Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wolfbanke

As you may recall (HERE HERE HERE), we have a thing for synthmas here at CAGG. So when Osaka, Japan duo Wolfbanke comes along with their Human League/When In Rome-like analog electronic EP, we say HOLY OAKEY! Thanks to everyone who tipped us this gem. Listen to them pairing the Stranger Things theme to Silent Night too, HERE.



Christmas with the cats

Hey Stubby, this one's for you!
Christmas with the Cats by Laurel Minnes is a fun folksy song about the downsides of celebrating Christmas with cats. Hairballs in your stocking, a toppled tree, etcetera. But there's a plus side to it too. PS: don't bother listening to the other tracks on this EP. They're boring.

Horrible/Adorable

Sweet-as-cherrywine voices over LOUD FUZZY GUITARS. A winning combination, if you ask us. Horrible/Adorable, made up of guitarist Kristin “Kiki” Petiford and drummer Candice Kuter from Oakland, just released a single with a we've got a fuzzbox and we're gonna use it-attitude to Christmas, covering Merry Christmas Baby and adding their own (?) 'Santa, Dear', which we love best.

Monday, December 11, 2017

almost that time

A Wild Frontier are a relatively new band from Atlanta. Their debut album was released this year. The duo just recorded a seasonal track, 'Almost Time For Christmas'. If you dig bands like Weezer, check this out.

weird x-mas

Just when you thought you'd heard a lot of strange Xmas music, in walks Mark Mothersbaugh (Yes! Devo!). He's an American painter and musician but most important he was one of the original members of the (art)punk band DEVO. He likes strange and weird music. In 1999 he released an album called 'Joyeux Mutato'. I never saw it, it was strictly limited. This year he did put one of the album tracks on a beautiful looking 7 inch. 'I don't Have A Christmas Tree' is a strange sort of mash up and looks to be a very unusual cover of  'Silent Night'. Also check out the 'stupid' B-side 'Jingles Jingles Jingles'

punky christmas classic

While looking at Youtube for Christmas music I stumbled on this rare footage, from German TV, of the great 1977 punk song 'Father Christmas' by The Kinks. In the UK this single had a fantastic comic cover, also difficult to find.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Last Christmas


There is of course the brilliant Face of a Lover blog, posting the oddest, bestest and weirdest covers out there of Last Christmas. Some of them are on Spotify. I listed 81 versions, HERE. Metal, pop, jazz, soul, electronica, folk, piano, choirs, whatnot?

Newman

The Bartlett is a small music venue in Spokane, Washington. Since 2014 they put out Christmas compilations, featuring local talent. #4 is just out, and contains a very cool song by duo Newman, who take their inspiration from Angelo Badalamenti and Cocteau Twins; dark ethereal beauty, then. Also good is the southern gothic country of Runaway Octopus, and the offbeat version of Christmas Time Is Here Again by JT Landy. Check 'm out HERE.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Dixie Dicks


Gotta love them Dixie Dicks. "Straddling the Mississippi from Proctor, AR to Memphis, TN. Topping the charts and bottoming too." This is country for the different good ole' boys. DD released an EP with songs called 'Carol of the Dicks' and 'Pray the Straight Away', only one track is up for free listening, a lyric excerpt:
Cum down my chimney
Slide inside, stroke your dick
by the light of the tree
Cum down my chimney
I'll wake up and see.

