Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Holiday Mixtape

So I'll be honest: I'm not much of a fan for Christmas music. Call me a scrooge or the grinch, but songs centered on the holidays have never struck me as enjoyable. Sure, there's the nostalgic feeling that clings on to specific tracks, the ones that instantly bring back memories of previous Christmas mornings spent shredding through wrapping paper, but I have a tough time of actually enjoying the music. Most of it is cheesy and impractical, meaning there are only 25 days out of the year that are deemed acceptable for listening to this kind of music. 

That being said, Tommy and I have decided to give you a mixtape of holiday tunes that are the opposite of what I just described. These bad boys showcase a wide variety of sound - inventive remakes of the classics as well as original pieces. You'll recognize just about every name on the list, but hopefully most of these songs will be new to your ears. So, whether you're on the road to Grandma's or sitting in your living room, we hope you enjoy some more unconventional, and rather more enjoyable holiday tunes. 

From Tommy and I, we wish everyone a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful new year.

Keep reading if you want to preview the tracklist before downloading.

1. Getting Ready For Christmas Day - Paul Simon 
2. Christmas in Prison - John Prine 
3. Merry Christmas From The Family - Robert Earl Keen 
4. Linus and Lucy - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 
5. Christmas Song ft. Tim Reynolds - Dave Matthews 
6. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Sufjan Stevens 
7. Do You Hear What I Hear - Tea Leaf Green 
8. O Come O Come Emanuel - Sufjan Stevens
9. Pretty Paper - Willie Nelson 
10. Santa Claus Is Back In Town - My Morning Jacket 
11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen 
12. Soulful Christmas - James Brown

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