The Swimmers Plunge Into The Egg Nog
The efforts of Clear Channel’s programmers have probably helped you already get sick of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and that damned Don Henley holiday track, but there are quite a few seasonally appropriate songs worthy of your time out there. To help cut through the Christmas clutter we’ve asked Jon Solomon, whose 20th annual 24-Hour Holiday Radio Show on WPRB kicks off at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, to offer up some seasonal cheer in MP3 form. (He also hopes that by supplying these songs, his myriad commenter-password reset e-mails will finally go answered.) Up first, we have a little bit of holiday jangle from Philadelphia popsters The Swimmers:
There are three types of Christmas songs I prefer: Horrible historical artifacts that must be shared with an unsuspecting public; takes on traditional source material done in a unique way by unexpected artists; and good songs that just happen to have a holiday theme. This track by Philadelphia’s The Swimmers falls squarely in the last of these categories. It captures the band’s jangle nicely (their debut full-length, Fighting Trees, will be released nationally on Mad Dragon Records next year, and it’s streaming in full on their Web site) while also evoking the sentiments of the season.