Sunday, July 31, 2011

Album of the Day / Capsule Reviews Roundup for July

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest


Here's a handy dandy list of links to this month's Album of the Day and Kringle's Capsule Reviews posts plus special mega playlists collecting every album featured in July.
Spotify Christmas Albums of the Day for July
Kringle's Capsule Reviews for July

Christmas Update for 7.31.11


Source: None via Alle on Pinterest

Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

Jazz singer Cheryl Conley's  2004 album "Santa Baby"

Listen to Santa Baby at Spotify

Preview / Buy Santa Baby at Amazon

Ernie (Not Bert)'s
wrapping up another fantabulous Christmas in July sharity explosion!

SWO Christmas Library: Christmas Carols (1860) @ Google Books

Christmas @ Kickstarter

PB&J Theatre Factory's Sleigh

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.30.11

Christmas @ Etsy

Elfin Toe Christmas Stocking from bungalowquilts Etsy shop

Trans-Siberian Gears Up For Christmas 2011 @ Pollstar

Stubby's House of Christmas has news on The David Crowder*Band's upcoming Christmas album

Matthew West to release The Heart Of Christmas @ New Release Tuesday

TobyMac and DiverseCity come together for Christmas Album


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

Lee Ann Womack's 2002 release "The Season for Romance"

Listen to "The Season for Romance" on Spotify

Preview / Buy The Season For Romance at Amazon


Kringle's Capsule Reviews: Lenny LeBlanc - Christmas Night

Lenny LeBlanc - Christmas Night

Terrific holiday offering from Christian singer-songwriter (and furniture maker!) Lenny LeBlanc. Originally released in 2008 Christmas Night's ten tracks are a heartfelt combination of Leblanc originals and tastefully arranged standards. Many of the tracks retain the 70's west coast pop feel born of LeBlanc's early success as a mainstream artists back in the day.

Highly Recommended!

Listen to Christmas Night on Spotify

Preview / Buy Christmas Night at Amazon

Here's the video for the album's opening track "Christmas Night'

Friday, July 29, 2011

Kringle's Capsule Reviews: Jubilee Gospel Singers - Wonderful Christmas

Jubilee Gospel Singers - Wonderful Christmas
Not so much a "Christmas" album, Silent Night is the only overtly Christmas track among the 14 seletions, but a fairly standard, workmanlike Gospel album. If you love Gospel music then by all means give this album a listen but if your looking for something more seasonable there are other far superior offerings out there

Christmas Update for 7.29.11


Big Christmas music update over at Stubby's House of Christmas (August Burns Red, Chicago, Scott Weiland and more)  

The 10th Annual Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Christmas 4 Kids Benefit Concert is set for Nov 21 @ Music News Nashville

Celebrating Christmas with the Beatles @ Mental Floss

Founder of Portland's Tuba Christmas dies @

Christmas in July at Harrods (Daily Mail) and Selfridges (

One Pretty Thing's Christmas craft roundups Yesterday \ Today

It's a Wonderful Movie has news of two new Christmas flicks coming to The Hallmark Channel

Boxcars 711 shares a 1948 radio broadcast of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Blue Carbuncle, based on the only original Holmes mystery to revolve around the holiday

Sign up for the Libera mailing list to get a free track from their upcoming Christmas album.


Christmas @ Bandcamp

Free Download:  Birds Fly South - Christmas in the City


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

Electric Fantastic Christmas 2010
Synthpop compilation featuring Soviet, Fred Frost, Atari Cowboy and The Garland Cult

Listen at Spotify

Also check out the EFC comps from 2009, 2008, and 2007


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.28.11


christmas gift tag Circa 1969 by Al Q

Stubby's House of Christmas
has more news on Carole King's upcoming holiday album

"Christmas at Halloween" in July! @ Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else

New Christmas TV: Billy Ray Cyrus Stars in "Christmas Returns to Canaan," @ The Futon Critic

One Pretty Thing's Christmas Roundup

Tip Junkie has loads of fun Christmas Games and Party Themes

"6 Adorable Homemade Christmas Crafts for Summer" eBook By: The Editors of via The Freebie Blogger


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day
 A limited edition benefit album for the holiday season featuring Family Records artists Jeff Jacobson, Casey Shea, The Undisputed Heavyweights, Wakey!Wakey! .

