Friday, December 27, 2013

See You Next Year!

Justin Lacy says it best when he sings:
"Wind up the lights
Undress the tree
Surround all the bulbs
in paper-towel sheets
Pack me some collards
Keep you black-eyed peas
I’ll drive up and visit
When cash is low in four weeks
Not for Martin Luther King,
I am coming back on Groundhog Day"



Happy 2014, thanks for your visits, comments and music. We're back in November!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A GONZO CHRISTMAS

A blog by Oscar Smit on the site of  music magazine GONZO (Circus) about the movie 'Jingle Bell Rocks!' and this years Christmas music with a mix of recent not so easy Xmas tunes,  from the likes of People Like Us, Kloot Per W, !!!, Bright Eyes. Look and listen here.
'Jingle Bells Rock' director Mitchell Kezin with Flaming Lips singer Wayne Coyne

Bronzed Christmas


Here's my Christmas mix, songs with a Californian/Carribean flavour, perfect for your Christmas bbq or after an intense bronzing session at the beach. Surf's up, Santa!
Go HERE to listen to the mix on Spotify or Deezer.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Dengue Fever

Probably the bestest Little Drummer Boy cover in YEARS, this Cambodian funk take by Dengue Fever:

Dr Rubberfunk


Volume 3 of Dr Rubberfunk's Christmas mix is ON! GO HERE

Golau Glau

Twas the night before the night before Christmas, and all of a sudden a very beautiful EP by Golau Glau appeared;

Burger Records Christmas Mix

78 tracks, over 3 hours of alternative Christmas music. Go tell it to everyone:

Duo Nachtschade

Mariah Carey, inna Dutch waltz-y way

Rectum Raiders

Look, it says we present you the weird and the odd christmas songs in our header, right? Right.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Calico the band

One of the many highlights on Stubby's Christmas mix, this great rocking track:

Check out the video. And this demo-video.

Lots of Love

Gotta love Lots of Love:

Anneke van Giersbergen

Holland's sweetest singer Anneke van Giersbergen wishes you a merry little Christmas:

Plastic Billionaires

Where Dylan Thomas, Augustus Pablo and Wham! meet, you ask? Here below:

Eli "Santa" Reed

Check out Eli "Paperboy" Reed: Don't forget to party hard for Xmas!

The Blues Are Still Blue Christmas Compilation 2013



For the ninth year on a row The Blues Are Still Blue Presents:

The 2013 Christmas Compilation (download here)

001 Allo Darlin' - Will You Please Spend New Years Eve With Me
002 The Staves - Winter Trees
003 Emiliana Torrini – Snow
004 Jim White - Christmas Day
005 Rufus Wainwright — What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
006 Tin Bird Choir - Christmas at the Wawa
007 Wilco - Jesus, Etc.
008 Camera Obscura - New Year's Resolution
009 Laura Veirs - Finster Saw The Angels
010 Summer Camp - Last Christmas
011 Tangarine - I Like Christmas (But I Can't Stand The Cold)
012 Ben Keith (Feat. Neil Young and Pegi Young) - Les Trois Cloches
013 The New Mendicants - A Very Sorry Christmas
014 First Aid Kit - New Year's Eve
015 Kate Nash - I Hate You This Christmas
016 Rodriguez – Cause
017 This Frontier Needs Heroes - Lonely Kind Of Christmas
018 Meiko - Maybe Next Year (X-mas song)
019 Paddy Roberts - Merry X-Mas You Suckers (And A Happy New Year)

22 XMAS TRACKS

The website 22tracks has 22 tracks in every sort of music you can imagine, chosen by connaisseurs. During the week of Christmas they have 22 Xmas tracks chosen by Christmascollector Oscar Smit. This Xmas channel  probably only works for people in The Netherlands.
Go HERE

Friday, December 20, 2013

Burning Leaves

I am very much in love with Indie Mae's voice. This is a cover of a traditional seasonal song:

Dead or a Christmas Pudding

Dutch producers Dropkick re-worked the Dead or Alive classic You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) inna Christmas stylee:

(Via Lie in the Sound)

On Spotify



Selections from this blog and several other Christmas music blogs come together in this Spotify playlist.

Paul Pfau


A bluesy Fender Rhodes-Christmas, from THIS compilation

Sha La Das

You probably saw this at Stubby's, but in case you didn't....

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bestest New Christmas Song of the Year

Hands down, this is The One, by members of Pernice Brothers, Teenage Fanclub and Sadies:

The Festive Funk Machine

Don't just listen to Christmas music, interact with it! with The Festive Funk Machine! Warning: Big time waster...


