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Christmas Records

Records about Christmas. No Gary Glitter. 
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bis
You Wrecked My Christmas / I Was Born On Christmas Day

Celebrate the upcoming festive period with Scottish indie-pop adventurers Bis, who have decided to do a Christmas single. You Wrecked My Christmas on the A-side is a catchy, punky Bis original, wheeras the B-side contains a cover of Saint Etienne’s I Was Born On Christmas Day. 7 inches of festive fun on Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club.

Bright Eyes
A Christmas Album

Who let this happen? My idea of hell is Conor Oberst flopping his fringe over my Christmas turkey. However, he originally recorded this album of seasonal favourites to benefit Nebraska AIDS project, so we'll let him off. In any case, lots of you out there are in love with his sheep-like braying and boyish good looks. He owns two houses you know... and he's recently started eating meat again. More turkey for Conor then. 

Cerys Matthews
Dylan Thomas – A Child's Christmas, Poems And Tiger Eggs

In news that will have our resident Welshman Anthony weeping with joy into his leeks, former Catatonia front lady and soft voiced 6 Music DJ Cerys Matthews releases an album of Dylan Thomas poetry. She collaborates with Mason Neely, a composer and arranger from Chattanooga (home of the infamous choo-choo). I can't tell from the press release whether she is singing or speaking the poetry but whatever way I'm sure it will be lovely as her voice in either case is very lilting.   

Hannah Peel
Find Peace / Rebox – I Believe in Father Christmas

Oh shit. There's mention of Christmas. We haven't decorated at all and are completely unprepared for this development. Indie folk artist Hannah Peel has a new 7" out that, as always, showcases her commanding and unwavering vocal and the intricate melodies that go with it. That there's a tune called "I Believe In Father Christmas" is totally worrying, but it'll be okay in the end.
  • Vinyl 7" (SNOWFLAKE5)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Low
Christmas

Now as much of a christmas standard as "Rocking Around The Christmas Tree" by Mel and Kim. Low are the perfect band to soundtrack Christmas, coming as they do from the snow-bound city of Duluth which glistens like Christmas half the year round. This short album combines lovely originals "Just Like Christmas" and "Long Way Around the Sea" with spooky versions of traditional song. It's the perfect soundtrack to my Christmas tradition of driving around the less salubrious neighbourhoods, checking out the houses all ridiculously lit up.  

Martha
The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues

Martha use their DIY punk stylings to take a swipe at the Tory government and the austerity cuts with The Winter Fuel Allowance Ineligibility Blues on what will be the final release on the Fortuna Pop! Label. It is backed with Fix My Brain, a cover, originally by Texan punks The Marked Men who were Martha’s influential label mates at Dirtnap Records.

Run-DMC
Christmas In Hollis / Peter Piper

Very limited 12” vinyl picture disc of Run DMC’s 1987 Christmas tunes Christmas In Hollis and Peter Piper on Legacy. Despite what you may think about a 1987 Run DMC Christmas song, both these tracks are great, mixing killer scratching over traditional songs, heavy sleigh bell percussion and plenty of amazing lines from the band.

Seafang
Happy When It Snows / You Trashed My Christmas

Snowflake Christmas Singles Club continue their pre-festive roll-out with this fine pair of tracks from Seafang. These Florida indie-psych-pop-gazers present a Christmas song of their own, Happy When It Snows, and a cover of The Primitives’ festive number You Trashed My Christmas, creating a lovely little package for when December rolls around.

Sufjan Stevens
Songs For Christmas

How nice it would be to live in Sufjan world. Each year around the festive season he'd gather round with friends to make a Christmas EP. He'll be there in a massive jumper singing away. Heartwarming. Well this tradition went on for a few years and now you can get all the yuletide fruits on this box set of all the songs. Sufjan's folky and melancholy tones are just perfect for Christmas listening. Let it sleet. 

Sunturns
Christmas I & II

Sunturns are a group made up, seemingly, of all the Norwegian musicians who really like Christmas. For Christmas I & II is a set of original seasonal songs, boosted with a couple of covers (including of Low’s marvellous ‘Just Like Christmas’). Released on 1 white LP and 1 red LP on Fika.

The Liminanas with Pascal Comelade
The Curse Of Santa Claus / Silent Night

Two tracks from the well-established team-up of avant-garde toy-instrument composer Pascal Comelade and the 60’s-esque psych-poppers The Liminanas, recorded and released especially for Christmas by the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club. The Curse Of Santa Claus is an original tune, while the B-side has a radical cover of Silent Night. 7” festive single.

Various
Christmas Joy In Full Measure

Christmas Joy In Full Measure is a compilation of Christmas tunes from twelve very different artists. Offering an original alternative to the usual Christmas music dross, this compilation features disparate styles – from pop and prog, disco and punk -- a dark and dystopian Fall-esque track particularly stands out. Finally, a Christmas album I can get behind. 

Various
Ghosts Of Christmas Past

Who doesn’t love a good old alternative Christmas album? Les Disques du Crepuscule’s one Ghosts Of Christmas Past was first released in 1981, and has been updated in 1982 and also 2015. This version features old material from the likes of Aztec Camera and The Durutti Column, and new 2015 stuff from Gavin Bryars, Section 25 and many more, all getting festive. Double LP release.

Various
All The Merry Year Round

All The Merry Year Round is an exploration of an alternative or otherly calendar that considers how traditional folklore and its tales now sit alongside and sometimes intertwine with cultural or media based folklore; stories we discover, treasure, are informed and inspired by but which are found, transmitted and passed down via television, film and technology rather than through local history and the ritual celebrations of the more longstanding folkloric calendar. Featuring; United Bible Studies, Circle/Temple (Dom Cooper of The Owl Service/The Straw Bear Band), Magpahi, Cosmic Neighbourhood, Field Lines Cartographer, Polypores, A Year In The Country, Sproatly Smith, Pulselovers, The Hare And The Moon & Jo Lepine (The Owl Service), Time Attendant and The Séance (Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne and James Papademetrie).