Listen to A Family Holiday on Spotify

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.27.11


Pencil Ink looks at Christmas in Disneyland #1 (Carl Barks, Al Hubbard art)

Stubby's House of Christmas remembers the late Dan Peek (of America) and Bill Morrissey

On another sad note The NY Times reports that Frank Foster, jazz musician, composer, and arranger of Tony Bennett’s 2008 album “A Swingin’ Christmas,” has passed away.


Christmas Site of the Day

Begin The Sound: The Kings of Christmas
Former members of Christmas Rock Opera stars Transiberian Orchestra strike out on their own Christmas journey


Christmas Etsy of the Day

Warm Winter Wishes - Vintage Inspired Mitten Gift Tags @ IndelibleImpressions Etsy Shop


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

Neil Diamond's A Cherry Cherry Christmas

Listen on Spotify

Preview / Buy A Cherry Cherry Christmas at


Bonus Christmas Album of the Day

In remembrance of Frank Foster here's Tony Bennett's A Swingin' Christmas

Listen on Spotify

Preview / Buy A Swingin' Christmas Featuring The Count Basie Big Band

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.26.11


Лесная дорога by Sam Dobson (photoSD) on
Лесная дорога by Sam Dobson


New Christmas music coming from Jon Lindsey @ Stubby's House of Christmas

Joey & Rory Plan Christmas Album @ CMT

GrungeReport reports that Scott Weiland's finished his Christmas album

SpoilerTV has more info on the Eureka animated Christmas episode

'Naughty/Nice', a Musical of Misfit Kids' Missives to Santa, Gets Starry Reading in NYC @ Playbill

A new feature film version of The Nutcracker has been green-lit by Universal @ Collider

Celebrate Christmas in July with some peppermint-mocha whoopie pies @ Bitter Sweet

favecrafts has 34 Homemade Christmas Ornaments to make

One Pretty Thing has a Christmas craft roundup

'A Very Furry Christmas' at Sesame Place @ PhillyBurbs


Spotify Christmas Album (s) of  the Day

Missed yesyerday's CAotD so here's a double dose of holiday cheer...

Beegie Adair - Jazz Piano Christmas

Hear Something Christmas Country

(featuring Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley. Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney)


Kickstarter Christmas Project of the Day

I Hate Christmas: Overcome Your Inner Christmas Villain Book


Monday, July 25, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.25.11


Grace Potter has a new Christmas song and a role in the Prep and Landing cartoon sequel coming up this year @ Rolling Stone

Christmas in the 90's recap @ Joanna Wilson's Christmas TV Companion

Everyday (in July)  is Christmas @ Ernie (Not Bert)

Dennis Brown offers up more delightfully Christmassy Disney World pix @ Dennis Brown 360

Big shops get in the Christmas spirit, with only 150 days to go @ The Times (Subscription required)

The Santa Clause 2 is streaming @ Netflix (Subscription required)

This Christmas, 'Shrek The Halls' and Get 'Merry Madagascar' at Gaylord Hotels @ Yahoo News

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spotify Christmas Album of the Day: Barbra Streisand's Christmas Memories


Thought I was never going to get online today but it looks like I've made it in time to post the album of the day...


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

Barbra Streisand's Christmas Memories

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Preview / Buy Christmas Memories at


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.23.11

If you've ever bemoaned the lack of quality modern Christmas Carols and you live in the UK (and fancy yourself a songwriter), The Times of London wants you to take a crack at composing a carol for the 21st century. Here's the deal from the Times ...
"Write a new Christmas carol over the summer, enter our competition, and — if you win — hear it performed in polyphonic splendour by the mighty Bach Choir in its Christmas concert in aid of the charity Action Medical Research.
What prompted us to start a competition for new carols? After all, there are thousands in existence. They range from exquisite medieval lyrics such as Ther is no Rose of Swych Vertu and sturdy Victorian favourites — the likes of Good King Wenceslas and In the Bleak Midwinter — to, in our own day, the prolific works of John Rutter. Nearly every country where Christianity is practised has contributed to the genre, and the best carols are great travellers. Indeed, some foreign carols are so familiar that we don’t realise where they originated. Ding! Dong! Merrily on High was a saucy French knees-up. An unknown American gave us Away in a Manger. And We Three Kings of Orient Are comes not from the Orient, or even Leyton Orient, but Pennsylvania.
Yet even the richest of repertoires needs constant revitalisation if it is not to feel stale. Many is the carol service at which I have inwardly longed for a 25-year moratorium on the singing of O Come All Ye Faithful and O Little Town of Bethlehem. That’s one reason why we wanted to get budding composers and lyricists of all ages thinking afresh about carols. Another is the ubiquity of the genre. Is there another form of music and poetry that has the capacity to unite so many, from all generations, in hearty performance and benign fellow-feeling? Even at a time when fewer people sing hymns, carols have kept their universal appeal."
Visit The Times for complete info
Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anywhere Else made a great vintage Christmas graphics find
 SpoilerTV reports, via Comic-Con, that the Syfy series Eureka's will have an animated Christmas episode
Stubby's House of Christmas remembers the late Amy Winehouse 

IndieGoGo Christmas Project: A Shoebox Christmas

"There's a stolen toy at Christmas time, a father stranded overseas, and a mother and two sons alone in financial crisis, struggling to come to terms with old-fashioned Chinese pride in a new country:
A Shoebox Christmas is a story about poverty, pride, fear and courage, and pushing through in times of adversity. The film explores what it means to be Canadian, so naturally it explores what it means to be an immigrant too. Our film delves into Canada's vast multi-cultural society in a poignant compact story that everyone will relate to."

Spotify Christmas Album of the Day
As summery a Christmas album as you're likely to find...
Christmas Island - Jimmy Buffet

Friday, July 22, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.22.11

Disneyland readying for Christmas in July @ O.C. Register

It’s Christmas in July at the Disneyland Resorts @ Disney Parks Blog

Christmas in July - The Candlelight Processional @ The Mouse Connection

Christmas festival set at old Macy's building to drive visitation @ AJC


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

Some cool jazz for a sweltering day...

Listen on Spotify

Jazz Christmas (Rhino - 2004) featuring David Sanborn, James Carter, Cyrus Chestnut, Gabriela Anders and Mark Turner

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.21.11

Acclaimed London choristers Libera are set to realease a Christmas Album

Disney Detours – Fort Wilderness Campers’ Christmas Lights @ BlakeOnline


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

A Winter Solstice with Helicon (1999)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.20.11

Blimey! It's Another Blog About Comics
previews this year's edition of a British holiday tradition -The Beano and Dandy Christmas Annuals.

Fancy House Road celebrates Christmas in July with decorating and wrapping ideas

Tip Junkie shares 19 homemade ornaments to make


Spotify Christmas Album of the Day

Add some Christmas chill to your summer with today's selection....

Listen to Christmas Del Mar on Spotify

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.19.11

It's Christmas in July on SiriusXM Classic Radio

Recently added Christmas music on Spotify:
Kickstarter Christmas Project of the Day

LA JAZZ Holiday music series

Spotify Christmas Album of the Day


Ken Griffin - The Organ Plays at Christmas
Plus here's a bonus YouTube clip of  a different version of The First Noel

Monday, July 18, 2011

Kringle's Capsule Reviews: Downhere - How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas (2009)

Downhere - How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas (2009)

Consistantly strong, occaisionally moving record from Christian Rock act Downhere. I was familiar with the band's work from tracks they'd contributed to Centricity/Word's Bethlehem Skyline Compilations. Those impressive tracks reappear here on thier 2009 full length Christmas release, which has become one of my favorite rock holiday albums. Downhere strike just the right balance between earnest worship and accessibly melodic rock.

Highly recommended.

Fave Tracks:
How Many Kings (and How Many Kings Reimagined, an updated version of the song that was a highlight of 2007's Bethlehem SkylineVol 1), A Gift For Christmas, Christmas in Our Hearts, What Child is This

Listen on Spotify

Preview / Buy How Many Kings: Songs For Christmas
on Amazon

Christmas Update for 7.18.11

Tip Junkie shares links to 34 Christmas Advent Calender Tutorials

Ideas to Inspire celebrates Christmas in July with a bunch of Holiday projects for you to make

The brilliant guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is working on a Christmas album for release later this year - here's an informal taste of what we have to look forward to...


New Christmas Music at Bandcamp


Spotify Playlist of the Day

Christmas in July
featuring Lori Mechem, The Therepy Sisters, Brad Myrich and more,,,

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kringle's Capsule Review: OMP Allstars: Complete Christmas Classics

OMP Allstars: Complete Christmas Classics

Generic studio cover albums are a dime a gross come the holidays, clogging up bargain bins masquerading as Christmas hits collections but featuring third rate singers and threadbare production values. On first look I figured OMP Allstars "Complete Christmas Classics" to be just that sort of fly by night collection of dross, imagine my surprise when I found some of the tracks to be not just listenable but actually pretty good!

While I'll admit Complete Christmas Classics is surprisingly listenable I wouldn't go so far to say I preferred any of its versions of these holiday standards to my favorites (or that I'll even revisit it again come crimbo) but it is a perfectly acceptable collection with a mercifully few total klangers - I'm looking at you crap karaoke version of Fairytale of New York.

Fave Tracks
I'll Be Home For Christmas, Amazing Grace, Walking in the Air, Grownup Christmas List


Preview/Buy Complete Christmas Classics @

Listen @ Spotify

Christmas Songs of the Day (Bandcamp Edition)

Christmas Songs of the Day

The Christmas Donkey ("A Donkey's Christmas Carol")
by Greg Giebler



The Christmas Shop from The Late Carya Amara
by Carya Amara



How Right and Real The Christmas from On Graycroft
by R. Stevie Moore

Christmas Update for 7.17.11


Kickstarter Christmas Project of the Day
 "Santa's First Magical Ride": Christmas Questions answered Children's Book 


Ernie (Not Bert)'s Christmas in July keeps on keepin' on. Here's yesterday's selection of rare and wonderful holiday (and holiday-ish) tunes culled from unexepected, non-Christmassy, sources..

The message board reports that seven cuts from Percy Faith's long out-of-print LP, Hallelujah have been restored andremastered for a new compilation.

Enjoy 15 minutes of video from Tokyo DisneySea Special Event “Harborside Christmas” - Candlelight Reflections @ Disney International Parks

Dennis Brown 360 photography celebrates Christmas in July at Walt Disney World


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Christmas Update for 7.16.11


Zooey Deschanel discusses Elf, among other things @ Moviefone

Ty Herndon to Release Christmas Album @ Taste of Country

Lots of upcoming crimbo music news (including Jersey Boys) @ Stubby's House of Christmas

Roar Explains "Christmas Kids" @ Phoenix New Times


Christmas Kickstarter Project of the Day


Friday, July 15, 2011

Christmas Album of the Day: Jul i Folkton (2005)


Today's album is a perfect Christmas collection for the rest of the year, unless your Swedish I suppose. This wonderful collection of Swedish folk musicians performing beautiful, understated traditional songs sounds just as sweet in the middle of a sweltering July as it does during the chill of winter. And if your anything like me your knowledge of Swedish folk music and grasp of the language is probably on the light side so many of these tracks won't have an instant Christmassy identification for us, just the thing when you want but a hint of the holiday spirit the whole year through.

