Friday, January 01, 2016


Thanks for your comments, your visits, your tips and for celebrating the wonderful world of alt christmas songs. Back in November. Until then, from all of us here at CaGG, have a super sweet 16.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bill Botting

And then it is:

Friday, December 25, 2015

The Blues Are Still Blue Christmas Compilation 2015

For the 11th year in a row The Blues Are Still Blue Presents:
The 2015 Christmas Compilation (download here)

01 Elizabeth Morris - The Season
02 Deep Sea Diver - It's Christmas Time (and I am still alive)
03 Sweet Baboo - Don't Be Alone (This Christmas)
04 Luke Sweeney - Loveless Christmas
05 Dressy Bessy – Kringles
06 Phoenix (with Bill Murray) - Alone on Christmas Day
07 Tele Novella - Christmas Spirit
08 Sunturns - Christmas Bells/Wedding Bells
09 Juniore - De Saison
10 Pentacon Six -Christmas Is Better With You
11 Shy Nature - Christmas Lullaby
12 The Grubby Mits - Come On Home For Christmas
13 The Hard Ground - Keep Me For Christmas Time
14 The Washboard Abs - Christmas in Dearborn
15 The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) - You're a Gift
16 Adrian Teacher - It Always Rains On Christmas
17 Corey Kilgannon and Jacob Hudson - All Through The Night
18 The Gasoline Brothers - Every Time It's Christmas
19 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - White Christmas
20 Bill Botting & The Tho Drink Minimums - It's Not Christmas Anymore
21 Courtney Barnett - Boxing Day Blues (Revisited)

Rogue Wave

Interesting lyrics:

Miley Cyrus

When Miley teams up with Flaming Lips, she needs to be on this blog:

Laid for Christmas

Five Dutch artists teamed up for a Christmas EP on the leftfield (or should I say, 'out there') label Geertruida. This track by Douwe Doorduin stands out, but do try the other ones as well

LCD Soundsystem

Yes, a new song. Yes, it's great. And sad.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Santa skate

Sitting outside on a park bench in Amsterdam, taking a break from jumping over tram rail on roller skates in the dark during the annual Santa Skate, I cued up the Christmas YouTube video ‘Flocons Blancs’ by Blé on my phone to entertain some Dutch skaters.

Blé is a young and fresh Québec duo whose Christmas song has become a sleeper favourite there if we believe the Internet. And while I was showing it to people who don’t speak French, they said that the video had nice retro colours, another reason to enjoy it.

If you’re fed up with the usual Noël fare, then ‘Flocons Blancs’ is a great song, even if the only words you can sing out loud are “Ferme tes yeux” (‘Close your eyes’). ‘Close your eyes and remember a time when the lights seemed much brighter’ sounds like nice retro colours to me as well.

Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année !

Monday, December 21, 2015

Loop Line

They're back, and they're great again:

The song is sung from two perspectives: a group of aliens who believe that Santa Claus and his seemingly unlimited powers pose a threat to their civilization, juxtaposed with a group of Earthlings who try to convince the aliens that Santa is actually a symbol of peace and love. If the Clash were into sci-fi movies and decided to make a holiday song, we'd like to think it might sound like this. Like our past Christmas songs, this track is part of the soundtrack of a Christmas-themed movie that follows the same narrative as this song; a film we sincerely hope to make one day.

Funky Drummer Boy

D'Angelo-ish version of the classic:

Gasoline Brothers

It's here! The new, yearly Christmas hit by Utrecht's finest, The Gasoline Brothers. This blog gets the worldwide exclusive premiere. Think Kinks meets early REM. Great track!

(Right click) The Gasoline Brothers - Everytime it's Christmas

Or via bandcamp


                 American rapper Fetty Wap comes with a special Xmas track: Merry Xmas
"Anywhere you want, I can take you there, I swear baby
Anything you need, I can get for you, be clear baby
Girl you are my drug, how I fiend for you, beware baby "
According to one of the first reactions , "This shit bumps for a Christmas song"!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bling Crosby, the OG

Never doubted that Bing Crosby was an OG actually. Producer Raddiculous now finally proves I was right with his Bling Crosby compilation. All tracks for free. Generous as evah, good old Bling.
Check 'em all on Bandcamp.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Funky Santa

Our festive funky friend Ronny Hammond just gave us this footstompin' treat:

Carly Jamison

You heard the song, but did you see the video?


From Daisy Digital's It's Coming On Christmas compilation, for Coppafeel

Moon Moon Moon

Utrecht, Holland based onemanproject Moon Moon Moon released his Sufjan Stevens-ish, folksy original Christmas song:

On bandcamp:

Friday, December 18, 2015

Lonely Coyote

Soulful ballad with a Paolo Nutini-like voice, for celebrating Christmas on the bear rug:

Rollins grunts the Carol of the Bells

The Gromble

Add a dash of Daftpunkness to some Californian indie-yachtrock, and this is what you get: