The Noisey Advent Calendar
On the last day of The Noisey Advent Calendar, let's all listen to Darlene Love's staggering original from Phil Spector's 1963 Christmas compilation.
The original Band Aid single stunk real bad, but a star-studded, indie rock remake in 2009—featuring Bob Mould, Tegan & Sara, and David Cross—turned it upside down.
The Duluth trio's "Just Like Christmas" might be the indie classic, but the terrifying "Santa's Coming Over" deserves more attention.
Slim Jxmmi's "Nothing for Christmas" and Swae Lee's "Christmas at Swae's" are both weird, nonsensical, and unfocused. What a relief.
The core of their 1991 LP 'De La Soul Is Dead' told a story of violent abuse and murderous retaliation. It's as frightening today as it was when it first came out.
Fall Out Boy's bassist tells us about his band's 2002 Christmas song, "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" and his new, mellower attitude towards the holidays.
Kurtis Blow's 1979 track "Christmas Rappin'" was proof that rap had a place in the money-or-nothing recording industry. It was also just really sweet.
As both Advance Base and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Ashworth has traversed America, carefully detailing the coldest Christmases imaginable.
"The Little Drum Machine Boy," stashed away on a Geffen Records compilation, was absurd even by Beck's standards. Twenty-two years later, it's still great.
In 1973, Britain's obsession with the Christmas number one took hold. Forty-five years later, with the country in crisis again, Slade and Wizzard aren't going anywhere.
"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" slowly became a punkish Christmas mainstay, but Joey's raw first demo of the song deserves more attention.