Entries tagged with: holiday music

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Aimee Mann's holiday show @ Nokia Theatre (more by Chris La Putt)
Aimee Mann holiday show

Aimee is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Shows past, present, and future to learn the true meaning of the Christmas show. Featuring Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, John Krasinski (The Office), Michael Cera (Superbad), John C. Reilly (Walk Hard), Grant Lee Phillips, and Paul F. Tompkins. Directed by Tim Heidecker (Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!")
If you were at the show, you already saw this. Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol, in four video parts, below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol (2008 video w/ Michael Cera, John C Reilly and more...) "

photos by Chris La Putt

Aimee Mann

Based around songs from [Aimee Mann's] 2006 Christmas album, "One More Drifter in the Snow," the show also featured songs from Nellie McKay and Grant-Lee Phillips, comedy by [Fred Armisen] and Morgan Murphy, and a video spoof of "A Christmas Carol," featuring cameos by actors Michael Cera and John C. Reilly and Mann's husband, Michael Penn, in the role of Marley.

The music ranged from traditional and "corny" (Mann's word) songs like "Sleigh Ride" to more somber fare, such as Mann's own "Calling on Mary." Phillips and McKay joined Mann on the former, and were frequent contributors throughout the two-hour show.

Phillips first came out dressed in a snowman costume, and he later disguised himself as Willie Nelson to do a creditable impersonation of the country legend on a version of Mann's 'Til Tuesday hit, "Voices Carry."..
[that is a review from an earlier show on the tour]

More pictures from last night's holiday show at Nokia Theatre in NYC, below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann's holiday show (Fred Armisen, Grant-Lee Phillips, Nellie Mckay, Morgan Murphy) @ Nokia Theatre - pics "

photos by Tim Griffin

Mick Foley & Dee Snider
Twisted Sister

Lita Ford
Twisted Sister

Lita Ford, Mini Kiss, a statue of Ozzy Osbourne, and Mick Foley (wrestler Mankind) were among the guests who showed up to help Twisted Sister celebrate Christmas at two shows at Nokia Theatre in NYC over the weekend. After Mini Kiss made like reindeer and pulled Santa Dee Snider on stage in his sleigh, the band broke into a set full of Christmas songs and true-to-form versions of their classics like 'I Wanna Rock' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It'. And like she does on Twisted Sister's Christmas album, and in the new official video, Lita Ford sang a 'dedicated to the troops' version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with the band. A great live video of that, and tons of pictures, below...

Continue reading "Twisted Sister's Christmas show w/ Lita Ford & Mini Kiss @ Nokia Theater, NYC - pics & video"

DOWNLOAD: Friendly Foes - Couch Surfing (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Friendly Foes - My Body (Is A Strange Place To Live) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Friendly Foes - Get Yr Shit Together (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ryan Allen (Thunderbirds are Now!) - Elves on Strike (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Ryan Allen (TAN!) - Jingle Hell (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Scott Allen (TAN!) - Assassination on Christmas Eve (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Scott Allen (TAN!) - Winters Wonderland (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Scott Allen (TAN!) - Christmastime is Here (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Scott & Brad Allen (TAN!) - Silent Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Thunderbirds are Now! - Christmas in Hollis (MP3)

Friendly Foes
Friendly Foes

That's Friendly Foes in the picture above. You might recognize the lead singer. He's none other than Ryan Allen from Thunderbirds are Now!. (do you put a period at the end of a sentence if it ends with a band name that has punctuation in it already?). Grab three MP3's above. Their album "Born Radical" is out in stores via Gangplank Records on January 13th, but is available digitally now.

Catch Friendly Foes live, in NYC, tonight/Tuesday (12/9) at the Bell House or Wednesday at The Studio @ Webster Hall. Do not show up at the Bell House tonight thinking you're going to see the UK band signed to XL Recordings that recently played a bunch of shows during CMJ. Friendly FIRES is playing at the Virgin Store and the Annex tonight. Friendly FOES is at the Bell House. All tour dates below...

Continue reading "Friendly Foes vs. Friendly Fires, tour dates & MP3's "

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...

Continue reading "more Christmas songs & comps & charities - the Hives, Joan Jett, Cyndi Lauper, Sweden, No Kids, Glasvegas & more"

DOWNLOAD: Nellie McKay - A Christmas Dirge (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Nellie McKay - Take Me Away (MP3)

Nellie McKay @ Spiegelworld (more by Chris La Putt)
Nellie McKay

Both of those MP3's on top of this post were released by Nellie McKay for the holidays in 2007, and like she did in 2007, Nellie McKay is going out on (a Christmas) tour with Aimee Mann, BUT FIRST you can catch Nellie all by herself at le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday December 2nd. It's an early show. Lemonade and El Guincho play the same venue later that night. All Nellie dates below...

