Thursday, December 30, 2010

Stop/Start



Because of the death of Boney M-dancer Bobby Farrell, it's appropriate to post Boney's version of Auld Lang Syne. Though he doesn't sing the song (the male voice is Frank Farian's).

Boney M - Auld Lang Syne

OK, it's a terrible version. For compensation, this brilliant version by Salsa Celtica:

Salsa Celtica - Auld Lang Syne


If you're into funky Korean or Zambian rocksongs about the new year, we urge you to go HERE

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy 11



Hope y'all simply had a wonderful christmastime. Thanks for stopping by. From all contributors to Christmasagogo: all the best for 2011, see you in November!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thomas East



Go HERE

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holly Cole



The sexiest Christmas song, you ask? Santa Baby by Eartha or Kylie,you suggest? Anything from Kay Martin? Patsy Rye? No, I say. Holly Cole.

Holly Cole - 'Zat you, Santa Claus

Natalie



Want to know who this girl is, and what gorgeous Christmas song she recorded? Then head HERE.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Blues Are Still Blue Christmas Compilation 2010


For the sixth year in a row The Blues Are Still Blue presents:

Christmas Compilation 2010 (download here)

1. Allo, Darlin’ – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
2. David Bazan – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Christmas)
3. Lou Reed – Xmas in February
4. Hannah Peel & Tunng – Hey Santa!
5. Little & Ashley – Winter Night
6. Belle& Sebastian – The Fox In The Snow
7. The Mountains & The Trees – My Favourite Sweater (Happy Holidays)
8. Guster – Tiny Tree Christmas
9. Eux Autres – Teenage Christmas
10. Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Time Of The Season
11. Boca Chica – Not On Christmas Eve
12. Bishop Allen – You’ll Never Find My Christmas
13. Blitzen Trapper – Christmas Is Coming Soon
14. His Clancyness – Buying Pine Scents
15. Basia Bulat – You Are A Gift
16. The Velvet Underground – Jesus
17. Sufjan Stevens – Christmas In The Room
18. Dream Diary – Christmas All Over
19. Jukebox The Ghost – Mistletoe
20. KT Tunstall – Lonely This Christmas
21. First Aid Kit – Winter Is All Over You
22. Regina Spektor – My Dear Acquaintance (Happy New Year)

You can download last year's compilation here.

Merry Christmas!

New Cool Collective Big Band


Exclusive! Dutch jazzgiants New Cool Collective Big Band did a mash-up of their own song Little Black Dress and Slade's immortal Merry Christmas Everybody, for the tv-show VPRO's Nederpopshow (host Frank Lammers is singing). This is the only site you'll find the mp3.

New Cool Collective Big Band + Frank Lammers - Little Black Dress/Merry Christmas Everybody

Rosi Golan


Rosi Golan is an Israeli singer who made a pretty album in 2008, in a Zooey Deschanel/Ingrid Michaelson-style. Sweet 'n sunny songs with a 60s influence, very easy on the ears. One song had a few French lines. For this commercial for Stella Artois, she sang a French version of Twelve Days of Christmas. You can download it for free (no catch) HERE.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kurtis Blow

Silver Swans


Silver Swans from San Francisco made a seasonal track that's perfect for walking through winter wonderlands. Love that glacial, Cocteau Twins-y atmosphere.

Silver Swans - Holidays

Charles Bradley



A great tradition from Daptone Records (home of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lee Fields, Budos Band, etc): a yearly Christmas single. Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band are the third (after Binky Griptite and SJ&DK) to record a seasonal track, and it's brilliant.

Charles Bradley - Every day is Christmas (when I'm loving you)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ponoka


Go HERE to download via Soundcloud a beautiful Christmas track by Ponoka. This is Rick de Gier's band, writer of the upcoming novel Nineve, about a young man, of very religious upbringing, who gets lost in the Dutch rockscene.

Diplomats of Solid Sound/Ray Harris


Go HERE and download (via Soundcloud) two superfunky Christmas tracks. A cover of Let it snow by Diplomats of Solid Sound, and a James Brown cover (Soulful Christmas) by Ray Harris.

