12 Days of Christmas - Day Twelve
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Freeleech Tokens, Eleven Pipers Piping, Ten Lords a Leaping, Nine Ladies Dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying, Five Golden Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three Staff Picks, Two Turtle Doves and an Invite!

Yes, you read it right! To celebrate the new year, we've credited 12 Freeleech tokens to your account and you'll be receiving an invite within 24 hours. In addition to that we'll be having three picks today, one staff and the other two, VIP picks!

Don't forget that you're still able to earn FL Tokens for uploading perfect FLACs. One (1) FL token per five (5) perfect FLAC uploads and One (1) Invite per 12 perfect FLAC uploads.

Make sure you use up the FL Tokens by the end of the month!

Please be aware that only torrents that are marked "Freeleech!" are "free" to download, any additions that may be uploaded after this post will not necessarily be made freeleech in time. We hope you enjoy today's pick.

O's Staff Pick / Above & Beyond - Acoustic

O wrote:
Acoustic is the third studio album by British progressive trance group Above & Beyond, released on 28 January 2014 by Anjunabeats.

"The acoustic project is a reconnection with the musicians that we were before we met ... the songs have been on an interesting journey to get here because we tend to write in a fairly acoustic way anyway. We don't just stick a bit of vocal over a dance track - that's not how we work. We try to start with a song and it's usually only later down the line that we take certain elements from that song and progress them into a more dancefloor-friendly version."

— Tony McGuinness
Above & Beyond - Acoustic [2014] [Album] (torrents.php?id=12485)

chocolatejesus's Pick / Tom Waits - Blue Valentine

chocolatejesus wrote:
For the aliens among us. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis always finds its way into my ears during the Christmas season. It's the antimatter against the consumerism and the fronting. Maybe it'll help you too. Join me in petting the ghost of our collective bittersweet holiday hallucination.
Tom Waits - Blue Valentine [1978] [Album] (torrents.php?id=12485)

isaidwoof's Pick / The Action - Rolled Gold

All Music wrote:
The term "lost classic" is applied liberally and often erroneously to unreleased recordings that resurface years later in a maelstrom of hype. However, for the forgotten mod rock also-rans the Action, the term is not only justified, it is painfully bittersweet. On par with such classics of the era as The Who Sell Out or Ogden's Nut Gone Flake but more focused than either, the Action's Rolled Gold goes beyond "lost classic" -- it is the influential masterpiece no one was ever allowed to hear. Despite being signed to Beatles producer George Martin's AIR label and benefiting from a strong club following, the Action never scored a chart hit. By the time they recorded these demo tracks in 1967, the band had grown weary of the musically limited mod scene, which was on its last legs. Guitarist Pete Watson had been replaced by Martin Stone, and the band had developed a more mature sound, one only hinted at on such previous cuts as "Twenty-Fourth Hour." Prefiguring the coming psychedelic movement, the songs were epic, heartfelt, melodic socks to the gut that hinged on vocalist Reggie King's sanguine blue-eyed soul voice and Alan King's slabs of guitar harmony -- think The Who's Tommy meets The Byrds' Fifth Dimension. Unbelievably, EMI -- AIR's distributor -- was not interested, and the tracks were shelved. Subsequently, Reggie left the band to work on a solo album, and the rest of the group struggled on, eventually morphing into the short-lived hippie band Mighty Baby. Rather than bemoan what could have been though, you are left with what is. Playing like the brilliant missing link between mod and psychedelic rock, Rolled Gold is experimental without being silly or twee and emotionally mature without being pompous and boring. It is the type of album that reveals its brilliance within seconds of hearing the first track and builds momentum from there. Tracks such as "Something to Say" and especially "Brain" with Reggie pleading for immortality over a hugely anthemic chord progression are as good, if not better, than anything that charted during the late '60s and sound less dated than many of the Action's contemporaries' efforts. It's as if Paul Weller time-traveled back to 1967 and wrote the best songs of his career. Every track is a fully realized melodic and lyrical statement. While there is a roughness to the demo-quality recording, it only magnifies the raw emotions the Action were able to translate into timeless music -- music that deserved much better than it got.
The Action - Rolled Gold [1995] [Album] (torrents.php?id=266385)