X-mas VIII

01Dec10

Every year, starting about July, my girlfriend makes me break out the Christmas music. Fortunately, since 2003 I’ve annually compiled one decent CD-length compilation of songs that, while seasonal in flavour, should be palatable  anytime of the year. That adds up to around nine straight hours of music, which ought to provide plenty of variety, except that this is the only nine hours of music I’ve been allowed to hear since July. Variety is the spice of life, but all I get is cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

So, now that it’s December, it’s long past time that I compile a new mix for this year, and here it is:

  1. The Hives and Cyndi Lauper – “A Christmas Duel”
  2. The Raveonettes – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
  3. Glasvegas – “A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss)”
  4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “In This Home on Ice”
  5. Best Coast and Wavves – “Got Something for You”
  6. Vampire Weekend – “Horchata”
  7. The Bird and the Bee – “Carol of the Bells”
  8. Thea Gilmore – “Listen, the Snow Is Falling”
  9. John Dissed – “Christmas with the Devil”
  10. Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – “Time of the Season”
  11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “All I Want for Christmas”
  12. Casper and the Cookies – “Kiss Me Beneath the Christmas Tree”
  13. Sufjan Stevens – “Get Behind Me, Santa!”
  14. The Elves of Heaven – “This Christmas”
  15. All About Eve – “Last Christmas”
  16. Belle & Sebastian – “Are You Coming Over for Christmas?”
  17. Stars – “Winter Bones”
  18. Dala – “Hockey Sweater”
  19. Joshua James – “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel”
  20. Lois Casino – “All I Want for Christmas”
  21. Daniel Martin Moore – “O Holy Night”
  22. Rose Polenzani – “When the River Meets the Sea”

See if you can guess which song I included on this mix only because my girlfriend has been badgering me to do so since July, with me consistently refusing to do on the grounds that I hated the band, hated the song, and hated balaclavas. In the end, though, she might not have been completely wrong after all. (She’s probably not as shrill and demanding as I’ve been making her out to be here either. Arguably, she’s actually kind of nice.)

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Download links to my previous holiday mixes (detailed here, here, here, here, and also here) are still active, so feel free to check out about nine hours of music that I’d be completely sick of had it not been so well-chosen in the first place.

X-mas I (2003)
X-mas II (2004)
X-mas III (2005)
X-mas IV (2006)
X-mas V (2007)
X-mas VI (2008)
X-mas VII (2009)



5 Responses to “X-mas VIII”

  1. 1 BSam

    Just wondering if there’s a new one of these this year?

    Always look forward to them.

    • 2 Peter Lynn

      There will be! It’s been delayed while I’ve been building a new computer, but now that I’ve finished that, I expect to compile it on the weekend. I hope you enjoy it!


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