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22 New Indie Rock Christmas MP3s For 2011

By Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2011 - 9:53 am

Don’t you love Christmas music? I’m Jewish so mostly it makes me feel like I’m in a mall. But don’t you love malls? I’ve been trying to get my daughter to listen to The Nutcracker, and that’s been pretty easy because she’s only three and doesn’t have a choice. But if Tchaikovsky’s not your speed there are always new XMas jams from indie rockers to keep you in the holiday spirit. Once again we’ve collected this year’s free additions to the canon since it should only be a Sufjan Christmas so many years in a row. (And once again we are using the term “indie rock” a bit loosely.) The 2011 crop is heavy on covers — there are four versions of Vince Guaraldi’s “Christmas Time Is Here” alone (one courtesy of AVClub’s excellent Holiday Undercover ’11) — though there are plenty of originals, too. Props to Summer Camp for covering my two favorite modern XMas pop songs at once. Merry downloading.

01. She And Him – “The Christmas Waltz”
02. Woods – “Christmas Time Is Here”
03. Scott Weiland – “Winter Wonderland”
04. Gruff Rhys – “Slashed Wrists This Christmas”
05. Damien Jurado – “Christmas Time Is Here”
06. The Bandana Splits – “Wonderful Christmas Time”
07. Dean Martin – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (Feat. Scarlett Johansson)
08. Mayer Hawthorne – “Christmas Time Is Here”
09. Josh T. Pearson – “O Holy Night”
10. Woodsman – “Little Drummer Boy”
11. Catwalk – “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
12. Summer Camp – “All I Wonderful Christmas Is You”
13. Nicole Atkins – “Little Drummer Boy”
14. Class Actress – “Silent Night”
15. Dawes – “Christmas Time Is Here”
16. My Morning Jacket – “When The Bells Start Ringing” (Feat. The Head And The Heart)
17. Warm Ghost – “O Holy Night”
18. Lizzi Bougatsos – “Holiday (Dope Xxxmas)” (Feat. Josh Diamond)
19. The Kills – “Silent Night”
20. Wye Oak – “Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day”
21. The Drums – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
22. Frightened Rabbit – “Cheap Gold”

This comp also serves as our December 2011 monthly mix, so download as a .zip file (127 MB) and make an iPhone playlist for Christmas Eve. If you don’t have an iPhone hopefully Santa will deliver a 4S faster than AT&T can.