Merry Christmas everyone! I wish I had more time these past 48 hours to post… because so much great stuff has come out. I will catch up, I promise. I am somehow not burnt out this year. But what I most want to know is… what were your favorite songs this year?
This year’s mix is darker than most. But hey, this year has been darker than most. The normal mix of indiepop and indie rock is joined, for the first time, by chiptune. There’s also a healthy dose of alt.country and folk, as well as a dash of what some might consider R&B. Who knows what you’ll think of it… but I like it. Tweet me any questions at @Xmasunderground.
HEY, I added Mixcloud too:
A few days later than my goal of December 1, but well worth the wait. The final piece of the puzzle was “Once a Year” by Sweden’s extraordinary Crying Day Care Choir. It ended up not being as dark as I originally feared, which I’m sure most of my listeners will appreciate. The UK weighs heavy on this mix, much more than in years past, unseating the usual Nordic state residency. I do hope you enjoy. Feel free to tweet me any questions: @Xmasunderground.
I don’t believe I ever shared any pics of the box set that I made last year, so here they are! The box is (of course) an adaptation of a Belle & Sebastian release, specifically the Lazy Line Painter Jane singles box that they put out a number of years ago. B&S did alternate artwork for their box set, which shared a name with a single… and I did the same. Enjoy, and feel free to share your favorite cover art if you are so inclined (Facebook may be an easier place to do this).
Thanks everybody for all the nice notes and comments over this holiday season; Very much made my day when I got a nice comment or message. However, I reserve and even bigger thanks to my Christmas bloggers-in-arms who had inspired me to start this blog a few years ago, and have since become my friends as I became part of their community. I began listing you all, but then got worried that I would miss someone.
That said, I think I’ve taken enough time off. I do post all year – so if you like this sort of thing… feel free to check back in.
As we gear up for Christmas, please keep in mind those fine creators of excellent Christmas music, and be sure to BUY their music. The only way we’ll keep getting new songs is by supporting the artists who create them. Buy a LP. Buy a t-shirt. Buy a song. If you love it, donate to them even when it says “free.” Christmas Underground is not about directing you to whatever the next free Christmas song is, nor will it ever help you find it illegally. I always prefer to be able to provide a “Buy” link, because when something is truly great, I viscerally want that band or singer to really benefit from their good work. So, if you are finding my site from a forum somewhere out there that is trading full rips via mediafire… please know that this is not that kind of place.
Support the artists.
So, it done. Lots of stuff that was released last year, as it usually is. You see, I try to get this mix done by Dec. 1, and most of the tunes come out later than that!! Tons of Nordic states are represented (as usual), and perhaps the sweetest tune I’ve ever put on a mix as well. Perhaps fatherhood has had an effect on my mix… but don’t worry, I’m not going to get all soft on you.
Just a quick heads up for my new readers (as Stubby’s kind shout-outs have certainly brought some new eyeballs to my small corner of the internet) -> I tend to post more frequently early on, until about Dec. 10 or so… after that, my mix is usually done and I begin to slow down. So, while everyone else is likely heating up, I’ll be cooling down. In summation, read me early and often, and I’ll do my best to get some good stuff (and yell about some bad stuff too) out to you.