Continue reading "Nellie McKay for the holidays & Tuesday @ le Poisson Rouge"

Lita Ford

Til Tuesday (Aimee Mann then)
Til Tuesday

Aimee Mann (now)
Aimee Mann

Twisted Sister
Twisted Sister

What do Aimee Mann and Twisted Sister have in common? They were both popular in the eighties (though maybe Twisted Sister are the only ones still living in it) and are still at it today, they both put out Christmas albums in 2006, they both played Christmas shows in 2007 (Aimee also played one in 2006), and they both are playing Christmas shows in 2008 - both of which are at Nokia Theatre in NYC in December. Twisted Sister plays two nights (tickets are on sale), and Aimee Mann plays one (she had two nights, but one was already cancelled) (tickets are also on sale).

In case the title confused you Aimee & Dee are not sharing the same bill (just the same BV post, again).

Twisted Sister is advertising two openers: ZO2 and The Dirty Pearls. Aimee Mann is saying that "This years special guests include: Nellie McKay, Grant-Lee Phillips, Morgan Murphy, Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins.", but her tour is eleven dates long and it's unclear who will be appearing at each show along the way, BUT Nokia Theatre IS listing all of those guests EXCEPT Patton. All tour dates and a whole bunch of related videos, below...

Continue reading "Aimee Mann & Twisted Sister - 2008 Christmas Tour Dates, Nellie McKay, Patton Oswalt, videos w/ Lita Ford & stuff"

DOWNLOAD: Woody Guthrie - Hanukkah Dance [Alternate Take] (1:24)
DOWNLOAD: Yo La Tengo - I Feel Like Going Home (live on KCMP) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: One on One with Jackie Hoffman (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Songs in the key of Hanukkah - Dreidel (MP3) (info)
DOWNLOAD: DJ BALAGAN - "Chalutzei Ketzev" (Israeli 70s Beat Mix) (MP3)

Hanukkah

Hanukkah runs from sunset, December 21 to sunset, December 29, 2008. The first Day of Hanukkah is December 22. If you haven't figured it it out by now, that means Christmas happens during Hannukah this year.

Over the course of the eight days (and before and after), many candles will be lit and many Hanukkah-themed events will be happening in and around New York City. Many will involve music. Here are a few...

DreidelYo La Tengo will be repeating their tradition of playing all eight nights of Hanukkah at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Not surpringly, advanced tickets are all already sold out at Ticketweb, but to quote the band, "Tickets may still be available in person at Tunes in Hoboken and/or Other Music in NYC". Stay tuned for opener information as it's announced. Yo La Tengo are also playing a show in New Jersey on New Years Eve.

Also playing eights nights (except not all of them are on Hanukkah because he's taking the Sabbath off): Matisyahu. Tickets are still on sale for these shows that take place at Webster Hall in Manhattan and Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Openers include The LeeVees, Asher Roth and Little Jackie.

Southpaw in Park Slope is hosting Jewltide 6 featuring DeLeon on Christmas Eve. "DeLeon plays 15th Century Spanish indie rock infused with the deeply mysterious and entrancing cadences of the ancient Sephardic tradition." Tickets are on sale. This show is also part of a larger DeLeon/JDub national Hanukkah tour. All dates at the very bottom of this post.

NYC event listings continued below...

Continue reading "a guide to NYC HANNUKAH shows & concerts, MP3's & stuff "

DOWNLOAD: Belle and Sebastian - Are You Coming Over For Christmas? (MP3)

Merry Christmas from Belle and Sebastian

The lovely new song that is streaming on the home page is called 'Are You Coming Over For Christmas?' and was recorded this week in Glasgow, being completed with three days to spare!

It is a brand new recording and the band's first studio output since last year's 'The Life Pursuit' album.

As well as the band members, it features guest vocals by Celia Garcia, double bass by Dave McGowan, saxophones and clarinet by James Swinburne and harp by Helen Macleod. It was arranged by Mick Cooke, engineered by Steven Clark and mixed by Stuart McCredie.

The track can be streamed from the homepage or the band's MySpace profile. As a special Xmas present, we will switch on the download function on the MySpace from midnight 'til midnight on Christmas Day. Happy Christmas! [Belle and Sebastian]

DOWNLOAD: Sloan Wainwright - Silent Night (MP3)

Bodies of Water

This was maybe going to be a post about how the-band-recently-signed-to-Secretly-Canadian Bodies of Water posted some free Christmas songs for download on their MySpace page, but then this message they posted on the homepage of their regular website seemed even more interesting...

12.21.07 - I can't understand why anyone likes these musical groups and singers:

Wilco
Jeff Buckley
Elvis Costello
The Police
Slint
Rush
Joni Mitchell
Steely Dan
Afghan Whigs

Perhaps you are offended by this. If so, I feel glad. You need to be shaken up. You need to have whatever skewed values you've cultivated over the years CHALLENGED. Listen again to this stuff - you will see that it is junk. (I say all this with the utmost sincerity, but I'm sure that in a year or two 'synchronicity' will be on heavy rotation in my house. This goes for all of these except for Steely Dan. I will never, ever like Steely Dan as long as I live.)

And to that Steely Dan might say...

Check out the Bodies of Water take away show @ La Blogoteque (and while you're at it, check out the new Jens Lekman one too).

