For this week's Prime Cuts playlist we stuff your stocking with a trio of experimental freak folk cuts from [mp3com-artist]Castanets[/mp3com-artist], the [mp3com-artist]Drug Opera[/mp3com-artist] and [mp3com-artist]Deathbot[/mp3com-artist]. [caption id="attachment_82869" align="alignnone" width="385" caption="Raymond Raposa (a.k.a. Castanets)"]Raymond Raposa (a.k.a. Castanets)[/caption] Castanets are the one-man band of Raymond Raposa, a Portland-based composer who records his songs with a rotating cast of swooning singers, percussion pounders and horn toodlers. Raposa has spent the last several years touring the world by bus, selling CD-R's out of the trunk and entertaining audiences with his unique brand of indie/psych/folk neo-gothic avant-garde. He's recorded a number of albums for Asthmatic Kitty, most recently 2009's Texas Rose, the Thaw and the Beasts. [mp3com-download url="" artist="Castanets" song="Strong Animal" expiration="03/31/2012" email="none" label="Castanets"/] [caption id="attachment_82870" align="alignnone" width="385" caption="The Drug Opera"][/caption] The Drug Opera offer something a little less solemn than Mr. Raposa's rambling neo-gothic tone poems. Opting instead for a heart-thumping swirl of psychedelia, "Welcome Song" is as to-the-point as it gets. At just a minute long, it's more a snippet than a song but it says what it has to say with startling poignancy. [mp3com-download url="" artist="The Drug Opera" song="Welcome Song" expiration="03/31/2012" email="none" label="The Drug Opera"/] [caption id="attachment_82871" align="alignnone" width="385" caption="Deathbot"][/caption] Just in time for Christmas, it's Deathbot! Former frontmen of New York punk rappers Turbulence and Calibrate and Cali alt-country outfit Big Wheels, Deathbot are R. Mansfield and Joseph James. Blending together indie, alt and American influences, Deathbot are like a lo-fi [mp3com-artist]Pink Floyd[/mp3com-artist] meets [mp3com-artist]Neil Young[/mp3com-artist]. Doesn't everyone want a little Deathbot in the bottom of their stocking? [mp3com-download url="" artist="Deathbot" song="Aint No Revolution" expiration="03/31/2012" email="none" label="Deathbot"/]

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