Aside from James White's reliably angular and bad-ass "Christmas With Satan," the additions to the 1981 ZE LP A Christmas Record included on this "reloaded" incarnation are marginal. But that doesn't diminish the best of the rest: The Waitresses contribute their second-most-familiar cut, "Christmas Wrapping," which delivers their sly, hooky humor but actually ends happily, while August Darnell's "Christmas on Riverside Drive" similarly compares to his swanky Kid Creole hits. Fueled by Detroit's crumbling economy, Was (Not Was)'s "Christmas Time in Motor City" swaps the usual seasonal fantasies for the dark humor of winter realism.
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...