1. EagleWolfSnake - Make it Glow
2. Texture & Light - I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas
3. Andrew Joslyn & The Local Strangers - Under Mistletoe
4. Bill Berry - 'Twas the Night After Christmas
5. Occurrence - This Is How You Know (It's The Holidays)
6. Magnuson - Silent Night
7. Piney Gir - Love Is A Christmas Rose
8. Blue Skies For Black Hearts - Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy
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Next up, Electronic Dream Rockers Texture & Light provide an interesting cover of Aimee Mann's "I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas". Nestled between "Make It Glow" and "Under Mistletoe", it surprisingly fits right in like the creamy center of an Oreo cookie.
LA funnyman and sometime jingle writer Bill Berry offers up a bawdy, juvenile even, but hilarious folksy Christmas Blues, "Twas The Night After Christmas". Contains Adult Themes, sexual situations, and strong language. Although, to be honest, after listening to some of that Rudy Ray Moore album a couple of days ago, pretty much everything is tame in comparison. Now, me, I tend to shy away from "funny" on my holiday mixes. But I know some of you are definitely going to want to include "Twas The Night After Christmas" on yours.
New York is apparently the home to Occurence, an experimental post-apocalyptic Electronic Dance Pop outfit. And I'm the wrong guy to ask about this one. Not my thing, really. But very cutting edge and avant garde. I think. Their selection is "This Is How You Know (It's The Holidays)". I got a million jokes I could play with, here (and, hey, they're New Yorkers; they don't give a crap what I think anyway, right?), but I'll pass and let you make up your own mind.
"Silent Night", when done by the Progy Rock group Magnuson, has a more ominous vibe than you usually get from that carol. But it rocks. It's a little bit 70s Hard Rock meets up with Metallica and then goes out to the deli with Black Sabbath and Emerson Lake and Palmer kinda thing. Does that cover it?
We already covered Piney Gir covering Como. And the set closes with a fairly faithful rendition of "Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy" from Blue Skies For Black Hearts. This version, honestly, sounds a bit more sincere and genuine than the Bowie-Bing take--probably because they didn't bury the thing in strings and such. Nice way to end this year's collection.