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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Target Christmas Album: Best Coast/Wavves, Blackalicious, Jason Schwartzman et al. Hock Holiday Cheer

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 2:53 PM

click to enlarge Don't they know it's Christmas? Seriously. Are they aware?
  • Don't they know it's Christmas? Seriously. Are they aware?

Now that it's December, the merchants of the world have declared open season on premature holiday festivities, turning life into the cultural equivalent of that house on your block that puts up Halloween decorations in August.

Target (pronounced "Target," you assholes) has joined the fray with The Christmas Gig, a 13-song compilation of unidenominational holiday tunes courtesy of both hipster faves and, like, what you might expect from the (cough) target demographic.

The flagship ditty (above) is "Got Something For You" by Best Coast and Wavves -- far from the only song about doing a really good job of hiding Christmas presents (on this album and elsewhere) -- which, in respectably lazy form, ends with an iPhone alarm-clock simulation of tolling bells.

But you shouldn't neglect other tracks, including a Blackalicious song about the unbearable suspense of waiting to open your gifts, winsomely snowy numbers from Natalie Hemby and Jenny O., a festively unhinged rant from Crystal Antlers, and an awesomely Weezered-out tribute to "Súper Mamá" from Barcelona's Pinker Tones.

And then there's the thoroughly bizarre pair of Littles tracks, which ought to at least provide some conversation fodder while you're packing away the eggnog: Little Isidore's lounge-reptilian "Party Hard" and Little Jackie's domestic-drudgery anthem "Mrs. Claus Ain't Got Nothing On Me."

All this and more is yours for free here! Note that none of these songs are applicable for Hanukkah, which begins tonight.

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