Even if it's not your orientation, have a listen:

Randy Spike Conspiracy

Randy Spike is a one man conspiracy, or band, who likes making Burger Records-like indiepunk with smart lyrics - on his debut are songs called Britany Spears will have her revenge on Long Island and My Girlfriend works for the CIA. His just-released Christmas track is noisey in a Wall of Punk-vein. Again, with smart lyrics:

Eugene Kelly & Carla J. Easton

Ah, that Wall of Sound. Very few things say 'Christmas!' as good as a lot of strings, fat drums & heavy guitars as merry ol' Phil's productional invention. Listen to this duet, taken from an interesting looking compilation by Olive Grove Records. Eugene we know from The Vaselines, Carla's a member of TeenCanteen. This sounds classic to us:

Friday, December 08, 2017

Sleigh Shakers


Jingle that bell aloud honey, for the legendary Dutch rebel rousin' Sleigh Shakers are back again! They're rocking around the Christmas tree like there's no tomorrow, with an EP featuring two originals and one Albert King/Mack Rice-revisit. Harmonica Galore! All tracks should be on Soundcloud HERE (keep an eye out), but are on Spotify right now. We like this track bestest:

V.D. King

Already spotted by Mistletunes, this cool Beatlesque Christmas song by Better Off Dead's V.D. King:

BRUUT

Probably up on their Bandcamp later today, but I want to be the first to post this great instrumental souljazz track by smart dressed Dutch jazz outfit BRUUT. I'm a sucker for that organ sound, what can I say?



UPDATE: and on Bandcamp:

Thursday, December 07, 2017

London humor

London duo The Rhythm Method are a funny bunch. Apart from sleigh bells and name dropping, there is a lot of laughing in their seasonal song:  'Christmas Special'. Another funny detail; the video timer says the recording is made on December 25, 2017!






a wise man christmas

Former Late Of The Pier member Samuel Eastgate (aka Sam Dust) now goes under the name LA Priest. If he hears the sound of sleigh bells he transforms in LA Wise Man. And so he wrote this catchy and noise 'All I Want For X-mas Is Rock & Roll'. A great song with echoes of T.Rex and Slade!


Sexy X-mas

About Seattle girl band Thunderpussy, Bandcamp has written: "This new Seattle sex bomb will blow up in your face". Their dress code seems to be sexy, specially during their energetic concerts. For the holiday season they recorded a great version of  'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)', the 1963 Phil Spector classic from Darlene Love. It also features Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.




Miracle Legion

If you know Miracle Legion, you're over 35 years old and have a strong urge to dig deeper when it comes to music. Miracle Legion were a cult band in the 80s, often compared to R.E.M. but never as big. Read Thom Yorke's ode to the band HERE. ML disbanded half way the nineties, but sprang to life in 2016. They released new material, and yes, two Christmas covers. Blue Christmas and The Little Drummer Boy. Truth be told, they're not that brilliant, but the singing is still great, and so is that guitar sound. (I'm playing Closer to the Wall again, what a song!)

Tom Waits

Happy birthday mr Tom Waits!

Remington Super 60

More vintage sounding (or should we say, nostalgic) Christmas pop, here from Norwegian retro-hipsters Remington Super 60. It's a bit desafinado, which we like. And that organ is gorgeous too.

Mrs Claus

Sex and Christmas, someone should make a playlist with songs about getting it on under the tree. This track by Kevin Andrew Prchal (yep, he's been here before) could easily be on that list. It's not profane, but you know what's going on when Mrs Claus is alone on the North Pole, and she has some of her 'naughty boys' over. And some toys. You can guess the rest. It's a vintage sounding, jazz-infused track. Crooner style. We like it.

a traditional trash metal X-mas

Berlin trash metal band Exxperior released a seasonal EP last year, which we missed. But now there is a sing-a-long video from their long version of the traditional 'A Christmas Carol'. They call it a trash metal musical. And that's exactly what it is: explosive material with influences from Alice Cooper and Savatage.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Still A Great Night

No idea who this is, or why he chose to re-do his Still A Great Night song, but he did. And we're glad. For this Nada Surf/Talking Heads-hybrid (Popular/Once in a Lifetime get lyrical nods) is a Great F'ing Song. Is it about Melania, about Trump? Who knows. Could be. We just sing a long. Loudly.