DOWNLOAD: Teddy Pendergrass - Happy Kwanzaa (MP3)

Merry Christmas

Download the 2007 BrooklynVegan holiday mix HERE (in case you missed it). And then check out this other site for links to even more free holiday music.

Familyre Christmas

* Sufjan Stevens @ Southpaw
* Sounds Familyre is giving away Christmas songs
* A City Harvest benefit @ Europa
* Mr. Scruff opens for Francois K at Deep Space at Cielo
* The Robert Glasper Experiment with Q-Tip @ Highline Ballroom
* Knitting Factory hosts Pittsburgh Slim

Pittsburgh Slim is the man behind that horrible "girls kissing girls" song. Reasons to go: You have Pittsburgh pride, you're thinking Jay-Z could show up, or you're hoping they might reenact the video in some way live on stage.

What else?

Happy Hanukkah

1) DOWNLOAD: It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year (MP3)
2) DOWNLOAD: Phofo - Light That Menorah (MP3)
3) DOWNLOAD: DJ BC vs. Adam Sandler - Chaukah Song (Goy Mix) (MP3)
4) DOWNLOAD: Doc Mo Shé - Hanukkah Homeboy (MP3)
5) DOWNLOAD: Chutzpah - Chanukkah's Da Bomb (MP3)
6) DOWNLOAD: Smooth-E - Hanukkah Hey Ya! (MP3)

Part 2 tomorrow. More holiday MP3s HERE. Night one events HERE.

DOWNLOAD: Super Furry Animals - Into the Night (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Super Furry Animals - Run Away (MP3)

Hey VenusTickets are on sale (thx Jesse!) for a Super Furry Animals show at Maxwell's in Hoboken on January 23rd. That's one of two announced U.S. dates. The other is February 9th in San Francisco. Surely more dates will be announced soon.

Their latest album Hey Venus is currently out in the U.S., but only digtally and on vinyl. The CD (pictured) will include bonus material, and that's out on January 22nd (one day before the Maxwell's show).

SFA are also playing overseas - New Years Eve in London with Deerhoof, and XFM's Winter Wonderland on December 12th with We Are Scientists (who are also playing NYC on December 18th).

Check Superfurry.com on December 25th for a free MP3 of 'The Gift That Keeps Giving'. Check out a video below...

Continue reading "Super Furry Animals - CD release, US tour, Christmas song, New Years Eve in London"

DOWNLOAD: Robbers on High Street - Seasons Greetings (MP3)

Robbers on High Street

The song is originally found on an American Song-Poem Christmas album called Daddy, Is Santa Really Six Foot Four? On Bar None Records. It was written by Raymond Moberly and performed by Teri Summers and the Librettos. Song-poems were a pop culture phenomenon in the 50s, 60s and 70s where normal people would mail in their poems to "professional musicians" who would then set music to the poems for a fee, usually a few hundred dollars.
For more nifty (and free) holiday music, check out the BrooklynVegan 2007 Holiday mix.

DOWNLOAD: Wham - Last Christmas (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ABCQ - It's Christmas Time (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ABCQ - lumen de lumine (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ABCQ - Snowbus (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: ABCQ - I wish you love (MP3)

Tofurky

Download a few mellow Christmas songs for your non-ironic holiday mix, courtesy of A Band Called Quinn. Kind of Rilo Kiley & St. Etienne - a bit cheesy. Would go well with some George Michael (Geri Halliwell's ex-friend), so I included that one as well. Yeah, I know - it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Speaking of Thanksgiving, SuperVegan lists some ways to have a vegan one in NYC. Want something more traditional? Watch the entire Charlie Brown Thanksgiving cartoon below....

Continue reading "a free pre-Thanksgiving Christmas EP by A Band Called Quinn"

DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - That Was the Worst Christmas Ever (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Sister Winter (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Ding Dong (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - Com on! Let's Boogie to the Elf Dance! (MP3)

"Asthmatic Kitty is proud to announce..."
Sufjan Stevens Christmas

It's Christmas time again! That means tightly bundled scarves, lively debates on the merits of real/plastic trees, a litany of Christmas television specials, and finding the perfect retro Christmas wrapping paper.

And gifts of course! Who could forget the gifts!

That's why Sufjan Stevens is busy working on a very special gift right now, for a very special person. And in the spirit of Christmas, that person will give Sufjan a similarly special gift.

Here's how it works: write an original Christmas song, record it, and email the song to us. Asthmatic Kitty will pick a winner, and that person will trade rights to their song for rights to Sufjan's song.

Just like a gift exhange, Sufjan's song becomes your song. You can hoard it for yourself, sell it to a major soft drink corporation, use it in your daughter's first Christmas video, or share it for free on your website. No one except Sufjan and you will hear his song, unless you decide otherwise. You get the song and all legal rights to it. We get the same rights to your song.

By submitting your song, you also give us permission to stream it online.

Interested? Click here . . .

It's hard to believe that this is the fourth year in a row that I've posted about Sufjan's Christmas music.

Sufjan Stevens just performed the "BQE" for three nights at BAM.

Halloween

Check out creativetechs for links to Zip files of over 80 classic Halloween records turned into MP3s.