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@brentamaker Since everyone else is shooting past Thanksgiving and going straight to #Christmas I might as well play along. #welcometotherodeo

@brentamaker Since everyone else is shooting past Thanksgiving and going straight to #Christmas I might as well play along. #welcometotherodeo

Brent Amaker & The Rodeo - Pocket Calculator
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For those of us who were unable to get tickets during the Kraftwerk MoMA Debacle of 2012, take solace in this cover of “Pocket Calculator” by Brent Amaker & The Rodeo. I know I did. 

Buy it on iTunes for 1/25th of what MoMa was asking.

Brent Amaker - A Very Brent Amaker Christmas
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I’m not a fan of “traditional” Christmas albums. Every year, I look for the one Christmas outlier that echoes the same sentiment, but without all the “ho-ho-ho and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls”. Be it Mark Mothersbaugh’s “Joyeaux Mutato”, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks’ “Crazy For Christmas”, or Bob Dylan’s “Christmas In The Heart”, chances are it will remain in my permanent Christmas music rotation.

This year, my Christmas outlier comes not in the form of an album, but a single song: Brent Amaker’s (of Brent Amaker & The Rodeo) “A Very Brent Amaker Christmas”. Somehow, Amaker manages to steer (no pun intended) away from his usual themes of whiskey, women, and weapons. Instead he focuses on giving the gift of love and hugs in a song that mixes Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three’s “Boom-chicka-boom”, the bleeping synths of Kraftwerk, and the vocoder stylings of Bruce Haack. 

To paraphrase a popular Christmas special: of all the Brent Amaker Christmas songs out there, this is the Brent Amaker-est.