Fa la la la! This year's Merry Mixmas is here!

DJ Riko writes, "It's time once again for Merry Mixmas, a free Christmas music mix that is a holiday tradition dating back to 2002.

This year's collection features some truly magnificent songs, with numbers new and old by performers big and small."

The X-Misses: Christmas music to sing to and rage by

Back in 2010, I did book-tour appearance in Seattle with a great indie band called "Pillow Army," whose music I'm still listening to today; in 2013, Pillow Army's frontman Tim Franklin had started recording angry, atheist Christmas carols and now he's got a whole band devoted to the genre: The X-Misses, whose music is a mix of funny, angry, noisy, and singable new Christmas music that makes for a great complement to other nontraditional seasonal music like DJ Riko's Merry Mixmas mashups. — Read the rest