Perfect Black Christmas compilation


No, Perfect Black Christmas doesn't compile black metal-versions of carols, but soul, funk, jazz and other music of black origin with a festive spirit. Donnie, Stevie, Marvin, Otis, they're all there. Go HERE to download.

Back Door Santa covers

We all know Clarence Carters 'Back Door Santa' (1968) and if it wasn't for his original, than we know it because of the samples Run DMC used from it for their classic 'Christmas in Hollis'.
To me the Back Door versions of the Black Crowes (2005, a studio recording with horn section!) and Australian rockers Jet (2004, only on a Japanese rare tracks release) were new.
If you know versions other and better than these, worth to post: lemme know.

Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa
Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis
Jet - Back Door Santa
The Black Crowes - Back Door Santa
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EXTRA:
Honeymoon Killers - Back Door Santa
B.B. King - Back Door Santa
Bon Jovi - Back Door Santa
Cass Eager & the Mo'Debleys - Back Door Santa
Holmes Brothers - Back Door Santa
Lustre King - Back Door Santa
The Sutcliffs - Back Door Santa
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EVEN MORE:
The Bellrays - Back Door Santa (thx Stubby)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Nothing changed, really

Anita Bryant, a former beauty queen from Oklahoma, was pretty successful with hits in the US in the early 1960's. But she was also known as a very conservative and religious person with a strong view against homosexuality (check out the video from 1977 where gay rights activists throw a pie in Bryant's sick homophobic face).
As a 'good' Christian she recorded Christmas records too, which I would not recommend (but okay, here's one awful track).
At the same time there was a singer in The Netherlands called Zangeres Zonder Naam (Singer Without A Name) who tried to stand up against Bryant's hypocrite ideas and recorded a song called 'Luister Anita' (Listen Anita) in 1977, in which she told gays to be proud of their sexuality and to fight for it. Because of that she became the first gay-mother of The Netherlands. The Zangeres Zonder Naam also recorded several christmas tracks during her long career, most of them on social themes like war, racism and cold war politics.
The ultimate christmas song she did was 'Hij Was Maar Een Neger' (He Only Was A Black Man) from 1965. It sets a mirror to people who think that they're pretty hospitable, but shut the door as soon as there's someone with another colour or background who needs help or a place to stay. Nothing changed the last 2010 years really.
In 1998 Dutch enfant terrible Robbie Muntz covered the song and made a video with it. People still don't dig the lyrics, or they just don't want to, regarding to all the stupid comments on the video.

Kitsch, but true kitsch. No apologies.

Zangeres Zonder Naam - Kerstfeest In Berlijn
Zangeres Zonder Naam - Moeders Kerstfeest
Zangeres Zonder Naam - Hij Was Maar Een Neger!
Robbie Muntz - Hij Was Maar Een Neger (video)

So sorry...

Sometimes you wish you didn't have that preoccupation with bizarre and rare tracks from Dutch artists. Why being curious after a xmas-track sung in a very bad English accent from Father Abraham (real name Pierre Kartner) and The Smurfs when reading about it?
Don't know the answer, but found the track (unfortunately) and I hereby apologize on behalf of all the Dutch:

Father Abraham & the Smurfs - Christmas in Smurfland (7", 1978)

Christmax Wax: The Best of Check The Cool Wax Christmas



Here is a repost of the mix I made for the blog back in 2006. It's now consolidated to one file and is compiled from the best songs offered that Christmas season. A dusty mix of Christmas Wax from the island of misfit songs. I hope to get to another Christmas mix someday, but for now, this will have to do.

Tracklist

1 :: CHECK THE COOL WAX :: KING AD-ROCK
2 :: HOLIDAY ON ICE “A RIDE WITH SANTA” :: WALT JACKOBS
3 :: SLEIGH RIDE :: LENNY DEE
4 :: SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN :: THE THREE SUNS
5 :: NUTTY JINGLE BELLS :: AL HIRT
6 :: CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD :: JIM NABORS
7 :: ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS :: LIBERACE
8 :: ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE :: MIRROR IMAGE
9 :: WINTER WONDERLAND :: THE GOLDDIGGERS
10 :: THE CHRISTMAS SONG :: SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL ‘66
11 :: SNOW :: CLAUDINE LONGET
12 :: WHAT CHILD IS THIS? :: THE BORDER BRASS
13 :: WHAT SANTA WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS :: WALT JACOBS
14 :: THE REINDEER BOOGIE :: HANK SNOW
15 :: A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS :: BUCK OWENS & SUSAN RAYE
16 :: SANTA’S BIG PARADE :: THE LOUVIN BROHERS
17 :: I’M GONNA TELL SANTA CLAUS ON YOU :: FARON YOUNG 
18 :: OLE TEX KRINGLE :: TEX RITTER
19 :: WHITE CHRISTMAS :: HANK THOMPSON
20 :: TOMORROW IS CHRISTMAS DAY :: BUCK OWENS & SUSAN RAYE
21 :: SANTA AND THE KIDS :: CHARLIE PRIDE 
22 :: HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS :: BIG TINY LITTLE
23 :: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER :: FRED WARING AND THE PENNSYLVANIANS
24 :: LET’S TRIM THE CHRISTMAS TREE :: LINE MATERIAL
25 :: HO, HO IT’S CHRISTMAS :: The CAROLEERS
26 :: SANTA CLAUS’ PARTY :: LES BAXTER OCHESTRA & CHORUS
27 :: MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS :: CAPTAIN KANGAROO
28 :: MISTER SANTA :: LENNY DEE
29 :: SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN :: THE CAROLEERS
30 :: CHRISTMAS CHIMES ARE CALLING SANTA :: RANKIN/BASS
31 :: CAROL OF THE BELLS :: HANNA BARBERA ORGANS & CHIMES
32 :: SILENT NIGHT :: KOREAN ARTIST
32 :: HOLIDAY ON ICE “A RIDE WITH SANTA” (FINALE) :: WALT JACOBS
33 :: CHRISTMAS LULLABY :: CARY GRANT


UPDATE: Download the zipfile (rightclicksaveas) HERE

Lilian & Wouter



Lilian Hak is a gorgeous Dutch singer/sample-genius who made a wonderful album using the atmosphere and the music of classic 40's and 50's movies (see here). Wouter Hamel is Holland's answer to Jamie Cullum, only cooler. Together they made a fantastic Christmas song, that you can download for free HERE

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tracking down snow trails



Inspired by all the beautiful snow in The Netherlands, as if I was in Québec temporarily -- a true cosmic gift, I give you a party cover of Les Classels' 'Le sentier de neige' ('The snow trail'), done in traditional Québec style by La Volée d'Castors.

This is a picture I took about seven years ago on the isolated island l'île d'Orléans in Québec, with the Mont Saint Anne ski area in the background. Notice how even in winter the road is well kept. The driver was Dutch and spent Christmas discovering what minus 25 celsius was really all about.

(Rough translation with a dash of poetic licence and corrected for the unilateral point of view)

The snowflakes covered your hair
And the pale moon kept us warm
I told you 'I love you' in the silent woods
You smiled coyly and walked on

La volée d'castors - Le sentier de neige

Santa Je T'aime

We all love Santa, don't we kids?

The Superions - Santa Je T'aime

Christmas with Bomarr


Five fantastic compilation-mixes by Bomarr, featuring the funniest, most outrageous, obscure and excellent Christmassongs, downloadable for free (but you can make a donation) HERE.

The Crookes


English music magazine NME wrote about The Crookes from Sheffield: 'A band this good are unlikely to remain obscure for long.' They're seen as a cross between Arctic Monkeys, Housemartins & The Smiths. And they made an excellent Christmas EP.

The Crookes - It's Just Not Christmas Without You

Redd Kross - Super Sunny Christmas

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Jose James


José James, one of the bestest & brightest jazz singers of today, recorded a gorgeous version of the Christmas Song. On Soundcloud, HERE

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ed Harcourt




FANTASTIC mad-preacher-y Christmas song by Ed Harcourt.

Download from HERE (WeTransfer link)

Linklist



So many new Christmas songs, it's hard to keep up. Here's a linklist.

