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.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

instrumental xmas

Chicago based guitarist Joel Paterson made a wonderful instrumental album with his guitar as main character. 'Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar'  is not only a great title but it's cover is also very nice and retro. It could easily be a sixties album. The music has that same feeling: one moment you seem to hear Chet Atkins and the other Les Paul passes by. All fourteen instrumentals have been recorded this summer in Paterson's home studio, sometimes based on Youtube videos he made earlier. He does convincing  covers of songs like 'Jingle Bell Rock', 'Blue Christmas', 'Silver Bells' or 'Mele Malikimaka'.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Moogieman

The Red X-Mas EP by Moogieman is just what the doctor ordered, in this (until now) meagre x-mas music season. Moogieman refers musically to Devo, Soft Cell and (apparently) early Pink Floyd. Though the title track is the winner on this four track offering, I'm posting the moody (and dead funny) second track:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fitz And The Tantrums single

LA based Fitz And The Tantrums have their holiday 7 inch from 2010 'Santa Stole My Lady' available again. According to the band:"One of the big guy's elves found a box in the band's storage unit". You can find it in various stocking stuffer holiday bundles in their pop-up Xmas shop, here!


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Let it Snow

We had the lyric video, now there's this beauty, made from 8mm film shot by A Balladeer's mum. This is gorgeous.

Monday, November 06, 2017

The beatles and Christmas

Around the holiday season between 1963 and 1969 The Beatles used to send out a flexi-disc with a Xmassy content to all their fanclub members. These floppy singles are now worth a fortune and very rare. I have even never seen one! There is almost no music on these singles. Most of the content is funny improvised Christmas wishes from the Fab Four to the fanclub members, the so called Beatle People. 
The seven holiday messages were titled The Beatles Christmas Record (1963), Another Beatles Christmas Record (1964), The Beatles Third Christmas Record (1965), Pantomime -- Everywhere It's Christmas (1966), Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1967), The Beatles Sixth Christmas Record (1968), which includes a guest appearance by Tiny Tim singing the Beatles song “Nowhere Man,” and The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record (1969). 
In the limited edition 7 inch boxset, 'Happy Christmas Beatle People', the seven flexies have turned into colorful singles in the original sleeves. Expected release: december 15.

Catholic Action

They speak of Christmas eve and the new year, so in my book, Catholic Action's 'New Year' counts as a Christmas song. It's a chanty tune, comparisons to Slade are on point. CA are from Glasgow and best known for their ode to Rita Ora.

Swedish folk christmas

We wrote about her in 2013 and 2015, Swedish folk singer songwriter Sofia Talvik. For ten years she recorded a self written winter/Christmas song every year, all more or less acoustic. The songs focus often on the darker side of Christmas. This year she re-did the songs to put them on an official album: 'When Winter Comes'. The album was planned to be released in 2016, but just as Sofia was working on it, her bathroom flooded and she had to choose between renovating the bathroom or finishing the album. But november 24 the album with 14 originals will be released, you can order it here.

Friday, November 03, 2017

A Balladeer lets it snow

Well, that esecalated quickly, in less than a week, Dutch bard A Balladeer crowdfunded his Christmas album. And the first track is out now (not a cover):

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

AN EXTRAORDINAIRE SIA CHRISTMAS

World famous singer songwriter, producer, music video director and Top 40 artist Sia will release her first Christmas album 'Everyday Is Christmas' (release november 17th).  It contains 10 very original self penned songs with titles like 'Puppies Are Forever', 'Ho Ho Ho' or 'Underneath The Christmas Lights '. The first single from the album, 'Santa's Coming For Us' makes me very excited about the rest of the songs.

PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS

Punk, Xmas and vinyl is a cool combination. Cleopatra Records from America just released her great punk compilation Punk Rock Christmas from 2015 on a limited edition red vinyl LP. If you dig older bands like Slaughter & The Dogs, UK Subs, The Vibrators, Bankrupt, 45 Grave or the Members, than this seems to be an OK holiday present.  And it soon feels like Christmas!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Carol of the Ukrain

Carol of the Bells is a well-known Christmas carol, based on a Ukrainian folk chant. Synth lord David Sprinkle (from Washington, Vancouver) decided to have that sung in the original language by a synthesizer plug in called Megurine Luka. And that goes something like this:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nine brand new x-mas tracks by A Balladeer!

Well, not yet that is... For now they're still at a crowdfunding stage. But you can already pre-order or make your donation. All songs are originally written by A Balladeer, so no commonplace covers. Get ready for 25 minutes of melancholia (Let It Snow), cynicism (Christmas From Hell) and some everlasting hope (Not Only During Christmas).

This project will not only be available on vinyl and CD, but also on tape cassette!
Not familiar with A Balladeer? Check out these two fine playlists.

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Eckhardt & The House

One-man project Eckhardt & The House is lead by Rik Elstgeest. If you're a connaisseur of Dutch leftfield pop, you know Rik of Alamo Race Track, Mass Electric and various projects. In 2015, this blog missed his WONDERFUL christmas single, based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. Singer is Marleen Scholten, who has a gorgeous hoarse voice. It has a 60s vibe, with modern touches. Love this beauty.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bloodshot Christmas

This looks promising folks, a compilation by Bloodshot Records, your to-go-to-label when it comes to roots music. They're teasing with a fine track by James Elkington, below, but PLEASE put that Barrence Whitfield track online asap!

Synthmas

Total sucker for this:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Headache 24

An X-Mas Tragedy, sung with distorted vocals over guitars with fuzzboxes and an Oompah Loompah-drumbeat. We're all up for that, no? Canadian quartet Headache 24 released this single on January first of this year. Time to re-discover, we say.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

X-Mas Donkey

I like everything about this, the bandname, the Fountains of Wayne-ish sounding song, the synth, the lyrics.

Monday, October 09, 2017

A Rock by the Sea #8

The eight volume of Rock by the Sea annual Christmas comp is on Bandcamp, money goes to charity as always. To be honest, the songs are a bit bland, you should check out for yourself of course, but nothing really stood up. 'Cept maybe for this rocking rendition of Stevie Wonder's Christmas classic: