Trials + Tribulations

Tell Em
December 23, 2010, 11:20 am
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The seasonal remix nobody knew they needed.

♫ Tell Em (Now With 110% More Real Sleigh Bells Remix)

Merry Christmas to YOU and YOURS.

❤ Trials & Tribulations

From Now On Our Troubles Will Be Out of Sight

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the melancholic music that comes along with it. I can’t stand the tacky, jarring music sometimes associated with the Christmas season. It’s a pretty emotional time, I think, for a lot of people. Myself included. So I put on some Christmas songs that really affect me and also other tracks that fit the mood of the mix. I hope you like the tracks!

♫ From Now On Our Troubles Will Be Out of Sight (44.57 min)

♫ Grouper – Wind and Snow
♫ Department of Eagles – Phantom Other
♫ Joni Mitchell – River
♫ Erlend Oye – Last Christmas
♫ Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
♫ Vince Guaraldi Trio – Christmas Time is Here
♫ Feist – Lo, a Rose E’er Blooming
♫ Bon Iver – Brackett, WI
♫ Sufjan Stevens – Star of Wonder
♫ Low – Silent Night
♫ Sally Shapiro – Anorak Christmas

Christmas in the Room
December 18, 2008, 10:09 pm
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It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a good ol’ Christmas tune by Sufjan.

Sufjan Stevens-Christmas in the Room
from his new Christmas ep Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas Volume 8: Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage

For more Sufjan Christmas fun, check out his site at Asthmatic Kitty.

Christmas is Coming Soon
December 13, 2008, 9:03 pm
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“Unless you happen to belong to one of those rare, perfect, Norman Rockwell families, spending the holidays with your loved ones can have its ups and downs, its highs and lows – this Christmas album which benefits Amnesty International serves as a soundtrack to such an experience, documenting and representing the entire spectrum of emotions and feelings you might face during the most wonderful time of the year.”

We all know that Christmas season is upon us, with its sickening, sticky, saturated Christmas songs like “All I Want for Christmas is You,” “Feliz Navidad” (which really only has four lines), and the worst Christmas song offense in the history of Christmas music, “The Christmas Shoes.”

Christmas is nothing like a little Thomas Kinkade painting, but the stress and often unhappiness of the season is very wrapped up in sparkly paper and bright tinsel of the awful Christmas songs heard almost any store you visit, be it the Central Market, the mall, that favorite indie record store, or your own FM radio station.

There’s a CD that was released at the beginning of the month called I’ll Stay Til After Christmas that does an excellent job capturing the up’s and down’s of the season. It features old well-known songs and some new ones too. With artists like My Brightest Diamond, Au Revoir Simone, Blitzen Trapper, Parenthetical Girls, Bosque Brown and Sally Shapiro, it’s enough to make anyone’s stocking burst. There are some people I’ve never heard of that make some great tunes (The Papercuts, Au, to name a couple). And to wrap it all up with a huge Good-Will-To-Man bow, it’s all put on by Amnesty International. Let it be the soundtrack of your Christmas time breakdown, or the best day of sledding ever.

Blitzen Trapper-Christmas is Coming Soon
Buy it on iTunes.