See the great video by Plastic Snow (who sings like Ronnie James Dio!) here

Download (for free) the brilliant spacey X-mas song by Bubblies, here

Free Banjo or Freakout Christmas album in exchange for your email adress: here

Blue-eyed soul cover of Donny Hathaway's This Christmas by Cheap Seats, for free here

Free seasonal track by Beach House, here

More free stuff? See here. Or here.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tracey Thorn covers Sufjan Stevens

Go HERE and trade your email adress for a very nice cover of Sufjan Stevens' Sister Winter by former Everything but the Girl-singer Tracey Thorn.

Sebastien Bédé



Want it? Go to Seb's Bandcamp site. HERE

Renaud wants to punch out Black Santa

French rocker Renaud provides sarcastic social commentary like only he can in his reggae rendition of Le Père Noël Noir ('Black Santa Claus'). Written in some serious Parisian argot, he's totally unimpressed by this Black Santa and wants to punch the daylights out of him.

This Black Santa is an ex French colony black person from like Martinique or Guadeloupe (in argot a DOM-TOM), this time around he's a freeloading SOB who damages the house and the chimney, steals, drinks Renaud's booze 'like a Polack' and smokes his 'herbes de Provence'. The lyrics 'Petit Papa Noël, toi qu'est descendu du ciel' is straight from Tino Rossi's traditional French song, Petit Papa Noël.

You may have seen Renaud (right) in the American film Crime Spree (2003) with the likes of Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel and fellow singer and actor Johnny Hallyday (left). Both gangsters annoy each other with music on the radio, but they are in fact dissing each other's music in real life, something many people didn't know.

Renaud - Le Père Noël Noir

The Boy Least Likely To


You can scoff all you want, I think Last Christmas by Wham! is a great song. I just don't need to hear it 150 times per day, as some radioprogrammers seem to think. Brit-duo The Boy Least Likely To (who recorded a great cover of George Michael's Faith earlier) made a Christmas album that includes a song about George and Andrew.

The Boy Least Likely To - George and Andrew

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

X-Mas Podcast



Hosted in Dutch by Guuzbourg. Download from HERE. Guest: Ir Vendermeulen.

Playlist:
1. Diplomats of Solid Sound - Let it Snow
2. Jaap Boots - Kerstmis in de tropen
(Spike Jones - Jingle Bells)
3. Louis Armstrong - 'Zat you, Santa Claus?
4. Smash Up Derby - Christmas Bop
5. Babs Gonzales - Bebop Santa Claus
6. The Sonics - I Don't Believe in Santa Claus
7. Santa Claws & Naughty But Nice Orchestra - For Whom the Bell Tolls
8. The Marquees - Christmas in the Congo
9. Staple Singers - Ain't That Good News
10. The Barking Dogs - Jingle Bells
11. Superchunk - A Child's Christmas in Wales
12. Elvis Presley - Santa Claus is Back in Town
13. Orquestra Suprema - Esta Navidad
14. Kay Martin & her Body Guards - Come On Santa Let's Have a Ball
15. The Cimarons - Silent Night/White Christmas
16. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
17. James Brown - A Lonely Little Boy Around One Little Christmas Toy
18. Gary Walker - Santa's Got a Brand New Bag
19. Patsy Raye & the Beatniks - Beatniks Wish
20. Mayer Hawthorne - Christmas Time is Here

Gillian Hills


La tête à l'envers by 60's ye-ye legend Gillian Hills is labeled 'non-seasonal', 'cause it's not about Christmas. But the giggly lyrics are set to Jingle Bell Rock, therefore it IS a seasonal track in my book. And on dark days like this, it's always a pleasure to hear and watch the bubbly blonde, innit?

Gillian Hills - La tete a l'envers

Laura Nyro


Bob Lefsetz wrote a beautiful piece on Laura, and on this song. Quote: "Laura Nyro's forty year old lyrics are as relevant today as they were back then. The war is different, but the pain remains. And politics is more disheartening than ever, and the gap between the rich and the poor is a taboo that "artists" don't write about, desirous of getting on the gravy train to riches themselves."
So I'd thought I'd post it here.