Jul i Folkton translates to either Christmas Folktones or Christmas in Heavy Metal, depending which service I used - trust me it's Folktones or something similar. Each year Jul i Folkton tours Sweden and they will be out touring again in Dec. 2011. For more info visit Jul i Folkton's Website

Listen to Jul i Folkton on Spotify


Visit Santas Working Overtime's Amazon Holiday Store and help support this blog

Christmas update for 7.15.11


The Christmas in July Sharextravaganza continues @ Ernie (Not Bert)

Stubby's House of Christmas covers Michael Buble's Ustream press conference and fills us in on MB's forthcomomg Holiday release.

Country Standard Time reports Canadian country artist Gord Bamford has a Christmas album in the works

Sin City Sinners - Possible Christmas Album In The Works @ Hair Metal Mansion

Check out Collector's Weekly's article on Vinyl Christmas Albums and Records

Iron Chef USA: Holiday Showdown is now available on Netflix Streaming
(This is the second, and final, episode of the first attempt to  bring the Iron Chef format to America and stars William Shatner as The Chairman)


Christmas Etsy of the Day

Noel gift tags from bellaseradesigns's Etsy shop

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kringle's Capsule Review: The Refreshments - Christmas Wishes: The Best of Rock 'n' Roll X-mas (2010)

The Refreshments - Christmas Wishes:The Best of Rock 'n' Roll X-mas (2010)

Swedish purveyors of classic retro rock and roll with a rockabily roadhouse feel get thier Christmas on with Christmas Wishes: The Best of Rock 'n' Roll X-Mas. These boys may be from the land of Ikea and Abba but they channel real American roots rock nearly as well as fellow Euro pub-rockers like Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds and Dr. Feelgood and a fair number of contemporary American artists in the genre. I was pleasantly surprised by "Christmas Wishes", it would a perfect accompaniment for a holiday road trip or yuletide house party.

Fave tracks: The Xmas Race, Rock 'n' Roll X-mas, At Christmas Time, Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me, Christmas Must Be Tonight.

Preview/Buy @

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    New Stuff: Spotify Playlists

    Over the years I've used virtually every legal online music source the internet's thrown at me and now that Spotify has officially launched here stateside I'm excited to give it a spin. I've shared links back to various services here in the past (MOG, Napster, Rdio, Yahoo, and the late lamented Lala) to mixed response but I figure the combination of a generous free listening allowance and the massive hype surrounding the launch makes it worth giving Spotify a try.

    My first Spotify Playlist covers the Christmas albums I'm reviewing this month and will be updated as new capsule reviews are published, assuming Spotify offers the album being reviewed. (I'll also be adding Spotify links to reviews and songs/albums of the day, when relevant.) Plus I'll be adding new playlists frequently as well as sharing other great playlists as I find them.

    Santas Working Overtime's July 2011 Review Playlist (Spotify)


    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Christmas Update for 7.12.11


    Aardman's "Arthur Christmas" Teaser Trailers @ Yahoo via SOCMusic

    Christmas In July 2011-Day 12 @ Ernie (not Bert)

    Free classic Christmas e-books:


    Christmas Kickstarter Project of the Day

    Brendan Sliger and James Rushin Christmas Album

    Kringle's Capsule Reviews: Winter Wonderettes

    Winter Wonderettes is the charming holidday themed sequel to Roger Bean's off broadway musical comedy The Marvelous Wonderettes. Set in the late sixties this original cast recording of Winter Wonderettes is essentially a revue of classic pop holiday standards affectionately performed by a cast of very talented vocalists including Julie Dixon Jackson , Misty Cotton, Darcie Roberts, and Bets Malone. Even without any familialty with the musical's fairly thin plotline Winter Wonderettes is an entertaining holiday diversion for fans of fifties style girl groups. The albums only real drawback is the lack of full orchestration that would have put Winter Wonderettes over the top as a holiday must have.

