Thursday, December 09, 2010

Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck: Rush Coil - 8-Bit Christmas

Sorry for the super-late entry today. This is, well, 8-bit Christmas music and it is spectacular. I've always believed we needed to spit Christmas music out of my NES to really usher in the holiday season. Wish granted.

Here's "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" from the record:

Anyways, grab the album here or here.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck: Various Artists - A Boston Rock Christmas

A long out-of-print EP featuring some great early 80s Boston bands. Includes one of my personal favorites of early 80s hardcore: SSD. Hip Christmas has a nice review of the album here.

Here's SSD's "Jolly Old Saint Nick" from the record:

Anyways, grab the album here.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck: Red Simpson - Truckers' Christmas

No Christmas album is trucklier than, well, a Christmas album about trucking. Red Simspson was part of the country-songs-about-truck-driving nice that seems to have been slightly popular in the late 60s and 70s. This is pretty catchy, affable Christmas music that would fit in well on a Buck Owens album (who Red Simpson wrote songs for). There's a lot of kitsch value here, but the hooks are strong enough and Simpson is a decent enough musician that the album actually works on its own merits as well. Super cornball, but I can promise you that you haven't heard these songs in the mall so far.

Here's "Truckin' Trees For Christmas" from the record:

Anyways, grab the album here.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck: Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album

One of the titans of Christmas music, and this one is actually for good reason. Elvis plays fantastic Christmas music here, including a number of standards and some originals - including the seminal "Blue Christmas." Side two is given to religious material, which is also quite good. These songs have been repackaged about a million times with other quality Elvis Christmas material, but there really is nothing quite like the original album.

Here's "I'll Be Home For Christmas" from the record:

Anyways, grab the album here.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Christmas Music That Doesn't Suck: The Blackstone Valley Sinners - The Cold Hard Truth About Christmas

This is a side project by the one and (I assume) only, Slim Cessna of Slim Cessna's Auto Club fame. Under the BVS banner, Slim and some friends releases an off-kilter country album fueled by a drum machine and Slim's ability to conjure a weird, warped vision of the world around us. It was called It's a Sin, and it was pretty darned good (and features a couple songs that would also be recorded under the SCAC flag). But the BVS Christmas album is, I think, their real achievement.

Christmas Reviews calls the album "twisted themes of love gone horribly wrong." What it really is, is that great Denver Sound SCAC does but with a Christmas thread strung through it.

Here's "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day" from the record:

Anyways, grab the album here.

The Sunday Music Video: Pomplamoose - Deck The Halls

Every hipster knows Pomplamoose, a sort of gag band which - like Nouvelle Vague - has the virtue of being quite good. Here's their new Christmas video:
There's a good cause attached, listen to what they're laying down after the song.