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Sunday, November 13, 2005 

fledgling indie-rock





The band Joe Christmas came out of the Atlanta-area and signed to Tooth and Nail records in the mid-90s to get some exposure - which their record "North to the Future" deserves. They toured with a lot of the Elephant 6 crew (Neutral Milk Hotel, et al.)

Some in the band later became Summer Hymns, an Athens-based outfit, who hasn't put out a proper record since 2003. Summer Hymns does have some mp3s available from their record label, Misra, who hosts several talented bands, like the most recently heavily-blogged-about Great Lake Swimmers and The Mendoza Line.

But back to the original intention of this post -Joe Christmas. They had a song on a T&N Compilation that I bought for $5 in 1996. The song "I'll Bet You Do" was worth the price of admission. Catchy hooks from fuzzy guitars and a slightly cocky attitude with the lyrics - total teenage fun. It's Pavement-esque.

Download Joe Christmas - I'll Bet You Do.

Buy North to the Future from T&N records (a steal at $3).

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