On the twelfth year of Christmas compilations, your true love (yours truly) gave to you the same thing that he did the previous eleven years. I’m a little later than usual, although I already threw the link out there a couple of weeks ago on Twitter, where I spend most of my social media time these days. But for your convenience and my reference, here it is, laid out more fully.
As usual, this is a CD-length compilation because you have to stop somewhere, and if you’re setting an arbitrary limit, it might as well be at a length that doesn’t exceed the limit of what can be burned to physical media. Physical media isn’t quite dead yet, not as long as my wife lacks an auxiliary input in her car stereo and my in-laws play all their music through the little CD player in their kitchen. Burning this to CD is also a good way to stay warm on a cold winter night as well.
As an aside, it’s not until the CD is on the way out that I think I’ve truly figured out how to sequence a mixed CD. The secret is to imagine you’re making a double LP with four sides. So, on the off chance you listen to this as a digital playlist or as a burned CD instead of pressing it to vinyl, you may want to imagine that side A is tracks 1 to 7, side B is tracks 8 to 14, side C is tracks 15 to 19, and side D is tracks 20 to 25. That’s how I conceived it, anyway, and it should make sense that way. If you want to just listen to the first fourteen tracks as a single album and then finish the rest of it later, that is a compiler-approved method of consumption that should satisfy everyone. If you want to listen to the whole thing at once, it should not prove tedious! It is meant to work that way too!
Anyway, here are tracks 1 to 7, 8 to 14, 15 to 19, and 20 to 25:
- Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today
- Kate Nash – I Hate You This Christmas
- Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick – 2600
- !!! – And Anyway It’s Christmas
- Gruff Rhys – Post-Apocalypse Christmas
- The Boy Least Likely To – The First Snowflake
- Palace Songs (Bonnie Prince Billy) – Christmastime in the Mountains
- Saint Etienne – Come On Christmas
- The Killers ft. Ryan Pardey – I Feel It In My Bones
- Piney Gir – Christmas Time
- Sea Wolf – Winter’s Heir
- Tracey Thorn – In the Cold, Cold Night
- Telstar Ponies – I Still Believe in Christmas Trees
- Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler – (Don’t Call Me) Mrs. Christmas
- My Morning Jacket – Santa Claus Is Back in Town
- The Raveonettes – Christmas Ghosts
- Summer Fiction – Christmas Eve for Two
- The Be Good Tanyas – Rain and Snow
- Nick Lowe – Christmas at the Airport
- Glasvegas – Careful What You Wish For
- Wye Oak – Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day
- Frightened Rabbit – Cheap Gold
- Sufjan Stevens – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- The Pearlfishers – Winter Roads
- Julie Crochetière – It Won’t Be Christmas (Till You’re Here)
Here is the download link. You will find that listening to the music itself is even more satisfying than merely reading a list of the songs’ titles. And here is a link to all twelve of my holiday compilations from this and previous years. Happy holidays, lucky listener.
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