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    NCEM Early Music Christmas Festival by Simon Collins (Vimeo)

    NCEM Early Music Christmas Festival from Simon Collins on Vimeo.

    Christmas Song of the Day : Katie Melua - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


    Christmas Song of the Day : Katie Melua - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    Christmas Update for 7.11.11

    Christmas in July musical treats continue at Ernie (Not Bert)  Day 9, Day 10

    Relive your 1990's Christmas TV memories at Christmas TV History with Tales From the Crypt and Living Single

    Stubby's House of Christmas has an update on John Zorn's forthcoming Christmas project

    Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard's other venture Boston Spaceships new song Christmas Girl premieres (with a video contest) @ Spinner

    Christmas Etsy of the Day

    Vintage Santa Claus Merry Christmas Gift Tags @ VintageDye's Etsy shop


    Visit Santas Working Overtime's Amazon Holiday Store and help support this blog

    I Want My White Elephant Card Game!

    With less than 2 weeks to go Brian Kelley's cool "White Elephant Card Game" Kickstarter Project is still a few pledges short of being funded. Please take a couple of minutes to check out this neat version of the popular holiday gift giving game and if you think is sounds as great as I did, please consider making a pledge and getting some White Elephant goodness of your own. (I have no connection to any one involved with the project,  I'm just rooting for it to get funded so I can get mine.)

    Saturday, July 9, 2011

    Christmas Update for 7.09.11


    Christmas Etsy of the Day

    Vintage Victorian Clapsaddle Christmas Boy with Packages Postcard Scan from magisplace2's Etsy shop


    Christmas TV History remembers the 90's holiday flick "Jingle All the Way"

    New to the sidebar: Free Christmas MP3's @


    Christmas Kickstarter Project of the Day



    New Christmas Song of the Day


    Friday, July 8, 2011

    Christmas update for 7.08.11


    More Christmas in July goodies  @ Ernie (Not Bert)

    Christmas TV History continues it's look back at Christmas in the 90's

    Charles Dickens' The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain, A Fancy for Christmas-Time free audiobook @ Librivox

    The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays by Walter Ben Hare free e-book @ Project Gutenberg


    Christmas Kickstarter Project of the Day

    Wednesday, July 6, 2011

    Christmas Update for 7.06.11 (Christmas in July!)


    It's Christmas in July !

    Ernie (Not Bert) is back with his annual Christmas in July extravaganza

    Merry and Bright! shares "Merry Christmas Carols with Organ and Chimes" and "Patapan" from The Glory of Christmas

    Sleeping at Last's "Snow" & how it was made (via SOCMusic)

    Lots of new info on upcoming holiday music at Stubby's House of Christmas


    A Christmas TV Companion revisits the 90's all month long:

    The Tick |  The Adv. of Pete & Pete | South Park | Home Alone | The X-Files 


    Disneyland: December 1964 and December 1969 @ Davelandblog


    Christmas Etsy of the Day

    Christmas Gift Tags - O Holy Night - Vintage Star from seasonaldelights Etsy Shop


    Christmas Kickstarter Project of the Day

    The Hunter Davis Christmas Special

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Kickstarter Projects: Xmas on TV & A Cadaver Christmas

    "Hi, I'm Alejandro Pina, the writer and creator of the graphic novel, "Xmas On TV". This past year I found a fantastic veteran comic book artist, Ignacio Di Meglio, who agreed to collaborate with me on the book. We both believe in the marketablity of "Xmas On TV" and want to see our graphic novel published."

    "We have a finished independent feature film that is a zombie comedy titled "A Cadaver Christmas"

    Our initial $7,000 dollar budget did not take into account getting representation and or securing distribution. We have had local fundraisers to promote the movie and raise funds for festivals, now we are trying to reach that next step by securing distribution, and or possibly having to selfdistribute as our last resort."