Christmas Mix 2021: This is Just a Modern Xmas Song

How do you top the worst year you can recall? How about one that is marginally better! But hey… the year isn’t over. I have faith that humanity can really fuck it up in the next three weeks. With that, I present this 17th edition of my yearly Christmas mix to soundtrack the end of days. These mixes are never really finished in my head. I’m already rearranging it, kicking off a track or two, and replacing them. If only I could pull a Kanye and have it change from day-to-day. Wait, scratch that. I don’t wish being Kanye on anyone, especially myself. As for the contents, the mix is (as always) quite international. If I counted correctly, only 10 of 23 artists featured here are from my home country. I love that about this process… since good Christmas music is so hard to find, you really have to dig around absolutely everywhere, and you just never know where you’ll strike gold. One also should never expect my mix to be a roundup of what was good this year, as I truly do not care when a song came out. Is the song amazing? Great, it will make a mix someday… when it just feels right. I simply want to codify them into my life, so that I can easily revisit them whenever I need to. Songs… scents… small items you hold on that aren’t worth a dollar to anyone but you… These are just a few things that unlock the holidays for me every year, and thus I submit my time capsule of future nostalgia, This is Just a Modern Xmas Song.

1.Tino DrimaI Wish That it Was Christmas
2.Big Society feat. Ada Grace Francis(Won’t Be Home For) Christmas
3.Andy ClockwiseCollect Call to My Baby (Merry Christmas)
4.Billy NomatesChristmas is for Lovers, Ghosts & Children
5.The Little UnsaidFine World (When You Can Look It in the Eye)
6.Gold BabyLooks Like a Cold, Cold Winter
7.Hiss Golden MessengerHung Fire
8.Boat WaterMerry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)
9.RegalLove Your Christmas
10.Christmas AguileraAll I Want is You
11.Cherry GhostBlue Christmas
12.Deep CutsComatose Come Christmas
13.Marcos y MoldurasLa de Navidad
14.FLTY BRGR GRLEx-Mas
15.Now, NowLonely Christmas
16.Self EsteemAll I Want for Christmas is a Work Email
17.Brooke AnnibaleChristmas, Happy You’re Here
18.Jeremy WarmsleyDecember
19.Bek SarkoezyNew Year
20.Stevie & the ScroogesLonesome Christmas Blues
21.SaintsenecaThe Wandering Star
22.Daði FreyrSomething Magical
23.YACHTChristmas Alone

Christmas Mix 2020: Christmas Storytelling

So here we are. This year is nearly over. The unwarranted feeling of relief is taking over, despite what that lies before us. So, as I listen to this Billy Bragg record that hasn’t left my changer for years and very much not a Christmas album, I release this sixteenth Christmas mix into the world. This could have been an extremely dark Christmas. We could be staring down record-setting pandemic infections AND four more years of him. Last night I was imagining the songs that folks have written, perhaps even recorded, that will now go unheard because the feeling is just different now. Those who read my blog will not be surprised by many of the choices, as I show my cards all season long. There are some weird ones, some ridiculously beautiful ones, some older ones that needed the right home, and a finale that should be a radio hit if people listened to the radio like they used to. The only connective thread is that every song is a song I truly love. Perhaps you’ll find you do too.

Honestly, I’m just so relieved that it is a rather happy mix… something that I couldn’t even imagine earlier in the year.

1.Randolph’s LeapStay Away This Christmas
2.SleepwalkersChristmas Morning
3.CrocodilesChristmas in Hell
4.JW FrancisChristmas Heartache
5.King Gizzard and the Shitpost WizardChristmas Lights
6.Swampmeat Family BandA Present for Me
7.A.R. PinewoodTis the Season
8.Andrew BirdAndalucia
9.Grace EdenHold You
10.MeikoThis Year Can Kiss My Ass
11.GirlhouseUgly Xmas Sweater Party
12.HanemoonChristmas Time Goes By
13.Night FlowersSnowfall
14.Jacklen RoC U Christmas Day
15.Christmas AguileraWhy Can’t I Go To Sleep?
16.Rachael Dadd (with Rozi Plain and Kate Stables)We Built Our Houses Well
17.Purple MountainsSnow Falling in Manhattan
18.Willie J. HealeyMerry Christmas
19.Thom StoneMerry Christmas (What a Hell of a Year)
20.SaintsenecaWinter Breaking
21.The Martial ArtsSnow Flakes
22.Charlie’s Hand MovementsSnow Globe
23.Polish ClubCountdown

Christmas Mix 2019: ‘XMAS’

Something seems to go wrong every year, but somehow I have managed to make 15 of these things. Thanksgiving being so late this year pushed everything back, and I’m still catching up. This year’s mix is dominated by multiple tracks off the incredible Fowler VW / Blackwatch compilation (review STILL to come), as well as the Merge You Wish release, which really grew on me. I dipped back a few years to resurrect a long-lost The Films’ track, and took advantage of a couple great songs that came out late in last year’s cycle. The struggle was to keep this mix happy, as is often the case. If you read the blog, you’ll know I tend to skew toward the melancholy, so my wife has to run interference and keep me from sending out something that is going to be a total bummer. I believed I avoided that bummer pothole, and have created something that I certainly like, and perhaps you will too. Merry Christmas!

1 Eastern Conference Champions Saving Christmas
2 The Films It’s Christmas (What’s The Difference)
3 Livingmore Show Me Light And Love
4 Mac McCaughan & Annie Hayden Down We Go (Sledding Song)
5 Christmas in July Miss Mistletoe
6 Beau Jennings The Christmas Light
7 Mini Trees Signs & Wonders
8 Virgin of the Birds Christmas in the Borough of Our Birth
9 Thee Mightees Christmas Song
10 Mike Krol Won’t Be Alone Tonight
11 Pedro The Lion Yellow Bike
12 Superbravo La Nuit
13 L’Resorts Christmas is a Time for Dreaming
14 Charlie Marie Underneath the Mistletoe
15 Sufjan Stevens Lonely Man of Winter (feat. Melissa Mary Ahern)
16 Richard Walters Lights On
17 Samantha Crain Christmas For Cowboys
18 Paul Thomas Saunders Christmas, The Sequel
19 The Classic Brown Wintervention
20 Annie Booth Christmas Time (Keep It Together)
21 wejzak Merry Christmas on New Year’s Eve
22 Randolph’s Leap Christmas, Burn it All (Featuring the Olive Grove All-Stars)