It’s that time of year when the festive songs start seeping into the limelight (Sufjan Stevens getting a head start, of course). And what better to tantalize you more than a compilation of festive songs full of a good few favourite artists. Holidays Rule gathers together tracks from The Shins, Paul McCartney, Andrew Bird, The Head & The Heart, Calexico, Eleanor Friedberger, Fruit Bats, and fun. (if you’re into that kind of thing). The compilation was produced by Chris Funk of The Decemberists and will be out in plenty of time for the season it’s celebrating: October 30th, on Hear Music/Concord Records. Check out a duet between Sharon Van Etten and Rufus Wainwright, performing an almost sultry, yet chilly version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” below, along with the full tracklisting and some snippets of everything on offer.
01. fun.: “Sleigh Ride”
02. The Shins: “Wonderful Christmastime”
03. Rufus Wainwright with Sharon Van Etten: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
04. Paul McCartney: “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”
05. Black Prairie: “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man With the Bag” [ft. Sallie Ford]
06. The Civil Wars: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
07. Calexico: “Green Grows the Holly”
08. AgesandAges: “We Need a Little Christmas”
09. Holly Golightly: “That’s What I Want For Christmas”
10. Irma Thomas with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band: “May Everyday Be Christmas”
11. Heartless Bastards: “Blue Christmas”
12. Eleanor Friedberger: “Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me”
13. Fruit Bats: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
14. Y La Bamba: “Señor Santa”
15. The Punch Brothers: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
16. The Head & the Heart: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”
17. Andrew Bird: “Auld Lang Syne”
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