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

Nov 29 Update

Casio Song [Download]
(Live) – Damien Jurado

2012 Additions

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

Merry Christmas To The Drunks [Download]
– Ballboy

Blue Christmas [Download]
– Darren Hayman and The Wavce Pictures

Let The Snow Fall [Download]
– Andrew and the North American Grizzly

O Holy Night [Download]
– Branches

Will You Sleep Inside This Christmas [Download]
– Chris Scruggs

Go Tell It On The Mountain [Download]
– Jullie Lee

Everything else:

It’s A Wonderful Lie [Download]
– Withered Hand

Christmas Time [Download]
– Piney Gir

Christmas Day [Download]
– Jim White

We Need A Little Christmas [Download]
– Carter Moulton

Together On Christmas [Download]
– Carter Moulton

Christmas 2008 [Download]
– Steve Poltz

Santa Claus and Prison [Download]
– Steve Poltz

Shiny Red Suit [Download]
– Tim Lee

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

O Holy Night [Download]
– Josh T. Pearson

Same Old New Year’s [Download]
– Ben Smith

Go Tell It On The Mountain [Download]
– Branches

All That I Want [Download]
– Vanessa Peters

Little Saint Nick [Download]
– Salvation Alley String Band

Pretty Paper [Download]
– Salvation Alley String Band

The Song The Season Brings [Download]
– Beta Radio

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

Christmas Song [Download]
– Adam Remnant

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

Christmas Is Best [Download]
– Caleb Groh

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day [Download]
– Caleb Groh

Baby It’s Cold Outside [Download]
– Haunting Party

The Chipmunk Song [Download]
– Lisa Cerbone

O Come All Ye Faithful [Download]
– Branches

Silent Night [Download]
– Branches

I’ll Be Home For Christmas [Download]
– Travel By Sea

I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day [Download]
– Travel By Sea

Memphis Christmas [Download]
– Star and Micey

Little Manger [Download]
– American Gun

Let It Snow [Download]
– Greater Pacific

Secret Santa [Download]
– Buffalo Killers

Whore For The Holidays [Download]
– The Davenports

Christmas Don’t Be Late [Download]
– Caleb Groh

Xmas in the Jailhouse (via Herohill [Download]
) – Ox

Whiskey Christmas – Darby O’Gill and the Little People [Download]
– Darby O’ Gill

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

I Wanna Spend My Xmas Time With You [Download]
– Phil Lee

Christmastime Blues – Jaimi Shuey [Download]
(her 2007 debut release Wrong Girl is a must have!)

Bastard Brothers [Download]
– Chip Taylor

All Alone For Christmas [Download]
– Danny Barnes

Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) [Download]
– Laura Marling

Christmas In Paradise [Download]
– Mary Gauthier

Thanks for the Roses (Merry Christmas) [Download]
– Antje Duvekot

She’s Underneath the Mistletoe [Download]
– Antsy McClain

Here comes Christmas [Download]
– Bill Kelly

Crazy Cool Christmas [Download]
– Kermit Ruffins

Cold White Christmas [Download]
– Casiotone For The Painfully Alone

Great Adventure [Download]
– Dan Byrk

I Want a Hippopotomus For Christmas [Download]
– Paul Vickers And Leg

Christmas Is Coming Soon [Download]
– Blitzen Trapper

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

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

Christmas Is For Losers – Mike Nicolai

Cosy Evenings [Download]
– Dan Byrk

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

O Holy Night [Download]
– Benji Cossa

Darling Christmas Is Coming [Download]
– Over The Rhine

The Christmas Song [Download]
– Nourallah Brothers

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

Christmas At The Trailer Park [Download]
– Antsy McClain

The Little Baby [Download]
– Hefner

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

Santa’s Hungover [Download]
– Santa’s Hungover

Christmas In Vermont [Download]
– Ed’s Redeeming Qualities

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen [Download]
– Hoax Funeral

Be My Valentine On Christmas – Glenna Bell

The Christmas Song [Download]
– Mark Jungers

Red Eyed Santa [Download]
– Dick Smith

Gold Front Tooth [Download]
– Dick Smith

That Was The Worst Christmas Ever [Download]
– Sufjan Stevens

I Hate Fucking Christmas [Download]
– The Rugburns (live)

Christmas Past – Mike Ireland and Holler

Christmas In London [Download]
– Krista Detour

Christmas In Prison – Emmy the Great and Lightspeed Champion

Christmas In Prison Live – Will Kimbrough

Christmas In Prison [Download]
– Cristabel and the Jons

Christmas Eve – Salim Nourallah

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear [Download]
– Laura Gibson

It’s Almost Christmas [Download]
– Chris Garneau

Just Like Christmas [Download]
– Low

Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis [Download]
– Neko Case

Christmas Island – Leon Redbone

X-Mas Song [Download]
– Fireflies

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas [Download]
– Rose Polenzani

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas [Download]
– Hem

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause – John Prine

Merry Christmas From The Family – Robert Earl Keen

Merry Christmas From The Family [Download]
– Jill Sobule

Christmas On Ward #7 – Chris Flew [Download]

Driving Home, Christmas Eve [Download]
– Frontier Ruckus

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

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

Christmas Vision [Download]
– Beau Jennings

Murder By Mistletoe [Download]
– The Felice Brothers

It Never Snows [Download]
– The Parson Red Heads

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

Christmas Time [Download]
– The Krayolas With Augie Meyers

Christmas Song [Download]
– Detroit Junior

It’s Christmas Time Again [Download]
– Harley Poe

RockABilly Christmas [Download]
– Michael Bishop

So Much Wine [Download]
– The Handsome Family

I’m Grateful for Christmas This Year [Download]
– Hayes Carll

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