Baby It's Cold Outside...

Okay, so BlackPlastic is a bit late with this one but I may as well tell you about the Christmas / Snow themed CD I recently put together for the fantastic CD Mix Club over at the videogame forum Rllmuk (the CD club is like a CD-R secret Santa, only it happens 10 months a year).

Anyway, many individuals seem to hate Christmas music, but BlackPlastic thinks that is a little unjust. Whilst it is by no means religious BlackPlastic does enjoy the spirit of Christmas and thinks the sensory experience (i.e. the sounds and smells) make it what it is. Anyway, here is a selection of tracks that capture the sensation of being inside in the warm whilst it snows outside and in truth this is inspired almost as much by BlackPlastic's recent trip to Reykjavik as Christmas itself:

1. Gwen Stefani - Cool (Richard X Mix)
2. The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
3. Johnny Boy - You are the Generation Who Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve
4. Eels - Christmas is Going to the Dogs
5. Architecture In Helsinki - What's in Store?
6. The Go Team - The Ice Storm
7. Sigur Rós - Glósóli
8. Gemma Hayes - Helen
9. The Concretes - Warm Night
10. Aim feat. Kate Rogers - The Girl Who Fell Through the Ice
11. Jóhann Jóhannsson - Flugeldar II
12. Au Revior Simone - Through the Backyards
13. Ladytron - All the Way
14. Danny Elfman - What's This?
15. Mojave 3 - Bluebird of Happiness (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)
16. Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal)

The eagle-eyed amongst you may notice that the Danny Elfman track is taken from Tim Burton's film The Nightmare Before Christmas and the closing track is from the pleasant 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' cartoon from 1965. The soundtrack to 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' is available on emusic. It's all composed by jazz genius Vince Guaraldi and is laid back Christmas-y perfection.

A few people were given copies of this CD for Christmas but due to the notorious printer ink crisis of December 2005 I was unable to print the artwork in full colour. Click ion the image above to download it and print it out (Hint: It should be 12cm x 12cm at 300dpi just in case something goes wrong...).

Have a good New Year and feel free to suggest any fantastic Christmas music by adding a comment. You don't have to sign in, it's free and it *just* might change your life. And for the record you can't beat 'Fairy Tale in New York'.