Socks [Limited Snowglobe]
When Oklahoma retro-rock revivalist JD McPherson decided to record his first-ever Christmas album, Socks, he asked himself one key question. “What do we exclude?”
“What are the first things that most bands want to do when making a Christmas record and how do we not do those things?” The resulting 11-track album of all original songs, out now via New West Records, stays true to McPherson’s list of exclusions: there are no jingle bells, no cover songs and no schmaltz.
Instead, Socks overflows with vintage rock & roll tidings of comfort and joy, including the nostalgic warmth of “All the Gifts that I Need” and “Every Single Christmas,” and the jubilance of “Hey Skinny Santa” and “Santa’s Got a Mean Machine.”