Also on December 1, The Killers will be releasing an EP collecting up all of their Christmas singles (I think we're at 6 at the moment). All profits from any of the Killers' Christmas music, past and present, is donated to (RED) and releases come on December 1 to coincide with World Aids Day.
James Follette is a London based singer with a taste for the retro--old soul in particular, it seems. "Santa Baby" has long been the exclusive province of female vocalists. But put the two together and you get an old standard with a modern twist. True enough, Michael Buble employed a similar tactic on his version of "Santa Baby", but Follette beat him to it by a year--"Santa Brother" having been released in the UK in 2010. This year, we Yanks can have a go at "Santa Brother" as its finally been released in the states. And, truthfully, its less the gender twist and more the modern gift list and the Adam Ant-meets-Brook Benton vocal style that reach me. Aren't we a little past a "duplex and checks"? C'mon, Santa, let's have us a Lamborghini, shall we? Get this one on iTunes. And, while you're at it, check out some more music from James Follette on Soundcloud. Please note the free download arrow on "Tears", which has a nice Phil Spector-meets-Barry White vibe to it. I'm also diggin' these Victoria Wilson James & Waterson jams, but that's another deal for another day.
You know, it's hard enough to find anyone releasing a CD single of anything these days. Nous Non Plus, which Christmas A Go Go describes as a "faux French" band, are releasing this one ONLY on CD single. That's right. No digital download copout for you, Mr. Christmas Music iPod man.
Of course the clincher is that it's a great song for a great cause. $1 from each single sold goes to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency assistance and other support to the families of our service members. There are two songs for which the group has posted videos. The first, which appears to be the "A" side, is "Holiday", an upbeat and instantly irresistible track that, without being too overt about it, is about a soldier's homecoming. The other track, "(General, Please) Keep My Baby Safe This Christmas", is lyrically more direct and--though still an infectious pop number--burrows deeper into your heart. Like Guuzbourg at Christmas A Go Go, that's the one I'd pick to share with you here. But, since he already has, I'll send you there for that one and I'll give you the video for "Holiday".
To buy this wonderful CD single, you'll have to contact Nous Non Plus directly through their web site (by email; what a concept). Even if you don't want the single, please consider Operation Homefront when you're making your charitable giving decisions this year.
They are The New Free. Think about that for a second. You go to Google looking for almost anything, what are the words you're most likely to use? New and Free, of course. The New Free are a fairly new Dublin based Celtic Rock band--their debut album won't arrive until Spring 2012. But their Christmas single, "Noelle's Burden", is out now. And, while Christmas isn't in the title, the band anticipated a google-holic like me typing the words "New Free Christmas single" in the search engine. Et voila! Good band. Good song. If you like Carbon Leaf or Mumford & Sons, you'll like this one. Pick it up (or load it down) at Amazon or iTunes.
"JB" over at The Fa has been pretty well on top of the Christmas singles, too. And, from him, we get tipped to a new one from Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall. "Happy This Christmas" will be available both as a digital download (December 9) and on CD-Single (on December 12). So far, Amazon US only has a listing for the hard copy, with an arrival date of December 20. Amazon UK has the hard copy and the mp3 versions. And you can also pre-order through Britain's Townsend Records. Presumably, the digital download will turn up domestically before too long. You can check the samples at Amazon UK, since the Soundcloud clip at Mick's site doesn't seem to be working.
Iceland has got a lot to make up to the world since they are at least partly responsible for inflicting Bjork upon us all, but they are well on their way with this sweet pop holiday duet "Jólin Koma Með Þér" ("Christmas Comes With You"). Sigga Beinteins and Paul Oscar have individually represented Iceland in past Eurovision contests, but they sound very nice together. The Christmas single was released on Thanksgiving Day (not a holiday in Iceland) and it's available through Tonlist, so far. It might be a while before it turns up at Amazon or iTunes US. Like....maybe.........never?
Here's the new Christmas single from Esterlyn, the Christian Indie Rock band from Idaho. "Light That Was Born" will be released December 6 and you'll find it at Amazon MP3 and other digital retailers. This is an Esterlyn original, in case you hadn't figured that out already.
For the second year in a row, C.J. Snare is releasing a Christmas single. Last year, the FireHouse frontman released "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" as his "Christmas gift". This year, Snare returns with "Oh Come Emmanuel". There's no question that Snare has one of the top voices in Metal, but these Christmas power ballads from CJ tend to be a matter of individual taste. Some love 'em. Some hate 'em. You'll find "Oh Come Emmanuel" on iTunes and at Amazon.
If you'd asked me even a few months ago, I'd have told you that there was no such thing as Power Pop Electronica, but a band called Jellyrox has proven me wrong. Jellyrox is the side project of Eleventyseven frontman Matt Langston. And, apparently, unbeknownst to me, Eleventyseven is also a Power Pop Electronica band--one that had a Christmas single in 2007 that totally got by me, "Christmas Magic Is Here". The new Jellyrox single is "This Christmas" and Amazon's got it.