October 27, 2003
Holiday Tunes

The holidays are creeping up on us. I know this because the oracle that is Wal-Mart moved out their gardening supplies and moved wrapping paper, gaudy lawn ornaments and artificial trees in their place. To me, the holidays mean one thing: Christmas mix CD's for our friends and family in place of seasonal greeting cards. Last year spawned two mixes, one for our more traditional friends and my wife's clients, Christmas At The Largehearted Lounge. The other mix, I'm Getting Coal (Because I Burned This CD) was sent to our irreverent and more tolerant friends.

I have to admit a fetish for Xmas music, I have too many holiday CD's, from Mannheim Steamroller to Punk Rock Xmas, Ol' Blue Eyes to Bright Eyes, The Smurfs to the Osmonds, and I honestly love them all. Putting our audio seasonal missives together is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.

So in the spirit of the season, the mp3 downloads of the week are Christmas songs of the variety my mother-in-law would call "strange and wonderful." First up is "White Christmas" by Japanese noise-rock band Melt Banana... just listen, it's a match made in heaven, my favorite holiday piece for headphones.

The second holiday treat is from Bright Eyes Christmas Album, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." This was my favorite holiday release last year, enjoy!

Posted by david on October 27, 2003

You are not alone! I have a fetish for Christmas music, too. Gee, I saw Wal-Mart setting out Christmas stuff last September. lol

Posted by: Terry on October 27, 2003 08:16 AM

Wanted to add -- that my favorite song last Christmas was "A Star to Follow" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. I learned all the words so I could sing various parts of this rock opera.

Posted by: Terry on October 27, 2003 08:25 AM

I wish my wife shared my enthusiasm for Christmas music, but it drives her nutty to hear it often. I have a couple of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's discs, they're great.

Posted by: david on October 27, 2003 09:44 AM

Thanks for the Punk Rock Christmas! A new album to torture my wife with this year! ;)

Posted by: Doc on October 27, 2003 09:56 AM

The "I'm getting coal" CD sounds hilarious. Your CD Christmas card is a great idea.

Posted by: sugarmama on October 27, 2003 11:31 AM

don't forget about Low. I love their "christmas" album: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00003G1P3/ref=m_art_li_3/102-6257351-6201766?v=glance&s=music

Posted by: rob on October 27, 2003 12:24 PM

You *know* I'm a nut for Christmas music. :-)

Rhino records is a pretty good spot to search for Christmas tunes, too.

Posted by: kelly on October 27, 2003 12:28 PM

Rob, Low's "Just Like Christmas" is one of my favorite holiday songs, it's just an amazingly beautiful song.

Posted by: david on October 27, 2003 03:28 PM

that album just kills, doesn't it? so gorgeous it hurts.

Posted by: rob on October 27, 2003 05:02 PM

greatest Christmas song ever: the Frogs' "Here Comes Santa's Pussy"

Posted by: troy steele on October 29, 2003 12:59 PM

for some reason when i tried to download either of the mp3s it didnt work. please help me. or email them. please.

Posted by: angela on December 13, 2004 07:50 PM
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