Thursday, December 22, 2011

A very wasfuersohr Christmas

It is that time of year again. Yep, Christmas time, folks. And with that comes an onslaught of Christmas themed releases. Instead of doing reviews for these records I'm going to do something a little different. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you won't need to listen to your grandmothers old vinyl LP of 50's crooners belting out Christmas standards like you have year after year. No, this year, as a small gift from us here at Wasfuersohr to you our adoring fans and music lovers, we're going to provide you with some holiday musical alternatives. No reviews, just a smattering of holiday cheer from a variety of bands we think you might enjoy listening to with family and friends.

Sound Vat - If Jesus Had Been Born In Canada, He Would Have Needed More Than Swaddling Clothes (Compilation)

A bit of the indie rock in your stocking never hurt anyone. A compilation of smaller Canadian indie rock bands (which is a nice indulgence for me) bringing an energetic mix of holiday standards and originals to this compilation. Certainly a different take on Christmas music, but thoroughly enjoyable for listeners of all ages.

How To Throw A Christmas Party – II – Angels n' Sheep
The festive Dutch collective that becomes How To Throw A Christmas Party have released another five songs of folk-pop twinged Christmas music, that will add a certain “Je ne sais quoi” to any Christmas gathering. It's bouncy and expressive both musically and lyrically, almost like an original cast recording (it's also a touring show if you happen to be in the Netherlands for the Holidays). Five original works that will bring joy to any listener this holiday season. What's not to like?

Punchline – 2011 Holiday Sampler
Bringing a pop punk sensibility to Christmas music, Punchline have provided four faster, groovier original tracks than any of the two previous records. This was Saint Nick during his rebellious teenage years, Christmas music with a snarky edge. They might not be suited for the entire family (have Grandma and the kids leave the room), but you definitely don't have any other holiday themed music like this (“Forever REMIX” is completely out of place, and not xmas playlist material).

Deer Child - Winter Deer Volume 1: Few Are Frozen (Compilation)

Another mix of classic and original Christmas/holiday-themed music, similar in tone to Sound Vats' release, with one foot planted firmly in folk music more than rock. The covers of classic Christmas music have a real soothing feel to them. It easily works as background music for family gatherings or music to listen to while watching that Yule log channel if that's more your thing.

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