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Some of Our Favorite Christmas Songs

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by Vasilis and Cherie

Vasilis: I’m no fan of Christmas music honestly, especially the very cliché, religious-based sappy music; that is why I love when punk bands either put their own spin on Christmas classics or invent their own off-beat, humorous take on the holidays through their songs. The only songs that really go off that recipe are the Pogues and Run DMC (two classic songs!). My list is just a small sample of my favorite holiday tunes from some of my favorite bands. If you like this list, one of my favorite comps, (No Sleep Till Christmas) is available for free download through the label’s website. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go listen to sad Christmas songs and rock out.

Bayside – Angels We Have Heard on High

Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Fall Out Boy – Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

Into It. Over It. – Jingle Bell Broke

MxPx – Christmas Night of Zombies

New Found Glory – Ex-Miss

Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – This Time of Year

The Pogues – Fairytale of New York

The Wonder Years – Christmas at 22

Cherie: I have to agree with Vas, I’m not a huge fan of traditional Christmas music as such. But when my favorite bands put out a Christmas song, even if its just a remake of an old song, I’ll give it a listen. There’s no rhyme or reason to what I end up liking; sometimes it annoys me when bands don’t change anything in their versions but other times I think they change too much. The best, though, are usually new songs all together (the exception being Baysides version of Angels We Have Heard on High which is the best thing ever). Here’s my top ten favorite Christmas songs!

Tegan and Sara – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)

fun. – Believe in Me

Laura Marling – Silent Night

The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa

Dropkick Murphies – The Season’s Upon Us

Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler – Home for the Holidays

Frank Turner – Last Christmas

The Killers – Great Big Sled

Yellowcard – Christmas Lights

Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas

You can check out a playlist containing some of the songs by clicking here.

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The Slow Downward Spiral of The Killers

by Cherie

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Hot Fuss came out in the summer between my freshmen and sophomore years of high school, and it was like nothing I had ever heard before. I forget how I first discovered it, but the first time I heard “Mr. Brightside” I fell in love. There was something so new and exciting about The Killers that took the music scene by storm. I have so many memories of high school that are linked to that album. Most of them are just snapshots of my life at the time; driving around in the cemetery after dark blasting “Somebody Told Me”, drives to Newburyport for movie nights spent belting out Mr. Brightside, making a shirt for spirit week that said “I’ve got soul but I’m not a solider.”

 

The band’s second album, Sam’s Town, which was released in 2006, was a more grown up record, but still an instant hit for me. It experimented around just as much as the first album, but it branched off in completely different directions. It wasn’t as big of a hit as Sam’s Town, but it still had the same heart and passion driving it, and I loved it as well. I have so many memories I can trace back to those songs as well.

 

I was thrilled with Sawdust as well, which was released in 2007; though it almost seemed like a filler album to me. There were some fantastically weird and dark songs on there, “Tranquilize” and “Shadowplay” for example, as well as a handful of great new songs. But there were some old songs mixed in (“Indie Rock N Roll, Under the Gun, and Who Let You Go), as well as a cover (Romeo and Juliet) and some live versions of old songs. Since it was released just a year after their second album one can only assume that it was basically a collection of b-sides and some new stuff that didn’t quite fit on the first two albums.

 

After that things started to go downhill. Day & Age, released in 2008, was a mediocre album with only a few bright spots (Spaceman, Human, and Dustland Fairytale for example). The band released a live album/DVD along with the standard album and after that things were quiet for a while. Part of me wondered if that might be the end of the band, though there were no reports of a break up, and to be honest I wasn’t sure if I would be that upset if it were true. Sure I’d never seen them live, but it seemed to me like they were running out of steam, and now might be a good time to end it

 

And then in 2012 they announced a new album, Battle Born. With a four year gap between albums I had hoped that the band might have recharged and come up with a fantastic album. They failed to deliver, unfortunately. Not a single track on the album managed to catch my attention, though I listened to it start to finish several times. 2014 brought another new album from the band, but this one was merely a greatest hits compilation. Rumor has it that the band didn’t even want to do it but were contractually obligated to do so. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr stated in an interview for The Daily Star that “it’s not like we’re so pleased with ourselves we want to put it out…it feels like a douchie move.” While its true that the band will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hot Fuss in 2014 it seems like its much too early for a greatest hits album.

 

Despite all of this I am still a big fan of the Killers. And I have faith that they can come back from two bad albums and deliver something that will make me love their new stuff once again.

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