Anna Rose – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2019

Ready or not, it’s that time of year. It’s the holiday season, which means you’re getting an influx of Christmas songs that you probably either love or hate.

While I stand somewhere in the middle of this group, it’s hard to deny that there is a special place in my heart for a heartwarming Christmas song.
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Taken By Trees – “Holiday”

By Will Oliver, December 9th 2018

Earlier this year, Taken By Trees, the project of Los Angeles’ Victoria Bergsman, released her new album Yellow To Blue via ART:ERY/Shir Records.

She is closing out the year with a festival holiday single, properly entitled “Holiday,” that has that ever so festive comforting sound but also mixed with her trademark dreamy pop sound that is a nice alternative to those many typical Holiday / Christmas songs that we will soon be beaten over the head with across the next few weeks.

Enjoy a stream of “Holiday” below.
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The Hannah Barberas – “Oh Santa Claus!”

By Will Oliver, November 26th 2018

British DIY pop partisans The Hannah Barberas delighted us earlier this year with a set of promising EP’s which gave us tracks such as “Now (Is Here At Last)” and “No Mystery.” The band keep chugging along and have announced their new EP The Hannah Barberas’ Christmas Bandwagon. Not only that, but the EP is for a good cause as all proceeds will be donated to Shelter, making sure no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

Enjoy the cheerful cut “Oh Santa Claus!” which has been released ahead of the EP’s December 7 release. If you dig it, go buy the EP from their Bandcamp and donate to a good cause.
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Blakeley – “Holiday Vinyl”

By Will Oliver, December 28th 2017

Christmas has passed, but hey, we still got a few days until New Years to keep that spirit going. That’s why I’m sharing with you the Holiday-themed offerings “Holiday Vinyl” from Blakeley.

While Christmas themed without a doubt, the track works because it also has this singular, nostalgic quality that allows it to really stand out on her own, almost reminding a bit of the early pre-fame work from Lana Del Rey. It’s a lovely vision from the singer that comes fully realized and honestly a nice change of pace from the overplayed Christmas classics that we are hit over the head with every December.

Take a listen to “Holiday Vinyl” below, which was released via Happy Hound Records.
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Felice Brothers - Felice Navidad

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit yet? You better hurry up, the holiday season is already here, and Christmas is just around the corner. Even if you’re not feeling the spirit, maybe The Felice Brothers can help you out with that. In late November the group release the appropriately titled Felice Navidad EP, featuring five brand new Christmas-themed songs.

Best of all, the proceeds made from the EP (priced at $5.00) will all be donated to the Food Bank of The Hudson Valley. Some Holiday songs for a good cause. What’s not to love?

Get a taste of the EP via EP cut “Country Ham” and it’s music video which urges us all to give back in anyway that we can this Holiday season. Not a bad message, and song. Find it posted below.
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The Cabana Kids – Little Drummer Boy

By Will Oliver, December 24th 2014

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Photo by Eric T. White

It’s Christmas Eve! Hope you all are getting ready to enjoy the Holidays with your loved ones. We usually don’t post Christmas music on these pages, but from time to time if the right song comes around, we will share it with the masses.

You may remember our post on NYC act The Cabana Kids, and they’re terrific track “Sortida.” Well they got into the Christmas spirit and recorded a cover of “Little Drummer Boy.”

It’s a delightful cover of the Christmas classic that will bring some extra cheer to your Christmas day tomorrow. Enjoy it below. Read the rest of this entry »

The National Colbert Christmas

This week on The Colbert Report, Colbert is doing various Christmas carols with various artists. Last night Colbert performed “Silver Bells” with Matt Berninger and Byrce & Aaron Dessner of The National, as well as Gregg Allman.

Even if you’re not one for Christmas songs, you’ll still find enjoyment in this just purely to hear The National covering a Christmas song.

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Christmas music isn’t my thing. Sure, I’ll listen to some the week of the holiday, but that’s about it. Any other time it’s just overkill. I don’t mean to be a kill joy, it’s usually just not my thing. Every now and then I’ll soften up a bit and give some stuff a chance, usually in the form of a good cover or a classic cut (Bing Crosby anyone?) that is hard for even me to hate on. Laurie Cameron did both.

Laurie Cameron is a talented young woman from Scotland that I posted about a while back. Laurie is actually a friend of mine, but that’s not why I’m sharing her music with you. She’s extremely talented, and deserves to be noticed.

She just released two songs that put a refreshing twist on the Christmas genre. One is an actually tolerable version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, the other is an original called “One Christmas Fall”. Both are delicate showcases for Laurie’s beautiful voice, and something that I wouldn’t mind hearing during snowfalls like the one I’m experiencing tonight.

Watch the video for “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home” below, and head here to listen to “One Christmas Fall”.

If you like what you hear, buy the single from Laurie right here.

[new]: Summer Fiction – Christmas Eve For Two

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2011

Summer Fiction are back in the game, giving away a new Christmas themed single called “Christmas Eve For Two” away for free. I’m not the type of guy who listens to Christmas music this early, I tend to wait until it’s the week of. However, I will make an exception for Summer Fiction.

It’s a more solemn take on Christmas cheer, given that it does have that warm Summer Fiction feel.

[mp3]: Summer Fiction – Christmas Eve For Two

Here’s “Chandeliers” just because:

[mp3]: Summer Fiction – Chandeliers