So I know it’s still early December but as the snow falls outside and my inbox fills with several festive offerings, i got to thinking maybe a festive mixtape would not go amiss. If you follow the links and choose to download the tracks such as the Glasvegas one that give the option for a donation to a worthy cause remember it’s the season for giving !!
First up is a link to The Voluntary Butler Scheme’s rather splendid seasonal song
Quinzhee (Building Us A House Out Of Snow)’ is the festive Beach Boy-esque new single from The Voluntary Butler Scheme’s winter collection, taken from the forthcoming album ‘A Million Ways To Make Gold’, due for release in March 2013 on Split Records.
It’s a winter warmer tune about an ill-feted ‘house melt down’ kind of love scenario and sounds like a Christmas record recorded in the sun, which effectively it is. The Voluntary Butler Scheme, aka Rob Jones, wrote the song on a hot August night when sleep was evading him. “I whispered it all in to my phone and then worked out the chords the next morning. I played it and thought ‘oh that sounds like Christmassy kind of August accident’. Because the lyrics fell out so easy I felt the need to do some back-research in to a title. I like the word and my surname is Jones so it made me think of what a great stage name Quinzhee Jones could be…”
Next up my one of my favourite bands of the last five years Glasvegas have made a brand new track ‘No Her No Hymn available for free download from Glasvegas.net .The band are currently on a mini tour before unleashing a third longplayer in the early part of next year. hopefully we will get a nationwide tour in support of the album they remain one of my favourite live acts out there !
Golden Fable are a duo from North Wales I discovered yesterday via Shell Zenner one of my favourite Northern Dj’s when she posted this on twitter.Some of you may know Tim and rebecca from Tim and Sam’s Tim and the Sam Band. There is a really informative article over on the excellent Louder Than War . This Christmas track is available as a name your price download from the Golden Fable’s bandcamp . The band recently toured their debut album Star Map alongside Field Music they are a band I will be checking out in more detail for sure.
The Joy Formidable as I’m sure you are all aware have a brand new album out in the new year Wolf’s law plus a forthcoming UK tour check out the dates here . What seems an age ago now in 2008 they recorded an excellent ode to Christmas ‘My Beerdrunk soul is sadder than a hundred dead christmas trees’
The rest of my choices are pretty much already out there as standard alternative Christmas offering’s. My favourite ? Well it has to be that Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘All I want For Christmas’