Chanukah and Thanksgiving are in our collective rear-view mirrors (reason enough for giving thanks, as far as this ½ Jewish Grinch is concerned), but Christmas is still steamrolling towards us, and with it comes some of the most god-awful tunes ever composed, sung, and recorded. Pretty much ‘tis the season to walk around with knitting needles jammed in your ears, the better to avoid the mental anguish of hearing some of this shit thinly disguised as music, in favor of the agonizing physical pain of pointed metal sticks driven into your brain.
But even I admit there are a handful of holiday tunes that don’t send me looking for bridges over icy rivers and open windows on high floors. If you’re lucky, you’ll hit one of these bearable few as you elbow your way past exasperated and desperate shoppers who are big fuck-ups and have waited till the last coupla weeks to shop, ike you.
I’ve tried to match up each likable ditty with a neighborhood store or bar or resto where I think you’re most likely to hear it, based on my own specious and sometimes research-free perceptions.