Johnny Hallyday

Il est mort, Johnny Hallyday. Remembered for a lot of things, from his translation of rock to French/France, for his attitude, but also for this French Christmas classic:

Goddammit Jeremiah

"Santa baby, it hasn't been my finest year, I know/I've been a bit of a shit/Santa baby, but maybe they deserved it?".
Interesting take here on the classic 'Santa Baby', just as all the songs on this album taking twists and turns with well-known seasonal songs. Goddammit Jeremiah is a collective featuring Jacqui, who we all know of Expendable Friend (see HERE), who got fed up with the usual Christmas tracks and decided to indiepunk things up a bit. It's as funny as it is good!

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

What nobody wants on Christmas Eve

'Here's a song I wrote with Mikey Erg, a Christmas song. About something that people don't think about at Christmas. Maybe they should.' So begins this song by Canadian comedian Conor Ratliff. And yes, this is something to muse about.

Korean Kristmas

Oh yes, this is the stuff this blog was designed for people. A South Korean Christmas album. It's basically a beatbox, some twangy guitar and a guy or a girl singing in Korean. No clue what they're on about, but that's not a problem at all. See the cover (Santa with a shotgun!), listen to this track:

Mighty Sparrow

There's always room for the Classics here at CAGG. So when Radiophone Archives decided to put Christmas With Sparrow (1964) on Bandcamp, we're making room on this blog to let you know that this is a) NOT a calypso album, but b) an album with Christmas classics that can compete with the bestest x-mas crooning out there. Quote: "In a more just universe, Sparrow would be recognized for his enormous musical legacy. He's not the Elvis of Calypso. He's not the Sinatra, Dylan or Beatles of Calypso. He's the Mighty Sparrow of Calypso."

outer space x-mas

In the eighties I released a serie of three special cassettes, 'Oscar's X-mas Carols'. I invited befriended musicians like Pascal Comelade, Ptôse, Legendary Pinkdots, Van Kaye & Ignit, Grandmaster O or Doxa Sinstra to contribute a track. It's all experimental and electronic stuff. Some of it we now call Minimal Wave.
Spanish label Domestica just a released 'X-mas Card From Outer Space', a sort of Best Off Oscar's X-mas Carols, on LP only. The drawing on the sleeve is made by Dutch designer Max Kisman. If you like adventurous and unusual festive music, check out this LP here. The title track comes from the Dutch outfit Ende Shneafliet.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Azimuth A.D.

There's the Brazilian Azymuth, UK jazz outfit Azimuth, metalband Azimuth, and there's Azimuth A.D.. There's a homepage with very little info (HERE), what I do know is that these guys challenge the Beach Boys vocally. Harmony overload, people. Listen to this:

Merry Navidad

Tamu & J'Aime are Spanish. Their label, El Nébula Recordings comes from Pamplona. On their noisy Navidad single, released in an edition of 250, they sing in Spanish.  I prefer the B-side,  'Navidades Sin Ti'. It has lots of sleigh bells and reminds me of The Jesus & Mary Chain. You can listen to it here.

If I don't make it through this Christmas

Quote:
If I don't make it through this Christmas, Have a drink on me, Put all of my belongings, Under some poor family's tree, Dress me up like Santa, Deck me out in mistletoe, Sing "O, Hallelujah" And bury me in snow.

Nope. This is not a fun song, but a good one nonetheless. Ragtime jazz, with a strong female vocalist. This could be a classic in the making. UPDATE: Turns out that it is a classic, for the song is from 2013.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Caro Emerald & Metropole Orchestra

If Santa Baby-like songs are your thing, try this collab between Dutch retro-singer Caro Emerald and Dutch Metropole Orchestra. Big bands do work for Christmas, I'd say. Not the first Christmassong from Caro, she did a (re-recorded) duet with Brook Benton.

Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth

Yes, that's the former 80s pop queen Kim Wilde, together with Brit metal parody act Lawnmower Deth. The latter once recorded a metallurgic version of the former's biggest hit. My guess is that this one will pop up on very few Xmas mixes. But then again, we do promise you to present you the weird stuff too.


