Entries tagged with: Christmas music
by Bill Pearis
Pernice and Blake
The New Mendicants, the new-ish project from non-Canadians living in Toronto Joe Pernice and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), have just announced that their debut album, Lime, will be out on January 28 via Blake and Pernice's new label, XPT Records. If you like the lush, harmon-laden guitar pop that both The Pernice Brothers and Teenage Fanclub are known for, you're gonna like this too, and know pretty much what you're getting already. You can stream "Sarasota" from the album below.
While you wait for the album, The New Mendicants have a holiday 7" out now and you can stream the A-side, "A Very Sorry Christmas," below. The New Mendicants will be touring the UK and Ireland in the new year. No North American dates yet, but Joe will be out with Wesley Stace in January, and will be playing NYC solo at Rockwood Music Hall on 1/10 (tickets).
In other news, Joe tells us that a new Pernice Brothers album is on the way as well, which will be titled either Spread the Feeling or It's a Long Way Up. Look for that later in 2014.
Streams and New Mendicants album art, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Mae pretty much called it quits a couple years ago (besides a few reunion shows earlier this year), and singer Dave Elkins has since begun focusing on his solo project Schematic. To get in the holiday spirit, Dave's taken on a cover of Paul McCartney's love-it-or-hate-it Christmas song, "Wonderful Christmastime." He gives the song an airy spin, veering away from the bouncy original. The cover is available to purchase, and a stream of the song makes its premiere in this post, which you can hear below...
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...
Cat Power at Station to Station (more by Lukas Hodge)
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...
by Bill Pearis
!!! @ Webster Hall 12/13/2013: Some girls might like Nik Offer's shorts (via @cyndoendo)
If you like your holiday songs with a Charlie-Brown-style light dusting of melancholy, "And Anyway it's Christmas" by !!! does so nicely, all while set to a stomping '70s disco beat. Says frontman Nik Offer:
"We've always wanted to write an Xmas song, but wanted it to be good enough and not just something like "it's a disco christmas" or whatever. It had to be a good song to start with. We came up with this groove and it just felt Christmassy to us. Hopefully, you'll see fit to play at holiday dance parties for years to come. Happy holidays to everyone who came out to our shows this year and made 2013 one of our most fun yet. Oh, and make sure you check the dub mix for personal holiday greetings from each band member.""And Anyway it's Christmas" is available now as a 7" and you can stream the A-side below.
The band just wrapped up a short zip around the East Coast, having played NYC at Webster Hall on Friday (12/13) with Holy Fuck, and Ithaca, NY on Saturday (12/14). For New Years, the band have conveniently scheduled some dates in Australia where it is the height of summer. Those are listed, along with their disco Christmas song, below...
by Bill Pearis
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...
by Andrew Sacher
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...
by Andrew Sacher
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.
Updated dates are listed, along with the Christmas song stream, below...
by Wyatt Marshall
Unlocking the Truth at Afro-Punk Fest 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Earlier this year, ears were turned when video emerged on YouTube of a trio of pint-sized metalheads destroying the streets of NYC. Their synchronized headbanging, shred skills, and massive breakdowns were the real deal. Their name: Unlocking the Truth.
Unlocking the Truth may need to get dropped off at their gigs, but they're sharing the stage with some big names at some pretty big shows. They recently shared a billing with metal legends Slayer (who just played The Theatre at MSG) at Fun Fun Fun Fest and played Afro-Punk Fest earlier this year. Now they're scoring pretty sweet deals--they're already sponsored by ESP guitars, and here they are looking super dapper in their own br00tal take on "Jingle Bells" (Jingle Hells?) that they recorded as part of a Cole Haan promotion. Slaying with style, for sure.
Video of Unlocking the Truth destroying Christmas, "Master of Puppets" and more below...
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy (aka Will Oldham) released his first ever holiday release this week (11/20) with past collaborator Dawn McCarthy (of Faun Fables), the "Christmas Eve Can Kill You"/"Walking the Dog" single. The songs were recorded in Nashville with Emmett Kelly, Dave Roe, Kenny Malone, Billy Contreras, David Ferguson (who also recorded the tracks) and Matt Sweeney. Will's brother Paul mastered the tracks. You can check out the video for the a-side below and order the single in 7" viny and digital formats at the Drag City webstore.
WIll and Dawn also have a full length record of Everly Brothers covers, What the Brothers Sang, on February 9 via Drag City.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy also has some dates coming up in 2013, including the previously discussed NYC show at Lincoln Center on February 7, which is part of the American Songbook 2013 Season. Tickets for that show are still available.
A list of all dates and that video, below.
Jonathan Coulton and past collaborator/tourmate John Roderick (of The Long Winters) released a Christmas album, One Christmas At A Time, together with ten original Christmas songs by the two musicians ("actually one of them is a Chanukah song, so OK, nine"). Listen to two tracks from the holiday release below.
They'll support the release with another tour together this fall which brings them to NYC on December 14 at City Winery. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All tour dates are listed below.
Jonathan Coulton is also the house musician on NPR/WNYC puzzle show Ask Me Another which tapes live at The Bell House in Brooklyn . The shows are hosted by Ophira Eisenberg and tickets are on sale for five upcoming dates, all also listed below...
REMINDER: (Despite what was initially reported) tickets go on sale on 12/19 for Sufjan's two upcoming Christmas shows at Bowery Ballroom. Meanwhile head below to watch his new Christmas-themed video for "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (from his new Christmas box set which is out now), below...
DOWNLOAD: Summer Camp - "All I Wonderful Christmas Is You" (MP3)
UK duo Summer Camp released their catchy debut LP, Welcome to Condale this past October via Moshi Moshi (you can buy it on eMusic), and followed the release with a European tour. Now, they're set to head out on a short North American tour in support of the album, which kicks off in NYC, where they made their American debut this past March. While they're here, they'll play Mercury Lounge on February 6 and Glasslands on February 7. Tickets for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show are on sale now. No openers have been announced for these shows yet, but stay tuned. All dates are listed below.
Summer Camp recently gave the Christmas gift of their track, "All I Wonderful Christmas Is You," which, if the name doesn't give it away, is a medley/fusion of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The combination works out really well too. Download it above and stream below.
All Summer Camp dates and stream below...
Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire at Glasslands earlier this month (more by Erik Erikson)
Merry Christmas from Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, who dropped the mixtape Merry ex-Mas & Suck My Dick over the weekend. It features production from El-P, BoweryBeats, Necro, a member of A$AP, and others, and guest appearances by Danny Brown, Maffew Ragazino, Dallas Tha Kid, and others. You can stream the whole mixtape and purchase it for $5 at bandcamp.
Check out some videos of eXquire's set at the BV show at Glasslands, which took place earlier this month below...
by Andrew Sacher
Like they've been doing in the past, Parenthetical Girls released a free Christmas EP titled Parenthetical Girls Save Christmas. You can download it at their bandcamp now for any price you name. It's a great 3-song EP that otherwise sounds like any of the recent Parenthetical Girls releases except for the sleigh bells that fill every track.
In early 2012, they're going on tour with Los Campesinos!, who Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls recently recorded a song with. That song, "Dreams Don't Become You," can be streamed below. The tour includes a Chicago show in January but no NYC dates have been announced. Members of the group however will be in NYC in early February for a different type of show.
All dates and song stream below...
DOWNLOAD: Woods - "Christmas Time is Here" (VInce Guaraldi Cover) (MP3)
Woods at Woodsist Fest in July (more by Natasha Ryan)
Woods are heading out on a December tour that begins today (12/7) and culminates in a hometown show at Glasslands on December 19 with Alex Bleeker & The Freaks, Steve Gunn, and Tide Eyed (DJ). Tickets are on sale now.
Woods are also welcoming the month of December with a cover of a song Dawes also just performed for the AV Club. It's Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time is Here." You can grab that cover above, and stream it below along with all dates...
