What's this all about? Well, last year, just ahead of party season, we posted more than forty songs you don't find on typical Christmas compilations. Taken in alphabetical order, those whose festive songs we used were: Arcade Fire, Beck, Belle & Sebastian, Ben Folds, Big Star, Bright Eyes, the Cocteau Twins, Coldplay, Darlene Love, De La Soul, Eels, The Fall, The Flaming Lips, Fountains of Wayne, Grandaddy, Half Man Half Biscuit, James Brown, Jose Feliciano, Joseph Spence, Joy Zipper, Kate Bush, Lauren Laverne, The Long Blondes, Low, Mew, No Doubt, Okkervil River, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Broggs, The Ramones, Randy Newman, The Raveonettes, Rilo Kiley, The Ronettes, Rufus Wainwright, Saint Etienne, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Snow Patrol, Sufjan Stevens, The Walkmen, The Wedding Present, The White Stripes and XTC. That's enough for two.
Anyway, it seemed to go down well, so as it's that most special time of the year again, we thought we'd upload both sets of songs again. So...
A Very Sweeping Christmas 1
A Very Sweeping Christmas 2
(don't forget, click 'free' at the bottom of the first page)
But that's not all, because after finishing with that, we found we had a few left over, and that for us can only mean one thing...
A Very Sweeping Christmas 3
TBC Poundsystem - Losing My Sledge (Perhaps better if you're acquainted with the original Losing My Edge for this one)
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Cold White Christmas
Arab Strap - Xmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
Galaxie 500 - Listen, The Snow Is Falling
Hefner - The Little Baby Hefner's Xmas Song For Holland
Emmy The Great & Lightspeed Champion - Christmas In Prison
Hot Uncles - The Joy Of Giving (A one-off between Absentee's Dan Michaelson and the Broken Family Band's Steven Adams. First line NSFW)
The Bellrays - Merry Christmas Baby
Eels - Christmas Is Going To The Dogs
Noah And The Whale - To Cyril At Crunkmas
Sufjan Stevens - Get Behind Me, Santa!
John Cale - Child's Christmas In Wales
Harvey Danger - Sometimes You Have To Work On Christmas (Sometimes)
Chris T-T - 100,000 Turkeys
The Joseph And Mary Chain - The Twelve Days of Christmas (A bringing together of much of the Sunderland scene - the Futureheads, Field Music, the Golden Virgins, Kathryn Williams, This Ain't Vegas, George Washington Brown and Marie Nixon (nee Du Santiago of Kenickie) among others)
Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin
Lucky Soul - Lonely This Christmas