Recent Posts in holiday music - Page 2

December 18, 2013

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire just appeared on Zach Galifianakis' mock talk show Between Two Ferns, and to get in the holiday spirit they put their spin on an interesting version of "Little Drummer Boy. The episode also featured Samuel L. Jackson and Tobey Maguire.

Watch the episode below...

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December 17, 2013

Cat Power at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
Cat Power

In a new Apple holiday commercial, Cat Power takes on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" (via Matador), and if it's snowing where you are today too, it's a nice time to check out this little holiday gift, which you can do below...

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National

It's "Christmas Carols Week" on The Colbert Report where different musical guests will be invited on the show to do an old holiday chestnut. Things kicked off last night with Grammy nominees The National and Gregg Allman doing "Silver Bells." Stephen Colbert joined in too. Is it as good as "The Gravy Boat Song"? Decide for yourself -- check it out below.

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December 13, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Christmas albums are tricky business. I think most people want new holiday music, but problem is most of it is unmemorable at best. Have we had a new holiday classic since Mariah Carey's "All I Want is Christmas Is You"? Erasure have circumvented the issue on their album album, Snow Globe, by making an Erasure album that also just happens to be holiday themed. Vince Clark and Andy Bell don't mess with their nearly 30-year synthpop formula with a lot of sleigh bells or children singing. Is it a new classic? The Quietus argues, at the least, it's a great Erasure album:

The yin to Depeche Mode's gloom-wallowing yang, even when blighted by tragedy, flirting with despair, or singing in a dramatic baritone (see 'Blood On The Snow'), Erasure cannot help but remain inspirationally, extraordinarily, enviably optimistic and ultimately uplifting. I seriously felt a far greater range and intensity of emotions listening to the 3:35 minutes of neo-synthpop anthem 'Make It Wonderful' than I did throughout in the entire hour and a half of that much-trumpeted 3D movie in which Sandra Bullock gets stranded on a bus on a boat in space for a bit. 'Make It Wonderful' and its poignant-yet-pumping sister track 'Loving Man' aren't directly related to Christmas. They're just a couple of stirring, tear-inducing, sadness-tinged, fucking irresistible love songs. In that respect, they're thematically reminiscent of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's heartstring-tugging Christmas ditty 'The Power of Love', which didn't have much to do with that Jesus fella beyond its nativity-themed video. Oh, and they're two of the best Erasure songs to date.
You can stream the whole album and check out the videos for "Make it Wonderful" and "Gaudete" (both done in Rankin-Bass style stop-motion animation) below...

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December 12, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

No Sleep

No Sleep Records was responsible for many of the year's great punk, emo, and hardcore (and other genres in that realm) releases this year, and the label's presence increased in the indie rock community thanks to a new love affair between emo and indie. To celebrate the holidays, the label has given us a free compilation of holiday music from a few standout artists on the label, including Allison Weiss, Maps For Travelers, State Faults, and others, plus a couple artists not on the label, including Harvey Danger's Sean Nelson (who put out a pretty underrated solo album this year). You can download the album for free at bandcamp and stream it in full below...

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December 11, 2013

by Andrew Sacher

The Murder City Devils Christmas Bonus Single

Murder City Devils are heading out on the road again in 2014, but before that, they've gifted us with a stream of their 1998 Christmas single via their website. If you don't already have the 7" buried in your collection, you can stream the a-side in all of its raw-throated, holiday-spirited balladry, below.

Since we last spoke, Cincinnati garage pop band Tweens were added to Murder City Devils' tour, including the NYC date happening on February 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Updated dates are listed, along with the Christmas song stream, below...

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December 3, 2013

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The Roots will be performing again at the annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam, now in its 7th year, at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, December 9 with host Hannibal Buress and a few "surprise special guests." No one's been announced for this year (hence "surprise") but Q-Tip, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Patti Labelle, A$AP Rocky, Big Daddy Kane, John Legend, Estelle, TV on the Radio, and more have appeared in years past. The event is private but Okayplayer is giving away 25 pairs of tickets and you can enter to win by filling out this form. BrooklynVegan is also giving away a pair and details on how to enter are below.

Speaking of holidays and The Roots, Okayplayer -- a music site which was started by Questlove in 1999 -- is selling a Cosby-style Roots holiday sweatshirt, which is part of the site's gift guide. That's it above.

Contest details and the flyer for the Holiday Jam, below...

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September 18, 2013

Thanksgivukkah

With Thanksgivukkah (first night of Hanukkah is the same day as Thanksgiving this year) and Christmas on the way, it'll soon be time to get in the holiday spirit. If you're looking ways to celebrate in NYC, you're in luck, because plenty of holiday shows are getting announced.

Matisyahu, who just played Central Park and is working on a new album with an expected summer 2014 release, has announced his annual "Festival of Light" shows. The run begins in Chicago on November 30 and comes to NYC on December 8 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (9/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting today (9/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.