Via SWOT

On Spotify

If it's Spotify you use, please follow our yearly round up of the 2017 Christmas tunes, HERE.

Angry Snowmans

J'oi to the world! They're back, the hardcore/punk-outfit Angry Snowmans, with a record that'll make you slamdance with the Christmas tree. I don't recognise every rework (for they cover punk and hardcore songs with added Christmas spirit), but this FEAR-cover I do know:

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Bubblegum Lemonade/The Perfect English Weather

Bubblegum Lemonade is a guy from Glasgow called Laz (hence his EP's called Laz Christmas) who like The Velvet Underground, The Byrds and Postcard Records artists. He recorded quite a list of albums. Two of the songs from the EP are featured on Soundcloud. Not a good voice, but Laz has a thing for writing catchy melodies:



Labelmates The Perfect English Weather recorded a gorgeous melancholic song, Christmas in Suburbia:

merry x-mas from gaspard royant

One of CAGG's  favorite artists is French singer Gaspard Royant. Last month we posted a new single, but now we proudly present his first "Album de Noël". In 2009 he released his first record. His second album, from 2016, is produced by Edwyn Collins. He likes the sixties but also (Northern) soul. Since 2014 he released  Christmas songs every year. They are all compiled on 'Wishing You A Merry Christmas'. Apart from three songs of his own he does a lot of covers like 'Everythings's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas'  from The Eels. But also known songs like  'Last Christmas' or even 'White Christmas', but never boring. The album closes with 'New Year's Day' a surprising make over from the U2 song. In this video, from radio Europe 1, you can find out more from his very nice X-mas album.

It's Christmas on earth


Sacred Bones Records releases a one time coloured (red or green) 7 inch, in an edition of 500, from the Danish outfit Marching Church. Their 'Christmas On Earth' is a sad and dark carol about a parental kidnapping. "Lost custody to the bitch, I deserve to see my kids" are the last words of this unusual song. The B-side is an absolutely weird version of 'White Christmas'.

Friday, December 01, 2017

The New Fever

If you're from Denmark, it's pretty obvious you sing about the cold in your Christmas song, no? The New Fever have a The National-kinda take on the season. With autotune. It's slow, it's electronic, it's charming.

Oh No It's Christmas!

This starts like a Gary Glitter cover, but is an original (at least, that's what I think) song by Irish band Session Motts.


It comes from a compilation by The Co-Present, a radio show. From the site: 'A Co-Present Christmas album in aid of Pieta House features a Collection of Christmas cover versions and original songs by an eclectic mix of Irish artists. Compiled and curated by Dwayne Woods Presenter and Producer of Irish Music Radio show The Co-Present on Dublin Digital Radio.'

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Freedom Fry

The duo Freedom Fry just released their Holiday Soundtrack EP, with their takes on classic songs like "God rest ye merry gentlemen" and "Greensleeves". Their take meaning that these songs are instrumentals (ok with some humming). "Next Christmas" is a proper track, and a beauty as well.

The Clear

Our festive friends over at Lie In the Sound spotted this gem a few days ago. The Sheffield (UK) band made a Divine Comedy-ish track, that would fit well in a bitter sweet x-mas song list.

Lapland

The nice thing about running this blog, is that Chistmas enthusiasts share songs with you. Odd songs, bad songs, fantastic songs, songs you never heard before. A fantastic song I'd never heard before is 'Maybe on Christmas' by Brooklyn-based Lapland (an artist I'd never heard of). It's three years old, but needs more plays. Thanks T55 for sharing, if you like Prefab Sprout-/Babybird-ish, genteel pop with a true Christmas spirit, check out this:



Of course, CU posted this back in 2014.

