PREMIERE: The Grapes & Friends “Christmas in My Neighborhood” (2019)

Self Released Buy: Stream on Spotify There are three Christmas events that are on the top of my bucket list: Lost Map Records’ Christmas Baubles, the party that Fowler VW throws every year celebrating their latest amazing Christmas compilation, and of course, The Grapes & Friends’ Annual Christmas Extravaganza! This Austin, Texas tradition is going …

Grapes & Friends “Mrs. Claus” (2018)

Self Released Buy: Free on Soundcloud! Now… how many times do I need to introduce these guys? I mean come on… they are awesome!! Grapes & Friends are an Austin, TX indie rock band created by smashing together members of Dangeresque, The Gorgeous Hands and Genuine Leather; they are an Austin version of our friends the Sunturns and Christmas Aguilera, a specifically indie-rock-Christmas …

Forest Creatures – Noble Fir (2018)

Self Released Buy: Bandcamp Oh those seasonal bands. Those spectacular seasonal bands. There are a few, a few bands who come together for explicitly Christmas music, the obvious ones (for my readers being Christmas Aguilera and Sunturns), and now Forest Creatures are making their claim for elite status. Not only do they only release Christmas music, …

Couples Skate Only feat. Zebra Zebra “Absentees & Invites (The Solstice Show)” (2017)

Gotta Groove Records Buy: Bandcamp Gotta Groove Records has been sending 7″ records to their customers (they are primarily an indie vinyl pressing plant – check them out!) for the past seven years, and thankfully, Tim Thorton (half of Couples Skate Only and an employee at Gotta Groove Records) has posted a few copies on …

Shy Nature “What’s in Your Stocking” (2016)

Self Released Buy: Streaming (for now) | Bandcamp (soon) Shy Nature has become one of those can-do-no-wrong Christmas bands for me, along with Charlie’s Hand Movements, The Crookes, Christmas Aguilera, Parenthetical Girls, etc. Their latest, “What’s in Your Stocking,” is a stomping great time. The images of “coffee with a whiskey twist” make me want Christmas to come …

2016: Come on Santa

1 Husbands Hey Yew 2 The Crookes You Bring the Snow 3 Milwalkie This Year (All I Want is You) 4 Grandwolves Zat You, Son of God? 5 Erik Koskinen On Christmas Day 6 Guess Genes How Many Letters 7 Chelsey Cope Holiday Party 8 Marika Hackman Driving Under Stars 9 Kid Canaveral Wasn’t Really …

Charlie’s Hand Movements – Secret Santa and Other Songs (2015)

Self Released Buy: Bandcamp What a day! First Christmas Aguilera! Now Charlie’s Hand Movements!! Two of the best Christmas writers out there! I was, at the very least, hoping for another Christmas song from the authors of one of my highlights from last year, “Baubles,” and what did they do??? A whole Christmas EP! The …