Yuletide Cheers for Your Holiday Ears
Hey there! As evidence of me spending wasting a bit too much time on the internet, I’d like to share a few holiday tunes that I’ve stumbled across recently… Again, nothing mainstream here. There’s enough Mariah Carey and Buble and Bieber garbage on the radio and in the malls. You’ve got to dig a bit deeper for the good stuff. The stuff that falls between the cracks of the mainstream is so much more interesting, in my opinion.
First, a request: Watching youtube videos, or streaming a soundcloud song, is great for musicians looking for more exposure, but it typically doesn’t earn them a damn thing in terms of money. Musicians need to eat, and wear clothes, and have all the things normal people have. If you dig ANYTHING you like here, please please please support the artists and BUY their stuff! If you dig music you hear anywhere else, BUY IT!!
There’s few things I love more than a good mashup (actually, that’s not true. I love many things more than a good mashup, but a good mashup is still pretty cool) and if that mashup includes The Beatles, count me in. Every year, The Beatles released a Christmas disc for members of their fan club. They’re so fun to listen to, but have never seen a proper release. There are countless bootlegs floating around out there, so if you know how to use Google you shouldn’t have any problem finding them. Until they get an official release, the bootlegs are worth seeking out; anyway, Yuletide Beatles includes some snippets from them along with some classic Beatles tunes.
Every year the rock band The Killers record and release a Christmas song, and give all the proceeds to a worthy charity, (Red), which is working to eradicate AIDS in our lifetime. This year marks their 8th Christmas song (if my math is right, which it probably isn’t), and this time around they collaborated with Jimmy Kimmel. I don’t think ‘Joel the Lump of Coal’ is anywhere near to being one of the better Killers Christmas songs, but it’s for charity and that’s good enough for me. If you like it, buy it.
Christmas in Detroit? Jim Diamond thinks that sounds like a good idea. I think it sounds like a great idea.
In the mood for something a little funkier? Roxy Roca, who call their brand of music ‘Dynamite Texas Soul’, have got just the thing with their new Christmas single. On the A-side, “The Nice Side” is their original “It Ain’t Christmas Without You,” and on the flipside, “The Naughty Side,” is a nice version of Clarence Carter’s ‘Back Door Santa.’ Dig it.
The Garlands, a band out of Sweden, have a beautiful new song this year, “Christmas Song”, a sweet slice of indie-pop that grows on me with each listen. Really good stuff.
I’ve been listening to lots of vintage Italian soundtracks over the last year, and I’ve discovered a brand new Christmas album recorded in the style of those amazing 60’s and 70’s albums by Piero Umiliani, Piero Piccioni, Ennio Morricone, and others. All analog, ‘Molto Groovy Christmas’ is all vintage, super smooth and very groovy. I like this a lot. will you?
Finally, I’d like to share Nick Lowe’s ‘Christmas at the Airport’ video from last year. His album Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For the Entire Family was my favorite new Christmas release last year, and I’m listening to it a lot again this season. Nick Lowe can’t be beat.
I guess that’s enough for now. Seriously, I could do this all day. But you’ve probably got better things to be doing, and I definitely do. But we’ll do it again with some more cool new tunes real soon, OK?