So, you're Santa Claus and you hear Cedell Davis singing about how he wants to see you. “No problem! I'd love to see all the little boys and girls this year,” you think. But then you listen closer and realize that if you don't bring him his baby that he's going to be “forced to break the law.” “Huh,” you nervously mutter under your breath. And then he starts to pick away jaggedly at his fret with his ever-present butter knife, summoning some of the most dissonant and bluesy guitar chords ever heard on a Christmas song. “Well, then,” you say to yourself, wondering whether you can get the elves might be able to fill in for this year.
By Paul Connolly on 12.03.13 in Reviews
Nick Lowe should be a national treasure by now, but the punk pathfinder rarely does the obvious thing. He recently said, "I like being a big fish in a small pond. I'm not interested in having a huge audience." So it come...
By Garrett Kamps on 11.27.13 in Reviews
Conor Oberst understands that not all carols are cheery, which serves him well for this 2002 album, originally released as a download-only charity LP from Saddle Creek's website. Here, indie rock's one-time enfant terrib...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 11.12.13 in Collections
Looking for holiday music to appeal to everyone from grandma to your youngest cousin? Look no further than this batch of holiday crowd pleasers, featuring roasted chestnuts by everyone from Mary J. Blige to Richard Marx.
By Ian Gittins on 11.11.13 in Reviews
Trees festooned with gaudy balls. Comedy sweaters. Snow globes. Christmas is essentially a festival of camp, and it may just have found a new soundtrack. Erasure's 15th studio album, a faux-solemn amalgam of Christmas ca...