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Happy holidays, VCers!

 

I'm on the hunt for some fresh holiday music, looking specifically for things that are slightly off the snow-tromped path. What are some of your favorites?

 

To stoke the fire I'll offer a few favorites of my own: the album Quality Street by Nick Lowe and the song The Week Between by Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick. Recordings of past Aimee Mann Christmas shows are also a staple in our house this time of year -- they are funny and freewheeling and loopy. Her cover of the Snow Miser/Heat Miser song is great fun, and Calling on Mary has a kind of mournful, searching beauty that ventures beyond the often narrow emotional terrain of the holiday music genre.

 

Thanks, and here's wishing you all a healthy and festive holiday season.

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My all time Christmas Classics:

  • A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
  • Christmas Cookin - Jimmy Smith
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas - Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Songs for Christmas - Sufjan Stevens
  • Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Nutcracker Suite - Duke Ellington
  • The New Possibility - John Fahey's Guitar Soli Christmas Album

Other Great Christmas Albums:

  • Christmas Caravan - Squirrel Nut Zippers
  • Christmas in the Heart - Bob Dylan
  • We Three Kings - Reverend Horton Heat
  • A Very She & Him Christmas - She & Him
  • Silver & Gold - Sufjan Stevens
  • A Dave Brubeck Christmas - Dave Brubeck
  • In the Christmas Spirit - Booker T & The MGs
  • The Classic Christmas Album - George Jones & Tammy Wynette
  • Christmas Songs - Diana Krall
  • Someday at Christmas - Stevie Wonder
  • Christmas with Kitty Wells - Kitty Wells
  • Soul Christmas - a Stax compilation
  • Natty Christmas - Jacob Miller
  • Sound of Christmas - Ramsey Lewis Trio
  • Jingle All the Way - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
  • Christmas - Low
  • Llego a Navidad - Los Lobos
  • Hi-Fi Christmas Guitar - Joel Paterson
  • A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra - Frank Sinatra
  • Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson
  • A Soulful Christmas - James Brown

And there you have it - other than some individual songs, every album on my xmas playlist mix. 

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I am sucker for Neil Diamond, so I was kinda excited when I came across new vinyl copy of the below for $7 -- but it is completely dull and listless. Had to spin Dylan's Christmas cd twice to cleanse our decorating palate.

Also dug through my parents old records and came across an old Peggy Lee Christmas record from the early 60's, which was rather delightful 

 

 

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I'm curious how others feel. I found it unlistenable when it first came out. I re-listened to quite a bit of it just now, same reaction. 

 

I have always enjoyed the instrumentation and the background vocals --- I will be the first admit that I am a Dylan 'apologist' - but, I never thought this record was phoned in.

 

My 10 and 7 year old didn't complain this year --- actually I don't think they have ever complained about it. 

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Been listed above but I like this version as I'm a big fan of Glenn Richards

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GALNvntMEeU

 

Also St Etienne:-

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhXJb6S3z38

 

And in the so bad it's good from the 70s category:-

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyy0Leo3Lw4

 

Don't worry, you'll be singing it to yourself later ...

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Bruce Cockburn - Christmas

I love Bruce Cockburn -- Bruce Cockburn Live was on heavy rotation in my dad's house when I was a kid -- but somehow missed that he did a Christmas album. Will check it out!

 

 

I Want an Alien For Christmas-Fountains of Wayne.

After just a few days, this one has already become one of my kids' favorites. Thank you!

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Spiraling - Do You hear What I Hear (Baba O'Riley mash up)

 

Pearl Jam - Don't Believe In Christmas - (Original by The Sonics but this version is easier on the ears).

 

Pearl Jam - Santa God

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I love Bruce Cockburn -- Bruce Cockburn Live was on heavy rotation in my dad's house when I was a kid -- but somehow missed that he did a Christmas album. Will check it out!

 

 

After just a few days, this one has already become one of my kids' favorites. Thank you!

 

Yeah, that Bruce Christmas album is great. Mostly traditionals, with one original. Bruce is in fine form, and there's no Tin Pan Alley crap.

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I love Bruce Cockburn -- Bruce Cockburn Live was on heavy rotation in my dad's house when I was a kid -- but somehow missed that he did a Christmas album. Will check it out!

 

 

After just a few days, this one has already become one of my kids' favorites. Thank you!

It is just a really dumb, fun song. If Dominic the Donkey gets regular radio play, this one should too!

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