Rachael Dadd Spark Illuminate / The Holly And The Ivy British folk singer Rachael Dadd takes the holly and ivy as the central theme of her Christmas single, released as part of the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club, and pressed on snow white vinyl. In pre-Christian times, the holly and the ivy were symbols of the male and female sex. When christianity arrived, the holly and ivy were given new meaning, the holly symbolizing Jesus and the ivy Mary. The holly and ivy, that keep their colours in the winter, became a Christmas decoration, and are the reason why green and red are seen as the colours of Christmas. Rachael covers the 19th Century English carol ‘The Holly And The Ivy’ on the B-side of her single and uses that carol as an inspiration for her original on the A-side, the poetic ‘Spark Illuminate’. With just her beautiful voice and a prepared piano (a piano that has its sounds altered by placing objects on or between the strings), Rachael creates an atmopshere of stillness and intimacy, to warm your heart during those cold days of Christmas. Rachael Dadd is a contemporary folk singer and multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol, England and on the Japanese islandof Mukaishima. She is married to Japanese experimental musician ICHI, with whom she also regularly performs, live and on record. Rachael debuted in 2004 with the album ‘Summer/Autumn Recordings’. The album was followed by a string of releases on labels like Broken Sound, Talitres, and Japanese labels Angel’s Egg and Sweetdreams Press. Over the years, Rachael has played festivals like Glastonbury, End of The Road, Green Man, Wilderness and No Direction Home and toured the UK, Europe and Japan several times, alone or with acts like This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Alessi’s Ark. Besides as a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Dadd, who is a graduate from art school, is also a practicing and exhibiting artist. SNOWFLAKES CHRISTMAS SINGLES 7"
Oh! Gunquit High On Xmas / Dont Believe In Christmas Recorded on the hottest day of an extremely hot London Summer, Oh! Gunquit deliver two Christmas party anthems on this 45, blending surf guitars, rumble drums and a wailing sax with lyrics about, well, what else than partying at Christmas – a bottle of wine, some good music and nice company is enough to get 'High On Xmas'. On the flipside, the fivesome breathe new life into The Sonics' garage rock classic 'Don't Believe In Christmas' – out goes the organ, in come guitar, sax and trumpet, with singer Tina's cool vocals finishing it off. The single is part of the Snowflakes Christmas Singles Club, edition 2018, and comes on snow white vinyl. Oh! Gunquit came together when vocalist/trumpetist Tina and guitarist/vocalist Simon became neighbours and frequented the same sweaty cellar dance nights around town. The two formed the band with the idea to create a vibrant blend of new-wave vicious psych-surf, garage-punk, exotica & rock ‘n roll. The unusual name of the band was inspired by Maine harbour town Ogunquit (which means 'beautiful place by the sea' in the indigenous Abenaki language), known for its late 19th Century artists colony, and by the idea of all guns quitting. Based inLondon, Oh! Gunquit, known for their high energy and spectacular live shows, is as cosmopolitan as their city is, with members from Italy, USA, Colombia, Spain and the UK. SNOWFLAKES CHRISTMAS SINGLES 7"
Rodney Crowell Christmas Everywhere Rodney Crowell releases his first ever Christmas album, Christmas Everywhere, via New West Records. The 12-song set of all original songs was produced by Dan Knobler and features guest appearances from Vince Gill, Lera Lynn, the poet Mary Karr, Brennen Leigh, and more. Christmas Everywhere exhibits a unique and masterful approach to the traditional Christmas album from the legendary songwriter. While many selections exhibit the joy of the season, the collection also explores crass commercialization and loneliness exacerbated by the holidays, as well as songs co-written with his daughters and granddaughters. New West Records CD | LP
So, This Is Christmas Various Artists When the needle first drops on the record in late November right up to when the needles drop from the tree in early January, festive tunes are as much part of the Christmas season as mince pies and mistletoe. This special vinyl collection brings together some much loved, perennial classics such as John and Yoko's towering ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ and Bing Crosby's ‘White Christmas’, with newer anthems-in-waiting such as Tom Chaplin's ‘Under A Million Lights’ and, making its vinyl debut, ‘A Christmas We Deserve’ by ABC. It all ends with ABBA wishing us a ‘Happy New Year’ and Sparks saying ‘Thank God It's Not Christmas’. So This Is Christmas covers the entire festive season, and beyond! UMC LP
Eric Clapton Happy Xmas Eric Clapton has announced his first ever full-length studio holiday album, Happy Xmas, set for release on October 12th on Clapton’s Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records. Happy Xmas is Clapton’s 24th studio album and his first since 2016’s “I Still Do.” It mixes instantly recognisable holiday classics with lesser-known unique titles along with an original new song “For Love On Christmas Day.” The album also features cover art illustration by Clapton himself. I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” said Clapton, who co-produced Happy Xmas with longtime music producer Simon Climie. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.” 2LP is a 2 x 12" 180g (heavy weight) black vinyl in outer gatefold sleeve with download code POLYDOR CD | LP
Motley Crue Jumper: Holiday Officially licensed Motley Crue special holiday Red cotton Sweatshirt featuring a Holiday design motif.
stevie wonder Someday At Christmas USM are proud to announce the release of Stevie Wonder – Someday At Christmas. Originally released in 1967, it was Wonder's eighth studio album and features the title single "Someday At Christmas". UMC LP
jackson 5 Christmas Album USM are proud to announce the release of Jackson 5 - Christmas Album, the only festive album from the Jackson family. Includes the hit single version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". UMC LP