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December 16, 2010
Scott Foley

Almost feel like apologizing for the ridiculous wealth of new material unleashed on this week's Episode. It's a good look forward, unusual during this time of the year, typically taken over by holiday music and looks back (got some of that, too). First looks at new albums by the likes of Colorado artist Devotchka, Drive-by Truckers, Northwest favorites Dolorean, Ryan Adams and more. New holiday stuff comes from a couple of Colorado bands: Travel By Sea and Oh Starling. Most unusually, the TMM debut of G Love, whose forthcoming Fixin to Die finds him produced and backed by Seth and Scott Avett. Talk about "special sauce" ...

* Catherine MacLellan, "Church Bell Blues" Church Bell Blues (True North, 08)
* Dirk Powell, "Christmas Time's a Comin'" Fret-Free Christmas (Valcour, 10)
* Jonathan Byrd, "Cackalack" Cackalack (Waterbug, 10)
^ G Love, "Fixin' to Die" Fixin' to Die (G Love, 10)
* Scott Miller, "Kingdom Has Come / Journey of the Magi" Christmas Gift (Scott Miller, 10)
* Mystiqueros, "I Would Not Make It Through" Agave (Blue Boot, 10)
* Allison Moorer & Steve Earle, "After the Fire is Gone" Coal Miner's Daughter: Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Sony, 10)
* Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, "Typecast" III/IV (David Ryan Adams, 10)
* Travel By Sea, "I Heard the Bells" Christmas EP 2010 (Travel By Sea, 10)
* Devotchka, "Contrabanda" 100 Lovers (Anti, 11)
* DB Rielly, "Don't Give Up On Me" Love Potions & Snake Oil (Shut Up & Play, 09)
* Jerry Lee Lewis, "Sweet Virginia" Mean Old Man (Vanguard, 10)
* Corinne West & Kelly Joe Phelps, "Whiskey Poet" Magnetic Skyline (Make Records, 10)
* Rose Cousins, "Little Drummer Boy" New Kind of Light (Self, 10)
* Boris McCutcheon & the Saltlick, "Mullein People" Wheel of Life (Frogville, 10)
* Slaid Cleaves, "Hard To Believe" Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away (Music Road, 09)
* Oh Starling, "Hark" Noel (Oh Starling, 10)
* Drive-by Truckers, "Used to Be a Cop" Go-Go Boots (ATO, 11)
* Fabulous Ginn Sisters, "Redhead Rosie" You Can't Take a Bad Girl Home (Ginn Sisters, 10)
* Over the Rhine, "Laugh of Recognition" Long Surrender (Over the Rhine, 11)
* Bow Thayer, "Dawning" Bottom of the Sky (Twisted River, 10)
* Shelby Lynne, "Silver Bells" Merry Christmas (Everso, 10)
* David Dondero, "Don't Cry No Tears" Pre-Existing Condition (Ghostmeat, 10)
* Dolorean, "Hard Working Dogs" The Unfazed (Partisan, 11)
* Bruce Cockburn, "Go Tell It On the Mountain" Christmas (Columbia, 93)

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