12 Discs of Christmas 2011 #9

Guided By Voices - Doughnut for a Snowman (Fire Records, BLAZE 45188; 2011)

OK, so maybe this is a bit of a cheat, but it's no less Christmas-y than Frosty the Snowman, and frankly the news of a reunion and forthcoming new album by Dayton, Ohio's scientists of sound is the best present lovers of the prolific Bob Pollard and crew could hope for.

Probably the first GBV song to feature a recorder, Pollard calls this story of a girl who bequeaths a Krispy Kreme to an ice cream vendor (Frosting the Snowman?) their "twinkliest song yet." It bodes well for the new album Let's Go Eat the Factory, which comes out on Jan. 1, but can be heard here in its entirety.

Because the single was just released, there's no download link but you can enjoy it multiple times on YouTube (it's not hard, the song is only 1:45 long).

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