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Jim Drake’s Entertainment Blog

New songs for Christmas

What a fun year!

Tons of music, a 5-year anniversary special and best of all, no signs of slowing down. For instance, last weekend I found out about a really cool show coming in Feb. 2014, so stay tuned. It's gonna be a fun one.

The end of the year is always a nice time to reflect, relax and regroup. One way I do that is by listening to music. Is there better way?

I think not.

Not too long ago, I recieved an email from a publicity company in Portland called XO. For 6 years in a row (I think), these guys have sent a batch of holiday type music from underground bands, a yearly collection called "XO for the Holidays."

And this year, I took the time to choose what I think is the most accessible from each year.

What I wound up with is a playlist I can't stop listening to.

Get some headphones, carve out 45 minutes of downtime and get these songs in a playlist, preferrably in the order I have them here.

(The best way to do this is to go ahead and google "XO for the holidays" and download the free music.)

Here's a list of the songs and what I think about them.

Enjoy, thanks for reading, have a great New Year and see you again in 2014!

Jim

Merry Xmas Everybody (Service Group)

My attraction to this song is due to an uncanny resemblance to a certain British Invasion band. (And no, it's not the Beatles, but it's close.)

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/48/

Christmas Diablo (Romeo Spike)

On this collection, one of two odes to the commercialism factor of the holidays. Haunting and listenable.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/49/

Maybe Next Christmas (Blue Skies for Black Hearts)

This embodies longing for love in a slightly 50s-rockabilly, soulful way.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/50/

Christmas in September (Here Comes Everybody)

See notes for track 2. Hey, maybe I really should get that Nativity Scene going…..

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/51/

McAdenville (Christmastown) (The Winter Sounds)

If the 80s band Flock of Seagulls made a Christmas song, it would sound like this.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/52/

I Lose a Little Bit of You (Jessie Torrisi)

A perfect juxtapostion of loss, the blues and the magic of a NYC christmas.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/53/

O Holy Night (Magnuson)

I am not a religious person. But I believe there is no stereo on earth capable of making this song loud enough.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/54/

The Anthem Is A Gift (The Winter Sounds)

More 80s sounding holiday music. The imagery of evergreens and mountain towns is beautiful.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/55/

Ragtime Manifesto (The Winter Sounds)

Did I mention we have an 80s theme going here?. I wish I knew more about this band. http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/56/

Carol Of The Bells (Paper Tounges)

Life would be dull if every version of every song was the same.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/57/

The Gift (Beneath Wind and Waves)

"What a lovely evening, for dressing forever." Perhaps one of the most poignant statements ever. Think about it.

http://www.hoodrivernews.com/audioclips/58/

All songs courtesy of XO Publicity in Portland.

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