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Christmas music press release season.

If you hate holiday music (and/or the holidays) then it is perhaps the worst time of year. But I love holiday music. Almost all of it (save for that fucking "Christmas Shoes" song... THE WORST). I even spend some December nights listening to Delilah, just to hear more holiday music. True story. No shame.

The most promising new holiday music addition I've seen so far is the new compilation Holidays Rule, featuring the Shins, Andrew Bird, Fruit Bats, Calexico, and Rufus Wainwright singing "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Sharon Van Etten. YES.

It's released via Starbucks' Hear Music, so you should be able to find a copy at the best record store in Seattle. Or you can buy online here (you can also hear samples of each song there, too).

Here's the Shins covering "Wonderful Christmastime" (originally done by Paul McCartney, and usually hated by everyone who hears it except for me... I love that song):

Full tracklist after the jump:

01 fun. – “Sleigh Ride”
02 The Shins – “Wonderful Christmas Time”
03 Rufus Wainwright With Sharon Van Etten – “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
04 Paul McCartney – “The Christmas Song Ages”
05 Black Prairie Feat. Sallie Ford – “Man With The Bag”
06 Civil Wars – “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day”
07 Calexico – “Green Grows The Holly”
08 AgesandAges – “We Need A Little Christmas”
09 Holly Golightly – “That’s What I Want For Christmas”
10 Irma Thomas With Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “May Everyday Be Christmas”
11 Heartless Bastards – “Blue Christmas”
12 Eleanor Friedberger – “Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me”
13 Fruit Bats – “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”
14 Y La Bamba – “Senor Santa”
15 The Punch Bros. – “O Come O Come, Emmanuel”
16 The Head & The Heart – “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”
17 Andrew Bird – “Auld Lang Syne”