Laura Nyro - Christmas in my soul

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Ruffled Feathers


When bands have singers who sound like Gina Loes, I'm a fan (please, try a song in French! You could end up on my FillesSourires-blog!). When bands like Vancouvers The Ruffled Feathers (with Gina) write seasonal songs like The Highest Mountain, everybody should be a fan.

Download the zip from HERE

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mayer Hawthorne

Golau Glau


Golau Glau play 'silverpop'. They made a Christmas EP, that sounds like walking through a Winter Wonderland, very early in the morning. Download it for free here.

Golau Glau - Oak Moon

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Boca Chica























Boca Chica's song Snow Angels, about the water freezing in your toilet because you have no heat in your house, was featured on the compilation of Christmas songs I made last last year. This year they released that song on a special holidays EP together with Not On Christmas Eve, a honky tonk song about getting dumped on Christmas. Get it for free at bandcamp.

AB & The She's

AB & The Sea teamed up with The She's to remake Darlene Love's Merry Christmas Baby in a very, very fine style. Download for free using the widget below (fill in your email adress, you'll get a downloadlink). Attention: downloadlink might end up in your junkmail-box. Thanks to the wonderful Stubby's House of Christmas for the tip!










CockNBullKid



Co-written and produced with Peter of Peter Bjorn And John fame, we've been promised extra sleigh bells on this festive track from CocknBullKid. A unique take on 'Amazing Grace', have a listen to her offering.

CockNBullKid - Amazing Dave

This is taken from NME's list of best free Christmas downloads. Go HERE

Saturday, December 11, 2010

She & Him (and Conan) - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Friday, December 10, 2010

Joast & Eefje



Posted about this Paul McCartney-cover before (here), but now you can download the track for free HERE (scroll down).

Grolsch & the Swingtop Philharmonic Orchestra

Dutch beer brand Grolsch jams out Christmas music with the Swingtop Philharmonic Orchestra, a troupe made up of some of the world's leading musicians and sound engineers who play exclusively on instruments made from Grolsch Swingtop bottles.

A re-imagined version of the Christmas favourite by Ernst Anschütz has been arranged by composer Ross Power and is led by conductor Thomas Blunt, seven percussionists, woodwind players and a timpanist.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Coldplay - Christmas Lights

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Dutronc


La fille du père Noël (Santa's daughter) isn't exactly an atmospherical Christmas song, it struts to a beat very similar to that of David Bowie's The Jean Genie - though Bowie stole it from Jacques Dutronc. Now 67, Dutronc still rocks and rolls effortless. Listen to the original version from 1966, and the just released live-version. Dutronc also mentions Pere Fouettard. Read about this odd fellow here.

Jacques Dutronc - La fille du Pere Noël
Jacques Dutronc - La fille du Pere Noël (live)

Present face

You all know the feeling: your partner or your mum gives you that great looking christmas present. The wrapping paper is nice and shiny, with cute reindeer all over it. The size is exactly what you had in mind. Could it really be...? Is it....? Will you finally get...?

And then you open it.

The often funny, sometimes irritating, but always charming ladies of Garfunkel and Oates know the feeling too:

Podcast


First of two Christmas music podcasts, hosted (in Dutch) by Guuzbourg, with guest Oscar Smit. Download from HERE

Playlist:
1.Best Coast & Wavves - I Got Something For You
2.We Cook With Fire - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
3.Claude François - En rêvant à Noël
4.The Sonics - Santa Claus
5.Fay Lovsky - Noël quand on est petit
6.The Sicknicks - A White Christmas & the 3'O Clock Weather Report
7.Severinsen - Rudolf met den roden tud
8. Hands & Knees - James Brown Died On Christmas Day
9. James Brown - Soulful Christmas
10.Pink Martini - White Christmas Part II
11.Johnny Hallyday - Noël Interdit
12.Richard Cheese - Holiday in Cambodia
13.Wild Man Fischer - I Am A Christmas Tree
14.Fitz & the Tantrums - Santa Stole My Lady
15. Tirkish Jingle Bells
16. Grandaddy - Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland
17. Beans & Fatback - Tonight Girl I'm Coming Back Home

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Whore for the holidays


One of the best new Christmas songs I've heard this year, with interesting wordplay in the title, is Whore for the Holidays by Brooklyn-based quartet The Davenports. Lyric-wise it's very Elvis Costello-like. Or Ben Folds. In short, the song's about an office slut. But in a melancholic way.

