Arts Desk's cheery and cheeky evaluation of new holiday music returns.
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HO HO WHO: Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule, aka Brit hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks. Not as well-known in the States, the pair gets most of its love from the U.K. tween set.
JINGLE BELL BALK: "It's different now we're grown-ups/Christmas dinner isn't free," the 21- and 22-year-old singers mutter at the beginning of this ditty about the [...]
HO HO WHO: 22-year-old Brighton native Patty Walters is quite the YouTube sensation among girls under the age of 18. When he's not busy lending his preternaturally nasal vocals to pop-punk outfit As It Is, Walters YouTubes his screamo covers of popular songs by Miley Cyrus and Panic! at the Disco et al. For this Halloween/Christmas edition, he [...]
HO HO WHO?: The Chicago Gay Hockey Association covers Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," creating a yuletide video for fans of both Esther Williams and Wayne Gretzky. Turns out hockey players in a chorus line is all I wanted for Christmas.
STOCKING FULL OF GOAL: "All I Want for Christmas is You" is [...]
HO HO WHO?: D.C.-rooted indie-pop shape-shifters Lilys, semifamous for sounding like The Kinks and soundtracking '90s commercials. This Christmas song has been bouncing around for years now, but it cropped up again on Highline Records' recent Festivus 2 compilation.
O CHRISTMAS TWEE: Usually an annoying twee tic, the doubled, slightly off-key vocals make perfect sense in the context of a [...]
HO HO WHO: Jaime Meline and Michael Render, aka El-P and Killer Mike. Together they are Run the Jewels, whose self-titled album is one of the year's most beloved, at least by people who readily embrace crotchety, late-30-something rappers.
JEWELS FOR ANY SEASON: "A Christmas Fucking Miracle" is the last track on Run the Jewels, and [...]
HO HO QUIÉN: José Rubén Bernal, aka Power Flow, a notoriously tone-deaf reggaetonero from El Salvador known for his creative use of low-budget CGI in such YouTube hits as “Bun Bun” and “Jaqueando Tu Amor” (that’s “Hacking Your Love”). He is joined, as always, by an ever-expanding cast of “DJs” who don’t seem to actually [...]
HO HO WHO: The Killers return again to Christmas singles, with assists from Dawes and sad sack Owen Wilson.
CHRISTMAS CRAPPIN': This is The Killers' seventh round of Christmas singles for Bono's (RED) campaign, and they sound about as sick of it as their hapless actor-narrator is of his city. As the band turns the ostensibly holiday-themed single [...]
HO HO WHO: Joshua Bell, virtuoso violinist—aka that nice boy who posed as a street musician in L’Enfant Plaza and helped Gene Weingarten prove that Washingtonians are philistines—teaming up with classical comedy duo Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo. As in, they play classical music and are moderately funny, not that their comedy is in any [...]
HO HO WHO: Sacramento and New York dance punx !!!, definitely not known for anything resembling Christmas music. I guess sooner or later, ex-punks just give in. "We've always wanted to write an Xmas song," says singer Nic Offer on the single's promo material, "but wanted it to be good enough and not just something like [...]