Thursday, September 8, 2011

Christmas Comes Early...

Oct. 25, to be exact. Today, Merge Records announced the details of 'A Very She & Him Christmas,' including the pre-Halloween release date. Here's what we know so far: The records is "inspired by seminal holiday albums by the likes of The Carpenters, Vince Guaraldi, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and more." We shouldn't expect a "wall of sound" like on She & Him's earlier work. In fact, some of the songs are just acoustic guitar and voice. I have to admit, I think the sound of their first two albums would be perfect for a holiday record, but I'm open to the new approach, too. You can already preorder here.

As you'll see from the tracklist below, the duo covers the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick." That reminded me of a beautiful stripped-down take of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel did live at the LA Times Wine Festival. Like on their last album, "Volume 2," it looks like they have decided to cover NRBQ again, too. It's too early to get in the holiday mood, but I hope these two songs get you ready to buy 'A Very She & Him Christmas.' Scroll to the bottom for a few fun video nuggets on the subject as well.

She & Him - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live) (mp3)
NRBQ - Christmas Wish (mp3)

'A Very She & Him Christmas' Tracklist
1. The Christmas Waltz
2. Christmas Day
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
5. Christmas Wish
6. Sleigh Ride
7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
8. Silver Bells
9. Baby, It's Cold Outside
10. Blue Christmas
11. Little Saint Nick
12. The Christmas Song

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