Deck the halls, feed the world, and have yourself a merry little Christmas! Festive music runs the gamut from cheeseboard whiffy to just plain brilliant, so it’s always nice to sit down with a mince pie or five and listen to some new Crimbo choons – and hope for the best.
Thankfully, the new short-but-sweet EP from indie-pop folksters Los Campesinos! (aptly titled ‘A Los Campesinos! Christmas’) doesn’t outstay its welcome, filling your ears like an all-the-trimmings turkey dinner fills your belly on Christmas Day – only you won’t be so stuffed you’ll feel sick after.
Other than a tongue-in-cheek cover of ‘It’ll Be Lonely This Christmas’, the collection comprises five LC originals that put bells and whistles on the band’s usual blend of folk, indie rock and tantalisingly twee songwriting. The highlight is ‘Kindle a Flame in Her Heart’ which mixes a Pixies influence with ’90s grunge guitars, with a lovelorn chorus that captures the bittersweet hangover of Christmases past.
Check out my Los Campesinos! review.
Forgive the Will-Ferrell-in-‘Elf’-like enthusiasm for Christmas that will likely takeover this blog in the next couple of weeks, but my sleigh bells are a-tinglin’ as we enter festive season. As well as turkey, trimmings, gifts and gooey family sentiment, movies are of course a staple of the holidays and so I’ll kickstart this Geek’s un-Grinchy approach to Xmas with a trailer of the new movie I’m most excited about this December.
Keep your hobbits. This Boxing Day, it’s all about Burton, Adams and Del Rey. It could only be more delish if smothered in cranberry sauce…
Zooey Deschanel doesn’t need another reason for us all to find her totes charming, but it must just come that easy to her.
Backed up by indie guitar maestro M. Ward, Zooey is set to sing her way into our hearts all over again in December with her fifth record as one half of She & Him. On December 1st, the duo’s new studio album is set to provide some respite from The X Factor and Crimbo #1 hopefuls thanks to Deschanel and Ward choosing to cover proven classics and deliver them under the catchy title, erm, ‘Classics’.
A cynic could choose to term this musical move as lazy, but Zooey’s voice has always worked wonders with a golden oldie and the duo’s own originals have perfectly captured a sense of neo-nostalgia, thanks to various retro influences they will readily admit.
The tracklist is as follows:
1. Stars Fell On Alabama
2. Oh No, Not My Baby
3. It’s Not For Me To Say
4. Stay Awhile
5. This Girl’s In Love With You
6. Time After Time
8. Teach Me Tonight
9. It’s Always You
10. Unchained Melody (feat. the Chapin Sisters)
11. I’ll Never Be Free
12. Would You Like To Take a Walk?
13. We’ll Meet Again
Although we’re all overly familiar with a few of the above, I have faith that they will offer a credible spin on these songs. A recent US performance of ‘Time After Time’ (see below) supports this, so it looks like previous covers album ‘A Very She & Him Christmas’ may get fewer plays this Christmas season…
So, my calendar tells me it’s 1st November. IS IT TIME TO WATCH ‘ELF’ YET?!
I wrapped my first Christmas presents tonight, which makes me a CRAZY PERSON. But, my ultra-preparedness aside, Christmas is on the way and the House of Mouse knows it – Mickey and his minions have released their first lot of Xmas goodies ahead of the holiday season.
Obviously, I want all of the Jack Skellington ‘Nightmare’ baubles, but I think Pascal in a Santa suit is the winner here. Choice picks below, more at The Disney Store.