Monday, December 18, 2006

Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree @ Eaton Centre[December 2006]: photo by Michael Ligon

With Christmas about a week away, I think I'd better get this post up before it becomes irrelevant. I've been surfing the web for the last few weeks for Christmas-related mp3 links and thought I'd share them with you. Hope everyone goes and makes themselves a kick-ass Christmas music mix:

"A Christmas Story" is one of, if not, my favourite Christmas movie ever. Check out some sound clips from the movie here, here, and here. Be sure to watch TBS starting Christmas Eve when "A Christmas Story" will run continuously for 24 hours!

Labrador Records' Irene present us with a track for the season entitled "Christmas On A Beach". Download it here.

A super trio of Swedish Christmas indiepop tracks is available over at Indie MP3.

A variety of indie/alternative Christmas tracks is available over at The Late Greats.

Christmas A Go Go! is a totally wicked site for obscure Christmas tracks, a lot of which have been ripped from old vinyl records.

Check the cool wax has a similar vibe to Christmas A Go Go!. If you're into country n' western check out this post.

What happens when DJ's mash up Christmas music? Santastic I and Santastic II, that's what! Check out track 1 on Santastic II, a totally wicked holiday mashup by Divide & Kreate entitled 'Jingle Jane' which mixes Smokey Robinson & The Miracles with the Velvet Underground. Awesome.

Portland-based indiepop-garage rockers Eux Autres have an original Christmas composition entitled "Another Christmas At Home"[right click and save] which you can download for free. Or else purchase the two track single, the b-side which is a cover of Slade’s "Merry Xmas Everybody". [via unfinished]

All Things Go has compiled a nice, mostly indie, holiday mix for our downloading pleasure.

More holiday indie music for downloading is available over at It's hard to Find a Friend.

And more holiday indie music for downloading over at The Yellow Stereo, including Stars' take on The Pogues' "Fairytale of New York". has a holiday music mix available for free download, although you'll have to go through the free registration and shopping cart/checkout process in order to download it. I recommend listening to the preview of The Inbreds' Mike O'Neill singing "It Came Upon The Midnight Clear". [via Chromewaves]

Spark Pop has a couple of holiday tracks performed by Tori Amos.

I Am Fuel, You Are Friends has a slew of indie/alt Christmas tracks available for download.

Download an mp3 of Martha Wainwright singing "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" over at Shake Your Fist.

Washington, DC's Middle Distance Runner have a wonderful Christmas tune entitled "X'mas Party" available for download over at their MySpace.

Portland's Parenthetical Girls have a 5-track Christmas EP available for download here. [via Skatterbrain]

The last three links are to streaming media(so why not click on a link for a song or two and use up your employer's bandwith):

- listen to the Woxy Holiday Mixer [via subinev blog]

-Toronto's Lily Frost is streaming a soothing track entitled "I Don't Need Presents" over at her MySpace.

- UK's Izumi Records has a MySpace for it's newest release "It's Not Like Christmas" where you can check out some streaming tracks. According to Izumi Records' website, "...all the profits going to support the work of the charity Shelter, it is a stocking full of Christmas tuneage. Boasting the likes of The FutureHeads, Iain Archer and Amusement Parks on Fire as well as Swimming and the Late Greats..."

- Stars cover The Pogues "Fairytale Of New York" over at their MySpace.

So that's it for now. Enjoy. And if you come across more interesting Christmas/holiday mp3 links, drop me a line, because you know, one can never get enough Christmas music. Right?

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