The New Christmas Canon, pt. 3

Let the (non) countdown continue!

Jenny O
Prettiest Little Present

Chirpy songstress Jenny O is pushing the ol’ holiday button pretty hard this year with this, her second self-penned holiday single this year. (She’s also on the infamous Target “Holiday Gig” digital compilation. ) True to form, this is an improbably buoyant slice of folky whimsy, complete with kazoo. And just not good at all.

Download: Prettiest Little Present

Slow Club
Christmas (Please Come Home)
Moshi Moshi

Now we’re talkin’! UK duo Slow Club really sing their goddamn little hearts out on this cover of the Phil Spector/Darlene Love classic.  Sure, it’s a pocket-size version of the Wall of Sound, but they throw in background singers aplenty, a legion of broken guitars, and the requisite sleigh bells. The levels are going into the red the entire time. Which is very Christmas-y, when you think about it.  Very cool with not a hint of ironic detachment. A Full Christmas themed EP should be out any day now, with more Darlene Love goodness.

Download: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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