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• Have a merry Cheapo Christmas all year long with the used-record emporium's 2004 calendar. Available for $12, it features a dozen lovely local ladies done up Fifties pinup-style by accomplished CenTex shutterbug George Brainerd. "TCB" especially enjoys buxom overall-clad farmer's daughter Miss June.

• Shades of "Angry All the Time": Monte Warden's song "Desperately," co-written with "Angry" author Bruce Robison, has been chosen as the next single off George Strait's Honkytonkville.

Lila's Medicine, the latest endeavor from eclectic keywoman Laura Scarborough, opens for the Grassy Knoll at Stubb's on Saturday (see "Music Listings," p.96). Besides Scarborough's trademark sultry sonic explorations and Bill Tarver's laptop science, the project also features psychedelic visuals from Ken Adams and special guest Brad Houser of Critters Buggin and the New Bohemians.

• Sam's Gospel X-mas, hosted by Sam Dietert of Pearly Gates and the D.W. Idols, returns to the Hole in the Wall Dec. 23. Music from Tony Villanueva, Kevin Russell, Ethan Azarian, Beaver Nelson, Scott H. Biram, and lots more, with proceeds going to help the homeless. 8pm.

• Voodoo Customs, a bike shop at 3900 Woodbury, is hosting a benefit for parts manager and former Saucer/Cadillac Voodoo Choir member Xavier Murel Saturday at 2pm. Live music, barbecue, and a raffle are planned; donations accepted at the door.

Chronicle contributor and King of All Austin Media Andy Langer is again heading to the News 8 Austin roof to host a daily holiday music series from the likes of Johnny Goudie, Kacy Crowley, and Rick Trevino. Segments air daily through Christmas Eve; check www.news8austin.com for a full schedule.

• On a slightly self-promotional note, "TCB" begins its 29th year on the planet tonight (Thursday) and plans to celebrate at the Moonlight Towers/Milton Mapes show at the Parish, and sobriety permitting, Zykos at the Continental. Y'all come!

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