Earlier in the week, I mentioned that I was feeling the holiday spirit on Saturday and listening to gwfgwf (generic winter festive gathering with food, coined by Superguppy Kat) music on my laptop. Of course, since my musical taste is eclectic at best, you wouldn’t be familiar with at least 95% of my gwfgwf music. But if you’re tired of the usual old Christmas songs, I’ve listed a few places you can check to expand your holiday music repetoire.
- Last year I posted about some of the songs I enjoy during this season, if you’re curious. (However, no guarantee on how fresh those links are anymore.)
- For a highly irreverent (and free!) holiday album, head over to Suburban Sprawl. This year’s album features such songs as “Santa Just Crashed into My House and He’s Drunk as F*ck!” by Arranged Marriage and “Stomach Flu for Xmas” by the Smoots. Keep scrolling down for mixes from previous years, back to 2002.
- Stereogum has free downloads of new holiday music from many indie artists.
- Chromewaves has two covers of songs from A Charlie Brown Christmas, from a new album whose proceeds will go to the Daily Bread Bank.
- Lifehacker has links to over 40 free holiday songs.
- Amazon’s giving away a free holiday song every day until Christmas.
- The Wiggly Tendrils are giving away A Very Wiggly Winter EP, including a song called “Sheepish Magnetism” about a sheep thinking deep thoughts while its shepherds are following a star…
- Largehearted Boy’s been including a holiday song or two nearly every day recently. This post has links to lots of free holiday music.
- Big Rock Candy Mountain posts wonderful holiday songs and mixes every day from Thanksgiving until Christmas. Highly recommended, especially if you’re a fan of retro country.
- Cover Lay Down recently featured new Christmas covers, covers of snow songs, covers of holiday songs by newly discovered artists, and covers of holiday music for kids.
- The Record Machine is offering a free Christmas compilation album, featuring indie artists.
- XO has another great free holiday compilation of indie artists.
- Rack and Ruin Records also has a free holiday compilation of indie artists.
- You can download Belle & Sebastian’s Peel Christmas Party over at You Ain’t No Picasso.
- Casper & the Cookies had a couple Christmas songs in their December 2008 Daytrotter session (songs four and five, on the right side of the page). Song four isn’t for the easily offended, but it is a darned amusing version of their song “Kiss Me Beneath the Christmas Tree.”
“And now I’ll yowl you a few verses of my favorite holiday song: ‘My Mom’s Too Mean To Buy Us a Cat Gym Christmas Tree.'” -Chaos