwayne Shivers, James Apollo, and Field Report.