Songs:Illinois Christmas Mixtape (Emmy The Great, Neko Case, John Prine, Frontier Ruckus + 100 more)

Well another year has passed and I figured this would be the year I wouldn’t post my Christmas mix but a few folks I like and others I hadn’t heard of have released some Christmas music so here we are again. As I say every year: these may be holiday songs but many of them are solid songs period – many deal with themes if lost hope, loneliness and the rigors of the holiday season. In fact several of these songs remain some of my favorites – you be the judge – check them out and see which ones resonate with you.

Dec 20 Update

I’ve got a couple more songs from this year that I’d like to share. Anna Vogelzang is a midwest based performer who I have been following off and on for a couple of years now. I like her stuff – honest and forthright — here she cover’s “Silent Night”. Carter Moulton is another in a fine line of Michigan based indie folk bedroom shut-ins. Check out his original songs on bandcamp. The Dive Poets are a St. Louis based group known for their americana ramblings…this song is from the new KDHX Christmas sampler and is a depressing take on the holiday season. And Mike Doughty needs no introduction…oh alright he’s the guy from Soul Coughing.

Silent Night – Anna Vogelzang
Whatever You Want (For Christmas) – Dressy Bessy
Holiday (What Do You Want?) – Mike Doughty
Caroling – Carter Moulton
Christmas Ain’t Never – The Dive Poets

Nov 29 Update

Casio Song (Live) – Damien Jurado

2012 Additions

Christmas Bells – The Bank Cormorants (a David Childers’ joint)

Merry Christmas To The Drunks – Ballboy

Blue Christmas – Darren Hayman and The Wavce Pictures

Let The Snow Fall – Andrew and the North American Grizzly

O Holy Night – Branches

Will You Sleep Inside This Christmas – Chris Scruggs

Go Tell It On The Mountain – Jullie Lee

Everything else:

It’s A Wonderful Lie – Withered Hand

Christmas Time – Piney Gir

Christmas Day – Jim White

We Need A Little Christmas – Carter Moulton

Together On Christmas – Carter Moulton

Christmas 2008 – Steve Poltz

Santa Claus and Prison – Steve Poltz

Shiny Red Suit – Tim Lee

You Never Come Home For Christmas – Caitlin Rose and Keegan Dewitt

O Holy Night – Josh T. Pearson

Same Old New Year’s – Ben Smith

Go Tell It On The Mountain – Branches

All That I Want – Vanessa Peters

Little Saint Nick – Salvation Alley String Band

Pretty Paper – Salvation Alley String Band

The Song The Season Brings – Beta Radio

I’d Like You For Christmas – Christabel and the Johns

Christmas Song – Adam Remnant

Merry Christmas From The Family (that morphs into “Blue Christmas” at the end) – Lindley Ruth and Her Tipsy String Band

Christmas Is Best – Caleb Groh

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day – Caleb Groh

Baby It’s Cold Outside – Haunting Party

The Chipmunk Song – Lisa Cerbone

O Come All Ye Faithful – Branches

Silent Night – Branches

I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Travel By Sea

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day – Travel By Sea

Memphis Christmas – Star and Micey

Little Manger – American Gun

Let It Snow – Greater Pacific

Secret Santa – Buffalo Killers

Whore For The Holidays – The Davenports

Christmas Don’t Be Late – Caleb Groh

Xmas in the Jailhouse (via Herohill) – Ox

Whiskey ChristmasDarby O’Gill and the Little People – Darby O’ Gill

The Holidays Are Here (And We’re Still At War) – Brett Dennen

I Wanna Spend My Xmas Time With You – Phil Lee

Christmastime BluesJaimi Shuey (her 2007 debut release Wrong Girl is a must have!)

Bastard Brothers – Chip Taylor

All Alone For Christmas – Danny Barnes

Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) – Laura Marling

Christmas In Paradise – Mary Gauthier

Thanks for the Roses (Merry Christmas) – Antje Duvekot

She’s Underneath the Mistletoe – Antsy McClain

Here comes Christmas – Bill Kelly

Crazy Cool Christmas – Kermit Ruffins

Cold White Christmas – Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Great Adventure – Dan Byrk

I Want a Hippopotomus For Christmas – Paul Vickers And Leg

Christmas Is Coming Soon – Blitzen Trapper

Christmas Doesn’t Have To Be So Bad – The Backsliders

Christmas Or Columbus (Andy Hong’s Kitchen) – Drew O’Doherty

Christmas Is For Losers – Mike Nicolai

Cosy Evenings – Dan Byrk

All I Ever Get for Christmas Is Blue – Over The Rhine

O Holy Night – Benji Cossa

Darling Christmas Is Coming – Over The Rhine

The Christmas Song – Nourallah Brothers

You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch – Asylum Street Spankers

Christmas At The Trailer Park – Antsy McClain

The Little Baby – Hefner

So this Is Christmas – ? (lost in the shuffle – extra points if you leave the answer in the comments)

Santa’s Hungover – Santa’s Hungover

Christmas In Vermont – Ed’s Redeeming Qualities

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen – Hoax Funeral

Be My Valentine On Christmas – Glenna Bell

The Christmas Song – Mark Jungers

Red Eyed Santa – Dick Smith

Gold Front Tooth – Dick Smith

That Was The Worst Christmas Ever – Sufjan Stevens

I Hate Fucking Christmas – The Rugburns (live)

Christmas Past – Mike Ireland and Holler

Christmas In London – Krista Detour

Christmas In Prison – Emmy the Great and Lightspeed Champion

Christmas In Prison Live – Will Kimbrough

Christmas In Prison – Cristabel and the Jons

Christmas Eve – Salim Nourallah

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Laura Gibson

It’s Almost Christmas – Chris Garneau

Just Like Christmas – Low

Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Neko Case

Christmas Island – Leon Redbone

X-Mas Song – Fireflies

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Rose Polenzani

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Hem

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause – John Prine

Merry Christmas From The Family – Robert Earl Keen

Merry Christmas From The Family – Jill Sobule

Christmas On Ward #7Chris Flew

Driving Home, Christmas Eve – Frontier Ruckus

Jewish For Christmas – Coconut and The Duke (from former blogger Duke Of Straw)

What Do You Give A Wookie For Christmas? -Savanteous Q Malmsteen

Christmas Vision – Beau Jennings

Murder By Mistletoe – The Felice Brothers

It Never Snows – The Parson Red Heads

Don’t Want Another Christmas Like Last Christmas – Gentleman Auction House

Christmas Time – The Krayolas With Augie Meyers

Christmas Song – Detroit Junior

It’s Christmas Time Again – Harley Poe

RockABilly Christmas – Michael Bishop

So Much Wine – The Handsome Family

I’m Grateful for Christmas This Year – Hayes Carll

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