listen: christmas X kishi bashi


How is it December 4th and I haven’t posted any Christmas music?  Probably because everything I’ve heard from Sufjan Steven’s Christmas box set is a little too weird to be festive.  I don’t know about y’all, but my mother isn’t going to stomach the lyrics “I am Santa’s helper / You are Santa’s slave” over Christmas dinner.

But she might tolerate the new one from Kishi Bashi, “It’s Christmas, But It’s Not White Here In Our Town.”  The song is being released on a 7″ snowflake-shaped flexidisc from Joyful Noise, who released my other favorite flexi of the year from Deerhoof. The discs are handnumbered and limited to 1,000, so go grab yours now.

Need another reason? All proceeds from the name-you-own-price release go to Ear Candy Music Charity, which supplies underfunded music education programs with refurbished musical instruments.  Yes please.

About the song, Kishi Bashi tells NPR:

I always love the winter holidays and the joyful spirit that it brings to what I always considered to be the worst season of the year. Classic Christmas songs like those sung by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra almost seem magical to me when I hear them. How could you get through a brutal winter without songs like these? I wrote this one for a good friend and Kickstarter backer down in Florida who I thought might miss the snowy Christmases we used to enjoy when we lived in Brooklyn together.”

Watch for: the spinning flexidisc and see how long it takes until you’re hypnotized.

  1. I got hypnotized just by hearing the crackle of the vinyl, then I heard the music…

    • if you wanna get real nostalgic, it’s almost like the crackling of a holiday fire.


  2. I pretty much reserve December just for Sufjan Stevens—the new boxed set is definitely weird, but it has its moments. I’m a huge fan of the old boxed set, though.

    • I’m a Sufjan Stevens fan in general, but I like my Christmas music a bit more classic.

      • Agreed. Not too cheesey though, I’m not really one for Cliff Richard!


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