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The spookiest version of White Christmas you've ever heard

The spookiest version of White Christmas you've ever heard, as recorded by the fabulous Gasoline Brothers.



from Christmas Songs, track released 18 December 2013
Roel Jorna - vocals, guitar
Mathijs Peeters - guitar
André Wierenga - bass, guitar, harmony vocals
Léon Geuyen - drums, harmony vocals

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The National + Gregg Allman + Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert hosts a special Christmas Carol Week on his Colbert Report show, where you can hear him doing a Christmas carol with a special guest each night. To kick things off, Colbert joined The National and Gregg Allman for a rendition of 'Silver Bells' last night.

Merry Christmas from the Holderness Family!

Or: "This Family’s Viral Christmas Card Makes Your Family Look Lame".

Monday, December 16, 2013

ANNUAL FESTIVE SONG FROM THE KILLERS

Ever since 2006 The Killers surprise us with a Christmas(sy) song. Details of their annual songs are allways revealed at the last moment, around december 1st. 'Christmas In LA'  marks the eighth consecutive year in which the band has released a Christmas song. As with their seven previous releases, all proceeds from this song goes to AIDS charities as part of the Product Red campaign.
The video is following a disillusioned actor stuck in LA. The actor in the video is Owen Wilson, joined here by a hard drinking Harry Dean Stanton. Switching between live action and animation the  clip even manages to slip in an animated cameo by Warren Zevon. The song is written by The Killers and Taylor Goldsmith from the LA-based band Dawes.


Priscilla Ahn

Download this great track for free via Priscillaahn.com (thx Stubby)

Deacon Blue

Christmas Twerk!

XMAS ROCK CHICKS

Lita Ford and Cherrie Currie, two great rockchicks from the famous allgirl punk/rock band the Runaways, have reunited to record a Christmassong. "Currie and Ford didn’t speak for years after Currie quit the band in 1977, but they recently mended fences, and a phone call inspired Ford to invite her over to the studio" . It's a real heavy metal rocktune! It only lacks a proper video :-(
 
 
 
 
 
 


'Mrs. Claus' Kimono' by Drive-by Truckers

In 2006 The Drive-By Truckers wrote a slightly evil Christmas song in that typical alternative hillbilly style of theirs. Check out this first verse:
I'm a sinister elf with a sinister plan
Santa's little helper with too much time on my hands
He's got a fine lookin' wife for such an old man
I can see her lookin' at me when there is no one else around
The song ends with the elf taking off Mrs. Santa Claus' kimono. Alright. Check it out.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ronny Hammond's X-Mas Mix

It's here again! Ronny Hammond's 9th Christmas mix! Rejoice! Have a funky funky Christmas y'all!

Surf School Drop Outs

Our Danish friends of Surf School Drop Outs made a new, Walker Brothers-style Christmas song that we're happy to share with you:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Check The Cool Wax Christmas Mix 2013

UPDATE: New direct download link HERE.

Merry Christmas everyone! How is your Christmas season going? Great I hope. I feel like I really have the spirit this year. Some years Christmas comes and goes so fast that you really don't get to fully submerge yourself into this wonderful time of year.

Here is my meager gift to you. It's not much. 60 minutes (give or take a few seconds) of peppy Christmas music that I hope will brighten up your spirits if only for a short time. Think of it as an hour of Check The Cool Wax radio. It has had my kids and I dancing around the living room for a few weeks now. I tried to keep this as upbeat as possible. The tempo drops a little in the middle but picks right back up at the end. It will also be good practice for your holiday party because you can practice all your dance moves - polka, pogo, western swing, robot or even just the cool head bob...

I'm not sure how long this will be up. Soundcloud could take this down at anytime. If anyone is interested, I can make this a mix on Spotify too. I really had fun making this. Please send me a note or leave a message if you enjoyed it. I would love to know if anyone is still visiting the site.

Please support these great artists. My only intent here is to spread a little good cheer and introduce other music lovers to some songs they may have forgotten or never heard before. Well, except for Elvis I guess… But I couldn't make a Christmas mix without the King of Rock n Roll right??

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lou Reed Christmas Radio Station ID

Going through my old blog posts I came across something I though was interesting. It was also something that I thought others may enjoy this Christmas season. It's a radio station promo record sent out by Warner Brothers in 1988. It has Christmas songs by some of their artists at the time, radio bumpers and song intros wishing people Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. On there is a track of Lou Reed wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season. Might be fun for fans of his still a little sad at his passing. (Also on there are GREAT Pee-Wee Herman radio promos!). Get is now. The link won't be up long… HERE


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Devon Sproule

We heart Devon Sproule. This is a great dark humoured seasonal song from a cool compilation:

Martian Christmas

With cover art and a title like this, you're a surefire post on this blog. Hip hop x-mas!