Dan Deacon & fans @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Dan Deacon, now signed to Domino (!) for a record due in 2012 (more details TBA), has still got it. Earlier this month, as you can see in the pictures here, I witnessed him play to a giant crowd of rabid fans at Fun Fun Fun Fest. As usual he played from the ground instead of the stage, and luckily with the help of a security guard to shield his equipment from the wild, swaying mass. More pictures are below.
====| FRIDAY 11/18 @ RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |====Dan will be back in NYC again in March to play a fancy show with the NOW Ensemble & the Calder Quartet as part of the recently-announced Ecstatic Music Festival. He also has lots of other dates scheduled which are listed below.
|| JM RAMBO presents
|| WHAM CITY COMEDY TOUR
|| Adam Endres
|| A Funny Clown
|| Alan Resnick
|| April Camlin
|| Ben O'Brien
|| Connor Kizer
|| Dan Deacon
|| Ellie Beziat
|| Erin Gleeson
|| Mason Ross
|| Peter O'Connell
|| Robby Rackleff
| RIC/RAMBO @ 285 KENT AVE |
285 Kent Ave @ South 1st | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Bedford, G-Metropolitan, JM-Marcy | 8pm | $8 | all ages
Last but not least, Dan is one of a few artists who have contributed tracks to a free holiday album that Carpark is releasing on 12/6. The full tracklist and more details on that are also below...
DOWNLOAD: Summer Camp - Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses Cover) (MP3)
Summer Camp's version of "Christmas Wrapping" can also be found on the Moshi Moshi Christmas compilation, A Christmas Gift For You. Non holiday tracks by the UK indie pop duo can be heard in the videos below...
Watch the video for The Futureheads' new Christmas single, "Christmas was Better in the 80's," below...
DOWNLOAD: The Superions - Fruitcake (YACHT remix) (MP3)
Destination...Christmas, the new Christmas album by The Superions (featuring Fred Schneider of the B-52's) is available for just $5.00 at Amazon. The original version of "Fruitcake" can be heard in the official video below....
Merry Christmas Everybody! 2010 has been a whirlwind of touring and thanks to everyone who came out to the shows! The Hounds & I spent many many hours in vans, gas stations and motels across the globe and we just want you to know how much we appreciate seeing your faces! We've started working on some new music and will hopefully have some new songs to share in the new year.
THANK YOU! MERCI y GRACIAS!
DOWNLOAD: Banjo or Freakout - 105 (MP3)
Just wanted to let you know that we will be giving away a Banjo Or Freakout Christmas album today on bandcamp. First 1,000 copies will be free then after that people can decide what they want to pay for it.Banjo or Freakout's self-titled debut album will be released by Rough Trade in early 2011. The song "105" (download it above) appears on that album and on the Rare Book Room-released single (with b-side "Dead In the Snow") that is out now on 7" and digitally.
My favourite is frosty the snowman :)
We will also be doing an extremely limited run of physical copies which will be available when you buy the current single '105' from Rough Trade Records. The CD will also include last years Christmas album.
DOWNLOAD: Dream Diary - Christmas All Over (MP3)
Dream Diary will release their debut LP, You Are The Beat Out, on February 15th via Kanine Records. The above free holiday cover will not be on that album, but Dream Diary will be at Kanine Records' Wear Your Favorite '90s-style Christmas Sweater Holiday Party at Shea Stadium tonight (12/3). Flyer reposted below...
DOWNLOAD: Boy Least Likely To - Christmas Isn't Christmas (MP3)
christmas makes me so happy. but it makes me so sad sometimes too. i think that's why i find it so magical. making a christmas album might seem like an odd thing to do, but for us it seems like the most perfect thing. some of my favourite songs are christmas songs. we've always been drawn to them and we've always written them, with the thought that someday we would have enough christmas songs to fill a whole album. and at last we have, so here it is. the boy least likely to christmas special. the christmas album we've always dreamed of making.Christmas Special is the third album from the boy least likely to. Free track above. Christmas video and full track list below...
merry christmas and a happy new year
with love from
the boy least likely to