Oh darlings, there’s so many great blogs out there who are giving out xmas music this year! I’ve got friends everywhere doing such great mixtapes, festive fifties, playlists and Christmas series. It’s about time I’ve given them a shoutout, many of them have been very kind to link to me and to even send me some cool music. So without further ado, here’s some wonderful bloggers you should know: (update: added Songs: Illinois, who has a great playlist, scroll down for details)
17 Seconds is doing a fine job of celebrating the season in Scottish style! Ed always has some great stuff to offer in the way of new music on his blog and his label, and it’s lovely to see him digging into his collection of older tunes, as I am, for the holidays. Go argue with him about why Joni Mitchell’s “River” is definitely not a Christmas song!
Across The Kitchen Table, hailing from Scotland, has succumbed to the Christmas spirit finally and given us a post. His blog is a rich resource for Northern Soul, and if you don’t know what that is, you’d better google it because you’re really missing out on a genre that is truly inspiring!
Jim, my blogger friend who lives in Paisley, and writes over at Ayetunes, has a gorgeous Christmas series on. He’s recently been viciously attacked by a pack of wolves, a 13 year old troll, a nasty blog critic, so go pop over and tell him how fantastic his blog is (it IS by the way!)
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside, a fellow Chicagoan, has a 12 Days of Christmas Songs series running and it’s fantastic! The latest entry is punk songs, yay!! Eric knows his shit when it comes to punk and pop-punk music and he’s an awesome guy as well.
Chromewaves, our favorite Toronto blogger, has a great post up on a new Peanuts Christmas album that’s just hit the airwaves. It’s “a tribute album that features a wide cross-section of Canadian artists re-interpreting the Guaraldi record” and done for charity, all proceeds going to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Please go get immersed in Frank’s blog. It is, by far, the best written music blog on the net; not only because I love the music he picks but because he inspires me to write about music intelligently as well as emotionally.
Earfarm has a holiday charity album, Do you EAR what I EAR?, out on it’s label, to benefit Assoiation to Benefit Children Please consider popping over there and spending your $5 to help some kids out and to get some pretty cool tunes, from the Tom Tom Club, Asobi Seksu, Sean Bones, Sharon Van Etten, and many more, including the one I’ve posted above.
Agnes, of It All Started With Carbon Monoxide, out of Brisbane (? oh no, I should really know this!) oh it’s somewhere in Australia, has a Christmas mixtape up, labeled #1 which I assume means she just might have another one coming out soon. She’s a lovely lady with a quick wit and a cool blog and who has wonderful taste in music. Oh and she loves Withered Hand as much as I do, xo
mp3hugger, out of Dublin, has his annual Indiecater Christmas compilation album out and it is just lovely this year. I’ve reviewed a track off it last week, by Boca Chica, remember? Do go buy it from his site, it’s well worth the small payment. And you can stream it entirely before buying. Kevin is a real gem, his musical taste is wide and generous and I’ve found much good music on his site.
Slowcoustic, from Calgary, is a great blogger who features a lot of cool folk music. He’s got a nice playlist up for the season, check it out. Give his site some patience, I know he’s had some web hosting issues lately. And check over there for a guest post from yours truly in the coming week
The Blue Walrus, from London, is written by Tim, (a wonderful flirt) and Lauren (who I’m just getting to know through her lovely reviews), Hamish and Tom (who I’ve not got the slightest about, sorry) and let me say, this site is a beauty! Tim has a lovely Christmas playlist up here. Get over there and explore right away!
Brian, over at Raised On Indie, from Vancouver, BC (now joined by Lana, from Calgary, Alberta) has a nice Christmas post, look for more over there too, I’m guessing. ROI is a fantastic Canadian site that features all sorts of indie music and interviews with an emphasis on Canadian artists.
Songs Illinois, from just outside Chicago, has a very nice and huge Christmas playlist which he updates occasionally over on his site. Please go get comfy over there, you’ll spend days finding all sorts of americana, and indie music.
And finally… I’ve no idea who this blogger is, but they have been linking to me, and daily compile a whole slew of Christmas songs from friends of mine and blogs of great quality. So if you’re in the market for good Christmas music, go see Santas Working Overtime! And if you are that blogger then please do leave a comment so I can get to know you, xoxo
(I know I’ve forgotten people here…. let me know in the comments and I’ll add them later today)
And how sweet is this that this is my 400th post!