Sunday, 30 November 2014

Joan Jett, Blackhearts & Friends: Silent Night (2008)

To kick things off, I thought I would share what is possibly my very favourite track in my collection. Every time I come across a track to add to my library that is totally obscure or fucked up I get a little bit of a thrill. You can imagine how I felt when I came across this one: a bunch of artists from Joan Jett's Blackheart label covering Silent Night, interspersed with snippets from Back Obama's victory speech, and outtakes from John McCain's concession speech. (This is probably even more obtuse when you consider I'm Australian.)

It doesn't make any sense, and I love it.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Hey! Ho! Let's Go!

I have a lot of feels when it comes to Christmas music.

Every year - going on officially now for maybe the last five years and unofficially for a lot longer - I make a Christmas mix CD for family and friends. It's an art form, I like to facetiously tell friends who don't really care. In my fine-tuning of this year's track list (it's a process) I came across a wealth of underground Christmas music blogs. At first I was pissed - why has it taken me this long to find such a treasure trove? And then I got kind of excited. Because maybe - just maybe - underground Christmas music bloggers are kind of….my people? And even though it seems like they've got the field covered, maybe there's something I can bring to my table.

So, here goes nothing. I have no idea what form this blog will take, and no idea where to start. After all, I've been collecting these tunes for about a decade now, give or take. But I'll muddle along until I figure it out, I guess.

And, since I know I always like to feel vaguely invested in the authors of my favourite blogs, I offer these fact-crumbs to you for consumption right off the bat: I'm an Aussie grrrl in my mid-twenties. Shortbread is my cocaine. And this is, quite possibly, my very favourite Christmas song of all time: