A 2015 Christmas music playlist
The Christmas album of 2015 that'll be a real keeper for seasons to come is undoubtedly Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' It's a Holiday Soul Party, which has retro soul fun with the double entendre "Big Bulbs" and a worthy James Brown riff in "Ain't No Chimneys In The Ghetto," as well as a Jewish holiday standard to be in "8 Days Of Hannukah."
There are some other worthies out there, too, like Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra's Big Band Holidays, and the dBs & Friends expanded jangle-pop compilation Christmas Time Again! And the Amazon-only comp Indie For The Holidays which is free to all Prime subscribers, makes up for too much singer-songwriter low key festiveness, with compelling Christmas tinsel from Bhi Bhiman, Yacht and Sondra Lerche, among others.
Those are alll represented in my annual Christmas music round-up, which is in your Sunday Inquirer Live Life Love Arts & Entertainment section and right here. The annotated playlist of 2015 Xmas tunes runs from Phoenix with Bill Murray to Fetty Wap to a New Year's song from Guided by Voices' Robert Pollard.
The streaming Spotify playlist you find below mostly corresponds to the list in the paper, but a handful of those songs are not available on the streaming service, so I've subbed in some extras, from Jessie J's take on the old Kay Starr hit "Man With The Bag" to jazz singer Jane Monheit's "My Favorite Things" with David Benoit Trio to a demented Robyn Hitchcock's monologue called "The Day Before Boxing Day," among others.
A cover of Pogues and Kirsty MacColl classic "Fairytale of New York" from the Netflix A Very Murray Christmas special featuring Jenny Lewis and Buster Poindexter is also included for your viewing pleasure.