Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 15!



Happy 2015! From the CaGG Team: thanks for visiting this blog, commenting on our posts, making songs, trading mixes, enjoying the weird and wonderful world of Christmas songs. Hope to see you back in November. Until then:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas! With Tim's 2014 Holiday Tantrum

Tim Sewell makes insane Christmas compilation CD's every year, and this time he made the first online version! Super obscure Christmas bangers that will blow your festive mind. Head over to Tim's Holiday Tantrums to check it out.


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Vim Cortez - Christmas Is For Lovers (Too)

French electro-rock and soul act Vim Cortez had a bit of fun recording this tongue-in-cheek Christmas song over the weekend.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Blues Are Still Blue Christmas Compilation 2014



For the tenth year in a row The Blues Are Still Blue Presents:
The 2014 Christmas Compilation (download here)

01 Ron Sexsmith - Heard The Bells On Christmay Day
02 Allo Darlin - Only Dust Behind
03 Naive Thieves - Holiday In The Sand
04 The Avett Brothers - Winter In My Heart
05 Cat Power - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
06 The Explorers Club - Christmas Must Be Tonight
07 Chris Farren - I'm Not Ready For Christmas (Ft. Mae Whitman)
08 Mr. Little Jeans - Dear Santa
09 Gabrielle Aplin & Hudson Taylor - Just Like Christmas
10 Good Lovelies - Under The Tree
11 Belle and Sebastian - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
12 Duover - Ms. Claus Lament
13 Jens Lekman - I Don’t Know What To Do With This Information
14 Kashka - In The Snow
15 Kate Miller - White Winter Hymnal
16 Pondertone & the Blue Grass Boogiemen - Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas
17 The Rosebuds - When It's Cold
18 The Liminanas - Christmas

ADVENTUROUS & DIFFERENT XMAS MUSIC

 Do you like adventurous X-mas music? Check out this blog on the site of the magazine Gonzo (Circus). It's in Dutch, but the great mixcloud  has people like Tom Dyer, Gary Lucas, Au Revoir Simone, Hannah Peel or Belle & Sebastian on it.  A different kind of Christmas feeling!



Merry Christmas, Baby Yeezus

This is supercrazy: A group called Local Business Comedy re-recorded Yeezus with a Kanye West impersonator, and christmasified all the lyrics. 'I Am A God' is transformed into 'I Am A Klaus',  'Bound 2' became 'Wrapped 2', etc. Listen to Kreezus.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Julian Casablancas does SNL

Through the years this one has worked its way up in my personal top 5: The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas with his Ramones-esque rendition of 'I Wish It Was Christmas Today'. Casablancas tries to keep it cool as usual, but slowly transforms into the maniac singer the punk beat demands him to be as the song progresses.

This is a cover song of a SNL oldie with Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Christ Kattan and Horatio Sanz.

All I want for Christmas....

Check The Cool Wax Christmas Mix 2014

Better late than never right? Here is the 2014 mix everyone. One hour of Christmas fun. Express yourself through dance this Christmas Eve in front of your relatives. I hope you enjoy. I'll post the playlist shortly. You can download through Soundcloud or get it directly here.

Track list:
Twas The Night Before Christmas :: Art Carney
Santa's Supersonic Flying Rocket Sled :: The Hollyberries
Must Be Santa :: The Sweetback Sisters
Is Santa Claus Real? :: The Ray Gelato Giants & The Fielding Primary School Choir
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town :: The Jackson 5
Kadoka, South Dakota :: The Living Sisters
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! :: Dean Martin
Christmasville USA :: Chaise Lounge
White Christmas :: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
What Christmas Means To Me :: Stevie Wonder
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) :: Elvis Presley
Merry Christmas, Baby :: The Beach Boys
Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer :: The Ventures
Tomorrow Is Christmas Day :: Buck Owens & Susan Raye
Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus :: George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas :: Eels
Super Sunny Christmas :: Redd Kross
Winter Wonderland :: Sleeper Agent
Wake Up! It's Christmas! :: Scarlett & Disher
Tiny Tree Christmas :: Guster
The Happiest Christmas Tree :: Nat King Cole
Sleigh Ride :: Andy Williams
(It's A) Happy Holiday :: The Shells
Seasons Greetings :: Robbers on High Street

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Greetings from Moscow

Most Russians don't celebrate Christmas until January 7th, but this trio from Moscow are right on time for those who decorate their tannenbaums in December. In fact, they were so early we almost missed this one: the melancholic 'Just Another Year' was released in February 2014.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The velvety vocals of Roses And Revolutions

New York duo Roses And Revolutions recorded a soothing Christmas original called 'It's Christmas Time', especially enjoyable for Alyssa Coco's velvety vocals. One to close your eyes for.

