Christmas music that doesn’t suck (and for a good cause!)

I don’t typically like Christmas music.  Never have, really.  That’s not an opinion you can just casually drop in public, either – you will be judged.  For whatever reason, there’s a lot of people out there who think there’s something seriously wrong with someone who doesn’t like Christmas music, like it’s a sign that you’re a joyless sociopath or something.

My biggest hurdle with Christmas music is that it’s usually performed by performers I don’t much care for.  The holiday season isn’t going to make me suddenly tolerant of Harry Connick Jr. or Amy Grant.  So, it’s good news to see that Wag-a-Lot’s All Creatures Great and Small compilation features performers I actually do like, including Oryx and Crake, Gringo Star, Soulphonics & Ruby Velle, and Blair Crimmins & the Hookers.  What’s even cooler is that the compilation raises money for the Atlanta Humane Society.

Oryx and Crake will also be playing a holiday benefit show at 529 on December 10th, along with Venice is Sinking and Redharp.  Portions of the money from the door and merch sales will go to the Atlanta Humane Society, too.  You can stream O&C’s take on “Little Drummer Boy” below.  See the full track list and stream the rest of the songs here.

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  1. December 6th, 2010

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