Listen to Christmas Underground’s 2021 mix with Obscure Indie Rock Christmas songs
Jim Goodwin’s This is just a modern Christmas song The mix includes Hiss Golden Messenger, self-esteem, and a few great bands you’ve probably never heard of.
Dec 22 2021
Jim Goodwin from Christmas underground blog is back with this year’s indie rock Christmas mix, titled This Year This is just a modern Christmas song. For over a decade now, Goodwin has tirelessly brewed an annual mix of indie rock Christmas songs, distributing CDs to friends and also releasing them online through Mixcloud and Christmas Underground. You’ll recognize a few of the artists (this year’s mix includes Hiss Golden Messenger, Self Esteem, and YACHT), but many artists are probably somewhat obscure, even to die-hard fans of indie music. The cover art for each mix features a parody of a unique Belle and Sebastian album, EP or cover art, all featuring Goodwin in a Santa hat. This year’s cover art (see above) was inspired by the cover art for Belle and Sebastian’s 1998 EP This is just a modern rock song. Check out the 2021 mix below.
We asked Goodwin for comment on this year’s mix and here’s what he had to say: “2021 has been a year of deflation. Many of us got vaccinated and hoped that the future would be something where we could keep our expectations up, make plans, have what we thought was a normal life. What the year has taught us is that nothing can be taken for granted. Small steps are steps, and we have to appreciate every inch of them. So this year’s mix is a reflection of a sentiment – a look back at the great songs of the past, while being centered on the present and trying to keep a good attitude in the face of uncertainty. This is just a modern Christmas song doesn’t make big claims like last year’s pandemic-centric mix. It’s a blow to normality, whatever that means.
“The mix is quite international, as is often the case. Good Christmas / Holiday music is hard to find, so you have to look everywhere to find the right things. Of the 23 songs on the album, only 10 bands / singers are from the United States. Robyn-esque’s “Lonely Christmas” from Now, Now. Of course, there are some amazing songs that came out this year, like “Hung Fire” by Hiss Golden Messenger, from his wonderful new Christmas record, Come all, faithful. Readers of Under the radar I’m probably familiar with this record already, but I can’t stress enough how excellent it is and how perfect its use of the saxophone is in this song. There was one release this year that made two appearances, as tracks FLYTY BRGR GRL and Stevie & the Scrooges both came from the fantastic new compilation from Dandy Boy Records, Treat yourself to a Dandy X-Mas. As for my current favorite song on the mix, I would highlight “Something Magical” by Icelandic alternative pop singer Daði Freyr. The song is so wonderfully simple in concept and extremely catchy, with a production Chromeo would approve of. Daði Freyr’s song had to be towards the end, because we just can’t start next year without some kind of motivation to get up and move on… at least a few steps forward.
Goodwin started Christmas Underground in 2012. “The premise of the blog was not just to talk about bands that I love, because a lot of bands that I love put out terrible Christmas songs, but to specifically try to find good songs from small groups. “Goodwin previously explained the 2018 mix to us by email.” I’m not interested in Eric Clapton’s Christmas record… the site is really aimed at large, lesser-known bands. “
Goodwin started making his Christmas mixes while working at the Record Exchange in Roanoke, Virginia, and all employees agreed to exchange Christmas mixes. Each of Goodwin’s mixes includes both current Christmas songs and those from previous years.
Christmas mix 2021: This is just a modern Christmas song List of tracks:
1. Tino Drima – I wish it was Christmas
2. The achievement of great society. Ada Grace Francis – (Won’t be home for) Christmas
3. Andy Clockwise – Pick up the call to my baby (Merry Christmas)
4. Billy Nomates – Christmas is for lovers, ghosts and kids
5. The Little Unsaid – Fine World (when you can look it in the eye)
6. Gold Baby – Looks like a cold cold winter
7. Golden Hissing Messenger – Hanging Fire
8. Boat Water – Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight)
9. Regal – Love your Christmas
10. Noël Aguilera – All I want is you
11. Cherry Ghost – Blue Christmas
12. Deep Cuts – Comatose Come Christmas
13. Marcos y Molduras – La de Navidad
14. FLTY BRGR GRL – Ex-Mas
15. Now, now – Lonely Christmas
16. Self-esteem – All I want for Christmas is a professional email
17. Brooke Annibale – Christmas, glad you’re here
18. Jeremy Warmsley – December
19. Bek Sarkoezy – New Year
20. Stevie & the Scrooges – Lonely Christmas Blues
21. Saintseneca – The Wandering Star
22. Daði Freyr – Something Magical
23. YACHT – Christmas alone