Compilations and Complications of the Local Music Scene 

Now that Thanksgiving is past, the annual parade of jingle bells and ugly sweaters is officially under way. And part of that is the second incarnation of Moxie Java’s IdaHo Ho Ho compilation CD, which was released this week.

The compilation features Idaho musicians like Rosalie Sorrels, Reckless Kelly, House of Hoi Polloi and more playing traditional and original Christmas songs. The limited-edition CD is available for $15 at all Moxie Java locations and The Record Exchange through Sunday, Dec. 31. All of the money raised will benefit The Idaho Foodbank.

In less-holiday-themed, but equally local music news, local punkers Strings and Chemicals are calling it quits, after five years of serving as a mining truss in the underground. The band will play their final show at Gramma’s House, Friday, Dec. 2, with Gernika and The Maladroids. The show is FREE, all-ages and booze-free.

Also this weekend is Radio Boise’s annual Practice New Year’s Eve Party, featuring live music from Finn Riggins, Le Fleur, Atomic Mama, Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, Bonefish Sam and his Orchestra, and RunOnSentence from Portland, Ore. The event will also boast a silent auction and countdowns on the hour, every hour, to get you ready for the real thing. The party runs from 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Empire Building on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Radio Boise will also be the beneficiary of any profits from the just-announced Treefort Music Festival, a multi-day, multi-venue event that will happen in Boise the weekend after SXSW.

Many of the festival details are still developing, but the commander of the Treefort, Finn Riggins keyboardist Eric Gilbert, says that there will be 40 to 80 bands playing Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24, 2012. Venues will include—but may not be limited to—The Red Room, Neurolux, Reef and The Linen Building. He says Treefort will also be building a fully tented stage area in the parking lot of The Linen Building.

The goal is to book as many bands who just hit SXSW in Austin for the festival as possible. And though Gilbert has some names up his sleeve, the lineup won’t be officially announced until early December.

“We’re still doing the math on cost,” says Gilbert. “But we’re hoping to keep it as cheap as possible.”

And finally, if you’re the sort of a-hole who demands symbolic political accountability in your music, you might want to swing by occupymusicians.com, for a list of musicians who have proclaimed their allegiance to the Occupy movement. Some notable—but unsurprising—names include Lou Reed, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Ian McKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi, Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls and Taleb Kweli.

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