Thursday December 18th 2008, 2:43 pm
Fine Tuning: I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas
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I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas is a compilation album for indie music lovers who feel ambivalent about Christmas. You won’t find songs about snow flakes or cozy hearths on this digital-only release, which features a track about a holiday breakup as well as one entitled “It’s Christmas and Everything’s Wrong.” What you will find is a thoughtful mix of anxious lullabies. Bosque Brown’s rendition of “Silent Night” evokes child-like isolation while Au Revoir Simone’s version of “Christmastime is Here,” provides a delightful, slightly creepy escape from a fraught family Christmas.  Blitzen Trapper’s “Christmas is Coming Soon” is a standout track about nostalgia, at once wistful and optimistic.

Hats off to Force Field PR chief Daniel Gill for choosing a group of artists who sound diverse, yet surprisingly unified on this compilation. The overall fantastical tone will definitely help you escape any family drama that you may be headed toward this holiday season. All of the proceeds from the album are also going to Amnesty International. So do something good for yourself and others this Christmas and check out this album. – Megan Blanchard

1. Au Revoir Simone – Christmastime is Here
2. Le Loup – Shenandoah
3. Figurine – The Holidays Behind Us
4. Sally Shapiro – Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix)
5. Arthur & Yu – My White Elephant
6. My Brightest Diamond – Nature Boy
7. Parenthetical Girls – Festive Friends (Forever)
8. No Kids – Another Winter In a Summer Town
9. Radar Bros. – Baby Jesus
10. Blitzen Trapper – Christmas Is Coming Soon
11. Man of Arms – It’s Christmastime and Everything’s Wrong
12. Au – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
13. The Papercuts – Go Tell It On The Mountain
14. Bosque Brown – Silent Night
15. Turk Dietrich of Belong – Blue Christmas

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