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A Gift for You – The 2011 BPT Holiday Mixtape!

The holidays are upon us. I suppose most of you are either off work or heading out early to spend time with your families. There’s not a whole lot going on as far as events go, so we decided to send you all off with a little holiday mixtape featuring songs that, hopefully, haven’t been played to death this holiday season.

We got holiday reggae, rap, blues, soul, country and punk for you; some tried and true holiday classics like one of the original 1949 versions of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (the other version, released that same year was by Dinah Shore and Buddy Clark) and The Ronette’s girl-group rendition of “Frosty the Snowman” (off of the classic Phil Spector Christmas album) and of course, The Pogues’ modern holiday classic “Fairytale of New York” featuring the late, great Kirsty MacColl. It’s twenty songs of pure eclectic, holiday bliss and it’s our present to you. Enjoy the tunes and have a Happy Holiday from all of us here at Brown Paper Tickets.
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Seattle’s Funky History Comes to Central Cinema

Brown Paper Tickets’ hometown of Seattle, Washington is mostly known musically for the grunge movement of the early 90’s. But this town has been home to some incredible music scenes that did not get much national attention.

There was the Jackson Street jazz scene whose heyday started in the late 30s into the early 50s. This scene gave living legends like Quincy Jones and Ray Charles their start. The early 60’s Northwest garage rock era spawned seminal bands like The Sonics and The Wailers. And Seattle’s incredible punk scene of the early 80s sowed the seeds for the grunge scene that would follow.
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