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wonders never cease Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2010 Sixteen Alternative Options For The Bearded Fat Guy

Fishbone Time worn and classic? Hardly. We love Sir Paul McCartney, but how many times do you want to hear him tell you how wonderful his Christmas is? Here are some lesser-known holiday tunes – all on rotation along with many other classic and not so classic holiday tunes in our shop this festive season. Come on in and see for yourself. Don’t worry, the classics will be featured in their own play list before the arrival of the pudgy guy with the bag.

1. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Death Cab For Cutie
A testament to loneliness and pining from Ben Gibbard and his pals.

2. “Sound the Trumpet” – Bob Marley
The reggae messiah heralds the arrival of the advent in classic roots rock style, replete with a trumpet solo lifted from “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

3. "Carol Of The Bells" - The Bird And The Bee
This LA Duo puts their sophisticated and elegant musical touch to the classic with nice results, but could you expect less out of a pair with the musical resumes of these two. Singer Inara George is the daughter of Little Feat's Lowell George, and keyboardist and producer Greg Kurstin has worked with Beck and the Flaming Lips.

4. “Everything Is Cool" - John Prine
The always wise and insightful John Prine gives his grounded take on making it through the holidays.

5. “Every Day Should Be a Holiday” – Dandy Warhols
The Dandys remind us with beats and grooves to carry over our seasonal good cheer to the rest of the year.

6. “Rudy” – The Be Good Tanyas
A tearjerker reminds us about the less fortunate, and this one hits close to home. It’s the story of Rudolph the red-nosed wino, set right here in DC. “It’s wintertime now in Georgetown and the streets come alive with the Christmas lights. And Rudy sleeps on the warm air grate with a newspaper blanket on December nights.”

7. “Christmas in Hollis” – Run DMC
Joey “Run” Simmons is obviously on the nice list since he finds Santa’s wallet and then gets a note under the tree that tells him to keep the cash. Maybe that was the seed money for big brother Russell’s Def Jam Records.

8. “Darlin’ (Christmas Is Coming)” – Over The Rhine
Drawing their band name from the historic neighborhood in their native Cincinnati, this is one of many charming holiday songs from their 2006 release Snow Angels.

9. “Elf’s Lament” – Barenaked Ladies
An expose of the exploitation inherent in the operation at the North Pole. Santa’s workshop is non-union and the elves are getting fed up. “We’re used to repetition, so we drew up a petition: We, the undersigned, feel undermined! Let’s redefine “employment.” Cesar Chavez would be proud.

10. “Christmas Day” – Dido
A strangely beautiful story of love, hope, anticipation and expectation and the unpredictable path that these things sometimes take.

11. “Father Christmas" - The Kinks
Harsh treatment for a department store Santa strips bare the commercialism inherent in the holiday.

12. “Get Behind Me, Santa” – Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan earnestly delivers a Christmas gift to the music loving world with this whimsical, catchy, uplifting gem from his terrific Songs For Christmas.

13. “Deadbeat Holiday” – Green Day
Green Day may have a bleak view of the world but they express it with a lot of energy and some uplifting beats and catchy hooks.

14. “Yo Ho Ho” – Klark Kent
Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland puts his own spin on the Christmas holiday.

15. “Oi To the World” – No Doubt
Gwen Stefani scolds the intolerant with a peppy version of The Vandals' story of a horrific holiday beatdown.

16. “Santa Claus Is Smoking Reefer” – Squirrel Nut Zippers
This seems like a poor prescription for a guy who has to visit every house in the world in one night, but it would explain how he eats all those cookies.

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