stocking stuffers from johnny marr, wye oak & blitzen trapper

 

“Christmas is a special time, there’s no denying it. Some of us embrace our loved ones and some don’t, fair enough. The important thing is that we look around with Christmas Eyes and also Christmas Hearts and see that we are all in it together. Amen.”

Those are the sentiments of the venerable Johnny Marr, who just issued his first post-Cribs release — a little holiday instrumental entitled “Free Christmas” with his band The Healers. It’s not like getting a treasure trove of unreleased Smiths material for Christmas, but when it kicks in with the faint sounds of a holiday choir at the minute mark I think you’ll be pleased:

For a Christmas song of the cover variety, Baltimore’s Wye Oak just stopped by The Onion’s AV Club. The proud owners of #26 on our best albums of 2011 list did a little known Brenda Lee tune “Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day.” Not quite as much of a downer as Gruff Rhys’ Atheist Xmas, it actually turned out rather pretty:

And finally, Rolling Stone offers up a whiskey soaked gem from Blitzen Trapper. This year, the Portland, Oregon band released an underrated album of AOR-influenced road trip jams, American Goldwing. “Christmas Is Coming Soon” recalls their more Americana moments, with a tale “about the real Santa Claus, who we all know lives in southern Oregon in a double wide trailer and drinks too much peppermint schnapps from a straw”:

Blitzen Trapper — “Christmas Is Coming Soon”

Happy holidays, all.

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