Gentlemen Hall's Holiday Shopping Mix
Indie rock band Gentlemen Hall has expertly compiled a Christmas playlist, full of hipster goodies, just for us. Sufjan Stevens is an obvious inclusion, his "Joy! Joy! Joy!" sitting comfortably alongside holiday tunes from the ever-sardonic LCD Soundsystem ("Oh You [Christmas Blues]"), the trippy Flaming Lips ("Christmas at the Zoo," where Wayne Coyne frees all the animals so they can celebrate too) and Eels (the super-catchy "Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas").
About their mix: "Holiday shopping is great, but the pine-scented candles and Mariah Carey Xmas albums blaring over the speakers at your local Kohl's gets old pretty fast. So queue up this playlist, throw in your earbuds and knock all your holiday shopping out before the songs are done. Move quickly enough and you might even avoid picking up the store's stink of Gumdrop Mountains and Peppermint Forest for the rest of the day."