20071116

Peace on Earth, a Charity Holiday Album


Peace on Earth, the season's first Christmas compilation (that I've seen anyway), was just released. For many of us, I'm sure the burn marks from other disappointing comps are still fresh. It's not hard to imagine a reality in which this one would join them, but thankfully I'm here to tell you that this is one of the best of its kind. Caleb Palma over at Hard to Find a Friend pulled this rabbit out of his hat, convincing an all-awesome cast of musical misfits to contribute a holiday song each, all in the name of charity. Every dime from the sales of this 13 track digital album will benefit Toys for Tots. The Long Winters, Chris Walla (of Deathcab), Rosie Thomas, American Music Club, Via Audio, Great Lake Swimmers and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin headline with solid tracks all, but surprise offerings by surprise musicians like The Winter Jazz Routine, Ohtis, Aaron Robinson, David Karsten Daniels, Johnny Bertram, and The Cotton Jones Basket Ride (Michael Nau of Page Frace) really make this compilation a winner. This album is only $7, but it's easily worth three-times that much, and it's for charity! If you like these songs, you should plop it down. It'll make a great gift and it won't disappoint. Thanks, Caleb. I don't know how you did it, but thank you.

Listen:
The Winter Jazz Routine - Through the Snow - "have you spent all day gathering fleeting things that don't last at all?" (link removed per Caleb's request, buy the album!)
The Long Winters - Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes) - "my vodka and snow is melting, the alcohol isn't helping..."
[from Peace on Earth|buy]

3 Comments:

Blogger Karione Granger said...

Ah, christmas compliations. X_X They will be the death of me, as I one day will drown in them. At least it will be a happy death!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Matt Garman said...

That Long Winters song is, in fact, not by the Long Winters. It's Harvey Danger. It's an easy mistake to make since the lead singer of Harvey Danger (Sean Nelson) was in the Long Winters once, and the lead singer of the Long Winters (John Roderick) was in Harvey Danger once as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3ogxQsMxO8

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sometimes_You_Have_to_Work_on_Christmas_(Sometimes)

Just saying.

10:50 PM  
Blogger drewcif said...

Matt! Your last two facts are extremely true and easily confusing to most people, but I do have disagree about the first. Despite Harvey Danger having recorded the same song in 2004 (sans Roderick), it was re-recorded as The Long Winters for this particular charity compilation, with John singing of course. It's a completely different arrangement of the song to boot, a fact you couldn't have been expected to know since the link has long since expired to download.

Anyway, thank you for reading and the little snippet in Long Winters history!

2:30 AM  

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