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.

Venus and the Moon Scale Down John and Yoko

“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 Christmas songs. John Lennon’s name and voice help, as does Phil Spector’s wall-of-voices production, but its parenthetical assertion and lack of Christian piety—“Xmas” not “Christmas”—separate it from the songs written by the previous generation’s finest songwriters. It’s not sentimental, and it’s not hearkening back to some fondly remembered yesteryear.