payday if falls holiday payday candy bars name payday the heist performance mod compare direct lenders payday loans ppv 12 payday 2 payday the heist diamond heist map how do you finalize a mask in payday 2 payday the heist son bölüm florida internet payday loan laws quick online payday loans hereisthebestin payday 2 downtown payday loans 79936 payday loan chattanooga payday 2 how to finalize mask arkansas attorney general payday loans payday loan wembley payday 2 respec glitch payday loans online bad credit direct lenders payday 2 mallcrasher fast payday loans no bank card needed payday they see me baggin payday 2 use trip mine to open safe payday 2 cuenta extranjera how to get payday 2 to work on intel statewide payday loan database does texas allow wage garnishment for payday loans aldergrove payday loans payday candy bar shelf life payday 2 policias hur mycket kostar payday 2 payday loans open on weekends payday 2 no primary payday christmas carol payday loans in wisconsin rapids wi payday 2 gameplay time como jugar payday 1 fanta et bob payday ep 1 online payday loans baownbeuv best payday loans uk review alpine direct payday loan address payday the heist zombie easter egg online payday loans that really work payday loan store 71st payday advance worth it disneyland payday online payday loans no income verification payday 2 hotline miami 6 bags payday two classes descargar juego payday the heist payday 2 how to fast level up payday 2 helpful mods payday loans abingdon va last normal payday payday the heist demo free easy online payday loans reviews payday 2 ps3 freeze not paying back payday loans uk payday 2 xbox solution payday advance ocean springs ms xbox payday 2 masks best payday loans ny best gun for stealth payday 2 payday inc login payday 2 steamworks fix rvtfix nosteam payday jouer en lan payday wiki custody payday 2 inventory exclamation mark payday the heist first world bank theme payday 2 xbox delayed payday 2 big oil puzzle payday saturday direct deposit payday loan using my debit card eastside payday loans payday the heist heat reference payday loans pittsburgh pennsylvania telecharger payday pc gratuit payday 2 no lobbies payday loans in northport al 247 payday loan tourelle automatique payday how many payday loan companies in uk cthulhu payday 2 mask crack do payday 2 uk payday today contact number payday loans online alberta payday loans tqeovertoz no credit check payday loans lewes de payday 2 the heist steam payday 2 framing frame third day payday 2 shinobi not working payday mobility payday mini candy bars calories payday 2 not in full screen payday loan places in odessa tx payday brettspiel kaufen payday 2 framing frame glitch payday loans in port arthur tx specialité payday 2 army of two payday mask payday loans online reviews payday 2 ps3 mise a jour payday loans with moneygram option payday 2 takes forever to update payday the heist silah hilesi payday 2 chaud devant payday advance winchester tn payday 2 les bots payday 2 how do skills work payday 123 payday loans hereisthebestin no teletrack payday guaranteed approval payday maus payday 2 easy level up solo current payday loan rates payday the heist part payday loan from bank of america repay monthly payday loans payday uk debt collectors payday 2 bring back old hoxton payday 2 xbox 360 complex payday 2 how to get in helicopter direct payday loan uk payday 2 update 24.2 fts payday 2 armoured transport dlc review payday loan shark hunters payday 2 mission starten payday 2 black border where is paydaymax located clown mask payday is ace payday loan legit payday change character payday loan law louisiana payday loan without upfront fee payday 2 steam broadcast payday loans lompoc ca south carolina payday lending laws payday the heist overdrill floor tiles payday advance local is next payday advance legit payday jones minecraft payday mod 1.5.2 payday loans castro valley murua payday what to do if you cannot pay a payday loan payday 2 patch 21.1 payday loans denham springs louisiana my next payday can payday loans go to court new payday dlc payday 2 nightclub stealth walkthrough payday loans hereisthebestin online is payday 2 in stores payday loan indianapolis in payday 2 best kawaii mask customization payday lenders weekend bad credit loan to pay off payday loans what engine does payday 2 use payday advance athens tn payday loan in fridley mn payday loan debt assistance programs payday loans before 5pm payday no mercy tips payday loans o fallon missouri payday hoxton mask buy ratings for payday loans payday 2 v1.00 trainer payday loans military highway payday 2 lua script weapon payday loans wakefield cash till payday loan wiki payday 2 masks payday loan companies ringing work what happens if i stop paying a payday loan payday 2 assault timer payday advance places near me payday loans smithville tn online payday loan now pocket money payday loan review payday 2 loot ppi payday loans christmas payday for nhs staff payday loans tqeovertoz online payday mobility hours compare all payday loan lenders uk i have really bad credit and need a payday loan payday loans in santa ana payday here comes the pain train đánh giá payday 2 trucchi soldi payday 2 payday loans 59901 payday cuff themselves payday loans claremore qfund payday loan software payday loans in canada no fax payday loans instant online decision big oil payday 2 stealth day 2 national association payday lenders payday 2 vs gta bmg payday loan contract nj payday law i need a payday loan help payday loans in eagle rock ca payday 1 ign review dodge chance payday 2 payday 2 nightclub safe locations no credit check payday loans guaranteed how to get out of online payday loan debt payday online business payday loans justice department payday loans howdotofound online payday loans vs cash advance payday hack zip payday 2 money making tips urgent payday cash payday the heist lua scripts is payday 2 4 player offline payday 2 black hearted payday 2 cheats walkthrough giampytek payday 2 payday 2 prodej payday 2 single player mods quick online payday loans baownbeuv payday 2 multijoueur ps3 payday loans in walled lake mi phone number for national payday loans payday advance for realtors payday 2 good mods payday silenced weapons payday desayuno con diamantes ez money payday loans greeley co payday 2 updates fts pay off payday loans with credit card payday the heist counterfeit crowbar payday shinobi ace payday advance jonesboro ga montana payday loans online payday how to get overdrill payday loans online no third party payday advance convoy naseem hamed payday como jugar en lan payday payday loans 75248 payday loans staines online payday loans that accept prepaid debit cards payday 2 list of maps payday loan in wichita ks payday 2 best cash farm payday loan direct lenders 100 acceptance payday 2 tilted screen payday the heist dallas mask can i claim back payday loan charges cashback payday advance riverside payday 2 prix xbox fts payday 2 nombre de mission dans payday 2 payday chains mask buy automated paydays website payday 2 xbox giveaway payday 2 level 100 hack payday heist pc demo payday 2 big oil español payday 2 level cap dlc cash jar payday loans payday loans tqeovertoz no teletrack payday 2 skill tree combinations advantages disadvantages payday loans payday express bank account details the payday loans company payday loans guercmorteo no credit check alpine direct services llc payday loans payday uk defer loan easy xp on payday 2 mock payday weapon guide payday 2 payday loans with easy payments payday loans howdotofound no credit check payday advance in oxnard payday 2 mission qui rapporte le plus payday advance loans tulsa cash advance payday loans chicago il payday every two weeks how to invite friends payday 2 xbox payday 2 tam cozum payday loan requirements canada best payday loans uk no credit check a direct payday loan lender payday 2 stuck at 100 payday loan companies in memphis tn fast payday loans howdotofound payday loans sa tx payday the heist mettre en francais payday offshore account payday 2 9000 payday the heist how to increase assault payday conquistas defer payday uk not repaying payday loans payday loans goodyear payday 2 shadow raid ecm new same day payday loans payday 2 cheat engine hile instant payday loans no checks payday 2 framing frame day 3 locations payday 2 still not out citizens advice payday lenders what happens if i dont pay back payday loans fusk till payday 2 payday loans in bonney lake wa payday loans in farmington payday loans uk seen tv hacks para payday 2 bbb payday loan consolidation companies payday advance connecticut payday lender canada payday 2 the professional pistol mod payday 2 patch 1.2 pay monthly payday loans uk mastermind skill build payday 2 payday 2 the heist forum salvataggi payday 2 ps3 payday 2 lost save payday heist pick up weapons payday bank reviews uk green sight payday loans uk largest payday lenders payday advance rosecrans payday 2 is the saw worth it payday prince kuhio plaza payday loan by telephone spolszczenia payday 2 payday 1 wallpaper koala payday loans australia quik check payday loans ez payday loans wichita kansas payday loans 21244 direct lender payday loans 100 approval quick payday loans low apr payday the web series rus payday 2 crimenet down how to get a payday loan with bad credit payday 2 new hacks payday the heist rep fast payday 2 neue maps payday 2 web series pl payday loans wales payday 2 cce for sale pounds 2 payday payday 2 how to split screen ps3 gage packages payday 2 locations save 100 payday 2 pc utah laws on payday loans payday loans for sale payday 2 locomotive vs reinbeck meilleur compétence payday 2 dallas isd payday payday 2 crack fix proper v9 payday express in west des moines iowa payday loan nevada mo payday 2 unlock guide elephant steals payday truck payday loan idaho falls payday the heist wiki chains guia de logros payday the heist payday ps3 local co op payday loan lenders in ohio fighting payday loans payday 2 converting enemies suncoast payday loan payday 2 the bomb forest guide payday motors llc inventory payday loans that use your debit card payday loan golden co sunday payday loan lenders payday 2 cant join friends game can payday loans help your credit score when payday falls on a holiday payday protein bar recipe instant pay payday loans payday 2 big bank terminal payday loans 43612 payday loans unemployed 24 co uk key 103 payday winners payday the heist criminal intent payday 2 move faster payday loans ennis texas payday 2 check ping payday loans tqeovertoz no credit check payday loan wv payday peanut butter avalanche payday 2 requisiti minimi payday text messages valour payday loan close payday loan account payday 2 how does suppression work payday 2 lockpicking safes payday the heist keeps crashing on launch payday loans kearns ut payday 2 pc italiano when is payday 2 coming out on xbox 360 teleperformance payday nb payday loans payday 2 job experience payday 2 hack level cheat engine payday pocket loans plano isd payday calendar payday loans 12 month payback online payday loans cash advance pirate perfection payday 2 v10 play payday online for free payday loan no calls fax payday tf2 outpost best payday loans lender direct payday loans in pa payday loans crestview fl payday 2 chains soundboard mexican payday loans lua script for payday 2 payday 2 stealth build solo payday loans 89120 payday loans wasilla ak primera linea payday 2 best payday loan settlement companies payday 2 how to use dominator payday loan places in indianapolis payday the heist noob herder trophy valdosta payday loans payday 2 masks overkill payday 2 hector random payday loans fast payday loans tqeovertoz payday 2 random freezes payday loans uk market jogo do payday 2 cash 365 payday loans uk cash payday loans payday the heist 2 new maps payday 2 primary weapon concealment payday 2 marking guards top 3 payday loan consolidation companies payday 2 framing frame hidden vault locations payday 2 mission bags payday loans for disability benefits payday cash advance nc california payday loan regulations online payday loans guercmorteo payday 2 horizon payday 2 dead presidents skill payday loans open late near me loans till payday 100 mile house payday 2 buttery biscuit base elite cash payday loan payday guarantor payday 2 trainer 1.4.0 payday loan places in dallas payday counterfeit and undercover texas car title and payday loans cleveland tx skill trees in payday 2 payday loans online for blacklisted in south africa payday 2 funciona no windows 8 anaheim payday loans payday loans suisun ca how to get payday the heist on steam for free payday 2 schlösser knacken best long range pistol payday 2 payday loans online in mississippi acheter payday 2 four pack payday loan moline il payday now inc payday the heist overdrill kick fast and easy payday loans payday 2 steam announcements online payday loans hereisthebestin payday loan express halloween bulldozer payday 2 payday 2 reinitialiser competence payday 2 jewelry store speedrun bozeman payday loans payday 2 beta update 3 payday 2 ukrainian job fast payday 2 chimano custom mods payday loans installment payments payday loans ashland ky payday loans leeds uk payday loan collection letters payday 2 trainer not work how to get rep fast in payday the heist payday advance simpsonville sc payday loan for employment insurance payday 2 demo saw is payday loans illegal in nc payday loans negative effects payday express online tier bonus unlock payday 2 payday loans jobs fast payday loans guercmorteo payday 2 best way to kill bulldozer payday heist fast exp payday tv programme payday loans broward county how to get payday 2 pre beta Mistletunes
This Los Angeles duo comes to us via a British label, performing mellow psychedelic garage pop, at least if these two sides from 2014 give us anything to go on. (The Urban Dictionary definition of the band's name contributes to that impression.) "Round Christmas Time" asks in a dreamy tone, "Why do you always love me more round Christmas time?" And on "The Psychedelic Lights of Christmas," acoustic guitars and jingle bells offer a spacey ode to our electric decorations (though probably not to those aggressive suburban displays set to Trans-Siberian Orchestra). These tunes make for an enjoyable change of pace.

Pure Holiday, Ice Choir (Cascine)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Old-school synthpop rears its head here with the two sides of this Brooklyn band's holiday single for 2014. "It's Different Now" is reminiscent of a ballad by Erasure, a sort of coming-of-age Christmas song. "Cut Down the Tree" is also a ballad about harvesting the holiday decoration, although it's hard to tell because the vocals are mixed kind of low. Still, this will fill that Depeche Mode-sized hole in your holiday playlists.
This 2014 single is old-school reggae music, a few modern production touches but nothing you wouldn't have heard in the 1970s heyday of reggae. The song itself is a plea to "Black Santa" to make sure the needy get what they need for Christmas, not a new concern but always a worthwhile one, especially delivered with this lilting Caribbean rhythm. Good stuff.

Jackie's a minor rock 'n roll legend with a number of hits to her credit, some sung by her, others written by her and made famous by others, and she's on a short list of people who opened for the Beatles on their three U.S. tours. This song, from 1969, was written by Hal David and John Barry and actually appeared on the soundtrack to "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" before Jackie covered it. In case you were wondering, the trees need sunshine, raindrops... and love. The song has that classic late 60s pop sound that so many young musicians these days are reaching to reproduce. On the flip is "Christmas," a Jackie original and more of a big orchestra ballad. Both are downloadable in the modern day. Shouldn't step away from this entry before noting that Jackie's big hit in the same year, "Put a Little Love In Your Heart," is nowadays imagined to be a Christmas song by some folks. No doubt that's because of the 1988 cover by Annie Lennox and Al Green that was not only in the Bill Murray Christmas movie "Scrooged," but was a top 10 hit with its heavily Christmas-themed video propelling it on the charts.
leonrussell.jpgRecorded roughly at the same time as his hit album Carney, this 1972 original by the heralded pianist, producer, arranger and songwriter only ever came out on 45, though it's possible to download it nowadays. It's a bluesy ballad featuring blues legend Freddie King on lead guitar. The flip side, "Christmas in Chicago," is a bit more uptempo and suggests the blues style of the city in the title. Both are fine performances and will satisfy fans of blues and classic rock. Leon later recorded 1995's Hymns of Christmas, but that is a collection of piano instrumentals backed by orchestra featuring 10 classic and antique carols, nothing resembling Leon's signature rock sound.

