CD Baby unfair advantage - November 2008
Welcome to the first installment of CD Baby's Unfair Advantage, where you'll get first dibs on what's new in the oft-fabled land of musical wonderment that is CD Baby. This time around, we checked the calendar, and it seems there's some holidays coming up. So, along with the year-round-ready music you love, we've got some music that'll get you in the Christmas spirit (resist though you may). So get out your gift lists, dust off your Santa hat, and let's get this thing started.
In This Week's Unfair Advantage
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Heston Storyteller
Heston - Storyteller
Urban/R&B: Soul
Accompanied by a full band with foundational rhythms that stem back to his island and R&B soul roots, percussion, horns, acoustic and electric guitars, Storyteller pulls out all the stops.
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Everly Justin Grennan E.S. Posthumus Trampled By Turtles
Mission Bell - EP
Folk: Folk Rock
Justin Grennan
Things I Should
Have Said

Urban/R&B: Soul
E.S. Posthumus
Trampled By Turtles
Folk: Alternative Folk
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Christmas Rock - Give Jingle Bell Rock a rest and get heavy for the holidays. These nog-fueled numbers hold nothing back, staying true to the spirit of the season while simultaneously thwarting any relative's attempt to doze off on the couch.
Lying Delilah
Lying Delilah - With No Gravity
Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
Reaching out and grabbing the best of jazz, rock, and blues, this piano-based trio covers the bases, making the ends meet between slow and hypnotic and peppy and poppy. Jodi Rosenthal's vocals couldn't be more well-suited for the calculated but sultry approach. If you like Fiona Apple but long for a more consistent beating of the drums, this will have you hooked from the opening chords.

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Adam Randall
Adam Randall - Bodies and Souls Were Meant to Be Together
Folk: Folk Rock
This album treads the delicate line between intricate folk rock and hook-filled yet emotionally resonant indie pop. Violins, bells, and other sonic flourishes provide a colorful backdrop to Randall's impressive acoustic guitar-based tunes. At times recalling Death Cab for Cutie and other times Damien Jurado, it won't be long before Adam Randall is the next big thing.

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Toby Lightman
Toby Lightman - Let Go
Pop: Pop
Toby Lightman's first indie release after 2 albums on Atlantic Records features nine exhilarating soul-pop songs that combine her neo-gospel vocals with percussive production that will remind you of K.T. Tunstall and Sheryl Crow.

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CD Baby Podcast Folk/Country Christmas
On this exciting debut of the CD Baby Music Discovery podcast, Kevin and Peter have picked out a savory sampling of some of the best folk and country albums that have a Christmas theme, playing full tracks and giving you a chance to peek inside some of the many great holiday CDs we have. Whether it's a hammered dulcimer and flute or cowboy songs from the Old West, there's something for everyone to enjoy here.

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Hip Hop/Rap: Alternative Hip Hop
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Dirty Mittens Pinky Swear
By day, Chelsea Morrisey keeps everyone in CD Baby’s Customer Service department laughing with her dry, irreverent wit. By night, her band Dirty Mittens has been known to keep plenty of Portland house parties rocking well into the wee hours with their wickedly sexy brand of underground vintage pop. You can tell, though, that Dirty Mittens have higher ambitions than just providing the sweaty soundtrack to your next subterranean fiesta. Their infectious sound mixes the best elements of CocoRosie, Pavement, Burt Bacharach, and Peter, Bjorn, & John. Their intricate arrangements and smart, heartfelt lyrics are earning them a place amongst Portland’s current buzz bands. With this buzz in mind, you’ll want to know three things:
Dirty Mittens have just released an awesome 5-song EP.
Your life is currently boring.
Liven up your life with this short EP, which has all the fun of a party without the sweaty shirtless dudes.
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