Mint 400 Records set out to accomplish one thing when it formed in 2007, and that was bringing quality music to the masses. This year finishes up with a re-release of Mint 400’s Christmas Compilation that is sure to satisfy even the Grinchiest of us all. The compilation is a collection of 12 previously released epics that features label veterans such as The One and Nines, Fairmont, The Ashes and label newcomers Les Trois Chaud and The Duke of Norfolk.
Bands were asked to contribute what they wanted, whether that be a Christmas cover, an original Christmas song or both. What they’ve come up with is an amazingly eclectic mix of soulful covers like The One and Nines’ renditions of Brenda Lee’s “I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” & Ottis Redding’s “Merry Christmas Baby.” On the other end of the spectrum, Fairmont’s surfy Ventures-esque version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and the spiritual Duke Of Norfolk’s “Hark The Herald Angel Sings”. This compilation is not without soon-to-be classics by bands like The Ashes, who contributed three original tunes including the Grinch-like song “Does The Mistletoe Know?”, “Did You Hear? (Santa Got Arrested for Burglary),” and their heart felt, down home country swagger on “Am I Too Old For Christmas”. Another standout included The Duke Of Norfolk’s sentimental “Lovely Winter,” which is better than anything Mumford and Sons have ever written.
The 2017 holiday season also sees Yawn Mower “Ruins Christmas” EP, featuring the eclectic band’s take on classics such as Silent Night, Joy To The World and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. Yawn Mower also puts a new spin on Jimmy Buffett’s classic Margaritaville with their own Christmastime in Margaritaville, which is sure to become a standard. Yawn Mower “Ruins Christmas” is the holiday EP you need when you are late to your family party, battling traffic, fighting off questions about when you’re going to get married, buy a house, or just want to start a mosh pit in the middle of your grandmother’s dining room.
Tiegan is a California native who has spent the beginning years of her adulthood in Hawaii. It is no wonder that her music is parallel to such settings. Her Christmas album, “Christmastime,” is a soft and angelic collection, self-recorded and produced. You can find a free download of the album’s titular track HERE, and be sure to give her live video performance a view too.
The ghosts of Christmas past are chased away by New Jersey singer/songwriter Jack Skuller’s high-energy new seasonal song, “Stuck in This Holiday” — though it also shows he knows his history. The 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who has been performing since his debut single at age 14 and was picked for a Radio Disney tour soon after, went on a different kind of journey to get to “This Holiday.” All the way to Memphis, Tennessee and the roots of rock, where Jack visited and did a session at Sun Studios. Working with local Memphis musicians and taking the lead on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Jack absorbed the atmosphere of the area’s musical mythology and cut two songs, his own “Stuck in This Holiday,” and Floyd Dixon’s 1950s classic “Empty Stocking Blues.” Jack taps the timeless heartache of such songs while bringing a blast of sound that is pure present-day club-rock adrenaline.
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