This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 1
by Various Artists
Released: Nov 2008
Label: Brushfire Records, Inc.
Sure to be the Christmas comp for 2008, this Jack Johnson-led collection features like-minded artists on his Brushfire label and introduces the roster's latest addition (and its first female artist) Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi. The set tends toward simple acoustic renditions of holiday chestnuts, but the highlights come in the surprises, like Rogue Wave's lo-fi version of the Who's "Christmas" from Tommy and a dispirited Neil Halstead cover of Fountains of Wayne's "The Man in the Santa Suit."