Hey! I know I'm cutting this way, way, way, way, way too close. However, since I forgot to do a post on this last holiday season, I want to make sure I get this in here. As you know 2012 is winding down and 2013 is around the corner. Since Christmas is literally here, I thought it would be interesting to highlight a few X-Mas music picks. Yes, most of it is about a year old but I found out about it too late to post so it's new to me. Besides it's X-mas so letting it slide would be cool and it doesn't really fit to review it like I normally would do to records/CDs/downloads, etc. So, enjoy, listen and maybe find some new tuneage to enjoy the Holidays with in da future.
THE DOLLYROTS - "Because I'm Santa"/"Messed Up Xmas"
Running off the strength of an album funded via kickstarter, The Dollyrots offer up two Christmas jams. "Because I'm Santa" is an ode to Kris Kringle set to the tune of "Because I'm Awesome," keeping the songs hooky energy with a distinct Holiday vibe. "Messed Up Xmas" is a poppier punk gem about gifts, suggestions from friends, love, et al with a hint of tongue in cheek humor and a lot of fun.
THE PLIMPTONS - "Christmas All Over this Town" EP
This came to my attention too late to put it on the blog last year so I had to wait til now. This Scottish pop band dish out a small batch of catchy original indie/power pop songs about Christmas full of catchy harmonies and a blend of sentiment and angst. While the Scottish accents in the vocals may trip up some listeners, the hooks here are universal and make this a must listen.
SHONEN KNIFE - "Sweet Christmas"
I can't believe I didn't know about this until a few weeks ago. Last year Shonen Knife unleashed some pure simple holiday spirit in simple puny pop form. "Sweet Christmas" is typical Shonen KNife - lots of strummed guitar and a simple vocal that states its case in the way they make their own. Also in here is a cover of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" and an acoustic version of the title track.