With the exception of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You,’ all of the best Christmas songs are heartbreaking. From ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ to ‘Fairytale of New York’ — the only holiday favorite to include the words old slut on junk — there’s a long history of weepy Xmas jams, and U.K. rockers the Crookes have given us a brand-new one, ‘It’s Just Not Christmas Without You.’
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When your band gets discovered by The Talking Heads, you know you’re doing something right. With that in mind, if you haven’t already, please meet Austin-based
Fans of Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear,St. Lucia, and really anyone with half a pulse are bound to make fast friends with “Little Ones” and their whole forthcoming album. We dare you to listen to it only once.
"Recently, a close friend of mine told me he wanted advice. He had fallen in love with a girl who lived with her boyfriend," Scott Butler tells Rolling Stone. “She gave him every indication that she wanted to leave her boyfriend and be with him [but] she never outright said, ‘I want you, not him.’ He wondered whether he should risk their friendship by telling her how he felt. He never did. I wrote this song for him.”
The Crookes Hold Fast Modern Outsider  Fire Note Says: Finally, the sophomore album from The Crookes is available in the US! Album Review: Hold
Very nice review of The Crookes’Hold Fast via The Fire Note: “This is a really strong record, and one that if you are a fan of the New Wave of the New Wave group of bands that came out in the mid 2000’s you aren’t going to want to miss. It’s got it all, guitars, hooks, melodies, and most importantly heart and soul.”