It’s understandable if you haven’t surrendered to the Christmas music machine quite yet, but if you’ve been waiting for the right time to infuse your playlists with yuletide greetings, I recommend heading over to NoiseTrade where you can download Over the Rhine’s Snow Angels for free (with the option to tip the artist and/or spread the word on social media). Snow Angels is a staple in our house during the holidays (cover art by Clint Reno). While you’re at it, check out some other free Christmas music from NoiseTrade.
Lots of bands do Chritmas songs, but only few do full albums of holiday songs and even less do GOOD holiday albums. Squirrel Nut Zippers fall in the latter category, with Christmas Caravan being a fun, festive and unique collection of holiday tunes.
I love Christmas music. For one month it dominates my playlists to the point of unhealthy obsession. Luckily, bands like She and Him continue to put out new recodings, and this year they’ve done a full LP of holiday tunes. Stream the song above and check out the complete tracklisting after the jump.
Bargain shoppers take note! The album is currently onsale for just $5 on Amazon MP3.
Many bands have recorded great Christmas songs, but only few have put together a full album of holiday music that actually works from beginning to end. Marah is one of those acts. A Christmas Kind of Town has a great, fun vibe throughout the whole record and is one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time. Download the MP3 we’ve attached and buy the whole MP3 album on Amazon.
On this first little Columbus-based, mini-compilation of Christmas music, you’ll find some stuff that’s campy, some stuff that’s sincere and some that’s a little bit of both. (Kind of like everything at Christmastime, right?) Here’s the track list:
1. The Guinea Worms – Christmas Booze
2. The Pink Flamingos – Mama, for Christmas I Want a Guitar
3. Tom Foolery & The Mistakes – Christmastime is Here
4. Tom Foolery & The Mistakes – Linus & Lucy
5. The Well-Dressed Downs – Won’t Be Too Long Now
6. Illicit Kitty – The Best Christmas Gift
7. Electric Grandmother – The First Day of Christmas
The Well-Dressed Downs are a new, scruffy folk-pop duo in Columbus. …I know what you’re thinking: “Does Columbus really need another scruffy folk-pop group?” Well, if the group is this promising, then yes. Brad Freeman and Isaac Anderson have only played a couple of shows, but I like what I’ve heard so far. With guitar, banjo, organ and a kick drum, they’re like a more literate, pre-Rubin Avett Brothers, though their home recordings are more subdued and Sufjan-ish. (They’d fit well on a bill with Old Hundred, Our Cat Philip and the like.) You can catch the Well-Dressed Downs at Vic’s (apparently the new name of Victorian’s Midnight Cafe) Jan. 8 and Feb. 12.
On Monday WDD wrote and recorded an original Christmas tune, which you can download above.
(And if Christmas music is your thing, be on the lookout next week for a free download of an in-the-works “Christmas in Columbus” digital compilation.)
Our ’00’s touring ended on an especially high note, with the “Lost Gaijin Tour” of Japan — and our ’10’s are going to start with a bang at two very special shows, Jan 30 at the 92Y Tribeca in New York, and Jan 31 at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. Each of these evenings will feature the first-ever theater screenings of Naomi’s films featured on the DVD, 1001 Nights; a Q&A moderated by Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archive and author of the liner notes to 1001 Nights; an opening set by the extremely talented singer/songwriter Sharon van Etten; and a headlining show by the same line-up that we toured so often earlier this decade, but haven’t for some time: Damon & Naomi with Kurihara.