This week two bands from the growing Chicago label Common Cloud Records were feeling the holiday spirit. First on December 11th Ragged Claws (Paul Karner and Kimberly Sutton) released their debut ep The Sleepwalker, and are giving it away digitally through Common Cloud. They celebrated this release with a successful show at The Beat Kitchen. Ragged Claws combines chamber music with traditional folk sounds below gorgeous harmonies.
The second gift is from Marky and Heather Hladish from Venna who released their debut ep on Common Cloud last Spring. For the holidays (through December 31st), they are giving away a live recording of a show they did at the House Café on December 7th. The set includes four unreleased songs, and can be downloaded through their myspace page.