Music reviews: Holiday albums rock

Eclectic mix of artists serves up seasonal music feast
Modified: December 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: December 14, 2012

In fact, the music of DeLaughter's large, theatrical assemblage has often been favorably compared to Oklahoma City's psychedelic sons of the underground, which is dazzlingly justified on the Spree's magnificent, harmony-layered cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” its spacey deconstruction of “Silver Bells” (featuring the School of the Seven Bells), its shimmering reworking of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and the joyously rhythmic “Carol of the Drum (Little Drummer Boy).”

It's all wondrous weirdness, but it maintains the spirit of the holidays — and all of its moods — throughout.

— Gene Triplett

Various Artists ‘Festivus' (Highline Records)

London indie label Highline Records trots out the best from its stable of alternative talent for an album of original holiday ditties that includes the Real Tuesday Weld's chiming, piano-driven, jazz-tinged meditation “Song of December,” Piney Gir's bouncy, alt-poppy “Every Day's a Holiday,” Glam Chops' playfully punkish “Countdown to Christmas” (featuring British alt-rock band Art Brut's Eddie Argos on vocals), and Los Angeles-based chanteuse Correatown's whimsically folky “Christmas Time is Here.”

Will any of these tracks become seasonal classics? Maybe not. But this one's for good little music geeks looking for something completely different stuffed in their stockings this year.

— Gene Triplett