eatme.jpgThis British band calls themselves purveyors of "shambolic rock music," and this kind of punk-ish uptempo number will make your Boxing Day celebrations more enjoyable. This 2014 tune is at Bandcamp, leave them a tip even though there's no minimum.
From Portland, Maine, this band appears to have an affiinty for 70s-era hard rock, and they sound really good doing it. "Can't Spend Another Christmas (Without You)" is a solid uptempo original with that sound, and the EP rounds out with Stevie Wonder's "What Christmas Means To Me" and Elton John's "Ho Ho Ho (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)." Although the EP was released in 2014, "Can't Spend Another Christmas" was on CDBaby as early as 2011 by itself. Grab it from Bandcamp.

"At Christmas Time," WJLP (self-issued)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
WJLPxmas.jpgHere's a Netherlands band that named itself after William J. LePetomaine, if the Soundcloud URL is to be believed, anyway. This 2014 holiday rocker is solid gold power pop and needs to be in next year's holiday playlist. (Better make a note of that myself.)

cafeine.jpgMissed this when it was a free download at Soundcloud (you can still stream it there), but it was a single in time for Christmas 2014 and will be on the artist's 2015 album New Love that drops in February. It's a nice raging uptempo rocker, guitars to the fore, and it's all about Christmas in the big city, as you might well imagine.

sotaxmas.jpgSOTA is a production company from Georgia, or "music collective" as the popular phrase currently goes, and they promote, produce and even make their own rock-Americana flavored music alongside a small roster of artists. For 2014 they decided to try their hand at Christmas music, and they've put together a nice collection of music featuring their own roster along with a few guests from outside. Things kick off promisingly with a fine uptempo arrangement of "Silent Night" from Marshall Ruffin, a song that too often gets the reverent, or worse, the diva approach. The Shadowboxers acquit themselves well on "Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday," Alex Gordon Hi Fi offers a guitar/bass instrumental rendition of "Deck the Halls," then they back Marshall Ruffin on "Angels We Have Heard on High." Indianapolis Jones offers a fine uptempo original by Galavanters' bass player Nicholas Niespodziani called "Peace and Harmony," and then that band comes back with their own organ-led instrumental take on "Jolly Old St. Nicholas." Big Mike Geier gets help from Larkin Poe on "Christmas Island," Trs Lechers perform a jazzy xylophone-led "Joy to the World" and Michelle Malone, who has a past Christmas album to her credit, performs the original "Feels Like Christmas." Stephen Kellogg, with help from the Galavanters, performs his syncopated original "Christmas in Cancun," the Handlebars render Ellis Paul's "Santa Claus & the Tooth Fairy," in which a mild Bo Diddley rhythm meets a child-sung chorus, Tim Smith takes on NRBQ's "Chrismas Wish," and Mike Snowden breaks out the cigar box guitar and accordion for a suitably rocking exit to the disc with "Auld Lang Syne." The producers imply in their liner notes that this may become a tradition, and that's all right with me.

baycityrollers.jpgI'm always bemoaning when artists from the now-distant past attempt to make themselves relevant again with a Christmas release, especially when they use their rock brand name to make something that's more in the adult contemporary vein. And of course, the Bay City Rollers is not a brand name that suggests rock integrity. Nevertheless, this is a strong pop-rocker that draws on the BCR legacy but hammers out a fine rock rhythm. You might want to check out this 2014 single before you dismiss it entirely.
daltonweekes.jpgNever heard of this guy until recently, and then only because of this fine Phil Spector-influenced holiday rocker. (Turns out he's in Panic! At the Disco.) Just released in 2014, the way he strings together holiday cliches threatens to make the title unironic, but the driving rhythm and fuzzy bass set against the Carpenters-esque piano is simply addicting. Gotta have.

"Spending Christmas," Chuck Berry (Chess)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
One would have to have been a Chuck Berry expert to extend his Christmas heritage beyond "Run Rudolph Run" and "Merry Christmas Baby," the two sides of his one and only officially released Christmas single. Turns out Christmas was briefly on his mind sometime in the mid-1960s, when he recorded this bluesy ballad that only found its way to the public via You Never Can Tell: The Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966. And then, another box set, Have Mercy: The Complete Chess Recordings 1969-1974, yielded another blues, this one a bit more uptempo, titled "Christmas" on the box set, but Google searches turn it up under the title "My Blue Christmas" as well. I only discovered them via this 2014 compilation, Lost Christmas Holiday Rarities, but now you can grab them too.
I stumbled over the first Noise to the World right when posting resumed in November and found it to be a great free EP of Christmas tuneage. Should have kept checking after that, because in December 2014 they rolled out #2, another fine collection that's free. (Except for the Michael Christmas cut, which has resisted all attempts at downloading. You have to go to Soundcloud and download the songs one at a time, and that one won't cough up a button.) Deer Tick's "White Havoc" steals some melody from "At Seventeen" and a bit of "Last Christmas" in a fine rocker, IamSul's "Next Season" and "Pleasant Winter" by Michael Christmas provide the hip-hop on this collection, GRMLN's "Before December (You're Alive)" is a driving indie rocker, Torreblanca featuring Iraida Noriega offer a spacey take on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with a duo vocal offering a bit of Lee Hazlewood with Nancy Sinatra, and the award winners for this collection are the Dum Dum Girls with "On Christmas," a nice girl group via synthpop rendition of a fine melody, getting a little help with synths from the guys in Ice Choir. That's two in a row for the makers of Chuck Taylors, so I guess I better put a note in my calendar for 2015.
This was rattling around my iTunes library and I just stumbled over it today. Glenna is an Americana artist from Texas and this folky ballad is from her 2008 album The Road Less Traveled. Glenna has a road-weary voice that contrasts nicely with the novelty-inspired sentiment of the title, and who wouldn't want a valentine on Christmas, anyway?

