October 28, 2003
Favorite Largehearted Holiday Albums

Yesterday's post about my love for holiday music made me think about my favorite Christmas albums. In no particular order, here are my favorite eleven:

Punk Rock Xmas, Various Artists: Witty, fun, irreverent, and sometimes offensive (just like the holidays).

Christmas, Low: This EP is luscious, from its original tunes to its covers of the classics.

Merry MeXmas, El Vez: Celebrate south of the border with Mexico's most famous Elvis impersonator.

Making Spirits Bright, Dean Martin: A fun album from an underrated crooner. Plus, I tend to associate the holidays of my youth with lots of parties, highballs and something swingin' on the hi-fi (my parents entertained often).

Merry Christmas From The Space Age, Esquivel: An uneven but unique holiday record from the king of lounge.

Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas!, Mahalia Jackson: When Mahalia Jackson sings, I listen. "Go Tell It On The Mountain" was my father's favorite holiday song, and Mahalia sings it better than anyone.

Swingin' Christmas, Various Artists: Uptempo holiday tunes that will have you dancing around your tree (and under the mistletoe).

Tis The Season To, Los Straightjackets: Surf-rock instrumentals from the mysterious band of masked men.

Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails, Part I and Part II: For those December evenings when I put on my smoking jacket and ascot, pour an exotic mixed drink and relax in my cool, hip pad.

The Ventures' Christmas Album, The Ventures: The definitive surf guitar holiday record (and almost as old as I am).

There are many more I probably should mention, but it's early and I should be heading out the door. Joyeux Noel, y'all!

Posted by david on October 28, 2003

Wanted to thanks again for all the wonderful Christmas music you guys sent my way. (btw - to prove what a techno-idiot I am, I grabbed the c.d.'s and put them in my car. I put one in the c.d. player - bzzzzzzzzz/static - [perplexed look on face]. I tried another, then another. ??? I casually mention to D. "I received some c.d.'s in the mail from the largeheartedboy/girl, and all I'm getting is static. Do you think they were magnitized or something??" ["magnitized" = Kelly's technological term for the reason c.d. and/or disk doesn't "work".] D. laughed and said "why don't you load them in the computer, silly." ["silly" = stupid] voila! mp3's! (Then there was your comment that also clued me in.)

The good news is I think there's hope for me. I'm beginning to figure this cutting-edge stuff out. :-)

Posted by: kelly on October 28, 2003 09:33 AM

You're very welcome. I threw a couple of current indie pop/rock albums on #4 to fill up the space, the Shins and the Drive-By Truckers.

I hope they help with the Christmas project, I've decided to do two Christmas mixes again this year, one of twangy Christmas songs and the other indie musicians.

Posted by: david on October 28, 2003 10:42 AM

Christmas isn't Christmas without Boney-M!

Posted by: sean on October 28, 2003 04:14 PM

The Ventures released a second Christmas album last year called "Christmas Joy.

Posted by: Destiny on November 18, 2003 12:16 PM


how come no one put "The edge of christmas" on the list? any cd that has the Bowie/Crosby song on it and Ramones, Pogues, and 10 others has to be the best xmas cd ever..

it was xmas eve babe, in the drunk tank
an old man said to me, won't see another one

did u hear shane macgowan got beat up in a pub by two 20 year olds w/ a pipe? this is for real.. im pretty damn pissed about it.

Posted by: Timmel on April 26, 2004 09:20 PM
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