November 13, 2007

Humble blogger makes good for kiddos this Christmas

I love being a part of the exciting medium of blogging, and am always proud of my fellow bloggers when they do something cool related to the actual production of music, like Aquarium Drunkard’s Autumn Tone Record label, and now It’s Hard To Find A Friend‘s Caleb Palma, who has curated an original indie-rock Christmas album called Peace on Earth.

I know, it’s yet a little early for jingle bells, but we gotta get the word out on this — especially since all the proceeds of Caleb’s compilation go towards Toys For Tots (which delivers toys to needy kids on Christmas morning)! How rad is that?

The album is only $7 for high-quality digital download, and features a solid list of bands and musicians, including Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla, American Music Club, Rosie Thomas, Via Audio and many more. The tunes include never-before-released covers, some new original songs, and a couple “non-holiday exclusives to keep the grinches happy.”

This preview mp3 is from The Long Winters, and starts with the scene-setting lyrics: “A studio apartment in a dull part of Seattle, a string of lights suspended by a thumbtack in the drywall…”

Sometimes You Have To Work On Christmas (Sometimes)
- The Long Winters

1. Prayers & Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - Shepherd’s Song
2. Quiet Company - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3. Great Lake Swimmers - Gonna Make it Through This Year
4. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Sweetwater Abilene - The Wheels Are Off
5. Chris Walla - Coventry Carol
6. David Karsten Daniels - In The Bleak Midwinter
7. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
8. The Winston Jazz Routine - Through the Snow
9. Via Audio - My Boo
10. The Long Winters - Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes)
11. TW Walsh - Drop the Bomb
12. Ohtis - American Christians
13. Aaron Robinson - End of the Year
14. The Cotton Jones Basket Ride (Michael Nau of Page France) - White Christmas
15. American Music Club - Please Please
16. Johnny Bertram - Merry Christmas (You Won’t Get What You Want)
17. Rosie Thomas - Christmas Time is Here
18. Sleeptalker - This is Christmas

Stream some other tunes below, and go buy it for the kiddos!

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  • would you mind if i posted this on my blog, to help support the album/cause?

    let me know.


    lucy — November 13, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

  • I sure do love songs with Seattle references, especially Christmas ones. (“Christmas in the Northwest” is the pinnacle Seattle song, in case you’re curious.)

    Katie — November 13, 2007 @ 10:51 pm

  • quiet company!!!

    Aly — November 13, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

  • ‘Sometimes’ is a Harvey Danger track from a couple years ago. This cover might be a nod to Sean Nelson, HD’s lead singer, who used to play with The Long Winters…

    His version is better, IMHO…

    Anonymous — November 14, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  • I agree that the Harvey Danger version is better.

    Kurt — November 19, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

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