23 December 2007

It's Christmas! Let's Be Glad!

First, here's an article from the Seattle Weekly, deconstructing the true spirit behind a lot of the holiday cheer pumped out by your favorite musicians:
Sid Vicious Understood the Christmas Spirit Better Than Sufjan? Say it ain't so!

Now, a collection of the most (un)necessary Christmas songs, Part I:

The ultimate holiday classic:
Boston Pops Orchestra - Sleigh Ride.mp3

My favorite traditional Deutsch classic:
The Vienna Boys' Choir - Kling, Glöckchen, Klingelingeling.mp3

Giving you childhood flashbacks:
Vince Guaraldi Trio - Greensleeves.mp3

To give the kids nightmares:
Tom Waits - Silent Night.mp3

For a swingin' retro party:
Richard Cheese - Christmas in Las Vegas.mp3

For some post-apocalyptic cheer:
Weird Al - Christmas at Ground Zero.mp3

If you take your gospel with extra soul:
The Blind Boys of Alabama - Last Month of the Year.mp3

When you thought you had every version of Carol of the Bells:
Mr. MacKay (South Park) - Carol of the Bells.mp3

Because Tchaikovsky didn't put enough swing into his ballet:
The Brian Setzer Orchestra - The Nutcracker Suite.mp3

The obligatory/ubiquitous Sufjan Stevens: For those of you who--for whatever reason, I will never understand--don't have Songs for Christmas, a track from each of the 5 EPs:
O Come, O Come Emmanuel.mp3
Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing.mp3
O Holy Night.mp3
Did I Make You Cry On Christmas? (Well, You Deserved It!).mp3
Star of Wonder.mp3

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