Proving to be a sexier Christmas death subject than say, Billy Martin or Frederick Law Olmsted, Boston’s jangly indie garage-pop lads Hands & Knees pay tribute to the legendary soul man who once saved Boston in their new holiday-swinging single “James Brown Died On Christmas Day.” Yesterday, they released a video for the track, and you can still snag it digitally off Bandcamp for just your grandmother’s old $2 bill (a limited edition 7-inch is available for $7).
While Hands & Knees’ new album Wholesome is easily bound to be a local beast of 2011 (we dare you to stay seated during “The Moonlight Is Wicked,” which got a little stripped-down Hooray For Earth vibe to it), there are more pressing issues at hand. Most notably, tonight’s PAs Lounge Holiday Party in Union Square, Somerville, where Hands & Knees performing alongside Travels, JD Cooper & Friends, and, of course, PAs-fixture Tony the Bookie Orchestra. It’s $10 for, as the PAs website states, "all the food and Christmas cheer you want. Until the food is gone or you get cut off, that is." If you bring an unwrapped toy, the cover is just $5.
Also hey, if you already have plans tonight, don’t stress -- Wholesome gets the proper release party treatment at Great Scott on Jan. 27, when Hands & Knees celebrate accordingly with friends Doomstar, Needy Visions, and the rest of Allston Rock City.