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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung a Thursday December g 7 Attractions World of Music Christmas Offerings By John Godfrey Copley News Service Its hard to put a new spin on the Christmas carols weve been listening to since our manger days but that doesnt seem to discourage anyone from trying Whether its with synthesizers vibraphones mandolins or steel guitars musicians everywhere are convinced we havent heard Dp You Hear What I Hear until weve heard their version If you dont get your fill of holiday music from department store tape loops check out this years yuletide offerings theres a jingle for everyone on your shopping list IRREVERENT IRONIC INTENTIONALLY IDIOTIC The shining star of the season is Juan Garcia Esquivels Merry Xmas From the SpaceAge Bachelor Pad a collection of holiday favorites rendered in Esquivels inimitable cocktail party exuberance Complete with oppressive xylophone fills and Space Age scats zuzuzoom the 12 remastered carols on this album bring a GeorgeJetsonmeets KrisKringle aesthetic to the holidays Geffens Just Say Noel is undoubtedly the hippest Christmas album of the season Esquivels overthetop Frosty the and whimsically overwrought White will cheer even the most jaded cynic underneath your mistletoe If your tribe collapses in front of the boob tube during holiday outings you might try luring them away from the set by blasting A Classic Cartoon Christmas Nick at This cheery collection comprises 14 cartoon tunes including Welcome Christmas from How the Grinch Stole Were a Couple of Misfits from Rudolph the RedNosed and Put One Foot in Front of the Other from Santa Claus is Coming to With performances by Fred Astaire Burl Ives and Jimmy Durante A Classic Cartoon Christmas wont scare Grandma away either Geffens Just Say Noel is undoubtedly the hippest Christmas album of the season With new performances by Beck Little Drum Machine the Roots Pulled a Pistol on and Sonic Youth Doesnt Cop Out on this alternativerock compilation features strong work by some of Geffens best artists This is one Christmas album your slacker teenager might actually appreciate receiving from Santa The Bobs Too Many Santas Rounder is a noteworthy addition to the Christmas album wars if only because it manages to avoid the standard yuletide fare The irreverent allvocal group delivers a collection of originals vs the Anti Fifty Kilowatt and lesserknown holiday songs with aplomb panache and unfortunately too much self congratulation These guys are in love with themselves and it shows Of the countless Christmas compilations and reissues available this year Schoolkids Records Blame it on Christmas stands alone Probably because nobody else wanted to stand near it This wacky assortment of low budget spoofs includes the kind of material that works its way on to morning radio programs Tacky tasteless and pretty funny As Led Zeppelin pointed out the song remains the same And so do the Christmas carols There seem to be about 25 Christmas classics everybody covers every year ad nauseam minus originality Sometimes though a new interpretation breathes life into a carol even those wearing do not resuscitate bracelets JAZZING IT UP World Christmas Metro Blue features an eclectic array of sparkling musicians and is the album most likely to make Ebenezer Scrooge enjoy Christmas music again Kicking off with Papa Wemba and Mino Cinelus Frenchified Angels We Have Heard on and closing with the Gipsy Kings rousing World Christmas is heavy on African rhythmsvarid freejflowing improvisation The Caribbean Jazz Projects cover of Santa Claus is Coming to Town actually makes that dopey song sound elegant Two jazz albums A Vibraphonic Christmas and Bending Towards the Light A Jazz Nativity Milan Entertainment are completely different and thoroughly engrossing The British acid jazz group Vibraphonic brings a funkpop bounce to its covers of Jingle God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and the like its like a shot of espresso dropped in your eggnog Bending Towards the on the other hand is equal parts jazz blues and gospel Recorded live in New York City it features Lionel Hampton Tito Puente and many others as they build toward a sacramental performance of Deck the Yet another jazz affair John Pizzarellis Lets Share Christmas is a time warp of sorts His 1940s hipster take on White Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas are an amalgam of Frank Sinatra Mel Torme and his nouveau other self Harry Connick Jr Lush and evocative this one is quite a treat IN COUNTRY Three country Christmas recordings demonstrate a remarkable degree of disparity Shenandoahs Shenandoah Christmas Capitol Nashville is pure retro pure tradition but thanks to Marty Raybons gritty authenticity it works Conversely Collin Rayes Collin Raye Christmas The Gift Epic features many of the same songs but almost none of the simple beauty Raye is country musics answer to Michael Bolton a talented blowhard who chronically overemotes Also available Alabamas Christmas Vol 2 RCA digs a little deeper1 to find yuletide music including a handful of originals For an adventurous country Christmas check out the virtuoso performances on Nashville Mandolin Ensembles Gifts With a touch of Celtic poetry and Nashville twang this ensemble breaks with tradition and scores big with Christmas in County Dance of the Mirlitons and others OTHER VOICES Kitaros Peace on Earth Domo Recordings is everything weve come to expect from the Bearded One majestic well meaning tinny and cloying Incorporating the youthful International Peace Choir helps add texture but not enough The Schola Cantorum of St Peters The Chant of Christmas Midnight Imaginary Road brings a seasonal spin to the whole chant craze If you went Any Regular Entree And Up With This Ad Offer Expires Jan DineIn Only Salt Sun MMlhur FiitrConuct TJJJ7 rLJJ GUADAIUPE IN HISTORIC 6RUEME Invites Young and Old to Breakfast With Santa Saturday December21 am Benefiting New Braunfels Childrens Shelter Donation Cameras Welcome 210 6296121 A HoCUiaij FoHcilif Accowtic Cwccetl at 21 uiciiE Breustedt Coffee Haus is proud to present a musical duo from KLRNs hit kids TV show Cat Steve Sellers along with David Pipes will perform holiday tunes as well as favorites from the show Dont be surprised if some Cat Paws friends sneak inl For a Special Musical Treat local artist Becky LaLanne will piny until 160 Hwy 46 South IH 35 6298033 Due to the anticipated crowd please arrive early as seating is limited for the Benedictine monks youll probably go for this too But festive it is not Puerto Rican guitar whiz Yomo Toro brings salsa pizazz to December with his Celebremos Navidad a bilingual Christmas album designed to get you up and dancing c Copley News Service 1996 American Legion Post 179 Across from the library 410W Coll 6250179 New Braunfels Live in the Lounge Don Maynard Every Friday Night The Faust Hotel Veranda Lounge presents Local Piano Player 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