Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Santa Planet

Songs like this, a christmas track chock full of 80s synthibleeps, that's what this blog is looking for. Weird, but fun. And a good track, too.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Something Shocking from the Stocking!

I mean, would could possibly be wrong with a compilation called Something Shocking from the Stocking? Especially when you know Sabbath Santa is behind this, the band that uses Black Sabbath riffs to spice up Christmas tracks. Because, well, "there’s something about the pagan roots of the holiday, that winter festival that everybody participated in, back in the old days, make it adaptable to heavy music". So, here are two examples of that:



Sunday, November 11, 2018

Exclusive preview: Tangarine

Dutch duo Tangarine (Arnout + Sander Brinks) made quite an impression earlier with their well-crafted Christmas songs. Like THIS one. And THIS one. These guys know what a solid Xmas track needs: bells, melancholia, a bit of fun and choirs! So, with extreme delight, this blog may preview their newest. An uptempo countryrocker, about the lights, not so silent nights, bells (of course) and a genuine love for Christmas. LOVING this big time!
It's officially out on November 16, on all the usual platforms. But it's here already:

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

JD McPherson

This is the best Christmas album of the year. Yes, already. It doesn't get any better than this. Trust me on this.

Stars

I love artists who dare to be desafinado (off-key). Take The Catenary Wires, Rob and Amelia , who listened to a lot of 60s girl-group pop and thought (allegedly), hey, we're not Ronnie Spector or Scott Walker, be we sure love to play music and write songs so let's do it. And their contribution to 'Stars', a compilation by WIAIWYA is right up our alley. A song about setting fire to a christmas tree, with a wall-of-sound-ish backing, how can you NOT love this? This is the first track of what promises to be a cool compilation. Stay tuned!

Monday, November 05, 2018

a star trek xmas


Star Trek actor William Shatner (Captain Kirk) has a real Christmas album out: 'Shatner Claus-The Christmas Album'. On the CD/LP  only traditionals, except 'One For You, One For Me'. Shatner provides narration for all the classics. For the singing and some of the music he came up with a bunch  of unexpected guest musicians from all over the music scene. Like Henri Rollins, Judy Collins, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Rick Wakeman or Brad Paisley. Production work has been done by J├╝rgen Engler (yes, the guy from German band Die Krupps). Off course Iggy Pop joins the party with an unusual cover of 'Silent Night'.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

CHRISTMAS TIME IS ALMOST HERE

Within two months i tis that time of the year. After two albums Houston trio Khruangbin thought it was time for a seasonal 7 inch (green vinyl !). So they covered  the Vince Guaraldi holiday classic “Christmas Time Is Here,” from the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. (Release november 16, 2018)

Trainwreck Dept

Released in April, so right on time, this lo-fi Xmas track by prolific Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt, who also releases albums solo and under the moniker Crystal Shipsss.

Hello again!

Aaaaaaand we're back! We kick off the new season of alt.Christmas songs with Psychic Dancehall, aka Hollie Cook & Charles Rowell (of Crocodiles) and their 80s funkin' Santa is a freak. If the sample sounds familiair, it's from THIS track. Thanks to Christmas Underground for this!