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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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….
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 _____________________________________________________________________________________
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 […]