christmas music


V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014

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Aural Fixation

Five Christmas Tunes that Don’t Nauseate Us

Our Top 5 holiday tunes come courtesy of The Kinks, Greg Lake, The Who, Bob Dylan and The Flaming Lips.
V.19 No.47 | 11/25/2010
He’s coming down your chimney tonight.

Aural Fixation

It’s Elvis Time

How The King’s Christmas album saves my sanity

Say what you like about Elvis—culture thief; sad, boozy drug addict; cheese sandwich—but the man had a voice that could soothe volcanoes, particularly the volcano that is my head during the 29 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a time when every single store in the country, from Nordstrom to 7-Eleven, feels obligated to play Christmas music. And it’s not even the good stuff. As far as I can tell, no one except little kids enjoys hearing syrupy, cutesy “Jingle Bell Rock” played ad nauseam. Last year I made an obnoxious and totally doomed pledge to not shop anywhere Christmas music was playing. I should have stocked up on groceries in October.

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