Singles File: Aqua Teen Force, Rob Halford, Sharon Jones, Laura Marling, Jeff Richardson and Steven Drozd
Aqua Teen Hunger Force featuring Neko Case: "Santa Left a Booger in My Stocking"
This pairing of Case and ATHF's Meatwad is pretty excellent, despite being like one of those "SNL" skits that goes on a little bit longer than it should. That Case manages to maintain her dignity during an endless series of mucus-related metaphors is a Christmas miracle.
Halford III: "Come All Ye Faithful"
Wondering how your favorite vintage heavy metal star feels about this special time of year? No, right? Because why would you? Ex-Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford wants to tell you anyway, on this track from his new, probably-not-too-Satanic holiday album, "Winter Songs."
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: "Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects"
The Bushwick Philharmonic provides an assist on this rollicking new soul track.
Laura Marling: "Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)"
The perpetually underrated Marling wins this year's hotly contested "Songs that remind us of Joni Mitchell's 'River' because they feature sad girls singing about snow" competition.
Jeff Richardson and Steven Drozd: "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
The Flaming Lips' multi-instrumentalist Drozd and fellow Oklahoman Richardson redo history's most overwrought Christmas anthem ("the clanging chimes of doom"?). So faithful to the original, you half expect Simon Le Bon to chime in.
-- Allison Stewart