Now, pretty much all the cool folks in our Festive Friends list to the right have told you about this project--and I will in just a bit--but I think I'm the first to be able to report to you that THE PRE-ORDER links are LIVE, Yo! Expected to be up by the end of October, the pre-order links went live yesterday. Its the Netherlands, so I don't even know when yesterday was, there. Official release, if I recall correctly, is scheduled for the end of November.
The folks at Snowflakes Singles--a start-up Indie label--want to celebrate the Christmas Single. Its a time honored tradition that is fading a bit in this digital age. The plan is to release four Christmas singles a year. Obviously, a lot is going to depend on how well the series is received. Each is numbered to just 500, is pressed on snowflake white 7" vinyl, and comes with a full color picture sleeve. One side is an original and the other side is a cover. Along the way, they also hope to tribute and preserve some of the great Christmas singles of the Indie era that maybe slipped by as digital downloads only and deserve to be permanently pressed to beautiful, warm, wonderful vinyl.
The first single is from the Smoke Fairies, who are just HUGE right now (and deservedly so). "Simple Feeling" is their original offering and their cover is "I Wonder As I Wander". Sold! Then we also have singles from The Miserable Rich, The Silhouettes and, oh my God, The Garlands! I've been in love with The Garlands for years...ever since I first heard them sing "Christmas Song" in 2008. For this series, The Garlands have rearranged and rerecorded "Christmas Song" and they'll back it with a cover of the wonderful Margo Guryan classic "I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You". Sold, sold, sold!!!
The Snowflakes website and Facebook page will tell you all about these groups and their Christmas singles and, as we told you above, the preorder links are LIVE, yo! You can buy just one or get a discount by purchasing all four. Keep this in mind, though. These are coming from the Netherlands. The price for the full set is 24 Euros. Shipping is another 9 Euros. Translated to U.S. currency, you're looking at $45 plus for the set. Me, I'm not buying a lot this year, but the Snowflakes Christmas Singles were at the top of my "must have" list. And have them I will. Just in case these singles aren't in your budget, Snowflakes plans to post some audio on their Soundcloud page in the not too distant future (yeah...Facebook...Soundcloud...Twitter...they're rolling out the whole magilla gorilla).
Thanks for stopping by for this important announcement. We now return you to your regularly scheduled "closed until further notice" Christmas music blog.