Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Happy!


It's not a holiday that I am terribly fond of. The one thing about Christmas I like is the music. There have been amazing covers of traditional Christmas songs and new holiday tunes throughout the years, and I want to share some with you.

The holiday season to me is about music. No surprise since music is such a big part of my life. When we are young, the Christmas Carol Standards are quickly ingrained to our psyches. Most of us can recite a few lines of any of the countless xmas songs out there. For me though, the covers and deep cuts of the holidays are what I want to hear.

If has a Christmas party next year, this is what you can expect to hear while you drink egg nog and nibble on Winterdoodles!

For any party, you have to start the music selection on the more calm/background tip. You want to get people in the mood yet create and environment for people to chat and mingle.

Download Sufjan Stevens - Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!

That's when you bust out the Sufjan Stevens Songs Box Set. It's an amazing collection of holiday favorites and originals, like "Sister Winter" and "Star of Wonder", by an amazing artist that you should already know about. If you haven't let me fill you in.

Sufjan Stevens is an American singer-songwriter and musician born in Detroit, Michigan. His musical styles range from indie folk to symphonic orchestra to electronica.

The name "Sufjan" means "comes with a sword."

Ok. Well. It's something. I mean there is a lot to tell you in regards to Sufjan, but I gotta stay focused. Did you boogey to the elf dance? I bet you did!

The box set is 5 EPs that Stevens has made over the years for friends and family. Many of the songs are religious in nature as Stevens is a devoted Christian, but there are some fun carol-like songs in the collection. In fact during Stevens' international tour in the later half of 2006, he regularly performed the original song "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever" while releasing inflatable Santas into the audience. It's not quite as lively as the Elf Boogey.

Download Sufjan Stevens - That Was The Worst Christmas Ever

Once the party gets warmed up you can get into the more rockin' tunes!

How about a Ska version of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" by one of our favorite Punk/Ska bands to watch live!

Download Less Than Jake - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

That track comes of the album It's a Punk and Ska Christmas Gone Wrong from Drive-Thru Records. It's a clutch holiday album for all of you that rock non-stop!

One of my favorite bands, of all fucking time, is Bad Religion. You would think a band with a name like that would not sing a Christmas song. Well you would be wrong!

Download Bad Religion - Joy To The World

I can't remember anymore
Of this crazy song
But hey it's chrismas time
But hell it's chrismas time
And he he, and ho ho ho
It's chrismas time

That's right. Bad Religion did a Christmas album for kicks in like 1992. It's super rare and hard to find. If you do find it...drop me a line. I gotta get a copy of it!

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