The Davenports - Whore for the Holidays

A Trashy Little Christmas

Let me take some time away from the soundbytes to talk about one of my favorite local bands here in Minneapolis, Trailer Trash. They are a great live band that plays western swing and they pack the house. It's really hard to describe how much fun they are to see live. Every holiday season I look forward to their Christmas shows and I can't wait to see them next weekend. They have three Christmas CDs that are now available for purchase from their website. Below are some samples of my favorites.






Believe me. You could do far worse for ten buck a pop.

Rock Robot Rock



Ben Crea imagines how Daft Punk would sound if they'd ever record a Christmas cover. Taken from this compilation.

Ben Crea - Jingle Bells

Happy Birthday Tom Waits

December 7 is Tom Waits' birthday, and on this blog there's only one song to post then


Ocobar


A Catchy Christmas is a wonderful compilation featuring (mostly) Dutch artists performing their self-written new(-ish) Christmas song. It includes the most famous Dutch Christmas song ever (this one, with a new French version added) and contributions from Powderblue (gorgeous country), Arthur Ebeling (rhythm and blues), Brian Protheroe (blues) and Theo Nijland (Dutch nostalgia). I love this song with added x-mas classic licks by guitar trio Ocobar, scratches by DJ Git Hyper.

Ocobar - Love from a Christmas Tree

Monday, December 06, 2010

Merry Christmas from Lucky Strike Cigarettes

One of American composer, band leader, and electronic instrument inventor Raymond Scott's earliest and most-successful commercial jingles was "Be Happy, Go Lucky" for Lucky Strike cigarettes. A special Christmas modification was made to the tune for the 1950s TV show, YOUR HIT PARADE.



An interesting aside: the holiday version of the carton's packaging was crafted by another influential Raymond, the famous industrial designer Raymond Loewry.

(Thanks to raymondscott.blogspot.com)

Christmas creep


Suburban Sprawls new annual Christmas compilation is out (2cds!). Download 'm all (from 2002 until now) HERE. Great song on the 2010 comp is this one from From the Future.

From the Future - Christmas creep

Unwrapping Sarah


Unwrapping Sarah Cracknell, now there's a pleasant Christmas thought. The new X-mas compilation from her band St. Etienne (A Glimpse of stocking) is sold out, alas. You can listen to the seven new tracks (including Unwrap me) here.

St. Etienne - Unwrap me

Beans & Fatback

Dutch countrysoulheroes Beans & Fatback made an X-mas version of their single Tonight Girl... You can download it for free, if you 'pay' with a tweet or a posting on Facebook.
Go HERE.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Fonzie Reads Twas The Night Before Christmas


The Fonz digs Christmas and he digs reading poetry. Here he is reading Twas The Night Before Christmas. If you need more Christmas soundbytes, head over to Check The Cool Wax.

Sneaking out of bed, spying on your parents



When I hear 'I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus' , I don't picture the Santa Claus in question being the father of the obviously male child spying on his parents having a snog. I think mommy caught the real Santa Claus off guard, and that daddy is sound asleep after a nasty week at the office and a few bourbons before bed.

Since our desperate 1950s housewife hasn't seen the postman in a while due to the holidays, she turned to the first man who drops by and that just happens to be Santa. Santa is the master of sneaking in and out unnoticed, someone who never kisses and tells, and probably has more housewife experience than anyone else on the planet.

Maybe the husband doesn't make enough money and mommy has to use her charms to make sure her little boy gets that train set hubby can't afford. Maybe daddy is always on the sauce and doesn't pay any attention to what his wife does at night. It's all about keeping up appearances and Santa knows all about that, too.

Bonus points for making the little boy think that mommy is either 'a very friendly person' to strangers or that daddy dresses up like Santa at Christmas and that's how he is going to get a baby brother to play with next year.

