Today's free download from HMVDigital is Julian Casablancas' "Christmas Treat" (actually, I believe the song is called "I Wish it was Christmas Today", as that's what the cover art says, as well as what he sings in the chorus). This one caught me totally off guard as it's an artist that I've never heard of before, but the song totally rocks! It has a bit of a new wave or power pop feel to it and is unbelievably catchy. I think this may be my favourite of all of the songs released by HMVDigital so far.
Further investigation (okay, I clicked on the artist's name on the download page) reveals that Casablancas is the lead singer/songwriter for The Strokes, a band that I am obviously not familiar with if I didn't even recognize his name. If you're a fan of The Strokes, I'm sure you will love this song; even if you're not a fan of them, you may still love this song. There's really only one way to find out, and (today, at least) it won't cost you a thing. Happy listening!
Today's free song from HMVDigital is Barking Classics' "12 Days of Christmas".
At least it's free. Honestly, that's about all I have to say about this one. I might play this for my kids later and see if it gets a laugh out of them, though. I also might try to recreate it in Mario Paint if I can convince my Super Nintendo to work for a little while. Happy listening!
Today's free download from HMVDigital is Twisted Sister's version of "O Come All Ye Faithful" from A Twisted Christmas, which was released in 2006. If the arrangement sounds a little familiar, it's because you've probably heard it before as "We're Not Gonna Take It", which itself was inspired by this very song. It's not an exact match, but it's very close. Listen to the harmonized guitar solos to hear just how close - one of them plays the traditional melody, and the other one is the same as the solo in "We're Not Gonna Take It". It's a very playful arrangement, and it sounds like the band must have had a ton of fun creating it; it's certainly a lot of fun to listen to. Happy listening!
One of the things that I love most about free Christmas music is that it gets me listening to artists that I would otherwise not even bother with. Case in point: Mariah Carey, whose "The First Noel/Born Is The King Interlude" (from her recently released, and cleverly titled, Merry Christmas II You) is today's free download from HMVDigital. It's not my favourite version of "The First Noel", but it's still quite nice, and I really like the brief interlude section that's tagged on to the end of the song.
Any guesses as to what else will be coming our way from HMV this month? I'd love to see Lady Gaga's "Christmas Tree" given away, since there was such a huge deal made about it last year when Amazon gave it away for free; other than that, though, I'm just sitting back and enjoying this unexpected windfall of Christmas music. Happy listening!