Archive for the 'Holiday' Category

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Christmas music: It ain’t for everyone. But then, it is for some. In later years, I’ve gravitated more towards the solemn, poetic hymns that predate by a matter of centuries the sentimental oom-pa-pa of most Christmas music. (Though, that being said, I’m a total sucker for “Jingle Bell Rock”; forgive me.), and Christmas With the […]

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

If you have a window near, go ahead and look outside. Chances are, there are some Christmas lights up somewhere within view. In the coming weeks, you’ll probably frantically brave mall crowds and horrific parking lot jams for last-minute gifts, wondering why it is that you avoid the mall for an entire year only to […]

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Each December, Brian Reese at Big Rock Candy Mountain deals out a month’s worth of holiday esoterica from the far corners of vintage twang, fuzz, scuzz, r&b, blues, country, garage, lounge and beyond. Keeping it loose, he trims his tree with Red Simpson and Mae West, then tops it off with The Sonics, Hank Snow […]

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

We’re not sure who the mysterious folks behind the Bolan Boogie Bandcamp are, and even less sure how we missed the 4-track T.Rexmas! EP they uploaded last December, but here it is. T.Rexmas! is mainly built around the stomping woulda-been hit “Christmas Bop,” recorded in 1975 for an aborted single that would have been paired with “Telegram […]

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

From 1963 to 1969 the Beatles issued limited edition Christmas fan-club singles on 7 inch flexi-discs. All very relaxed and off the cuff, it’s interesting to note how the cover art changed, along with the music, as the sixties rolled along. Download and details after the jump….

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Walkmen have long employed mood and atmosphere into their sound as if they were a sixth member; as such they deftly capture the bittersweet, slightly inebriated, tone of “the holidays.” The below track is their own take on the festivities, courtesy of 2004’s Christmas Party ep. MP3: The Walkmen :: Christmas Party _____________________________________________________________________________________

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

It’s the 14th of December. The egg nog is spiked, the Christmas tree is trimmed and Jim Henson’s 1977 holiday epic, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, is streaming on Netflix. If you grew up in the 80s this really needs no further explanation. Here is the unsanctioned soundtrack. Welcome to Frogtown Hollow. + After the jump: Download […]

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Damien Jurado takes on Vince Guaraldi’s yuletide classic, “Christmas Time Is Here.” Culled from 90% of your social circle’s favorite Christmas album, it’s a brave choice met with spirited results.  Jurado’s next full-length, Maraqopa — a collaboration with Richard Swift — is due out in February.  (via) MP3: Damien Jurado :: Christmas Time Is Here […]

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

If you have a window near, go ahead and look outside. Chances are, there are some Christmas lights up somewhere within view. In the coming weeks, you’ll probably frantically brave mall crowds and horrific parking lot jams for last-minute gifts, wondering why it is that you avoid the mall for an entire year only to […]