Blue Xmas

Coming to terms with musical memories

On Christmas Gumbo, which was the funkiest Xmas CD I got from the USPS this year, I found one gem, "Pimp My Sleigh," by Houseman, that's the funniest shit I've heard in a month of Christmases. "Gonna pimp my sleigh, with big chrome red, fins on the tail . . ."

But by far the best, and the most up my alley musically, was Maybe This Christmas Tree, which features faves like Pedro the Lion and Death Cab for Cutie. I was pleasantly surprised by "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by the Polyphonic Spree, a band I detest with every cubic centimeter of my black heart. The Raveonettes' "The Christmas Song" is a sultry soft rocker that almost makes me wish I was sharing the holiday with someone more special than my dog Tucker (but not quite). For most of my ilk, the winner on the CD is Death Cab's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," where Ben Gibbard's voice seems destined to croon loungey ballads.

This year I think I've overcome my aversion to Christmas music; shit, just the other night in my living room, some friends and I had a dance party (no heroin this time) to the sounds of Maybe This Christmas Tree. You oughta try it. Happy holidays.

Holy alone: Christmas tunes can bring cheeriness or dreariness.
Mark Poutenis
Holy alone: Christmas tunes can bring cheeriness or dreariness.

E-mail brendan.kelley@newtimes.com

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