Incriminating clawmarks on her back once again

One of the weirdest, yet funniest Christmas songs ever is Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, by Elmo & Patsy. Three years ago we posted an impressive country cover by Dirty Shannon, but a recent version by Beard & Glasses turns the originality meter up a notch. Dark and haunting, like a good Nick Cave song, but still funny as hell. Nice one.


Beard & Glasses are actually releasing a new album tomorrow. You can follow the band on their Facebook page.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Superfresh: Pondertone with The Blue Grass Boogiemen

And another Dutch premiere: Pondertone just released their Christmas collab with The Blue Grass Boogiemen. Expect sublime harmonies and lyrics of heartache. Christmas just ain't christmas with a broken heart.

Superfresh: The Gasoline Brothers' 2014 Christmas song

Though we haven't heard any original material from Utrecht's The Gasoline Brothers in quite a while, we're glad they're keeping their yearly tradition of altrockifying Christmas classics alive.

This one's superfresh: a hypnotizing 11:11 minute rendition of 'Oh Tannenbaum'. Play it loud, do a funny little shoestaring dance in your living room, and you'll be just fine.

JINGLE BELL ROCKS!

A year ago at the Dutch IDFA festival in Amsterdam we saw the premiere of the wonderful movie Jingle Bell Rocks!, a great documentary about people like us who like Christmas music." Director Mitchell Kezin delves into the minds of some of the world’s most legendary Christmas music fanatics and hits the road to hang with his holiday heroes ". It includes people like Joseph  Simmons (Run DMC), The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, the famous DJ/musicologist Dr. Demento and many more. The movie is screened in America this month in a lot of cities and there will be a DVD  release with lots of extra's. Here is the very informative website of Jingle Bell Rocks!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: XTC

In November 1983, this press release landed on music journo's desks:
“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree ... ” Yes, Virgin enters into the festive spirit with this seasonal offering, ‘Thanks for Christmas’ by The Three Wise Men. The song was penned by well-known writing team Kaspar/Melchior/Balthazar, the Far East's answer to Holland/Dozier/Holland. Production was by The Three Wise Men and the Good Lord himself. (released Nov 21st Virgin VS642) Not surprisingly, the release hits the decks shrouded in mystery, intrigue and much speculation. The ‘What's On In Bethlehem’-style sleeve may well proclaim ‘The Three Wise Men’, but this non-de-plume cunningly conceals the identity of one of Virgin's top pop groups! Not that we're telling you which band. Could it be Culture Club, Human League, Heaven 17, China Crisis or even Slapp Happy? Over to you! Just good clean Virgin fun to keep you guessing right into the New Year. It's certainly countdown to Christmas party time. Cheers!

It wasn't Culture Club or Slapp Happy, the vocals gave it away immediatly: this was XTC. Andy Partridge, singer for XTC, said:
“I have a soft spot for Christmas songs. For this I wanted the female staff at the Virgin Records office to sing it and we'd put it out under the name ‘The Virgin Marys’ but they thought it would be sacrilegious, so the band did it under the name ‘The Three Wise Men’.”


Kotzen und Gluhwein

The album description for the compilation "Es incurable. Es Navidad" is in Spanish, artists include Bit Laden (ha!) and Voetbal (wut?) and one of the tracks is called 'Kotzen und Gluhwein' (vomiting and gluhwein). Combine that with the fact that we have no clue who's behind this comp and you'll agree that we had to share this free download with the world.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada Christmas compilation VI

IT'S HERE!
It gives us great pleasure to present the sixth edition of Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada, our seasonal compilation, which, as ever is given in the hope that it will provide an antidote to hearing the same old Christmas songs year after year, while at the same time celebrating some of our favourite Canadian artists.

(LINK)

Favourites (so far): Michael Feuerstack, Kristian Noel Pedersen, Jim Guthrie, Chic Gamine, Machu Picchu, Kim Gray

Higher Hands

Don't know 'bout you, but I could really do with a fat slice of slap back funk, after hearing a mountain of folksy strumming country christmas songs. Thank heavens for Annapolis band Higher Hands, who funked up I Saw Three Ships for an EP featuring more funky tracks (covers of Sharon Jones, Clarence Carter and more)

Hot Sauce Committee

Oh come on, Shake it off by Taylor Swift IS an infectious song! No? Listen to what leftfield hiphoprockhead Hot Sauce Committee changed Shake it off into.
Santa’s going to ride his sleigh, sleigh, sleigh And bells are going to jingle all the way, way, way Cause I just want a la la la latte Peppermint, Peppermint Schools are gonna go on break, break, break Sugar cookies gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake Baby I just want a la la la latte Peppermint, Peppermint