Make Like Monkeys

'Christmas morning, you had gone, without a warning'. Ain't that a bummer. Make Like Monkeys wrote a great, short song about that intense feeling, in a powerpop, Dave Edmunds/Nick Lowe-ish style.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Sami & Meg



Christmas is a time to break hearts, apparently. 'I saw her in the window jingling your bells', Sami and Meg sing in this delicious revenge song. It's sweet, it's lo-fi, it's great.

DMX

By DMX we do mean the rapper. And yes, it's a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer-cover. Decide for yourself if it's weird or wonderful:

Cold Fins

This is VERY good, organ-drenched, jangly Christmas rock with a vintage feel, and a heartwarming message: 'It won't be Christmas time if you're not here'. Christmas Underground dug this one up, time to spread it as much as we can. Please guys, put it on Spotify and/or Bandcamp.

Santa cross the border

What if...Santa was an illegal immigrant?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

No more Christmas with the Killers

Between 2006 and 2016 The Killers released a yuletide track every year. Last year they were all compiled on the album 'Don't Waste Your Wishes'. But it seems they want to stop with this festive tradition. On Australian TV Channel 10 Killers frontman Brandon Flowers said: “We are finished with the Christmas song game, but we’re proud of what we did. We did 11 songs.” There is a chance that the album will be released on LP this year.
We're a bit sad and will surely miss the annual Killers song. Not only because they were so different and original but also because of the great and sometimes silly videos. So for the last time...here's the clip (starts at 5.20) and the making of 'Joel, The Lump Of Coal' (2014). And watch those utterly ugly sweaters. Have fun!

CAGG Give Away!



Want that wonderful A Balladeer Christmas EP, which you can hear HERE and HERE, but got no money? Enter our contest, so you can get your hands on that transparent 10-inch vinyl! What to do? Tell us your favourite December memory, in about 300 words, and we'll pick the best one before X-mas. Send to dringendgeval@hotmail.com, don't forget your address!

Monday, November 27, 2017

xmas in seattle

Dude York are a Seattle based threesome and they present an awful lot of great rocking grunchy X-mas songs on their first festive album 'Halftime For The Holidays', out on Hardly Art. All the songs from this, two boys and a girl, trio are great catchy originals. In some of them you can clearly hear influences of Bachman-Turner Overdrive or Dandy Warhols! Their only cover is 'Silent Night' and you never heard it so loud! Listen to their great X-mas version of BTO's 'Takin' Care Of Business'(from 1973).

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hattie Cooke


'I'm 26, but still beguiled, by Christmas eve', sings Hattie Cooke with her girlie voice over an ethereal organ track, the highlight on the THIRD27 cassette. A compilation by Third Kind Records, a UK based cassette label. Most tracks on this comp are instrumental and feature electronics, very atmospherical but none had so much appeal (to me) as this Cooke-song. If you like Hattie, try her album, featuring a song called Winter and one called Happy New Year, HERE.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Katie King

'Holiday Smoke Break at Tina's Place', there's no way you can NOT love a Christmas song with that title. We know we love it. Katie King wrote this in 2015, as she says herself, "in a crowded McKibben loft basement with the help of Barbara Masseorni. They had just been challenged by their roommates to write a song in 30 minutes. In 2015 Aly Jay made put music to the song in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was recorded by Jeff Lusby on the last week of November in Flagstaff. And it was cold in November, too." It's too short, we think, but great nonethelses.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Darcy's

A slow burning, blue-eyed soul-ish Christmas track by Canadian duo The Darcy's is out now. It's great. No really, it is:

Martha

Let's call this a seasonal song by Brit alt-rockband Martha. To quote them: 'Having been battered by the cruelty of this Tory Government, "The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues", is a reminder that in spite of it all, we have love on our side. It's bittersweet; it's about the horrors of austerity and desperation but finding power in the tiny acts of resistance - whether it’s being in love or simply putting the heating on.'
Gear up, for this is high octane:

