Since appearing in 2010, Moxie Javas annual Idaho Ho Ho Christmas CD has grown into one of the Treasure Valleys most popular local stocking stuffers. Despite being released around Thanksgiving, it routinely finishes among the top-selling albums for the entire year at the Record Exchange.
This season will be no exception. With songs from Curtis Stigers, John Nemeth and Eilen Jewell, its anchored by three of Idahos most successful musicians.
Not only is the $15 disc a relatively inexpensive gift, you can feel good about opening your wallet. Proceeds go to the Idaho Foodbank, which will deliver thousands of meals to needy Treasure Valley families. That truly does rock.
Featuring a mix of originals and covers, Idaho Ho Ho is a cool way to introduce yourself to a variety of Gem State acts. The newest edition includes familiar Idaho favorites (Belinda Bowler, Ned Evett), newcomers (Edmond Dantes, Calico) and talented musicians who dont always get the recognition they deserve (Kayleigh Jack, Reilly Coyote.)
Tim Johnstone, program director at 94.9 FM The River, helped produce this years 12-track compilation. He thinks its the series most consistent collection yet.
It remains to be seen whether any of the originals on this years CD will become a local holiday staple but its possible. Todd Sloans Winter Wheat, part of the 2011 Idaho Ho Ho album, is one of the most well-received Christmas songs that we play on the station, Johnstone said.
You can pick up a copy of the latest Idaho Ho Ho disc at your nearest Moxie Java or at the Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise.
After the media drama, hand wringing and claims that it wouldnt open in Idaho anytime soon, NC-17 movie Blue is the Warmest Color will begin a run at Edwards 9 Cinemas in Downtown Boise today.
Sorry, Variety and The Holiday Reporter. No story here after all, except that The Flicks multiplex in Boise chooses alcohol sales over cinematic freedom. And thats not new news.
This movie a French lesbian coming-of-age drama is the sort of art-house fodder that normally appears at The Flicks. But that theater does not book films rated NC-17. Why? Because The Flicks sells beer and wine. Idaho statute prohibits businesses that serve alcohol from showing films with sexually related material, or pretty much any view of Homo sapien naughty bits. In reality, many R-rated movies probably violate our prudish state code. But Im guessing that The Flicks wont draw attention from Idaho State Police unless it flaunts an NC-17 movie.
Yes, Idaho statute is outdated and ridiculous. (If the characters had been ... beating or blowing each other up, instead of loving each other, there wouldnt have been a problem, noted a commenter on my blog.)
But the new, booze-slinging Village Cinema in Meridian is in the same boat as The Flicks. (No watching Blue is the Warmest Color in vibrating D-Box seats? Aaaaaaaw.)
Nobody is forcing Idaho movie theaters to sell alcohol. Edwards Cinemas is not handcuffed by the restriction. After The Flicks steered clear of NC-17 movie Shame a couple of years ago drawing media attention then, too Edwards 9 went ahead and booked it.
Funny as it sounds, Edwards 9 has a good argument that its the edgiest movie house in town. Unfortunately, its patrons will never drink to that.
Treefort Music Fest happening March 20-23 in Downtown Boise has revealed its first wave of bands. None of the news was earth shattering, but Welsh alt-rock trio The Joy Formidable is certainly notable. Either way, the announcement is a reminder of fun to come. Check out Treeforts new video on my blog.
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Michael Deeds column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He co-hosts The Other Studio at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.