Orange Bits: The Growlers Recognized By The Black Keys, Jesse Rich Memorial, Pithy Sweet's New EP and More

In this week's addition of news we didn't write, you can purchase Pithy Sweet's new EP, or listen to Andrea Babinski of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band's new holiday tune.
Check it out after the jump.


  • Melissa Maki releases a Christmas album, Christmas in the Air, after eight years in the making. Soundcheck interviewed the 25-year-old Aliso Viejoian and picked her brain about the problem with music-industry types and the merits of being self-sufficient. [OCR]
  •  Leon Russell's announcement that he will receive the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Award for Musical Excellence excited one reviewer at his show at the Coach House on Wednesday. [OCR]
  • Every time I hear Michael Bublé, I think of a seventy-some-year-old woman who told me about a concert that she attended where ladies threw their underwear at him. Well, judging by the first paragraph of this review, Bublé probably had to dodge some undies again at his Honda Center show on Saturday. [OCR]
  • Former The Shys frontman Kyle Krone just recorded a “modern and futuristic” solo recording, which is set to release in the near future. [DT]
  • Young the Giant announced that their debut album that will be released on January 25. They also announced on Friday that they are embarking on their first headlining tour in January. They began filming their video for “My Body” this Wednesday. [FB]
  • Can't wait until January for Pithy Sweet's new EP–the band is releasing one track a week on their website until the release party on January 13 at the Continental Room in Fullerton. [PS]
  • Tijuana Panthers snagged No. 9 on Pinpoint's 25 Top Albums of 2010 list. They are also on a two-week East Coast tour. Party! [Pinpoint]
  • Merry Christmas from Andrea “Dre” Babinski of Dusty Rhodes and the River Band. Wednesday, she released an adorable holiday song entitled “It Doesn't Rhyme with Sleet” on YouTube. Be sure to look at the lyrics that are posted. [YT]

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