Indie-rock fans might recognize Julian Koster's name from Neutral Milk Hotel's classic In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, to which he contributed banjo and singing saw. Koster also leads The Music Tapes, a fantastic collective that records clattering, sometimes kooky music for Merge Records. The Music Tapes also travel around all winter playing shows at people's houses--singing carols, leading games, etc. It was during the most recent leg of that tour that they stopped by The A.V. Club to play us "Let It Snow" with singing saws, and then bust into "Zat You, Santa Claus," a song made famous by Louis Armstrong. The Lullabye Tour continues through mid-January, after which Koster will spearhead the Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour. Read all about The Music Tapes here!
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?”