Ricky in December


Dutch alt.country diva Ricky Koole just released a Christmas mix of her seasonal December song - with bells on, so to speak. If Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline rock your world (and rightly so), this is for you:

christmas on a lathe cut

This is very special. A lathe cut is a record which is cut manually. It's a lot of work but this way you can make a very limited edition.  Avant-garde muscian Sacha Mullin from Chicago, did release his 'Night Of Silence EP' as a very limited lathe cut, in an edition of 25. It has three tracks: ' St. Lucia/ Night Of Silence', 'Kissing The Christmas Killer' (a Japanese original) and 'Gloria'. You can also get the songs digital. On his bandcamp, where you can also listen to these remarkable tracks.



indie girl christmas

London based indie girl band Girl Ray have a nice 7 inch out on Moshi Moshi: '(I Wish I Were Giving You A Gift) This Christmas'. In 2016 they covered 'Christmas Wrapping'. This is their own song but the B-side has a cover, 'I'll Be Home For Christmas'.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Reindeer Tribe


Yep, also back, 'ecology' Reindeer Tribe, a collective of great musicians and singers from SoCal who write (in 2015, this was SUCH a beauty) and remake Christmas faves. Mostly in an early rock'n roll style (think Roy Orbison), it's like celebrating the holidays with crinoline dresses and silver spurs. Love it, every year.

A Very Cherry Christmas #12

You know the drill, Cherryrade Records compiles one of the best indie x-mas records of the year, it's NOT available for download, you pay a ridicilous low price for such a great cd, and Bob's yer uncle! A Very Cherry Christmas #12 is here. This is the riot grrrl-ish taster track by Danish band Shrill Fit. Our order's in.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

an Irie xmas

They were already out in 2016, but Jump Up Records did a repressing this year from two great reggae 7 inches.  Brooklyn Attractors are a ska/reggae band from New York their single on red vinyl, is called 'Christmas Inna Babylon'. Roger Riva is the keyboard player from The Aggrolites and he does great versions of 'Jingle bells' and 'Deck The Halls on his single pressed on white vinyl.
Listen to the Brooklyn Attractors here.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Zach Smith

Just a reminder that the Bloodshot Records Christmas album is out now. We posted about it earlier. The full album is up on all the known music services, three songs you can hear on Bandcamp. Including this great depressed ballad (below). Please listen to the beautiful Paul Kelly-cover by All Our Exes Live In Texas.

Supertonic

Not to be confused with the Canadian hard rock band of the same name, UK's Supertonic is a fourpiece, making Primitives-like (i.e. loud guitars, girlie voice) music. Their X-mas single is out now:

BIS

Yes! Keep'm coming!

The Liminanas

More divine leftfield Christmas tunes from Snowflakes, this wobbly X-mas tune by French vintage garage rockers Liminanas:

Seafang

Stop what you're doing, plug into this. THIS is the sh*t people, this is what this blog is all about. Seafang's contribution to the wonderful Snowflakes Singles Club is on fire! 'Happy when it snows' is written in that Lush/J&MC/shoegaze vibe we love so much. The other track is a cool Primitives-cover.



Check out the Snowflakes blog for more great odd X-mas tunes from last year.

an indie xmas

The boys and girl from the Californian indie pop band Echosmith (their name is a combination of Echo & The Bunnymen and The Smiths) surprise us with their 'An Echosmith Christmas' EP. It contains three songs, from which two are covers: 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' and 'I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day' .


Monday, November 20, 2017

A Clarkson Christmas Eve

Former American Idol (2002) winner Kelly Clarkson has a Xmas tune out. Although she is often referred as "Queen Of Covers" her song is a self penned original.  'Christmas Eve' is the follow-up of her successful holiday album 'Wrapped In Red' from 2013.

sleeping with christmas?

American rock band Sleeping With Sirens are slowly becoming less hard rock and more poppy. Their seasonal song 'Christmas On The Road' is in fact all acoustic. And, very nicely, they also sing "All I want for Christmas is you" as part of their lyrics.

