We usually hold free releases for Fridays, but in some cases we just can't wait until the end of the week. Back in 2021 Deer Tick recorded a Christmas livestream covers EP, and they've just released it on Bandcamp for the name your price option. Hit Kringles is comprised of three cover songs: Darlene Love's "All Alone on Christmas" from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," and Felice Brothers' "Country Ham." This might be the most fun Christmas release of 2023, as Deer Tick take the songs seriously but are having more fun than you thought possible on all of them. And isn't that what we really want from our holiday music?
John McCauley says of "All Alone on Christmas":
“I love Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. The soundtrack is killer. 'Cool Jerk'et cetera. This is a song from the soundtrack written by Steven Van Zandt and expertly sung by Darlene Love. Hope nobody minds that Ye Olde Deer Tick took a swing at it. Pay what you want, it’s the season of giving. Here’s to another Christmas in the trenches.”
You can listen to Deer Tick's version of "All Alone on Christmas" below. Hit Kringles is available now for the name your price option on Bandcamp. For more on Deer Tick, check out the band's website.