Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Xmas Lights Spin

So. A little less conversation, a little more Xmas action. One more post after today and then we hit our extra special Christmas Eve post. After that, it's our Top 50 Records Of The Year, and other various and sundries. Then it's back to normalcy. We hope y'all have enjoyed our little bit of Holiday insanity. We do this every year, and Mrs. Mountain has been eternally patient.

More mixed bag of toys today (and probably tomorrow).

We got an email from a feller who shared a couple of great Christmas tracks from Country/Blues/Bar Band geniuses, Better Off Dead. We're officially converts, based on their Christmas songs alone. Both tunes are the kind of boozy, slightly nihilistic, Yuletide cheer(s) we love so dearly round these part. Essential Christmas listening, we say. The tracks come from the record "A King Family Christmas", which was a benefit album for musicians who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. So well worth your time. And the songs kick serious Big Rock Candy Mountain-style ass.

Following that, we've got a little revved-up hot-rod punk from The Groovie Ghoulies, more punk from Goldblade, featuring the immortal Poly Styrene (Yes! That Poly Styrene!), and, finally, a bummer trimming from indie legends, The Radar Brothers.

For our Bonus Re-Posts, we've got some of our favorite bands/artists hitting the Holiday tip. Most of these tunes are...well...kinda bummers. But that's ok. Nuthin' says Christmas like a lonely night with a drink in hand and the Xmas lights a'spinnin'. Your Holiday bonuses are brought to you by Red Red Meat (now Califone), The Palace Brothers, Mary Gauthier, Okkervil River, The Willard Grant Conspiracy, and Mark Eitzel. Oh my. That's a hell of a line up. Enjoy, but don't hate yourself.

Xmas Lights Spin!

Better Off Dead: All I Got For Christmas Was Drunk (mp3)

Better Off Dead: Alchoholiday (mp3)

Goldblade W/ Poly Styrene: City Of Christmas Ghosts (mp3)

Groovie Ghoulies: Christmas On Mars (mp3)

The Radar Brothers: This Xmas Eve (mp3)

Bonus Stocking Stuffer Re-Posts

Red Red Meat: There's A Star Above The Manger Tonight (mp3)

Palace Brothers: Christmastime In The Mountains (mp3)

Mary Gauthier: Christmas In Paradise (mp3)

Okkervil River: Listening To Otis Redding At Home During Christmas (mp3)

Willard Grant Conspiracy: Christmas In Nevada (mp3)

Mark Eitzel: Xmas Lights Spin (mp3)

Have a Swell Season.


Anonymous said...


Gotta love that 'Four Roses', eh ?!!
Not a bad photo you got there, either !!
In case anyone's interested, there's another retro 'Four Roses' ad (from 1956) over at the Vintage Ads website. Here's the link:-


Happy Holidays to one & all,


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for again posting these great Christmas songs. I have been collecting them for years but you always come up with great stuff that I haven't found yet. I put together a compilation CD for friends and family every year. I'm already working on next years and believe me a lot of what you have blogged this year will be on it. Thanks again.

bigrockcandymountain said...

Mmmm...Four Roses...

Thanks for your comments. My goal was always to provide a little something different than the usual holiday treacle. Glad you liked what we posted. Cheers, and have a great Holiday