When bands record Christmas songs it can often come off cheesy and half-hearted. With The Sea Wolf Mutiny’s version of “Jesus Christ The Apple Tree” they not only chose a Christmas song that sometimes gets lost and deserves more attention in the Advent season, but they did a masterful job recreating it. Throw it on your holiday mixtape and enjoy the jubilance Bobby and Danny convey.
Don’t mean to spoil my list, but the new Father John Misty album Fear Fun is my #1 album of the year. It came out of nowhere to me. Watched them on Kimmel about a month ago and then listened to the album non stop from then on. The video for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”, the first single from the album, does a good job capturing the Cal valley psychedelic scene. Even though I’m a fan of Richard Buckner, Damien Jurado, and Fleet Foxes, I somehow missed the J. Tillman boat. It’s great to finally be on it.