I can't speak for everyone else, but there are only so many times I can hear Mariah Carey sing "All I Want for Christmas is You" in one day. Yes, of course everyone has their guilty pleasures - I kinda like that Paul McCartney one, I guess. But the same, overplayed list of holiday songs seems to dominate every radio station and every department store. In an effort to remain jolly (or bummed out as these songs suggest, your call) this holiday season, I have compiled a short list of holiday-themed songs with some indie cred for all of the bitter music snobs here in Buffalo.
Band of Horses - "The First Song"
The approaching holiday almost inevitably means spending time with those pesky people you are forced to pretend to get along with once or twice a year. Whether it's your in-laws, your parents, or your second cousin twice removed that drives you crazy, you could always take some advice from BOH singer Ben Bridwell. He plans on taking the easy way out; "With Christmas time coming, hangover approaching..." I'll be right there with you Ben, I'd better stock up on egg nog.
Brand New - "Oh, Holy Night"
While Brand New definitely has a knack for super-intense, quiet-loud freak outs they apparently aren't too shabby at recording Christmas songs either. Then again, we shouldn't be too surprised - frontman Jesse Lacey is known for his heart-on-your-sleeve acoustic anthems. Their version of "Oh, Holy Night" is full of big clean guitar tones, shimmery ambience, and Lacey's surprisingly pleasing baritone vocal delivery.
Death Cab for Cutie - "The New Year"
I can't really complain about New Years, because who can really hate the opportunity to start over with a clean slate. Every year we celebrate New Years with a positive disposition and a new outlook on life... But Ben Gibbard has a point, I don't usually feel any different. On this gem from Transatlanticism, Gibbard lets us know that we're not the only ones feeling iffy about the new year, but that we should enjoy the opportunity to celebrate nonetheless. Now I don't feel so bad for giving up last year's resolution on January 6th.