Laurence Made Me Cry

Great bandname, great song. 'Pavement-meets-Pinkerton-era Weezer", to quote CU, who caught this before we did. Listen:

WORLD PREMIERE: Julia P.

Dutch indie-queen Julia P. (formerly known als Julia P. Hersheimer, her mum calls her Marloes) wrote and recorded a FANTASTIC vintage sounding Christmas song. It has it all, the bells, the chorus, the merry atmosphere. To us, it sounds like a sister song to the great Fay Lovsky smash.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Gaspard Royant

This guy never disappoints:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Ghosts of Christmas Past

Originally from 1981, the famous 'Ghosts Of Christmas Past' compilation has been re-released by Les Disques Du Crépuscule several times. In 2015 as a double CD with 35 tracks, a lot more than the original LP. Now the accompanying double LP, from this CD version, is out. It contains 23 tracks from which three, from Deux Filles, Buscemi and Gavin Bryars, are not on the CD version, in fact they are brand new for this compilation.  But old '81 favorites like Tuxedomoon, Aztec Camera and Durutti Column are still part of this double LP.



Thursday, November 16, 2017

instrumental xmas

Chicago based guitarist Joel Paterson made a wonderful instrumental album with his guitar as main character. 'Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar'  is not only a great title but it's cover is also very nice and retro. It could easily be a sixties album. The music has that same feeling: one moment you seem to hear Chet Atkins and the other Les Paul passes by. All fourteen instrumentals have been recorded this summer in Paterson's home studio, sometimes based on Youtube videos he made earlier. He does convincing  covers of songs like 'Jingle Bell Rock', 'Blue Christmas', 'Silver Bells' or 'Mele Malikimaka'.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Moogieman

The Red X-Mas EP by Moogieman is just what the doctor ordered, in this (until now) meagre x-mas music season. Moogieman refers musically to Devo, Soft Cell and (apparently) early Pink Floyd. Though the title track is the winner on this four track offering, I'm posting the moody (and dead funny) second track:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fitz And The Tantrums single

LA based Fitz And The Tantrums have their holiday 7 inch from 2010 'Santa Stole My Lady' available again. According to the band:"One of the big guy's elves found a box in the band's storage unit". You can find it in various stocking stuffer holiday bundles in their pop-up Xmas shop, here!


Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Let it Snow

We had the lyric video, now there's this beauty, made from 8mm film shot by A Balladeer's mum. This is gorgeous.

Monday, November 06, 2017

The beatles and Christmas

Around the holiday season between 1963 and 1969 The Beatles used to send out a flexi-disc with a Xmassy content to all their fanclub members. These floppy singles are now worth a fortune and very rare. I have even never seen one! There is almost no music on these singles. Most of the content is funny improvised Christmas wishes from the Fab Four to the fanclub members, the so called Beatle People. 
The seven holiday messages were titled The Beatles Christmas Record (1963), Another Beatles Christmas Record (1964), The Beatles Third Christmas Record (1965), Pantomime -- Everywhere It's Christmas (1966), Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1967), The Beatles Sixth Christmas Record (1968), which includes a guest appearance by Tiny Tim singing the Beatles song “Nowhere Man,” and The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record (1969). 
In the limited edition 7 inch boxset, 'Happy Christmas Beatle People', the seven flexies have turned into colorful singles in the original sleeves. Expected release: december 15.

Catholic Action

They speak of Christmas eve and the new year, so in my book, Catholic Action's 'New Year' counts as a Christmas song. It's a chanty tune, comparisons to Slade are on point. CA are from Glasgow and best known for their ode to Rita Ora.

Swedish folk christmas

We wrote about her in 2013 and 2015, Swedish folk singer songwriter Sofia Talvik. For ten years she recorded a self written winter/Christmas song every year, all more or less acoustic. The songs focus often on the darker side of Christmas. This year she re-did the songs to put them on an official album: 'When Winter Comes'. The album was planned to be released in 2016, but just as Sofia was working on it, her bathroom flooded and she had to choose between renovating the bathroom or finishing the album. But november 24 the album with 14 originals will be released, you can order it here.

