Jingle and Jangle
A festive playlist with less Christmas schmaltz
Holiday-themed music is ubiquitous during the most wonderful time of the year. Shake things up with a sonic snow globe of garage rock, punk, pop, experimental, old country and blues—all in the key of Christmas.
A “Nutcracker” Sweetened With Swing
Tchaikovsky faces off with Ellington
“The Nutcracker” suite is full of memorable melodies, which is at least partly the reason it has become all but inescapable during the holiday season. This year, though, the music is getting a special twist or two, courtesy of The Nutcracker (Swing!) concert presented by Concordia Santa Fe.
Flyer on the Wall
Vertigo Venus, Hyperland and Great White Buffalo play Christmas Eve Eve at Burt’s Tiki Lounge.
Ellis Marsalis A New Orleans Christmas Carol · Various Bambara Mystic Soul (The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979) · Various Tally Ho! Flying Nuns Greatest Bits
Our tiny take on A New Orleans Christmas Carol; Bambara Mystic Soul (The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979); and Tally Ho! Flying Nuns Greatest Bits
Courtesy of the Artist
The English Beat • ska
Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …