Christmas (and Christmas-adjacent) Tunes – a mix

It’s that time of year again. Below is a playlist I started putting together last year with my wife, made a few tweaks to last week and am ready to share here today. It’s full of Christmas tunes and sad, Christmas-adjacent (as my wife calls them, which is perfect) tunes. Lots of cheese mixed in with a lot of sad. The best of everything the season has to offer, basically. Enjoy.

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Monday Links

On Twitter and Facebook I share links each day to various stuff that I think is great and/or worth people’s time. But not everyone that comes here is on Twitter or Facebook, so I gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday Links (or just want to waste some time), check out the archive here.

One of my favorite events of the year: Bedstock for MyMusicRx, an event designed to help raise the spirits of sick kids. So much goodness for a good cause.


Still very much love this tune from Lemolo.

And now: a few Tiny Desk Concerts that are very much worth your time.

This new one from S. Carey is very lovely.

The latest Barr Brothers album has sounded better and better as the days have gotten shorter.

Would really love this entire demo series from Tallest Man on Earth to be properly released.

Yep, Joan Shelley is still the most lovely.

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catching up

Sorry for the lack of action around here. I see how new parents disappear. It’s easy. Anyhow, let’s talk about some tunes I think you might enjoy very much.

“Broken”- Patrick Watson
Yes. Very excited this man is back.

“Dynamite My Soul”- Wilco
This old b-side is better than most of the new songs I’ve heard this year.

“Silent Side”- The Staves and yMusic
This is rather beautiful.

“Winter”- Rosie Carney
Grab yourself a cup of coffee and a blanket. Then hit play.

“Fool’s Gold”- S. Carey
Keep that cup of coffee and blanket around for this one, too.

“The Opener”- Camp Cope
Oh hell yes. Let’s get loud and brash.

“The Moon Rose”- Matt Pond PA
This is delightful.

“Standard”- Weller
Been very stuck on this one the last few days.

“Sunday”- Gleemer
Go ahead and fade away to this one.

“Sail on the Water”- Molly Parden
This song sounds like the golden hour.

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catching up

:::checks calendar::: Oh. Oh no. It’s been much too long since we talked.

“Intrepid”- Pinegrove
There’s a new Pinegrove album coming sometime next year, but in the meantime they released this little tune. Color me very excited.

“Wake” / “Rorschach” / “Empiricist” / “Algernon”- Typhoon
Oh good god. Typhoon is back. This is the first ‘movement’ from their new album that’s coming in January. I could not be more excited. (“Empiricist” is THE jam out of this group.)

“Tallahassee”- Leif Vollebekk
Leif Vollebekk released one of the finest records of the year in January. Here’s a b-side from it. It is spectacular, too.

“Trouble On My Mind”- The Staves and yMusic
So The Staves are just gonna write words to go over some of their favorite yMusic compositions and then surprise us with an album full of such things in a few weeks? Cool. I’m here for that.

“You Care”- Aero Flynn
All jam here, kids.

“See You Around”- I’m With Her
Very excited there’s a full-length album from I’m With Her coming in February. So lovely, their songs.

“Kai’s Song (Acoustic)”- Overcoats
Yep, this is very nice.

“A Long Year”- Matthew and The Atlas
Will probably never tire of Matthew’s voice, if I’m being honest.

“Petal”- Hovvdy
This sounds like a lazy afternoon and I love it so much.

“Sans”- Angel Olsen
Something wonderfully hypnotic about this one right here.

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Monday Links

On Twitter and Facebook I share links each day to various stuff that I think is great and/or worth people’s time. But not everyone that comes here is on Twitter or Facebook, so I gather up the best of those links each Monday and post them here so everyone can get in on the fun. If you’ve missed any of the past Monday Links (or just want to waste some time), check out the archive here.

This from Bon Iver/Justin Vernon and La Blogotheque is tremendous.

Seriously though, the series that The Tallest Man On Earth is putting together week over week is the very best thing.

And now, a few songs from my favorite record of 2017.

This has pretty quickly become one of my favorite songs of the year.

Here are The Barr Brothers playing one of the prettier ones I’ve heard this year.

Really missed the RAA.

Still not tired of this First Aid Kit tune.

A new Lemolo tune? Yes, I would like to hear that.

Always love me a good love song penned by Josh Ritter. You should know this about me already.

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catching up

Let’s talk songs.

“Turn Out The Lights”- Julien Baker
The thing about Julien Baker is she only writes perfect songs.

“Defibrillation”- The Barr Brothers feat. Lucius
One of the prettier tunes I’ve heard this year.

“Country”- Porches
Two minutes and fifteen seconds of tremendous.

“Dog Days”- Strawberry Runners
Thanks, Tom, for introducing me to this wonderful little tune.

“Song of the Highest Tower”- Cut Worms
A real perfect song for fall, this one.

“Week 51”- Sorority Noise
This one would pair well with that Julien Baker tune from earlier. It will also punch you in the gut.

“Out Worn”- Soccer Mommy
I’m a little late on this one, but this is a very good piece of music.

“Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)”- Hamilton Leithauser feat. Angel Olsen
Two folks that can sing the hell out of a song, singing the hell out of a song.

“Acolyte”- Slaughter Beach, Dog
This song sounds like a lazy afternoon. I like it very much.

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catching up

It’s been much, much, much too long, you guys.

“It’s A Shame”- First Aid Kit
The best thing I’ve heard lately? This song, which I’ve played roughly 4323234 times.

“You and I (On the Other Side of the World)”- The Weather Station
Or, maybe it’s this one, which is all sorts of terrifically warm and lovely.

“Here We Are Again”- Ella Grace
This right here is quite the tune.

“Slow Mover”- Angie McMahon
There’s something wonderfully hypnotic about Angie McMahon’s delivery. I’m here for it. (Thanks for the head’s up, Shana!)

“Quiet”- EXES
This is a delightful little pop song.

“Palace”- Matthew and The Atlas
This one goes well with an early morning and lots of coffee.

“Wide Open”- Weaves
Go ahead and let this one wash over you.

“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Adele cover)- I’m With Her
Yep. This is tremendous.

“Keep the Car Running”- Silver Torches
A nice driving tune, this one.

“Three Oh Nine”- Fenne Lily
Altogether gorgeous.

“Georgia”- Phoebe Bridgers
This song has been haunting me the last few weeks.

“Sunlight Daze”- Mimicking Birds
Very into this one right now.

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