12 Days of Christmas

Day 4: the gifted children

There are certain absolutes that you can count on during the holiday season. The first is that you’ll definitely want to rip years ears off after hearing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” at least three dozens times by now. The second is that after saying “I’ll finally get a tree this year,” you…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 5: Billy Martin

Besides the slowly leaking Steak and Cake Christmas compilation, Buffalo is about to be lapped by Rochester’s scene in regards to holiday themed releases. Perhaps they are more in the holiday spirit. Is there something in the garbage plates? The latest comes from Rochester-based multi-instrumentalist Billy Martin, who also plays  guitar in the band we’ve…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 2: Jack Topht and Little Cake

I am very happy that Steak & Cake Records decided to release their second annual Christmas Meltdown compilation with singles staggered starting on December 13th for two reasons. The first is that last year’s December 23rd release could only be enjoyed for like 48 hours tops. The second is that it makes writing six out…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 1: DJ Pizza Pizza

Why do the 12 Days of Christmas start AFTER Christmas? Who wants to listen to holiday tunes after you open your gifts and the tree is becoming increasingly more pathetic looking? Here at the blog, we like to start our count down leading up to the big day, so from now until the 25th, we…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 10: Alex Berkley & Kayleigh

One of the nicest holiday projects to come out of Buffalo this season was a charming covers album, titled Put Some Records On While I Pour, from newly married couple, local singer/songwriter Alex Berkley and his wonderful wife Kayleigh. The two tackled some classic holiday standards, even “Auld Lang Syne” if your New Year’s Eve mix is…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 9: ABCDJ

Day 9 of our 12 Days of Christmas countdown comes from DJ duo, ABCDJ. “A Funky ABCDJ Xmas” is like Christmas stocking full of samples, even clips from Home Alone. The track could easily be a holiday tune from Aussie sample masters, the Avalanches. Get down to the song below and see how many samples…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 7: Supergoner

When in doubt while searching for Christmas songs to post about during our annual 12 Days of Christmas post, you can count on Steak and Cake Records’ Christmas Meltdown 2 compilation. Today’s holiday themed song comes from local indie rock quartet, Supergoner, with their song “the most wonderful of time the year (feat Skosh).”  Supergoner…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 3: Small Signals

The third day of our 12 Days of Christmas series sees our first Rochester tune in the mix. Small Signals, the new solo project from Taking Under Water and Pleistocene drummer Stephen Roessner, released a two track holiday covers EP last week. Christmas 2014 EP includes an angsty rendition of “White Christmas” and a take…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 8: Mink

I don’t know what we would do without this Steak and Cake sampler. It has been a God-send  in a Christmas music season where we are usually our inbox is full of on-the-fly covers and originals of yuletide staples. This year, not so much. Luckily the many musicians who came together on this project are…

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12 Days of Christmas

Day 11: 1809 Studios

Day 11 of our 12 Days of Christmas comes to us from Macedon-based recording studio, 1809 Studios. If you haven’t had a chance to check out their sessions and space, I really suggest you do. It’s a top notch studio in a converted 19th century ale house that we’ve been admiring from a distance. Anyways, the…

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