Big Stir Holiday Maxi-Single (Big Stir Digital Single No. 56)
Continuing to offer you gifts of musical Holiday cheer, BIG STIR RECORDS makes your season complete with our HOLIDAY MAXI SINGLE – eight wassail-worthy tracks to be released together on December 6 and available for preorder now at www.bigstirrecords.com/big-stir-digital-singles for the special price of $4! They're all new or rare tunes from some of the true luminaries of the global pop rock scene, some of them gracing the label with their presents (sorry) for the very first time: ANTON BARBEAU, THE BOBBLEHEADS, DOLPH CHANEY, KAI DANZBERG & SCOTT McPHERSON, THE DECIBELS, THE FORTY NINETEENS, ALISON FAITH LEVY (with KARLA KANE), and KIMBERLEY REW & LEE CAVE-BERRY are all here to help you deck the halls, light the menorah, and ring in the new year from up and down the coast of Big Stir's native California to Germany, the UK, Illinois and beyond! Here's a look at what they've wrapped up for you, with a peek forward to 2020 as the bow on top.
ANTON BARBEAU (Berlin/Sacramento) is back with “Xmas Song”, its straightforward title doing little to disguise the slightly psychedelic sound of pure Antmusik. Look for a full-length release from Anton along with his backing bands KENNY and THRUST early next year on BSR!
THE BOBBLEHEADS, perhaps San Francisco's very finest pure guitar pop band, are longtime friends of Big Stir and perennial favorites on our live concert series, but “Groovy Time of Year” marks the first time we've been able to release on of their tunes on the label – and groovy it is, with a video to go with it, so keep your eyes peeled!
DOLPH CHANEY gets to the core of the tough stuff that inevitably accompanies the trappings of the holidays with “Christmas”, a brand new rendition of a true heartbreaker from his deep back catalog (and a deep favorite of Rex at BSR). Dolph's also hard at work finishing up his first full-length LP in years... watch for it in 2020!
BSR's own KAI DANZBERG (Hanover, Germany) wraps up his own very busy and successful year by teaming up with SCOTT McPHERSON for “The Day Before Christmas”. It's Kai's second year contributing an exclusive Christmas track to the Big Stir Singles Series... making it a holiday tradition everyone can celebrate! Having won the hearts of listeners and critics alike with an album and an EP on Big Stir this year, Danzberg is unstoppable with another record in the works for the new year.
Sacramento-area favorites THE DECIBELS bring some sheer guitar-driven joy to the Yuletide party with their first release on the label – it wouldn't do to spoil the surprise of what the do with “Angels We Have Heard On High”, but if you shake the box and listen carefully you might hear a hint of a re-imagined garage rock classic rattling around inside!
THE FORTY NINETEENS have made a ton of noise as one of California's best rock bands, and frequent guests on Big Stir's live stage in recent years, with the airplay and accolades to prove it. “It's Christmas Time Again” rocks like crazy. It's the band's first official release on BSR but it won't be their last... keep your ears open for a brand new single in February and more to come after that!
It's a true joy to have ALISON FAITH LEVY contribute “All I Want For Chanukah Is A Ukulele”, and especially to have her joined on the tune by our friend KARLA KANE (The Corner Laughers, Agony Aunts) to brighten up the Festival of Lights! Alison is a renowned children's music performer whose band THE SIPPY CUPS were favorites of BSR's Rex Broome's kids in their younger days (and was a member of THE LOUD FAMILY, deep favorites of Rex himself). Alison's at work on music-based educational programs as well as new tunes for kids and grown-ups alike in the Bay Area – take a look at her website to see what she has in the works!
Lastly and amazingly we're delighted to present “All I Want Is You For Christmas” from the legendary KIMBERLEY REW and LEE CAVE-BERRY. The guitar architect of THE SOFT BOYS' sound alongside ROBYN HITCHCOCK and the leader of KATRINA & THE WAVES with the songwriting credits for “Walking On Sunshine” and “Going Down To Liverpool” (as recorded by THE BANGLES) on his resumé, Kim and his wife, bassist and singer Lee, have released a string of excellent records in recent years... last year's Enjoy The Rest Of Your Day is among their finest and an excellent starting point. It would be an understatement to say that we're thrilled to include Kim and Lee on this holiday maxi single... may it brighten your winter as it has ours!
Expected release: December 6, 2019