Christmas is coming up and songs with bells, candles, lights, shepherds – between joy and depression – are all around. But we don’t want sing boring traditional carols, we really want rock your holiday time. First of all, we start with two 2017 releases: The Minus 5 returns with Dear December and Dude York’s Halftime for the Holidays.
– The Minus 5: Dear December
In early 2017, Scott McCaughey was asked to write some holiday songs for another artist’s holiday album. He became so inspired by the task that he wrote more than an album’s worth of material and decided to record that album with his group, The Minus 5, a rotating line-up of musician friends that McCaughey recruits to join him from time-to-time.
The resulting album, Dear December, brings holiday cheer and a fresh batch of great songs featuring collaborations with Ben Gibbard (death Cab for Cutie), Peter Buck, Mike Mills, The Posies, Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Chuck Prophet, M. Ward, Tammy Ealom (Dressy Bessy), Kurt Bloch, Kelly Hogan and Norah O’Connor.
– Dude York: Halftime for the Holidays
The three friends who comprise the band —Peter Richards (guitar, vocals), Claire England (bass, vocals) and Andrew Hall (drums, vocals) — have returned with this album to pop some chestnuts right on your fire.
And now, enjoy with this selection of another alternative Christmas songs:
– The Killers: Don’t Shoot Me Santa
– Tom Waits: Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
– The Raveonettes: The Christmas Song
– Pearl Jam: Let Me Sleep
– U2: Christmas, Baby Please Come Home
– Low: Just Like Christmas
– Sufjan Stevens: Christmas Unicorn
– Julian Casablancas: I Wish It Was Christmas Today
– Coldplay: Christmas Lights
– John Lennon: Happy Xmas
– Paul McCartney: Wonderful Christmas Time
– The Kinks: Father Christmas
– The Who: Christmas
– Queen: Thank God It’s Christmas
– The Pretenders: 2000 miles
– Fountains Of Wayne: I Want An Alien For Christmas
– The Darkness: Christmas Time