Holiday Cheer

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Lucinda Williams, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Lucinda Williams’ gruff slur on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” conveys just how few times the fates allow us the moments we’d like.

Dan Kibler, Bottle Kids + others – A Kool Kat Kristmas, Volume Two (2014)

Dan Kibler, Bottle Kids + others – A Kool Kat Kristmas, Volume Two (2014)

Even those who don’t celebrate will be moved by ‘A Kool Kat Kristmas, Volume Two,’ simply it’s so melodic and memorable.

Warren Zevon, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson + others: Gimme Five, Halloween Edition

Warren Zevon, Talking Heads, Michael Jackson + others: Gimme Five, Halloween Edition

Stuck for a Halloween playlist to help while away the minutes between tonight’s zombie apocalypses?

Michael Lynch, “Mr. Monster / Going the Wrong Way” (2014): One Track Mind

Michael Lynch, “Mr. Monster / Going the Wrong Way” (2014): One Track Mind

Michael Lynch has given us a great little Halloween tune in “Mr. Monster,” with fierce hook lines and a jiggly, jagged bubblegum beat.

Irvin Mayfield, “O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree,” (2014): One Track Mind

Irvin Mayfield, “O Tannenbaum / O Christmas Tree,” (2014): One Track Mind

Irvin Mayfield’s effervescent Christmas redo will shake your stockings off the mantel.

One Track Mind: Shooter Jennings, “4th of July” from Put the O Back in Country (2005)

One Track Mind: Shooter Jennings, “4th of July” from Put the O Back in Country (2005)

I still can’t figure out why this wasn’t a huge summer hit.

On Second Thought: David Ian – Valentine’s Day (2014)

Pianist and arranger David Ian has already proven his mastery of Christmas with two recordings for the holidays, so it perhaps stands to reason that he’d focus his lens elsewhere. Valentine’s Day is just the ticket, another day marked by love.

One Track Mind: The Eddies, “Under The Mistletoe” (2013)

Christmas may have just passed, but the spirit and visuals linger on in stores as sales on seasonal items are hot and heavy.

WTF?! Wednesdays: Jandek, “Bring It In A Manger” (1990)

WTF?! Wednesdays: Jandek, “Bring It In A Manger” (1990)

It is Christmas day and what better way to celebrate than to give a listen to the only Christmas song ever recorded with the word “genitals” in it.

Sinatra, Martin and Davis – Christmas with the Rat Pack (2002)

Sinatra, Martin and Davis – Christmas with the Rat Pack (2002)

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. seemed to always being playing on the house stereo when I was a kid.