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Klingende Weihnacht 2014 – Lieder für unter, über und um den Weihnachtsbaum

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Finally I managed to write our Xmas2014 overview. Not sure if anyone missed it but it might be helpful for our new readers. Of course we will add more Christmas Songs to our lists. There are some amazing Holiday tunes we haven’t blogged about yet, happily our Christmas blogger friends did and we’ll try to catch up. Meanwhile please do visit these amazing guys: Stubby’s House of Christmas, Christmas A Go Go and Christmas Underground. Talking about addiction! There’s an amazing documentary you shouldn’t miss, it’s all about Christmas music lovers: Jingle Bell Rocks!

Nun endlich bin ich auch dazugekommen, unseren Weihnachtsmusik-Übersichts-Post zu schreiben. Keine Ahnung, ob ihn schon jemand vermisst hat, könnte allerdings nützlich für neue Leser sein. Selbstverständlich werden wir noch viel, viel mehr Weihnachtssongs hinzufügen. Da warten noch viele tolle weihnachtliche Lieder darauf von uns besprochen zu werden. Unsere lieben Weihnachtsblogger-Freunde Stubby’s House of Christmas, Christmas A Go Go and Christmas Underground waren schon sehr fleißig und ihr werden dort sicher den einen oder anderen Song finden, der uns bisher entgangen ist. Wenn man vom Teufel spricht: Im Dezember erscheint eine Dokumentation Jingle Bell Rocks!, in der es um Weihnachtsmusik-Enthusiasten geht, sowohl Musiker wie Sammler.

 

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Free Mp3: Roses and Revolutions – It’s Christmas Time

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As you might know, we are indie snobs. We do neclect almost everything that sounds “radio friendly”. Our mission is finding Christmas songs that don’t sound like typical Christmas songs. And now there’s It’s Christmas Time, a track that could easily entertain huge shopping malls and be the new choose-your-own-brand TV advert song. And I like it. Roses and Revolution make beautiful countryesque mainstream pop. With such lyrics: “The snow, the snow looks lovely as I kiss it off your nose/I love the feeling that no one can hear us.” the song would make the perfect soundtrack for a romantic comedy.

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Free Download: A polaroid for Christmas 2014

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We’ve mentioned it in the past and we definitely want to recommend it again. Each December an Italian music blog called polaroid offers a compilation with indie songs for the holidays. A polaroid for Christmas 2014 once again is as indie as Xmas can be. The Flying Vaginas deliver a garage cover of Santa Bring Me A Dinosaur, Barbados accounts for a lo-fi indie folk tune called The Fall, Skelets On Me charm with a daydreaming contemplation of John Lennon’s Love, Osc2x adds weird electropop to the mix (Dreaming Of A Wild Christmas). This collection consists mainly of Italian artists and proves that there’s a vivid indie scene in the south of Europe. Too bad there’s only one track in Italian! In fact A polaroid for Christmas 2014 celebrates the indie spirit with a bit Christmassy flavour. Trust me, you don’t need to be a Christmas music enthusiast to dig this compilation!

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Free Compilation: The Line Of Best Fit – Ho! Ho! Ho! Canada #6

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It’s here, finally, Ho! Ho! Canada VI. It’s one of the two big gifts we do get every year. The Line Of Best Fit never fails to offer some extraordinary Christmas songs. This year I am really pleased by Last Winter (The Burning Hell) from Great Lake Swimmers mastermind Tony Dekker. Some of you might know that we are great fans of the Great Lake Swimmers, in 2011 they contributed the beautiful Gonna Make It Through The Night to Ho! Ho! Canada III. Another highlight of this year’s holiday sampler is Chic Gamine‘s Noel (au Coin De Portage Et Main). For some reason I love French christmas songs. There are many other amazing tracks on this compilation. It’s kind of overwhelming. (mehr …)

Free Download: DTCV – Noel Interdit and the coolest Last Christmas Cover EVER!!!

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Download Noel Interdit for free dirctly  Soundcloud.

Noel Interdit has been played many times on repeat at Lie In The Sound HQ since Guuzbourg wrote about it at Christmas A Go Go. Some songs are magical to me, like switching on a seventies lava lamp this songs just turn my world into the coolest Club on earth. Really, the old ikea furniture in our flat suddenly looks pretty hip and cool. Even guys who hate Christmas won’t be able to frown while listening to this beautiful cover version of the Johnny Hallyday classic. Highly disturbing (in a good way) sounds their kind-of-cover version of Last Christmas.  It completely changed my opinion about Last Christmas covers.from: “Hardly any artist should cover this living-dead-Christmas-pain” to: “Hardly any artist but DTCV should cover….” (mehr …)

Free Mp3: Tim Dowling – Snowfall on TV

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There are crazy ideas that turn out fine. The British newspaper The Guardian asked Tim Dowling, one of its very own columnists, to write and record an original Christmas song within two weeks. Although Dowling doesn’t consider him non-musical, it’s quite an assignment. This Christmas song’s meant to accompany the Guardian’s annual charity campain. It’s much easier to write a song when you’re backed by talent, so Chris Difford provided some help with the lyrics and Ed Harcourt and Kathryn Williams recorded vocals and instruments. The result sounds remarkable: Snowfall on TV is about a broken family reuniting for Christmas Day, everyone is trying to cope with a bittersweet and somehow uncomfortable situation. The adults pretend that everything’s okay, so the children are able to enjoy the day.  The line “It only snows on Christmas at TV” suggests that a perfect Christmas is just an illusion. Nevertheless the end seems placably, when the couple decides to leave the past behind. Such a fragile reconciliation is a great topic for a Xmas tune. Besides all the help and the great chemistry between Harcourt and Williams I want to give Dowling credit for a beautiful pop song with a sixties touch. So this assignment turned out to be rather a stroke of genius than a crazy idea. I bet it will provide an additional spark to the Guardian’s charity campaign.

