Brian’s Mixtape | A very indie Christmas

Christmas owl

Photo by Kristina Servant

Dear readers,

I write to you in the most difficult of circumstances. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a whole lot of people. Not for owls. At Christmas owls are ridiculed, patronised and treated like adorable ornaments, rather than with the respect our noble characters deserve. But despite all this, I can’t help but remain undeniably perky throughout the whole Christmas period. My usually dark and stormy countenance could cheer even a turkey who’s realised his festive fate, and the emotional turmoil would be difficult to handle if I weren’t in such a bloody good mood.

To rouse you all into a similar level of festive cheer, I invite you all to pick up a mulled wine or an eggnog latte, pull up a rug, and snuggle into my Christmas playlist. The entries are of a quality that will allow even the biggest Scrooge to ease into the spirit of the season.

Yours in unforeseen celebration,


PS. If you enjoy music of the Christmas sort you will definitely enjoy our compilation, For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2012.

Listen to Brian’s Yuletide playlist

Slow Club – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler – (Don’t Call Me) Mrs. Christmas
The Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
Smith & Burrows – Only You
She & Him – Silver Bells
Frightened Rabbit – It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop
Low – Just Like Christmas
Sufjan Stevens – Joy To The World
Slow Club – Christmas TV
Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping
Camera Obscura – The Blizzard
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone – Cold White Christmas
Rufus Wainwright – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Tracey Thorn – Tinsel and Lights
Pink Martini – Do You Hear What I Hear ?
Allo Darlin’ – Space Christmas
James Yuill – Winter Wonderland
Belle & Sebastian – O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas
Cyndi Lauper – A Christmas Duel
The Loves – December Boy
Harry Nilsson – Remember (Christmas)
Andrew Bird – Auld Lang Syne
Greg Lake – I Believe In Father Christmas