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Title: Good holiday music
Post by: spoko on November 23, 2007, 06:42:59 AM
I believe against all logic that there are in fact several good holiday-music albums out there. No Mannheim Steamroller, no Dolly Parton, no shitty compilations, just good ones. As proof, I offer my three favorites:

Chris Isaak, Chris Isaak Christmas
He does some old standards, of course, as well as a few uncommon "standards," and about a half-dozen originals. There's hardly a dud in the bunch, and there are quite a few surprises. His originals, for example, turn out to be pretty good. And his takes on the standards are really surprisingly good.

Allison Crowe, Tidings
A Christmas album with very few strictly "Christmas" songs. Crowe chooses songs that evoke the feeling of the season, rather than just songs that are directly associated with it. So there are ones like "The First Noel," "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," but there are also (some of the best covers I've ever heard of) songs like "Let It Be" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". This is the one Christmas album that I listen to songs from all year round. Oh and by the way, the whole album is available for free download (http://www.allisoncrowe.com/Tidings.html).

Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Come on, who doesn't love these songs?



So, those are my recommendations. But I'm looking for some more. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: alexarch on November 23, 2007, 09:52:08 AM
Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas
Best.  Christmas album.  Ever.

Any of the Mannheim Steamroller Christmases, but I'm partial to the one with "Little Drummer Boy"

A Canadian Brass Christmas

Barenaked for the Holidays - Barenaked Ladies

Wintersong - Sarah McLachlan

When My Heart Finds Christmas - Harry Connick Jr.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Tom the Drunk on November 23, 2007, 10:29:00 AM
I third the motion - Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas is my favorite.

I don't really like any other albums, I just have a collection of individual songs in an ipod playlist.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: skjerva on November 23, 2007, 11:17:24 AM
"Closer" was on my thanksgiving mix:)
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: VmSoze on November 23, 2007, 11:28:00 AM
Am I the only one who gets sick of Christmas/Holiday music WAY before Christmas actually rolls around?


Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: facedad on November 23, 2007, 11:36:30 AM
Am I the only one who gets sick of Christmas/Holiday music WAY before Christmas actually rolls around?



No, not even remotely. I may already be sick of it.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: skjerva on November 23, 2007, 11:48:37 AM
Am I the only one who gets sick of Christmas/Holiday music WAY before Christmas actually rolls around?



No, not even remotely. I may already be sick of it.

I think it is hard-wired in me to dislike the stuff
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: facedad on November 23, 2007, 11:56:09 AM
Am I the only one who gets sick of Christmas/Holiday music WAY before Christmas actually rolls around?



No, not even remotely. I may already be sick of it.

I think it is hard-wired in me to dislike the stuff
Don't underestimate the learned reaction.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: skjerva on November 23, 2007, 11:57:54 AM
Am I the only one who gets sick of Christmas/Holiday music WAY before Christmas actually rolls around?



No, not even remotely. I may already be sick of it.

I think it is hard-wired in me to dislike the stuff
Don't underestimate the learned reaction.

Good point, as always.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: spoko on November 23, 2007, 05:42:35 PM
Am I the only one who gets sick of Christmas/Holiday music WAY before Christmas actually rolls around?

I do, but that's actually why I started this thread. I've found that if I raise the ratio of good-holiday-music to crappy-Applebees-holiday music, I'm less nauseated by the whole thing overall.

Alex, technical foul. The rules explicitly ruled out Mannheim Steamroller. I used to live in Omaha, where they play that crap year-round. I didn't like it before that, but now I'm convinced that exposure to that music would be a valid defense for random acts of violence.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Wowser on November 25, 2007, 04:16:54 PM
Bowie and Bing Crosby - Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth ("Agents sliding down the chimney")

Hilliard Ensembles Morimur.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Scalzo on November 25, 2007, 08:06:03 PM
Wynton Marsalis's Crescent City Christmas Card, my favorite Christmas album.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: choatime on November 25, 2007, 09:52:15 PM
I used to live in Omaha, where they play that crap year-round. I didn't like it before that, but now I'm convinced that exposure to that music would be a valid defense for random acts of violence.

I was under the impression that Conor Oberst had singlehandledly fixed this.  Isn't Omaha supposed to be uniformly cool now?

As far as Christmas songs go, it's really tough to beat "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues.

Last Christmas I remember loving Sufjan Stevens' Songs for Christmas albums last year, but sadly I treated them like holiday music and haven't listened to them since. 
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on November 25, 2007, 09:56:11 PM
Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas
Sufjan Stevens - Songs For Christmas
Aimee Mann - Another Drifter In The Snow
The Beach Boys - Christmas Album
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas
Phil Spector - A Christmas gift from Phil Spector

I pretty much listen to this stuff 24/7 this time of year.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Kevin Shields on November 25, 2007, 10:14:04 PM
That Vince Guaraldi album is perfect.

Songs I put in my mix are:

U2-"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
Run-DMC-"Xmas in Hollis"
Band Aid-"Do They Know It's Christmas?"
Bing Crosby/David Bowie-"Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth"
The Waitresses-"Christmas Wrapping"
Twisted Sister-"O Come All Ye Faithful"
Bob River-"I Am Santa Claus"
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: spoko on November 26, 2007, 06:37:51 AM
I was under the impression that Conor Oberst had singlehandledly fixed this.  Isn't Omaha supposed to be uniformly cool now?

I left just before all that ('98). I always thought Omaha was pretty cool, though, and still do. Sadly, Conor isn't the only musician from thereóChip Davis is, too, and so you hear Mannheim Steamroller all over town this time of year. It's perfectly horrid.

As far as Christmas songs go, it's really tough to beat "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues.

Good call.
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Child of the 80s that I am, I also like this season because I get to listen to Billy Squier's "Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You". I also really like Ray Charles' "Baby It's Cold Outside", as long as we're talking individual songs.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Wowser on November 26, 2007, 12:31:04 PM
Pink FLoy's Final Cut and David Gilmour's first album always say 'Xmas' to me. As does Prince's Purple Rain
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on November 26, 2007, 07:09:51 PM
Pink FLoy's Final Cut and David Gilmour's first album always say 'Xmas' to me. As does Prince's Purple Rain
???
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: pixote on November 27, 2007, 02:28:30 AM
Pink FLoy's Final Cut and David Gilmour's first album always say 'Xmas' to me. As does Prince's Purple Rain
???

I can get behind this.  I have a similiar relationship to Ben Folds Five's Whatever and Ever Amen.  "Smoke" totally puts me in mind of a blustery late autumn, early winter day, the smell of burning leaves in the air, collars pulled up tight.  "Brick" is more wintry, set right during the holiday ("6 am day after Christmas" ... "(I) sell some gifts that I got") with a sound that feels like cold breaths visible in the chilly air (I picture the atmosphere of Ordinary People).  "Selfless, Cold, and Composed" is icier still, the bitter cold of early February, a frozen lake after the skaters have all gone home.

pixote
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on November 27, 2007, 02:34:03 AM
i understand
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: karlwinslow on November 27, 2007, 05:37:25 PM
Final Cut is the only 80's Floyd/Roger Waters album (because it was really just Rogers those last few years) I can really listen to.  And it's really just that awesome sax solo on The Gunner's Dream.  Awesome.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Junior on November 27, 2007, 07:57:31 PM
Muppet Christmas Carrol Soundtrack is very good.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on November 27, 2007, 08:00:53 PM
Muppet Christmas Carrol Soundtrack is very good.

it is
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: wombat on November 27, 2007, 10:12:58 PM
Sufjan Stevens had a great Christmas album that came out last year.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on November 27, 2007, 10:13:22 PM
Sufjan Stevens had a great Christmas album that came out last year.

it's an amazing cd
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: wombat on November 27, 2007, 10:14:48 PM
And then I read the whole post and see I was beaten to the punch.

Any metal Christmas music? I love Jesus, but I kinda like Satan's music more.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on November 27, 2007, 10:16:19 PM
why should the devil have all the good music?
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: wombat on November 27, 2007, 10:25:22 PM
Not all, just the Lion's share of it.

And its probably because the heathens are rocking while the Christians are out preaching. Isn't it odd that every time you leave a bar after a great show there is some guy handing out pamphlets about Christianity? Its essentially the central struggle from the Excorcist, minus the head spinning (depending on how much whiskey you have consumed...then it might be with the head spinning).
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on November 28, 2007, 05:20:07 PM
Ever wonder why all of the major christian holidays correspond to the pagan ones?

Does anyone really think baby jesus was born on Dec 25?
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Think_Long on November 28, 2007, 05:31:32 PM
Mark Kozelek singing 'Little Drummer Boy' on his live album is beautiful. but I think anything that man touches turns into sonic gold.

marty_m, I think at this point most people have probably accepted the Pagan roots of most of the holidays, and they just want to embrace the spirit (either religiously or a-religiously)
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on November 28, 2007, 06:07:20 PM
I love the holidays - I have been listening to christmas music on my car radio since asfter halloween.

I was just responding to wombat.

I only wanted to type "baby jesus" because I was channeling Talladega Nights...
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: JAGII on December 03, 2007, 12:17:27 PM
I think its hard to put out a full Christmas album that's actually good.  There are exceptions-- the Aimee Mann and Chris Isaak albums are quite good-- but they are the exceptions that prove the rule. 

One album that I like to promote is an independent record put out by a bunch of Christian musicians (I know, I know-- again, the exception that proves the rule) called, unimaginatively enough, Noel.  Its an ensemble record featuring a bunch of singers that most people wouldn't know, well Buddy and Julie Miller are fairly well-known, but that's it, but the arrangements are both respectful and interesting, the selection of carols is great with some familiars ("Away in the Manger," "What Child is This," "O Holy Night") among lesser knowns ("Bring A Torch, Jeannette Isabella," "The Carol of the Birds," "In the Bleak Mid-Winter"), and nearly all of the performances are outstanding.  So, if you can get past the usual dreck that is Christian music, and actually find the darn album, its well worth the effort.

Like others, I'm a fan of downloading individual songs and making Christmas mix CDs, also to counter the Applebee's Christmas music.


Here's a few of my favorites:

1) "Rudy" - Be-Good Tonyas
2) "To Heck With Ol' Santa Claus"- Lorretta Lynn
3) "I Want An Alien For Christmas"- Fountains of Wayne
4) "Merry Christmas, I Don't Want to Fight Tonight"- Ramones
5) "Merry Christmas From the Family"- Robert Earl Keen
6) "Nothin' But A Child"- Steve Earle
7) "Christmas Presents"- Joe Tex
8) "Santa! Don't Pass Me By"- Freddie Fender
9) "Hoo-Ray for Santa Claus (Theme from Santa Claus vs. The Martians)" - Sloppy Seconds
10) "What Christmas Means To Me"- Stevie Wonder (The Gap can try to steal this one all they want, its still a great song).
11) Christmas Tears- Freddie King
12) "Christmas, Baby Please Come Home"- U2 (Death Cab does a passable version as well)
13) "Merry X-Mas (War is Over)"- The Polyphonic Spree (the John Holt reggae version is excellent, too)
14) "Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me"- Rev. Horton Heat
15) "Blues for Christmas"- John Lee Hooker
16) "I Saw Mommy Kissin' Santa Claus"- John Mellencamp (I have as much hatred for ol' Cougar as the next guy, but he does a fantastic version of this song)
17) "Louisiana Christmas"- Aaron Neville
18) "Listen to the Angel"- Moby
19) "I'm Gettin' Nuthin' For Christmas"- Less Than Jake
20) "On To Bethlehem"- Vigilantes of Love

That's all I've got off the top of my head.  I know I'll think of more as soon as I log off.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: VmSoze on December 03, 2007, 01:26:31 PM
after a weekend full of Christmas music, I've decided that there is no good Christmas music :P



or maybe I'm just saying that to annoy Chester...
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: Tom the Drunk on December 03, 2007, 01:45:52 PM
I think I only play it myself a day or two.  There's enough bombardment all around.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on December 03, 2007, 04:00:53 PM
after a weekend full of Christmas music, I've decided that there is no good Christmas music :P



or maybe I'm just saying that to annoy Chester...

you are so on the naughty list right now
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: VmSoze on December 03, 2007, 06:16:28 PM
after a weekend full of Christmas music, I've decided that there is no good Christmas music :P



or maybe I'm just saying that to annoy Chester...

you are so on the naughty list right now

was I ever not on your naughty list?  I distinctly remember being kicked out of/banned from your Christmas thread. (not that it stops me from posting there)
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: ses on December 04, 2007, 12:24:13 AM
this is a compilation i made for family from all the CDs we owned


Bing Crosby-White Christmas
Judy Garland-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Dean Martin-Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Bing Crosby-Iíll Be Home for Christmas
Brenda Lee-Rockiní Around the Christmas Tree
Bobbie Helms-Jingle Bell Rock
Bing Crosby-Itís Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Elvis Presley-Blue Christmas
Johnny Mathis-Itís the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Nat King Cole-The Christmas Song
Jimmy Durante-Frosty the Snowman
Bing Crosby & David Bowie-Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
Bing Crosby-Silver Bells
Perry Como-(Thereís No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
Frank Sinatra-It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Bing Crosby-Adestes Fideles
Burl Ives-A Holly, Jolly Christmas
Bing Crosby-Christmas in Killarney
Tony Bennett-Winter Wonderland
Bing Crosby-Silent Night
Frank Sinatra-O, Little Town of Bethlehem
Bing Crosby-Jingle Bells
Bruce Springsteen-Santa Claus is Coming to Town
John Lennon & Yoko Ono-Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Bing Crosby-Mele Kalikimaka
Gene Autry-Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Alvin & the Chipmunks-The Christmas Song
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: VmSoze on December 04, 2007, 09:37:08 AM
the itunes free christmas song this week is Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee.  I know Chester likes them so I thought I'd let him know :)  am I off the naughty list now?
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: spoko on December 04, 2007, 10:03:18 AM
the itunes free christmas song this week is Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee.  I know Chester likes them so I thought I'd let him know :)  am I off the naughty list now?

Where does one find said "free Christmas song"? One assumes that one needs iTunes, which one is using. But one can only find a listing to buy the song for 99 cents, which one considers to be an extravagance. One also assumes there might be any number of additional songs, and yet more to come in future weeks, to which one would enjoy access. How should one approach this?
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on December 04, 2007, 10:33:48 AM
the itunes free christmas song this week is Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee.  I know Chester likes them so I thought I'd let him know :)  am I off the naughty list now?

only if you download it
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: pixote on December 04, 2007, 10:33:54 AM
Where does one find said "free Christmas song"? One assumes that one needs iTunes, which one is using. But one can only find a listing to buy the song for 99 cents, which one considers to be an extravagance. One also assumes there might be any number of additional songs, and yet more to come in future weeks, to which one would enjoy access. How should one approach this?

For a short-term fix, one can go here (http://zeonmusic.blogspot.com/2007/12/do-you-hear-what-i-hear.html).

pixote
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: spoko on December 04, 2007, 03:04:08 PM
Where does one find said "free Christmas song"? One assumes that one needs iTunes, which one is using. But one can only find a listing to buy the song for 99 cents, which one considers to be an extravagance. One also assumes there might be any number of additional songs, and yet more to come in future weeks, to which one would enjoy access. How should one approach this?

For a short-term fix, one can go here (http://zeonmusic.blogspot.com/2007/12/do-you-hear-what-i-hear.html).

pixote

One has done so, and one is grateful. One loves "Carol of the Bells."
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on December 04, 2007, 04:52:30 PM
Where does one find said "free Christmas song"? One assumes that one needs iTunes, which one is using. But one can only find a listing to buy the song for 99 cents, which one considers to be an extravagance. One also assumes there might be any number of additional songs, and yet more to come in future weeks, to which one would enjoy access. How should one approach this?

For a short-term fix, one can go here (http://zeonmusic.blogspot.com/2007/12/do-you-hear-what-i-hear.html).

pixote

One has done so, and one is grateful. One loves "Carol of the Bells."

It is a great song, and a great version. I have been a huge fan of The Bird And The Bee all year long.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: spoko on December 04, 2007, 05:09:14 PM
I hadn't really been that interested in them, but might give them another, more substantive chance.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: VmSoze on December 05, 2007, 12:46:26 AM
the itunes free christmas song this week is Carol of the Bells by The Bird and the Bee.  I know Chester likes them so I thought I'd let him know :)  am I off the naughty list now?

Where does one find said "free Christmas song"? One assumes that one needs iTunes, which one is using. But one can only find a listing to buy the song for 99 cents, which one considers to be an extravagance. One also assumes there might be any number of additional songs, and yet more to come in future weeks, to which one would enjoy access. How should one approach this?

I apologize because I think I posted this after they switched to a new FREE holiday song... I checked tonight and it was something else.  If you have iTunes, just go the the iTunes Store and click on the "Free on iTunes" section (at the bottom of the front page).  Then you can download all the free stuff.

chester, I did actually download the song, I like The Bird and the Bee.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on December 05, 2007, 02:52:32 AM
chester, I did actually download the song, I like The Bird and the Bee.

awesome. i like you.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: VmSoze on December 05, 2007, 07:13:14 AM
chester, I did actually download the song, I like The Bird and the Bee.

awesome. i like you.

:)
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: ElectricOtter on December 12, 2007, 02:38:38 PM
I have been doing you all a great disservice by not mentioning some of the best holiday music I've ever heard. I give you:

Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails (http://wm08.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jzfpxq8hldhe)

and

Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails, Pt. 2 (http://wm08.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:d9fpxqejld0e)
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: chesterfilms on December 12, 2007, 08:45:17 PM
I have been doing you all a great disservice by not mentioning some of the best holiday music I've ever heard. I give you:

Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails (http://wm08.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jzfpxq8hldhe)

and

Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails, Pt. 2 (http://wm08.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:d9fpxqejld0e)

i have both of these and they are wonderful.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: pixote on December 12, 2007, 11:38:27 PM
This blog here (http://gyozamonsta.wordpress.com/2007/12/09/countdown-to-christmas-inaugural-post-and-free-holiday-mix-roundup/) is compiling links to free holiday mixes around the web.  I'm downloading all most of them as we speak.

pixote
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: ultress on December 13, 2007, 01:25:33 AM
More entries are added daily too.
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: pixote on December 13, 2007, 01:48:43 AM
So, after removing duplicates, I now have 372 new Christmas songs to sample.  That's twenty-and-a-half hours, despite my having avoided (for now) two of the bigger sites: Ernie (Not Bert) (http://ernienotbert.blogspot.com/) and 77 Santas (http://77santas.blogspot.com/).

pixote
Title: Re: Good holiday music
Post by: MattDrufke on October 14, 2015, 11:15:44 AM
That this thread exists and no one has mentioned "Father Christmas" by The Kinks....

For shame, y'all....


(Don't know why I'm thinking about holiday music in the middle of October, though)