Thursday, December 25, 2008

Stocking Stuffers

Happy holidays, everyone! As you may have noticed, blogging has been in the decline the last few weeks... Christmas stuff and general lack of enthusiasm. But hopefully I'll get back to regular posting in the new year. I still intend to do my annual year-end monster post whether you want it or not. In the meantime, here's a roundup of cool stocking stuffers for you.

  • DJ Muranao of the Nagoya, Japan based electro unit I'm So Look You e-mailed me this stocking stuffer, an irresistible electro cover of Wham's Last Christmas:

    I'm So Look You - Last Christmas [originally by Wham!]
    I'm So Liking it!

  • If you're looking for a TON of free Christmas music, head on over to Suburban Sprawl Music's 2008 Holiday Sampler, a 2-disc, 44 song behemoth of a compilation. Not only that, but you can also download their X-mas compilations dating back to 2002! If you scour the track listing, you'll find covers of Happy X-Mas (War is Over), I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, The Chipmunks' Christmas Don't Be Late, the Justin Timberlake/Andy Samberg Dick in a Box, and a unique indie rock cover of Run DMC's Christmas in Hollis by Thunderbirds are Now. You'll even find a cover of Christmas Vacation... that's right, the theme song to the National Lampoon Christmas classic! I still get a chuckle out of Chevy Chase hiding presents in the attic and finding previously hidden presents of past Christmases. I stumbled on this Santa sack of Christmas tunes via a link in Boyhowdy's x-mas post over at Star Maker Machine.

  • Kindercore has a 4-song Xmas/Hannukah EP, including a cover of Tom Petty's Christmas All Over Again, which brings back fuzzy memories of the Very Special Christmas compilations

  • Speaking of which, Butch Walker and Taryn Manning recently recorded a cover of that same Tom Petty Christmas song (a new standard now?). Stream it here or find it on iTunes.

  • Some cool news for fans of Danny Michel. As of couple days ago, Danny now has full control of ALL his music digitally worldwide and his entire back catalogue has been re-released under his own indie label on iTunes and Zunior. Many of the re-released albums have bonus tracks including unheard demos. Physical discs and other merch will still be available from Maple Music.

  • You lucky UK readers... the brand new Wallace & Gromit short, A Matter of Loaf and Death, debuts Christmas day on BBC One at 8:30pm. Jealous!!

Alright, time to get to bed before I run into Santa...

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