All I Want for Christmas Is…

…to hear something other than Mariah Carey’s version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Is that too much to ask? (It might be.)

I hooked you guys up with some holiday party alternatives over at The Owl Mag, but I’ve just discovered a few more. The first is brought to you by everyone’s favorite Scotsmen, Frightened Rabbit: “Cheap Gold” is available for free over at Listen Before You Buy. You can probably tell by the title that it’s not exactly cheery, but more musicians should pull a Joni Mitchell and acknowledge Christmas’s depressing, eggnog-filled underbelly.

The second is a lovely mash-up from the king and queen of knitwear (as they said at the 405, these guys rock Christmas sweaters all year long), Summer Camp. They’ve combined the aforementioned “All I Want for Christmas Is You” with Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time.” The real Christmas miracle is that the combination actually works–without making my ears bleed. See for yourself below.

Want more Christmas goodies? Don’t forget to download the free Folkroom compilation, and also check out Subpop’s magnificent selection of singles from their artists. It’s also free, and below.

And don’t forget Marques Toliver‘s mixtape. If you think you’ve heard anything like it–think again. His album is out on Bella Union next year.

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