Meanwhile, on the eve of Thanksgivukkah, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer will do a Thanksgiving Eve celebration at Highline Ballroom (11/27). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Though Yo La Tengo haven't announced any shows happening during Hanukkah this year, they did just announce three holiday shows happening at The Bell House in December.

Individual shows haven't been announced yet, but the Sephardic Music Festival will return to various NYC venues from November 27 to December 5.

The Schlep Sisters and Thirsty Girl will present this year's seventh annual Menorah Horah at Le Poisson Rouge on December 5. Tickets for the Hanukkah burlesque show are on sale now.

Like they do every year, Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats are playing BB King's on Christmas (12/25). Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Speaking of BB King's and Christmas, the venue will also again host their annual shows from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector singers Darlene Love on December 6 and Ronette Ronnie Spector on December 22. Tickets for the Darlene Love show and the Ronnie Spector show are on sale now.

A number of New Year's Eve shows in NYC have been announced too, including Patti Smith, Punch Brothers, Clutch, Jim Jones Revue, Mykki Blanco, and Gogol Bordello.

But before we get too ahead ourselves, Halloween is on the way too!

All Matisyahu dates are listed below...

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December 14, 2012

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YLT

It's possible that we met Barbara Manning on the same day in 1990 that we met James and Joe Puleo. We were booked at Providence's Rocket with World of Pooh, featuring Barbara on bass, and Christmas, in new bassist James McNew's first show. So it was especially meaningful to us that, after a few years of playing hard to get, Barbara was available to open night six...

...With the Hoboken PATH station closed, people are having to be extra creative about how they get to Maxwell's. On night five, John Oliver revealed a heretofore untried method that involved a train to Secaucus (not recommended) and last night, Eugene Mirman described a route that no GPS would concoct unless the current model, in addition to helping you avoid tolls or find the shortest distance, offers to take you where you're most likely to be murdered. Fortunately for us, and certainly Eugene, he lived to tell us about his local Guitar Center, where he's the two most famous shoppers, and the difference between stairs in England and the U.S. - [YLT]

Former San Francisco Seals singer Barbara Manning and Eugene Mirman were openers on the sixth night of Yo La Tengo's annual Hanukkah Week shows which last night benefited theĀ Ali Forney Center. The mix CD was made by Cory Rayborn of Three Lobed Recordings.

We're in the home stretch now with two night's left. Who will open tonight? Jeff Tweedy is in town, having appeared on The Colbert Report last night. Then again, Titus Andronicus just tweeted this: "Tonight, every New Jersey indie rocker's dream comes true for @titus_ndronicus. #STAYTUNED."

Any oddsmakers out there?

Setlist from last night, plus the mix CD cover are below.

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November 21, 2012

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It's that time of year again, judging by the posts on this site today, with lots of Holiday-themed shows coming up. Unsurprisingly, The Bell House lives for this kind of yuletide cheer and has about a dozen or so holiday shows lined up in the next month. Here's a rundown.

First is the Everything's Terrible! Holiday Special 2012 which happens December 12 (tickets). If you think the Star Wars Holiday Special is the worst Christmas-related thing television has ever birthed, the Everything's Terrible folks will likely prove you wrong. For an early taste, there's a trailer for the crap extravanga below, along with a list of all dates for this ironic roadshow which is touring both coasts at the same time.

On the next night (12/13) it's The Party Machine's 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit Blowout with hosts Arden Myrin and Lisa Delarios with guests Jon Glaser, Chris Gethard, Sheng Wang, Janeane Garofalo and Adira Amram & the Experience with proceeds going to Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue and Red Cross Disaster Relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $12 and still available but probably not for long -- don't delay.

More funny stuff (with music): On December 16, Fred Armisen hosts The Snow Ball Ball: A Winter Formal To Benefit 826NYC, with guest DJs Tunde Adebimpe and Peter Hale of Here We Go Magic. Tickets are still available.

And for ska fans there's The Slackers Christmas Celebration on 12/22 which also celebrates the band's 20th anniversary. The show also features The Frightnrs, Sammy K, and Caz & the Day Laborers. Tickets are still available.

Wait there's still more holiday fun at The Bell House: for burlesque fans there's Doc Wasabassco's Birthday Celebration And All-Holiday Party on 12/14 (tickets); for the wizards and muggles out there, you can celebrate at The Harry Potter Yule Ball 2012 on 12/15 with Harry And The Potters, Potter Puppet Pals, The Whomping Willows, and The Home Alones (tickets); later that night (12/15) it's The Rub's Holiday party with Eleven & Ayres and special guests Kon & 7L' and for those who need some twang in their stocking, on December 16 it's The Suzi Shelton Band's Fourth Annual Rockin' Holiday Party with Amelia Robinson From Mil's Trills (tickets).

Everything Is Terrible trailer and flyer for the Snowball Ball are below.

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