Our downloadable playlist for the holidays, with greetings from the ghost of Lou Reed.

Kitty Wells cover art

Yesterday, we posted a number of Christmas mixes; today we post our own. This time last year, we put up 90-plus minutes of Christmas music that we listened to throughout the season, and this year we have another mix that is led by the ghost of Lou Reed, who joins us in wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas.

Personal favorites in this year's collection include Christmas songs from Andre Williams, Yo La Tengo, a beautiful track from Teen Daze, and Don Vappie, who captured the vibe of the children's novelty Christmas song perfectly without sacrificing musicality. The Free Design's "Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas)" is the oddest track here, and "Old Toy Train" by Nick Lowe from his Quality Street Christmas album is the loveliest - a lullaby that seemed like the perfect way to end a Christmas collection. 

Tonight, we will lead our fourth or fifth annual Christmas Caroling Pub Crawl. We'll meet at The Kingpin (1307 Lyons St. near Prytania) at 7:30 p.m. and leave soon after. We'll take Christmas to the neighborhood and hope you'll join us. If you can sing, good; if you can't, you'll be in good company.

1. Holiday ID - Lou Reed
2. Christmas Wish - Andre Williams
3. This Christmas - the xx
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Banks Soundsystem Calypso Band
5. Black Christmas - Hot Rock Mays
6. Santa Claus Goes Modern - Yo La Tengo
7. Feliz Navidad - Boney M
8. Some Children See Him - Rufus Wainwright
9. Silent Night - Teen Daze
10. Christmas Is - Percy Faith and his Orchestra
11. Don’t Believe in Christmas - The Sonics
12. Will Santa Come to Shanty Town - Chuck Mead
13. Deck the Halls - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
14. Carol of the Bells - Marcus Roberts Trio
15. Silent Night - People Like Us

16. It’s Christmas but It’s Not White Here in Our Town - Kishi Bashi
17. Silent Night - Rotary Connection
18. Bird Machine (Jingle Bells Version) - DJ Snake
19. I Wrote to Santa - Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns
20. New Orleans Jazz Band from Santa Claus Land - Don Vappie
21. Rebel Jesus - Martha Wainwright
22. O Come All Ye Faithful - Julian Koster
23. Little Saint Nick - She & Him 
24. The Christmas Waltz - Nancy Wilson (awayTeam Remix) 
25. Let Christmas Ring - The Cool Breezers
26. Christmas Ain’t Like Christmas Anymore - Kitty Wells
27. Christmas Eve - The Galaxies
28. Cold Chillin’ Christmas - The Cold Chillin’ Crew 
29. Christmas Time is Here - Ivy
30. Dancin’ with Santa - The Trashmen
31. Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas) - The Free Design
32. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus - George Jones & Tammy Wynette
33. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The Crystals
34. Winter Wonderland - The Polyphonic Spree
35. Christmas (Please Come Home) - Death Cab for Cutie
36. Little Toy Train - Nick Lowe