We all know that Christmas season is upon us, with its sickening, sticky, saturated Christmas songs like "All I Want for Christmas is You," "Feliz Navidad" (which really only has four lines), and the worst Christmas song offense in the history of Christmas music, "The Christmas Shoes."
"Unless you happen to belong to one of those rare, perfect, Norman Rockwell families, spending the holidays with your loved ones can have its ups and downs, its highs and lows - this Christmas album which benefits Amnesty International serves as a soundtrack to such an experience, documenting and representing the entire spectrum of emotions and feelings you might face during the most wonderful time of the year."
Christmas is nothing like a little Thomas Kinkade painting, but the stress and often unhappiness of the season is very wrapped up in sparkly paper and bright tinsel of the awful Christmas songs heard almost any store you visit, be it the Central Market, the mall, that favorite indie record store, or your own FM radio station.
There's a CD that was released at the beginning of the month called I'll Stay Til After Christmas that does an excellent job capturing the up's and down's of the season. It features old well-known songs and some new ones too. With artists like My Brightest Diamond, Au Revoir Simone, Blitzen Trapper, Parenthetical Girls, Bosque Brown and Sally Shapiro, it's enough to make anyone's stocking burst. There are some people I've never heard of that make some great tunes (The Papercuts, Au, to name a couple). And to wrap it all up with a huge Good-Will-To-Man bow, it's all put on by Amnesty International. Let it be the soundtrack of your Christmas time breakdown, or the best day of sledding ever.