Holidaze, Happy Fangs (self-issued)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Gotta love how this San Francisco band mashed up all the year-end holidays across two songs of this 2014 single. "Fangsgiving" is their punky take on creating a substitute holiday of their own with all the Christmas trappings, although they may not have the success that Festivus has had in that regard. Then they state that "All I Want For Christmas Is Halloween," a bit more garagy-sounding appeal for a goth do-over two months later. "Bet you thought this song was going to be jolly," they sing, and actually I got a laugh out of it, which is all that matters.
Here is the 2012 EP from which the Cherryade 10 compilation got this band's "It's Xmas, So It's OK (To Go and Hug a Turkey)." According to the info on Soundcloud, these songs are "offshoots" of songs from their 111-song debut recording, Men. The sound here is kind of skiffle-poppy and a bit twee, although they go a little Wild Man Fischer on "All I Got For Christmas Was a Bike," as in "All I got for Christmas was a goddamn bike." In addition to the "Hug a Turkey" song and this one, they also perform "The Best Gift Ever...." and "I Took a Match to the Christmas Tree." Fun stuff. The EP was reissued in 2013 as Merry Marauding Christmas, minus the "Match" song, which they apparently gave to a magazine compilation that is long gone. The original EP is on Bandcamp with a request for payment, although you can specify $0, and the updated version is on Soundcloud, freely downloadable.
These folks are members of Les Savy Fav and the Blue Bloods, and for 2012 they came together to create this sweet pop-rock EP that remains available in the usual download locations. "Holidays Aren't the Same Without You" is a warm piano ballad, "Twinkling Lights" is a late-60s poppy confection and the title song is a solid Christmas rocker. Not much from these folks since the EP; their website URL is parked and there are no posts on their Facebook page since early 2013. Nevertheless, what they did here is worth remembering -- and playing.

I remember trying to track this down when it first came out and coming up empty. In 2009, the Toronto band recruited a bunch of minor musical celebrities to re-enact the Geldof-Ure holiday special in a more indie-rock vein. Participants included Andrew W.K., Bob Mould, David Cross, Ezra Koenig, GZA, Kevin Drew, Kyp Malone, Tegan & Sara and Yo La Tengo. It remains available as a download. There was a vinyl single, though I'm betting it's reasonably rare now. Like the original, this was a charity project, in this case benefitting three organizations who assist in finding missing and murdered indigenous women. Only place I could find it was iTunes, so no link-through for purchase.
From Pittsburgh, this guy wanted to do some punk rock Christmas songs, so he started knocking them out until he ran out of time. Literally; this dropped on Christmas Eve 2014 on Bandcamp. "Good King Wenceslas" gets a driving thrash rhythm, "Feliz Navidad" is rendered in a punk-ska arrangement, "Two Front Teeth" is a midtempo rendition with plenty of scratchy guitars, "Blue Christmas" is pretty close to a typical rendition, and "Father Christmas" is mostly faithful to the Kinks original. Vocals are a little pitchy and it definitely sounds home-recorded, but the energy is good and the collection is listenable.

"Pitter Patter," Dana Alexandra (Think Loud)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
A late 2013 release, this fine poppy holiday confection comes from this rising singer from York, Pa. Solid work, featuring a nice shuffle rhythm that kicks in after the first verse, clean crisp guitars and Dana's distinctive singing voice.

North Pole Vault EP, Ian McGlynn (Bailey Park)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
Ian's a professional musician with a career doing film & TV soundtrack work as well as a bit of acting. This carries over to the songs on this 2013 EP in that they are lushly produced synth-pop creations with ample instrumental breaks, but they're fine pop-rock meditations on the holiday. "Christmas Sleep" is the single, because it's catchy and also less than three minutes. "Christmas Morning," after a long instrumental intro, offers nostalgic lyrics about remembering childhood holiday events. "Our Favorite Christmas Movie" isn't about any particular film, the better that listeners can substitute their own favorites in this mellow ballad. There's a double dose of "Meet Me Where the Bright Lights Shine," a sweet waltz, and the title song is a slow instrumental featuring layers upon layers of keyboard melodies. Click to get it at Amazon. Ian previously recorded "The Snow Angel and the Icicle Sword" in 2010 and "Listen to the Choir Sing" in 2009 for the holiday, but neither seem to be available for download anywhere at the moment. UPDATE: North Pole Vault is free at Noisetrade.

"Let It Snow," George Ezra (self-issued)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
This Englishman had a 2014 hit with "Budapest," and in 2013 he put this up on Soundcloud, a folky-pop take on the popular Christmas song. It's just for streaming, so stream away.

"Christmas Day," GFOTY (PC Music)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
The acronym means Girl Friend Of The Year, and this 2014 slightly-off pop confection only dropped on Dec. 26 from this singer and producer who is, according to Stereogum, part of what's known as the PC Music collective of contemporary hit record makers. I really like this. It's downloadable from Soundcloud.

"O Holy Night," Osaka Popstar (Caf Muzeck)

| No Comments | No TrackBacks
These guys are nominally a punk rock supergroup (their term), as their membership is a rotating cast of former associates of the Ramones, Misfits, Black Flag, the Voidoids and others. Although they got together in 2006, they persist to this day with this pop-punk take of the classic carol released in 2014. It's a good production, and you'll want it if a punk rock carol is what you need for your mix disc.
Old-school hard rock is this Massapequa, N.Y. all-girl band's forte, and for 2014 they bust out this fun talk-sing number in which the verses are letters to Santa demanding he come more than once a year. Write your own joke here. Still, this is great uptempo rocking fun and you should grab it.
The Glass Child is Charlotte Eriksson, a Swede by birth and a current Berliner via London, and need I add, a singer and songwriter as well as a published author with a memoir of her struggle to make it as a musician. She's been giving this EP away via Noisetrade this year, although it's not clear when she originally recorded it, but I don't think it's new in 2014. It's not exactly a rocker, more of a solo folkie thing. She contributes three originals, the dramatic "A Haunted Acapella" and the ballads "Winter Song" and "Where Are You Christmas,", an a capella "Silent Night," and a fairly conventional "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A little mellow for my taste, but well done.

Another new alt-rock boy-girl duo from New York, these folks do a spacey, lo-fi reconstruction of the Beach Boys' classic for 2014. It's an interesting take, although it's only on Soundcloud, and then only if you access it from Paste Magazine. Maybe they'll let it out next year.
This is actually the second Christmas mixtape compiled by Diplo and Mad Descent, the first being called, wait for it, A Very Decent Christmas, from 2013. Of course, I'm just getting hep to this for 2014. Both are still streaming from Soundcloud, but click the cover to buy this one from Amazon, and click here to get the previous edition. Jessi Slater & Wuki kick things off with "Rock Them Bells," a heavy-bass version of "Deck the Halls" with the title chanted repeatedly over it. Diplo & Alvaro featuring Kstylis offer "6th Gear (Bethlehem Edition)," a holiday remake of the artists' existing song. Snappy Jit goes to the dancefloor with "Lil Drumma Boy," Aquadrop offers to "Troll the Halls," another deconstruction of "Deck the Halls," and Splurt Christmases up his "#OMW25YG" with a taste of "Frosty the Snowman."  DJ Fire's "Twerkith On These Bells" is a fairly minimalist performance, 4B offers yet another clattery "Deck the Halls" take on "Drop It Again (Xmas Version)," Wiwek's "Totem Night" drops the beat on "Silent Night," Alizzz offers a deconstructed slow jam over "Jingle Bells" on "What If (Jingle Edit)," and Davoodi's "The Nutcracka" needs very little elaboration from the likes of me, in that it's the hip-hop take on the Tchaikovsky classic. Though I'm far from a hip-hop expert, this stuff is pretty listenable to me.
The Brooklyn-born, Venice Beach-based hip-hop collective offers this fine holiday jam on its Holiday in the Sun Sampler at Noisetrade for 2014. It's a rap tune with a solid musical background, relaxed but danceable, and it'll bring a fine change of pace to your playlists. The other songs on the sampler aren't holiday tunes, but don't sweat it, if you like the hit, you'll probably like the other tunes.

OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID

Recent Comments

  • Nancy: I will look that up. It’s a beautiful way of read more
  • Nancy: I will look that up. It’s a beautiful way of read more
  • Borghild: Such nostalgic memories when listening to these tunes. Well done! read more
  • Borghild: this is an old cd but it still appeals to read more
  • Bruce Bergh: Great Site! Lots of interesting Christmas music! i just sent read more
  • Bruce Bergh: I would like to submit some new original music to read more
  • Rpaske: Here's a new batch of holiday tunes from Kansas City read more
  • grendel322: This tune is now available on Amazon and iTunes! read more
  • mscocolove: Hello! GREAT website. Been having a wonderful time perusing through read more
  • Der Bingle: Oh man - I almost forgot about this. Actually, I read more


The long-standing e-mail address still applies. Inquiries for advertising are now being accepted here, as are offers of review copies. Music questions can still be sent here too, though a comments section is now live as well.