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Where to start, where to start!

Okkervil River are offering all stock at 15% off until the end of December. I bought the Black Sheep Boy Definitive Edition CD (vinyl also available) the other day, and it only cost me 21 Aussie dollars including postage! Bargain.

Loch Lomond paid a visit to Daytrotter recently and recorded 4 tracks, including two from their latest EP Night Bats. Check out their Daytrotter session here and read what I wrote about their split 12” release with The Builders and The Butchers here.

The Temper Trap paid a visit to The Guest Apartment recently and performed a few songs, including a lovely stripped down acoustic version of ‘Sweet Disposition’. Looking forward to catching them at Big Day Out! Check out the session here.

Thanks to Chris over at Local Vertical, I was made aware of Manchester Orchestra’s 12 Days Of Christmas project. From what I can tell, they’re streaming a new song each day until Christmas Day. Make sure you also check out Local Vertical’s Totally Unscientific 25 New Songs We Really Liked From 2009.

The world has just got a wee bit brighter with the discovery of another covers blog! The Cover Lovers features a new cover each day and there certainly are some intriguing songs ripe and ready for the picking.

Into literature based websites? Check out Australian author Nigel Featherstone’s website Open To Public and pay a visit to his blog which quite often features a music related post. Go here to check out Part 1 of his Top 10 Albums of 2009 and here to check out Part 2. He also likes Okkervil River, The National, The Antlers and admits to being ‘a complete and utter Sigur Ros obsessive’ so he’s obviously good people!

And so that concludes this epic linkage post (any post with more than two links is epic in my book). I leave you with some stellar tuneage…enjoy!

A Stone – Okkervil River

I’ve Got Friends – Manchester Orchestra

Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

You’re The One That I Want (Olivia Newton John & John Travolta Cover) – The Boy Least Likely To