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Music Tuesday: XLR8R’s 2011 picks, holiday music and more

By Sarah Bardeen

Music Community Manager

As December wears on, we’re faced with two major issues: finding holiday music we can actually love...and discovering end-of-year lists we can trust. Today’s features on get you started on both counts.

XLR8R’s best videos of 2011
The taste-making electronic music magazine has strong opinions and good taste -- not such a bad combination, right? After wading through innumerable music videos, they share ten which they feel stand out for their beautiful imagery, unique storylines, great animations and/or baffling special effects. Prepare to be baffled.

‘Tis The Season
The season of giving is beginning, and here's what we've got in our sack for you: brand new holiday videos from Zee Avi and Matt Costa, and not one but two entire Christmas albums (f'reals!): one from hipster record label Carpark and one Americana offering featuring the Avett Brothers, among many others. Time to get your holiday on in style.

Little Tybee: Boxcar Fair
It reportedly took six months to craft this lovely little gem of a video. Yes, puppets are creepy -- and put them in a strange country fair, at night, in the middle of a desert, and things get even creepier. Or perhaps it’s just whimsical? This band has consistently pushed the boundaries with their videos, and this one marries the song and video beautifully. Bravo.