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New Music: Fruit Bats – “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (CoS Premiere)

on November 08, 2012, 9:00am

 New Music: Fruit Bats   Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (CoS Premiere)

This month, Starbucks’ music label Hear Music and Concord releases Holidays Rule, a new compilation featuring 17 new takes on classic Christmas tunes by contemporary favorites. Chicago’s own Fruit Bats contributed a cover of the 1951 class “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”. The band add their own folksy edge with twangy guitars echoing on behind a mandolin twinkling like lights on a tree. Eric D. Johnson doesn’t try to go all Bing Crosby on the vocals, which works out well as his gentle delivery is just as warming. Grab some of that holiday spirit down below.

Along with Fruit Bats, the compilation features Paul McCartney (“The Christmas Song”), Sharon Van Etten and Rufus Wainwright (“It’s Cold Outside”), Andrew Bird, Calexico, and more. Check out the tracklist.

Buy Holiday’s Rule: Amazon

Holidays Rule Tracklist:
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 Bamb -  “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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