The Christmas season started back in the late summer for Rocks Off when we began getting PR e-mails about so and so's new Christmas album, and then in October they started showing up in our stacks of snail mail.
This year the biggest complaint amongst everyone is the increasing length - that's what she said - of the holiday season, which now commences at the same time that Halloween crap comes up at retail stores. It was possible, at least in Houston, to buy a fake Christmas tree on the same receipt with your kids' Halloween candy.
In order to capitalize on the niche holiday music market, of course the labels had to start early. And some of you are no doubt guilty of already buying one or two of these. FYI, most Christmas songs are public domain anyway, so you can make way more money with standards than by writing new quickly-forgotten holiday tunes. Plus, writing music is hard and stuff.
The biggest one this year is obviously Justin Bieber's Under The Mistletoe, which features the Beebs' new deeper - sorta - voice singing alongside Mariah Carey and Busta Rhymes. The boy-wonder remake Carey's now classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" for the younger set, because you know, the first one was shitty and old apparently.
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On the more indie side of things, there is always She & Him's A Very She & Him Christmas, perfect for boring couples to decorate their apartments to. Same goes for Michael Buble's Christmas LP, with Shania Twain guesting on "White Christmas". No, you stupid bastard, those ornaments don't go on that side of the tree. Why don't you listen better? Just shut up and get me a pumpkin spice latte.
Of course our favorite for 2011 is Scott Weiland's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, which is so weird and wooden that it could even be in our Top Ten non-holiday albums of the year list. We showed you his clip for "Winter Wonderland" last week, with Weiland's robo-face. His "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is batshit endearing, like the ghosts of Vincent Price and Bing Crosby on an ether binge in Hell.
The Jack Johnson-helmed This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2 is a little more topical for Houston, seeing that shorts and sandals could very well be Christmas day attire in 2011. Johnson, G. Love, and Matt Costa band together to wish the Fuel TV devotee in your life a merry holiday, and the results aren't too terribly grating. ALO's "Let It Ride" is a standout.