So I know that it’s also Hanukkah right now, but even the best of Jews whom I know can really get down with a good Christmas tune. This Christmas, I bring to you six Christmas tunes from different indie bands. Some are original, some are remakes, but all are delightful. Merry Christmas to the best fans in the whole wide world. A kiss on the cheek to all of you. Love, Lydia
This isn’t your traditional Christmas song, but it’s easily one of the more honest and gut-wrenching songs about Christmas that you’ll ever hear. Diamond Rugs is a collaboration between John McCauley (Deer Tick), Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pe (The Black Keys), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). Beautiful.
There’s something angelic about a sweet song being sung by an even sweeter voice set to the backdrop of trumpets and grand pianos. Apollo Run absolutely nails this Christmas tune. Truly beautiful. Rejoice, rejoice.
MP3: “All That You Give” – Apollo Run
Tristen will take something as youthful as “Frosty The Snowman” and magically make it a touch sexier.
MP3: “Frosty The Snowman” – Tristen
Pop band from Cleveland, The Modern Electric, sings about the joys, struggles, and triumphs of a Christmas on the Northcoast. Wow. Toward the end of the song, the build-up of all the voices singing along to the chorus? Such a great touch. Raise your beer, it’s a Christmas on the northcoast. Raise your voice, it’s a carol that you know.
MP3: “Northcoast Christmas” – The Modern Electric
In my mind, there’s nothing more Christmasy in music than the sound of shaken bells and choral voices. Parenthetical Girls were sure to include both in their original tune, “Christmas Past.”
I’m coming home. Are you coming home? When are you coming home? Baby please come home.
MP3: “Christmas Past” – Parenthetical Girls
Niki & The Dove cover Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” Short, but incredibly sweet.