December 9, 2011

Fuel/Friends’ 2011 Midnight-Clear December Mix

Pine trees and icicles and carolers — check. But can we please just talk for a moment about how it was -2 degrees the other night in Colorado? TWO BELOW, with howling winds. I like the beer, but man alive that makes for some cold sleeping.

All the golden loveliness of autumn is gone, and in its place we have this icy, silent cocoon all around us, luminescent and silvery-blue. Perhaps I just have to survive these next two weeks of school, and maybe go on a little cookie-baking binge, and then the season will feel like it is here. We are celebrating a very spartan (Little House On The Prairie-style) Christmas this year (everyone gets an orange, maybe a button). I am hoping that on the bright side it will make me remember, as Charlie Brown says, what Christmas is really all about.

I’m pleased to collate twenty-five songs for you, for late nights in December. Assembled together the last few evenings over generous glasses of BotaBox red wine and a happy heart (because really, what is more fun than making a seasonal mix?) — Merry Christmas and happy wintering to you all. I am thankful for you, and glad you read what I have to share; this is absolutely my utter favorite of these holiday mixes so far.

Now go get me the electric blanket; it’s on the couch.

Merry Xmas Anyways – Typhoon
(A PDXmas comp)
Just Like Christmas (Low) – David Bazan
Oh Come All Ye Faithful – The Lower Lights
(so good)
Snow Is Falling – Darker My Love
Christmas Must Be Tonight (The Band) – Bahamas
(Vol. 2)
Remember When It Snowed – Rosie Thomas (new song!)
O Holy Night – Quiet Company (from their free Holiday EP)
The Christmas Waltz – She & Him
When The Bells Start Ringing – My Morning Jacket
(new EP)
The Ice and Snow Haunt Me Still – Brown Bird (via)
I Saw Three Ships – Megafaun (from Hometapes)
The Song The Season Brings – Beta Radio (love this)
Christmas Eve For Two – Summer Fiction
It’s Christmas Time – Matthew Ryan
Go Tell It On The Mountain (feat. Mark Apel) – Seryn (via)
Hey Parker, It’s Christmas – Ryan Adams
(old song, overdue)
The Blizzard – Camera Obscura
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Travel By Sea
Christmas Time Is Here (Vince Guaraldi) – Dawes
New Year’s Eve – Haunting Party
(free xmas tape)
It’s Christmas. Go on and say hello – Roman Candle (via)
When The Thames Froze – Smith & Burrows
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Chris Martin
Snowed In Seattle – Josiah Johnson
(of The Head and The Heart, wonderfully long ago)
Silent Night – Sufjan Stevens (with Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National, and Richard Parry of Arcade Fire)


Hey! The last four years of mixes are still online too. I take my holly-jollying seriously.

[album art, as always, by the marvelous Ryan Hollingsworth, who has a chilly-evocative wonderful winter mix of his own up here]


  • Is this the right attachment? Folder is named xmaskids and only has 15 songs

    artistsatwork — December 10, 2011 @ 6:35 am

  • Thanks, Heather. I always look forward to your holiday mixes.

    jameson — December 10, 2011 @ 9:15 am

  • Thank you for the lovely and thoughtful Christmas present. Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and an awesome New Year, Heather.

    Give that boy Samuel a hug for me :+)

    Momma G — December 10, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

  • Thanks for another great Xmas mix – love your work.

    Happy Christmas.

    biscuitman — December 10, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  • heather!
    I love this mix. I love this time of year and good music only emphasizes that….

    sarah sample — December 10, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

  • Thanks again Heather. Happy Holidays.

    Kevin — December 10, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  • Thanks, Heather! No idea what I’d do without you…. I’d never be able to find this much awesomeness by myself!

    John Barber — December 11, 2011 @ 10:24 am

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  • yahoooooooooooooooo! so so excited for new holiday tunes! also. electric blankets are wonderful. stay warm!

    Bethy — December 12, 2011 @ 9:43 am

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  • I’m really loving the Beta Radio song. It’s my favorite so far…

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  • Thank you so much! I love all your mixes, especially the holiday ones. And I love finding new music through you.

    Heidi — December 22, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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