Ho ho ho, assholes! With the Christmas holiday coming up this weekend and two days deep up on the Hanukkah tip, it’s very much time to drop the annual The Decibel Tolls Holiday Mixer. You know the deal – a carefully curated collection of skewed, non bogus, brain-burning, monolithic Christmas gems that totally sleigh. Get it?! Sleigh? Slay? It’s a homophone, you guys! Ugh… never mind. Tough crowd. Anyway, these yule-time canticles exalted on high can crush shopping malls and magically spike egg nog, true story.
For this year’s mixer, you’ll recognize some jams from previous year’s mixers, like my favorite Christmas song of all time, Low’s “Little Drummer Boy.” There’s also a slew of recently acquired cuts, including underrated shoegazers The Six By Seven covering the mammoth Greg Lake protest song “I Believe in Father Christmas” (both of which you’ll find below), a new and expectedly creepy offering from Phantom Family Halo specially delivered to the blog, galatic advent from Woodsman, a particularly poignant (for this year) version of “War is Over,” and so much more. Mash play on the little doo-dad in the lefthand corner while you’re trickin’ out your tree.
And finally, there are two most excellent Christmas comps on Bandcamp from the labels Hometapes and Flannelgraph. Both of which pack amazing holiday covers from artists that you know and love, and both are donating digital sales to a specific charity. So don’t be a dickhead – go check ‘em out and give what you can!
Have a killer holiday, from the Bloggins family to yours!
Phantom Family Halo – Christmas
Moon Duo – Silver Bells
Can – Silent Night
Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas
Low – Little Drummer Boy
Banjo or Freakout – White Christmas
The Fall – We Wish You Protein Christmas
Cocteau Twins – Winter Wonder Land
Lauren Laverne – In the Bleak Midwinter
The Free Design – Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)
John Fahey – The Holly and the Ivy / The Cherry Tree Carol Medley
Dead Gaze – Silver Bells
Teenage Fanclub – Christmas Eve
Woodsman – Little Drummer Boy
The Six By Seven – I Believe in Father Christmas
Yo La Tengo – Rock and Roll Santa
The Raveonettes – Come on, Santa!
Esquivel – Frosty the Snowman
People Like Us – Jingle Joy
The Sonics – Santa Claus
The Blues Magoos – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
The Ventures – Sleigh Ride
Woods – Christmas Time is Here
Foxes in Fiction – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
The Flaming Lips – White Christmas
Wooden Shjips – Auld Lang Syne
The Beatles – Christmas Time Is Here Again (1967 Christmas Album)