The Mountain Goats--a.k.a. John Darnielle and band--visited the round room earlier this year for one of the more memorable Undercover sessions yet, covering Jawbreaker's sneering classic "Boxcar." When we found out that John was returning to Chicago for a charity gig at Second City, we figured he would be perfect for a little holiday chestnut. He chose the classic "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," delivered directly to you, the viewer. (And to some A.V. Clubbers as well.) Wye Oak was in town the same day--they're pals--and Darnielle had the funny idea of singing the song directly to Jenn Wasner. Scheduling didn't work, so we put together a silly second version of this video, especially for you. Check it out here. And that's it for Holiday Undercover 2011! See you next year, people.
Cheap Girls cover Counting Crows' "A Long December"
Wild Beasts cover Madonna's "Frozen"
Shonen Knife covers "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"
Drive-By Truckers cover Greg Lake
Ashley Monroe covers Joni Mitchell
Laura Stevenson covers Elliott Smith
Craig Finn and Esmé Patterson cover Low
Into It. Over It. covers “Assassination On X-Mas Eve”
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen cover Spinal Tap’s “Christmas With The Devil”
Gruff Rhys covers “If I Had The World To Give”
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets cover “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday”
The World Is… covers “What Child Is This?”