the gifted children - christmas releases

the gifted children have made it a tradition to release a new batch of Christmas music every year since 2008, making all of it freely available online. Here are all of their Christmas releases, in a single place for the first time…

 
 

christmas, volume 10
Release date: December 21, 2018 

this year's christmas release from the gifted children is just five songs, but covers a lot of ground: 

it starts with a plaintive and simple piano/voice version of 'home for the holidays'; then there's a rendition of 'frosty the snowman' that captures the melancholy we felt when watching frosty melt away in the original animated tv special; a nice indie pop take on 'winter wonderland' adds a much-needed bit of sunlight; 'merry christmas, baby' sounds like a laid back outerspace blues jam; and 'happy holiday' closes things off as a dark, loop-driven banger that ends with some haunted loops that recall the ballroom scenes from 'the shining'... 

we hope you enjoy! merry christmas, happy holidays!


Credits:
jim sahr - guitars, voices, bass, and loops on 2; feedback guitars and harmony voices on 5. 
jeff suszczynski - pianos, voices, sleighbells, ebow and guitar on 1; bowed psaltery on 2; loops, keyboards, guitars, voices and knob twiddling on 5. 
bill trautman - guitars, bass, voice and loops on 4. 
alex trimpe - guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, sleigh bells and voice on 3. 
sarah trimpe - voice and violin on 3.

christmas, volume 09
Release date: December 23, 2017

christmas, volume 08
Release date: 12/23/2016 

The 8th installment of Christmas music for the prolific indie rock band from Buffalo/Rochester, NY. 

This release features interpretations of original Christmas songs from the 1980s, including songs by Billy Squier, Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, Fay Lovsky, Chris Rea, QUeen, Run D.M.C. and Wham!

christmas, volume 07
Release date: December 15, 2014

christmas, volume 06
Release date: December 21, 2013

christmas, volume 05
Release date: 12/18/2012 

this is the fifth annual christmas album by the gifted children, and once again they've raised the bar for sheer eclecticism that somehow sticks together in a coherent whole. 

there's too much on this excellent album to properly describe - over the course of 16 tracks and 45 minutes, the band ventures into dark electronic pop, barnburning indie rock, folk, 8bit midi programming, ambient, art rock, indie pop and much more... there are also 4 new original christmas songs for the ages, including 'the list' and 'carol of the squad'. 

Credits:
cranky - drums on 13
debase face - guitar on 13
tim grimaldi - drumset on 3, 6
nick hall - drumset on 8
meaghan o’brien - whistling on 9; voice on 12
jim sahr - drum manipulations on 2, 15; guitars on 2, 5, 15; bass on 2, 15; keyboards on 2, 5, 15; voices on 2, 15
jeff suszczynski - keyboards on 3, 6; sleigh bells on 3; guitars on 3, 6, 9, 12; voices on 3, 6, 9, 12; loops on 8; manipulations on 8, 16; piano on 9, 12; whistling on 9; ebows on 12; field recordings on 16
pam swarts - midi manipulations on 4, 11, 14
bill trautman - drum program on 1, 7; guitars on 1, 7, 10; bass on 1, 7, 10; voices on 1, 7, 10
alex trimpe - guitars and bass on 13
sarah trimpe - voice on 15

christmas, volume 04
Release date: December 16, 2011

Credits:
cranky - drums on 2
debase face - guitar on 2
jim sahr - voice on 4, 10, 13, 14; guitars on 9, 10; bass on 10, 13; drum machine on 10; drum program on 13; keyboard on 13
mom sahr - hurdy-gurdy on 4
justin sheehan - voice on 4, 10, 13, 14; digital manipulations on 13
jeff suszczynski - keyboards on 1, 5, 9; guitar on 1, 5; loops on 1, 5, 9; drum program on 1; sleigh bells on 1; voices on 1, 5, 9, 10, 11, 14; samples on 8; piano on 11; organ on 14; ebows on 14
pam swarts - voice on 5, 11, 14; midi manipulations on 6, 12
bill trautman - acoustic guitars on 3; bass on 5, 7; loops on 7; guitars on 7; voices on 7
the thither - manipulations on 14
alex trimpe - bass on 2; samples on 2
sarah trimpe - voice on 2

christmas, volume 03
Release date: December 17, 2010

Credits:
lauren rutledge - voice, piano and toy xylophone on 9
jim sahr - keyboards on 7; drum programs on 7; voice on 7; samples on 7
justin sheehan - voice on 7; samples on 7
dan slaiman - wookiee voice on 7
jeff suszczynski - samples on 1, 4, 6, 10; loops on 1, 4, 9, 10; programming on 1, 6, 9, 10; voices on 1, 4, 9; guitars on 1; drum machines on 4; field recordings on 9
pam swarts - samples on 8; loops on 8; programming on 8
bill trautman - guitar on 3, 5; voices on 3, 5; bass on 5
alex trimpe (as alexander strung) - acoustic guitars on 2, bass on 2
sarah trimpe (as lady rain) - voice on 2; violin on 2
also featuring:
the filthy frenchman - electric and acoustic guitars on 2
the raging cortez - programming on 2
and the pink rivulets (nick hall, tom proctor, becky sahr, jim sahr, justin sheehan, dan slaiman, bill trautman, bob r. trumpet) - phone and wookie voices on 7

christmas, volume 02
Release date: December 15, 2009

Credits:
aaron boucher - samples and drum program on 3
tim grimaldi - drumset on 6
jim sahr - drum machine, keyboards, guitars and voices on 9
justin sheehan - voice on 9
jeff suszczynski - samples on 1, 8; loops on 2; keyboards on 2; voices on 2, 6, 8; handclaps on 2; typewriters on 2; bass on 6; guitars on 6
pam swarts - voices on 2, 7; midi and synth programming on 5; keyboards on 7
bill trautman - drumset on 4; bass on 4; guitars on 4; voice on 4

christmas, volume 01
Release date: December 16, 2008

Credits:
aaron boucher - voice and samples on 8
jim sahr - guitar on 2; voices on 2
justin sheehan - voice on 2, 7; keyboards on 7
jeff suszczynski - guitars on 1,5; piano on 1, 3, 9; sleigh bells on 1, 3; samples and effects on 3, 10; keyboard on 9; snare drum on 9; ride cymbal on 9; voices on 9
bill trautman - bass on 2, 4, 6; samples on 2; voices on 4; drum loop on 6; guitars on 6