Here at Hamsterdam we are open to inviting to all cultures and their respective holidays, but only if those holidays give us awesome music to listen to every December. Not sure about you but there are no Diwali records in my itunes, thus, Christmas music is the best. So today Ripatranzone and I will celebrate the birth of the drummer boy Jesus with two excellent Christmas albums you should rock this week.
Keegs: How The Grinch Stole Christmas OST (1966). Good luck listening to this and then whistling anything other than “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” This soundtrack is really only three songs — along with the aforementioned masterpiece, there’s also “Trim up the Tree” and “Welcome Christmas” — padded out with clips from the original cartoon and various reprises. So it’s a quick, exhilarating kind of record to listen to, sort of like a Circle Jerks LP or something (Charlie Brown’s Tedious Christmas could be The Wall, to continue the already-stretched analogy).