The Four Weeks of Christmas Playlists, Vol. 1 – Alternative Rock

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Sufjan Stevens (American-Statesman file photo)
Sufjan Stevens (American-Statesman file photo)

Sufjan Stevens (American-Statesman file photo)

Favorite Christmas song: GO.

Instead of trying narrow down the vast catalog of recorded holiday music into one super-playlist, or instead of only devoting one playlist to Christmas music in a month that’s tailor-made for it, we’ve got the ultimate gift. Each week in December, we’ll wrap up a new Christmas music playlist in a different genre. This week: alternative and indie.

For the mid-century standards, Fiona Apple puts a morose spin on “Frosty the Snowman,” Aimee Mann makes “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” a stripped-down heartbreaker, and Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten sing the “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” you’ve always sugarplum-dreamed of. For the old chestnuts, there’s plenty of new life, like a haunting “Silent Night” by Sinead O’Connor,  a jaunty and folky “Auld Lang Syne” from Andrew Bird and a very Weezer-y Weezer cover of “O Come All Ye Faithful.” And if you’re looking for a rush of fresh-but-cold air, look now further than new classics from artists like Sufjan Stevens, Oasis and !!!.

Listen to volume one of the Four Weeks of Christmas, now on Spotify.

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