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more Christmas songs & comps & charities – the Hives, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Sweden, No Kids, Glasvegas & more

By Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Le Loup – “Shenandoah” (MP3) (on Amnesty comp)
DOWNLOAD: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts & guests – Silent Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Deer Tracks – Christmas Fire (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Twiggy Frostbite – Bells & Chimes (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Emotron – Santa Claus (I Still Believe In You) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: (Savanteous Q Malmsteen) – What Do You Get A Wookie for Christmas
DOWNLOAD: The Revelations – It’s That Time Of Year (MP3)

ChristmasWith holiday mixes in the air, Amnesty International has released I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas, a benefit comp featuring No Kids, Blitzen Trapper, Parentheitcal Girls, Sally Shapiro, and more (full tracklist below).

Then there’s the free all-Swedish Xmas mix up at Swedes Please. Among the songs posted is the new duet between The Hives and Cyndi Lauper, “A Christmas Duel,” video below (or buy the song on iTunes).

ChristmasSpeaking of Cyndi and good causes, True Colors is auctioning off a chance to hang out with the Best Electronic/Dance Album nominee as part of its first annual online charity auction to benefit GLBT equality groups the True Colors Fund, CenterLink, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

The package includes “1-hour voice lesson, plus lunch, with Cyndi Lauper, in NYC. 2 roundtrip domestic coach tickets on American Airlines and a 2-night stay at Hotel on Rivington included.” It’s currently going for $4,000. Full list of items on auction here.

ChristmasAnd speaking of Christmas music and female 80’s icons that have toured for True Colors

Blackheart Records, the rock label Joan Jett started over 25 years ago, has released its holiday compilation record, and it’s available at the iTunes store. The 11-song digital album features rocked-out holiday standards and originals recorded by Jett and Blackheart bands including Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Cute Lepers and more.”

You can grab “Silent Night” at the top of this post for free. Full tracklist below.

Also for download up there is a selection of holiday MP3’s from the inbox.

Other Christmas album options this year include new ones by Sufjan‘s friend Rosie Thomas and Neutral Milk Hotel‘s Julian Koster, and one by The Raveonettes. For a Christmas show, check out the always fun McGarrigle Christmas Hour this Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall. Guests this year include Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Emmylou Harris and Justin Bond.

Videos (including one by Glasvegas) and tracklists below…

The Hives & Cyndi Lauper In A Christmas Duel

Glasvegas – Please Come Back Home

VA – I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas tracklist:
1. Au Revoir Simone – Christmastime is Here
2. Le Loup – Shenandoah
3. Figurine – The Holidays Behind Us
4. Sally Shapiro – Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix)
5. Arthur & Yu – My White Elephant
6. My Brightest Diamond – Nature Boy
7. Parenthetical Girls – Festive Friends (Forever)
8. No Kids – Another Winter In a Summer Town
9. Radar Bros. – Baby Jesus
10. Blitzen Trapper – Christmas Is Coming Soon
11. Man of Arms – It’s Christmastime and Everything’s Wrong
12. Au – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
13. The Papercuts – Go Tell It On The Mountain
14. Bosque Brown – Silent Night
15. Turk Dietrich of Belong – Blue Christmas

VA – A Blackheart Christmas
1. Blue Christmas – Girl in a Coma
2. The Elf Song – The Vacancies (original)
3. Santa Baby – The Dollyrots
4. Little Drummer Boy – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
5. Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You – The Cute Lepers
6. Father Christmas – The Vacancies
7. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Girl in a Coma
8. Winter Wonderland – Thommy Price featuring Nefertiti Bones
9. Home For Christmas – Kenny Laguna
10. All I Ever Want (Under The Christmas Tree) – The Cute Lepers (original)
11. Silent Night – The Blackhearts and special guests

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