Whether you like folk, pop, or punk, this edition of Sound Sunday contains a Christmas soundtrack to match your taste. We ease into the collection with pop and folk albums, loosen it up with some jazz / big band / swing, transition to ambient, electronic, beats, and finally conclude with punk, rock and roll.
Note that the proceeds from some of the music will go to a good cause. Please donate generously. Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Single: Tellison – Snow
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
The London-based indie rock band donates all proceeds from this songs to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), a campaign to reduce the high suicide rate amongst men under 35.
Sampler: Matt Wertz – Christmas Time Is Here
From Matt’s NoiseTrade Bio: “The Christmas Time Is Here sampler features a collection of classics and originals from Matt’s first Christmas album, Snow Globe.”
Jeremy and Kimberly Sorensen – Christmas
Beautiful and calm album for those who like traditional Christmas music.
Sampler: Sleeping At Last – Christmas Collection 2013
Genre: alternative, acoustic, pop
From NoiseTrade: “Each year I record a Christmas cover song and give it away for free. It’s my version of a Christmas card. This has been tradition for many years now… for so many years in fact that it has accumulated (like snow) into this13-song Christmas album, I call my Christmas Collection.
This year I chose the John Lennon and Yoko Ono classic, “Happy Xmas (War is Over.)” I had so much fun working on this one! I hope you enjoy my take on it and consider it a worthy addition to my ever-growing Christmas Collection. Thanks for listening!!” – Ryan (Sleeping At Last)
Cover EP: Barricades Rise – Hark! The Barricade Angels Sing
Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, rock
From their Facebook page: “Barricades Rise AKA Jonathan Coates and Michael McEntee have mastered the art of sounding like a 9-piece band encased in 2 acoustic guitars and vocals, taking the over-ripe Acoustic folk scene and turning it on it’s head. They infuse each song, each performance with that life-affirming partnership they have, effortlessly gliding from glorious harmonies to stomping, head-banging riffs. Forever involving the audience in their gigs they feel it’s the most vital part of being in a band.”
EP: The Oh Hellos – Family Christmas Album
Genre: acoustic, folk, pop
From their Bandcamp profile: “The Oh Hellos are Maggie and Tyler Heath, intentionally-independent self-produced music-making siblings hailing from the great state of Texas. Their influences range from Los Campesinos! and The Lumineers to Sufjan Stevens and The Middle East, bending and blending styles and genres into a unique mixture of eclectic folk rock.”
Jae Jin – It’s Christmas Again
Genre: jazz, r&b, soul
This album was also featured in last year’s Christmas edition. Jae Jin contacted me to let me know that this year, all proceeds from the album will be donated to Union Gospel Mission in Washington, a nonprofit that serves the poor and homeless across the State.
EP: Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven – A Little Love This Christmas
Genre: jazz, big band, swing
From the album page: “[Half] the money brought in by this record between now and Dec 25 is going to go to the Jazz Foundation of America. (…) [This] organization runs a ton of programs – from providing free lessons to kids in poorer neighborhoods to helping musicians in crisis with emergency housing, helping with pro bono medical care for elderly musicians, to doing things like helping out with some living expenses when you break your arm in a car accident and can’t work.”
Compilation: Midwest Collective – Winter Holiday Release
Genre: electronic, dance, funk
Interpretations of popular Christmas tunes as well as original material, this compilation offers an electronic variety.
Milieu – Swirling Tinsel Singalongs
Genre: ambient, electronic, techno
From the album page: “Swirling Tinsel Singalongs is a fun and free forty minute album of spiced wine, sparkly lights, falling snow, gold ribbon, peppermint candy, cinnamon and evergreen. Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry to one another.”
Compilation: WotNot – Advent Calendar 2013: in aid of ShelterBox
Genre: electronic, beats, bass
From the album page: “All of the proceeds from this year’s calendar go to ShelterBox (www.shelterbox.org). Please help us support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, by donating generously. Suggested donation is 50p per track.”
Ologist – Nostalgia.
Genre: instrumental, downtempo, beat tape, hip hop
This 8 track beat tape is the perfect background music for a chilled Christmas party.
EP:– Xmas EP
Genre: punk, rock, rock & roll
Bad Pilgrim is a punk rock band from Montclair, NJ.
Compilation: Centretown Records – Christmas Challenge 2013
Genre: indie, lo-fi- punk, garage, rock
From the album page: “Christmas favorites, both traditional and no so much, from all your Centretown friends. Merry Something!”
How are you spending Christmas this year?
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