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Akron zine Coreography Council has assembled a big, cheap multimedia stocking stuffer for local-music fans. The Volume Two comp includes a 20-page comic book by Matt Horak (the artist who created artwork for the last two Houseguest records) and three professionally duplicated CDs stuffed with 49 Akron/Kent bands.

"The first CD is mellow stuff," says editor/compiler Brad Thorla, who plays drums with Sofa King Killer and books bands at Annabell's. "Second CD is weird. Third CD is heavy. I think there is some really amazing stuff."

The comp includes new and unreleased tracks from both underground favorites and local A-list acts, including Mr. Gnome, Rachel Roberts, Rue, Sofa King Killer, Hey Mavis, Suede Brothers, Trouble Books, Um ... FORCEFIELD? and side projects from members of Houseguest, Drummer, Dolly Trauma and others.

The collection is just $5 at indie record stores Square Records, My Mind's Eye and Music Saves. To order online, visit

Bluesman Colin Dussault's acoustic side project will open for Michael Stanley & the Resonators on Friday, December 18, at House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave.). The unplugged trio also features Wish You Were Here's Jim Tigue on vocals and guitar and Eroc Sosinski on bass and vocals.

Dussault's main band, Colin Dussault's Blues Project, contributed a cover of "O Christmas Tree" to Stanley's Tis the Season: A Heartland Holiday Sampler. The track is getting some airplay on WNCX 98.5 FM and WDOK 102.1. Proceeds from the CD benefit Feed-a-Family, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, and Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.

Project bassist Fred Tobey will sit out gigs for at least another six months, following a November motorcycle accident. Chris Boross of Dead Guy Blues is filling in.

Z'Ha'Doom, the full-length debut from Bibilic Blood, is out now. The doom duo's core is singer/songwriter/bassist Suzy Psycho, backed by the Wizard — a.k.a. Scott Stearns — of Fistula and Die Hard. The group's songs are inspired by science fiction and Native American stories; they also cover "High" by Massachusetts cult band Nightstick. Expect a second lo-fi album, tentatively titled Pale Faced Destroyer, in 2010. Take a listen at

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