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:

Aaaaand we're back

It's almost that time of the year again folks, so CAGG Team is (slowly) starting, posting the bestests oddest weirdest greatest seasonal tunes we can lay our hands on. We kick off with this power pop tune by Italian/American all-female band Shantih Shantih, released on Bandcamp in January of this year.



And yes, our good friends over @ SAnowflakes Singles Club are at it again also. Feast your eyes on the upcoming vinyl HERE. Liminanas & Pascal Comelade?! WOWZERS

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy '17!



We wish you a happy new year, thanks for visiting this blog, commenting, all your tips, and to all artists featured here, thank you for the music. We see back in November. Have a great year.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sunny xmas

In the Netherlands we have a second Christmas day, though not really a boxing day. At the moment it's quite sunny here. That reminds me to post this sunny Xmas tune. Major Lazer is the project of the well known American producer Diplo (Thomas Wesley Pentz). On this reggae like song, his MC is Protoje, an artist from Jamaica. Happy sunny Christmas!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

All I Want For Christmas Is Therapy

The lyrics might a bit depressing, but damn this Holiday Song by Norwegian singer Okay Kaya is beautiful. Someone please give that girl some therapy!


Xmas Hospital

I hope you're all feeling better than I am, stuck with the flu over the Holidays. Maybe I should consider checking into the Xmas Hospital. This song by Dutch band Lovebombers II could be just the right medicine to get me going again.

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Blues Are Still Blue Christmas Compilation 2016

For the 12th year in a row The Blues Are Still Blue Presents:
The 2016 Christmas Compilation (download here)

01 My Bubba - Champagne Drops
02 Lisa Hannigan - Snow
03 Coeur de Pirate - Last Christmas
04 The Hidden Cameras - Log Driver's Waltz
05 Best Coast - Christmas And Everyday
06 The Pooches - New Years
07 Reindeer Tribe - Mistletoe Christmas
08 Clean Pete & Marien Dorleijn - Gaan We Kerstmis Samen Vieren
09 Howe Gelb - Severe Season
10 Billie Marten - White Christmas
11 The Avonden - IJsbloemen
12 Candy Cigarettes - A Whale's Christmas In Childress, TX
13 Charlotte Carpenter - Cheer
14 Lydia Liza & Josiah Lemanski - Baby It's Cold Outside
15 Marika Hackman- Winter Wonderland
16 Robert Rex Waller Jr - Walking Through Your Town In The Snow
17 Joe Purdy - New Year's Eve
18 Trampled by Turtles - Christmas In Prison
19 The Dyer Spawn - Wild Christmas
20 She And Him - All I Want For Christmas Is You
21 The Grapes & Friends - Christmas Crush
22 Nim Chimpsky - Avocado For Christmas
23 TaxiWars - Death Ride Through Wet Snow

O Come, All Ye Faithful

If this doesn't get your holiday juices flowing, we don't know what will.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

city of breda chooses best christmas song

The recordshops of the Dutch town Breda compiled a top eleven list with their favorite Xmas tracks. You can find it on the site of the local newspaper BN De Stem. Not surprisingly 'Happy X-mas (War Is Over)' takes the top position with Slade and Band Aid completing the top three. We here at Christmas A Go Go are more charmed by the list from Grey Store one of the most unique recordstores from Holland. In their Xmas Top 10 you'll find songs from The Fall, The Yobs and our favorite Sleigh Shakeris. The Grey Store number one Xmas tune is this punky, almost 40 years old, Kinks classic:



Electronic xmas

Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares is a well known name in the experimental electronic music scene. The Canadian is signed to the label Planet Mu. But he released the first Venetian Snares holiday track, the analogue sounding 'Xmas Song', on his own Bandcamp.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Scarlett & Disher


Laura Scarlett is blessed with a great, nostalgic sounding voice, great for Christmas songs. If you let that voice float on psychedelic fx, you'll get one of the bestest new Christmas songs of the year. Think St Etienne, think A Sunny Day in Glasgow, think Free Design. It's in that range of quality. The cover version on S&D's Christmas EP are cool too, like Jolly Old St Nicholas.
Scarlett & Disher's earlier Xmas song was on this blog before, in Check the Cool Wax's Christmas mix for 2014. If you want to hear it, go HERE.

Chris Tavener

If you look like a young 50s crooner, write upbeat, funny songs, you belong on this blog. Thanks Chris, for reaching out.

Song is also on Bandcamp

christmas comes down

A year without a Sufjan Stevens holiday song! But in comes indie-folk singer-songwriter Josh Garrels from Portland, USA. His beautiful album 'The Light Came Down' counts fifteen folky and soulful songs, almost all unknown. But also 'Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel' and 'Silent Night'. Beautiful!


Shitty Christmas

I was on Dutch Radio 1 to talk about alt.christmas songs, and after I got an email from Rob saying he wrote an anti-Christmas song (well, sort of) too. It's a free download on Soundcloud, and he made a nice video for it. Charming.

Old Sea Brigade

Atlanta, GA's Old Sea Brigade = Ben Cramer. When you're Dutch, you think of this Ben Cramer when you hear that name. But this is an Americana-loving, Bruce Springsteen-influenced singer-songwriter who wrote this gorgeous song about longing:

Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada VII

Our German festive friends of Lie in the Sound called it already, and we're standing with them; The Line of Best Fit is raising the bar every year with their fantastic Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada compilations, it's touching the stratosphere by now. The highlights on this year's compilation (VII) are by Sportsfan, Dark for Dark, Quiet Parade, Hidden Cameras (who have Rufus Wainwright, Feist and Mary Margaret O'Hara in the choir!), Hannah Epperson (yes, her song for Snowflakes), PreNup (it's your signature song from now on, CU!), and that's just naming the extraordinary standout tracks. No stinkers on this one, folks.
Download from HERE. For some odd reason, Sportsfan re-named their track on their Bandcamp page.

Hamiltones

The Hamiltones are the back-up singers for soul-stylist Anthony Hamilton. The threesome recorded a great retro-sounding (O'Jays, Spinners, etc) Christmsas song. Second time we feature a cool back-up singer xmas tune - see Faithettes in this list.



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Merry Christmas from Denmark

Did we already talk about Xmas tunes from Denmark? Here's a very nice one from Tommy And The Rockets. The poppy 'Merry Christmas' is basically recorded by veteran multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/rocker Thomas Stubgaard (The Lingertones, The Hitchcocks) with some help from Kris "Fingers" Rodgers and his keyboards, sleigh bells, Christmas effects.