Alternative Christmas Music: 2014's Playlist

It's finally here. My playlist for 2014. It's the tenth playlist I've made.


1.    Wonderful Christmastime - Ex Cops
2.    Last Christmas (Live) - The XX
3.    Sleigh Ride - She & Him
4.    Time of the Season - Isobel Campbell &Mark Lanegan
5.    River (Live)- Elbow
6.    I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Sufjan Stevens
7.    Christmas Day (I Wish I was Surfing) - Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler
8.    I Believe in Father Christmas - Mark Kozelek
9.    Only Dust Behind - Allo Darlin’
10.  Happy Xmas (War is Over) -Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips
11.  Merry Christmas Everyone - Aberfeldy
12.  Please Come Home for Christmas - My Morning Jacket
13.  Away in a Manger - Fyfe Dangerfield
14.  Last Christmas - Florence and the Machine
15.  Post Apocalypse Christmas - Gruff Rhys
16.  Silent Night - Spiritualized
17.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Punch Brothers
18.  Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die) – Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls
19.  Auld Lang Syne – MXPX
20.  Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (in the style of Bob Dylan) – Jimmy Fallon

Before you point it out no there was no playlist 2013 and yes alot of these songs are one or two years old or even older, I tend to save the newest tracks for the following years playlist now. I'll add the link party below. Let me know what you think either here or @xmassongblog on twitter.

1.    Wonderful Christmastime - Ex Cops
Lovely scuzzy guitar version of the Paul McCartney hit that's been so overplayed it's unlistenable now. Somehow though Ex cops have made this a song I've been singing at the top of my voice in the car ever since I first heard it. 

2.    Last Christmas (Live) - The XX
Live in the BBC radio One live lounge. The XX build this version slowly into my favourite version of Wham's big xmas hit and trust me I've heard alot of them. See the Wiki for just a taster of how many there are.

 3.    Sleigh Ride - She & Him
From the fine 'A Very She and Him Christmas'. Everybody's favourite indiepop starletbelts out a classic version of a classic song.
Amazon 
 

4.    Time of the Season - Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
wiki 
Amazon 


5.    River (Live)- Elbow
Live version of the Joni Mitchell Classic 

6.    I’ll Be Home for Christmas - Sufjan Stevens
Another year, yet another track from the epic Sufjan Christmas Album
Amazon 


7.    Christmas Day (I Wish I was Surfing) - Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler
Let's change things up a gear. 
Amazon



8.    I Believe in Father Christmas - Mark Kozelek
From this years best Christmas album. Sorry no previews about for this one.
Amazon

9.    Only Dust Behind - Allo Darlin’
Twee pop, I'm told it's called. Bloody gorgeous is what we call it round here.
Bandcamp 
10.  Happy Xmas (War is Over) -Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips
Amazon 
11.  Merry Christmas Everyone - Aberfeldy
great bouncy live version.

12.  Please Come Home for Christmas - My Morning Jacket




13.  Away in a Manger - Fyfe Dangerfield
with Lisa Hannigan and Nerina Pallot on backing vocals

14.  Last Christmas - Florence and the Machine
Another Live version, this time from the BBC radio 1 Christmas party. Free Download on the soundcloud below. (Not sure how legal it is mind, download at your own risk we own no copyrights etc etc)

15.  Post Apocalypse Christmas - Gruff Rhys
Well it's cherrier than last years 'Slashed Wrists This Christmas' but not much.
Amazon 



16.  Silent Night - Spiritualized
Classic version of a Christmas standard
iTunes only has a video version
17.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Punch Brothers
Amazon 



18.  Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die) – Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls
Amazon 



19.  Auld Lang Syne – MXPX
One for the new year.
Wiki 
Amazon


20.  Jingle Bells, Batman Smells (in the style of Bob Dylan) – Jimmy Fallon
Always finish on a sorta joke song. Having said that I'd buy this if it was being sold.

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