Top Christmasy Tracks of 2012: The Civil Wars, She & Him, The Shins, Moka Only + Bonnie “Prince” Billy

December 19, 2012 in Alt-Country, Classic Rock, Country, Dubstep, Electronic, Folk, Free downloads, Hip Hop, Mash-ups, Pop, Punk, Rap, Rock by Rex

Cat Meat – “Santa Stole My Woman” {Alt-Country}

Here’s a charity Christmas single from our favourite British alt-country superstars Cat Meat. The track costs £1 to download and all proceeds will be donated to the North London Cares foundation.

JANITORS – “My Stupid Girlfriend Hates Christmas” {Punk} + Free download

The Toronto-based JANITORS just debuted this brand new holiday track this past week, (which they appropriately describe as “Elfpunk”). Who knew that bad-ass punk and sleigh bells could mix so well?

The Shins – “Wonderful Christmastime” {Pop}

The Shins just released a cover of Sir Paul McCartney’s 1979 classic “Wonderful Christmastime” for the Holidays Rule compilation. The album was released in October via Starbucks’ label Hear Music and Concord, and other artists featured on the compilation include Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright, Sharon Van Etten and The Punch Brothers.

JD McPherson – “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)” {Classic Rock}

This new holiday track from Oklahoma’s JD McPherson (who was recently declared as Rolling Stone’s “Artist to Watch” this past November) is so retro it’s hard to believe that it was just released this past month. If you dig the track then you can purchase it via iTunes for as little as $1.29 here.

The Bohannons – “Xmas in Vietnam” {Rock} + Free download

Here’s a little ditty to help get you rockin’ for the holidays. Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Bohannons just released a brand new album Unaka Rising (which you can stream in full here).

The Acorn – “Pigeon Toes” {Folk/Rock} + Free download

This holiday track from Ottawa’s The Acorn was recently featured on the Canadian holiday compilation Ho!Ho!Ho! (which you can download for free here). This is the 4th volume of the compilation, and other artists featured on the album include The Barr Brothers, The Wilderness of Manitoba and Doug Paisley.

Moka Only – “Snow Flake Homework” {Hip Hop/Rap}

Vancouverite Moka Only continues his annual Christmas series with his latest release (appropriately titled Martian XMAS 2012). The album features a ton of original holiday tracks like “Natural Humbug,” “Everybody Likes Cookies” and “Over Powered Southbound” and contributors include LMNO and Aro. You can purchase the album for $9 via Bandcamp here.

She & Him – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” {Folk}

This brand new holiday video from She & Him was just debuted today, but the track is off the duo’s 2011 holiday album A Very She & Him Christmas. The album costs $14.98 (which you can purchase at She & Him’s official website), and all the proceeds will be donated to 826 National, a non-profit network of tutoring and writing centers.

D.veloped – “Holidays with D.veloped” {Electronic/Mash-up} + Free download

This brand new mash-up track from the North Carolinian electronic artist D.veloped features a crapload of holiday favourites like Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” Andy Williams’ “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and the “Nutcracker Theme.”

Hey Ocean! – “Tonight it’s Christmas Time” {Alternative Pop}

This track is one of the many Canadian holiday singles to be featured on the Vancouver-based Nettwerk Records’ holiday compilation Isn’t This World Enough?? A Nettwerk Christmas. The compilation was just released in November and you can purchase the entire 14-track album for $9.99 here.

Lindi Ortega – “Christmas Eve Without You” {Country} + Free download

This is the first we’ve heard of Toronto’s Lindi Ortega, but her recent album Cigarettes and Truckstops has been included on several different top album lists over the past couple of months. Her voice has been compared to everyone from Emmylou Harris and Jenny Lewis, and her sound has an eclectic mix of the country, folk and rockabilly genres.

Great Lake Swimmers – “Hang a String of Lights” {Pop/Rock}

Here’s another track from the Nettwerk Music Group’s recent holiday compilation Isn’t This World Enough?? A Nettwerk Christmas. The Toronto-based Great Lake Swimmers are one of the many bands featured on the compilation as well as Sixpence None the Richer, Joshua Hyslop, Family of the Year and many more.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy & Dawn McCarthy – “Christmas Eve Can Kill You” {Folk/Pop}

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy (of the folk group Faun Fables) cover this classic 1972 Everly Brothers track, and the single will be featured on the upcoming Everly Brothers covers compilation What the Brothers Sang which is due out in February.

The Civil Wars – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” {Alt-Country}

In the midst of all their possible break-up drama, the bickering duo somehow managed to get into the Christmas spirit by releasing this brand new holiday track. They also released another Christmasy track this year (“Tracks in the Snow”) which you can stream via Soundcloud here.

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