Friday, November 24, 2017

The Darcy's

A slow burning, blue-eyed soul-ish Christmas track by Canadian duo The Darcy's is out now. It's great. No really, it is:


Let's call this a seasonal song by Brit alt-rockband Martha. To quote them: 'Having been battered by the cruelty of this Tory Government, "The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues", is a reminder that in spite of it all, we have love on our side. It's bittersweet; it's about the horrors of austerity and desperation but finding power in the tiny acts of resistance - whether it’s being in love or simply putting the heating on.'
Gear up, for this is high octane:

Ricky in December

Dutch diva Ricky Koole just released a Christmas mix of her seasonal December song - with bells on, so to speak. If Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline rock your world (and rightly so), this is for you:

christmas on a lathe cut

This is very special. A lathe cut is a record which is cut manually. It's a lot of work but this way you can make a very limited edition.  Avant-garde muscian Sacha Mullin from Chicago, did release his 'Night Of Silence EP' as a very limited lathe cut, in an edition of 25. It has three tracks: ' St. Lucia/ Night Of Silence', 'Kissing The Christmas Killer' (a Japanese original) and 'Gloria'. You can also get the songs digital. On his bandcamp, where you can also listen to these remarkable tracks.

indie girl christmas

London based indie girl band Girl Ray have a nice 7 inch out on Moshi Moshi: '(I Wish I Were Giving You A Gift) This Christmas'. In 2016 they covered 'Christmas Wrapping'. This is their own song but the B-side has a cover, 'I'll Be Home For Christmas'.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Reindeer Tribe

Yep, also back, 'ecology' Reindeer Tribe, a collective of great musicians and singers from SoCal who write (in 2015, this was SUCH a beauty) and remake Christmas faves. Mostly in an early rock'n roll style (think Roy Orbison), it's like celebrating the holidays with crinoline dresses and silver spurs. Love it, every year.

A Very Cherry Christmas #12

You know the drill, Cherryrade Records compiles one of the best indie x-mas records of the year, it's NOT available for download, you pay a ridicilous low price for such a great cd, and Bob's yer uncle! A Very Cherry Christmas #12 is here. This is the riot grrrl-ish taster track by Danish band Shrill Fit. Our order's in.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

an Irie xmas

They were already out in 2016, but Jump Up Records did a repressing this year from two great reggae 7 inches.  Brooklyn Attractors are a ska/reggae band from New York their single on red vinyl, is called 'Christmas Inna Babylon'. Roger Riva is the keyboard player from The Aggrolites and he does great versions of 'Jingle bells' and 'Deck The Halls on his single pressed on white vinyl.
Listen to the Brooklyn Attractors here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zach Smith

Just a reminder that the Bloodshot Records Christmas album is out now. We posted about it earlier. The full album is up on all the known music services, three songs you can hear on Bandcamp. Including this great depressed ballad (below). Please listen to the beautiful Paul Kelly-cover by All Our Exes Live In Texas.


Not to be confused with the Canadian hard rock band of the same name, UK's Supertonic is a fourpiece, making Primitives-like (i.e. loud guitars, girlie voice) music. Their X-mas single is out now:


Yes! Keep'm coming!

The Liminanas

More divine leftfield Christmas tunes from Snowflakes, this wobbly X-mas tune by French vintage garage rockers Liminanas:


Stop what you're doing, plug into this. THIS is the sh*t people, this is what this blog is all about. Seafang's contribution to the wonderful Snowflakes Singles Club is on fire! 'Happy when it snows' is written in that Lush/J&MC/shoegaze vibe we love so much. The other track is a cool Primitives-cover.

Check out the Snowflakes blog for more great odd X-mas tunes from last year.

an indie xmas

The boys and girl from the Californian indie pop band Echosmith (their name is a combination of Echo & The Bunnymen and The Smiths) surprise us with their 'An Echosmith Christmas' EP. It contains three songs, from which two are covers: 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' and 'I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day' .

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Clarkson Christmas Eve

Former American Idol (2002) winner Kelly Clarkson has a Xmas tune out. Although she is often referred as "Queen Of Covers" her song is a self penned original.  'Christmas Eve' is the follow-up of her successful holiday album 'Wrapped In Red' from 2013.

sleeping with christmas?

American rock band Sleeping With Sirens are slowly becoming less hard rock and more poppy. Their seasonal song 'Christmas On The Road' is in fact all acoustic. And, very nicely, they also sing "All I want for Christmas is you" as part of their lyrics.

Laurence Made Me Cry

Great bandname, great song. 'Pavement-meets-Pinkerton-era Weezer", to quote CU, who caught this before we did. Listen:


Dutch indie-queen Julia P. (formerly known als Julia P. Hersheimer, her mum calls her Marloes) wrote and recorded a FANTASTIC vintage sounding Christmas song. It has it all, the bells, the chorus, the merry atmosphere. To us, it sounds like a sister song to the great Fay Lovsky smash.
It's out officially tomorrow, but if you go HERE, you can check it out.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Gaspard Royant

This guy never disappoints:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Originally from 1981, the famous 'Ghosts Of Christmas Past' compilation has been re-released by Les Disques Du Crépuscule several times. In 2015 as a double CD with 35 tracks, a lot more than the original LP. Now the accompanying double LP, from this CD version, is out. It contains 23 tracks from which three, from Deux Filles, Buscemi and Gavin Bryars, are not on the CD version, in fact they are brand new for this compilation.  But old '81 favorites like Tuxedomoon, Aztec Camera and Durutti Column are still part of this double LP.