Friday, November 03, 2017

A Balladeer lets it snow

Well, that esecalated quickly, in less than a week, Dutch bard A Balladeer crowdfunded his Christmas album. And the first track is out now (not a cover):

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

AN EXTRAORDINAIRE SIA CHRISTMAS

World famous singer songwriter, producer, music video director and Top 40 artist Sia will release her first Christmas album 'Everyday Is Christmas' (release november 17th).  It contains 10 very original self penned songs with titles like 'Puppies Are Forever', 'Ho Ho Ho' or 'Underneath The Christmas Lights '. The first single from the album, 'Santa's Coming For Us' makes me very excited about the rest of the songs.

PUNK ROCK CHRISTMAS

Punk, Xmas and vinyl is a cool combination. Cleopatra Records from America just released her great punk compilation Punk Rock Christmas from 2015 on a limited edition red vinyl LP. If you dig older bands like Slaughter & The Dogs, UK Subs, The Vibrators, Bankrupt, 45 Grave or the Members, than this seems to be an OK holiday present.  And it soon feels like Christmas!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Carol of the Ukrain

Carol of the Bells is a well-known Christmas carol, based on a Ukrainian folk chant. Synth lord David Sprinkle (from Washington, Vancouver) decided to have that sung in the original language by a synthesizer plug in called Megurine Luka. And that goes something like this:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Nine brand new x-mas tracks by A Balladeer!

Well, not yet that is... For now they're still at a crowdfunding stage. But you can already pre-order or make your donation. All songs are originally written by A Balladeer, so no commonplace covers. Get ready for 25 minutes of melancholia (Let It Snow), cynicism (Christmas From Hell) and some everlasting hope (Not Only During Christmas).

This project will not only be available on vinyl and CD, but also on tape cassette!
Not familiar with A Balladeer? Check out these two fine playlists.

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Eckhardt & The House

One-man project Eckhardt & The House is lead by Rik Elstgeest. If you're a connaisseur of Dutch leftfield pop, you know Rik of Alamo Race Track, Mass Electric and various projects. In 2015, this blog missed his WONDERFUL christmas single, based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. Singer is Marleen Scholten, who has a gorgeous hoarse voice. It has a 60s vibe, with modern touches. Love this beauty.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bloodshot Christmas

This looks promising folks, a compilation by Bloodshot Records, your to-go-to-label when it comes to roots music. They're teasing with a fine track by James Elkington, below, but PLEASE put that Barrence Whitfield track online asap!

Synthmas

Total sucker for this:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Headache 24

An X-Mas Tragedy, sung with distorted vocals over guitars with fuzzboxes and an Oompah Loompah-drumbeat. We're all up for that, no? Canadian quartet Headache 24 released this single on January first of this year. Time to re-discover, we say.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

X-Mas Donkey

I like everything about this, the bandname, the Fountains of Wayne-ish sounding song, the synth, the lyrics.

Monday, October 09, 2017

A Rock by the Sea #8

The eight volume of Rock by the Sea annual Christmas comp is on Bandcamp, money goes to charity as always. To be honest, the songs are a bit bland, you should check out for yourself of course, but nothing really stood up. 'Cept maybe for this rocking rendition of Stevie Wonder's Christmas classic:

Aaaaand we're back

It's almost that time of the year again folks, so CAGG Team is (slowly) starting, posting the bestests oddest weirdest greatest seasonal tunes we can lay our hands on. We kick off with this power pop tune by Italian/American all-female band Shantih Shantih, released on Bandcamp in January of this year.



And yes, our good friends over @ SAnowflakes Singles Club are at it again also. Feast your eyes on the upcoming vinyl HERE. Liminanas & Pascal Comelade?! WOWZERS