Tis the season to be jolly right? If you have the Christmas spirit but you are tired of the benign, cookie cutter carols that are recycled year after year than An Alternative Christmas is for you. Pairing cutting edge, up-and-coming bands with bands that are well-established, this disc has a bit of something for every music fan. The rich modern heritage of these traditional Christmas songs interpreted through an alt-rock sensibility is just what the doctor ordered to cure the holiday blues. This limited edition special issue will only be available from November 18, 2008 until January 31, 2009 and is only available as a digital download via www.alternativeaddiction.com.

Tracks that are personal favorites of mine include the ever poignant and even more timely, “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)” performed by Shinedown and Thriving Ivory’s moving rendition of “Our December.” However, the song that stands out the most is, “She’s a Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas,” performed by Patent Pending. Not only does this track provide some great tongue in cheek word plays it really rocks and you will find yourself decorating the tree and hanging the stocking while singing the chorus, “Jingle all the way to the bed sheets baby/It’s these cold winter nights that can drive a girl crazy/tis the season again and she’s been giving it all away/She’s a Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas”.

Just remember not to sing to loud if the kids are within earshot or you might have some explaining to do. Overall, this is a fun record to listen to and is sure to become a staple in your holiday music diet for years to come.  [ END ]

Track Listing:

01. Thriving Ivory – Our December
02. Safety Suit – Anywhere But Here
03. Lifehouse – Silent Night
04. Ernie Halter – Angels We Have Heard on High
05. Better Than Ezra – Merry Christmas Eve
06. Honor By August – Happy Holidays
07. NEEDTOBREATHE – Go Tell It On The Mountain
08. Honeyhoney – The Naughtiness of Me
09. Shinedown – Happy X-Mas (War is Over)
10. Ryan Star – River
11. Patent Pending – She’s a Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas
12. Kill the Alarm – Winter Wonderland
13. Schaeffer – Last Christmas
14. Negative Space – I’ll Be Home
15. Evans Blue – Oh Holy Night
16. 16 Frames – For Christmas (Alternative Addiction Exclusive)

Run Time: 50:50