Christmas Selection Box – goneforeign:
The Beachboys – Little Saint Nick
Simon & Garfunkel & NBC News – Silent Night
June Christy – Merriest
Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
Louis Armstrong – Christmas In New Orleans
Eartha Kitt – Santa Baby
Billie Holiday – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Auld Lang Syne – ? – soundclip?
Dexter Gordon – The Christmas Song
Reverend Horton Heat – Jingle Bells – DsD
This Ascension – Carol of the Bells – bethnoir: A gothic Californian band covering a festive song, gentle and pretty, Happy Christmas everyone.
Hard Left – New Year – Panthersan: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!
Calexico – Gift X-Change – DsD: Bit of a downer, musically, but the lyrics are beautiful:
“Something’s missing in your life, you’ve felt it all along / Retrace your steps, balance and checks, where it all went wrong / I hope you find some inner peace along the way, / Whatever it takes, I hope you’ll make it home for Christmas Day.”
Count Basie Orchestra – Good Swing Wenceslas and Silent Night – severin: A new album from the legendary orchestra. Their first Christmas album, I gather, to celebrate their 80th birthday. It’s very good of course.
Sufjan Stevens – Happy Karma Christmas – glasshalfempty: SS is a prolific artist, with a great album this year in the shape of Carrie and Lowell. His outpourings include many Xmas songs of his usual quality and novelty. Here’s “Happy Karma Xmas” from the album “Silver and Gold” of a couple of years back. Merry Xmas to all wormers.
IAMX – Silent Night – bethnoir: IAMX are generally a rather dark bunch, but this version of Silent Night is rather beautiful I think.
Kormac and Irvine Welsh – Another Screen – Shoegazer: Christmas earworm!
CeeLo Green – The River – tincanman: Unlike Aaron Neville, who was apparently born in full voice, Thomas DeCarlo Callaway is still learning to use his vocal gifts. This shows he could be the best we’ve ever heard if he wants.
Seasick Steve – Xmas Prison Blues – AliM: Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Hayes Carll – Naked Checkers – tincanman: That catch in his voice probably gives him many chances to play board games naked. “Your Mama called the preacher, Your Daddy called the law / That’s OK, we won’t come home on Christmas, or any other holiday”.
The Darkness – I Am Santa – bethnoir: They’ve got Roger Taylor’s son, Rufus on drums and have gone the whole 70s TOTPs christmas hog in the video, it’s Christmas, be kind.
David McAlmont – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – DsD:
Why? Because it’s David McAlmont, that’s why!
Siouxsie and The Banshees – Red Over White – Albahooky: A quick one for Christmas; and you can forget the cuddly Santa accompanied by jolly snowmen.
Xmas Jazz Party – Ravi Raman: Here are some Christmas tunes for you. All the very best for the holiday season and the coming years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5iffs26aG8
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