Dec 21, 2010
i really do start the day after Halloween. i absolutely love Christmas, it's my all-time favourite holiday, and i like to start celebrating early. the way i see it, there's no such thing as too much Advent or Christmas.
and if, like Dan, you are a little late listening to Christmas music, or you don't know what to listen to, here's some suggestions!
http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/2010/12/download-ho-ho-ho-canada-deux/: free Canadian Christmas music that awesome cartoonist Kate Beaton tweeted about. this is the link to "Part Deux" and there's a link to the first compilation on the page. there's a whole lot of songs here, so i especially recommend "Winter Song" by woodpigeon/Laura Leif, "Snow" by The Zolas, "Fearfully and Wonderfully" by Baby Eagle, "Cinnamon Winter" by Cinderpop, "All Together Now (For the Holidays)" by The Mountains & The Trees, and "Klausmas" by Hoffenheimer.
http://harryandthepotters.bandcamp.com/album/a-wizardly-christmas-of-wizardry: the new Christmas release from the OGs of wizard rock, Harry and the Potters. it combines some new songs with some live performances and some songs that were on compilations. it's music about Christmas AND Harry Potter. how could it get any better?
http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/features/wizardrock/jinglespells4: the latest Jingle Spells album put out by The Leaky Cauldron. a compilation of wizard rock bands doing songs about Christmas. all the proceeds from buying this album go to The HP Alliance and Friends in Deed.it's more Christmas-themed, wizard rock, what else can i say?
http://sufjanstevens.bandcamp.com/album/songs-for-christmas: the fantastic Christmas compilation by Sufjan Stevens, containing his Christmas EPs from 2001-2006. it's seriously amazing, and it includes some classics and some Sufjan originals. if you buy the physical cd it comes with a comic about Christmas, some beautiful stickers, and songbook that includes tabs for all the songs, some essays and a short story. again, there's a whole lot of songs, so i recommend "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!," O Holy Night," The Friendly Beasts," "The Winter Solstice," and the vocals version of "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming."
http://xmas.asthmatickitty.com/: here you can stream the Sufjan album, and they have fun games and activities relating to Christmas and Sufjan Stevens.
http://familyrechristmas.bandcamp.com/album/a-familyre-christmas-volume-3: free indie music about Christmas from some of Sufjan's friends. i especially recommend the songs by Danielson, Sufjan Stevens and Half-Handed Cloud. you can get volumes one and two for 4 dollars each here and here.
this is number 187.