Wye Oak had a pretty fantastic 2011. The Baltimore duo's third album, Civilian--you may have seen it atop our year-end list--was released to loads of praise, and tons of touring followed. (You might've seen Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack headlining, or opening for The Decemberists, or The National, or at pretty much any festival.) They're no strangers to our little round room, having won your love with covers of "Strangers" by The Kinks and "Mother" by Danzig. (Merge even released a limited-edition seven-inch featuring the two tracks!) So it was a no-brainer to ask them back for Holiday Undercover, and they took the offer as seriously the third time, covering the little-known Brenda Lee chestnut "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day." Stack switched over to bass for the song, which also features some programmed beats we're sure Santa would enjoy.
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?”