It's no secret that we love free music here at If It's Too Loud..., and we tend to post far too much Christmas music on here. These two aspects collided this week with the release of A Very Allston Christmas Vol. 5. It's an annual benefit compilation (so even though it's free, you should really throw in something) that is raising proceeds for Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Rosie's Place and features fifty one tracks of local artists playing Christmas songs!
You get some that are already our favorites. Gray Bouchard & The Dedications bring their huge garage pop sound to "All That I Want." Clever Girls bring us the delicate "Christmas Will Break Your Heart." PowerSlut deliver the shockingly earnest "Everything's Closed on Christmas (Except My Legs)." Allison and Moon's "Christmas Queer" is the kind of upbeat, bouncy nearly emo song we love them for, but for Christmas! Squirrel Flower does a song called "I'm Santa" which is a retelling of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in her unique, kinda haunting style. Zip-Tie Handcuffs give is a harder rocker about the fact that "Santa's a Creep."
Plus, we're discovering new favorites, such as the album opener Lilith with "... Santa One More Time" which is a reworking of Britney Spears's "... Baby One More Time." Beeef & GIFT contribute the absurdly fun "I Wish it Was Christmas Today." If there's any downfall with A Very Allston Christmas Vol. 5 is just how huge it is. With fifty one songs, it's impossible to pay each song the attention it deserves.
You can listen to PowerSlut's "Everything's Closed on Christmas (Except My Legs)" since how can you not need to hear that one? You can get your copy of A Very Allston Christmas Vol. 5 over at Bandcamp.