Christmas Will Break Your Heart
December 24, 2015 4:56 PM   Subscribe

Christmas will crush your soul, like that laid back rock n roll ... LCD Soundsystem has given the world one small perfect song this Christmas eve (via James Murphy). You can get it on vinyl (limited run) or iTunes and probably through other sources. But not radio. Never radio. Damn it.

so, there’s been this depressing christmas song i’d been singing to myself for the past 8 years, and every year i wouldn’t remember that i wanted to make it until december, which is just too late to actually record and release a christmas song... but this year, al doyle had a short break between hot chip tours where he could be in nyc, and pat and nancy were home, and tyler agreed to fly out from berlin for a few days, so we all recorded this together, reserved a pressing plant slot, and our friend bob weston was available to master it quickly—so that means, less than 2 weeks after we recorded it, there is actually a christmas 7", which feels like something that could only have happened a very, very long time ago.
anyway, for the holidays we give you the previous, very long run-on sentence, and this song: “christmas will break your heart”, which is another one of those songs which had about 75 lines of lyrics, though we’ve knocked down to 8 to keep the suicide rate in check.
have fun!
posted by maudlin (16 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
(Sorry, vinyl's sold out.)
posted by maudlin at 5:29 PM on December 24, 2015

Perfect, thanks.
posted by frumiousb at 5:36 PM on December 24, 2015

This is very much how I'm feeling right now. Thanks.
posted by escape from the potato planet at 6:14 PM on December 24, 2015 [3 favorites]

This is just lovely. Thank you!

And Merry Christmas to my big Mefite family!
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 6:32 PM on December 24, 2015

posted by Going To Maine at 7:32 PM on December 24, 2015 [1 favorite]

See kids, your parents didn't lie to you. Santa Claus is real.
posted by Mikey-San at 8:42 PM on December 24, 2015 [2 favorites]

I am so glad to have a song pop up that's about the way this holiday tends to make me feel for once.
posted by egypturnash at 9:26 PM on December 24, 2015 [3 favorites]

Christmas I love you but you're bringing me down.
posted by kyleg at 9:36 PM on December 24, 2015 [9 favorites]

Here's the antidote, by Catherine Popper, Tommy Stinson and some other friends.

Xmas Butt

I love both glad and happy new Christmas songs. I can't take one more cover of Last Christmas, to be honest.
posted by taterpie at 10:51 PM on December 24, 2015 [3 favorites]

I hope you all stuck this on your Facebook.
Right in between all those posts of unrelenting, unending, inescapable "fun".
posted by fullerine at 10:51 PM on December 24, 2015 [1 favorite]

Thanks, I'm always looking for an antidote to the overdose of saccharine songs this time of year and there's only so many times I can listen to 'Fairytale of New York' in one day.
posted by BrotherCaine at 12:40 AM on December 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

This should probably be it's own FPP but I stumbled (via Tom Ravenscroft) on this excellent album of Christmas covers. Done by bands from the Medway noise scene. It is truly brilliant and a great antidote to the saccharine norm. Available for streaming and download from here (annoyingly auto-playing):
posted by Erberus at 1:21 AM on December 25, 2015

This is great, but I'm a bit of a fan - that is to say biased. I clicked on one of the (more than three) links to "Fairytale of New York" on thefacebook and damn but Shane was a drunken mess and that was about as actually depressing as this song is about. Each time, I wish he had someone looking out for him.
Merry Christmas all! It'll all be over soon and then it's the greatest day of the ch. (edit: ristmas season, Boxing Day!)
posted by From Bklyn at 3:50 AM on December 25, 2015

I wish he had someone looking out for him.

Look like he does.... MacGowan’s current girlfriend, Victoria Clark... 'Everest of dentistry': Shane MacGowan gets new teeth in TV special
posted by Mister Bijou at 4:17 AM on December 25, 2015 [2 favorites]

Pretty sure she's been his girlfriend for 30+ years.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 10:31 AM on December 25, 2015

--Merry Christmas!, the man threatened.

--William Gaddis, _The Recognitions_
posted by chavenet at 11:08 AM on December 25, 2015 [1 favorite]

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