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Free Download: The Glass Child – Broken Little Winter

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Charlotte Eriksson’s songwriting ranges from acoustic folk to hurly-burly pop, overall it’s an emotional roller coaster ride. Eriksson hails from Sweden and is making music under the moniker The Glass Child. She recently released her second album I Must Be Gone And Live, Or Stay And Die, which was actually written while living in Berlin. Songs like I’m Hidden So Well or Who Am I are powerful pop, driven by energetic vocals. In contrast to the album The Glass Child’s Christmas EP Broken Little Winter sounds a bit restrained. It starts with the somber ballad Winter Song, originally a duet by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, This is a very inspired cover version, even more poignant than the original. Her rendition of the classic Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas offers a sweet and nostalgic approach but avoids kitsch. Eriksson certainly has the ability to embrace songs, even the annoying Faith Hill song Where Are You Christmas transforms into a hopeful and heart-warming tune. So if you are getting curious now, you better head over to Noisetrade, where you can download the EP free. By the way, her new album is available for streaming on Bandcamp. Go ahead!

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Free Mp3: Small Signals – Taking Down The Tree

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Ten days ago our blogger friends from Christmas A Go Go! have been suggesting new Christmas classics, struggling with the impression that besides All I Want for Christmas is You there’s no track that reached canon status in the past 20 years. Well, it’s a pity that many fine indie tunes are still under the public radar. But I don’t want to rant about the common ignorance. What really annoys me is the fact that even musicians cover the same old tracks. There are too many versions of Last Christmas or Baby, It’s Cold Outside. If I were a musician and willing to record Xmas songs, I would definitely cover a song from the beautiful Christmas EP by the US-indie rock veterans Low. This EP was released in 1999. It’s a modern masterpiece with a distinctive sound. Especially Just Like Christmas is an upbeat sing-along song who describes a winter trip through Scandinavia. Taking Down The Tree on the other hand is a swan song, dealing with the disenchantment after the holidays. If you are not familar with the Christmas EP, you better start listening immediately. And as soon as you’re done with exploring Low, you might want to enjoy a glistering cover version of Taking Down The Tree by Small Signals, a musical project by Stephen Roessner. Small Signals’ rendition of this track captures the spirit of this tune consummately.

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Stream: Goldfish Syndrome – The Ballad Of Christmas Day

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This band gets extra kudos for the fantastic name: Goldfish Syndrome. If I ever formed a band (which I won’t do due to lack of talent), but if I did, I would probably come up with something pathetic like “Dancing with Unicorns” or “The Crying Unicorns”. Anyway in German we say “Namen sind nur Schall und Rauch” which means a name is nothing more than echo and smoke. A catchy band name might gain your attention but without good music it’s worth nothing. Happily the guys from Cork, Irland do make great music. The Ballad Of Christmas Day is a true chamber pop gem. It’s a bit different from their usual repertoire. Brightlight Holiday taken from the Moving On E.P. (2010) is a nice indie rock tune which can be downloaded for free on the band’s website. (mehr …)

Free Download: Chris Daily – 12 Minutes of Sleigh Bells and Christmas

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12 Minutes of Sleigh Bells and Christmas may seem to be an easy listening piece designed for the shopping malls and elevators. The title is misleading though. The EP is far away from the common Xmas kitsch, it’s rather entertaining holiday pop by Chris Daily, a member of the Austin-based artist collective Teflon Beast. Please No Mistletoe (ft. Keegan) seems to be inspired by The Magnetic Fields, it’s such a smart and candid track! The groovy Xmas, Just Once (ft. Geoff & Keegan) is another indie pop song with a knack. I really like the easy-going attitude of this EP. Its nonchalance is a counterpoint to all the festiveness und mawkishness we experience at this time of the year. Out blogger friend Stubby noted: “12 Minutes of Sleighbells and Christmas isn’t going to cure the common cold, but it might be a good prescription for the holiday blues.”. He’s absolutely right. It’s the perfect change of pace, if you can’t stand Jingle Bells any longer.

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Stream: Snowflakes Christmas Singles (Nancy Wallace/Hannah Peel)

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We’re dealing with the paradoxical situation that in the midst of the digital age there’s a renaissance of vinyl records. Nowadays educated music fans tend to embrace the sound of vinyl again. It doesn’t matter how many fancy tech gadgets some people use, the good old record player seems to be one’s pride and joy. Because of this development the Snowflakes Christmas Singles approach seems quite modern to me. Since 2013 it offers new Christmas vinyl singles by current artists that feature an original song on side A and an interpretation of a classic or obscure Christmas song by this artist on side B. Among last year’s artists were the wonderful Smoke Faries. In 2014 the Dutch indie label presents Nancy Wallace and Hannah Peel. Both singers are London-based, the former has a knack for folk music, the latter is considered to be a promising and multifaceted singer-songwriter. Wallace delivers a beautiful sparse ballad called January which reminds me of the young Joni Mitchell and the dreamy haziness of Vashti Bunyan. The B-side is a cover of The Pretenders’ 2000 Miles. The uneasy electropop track Find Peace is Peel’s sirenlike addition to the series. Find Peace and its machine gun intermezzo seems to be influenced by Portishead. The floating, sparkling B-side I Believe In Father Christmas is a song written by Greg Lake (a member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer). Its optimistic spirit is really touching and makes it a worthy cover! If you like Xmas, you will love the Snowflakes Christmas Singles. And even if you don’t collect vinyl records, no need to worry! Both releases are available digitally. Don’t hesitate!

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