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Have a very melancholy Christmas

Have a very melancholy Christmas

It’s that time of year where we’re bombarded with endless songs of Christmas joy and cheer. Even Blink-182 released a Christmas album this year, for the love of god. But hark, how the herald angels sang when Bay Area chamber pop duo Foxtails Brigade released Time Is Passed,¬†an anti-Christmas album of sorts. Delicate and somber, reading like its own holiday tale, “I’m Not Really In The Christmas Mood This Year” is a treat to those whose hearts are feeling three times too small.

Dreaming of a (black and) white Christmas

Last year, classic London dancehall act Saint Etienne released a special fans-only Christmas album titled A Glimpse of Stocking. Only 3,000 copies were made and it was never released in stores. A lot of artists make Christmas albums for an extra buck and put no soul into it (*cough* She & Him *cough*) but this one was truly all about the music. Or some kind of dedication to hipster principles.

Whatever it was all about, “21st Century Christmas” was an absolute gem to come out of that album. Saint Etienne goes straight out pop on a song that stands out among the best of modern Christmas classics.

Saint Etienne – “21st Century Christmas”

I'd like to think this is how they do Christmas in Sweden

Maybe Christmas isn’t a non-stop fun fest for you. Maybe you like your holidays a little darker, edgier. The good thing is you don’t have to be a Scrooge or a Grinch to enjoy The Knife getting in to the Christmas spirit with “Christmas Reindeer.” The holidays are usually the time for more traditional, contemporary or folk acts to bust out with the seasonal song, so it’s great to hear an electro pop act chime in.

Don’t expect ringing bells and lots of cheer, this is as moody as you can get!

The Knife – “Christmas Reindeer”

Nothing says holiday cheer like getting smashed!

Day two of our holiday song week at Electric Panda Music and you kind of had to know that this one was coming. The quintessential classic “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues has a place on any alternative holiday playlist. There’s nothing quite like Christmastime in New York City with all of the lights, displays and general vibe in the air. Typically a little cheerier than this song might imply.

I really shouldn’t have to even post this MP3 because it should already be in your library.

The Pogues – “Fairytale of New York”

Merry Christmas to you too, Vanessa

Happy Holidays! Growing up, my mother would make us listen to nothing but Christmas music the second Thanksgiving was over. Thus I always made it a personal challenge to assemble as many cool Christmas songs as possible to ease the pain. This week I’ll be focusing on the best alternative holiday music out there at the moment.

We’ll start with Vanessa Carlton’s “Hear The Bells,” from her new EP of the same name. Yeah, Vanessa Carlton, can you believe I’m posting this s***? Thing is, the song is the most haunting and gorgeous track I’ve heard all winter. She’s playing the song of a cold, dark wintery night. Streets are empty, the sky is foggy and coated with falling snow. Can you hear the bells?

Vanessa Carlton – “Hear The Bells”

Buy Hear The Bells EP on iTunes