Xmas in July mixtape

July 24, 2007 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst, mixtape, music, summer | 5 Comments

Every year we hear the same set of songs playing continuously between Thanksgiving Day until December 26th.  This July we decided to do something about it.

By offering a list of songs that includes entirely original Xmas tunes alongside the unique interpretations of holiday standards, we hope we’ll inspire you to explore holiday songs of all musical and religious traditions.  And while you needn’t any particular set of spiritual beliefs (or at all) to enjoy them, here’s our offering at the altar of seasonal music, hoping maybe it will prod on a new inclusion to the musical canon of the holiday season.

  1. Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas (1)
  2. The Walkmen – Christmas Party (2)
  3. Magnet – Let It Snow (3)
  4. Mike Nicolai – Christmas is for Losers (4)
  5. Snowden – Happy Christmas (War is Over) (5)
  6. Sufjan Stevens – That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! (6)
  7. Death Cab for Cutie – Christmas (Baby Please come Home) (7)
  8. The Next Door Neighbors – How to make Eggnog  (8)
  9. Tom Lehrer – Hanukkah in Santa Monica (9)
  10. Yukon and You – Marxist Christmas (10)
  11. Arcade Fire – Winter for a Year (11)
  12. James Brown – Santa Claus is Definitely Here to Stay (12
  13. Beck – Chanukah Funk (13)
  14. Steve Martin – 5 Christmas Wishes (14)
  15. Arcade Fire – Jinglebell Rock (self-hosted)
  16. DJ John – The Charlie Brown Christmas Massacre (15)
  17. JoolsMF – Havana Good Christmas (16)
  18. Darren Hanlon – Spend Christmas Day with Me (self-hosted)

Extra credit – Share your favorite holiday tunes in our last.fm group (like that John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Special we’re not supposed to share with you).  We’ll have another raffle among members our last.fm group in a week’s time to win a physical copy of our Xmas in July mixtape.  Sign up for your stocking stuffer now.



  1. Don’t forget about Quasar Wut-Wut’s “Holiday Song (12 Snowmen, 24 Snowballs)”!

  2. care to give credit where credit is due for hotlinking to the D-Cab track I posted back in December?


  3. Dear Harry,
    Notice those little number next to each track? those represent links to the original source of the tracks. in this casem i linked track number 7 to the specific blog post you made last december. seriously, try it.
    with that in mind, thank you for offering such original christmas tunes. you’ll be glad to know pretty much no one downloaded your hotlink anyway.

    that goes for everyone we hotlinked – we linked your blog entry just as well as we could

  4. While I do appreciate the link to the blog, I still don’t really appreciate the hotlink. I’m glad you liked the post, and I’m also glad that the mp3 is hosted on a free google pages account. I’d be more upset if the file was hosted on the space I pay for. Do what you will.

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