Once you've conjured up these images, listen to Québec diva, Ginette Reno singing 'Maman embrasse le Père Noël' ('I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus') in country music style.

blood, tears and snow

wallow in some english electro melancholy with the hurts. this is one of those few christmas songs that is actually a great song at any time of the year.

the hurts - all i want for christmas is new years day

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Cadillac under my christmastree

Isobells are ringing

I'm not really in the mood yet for Christmas since I'm still wrapping presents for Sinterklaas this weekend and I haven't listened to any Christmas songs either. Actually there's only one Christmas related song I've heard a lot the last few weeks and that's only the case because it's on a regular album that was released earlier this year: Time Of The Season. This song is featured on Hawk, the third album of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan. The recipe hasn't changed since their first brilliant album Ballads of the broken sea, but the silky girly voice of Campbel combines so well with the murmuring Lanegan that they can go on like this for ages before getting boring.

Isobell Campbel & Mark Lanegan - Time Of The Season (Hawk)

Mistletoe & Holly



Amani Starns writes: 'I'm an LA based soulsinger/songwriter who geeks out about Christmas music and the holidays. While most of my songs are about guys and love, I spiced up Frank Sinatra's "Mistletoe and Holly" and made a fun video for it.'

Amani Starns - Mistletoe and Holly

Friday, December 03, 2010

Megan Christmas

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Frankie & Annette


Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello got together in 1981 and recorded Together We Can Make A Merry Christmas. It was about 15 years after their beach movie heyday, and it sounds like it. The song still stands up, but I really wish they would have recorded it with the charm of their beach hits. More than that, can you imagine how fun a Christmas beach movie would have been? Forget about it...

Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello - Together We Can Make A Merry Christmas

Lola Dutronic video

A new version of an old LD-classic

Christmastime, approximately


British indie-label Where it's at is where you are asked all their artists to record a seasonal tune. Most wrote brandspanking new Christmas songs, Jeff Mellin even shot a brilliant, Dylan-style video (here). Among the 20 tracks on the free downloadable compilation (here, where it says 'download') is a great rework of the Pretenders classic 2000 Miles by DJ Downfall.

DJ Downfall - 2000 Miles

Gimmicky in a good way: Kasio Kristmas

The holiday season brings the thrill and the cloying annoyance of the familiar. Many people, religious and non-religious, enjoy the shared traditions of a mass holiday. In the area of Christmas songs, for example, a basic repertoire of melodies and lyrics known to most can be sung by a large number of people who otherwise share few direct musical touchstones. The result can be a shared tradition adding the warmth of connections among people--or the irresistible and often painful urge to create novelty songs.



The folks at Kasio Kristmas enter a crowded field when they set out to do a series of Christmas songs on Casio instruments. Chiptune-like versions of Christmas songs predate chiptune music itself. Staring at a set of Christmas standards played on Casio instruments may strike the listener rather like climbing a large gingerbread mountain, only to find that treacle flows like lava from the summit. Yet Kasio Kristmas performs its novelty tasks with a flair and attention to detail often missing from the holiday oddball album.

"Jingle Bells" veers from the expected Casio beepfest into a rampaging bit of melodic fun. "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" uses the expected samples and notions, but manages a kind of frothy charm. "Frosty the Snowman" uses a rap lyric over a series of samples and effects that bring back memories of Beck's "Odelay" album.



The effect is overall gimmicky in a good way. "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" manages to get a Theremin-like sound out of its Casio instrumentation, in an arrangement which brings to mind the worst excesses of Mantovani, with a certain pop-culture name-dropping flair. "Deck the Halls" goes the rapid fire route, with a vidgame frenzy which holds the interest against the odds. "The Little Drummer Boy" features a faux theremin against a slow burn that might not be out of place in a an animated pizza otter's take on post-rock.

The fuzzy charm of this bit of sample math works well. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" irritates no more than half as much as the original, and yet that is irritation enough. “Mele Kalkimaka” sounds like lounge jazz played by a 12 year old on a forgotten fun machine organ, while “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” features robot chipmunk voices.

Kasio Kristmas will not change your life, but it might make you smile - and then cause you to begin sampling your local toy electronic keyboard.

Kasio Kristmas - Frosty The Snowman
Kasio Kristmas - Deck The Halls

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