Friday, November 28, 2014
Go HERE for TBFH's Christmas albums. Go HERE for their regular music.
UPDATE: IT'S HERE!
Thursday, November 27, 2014
UPDATE: Yes, it IS Holly from H&tI's! She just confirmed by email! Wooo!
See if you can keep a straight face during this track:
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Also on Soundcloud
And Jimmy's slightly altered version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
Below is the A (or B) side to the Too Pure Singles Club Christmas Single, paired with DZ Deathrays' Mud-cover (posted earlier). Pulled Apart by Horses screamo-fy the ole Slade song, perfect for smashing Christmas decorations to smithereens.
Brit punkrock band Showponies also released a Christmas song, one they wrote themselves:
What makes a good Christmas song? In my book, it has to have bells. It has to mention Christmas. It must refer to a nostalgic feeling, you know, the time when... And the lyrics must be about wanting to be together, to go back to something, or someone.
Dutch singer Stevie Ann , who's heavily influenced by Laurel Canyon-music and singers like Carole King, wrote a perfect Christmas song, including all the rules from my just mentioned book.
It will be available on Spotify and iTunes later this week. If you go HERE, you can check out more christmas songs (covers) by Stevie Ann.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
This song started out as an acoustic blues jam (see HERE) and then took a left turn, into urban funk territory. And we're glad it did! Carly is no stranger to the Christmas music blog crew, two years ago 'It Feels Like Christmas Everyday' came out (see HERE).
The new track "addresses the issues that arise when modern lifestyles deviate from traditional Christmas stories and Santa Claus myths".
It's also on Spotify and Bandcamp:
Friday, November 21, 2014
DEE SNIDER'S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE tells the story of Däisy Cütter, a heavy metal bar band looking to make it big even though the 80s are LONG over. This year, these four guys are ready to take the ultimate step and, in mythic rock tradition, sell their souls to the devil in exchange for success beyond their wildest metal dreams! But every time they try to seal the infernal pact, their head-banging anthems turn into warm-hearted carols. Soon these rockers are forced to realize their dreams of stardom are no match for the Christmas spirit. Dee Snider, infamous lead singer of Twisted Sister, has created a new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your holiday and twist your Christmas.
Now watch the trailer video:
GAWD how I'd love to see this. On Sunday, I'm going to watch the We're Twisted Fucking Sister documentary, with Jay Jay French (guitar player for TS) present. That's something.
(Via Elves Bells)
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Smoke Fairies had this to say about their album: "We have a love / hate relationship with winter and the Christmas holiday. When it was suggested Smoke Fairies make a Christmas album the last thing we wanted to do was make a classic, jolly, celebratory album that can only be played once a year. Sometimes winter provides us with a sense of togetherness and love and sometimes it leaves us feeling alienated, cold and playing a glockenspiel alone in a darkened room. It's part of the year that will always be bittersweet and wild. This was the inspiration behind the record. We got together with our band, played around with the songs a few times then headed off to the studio to record them all live. It's buzzy and raw and not one tinkling of sleigh bells can be heard."
Wild Winter is available in a limited edition of 1500 CDs and 1000 LPs...here!
Turns out this is a re-release, Roxy Roca was already on the Converse Noise to the World sampler last from last year. And there's a video:
This song's also on the new XO for the Holidays compilation, which you can grab for free HERE. Read what Stubby has to say about that HERE.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The American duo Over The Rhine really go for the month of December. But most of it they like the snow in that period. Years back they made the album 'Snow Angels'. This year their album is called 'Blood Oranges In The Snow' . Karin Bergquist has a beautiful voice to sing country ballads. This December album is filled with country songs about snow and Christmas. Highlight is their beautiful cover of the Merle Haggard song 'If We Make It Through December'.
Here's an old tune from their 'Snow Angels' album!
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Text me Merry Christmas
Let me know you care
Just a word or two
Of text from you
Will remind me you’re still there
You don’t have to add much to it
One smiley face will do
Baby text me Merry Christmas
Cause I’m missing kissing you
You can download the single at all major digital retailers:
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/TMMCGooglePlay
Also check out Straight No Chaser's album Under The Influence: Holiday Edition.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Or Bobby Timmons!:
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Jesus Christ was born today
Jesus Christ was born
Legendary Big Star frontman Alex Chilton was beating around the bush a bit on 'Jesus Christ' (from his 1975 solo effort Bach's Bottom), but this is a full-on Christmas classic for everyone who love their alternative rock ballads gritty.
Hiss Golden Messenger recorded a cover version of this in 2011. Listen to it now, while you're still excited about their fantastic Lateness of Dancers album that came out just a couple of months ago.
A French Christmas tune written by by Raymond Vincy & Henri Martine and made popular by Tino Rossi. We made changes to the structure and some of the chords of the original, and added a section: "Je suis prêt a recevoir" which means "I am ready to receive."
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Sunday, November 09, 2014
Friday, November 07, 2014
Some of our Christmas-blogging friends already kicked off, as they should. Stubby's on a roll, of course.
Christmas Underground brings this good news:
Its official. I just received word from Robert over at the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club (SCSC), and we’ve got 2 new singles for 2014! Hannah Peel and Nancy Wallace (both from the UK) are this year’s lineup, with the same format as last year – one original and one cover. They will be limited to 500 copies, and are pressed on snow-white vinyl.
And somehow we missed out on this GREAT news: BILL MURRAY will sing CHRISTMAS CAROLS!