Mariah Carey Wins Christmas and Takes a Video Victory Lap

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 video might be mis-titled. The new video accompanies the 25th anniversary reissue of her Merry Christmas, which includes the song, and the video really suggests that she believes all you want for Christmas is her. Watching it and the original video from 1994 back to back says so much about who and what Carey has become.

IDKHOW, Drew Holcomb, Peter Holsapple, Museumgoer and More Release Christmas Music After Black Friday

[Updated] The Christmas music season starts in October. That’s when major labels and artists who hope for a seasonal hit get their music to market, and history bears out that logic. People may complain about Christmas coming too soon, but there have in the past been enough fans of Christmas music to help Pentatonix, Michael Bublé, Andrea Bocelli and more go gold in two and a half months in the 2000s.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kristin Diable are Streaming into the Holidays

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band is no stranger to Christmas music. In 2012, it backed Irma Thomas on "May Ev'ry Day be Christmas" on 2012's Holidays Rule, and this year it recorded four "Spotify Singles." The Spotify-only tracks show off the band in a number of different lights including a street parade band on "Jingle Bells." They deliver a swinging version of "Winter Wonderland" with PJ Morton that doesn't show the Pres Hall fingerprints until the instrumental breaks.

Los Lobos Confront America's Immigration Policy with Their "Christmas and You" Video

One of the Christmas canon’s most enduring themes is that of distant longing. “White Christmas” virtually created the Christmas music market with the help of World War II, which gave Bing Crosby’s dreams of a nostalgic family Christmas context. This Christmas, Los Lobos tapped into that theme with “Christmas and You” on their Llego Navidad. In it, David Hidalgo sings:

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Specializes in the Wow Factor

The lighting rig that hung over the members of Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Smoothie King Center Wednesday night could serve as the New World Order Olympic rings—seven, not five, close together but not interlocking, each with an LED square inside. Three songs into the set, the rings surprised the crowd when the LED squares inside the front three lowered to bring band members including violin player Asha Mevlana to the stage.

Mars Willams Maps the Way to an Ayler Xmas

Christmas music often comes with a strong undercurrent of nostalgia as the songs evoke times that seem simpler in retrospect. That isn’t an issue for Mars Williams’ Ayler Xmas project, which steers into the heart of the tensions and uncertainties of improvised music based on pieces of adventurous Black art from the early 1960s.

My Spilt Milk Presents "The 12 Songs of Christmas"

Earlier this month, My Spilt Milk launched a new podcast, “The 12 Songs of Christmas.” My Spilt Milk founder Alex Rawls has been writing about Christmas since 2004, when he wrote a cover story on it for Gambit with interviews with people as different as American Idol contestants, Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O’Neill, filmmaker/artist John Waters, and sing

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