Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Kewl Yule

The 2,498,823rd time hearing "All I Want For Christmas (Is You)" have you feeling anything BUT jolly?
Try some of these slightly-off-the-radar holiday tunes!

"Come On Santa " - The Raveonettes
Still about the jiggly man in red, but dreamier, cooler

"The First Noel/Mary Mary" - Sarah McLachlan
McLachlan takes a traditional song and mixes it up with a world sound and a bluesy chaser

"The Twelve Pains Of Christmas" - Bob Rivers
Arguably the best of all River's Christmas parodies, a classic.

"Nuttin For Christmas" - Sugarland
Fun fact: Sugarland replaced all the names in the song with names of fellow Country singers

"What Christmas Means To Me" - Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder magic + Christmas magic = Awwwwwesome

"Funky, Funky Xmas" - New Kids On The Block
It's like the holiday cheese ball. You don't think you want it, but you'll eat it up!

"My Grown Up Christmas List" - Kelly Clarkson
Beautiful message...ok fine, I just wanted a Kelly Clarkson song

"Auld Lang Syne (Artist Medley)" - Sara Bareilles, Jim Bianco, Cary Brothers, Buddy, Holly Conlan, Marie Digby, Katie Herzig, Jesca Hoop, Laura Jansen, Tim Jones, Greg Laswell, Lenka, Anya Marina, Jonah Matranga, Ingrid Michaelson, Meiko, Joshua Radin, and Butch Walker
Haunting, gorgeous and features everyone under the sun

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - The Pretenders
My #1 fave Christmas song and who's cooler than the Pretenders?

"Underneath The Mistletoe" - Blondfire
I found this holiday EP by accident on  iTunes and I'm absolutely in love with it. Sweet & catchy

"Winter Wonderland" - Kate Havnevik
Listening to this version while actually walking in the snow is a sublime life experience

"Last Christmas" - Jimmy Eat World
I can't knock the original Wham version, but Jimmy Eat World hips it up a bit

"Christmas Piglet" - Presidents Of The United States of America
Just makes me laugh and shake like a bowl full of jelly

Hopefully these and some heavily spiked 'nog will get you through.

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