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Any Major Acoustic Christmas

December 20th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

The trouble with acoustic covers of popular songs is that some earnest singer armed with a guitar will slow down Jingle Bells and whisper the lyrics as if they have a deep meaning. I have no principles that compel me to disallow the notion of whispering songstresses, but on this Christmas mix I’ve tried to keep them to a respectful minimum. Still, we have the doses of yuletide angst which the acoustic genre prescribes to go with the upbeat welcome of the merry season.

Don’t be alarmed by the inclusion of three tracks called Christmas Song: they are all different songs.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R (which, given the opening track, is an even moire ironic than sun on a Christmas Day) and comes with home-baked covers. There is even an alternate front cover, if you don’t like seasonal ornaments! PW in comments.

1. Hello Saferide – iPod X Mas (2006)
2. Slow Club – Christmas TV (2009)
3. Crash Test Dummies – We Three Kings (2002)
4. Brandi Carlile – The Heartache Can Wait (2007)
5. Rosie Thomas – Alone At Christmas (2008)
6. Natalie Merchant – Children Go Where I Send Thee (1997)
7. Alison Krauss – Only You Can Bring Me Cheer (Gentleman’s Lady) (2003)
8. Tift Merritt – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (2003)
9. James Taylor – River (2006)
10. Mindy Smith & Thad Cockrell – I Know The Reason (2008)
11. The Weepies – All That I Want (2003)
12. She & Him – Christmas Wish (2011)
13. Denison Wittmer – A Christmas Song (2002)
14. Bright Eyes – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (2002)
15. Catherine Feeny – Christmas Song (2008)
16. Nicole Atkins – Blue Christmas (2008)
17. Sufjan Stevens – Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time! (2005)
18. Calexico – Gift X-Change (2000)
19. Felice Brothers – Christmas Song (2007)
20. Gramercy Arms & Mascot – This Christmastime (2005)
21. Pierce Pettis – In The Bleak Midwinter (1997)
22. Alexi Murdoch – Silent Night (2000)

GET IT! (PW in comments)

And if you dig the jangly guitar X-Mas vibe, check out Santa If You Do Exist by New York singer-songwriter Jmo. Great fun.

And with that, I wish you a happy, merry, peaceful, blessed, partyful, present-rich, non-hungover and generally groovy Christmas.

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  1. halfhearteddude
    December 20th, 2011 at 15:00 | #1

    PW: amdwhah

  2. Douglas
    December 20th, 2011 at 15:20 | #2

    Thanks for everything you do, Dude and have a happy holiday!

  3. Simon
    December 20th, 2011 at 20:38 | #3

    Thanks for this Dude. Also big thank you for all your posts this year, your blog is much appreciated and although I don’t always post thanks your posts and mixes always go down well.

    Hope you have a great xmas and happy holidays.

  4. December 20th, 2011 at 22:39 | #4

    Major thanks for this and the Country Xmas compilation – both will be soundtracking our Yule this week. Have a good one.

  5. randall
    December 24th, 2011 at 04:59 | #5

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the great tunes this year. Merry X-mas and a happ new year to you and yours.

  6. peerke
    December 24th, 2011 at 19:36 | #6

    Thanks for all your work. Looking forward for your end of year comp.

  7. Canuckamuck
    December 26th, 2011 at 22:51 | #7

    Terrific – much obliged! All the best to you and yours, and thank you!

  8. Lulku
    October 22nd, 2012 at 22:05 | #8

    Please, could You re up all christmas mixes? PLEASE, x-mas are coming so it would be cool!

    Greetings !!


  9. halfhearteddude
    October 22nd, 2012 at 22:12 | #9

    Thanks Lulu. I will re-up them in good time.

  10. halfhearteddude
    November 20th, 2012 at 13:15 | #10

    Lulku, the Christmas mixes are up again.

  11. O.B. Dan
    November 22nd, 2014 at 06:22 | #11

    This mix’s link is dead once again, a mere two years later LOL! Could you please re-up this in time to use it as part of my 2014 Christmas party music? Thanks in advance, and Merry Christmas to all!

  12. halfhearteddude
    November 23rd, 2014 at 23:08 | #12

    It’s up again. I’ll post a reworked version of the pop mix in December.

  13. O.B. Dan
    November 24th, 2014 at 02:18 | #13

    Thanks, Major Dude…that was absolutely major!

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