Blackmore’s Night Here We Come A-Caroling (ep) EARMUSIC Well, tis the season eh – and nothing, believe me, nothing says Christmas Music quite like a brand new EP of grotesquely earnest carols done in a renaissance fair style by the former lead guitarist of Deep Purple and his cosplay wife. Where once Ritchie Blackmore spat […]
Josh Rouse The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse Yep Roc Records If you ever needed to pick a songwriter to get the job done – to always get the job done – like Neil Finn for example, high on the list would have to be Josh Rouse. He’s been making consistently great music across the […]
Bob Dylan, Christmas In The Heart, 2009 Well it’s time for a Christmas album to make this list – and I think straight away of when Bob Dylan dropped a set of Xmas tunes and everyone was horrified. People that never really listened to Dylan heard his voice, thought it was an ugly croak and […]
Ana Gasteyer sugar & booze Henry’s Girl, Inc. The multi-talented Ana Gasteyer was one of SNL’s star-players across the late 1990s. Often music was a focus too, either with her original characters (Bobbie Mohan-Culp the opera-singing high school teacher) and in her brilliant impressions (Barbra Streisand and the best Celine Dion ever).
Ray Conniff, Here We Come A-Caroling (1966) Every year I buy a new (old) Christmas album. It’s something that’s happened the last few years now – something a bit kitschy or whatever to spin on the turntable. I look for things by artists I actually like: Willie Nelson, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett…they’re all in there…this […]