Today's entry is going to be a brilliant one. First we have Feist's rendition of the 16th century traditional piece "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming." The song is from German origin, its original title being "Est ist en Ros entsprungen." No one knows who the original author of the lyrics was, but German composer Michael Praetorius is responsible for the tune as we know it today. It's incredibly beautiful. This is along the lines of the the type of Christmas songs I like best- the classy, traditional ones... those associated with Christmas rather than penned for the occasion.
Feist - Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming
"This Christmas" could not be anymore opposite than "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming." It was written in 1970 by Donny Hathaway and today is frequently performed by a multitude of lame artists such as the Cheetah Girls, Ruben Studdard, Chris Brown, Elliott Yamin and Dru Hill to name a few. Frankly, it's crap. So the Dismemberment Plan doing a cover of this...how could they transform this sentimental fluffball of a song into something completely awesome? I don't know, but you will be rocking out hard to "This Christmas." You'll then realize what you're rocking out to, stop for a second, shrug, and then rock even harder. Now this is a cover!
The Dismemberment Plan - This Christmas
Feist - Let it Die @Amazon.com
The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I @Amazon.com