October 28, 2003
Yesterday's post about my love for holiday music made me think about my favorite Christmas albums. In no particular order, here are my favorite eleven:
Punk Rock Xmas, Various Artists: Witty, fun, irreverent, and sometimes offensive (just like the holidays).
Christmas, Low: This EP is luscious, from its original tunes to its covers of the classics.
Merry MeXmas, El Vez: Celebrate south of the border with Mexico's most famous Elvis impersonator.
Making Spirits Bright, Dean Martin: A fun album from an underrated crooner. Plus, I tend to associate the holidays of my youth with lots of parties, highballs and something swingin' on the hi-fi (my parents entertained often).
Merry Christmas From The Space Age, Esquivel: An uneven but unique holiday record from the king of lounge.
Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas!, Mahalia Jackson: When Mahalia Jackson sings, I listen. "Go Tell It On The Mountain" was my father's favorite holiday song, and Mahalia sings it better than anyone.
Swingin' Christmas, Various Artists: Uptempo holiday tunes that will have you dancing around your tree (and under the mistletoe).
Tis The Season To, Los Straightjackets: Surf-rock instrumentals from the mysterious band of masked men.
The Ventures' Christmas Album, The Ventures: The definitive surf guitar holiday record (and almost as old as I am).
There are many more I probably should mention, but it's early and I should be heading out the door. Joyeux Noel, y'all!