Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Warm Christmas

Last year, I made a Christmas Mix with songs about surfing, beaches, sand and/or with a warm feeling. This new track by American rock band Copperpot would've easily fitted in to that mix. What a cool song!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pulled Apart By Horses, Showponies

Hold your horses!
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:

SCOOP: Stevie Ann's Favourite Christmas

A real scoop! CaGG is the first blog to post this track!

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

Harris & his Christmas Avengers

Funky Funky Christmas! This was just released:



(Thanks Kris!)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FREE SLEEPING AT LAST ALBUM

Ryan from Los Angeles is a singer songwriter under the banner of Sleeping At Last. Each year around the Holidays he records a cover of a Christmas song. This tradition has accumulated over the years into a full-length Christmas album called 'Christmas Collection', which he gives away as a free download. On the album you'll find intimate and quiet songs like 'Silent Night', 'Silver Bells' or 'I Heard The Bells'. His 2014 contribution is 'O Come, O Come Emmanuel'. All this for free on his website.

Christmas on Uranus

From somebody who cites Beck, Ween, beer and Burt Reynolds as his main influences, you'd expect a song like this:

Carly Jamison



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

Mad Decent Christmas

Nothing says 'Christmas' like loud blaring air horns, right? DJ Diplo and his Mad Decent crew think so too. On November 25, they release their second Christmas album. This is a mini-mix to get down to and in the mad mad mood:

Dee Snider's RNR Christmas Tale

Dunno bout you, but this just made me drool:
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

Wild Winter

Smoke Fairies (Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies) soon will return with ten brand new, seasonally-themed songs!

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!




Roxy Roca

Former Texas punk rock singer turns blue eyed soul boy, that's the story of Taye Cannon, leadsinger for Roxy Roca. He grew up with the classic rhythm and blues records of this dad (Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Jaaaaames Brown), his original Christmas song sounds like a more relaxed Mitch Ryder. Cool stuff:



EDIT:
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:

The Love Dimension

Psychedelic surf punk garage from San Fran - you know this is gonna be good. The Love Dimension's Got Gratitude isn't a Christmas song per se (it was released in June), but the gospel-feeling, the piercing organ and the message (Got Gratitude!) do make it, shall we say, seasonal.
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

Over the Rhine


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


It's new. It's fresh. It's a Christmas song with lyrics that nail modern communication. Actress Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser teamed up for a little Christmas parody song called 'Text Me Merry Christmas'. Its lyrics are definitely worth listening to. 

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:
Tunes: http://smarturl.it/TMMCiTunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TMMCAmazon
Spotify: http://smarturl.it/TMMCSpotify
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/TMMCGooglePlay

Also check out Straight No Chaser's album Under The Influence: Holiday Edition.

The Sudden Passion

German blog Lie In The Sound is one of the names you can trust (together with Stubby, Christmas Underground and SWOT) when it comes to unearthing great offbeat Christmas songs. Feast your ears on this:

Satin Chaps/Apollo Four

Happy swingin' Christmas! Portland, Oregon based 'European style go go/soul octet' Satin Chaps make you sway on their 'Hey mrs Santa Claus' single. It's, as far as I can tell, an original song, not Nat King Cole cover. Sounds a bit like Brian Setzer's rocking big band. Apollo Four are also from Portland, and play a mean seasonal surf instrumental on the 'flip'.
Check out:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Band Aid Holland

You probably heard about the third Band Aid project slash single. Today, a few Dutch artists got together in a popular TV show for a Dutch version of 'Do they know it's Christmas time?'. It will be available for download via dwdd.vara.nl later on. For now, this is the video:

KT's Sleigh Ride

The good ol' traditional 'Sleigh Ride' got a little raunchier in the version of KT Tunstall. Here's a nice live (loop pedal) version from 2010.

HTTACP

Yep, it's here again, the (almost) annual Christmas album by Dutch indie-folk combo How To Throw A Christmas Party. The fourth episode, and it's as brilliant as ever.
All info (how to buy a cd, where to see them on tour in Holland) on Bandcamp.

Angry Snowmans

If you missed the limited vinyl release of Angry Snowmans punk Christmas single last year, you can download the four tracks (seasonalized versions of punk rock songs by Avengers, Descendents, Stiff Little Fingers and The Dickies) on Bandcamp.