Here’s something we could all use: a visit to Liz Janes by the Ghosts of Christmas (in August. They’re bored).

The Ghost of Christmas (in August) Past tells us that a few years ago, Liz Janes recorded a song for the San Diego Zoo, for the ad agency Signing Serpent – hey, there goes Rafter!  Good news for those not in San Diego: the video of the commercial has appeared on YouTube. View it here.

Also from the Ghost of Christmas (in August) Past: A few years ago,  Liz provided backup vocals for a burgeoning Californian artist named Douglas Armour. He’s working on a full-length for label The Social Registry, but has released a 7 inch through their Social Club limited series to pacify our never-ending indie-pop urges. Listen to him, and Liz sing backup, on his MySpace page here or at the bottom of this post.

The cheery Ghost of Christmas (in August) Present is saying that  Liz plays tonight in Indianapolis at Locals Only at 8pm with many other great musicians (see details here). Doors open at 8pm. INTake Weekly rated the show the second in the top 10 things to do this weekend. And that’s with Rush playing in town!

And finally, the Ghost of Christmas (in August) Future has ghoulishly moaned to us that Liz will be playing for the Pygmalion Music Festival on Saturday, September 22 at 6pm, in Urbana-Champaign. Passes are $40 and includes admission to other fine artists like Andrew Bird, Denison Witmer, Catfish Haven, Okkervil River, and our very own Shapes and Sizes. Buy tickets here.

  "Prince of Wands Nights" Douglas Armour (with Liz Janes)