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On Thursday, Mariah Carey released the “Make My Dreams Come True” version of the video for “All I Want for Christmas is You,” and the vi

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The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is no stranger to Christmas music.

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How do you follow up a million-selling single and a platinum album?

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One of the Christmas canon’s most enduring themes is that of distant longing.

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On the first Wednesday after Labor Day, we launched season two of 12 S

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Last year, Sia and Gwen Stefani released Christmas albums, and in a naked nod to the commercial nature of the Christmas album concept, t

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Christmas music often comes with a strong undercurrent of nostalgia as the songs evoke times that seem simpler in retrospect.

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Earlier this month, My Spilt Milk launched a new podcast, “The 12

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Three days before Christmas 2016, Jeremih and Chance the Rapper dropped Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama—a mixtape that had all the hall

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“Love’s Not Just for Christmas” isn’t only a good song.

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The number of suicides don’t go up during the Christmas season.

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[Updated] According to singer Judith Owen, Christmas has two sides—“Bloody awful and wonderful,” and both are represent

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Don't sleep on Spotify's Holiday Singles, Black Santa's Mixtape, Kaskade's late night Christmas, Bloodshot's irreverent holiday favorites-to-be, and new Christmas releases from Lindsey Stirling, Tav Falco and Sultans of String.

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Sia wins this year's Christmas music derby, while Gwen Stefani is slowed by Blake Shelton. Plus new Christmas music from Hanson, Paul McCartney, Grace Potter and more.

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A free, downloadable mixtape of Christmas music spanning the musical spectrum from wartime domestic pop to R&B to K-Pop to house.

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Scott McCaughey’s songs for The Minus 5 rarely line up exactly.

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[Update] Those who know Tav Falco know for either Panther Burns’ blind-man-with

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The Christmas music business doesn’t wait for Halloween, much less Thanksgiving.

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“Happy Xmas (War is Over)” has traditionally been one of the few holiday songs that gets love from people who otherwise have no use for

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(Last week, I briefly interviewed a number of New Orleans artists including George Porter Jr., Boyfriend, and K.C.

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The voice of Christmas in England is Noddy Holder’s rascally rasp as much as it’s that of Bing or Peggy Lee.

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Last week, we considered the place Christmas recordings occupy in the careers of artists, looking at

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“Let’s get everyone super-fucking-Christmas-y,” Chris Hardwick said to start in interview with Zoe Deschanel and M.

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Historically, Christmas records served as a vacation from the artist’s career.

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[Today’s story on local artists making Christmas music i

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Not only is New Orleans unlikely to see a white Christmas this year, but it's doubtful we'll see a cold one either.

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Pummelling Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" has become a holiday tradition, and 

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Saturday afternoon, I DJ'ed an afternoon of Christmas music at St.

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For years, I've collected Christmas music and thought about writing a book about it.

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Saturday night, NOLA Polar Express returns to The Publiq House to celebrate the season th

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The first sub-60s temperatures in months have New Orleanians reaching for sweaters and thinking of cool weather to come.

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It’s Christmas Eve and we’ve talked about Christmas music as much as we’re going to this year.

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This year, the Panorama Jazz Band began recording and releasing a song online, free to t

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Musically, Irvin Mayfield often leaves no doubt of his talent, but

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All popular Christmas music is novelty music.

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Christmas records can often show all the imagination of gift cards in stockings, but on

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[Updated] Nicholas Krgovich enjoys identity games.

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Johnny Mathis recorded Christmas music during its heyday, before the British Invasion ch

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[Updated] When asked for Christmas music recommendations, my go-to album is Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns’

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It has long been my contention that most people who dislike Christmas music do so because they've had the same songs be the soundtrack to their hol

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What are some of the things you have to think about when making Christmas music?

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Saturday night, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave.

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Some people grow up with an antipathy for Christmas music. Not Elizabeth Mitchell.

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Earlier this Christmas season, someone posted belligerently on Facebook that it's "Christmas," not "Xmas," that the holiday is celebrating the birt

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When former BR-549 singer Chuck Mead recently passed through town, we talked about classic country and his new

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Christmas music has had an age problem.

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For Judith Owen, Christmas music is a full-contact sport.

"People don't realize how intimate an action singing together is," Lucas Davenport says.

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This week's musical highlights include Christmas shows with DJ Soul Sister, Kermit Ruffins, Curren$y an St. Cecilia's Asylum Chorus.

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When asked about Christmas music, blues singer Olga is quick to enthuse about

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This Week's Spotify Soundtrack touches on the season, explores Latin jazz, and previews shows by The Eastern Sea, Roseanne Cash, Soul Sister's Christmas Jam and more.

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The Eastern Sea's Matt Hines was annoyed when he entered a Walmart before Thanksgiving and heard Christmas mu

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A look at the week ahead with music by Anders Osborne, Chis Smither, DJ Shadow, Susan Cowsill and more, as well as the free screening of "Wheadle's Groove" and the 4th annual Caroling Pub Crawl.

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[NSFW] On Friday, The Howlin' Wolf hosts the

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The Polyphonic Spree seems like a natural for Christmas music, but so far we've had to

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Kishi Bashi played New Orleans twice this year, once opening for Of Montreal at the Howlin

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Yesterday, I explained away much of the hostility some have for Christmas music in 10 paragraphs or less (th

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Christmas music - like or don't like?

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We here at Spilt Milk World HQ respect the holidays and don't believe in starting one until the other is officially in the rearview mirror.