You can download the track and share it.
Merry Christmas from Fitz and the Tantrums. Check out their free Christmas tune, Santa Stole My Lady.
You can download the track and share it.
What says Merry Christmas like “Dropkick Murphys?” The Boston-based band has a new Christmas song, The Season’s Upon Us, and video out. You can see the video below and buy the track at the usual digital retailers.
The track is a bonus on the band’s latest Signed and Sealed in Blood, that comes out January 8, 2013.
Love Animals? Love Christmas? Massachussetts-based The Organ Beats organized a multi-band Christmas song for Charity. The song is, This Christmas. Money raised will go to The Mission of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angell Animal Medical Center.
Ron Ragona (Spring Heeled Jack, Lost City Angels) and Nick Bacon (Lost City Angels, The Pilfers, Miss Derringer) added music to the track. You can get the song on The Organ Beats bandcamp page.
You can make a donation and download the track ($1 minimum) and the money goes directly to the charity.
Sleepy Rebels sent out info and links to their video, A Very Sleepy Christmas (featuring the song Sweet Things), and their Christmas tune, California Christmas, some time ago. I lost it but all is not lost! The track is above and the video below. The record is Bah! Humbug an I am sure you can find copies around, on Powerful Company.
Carolyn Sills has a holiday single, George Bailey, just out. Check out the video below. Now, you may recognize the name—everyone has seen the movie—from It's A Wonderful Life.
Lots of cool Christmas music out there from a wide variety of artists. Why does my car radio Christmas station keep playing the same old tired versions? Gee Whiz. You can check out, George Bailey, at Carolyn Sills Website HERE.
Christmas Time Is Here
Leyla Akdogan and Sean Hoffman, of Loch & Key, released their first CD, Jupiter’s Guide For Submariners, in September. The two hail from L.A. and don’t suck at all. I say that because…well….L.A.? Music….?
Anyway the two will be playing the 51st Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion between 3 and 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve Pacific Standard Time. The show will be on TV (KCET Channel 28), on radio at LPFK 90.7 and streaming at KCET.org.
The two had a long holiday interview which was interesting. I choose to include one part of it—their recipe for mulled wine.
“When choosing a wine for mulling, pick something full-bodied, as
heavier reds will better withstand heating and spicing. Cabernet
Sauvignon, Syrah or Shiraz, and Zinfandel. Port and other types of
fortified wine may also be used; however, when using these wines the
amount of sugar added should be greatly reduced or even eliminated
Mulled Wine Recipe
1 bottle (750mL) red wine
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup of raw sugar, maple syrup or honey
2 sticks cinnamon
4 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Zest of 1 orange
-In a large pot, bring the water and spices to a slow boil for five
-Remove from heat, add wine, and then warm on low heat for 30 minutes.
-Make sure not to let the wine boil, as this will burn off the alcohol
and destroy the flavours.
-After the wine is done heating, strain through fine cheesecloth and
serve. Makes 4 servings.
Even though they say they just buy the packets at Trader Joes...Lazy bastards...
Christmas Baby Please Come Home
Slow Club’s debut, Yeah, So, came out earlier this year to general acclaim. The EP, Christmas, Thanks For Nothing was available in Europe previously and comes out Dec 14 (which I think is tomorrow).
There are some originals and a couple of Darlene Love classics. Have a listen above.
Prettiest Little Present
Jenny O released her ep, Home, on Manimal, November 30th and a holiday single, Get Down For The Holidays via everyone’s favorite retailer (Target…no..seriously except for all the right wing anti-gay stuff, I love Target).
Now you can hear her second Christmas single, Prettiest Little Present, all over the internet and above.
O is a Californian folk singer with a touch of jazz and a dash of hippy-era pop. She will have a residency in February at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles.
Summer Camp Christmas Wrapping
Summer Camp have the Holiday Spirit. And you can listen to this spirit in their cover of The Waitresses' Christmas Wrapping. The track comes courtesy of the band and Moshi Records.
Summer Camp, a duo out of Britain, released their debut Young (an ep) and are working on a full length record for 2011. The come to the USA to hit SXSW next year as well. I suspect this means they will also be touring the USA or at least doing some other dates around that time too.
You can also click on the titles to see videos for their tracks Round the Moon and Ghost Train.
The Puppini Sisters claim both The Smiths and The Andrews Sisters as influences and they have a Christmas album. Since the Holiday Season is approaching I have decided to post whatever Christmas tunes come my way for free (and conveniently….I am lazy).
The record, Christmas With The Puppini Sisters, (on Verve) is out.
As you may have guessed…they are not actually sisters. It is just a name. They take a “girl group” page out of the 40s and have, indeed, re-recorded hits from that era for the modern one. Likewise they have taken current tunes and “aged” them.
Something very nostalgic about this music, even if its origins are from a time decades before your parents were born (it is very much updated though).
Man…this is not an eloquent post! I am also not going to be suspicious that the "sisters" consist of a pretty blond, redhead and brunette. One of each predominant hair color....