The Noisey Advent Calendar

12.20.18

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

A few thoughts on getting old.

12.19.18

How an Early Christmas Single Helped Hip-Hop Explode

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.

12.18.18

Owen Ashworth Writes the Loneliest Christmas Songs

As both Advance Base and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Ashworth has traversed America, carefully detailing the coldest Christmases imaginable.

12.17.18

Remember When Beck Made The World's Greatest Hanukkah-Themed Funk-Rap Song?

"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.

12.17.18

Glam Rock's Friendly Fight for Christmas Dominance

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.

12.17.18

For the Love of Joey Ramone, Put the Fighting Aside This Christmas

"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.

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12.14.18

The (Christmas) Case Against a Kanye West-Bob Dylan Collaboration

After Kanye sent a tweet into the void saying he wanted to "get together" with Bob Dylan, we must accept that only one thing can save us from any potential collaboration. That thing is 'Christmas In The Heart.'

12.13.18

Chance the Rapper's "Sunday Candy" Is a Window into a Less Shitty America

The Christmassy, slowed-down, gospel-heavy version Chance debuted on 'SNL' three years ago today – and reprised at the White House a year later – became a small, but important, moment in American history.

12.11.18

Kanye West's "Christmas in Harlem" Squashed Some Beef and Became a Classic

Teyana Taylor, CyHi the Prince, Vado, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, and Big Sean each took a turn on the twinkly, lengthy original. But appearances from Cam'ron and Jim Jones added another layer of peace and love.

12.10.18

Blink-182's Big, Dumb, Anti-Christmas Spirit Lives On

"I Won't Be Home for Christmas" stood alone as a misanthropic pop-punk holiday anthem for two decades. One emo-rap prodigy might finally change that.

12.10.18

Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" Is a Wholesome Alt-Holiday Classic

The trio didn't want to touch a Christmas song at first, but their 1987 single blew up. Part of that was down to its focus on a real good family meal.

12.10.18

In Praise of Sufjan Stevens! A Christmas Enthusiast! (or, Holy, Holy, etc.)

His holistic approach to the holidays spawned 100 Christmas songs in a decade. At least one of them is among the best pieces he's ever recorded.

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