The Pauses

This is a very nice, leftfield take on the classic:

Ramsey Lewis


A very nice piece on the Ramsey Lewis Christmas albums on the Wax Poetics blog. HERE

Monday, December 09, 2013

Lonna Marie

"..It's not your typical merry Christmas song, but I hope you can appreciate it. When we get older things change and Christmas time can take on a whole bunch of different meanings when we experience life. It's knowing another year is coming and you will always have the choice to change your ways and improve yourself.. if you want to, that is."

Coeur de Pirate wishes y'all a happy Christmas

Canadian songstress Coeur de Pirate recorded a version of the Mariah Classic on the couch:

Saturday, December 07, 2013

The Band also recorded a christmas song

Almost every music lover knows The Band split up somewhere in the 70's and recorded an epic live album called The Last Waltz as a goodbye present to their fans. But did you know that, after The Last Waltz, they released another studio album to fulfill the group's obligations to Capitol Records? That album was called Islands, and this absolutely beautiful christmas song is on it. 'Christmas Must Be Tonight'. Enjoy.


Friday, December 06, 2013

Sinterklaas is coming to town

Every year on December 5th, us Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas (the original Santa Clause). When Bruce Springsteen played in The Netherlands a couple of years ago in December, he paid homage to his Dutch roots and surprised everybody by playing a slightly altered version of 'Santa Clause Is Coming To Town'. So yesterday, it was that time of the year again, and Sinterklaas was indeed coming to town. Here's Bruce.


Thursday, December 05, 2013

A Song is For Life and Not Just For Christmas

The Geoffrey and the Livingstones Charity Christmas single debut, featuring an enormous selection of guest vocalists, among whom Elizabeth Morris and Bill Botting of Allo' Darlin

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Blue Eyed Soul Christmas

Magnolia Sons treat us to a tambourine-stuffed Christmas song!

Indiecater Records Christmas Comp

"December 24th" is Dublin's Indiecater Records Christmas release for 2013. Previous releases can be found through their Bandcamp page.

Bearkat

A sweet Christmas suite by the talented Bearkat. Oh la la:

Tyrone Warner

Hard rockin' Christmas songs, just can't get enough. Tyrone Warner has just the thing:

Sofia Talvik

Leave it to German blog Lie in the Sound to cherrypick the bestest new Christmas releases. Like this beautiful track by Sofia Talvik:

More LitS recommendations HERE

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Snowflakes singles

Remember the Snowflakes 7-inch singles? Did you actually hear 'm? Three songs are on Youtube. We LOVE 'm!


St Bernie & St Nick

Thanks to Mark for this tip, very funny Christmas novelty song from 1965:

Monday, December 02, 2013

Bellwether Squares

Covers of Christmas songs by the Pretenders, Darlene Love and Paul McCartney, but also this rather brilliant original alt.rock track, that's the seasonal EP by Bellwether Squares:

Winter is on my head volume 5

It's out there, the 5th Winter is on my head compilation, and it contains this great Christmas truckin' song:

Christmas Business

Raw Rock Militia, it sounds pretty unsettling, but it's 'the official street team' of rockband Showbread. Missed it last year, but they've rounded up unknown (to me, at least) artists singing Christmas and seasonal songs for a 'name your price' downloadable compilation. Highly charmed by the soothing, husky voice of Megan Churney:

Killing Goliath, Big Tree

They're from Barneveld, Holland, and as you know we have a weak spot for Dutch band playing Christmas songs. Even if they're as LOUD als Killing Goliath. God rest ye merry? Unrest, that is.


To compensate, here's a very sweet, easy-on-the-ears track from a seasonal EP by Bay Area-band Big Tree:

Sunday, December 01, 2013

MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS

Mediaeval Baebes hail from London. The six (with a.o. Katharine Blake from Miranda Sex Garden) girls' 'exquisite storybook opened its pages in 1996 when a group of friends broke into a North London cemetery and sang together, clad in flowing white gowns and crowns of Ivy.' Right.
Their new, second Christmas album showcases a celestial collection of Christmas Carols, including In Dulce Jubilo, that they recorded in 2003 for their seasonal album Mistletoe & Wine. The girls are doing a special Christmas tour at the moment in the UK.

Jerriais bells

Do you know how Jèrriais sounds? And did you know they have carols in that language? Find out more on Eune Bordée d'Noué, a Christmas album sung in the language spoken on Channel Island Jersey.

From the bio: 'The album contains a selection of well-known Christmas classics, as well as a few lesser-known French and Jersey carols, sung entirely in the language of Jèrriais.
Badlabecques founder and lead singer Kit Ashton hopes people will really enjoy the album, which is entitled ‘Eune Bordée d'Noué!’ (meaning a Christmas party), and also at the same time perhaps reflect on the deeper significance of Christmas'.

That Christmas album from that band

It's here, the 5th Christmas album by That Band from Holland. And it's marvellous.