Saturday, November 30, 2013

Spotify playlist

I'm making a playlist, I'm checking it twice (maybe more) for updates. It features remarkable Christmas releases of this year. Some songs were featured here, others (like Kate Nash's I Hate You This Christmas) not. GO HERE

XO

Because Stubby basically told us to link it, HERE's a link to the free downloadable, yearly round up of Free Christmas Tracks by pr company XO.

The Christmas Agency

Deep voiced alt.rock Christmas track by Brit band The Agency, who re-christened themselves The Christmas Agency for this occasion.

Cal Folger Day

We featured CFD last year (see?), and we're glad we can post about her again. For this year she recorded a sultry Sammy Cahn/Jimmy van Heusen song from the late 50s. Stream/download from HERE.

Brain Pool

'The Last Christmas is Brainpool’s comeback to the pure pop format. Complete with jingling bells, glockenspiel and epic lyrics.'

Soul & Funk Christmas

If there's only one Christmas album you're gonna buy this year, make it this one:


Thanks for the heads up, DJ Sole Mate

Christmas Originals


Ever heard one of the first recordings of White Christmas? The 1934 version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town? Go over HERE and download a great compilation.

Boss Jaguars

Christmas surf songs! Yay! Three songs EP HERE

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tangarine


They sound like Gilbert O'Sullivan, they look like the sons of Robin Gibb, but these twin brothers hail from Holland. This is a cool new Christmas tune:

Colourmusic

Silly Christmas music. We're all for it. Colourmusic has just the thing

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Missile Toads

From the mailbox: 'I'm from the Missile Toads, a punk band from Philly. We bastardize punk and garage songs songs into Xmas Classicks, much like the Angry Snowmens. We have been doing this for 5 years now. Here is a link for our free download on Bandcamp'

Psychristmas

From the mailbox:
'We see you posted our Ample Play label mates Beat Mark and Sudden Death of Stars upcoming 7" single. We released our Christmas single for Ample Play last Christmas and it will be released again digitally with Cornershop's Christmas track from last year on Dec 1. Check it out'

The Rosebuds

The Rosebuds are an art-rock band originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Its current members are Ivan Howard (vocals/guitar/drums/bass/keyboards/programming) and Kelly Crisp (vocals/keyboard/drums/guitar/accordion). Download their free Christmas album, or at least the first song, which is great.

Paste Holiday Sampler 2013

Free download of the annual festive sampler, featuring tracks by Bright Eyes, Otis Redding, Sufjan Stevens and a whole lot more.

Mark Nevin

You might know Mark Nevin from Fairground Attraction. For this new Christmas track he lined up a whole bunch of people.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Jingle Bell Rocks premiere

Some images from the film 'Jingle Bells Rock' shown during the IDFA festival in Amsterdam. In the documentary apart from Run DMC and El Vez also Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips. The premiere had a little afterparty with Dutch singer Fay Lovsky performing some Christmas tunes.


Old Saint Nick

Good old Nick Lowe made his first Christmas record: 'Quality Street- A seasonal selection for all the family'. With lots of unusual covers like 'Rise up Sheperd' and this one 'Children Go Where I Send Thee'.

Polyphonica!

Last year The Polyphonic Spree released a great Christmas album, but only in America. This year 'Holiddaydream' will be available in Europe too. As a special CD on Cherry Red with extra tracks and a DVD . The album has three versions of  'Silver Bells'. There are also various clips from the song. This one is the best: Santa has a real recordpressingplant!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Festivus 2

This week Highline Records releases Festivus 2, a sequel to last year's fun compilation of indie-fied holiday songs. Artists include Piney Gir, The Lilys, Teenage Fanclub's Francis Macdonald and Glam Chops (with Art Brut's Eddie Argos), which does a memorable ditty called Baby Jesus Was the First Glam Rocker. Stream two tracks, via Spin.com (HERE) and via USAToday.com (HERE)

Beat Mark

Ample Play is Cornershop's own label. On December 9, the label releases a great 7-inch single (and digital version) of two indie Christmas tracks. My fave is Christmas Blossom by Beat Mark.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Angry Snowmans

Oi to the World! Yes, they're back! Yule punks Angry Snowmans (no, not the Angry Samoans) re-arranged some safety-pin classics for the holidays. Listen to the whole thing here. You do know what song modeled for this version, right?

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Jingle Bell Rocks documentary

You're a Christmas music obsessed person, just like us. So you heard about this documentary. Next week, I will see it in Amsterdam.

Christmas is over?

I beg to differ. Catchy, very dubby track, tho

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Blogroll

Two (fairly) new Christmas music blogs you'd wanna start following: Elves Bells and Bells Will Be Ringing

Space Oddity

This is weird.That's why we post it here

Fish Christmas

What do you think?

Trucker's Christmas

I have a deep love for spoken word 'trucker's songs', and retro-hero Charles Arthur recorded a great one. His seasonal album's wonderful.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Bad Religious Holiday

Who would've thought the melodic punk rockers of Bad Religion would ever record a Christmas album? Not me. Given the arguably poor rendition of classic carols like 'Hark The Herald Angels Sing', 'Little Drummer Boy' and this 'O Come All Ye Faithful' I assume some irony is at play here, but what else can you expect from a band that has anti-religion written all over it, literally in its band name? Their Californian colleagues of Lagwagon did a considerably better job singing 'O Come All Ye Faithful' in the outro of 'Razorburn' (starting at 1:57 in the video below) off their 1995 album Hoss. Nonetheless, the fact that Bad Religion actually recorded this Christmas album is amusing enough, no matter how bad their versions sound.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Reggae Reggae Christmas with Boss Capone

The official Boss Capone Christmas Reggae Clip Directed by Justin Stoppelenburg.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Musica Folklorica - Boła zima, velká metelica

I always have a weak spot for music from the Czech Republic.
Don't know exactly why...
Here's a nice dulcimer band for you, usually playing Morovian music. On their album Počúvajte, co vám povím (meaning: Listen, I'll tell you what) from 2010 they reveal the magic of Christmas.

Here's one song of that particular album:

Boła zima, velká metelica 
(it was cold, a blizzard)

Have a wonderful winter!

Jan Willem


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Banjos We Have Heard On High

No angels, just banjos:

The Disappointment Choir

The bandname's brilliant, this Tindersticks-y track is too:


(via SWO)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Miyazaki!

Punky folk, from a guy who really likes Christmas. Just like us

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pics et les Blancs de Mémoire

Pic is Sylvain Picard, who leads a Montreal-based band of 'jazz amateurs' who like to jazz up French-Canadian songs by bands like Karkwa and singers like Daniel Belanger. On their recently (Bandcamp-)released album, there's a cool version of Silent Night:

Friday, November 08, 2013

The Virgin Army

The Virgin Army (great band name) is Teije Venema's band, who adds Jonne, Bram and Henk to the line up when he's playing live. This dreamy seasonal song was produced by Holland's own Rick Rubin, mr Pim vd Werken

Analogue Christmas

You want the odd, you're getting the odd. The Tara Experiment's analogue bubblebath of synths, adding an alien feel to the season.

Licks, Brains and a funky jazzy christmas

Yep. Tis the season again. So here goes another round of odd and/or offbeat and/or otherwise noticeable Christmas tracks. Kicking of with Dutch 18-piece big band Licks & Brains, who will release a Christmas album featuring jazzy, soulful Christmas covers featuring a bunch of great vocal talent from the Lowlands. Living legend Rob de Nijs, for instance. Or the ultra-lovely Kris Berry. Or Brit soulsiren Laura Vane. Listen to ten pre-mastered tracks via this link.