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Local holiday hits
After a great year in local music releases, a few local musicians have gotten together to send off the holidays with their own little stocking stuffers. It's been a while since there have been multiple Christmas or holiday releases from local folks, so these are a welcome addition to any Triangle music fan's library:

Synthesizer pop band Gerty just released Three for the Holidays on Pox World Empire Records. The limited edition EP features "Little Drum Machine Girl," "Blue X-mas" and "Silent Night." Snap it up while you can.

Local label Trekky Records has a holiday release featuring members of The Never, Choose Your Own Adventure, Alvarez Painting, Mortar and Pestle, Participation Award and Vibrant Green. Look for a Trekky Records roundup show at Nightlight on Friday, Jan. 3 featuring CYOA, M and P and Alvarez Painting for a sampling of this new Carrboro label's roster.

The teen scene
The Durham teens involved with the Center for Documentary Studies program, Youth Document Durham, have a formal audio outlet now with the development of the Youth Noise Network, in association with Duke University's WXDU, 88.7 FM. The students have been learning and employing production techniques through the audio software Pro-Tools, creating segments of first-person dialogues on social topics, music and politics. Listen for it on XDU, available in digital stream at, on occasional Saturdays from 5 to 6 p.m., perhaps evolving into a monthly regular feature. Teenage self-expression never sounded so good.

Cinematic success
Local instrumental masters Shark Quest have completed a soundtrack to the locally produced documentary film, Monster Road, by Jim Haverkamp and Brett Ingram. The film was recently accepted for its premiere by the Slamdance film festival in Park City, Utah, on January 21, 2004. The fest is best known as the rival of the Sundance festival. The feature-length Monster Road explores the world of underground clay animator Bruce Bickford, whose body of work includes pieces for Frank Zappa in the Seventies. Shark Quest has incorporated many of the same themes into songs for their forthcoming album on Merge Records due next year.

In search of... (crate digging for rare finds)
Cue the Leonard Nimoy voiceover. Here's a semi-regular feature where you can tell us what your best used vinyl record finds have been in thrift stores, library sales or whatever your source may be (don't worry, it can remain anonymous). For myself, some recent discoveries include Sex, Sweat, and Blood, nabbed for fifty cents, a new wave compilation that includes cuts from groups like 23 Skidoo, Maximum Joy, an early pop-version of Ministry and a handful of great old soul and R&B 45s for "a song." It's all about the hunt, as they say.

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