Back in 2009, I decided that I wanted to combine my love of Christmas with my appreciation for the local music scene and ask several of my friends to contribute to a Christmas compilation to spread around the internet and get everyone in the Holiday spirit. That, in a nutshell, (or a chestnut-shell?) was the birth of A Super Gnarly Christmas - a collection of both covers and original Christmas songs featuring only local musicians in the Northern, NY area. I had a blast putting it all together and always knew it was something I would want to return to in the future. Two years later, we did it again with A Super Gnarly Christmas: Volume II and then things went stagnant. Life got in the way, the local music scene was shifting tides and it just wasn't as feasible as it was in years past.
Until mf now.
Today we are releasing A Super Gnarly Christmas: Volume III to all music platforms - Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, etc. Whatever service you use to stream music, it should be there. We wanted to make this iteration accessible to the masses and feel like more of a cohesive, focused project and I feel confident that we did just that. Every talented musician that contributed recorded their songs themselves and then the entire compilation was mastered intently by Matthew Corey (Matty C Beats) for more hours than he'd probably like to admit.
Due to the limitations of the service we used to upload the tracks, we are unable to list the individual artist names on the album since each one would have needed a specific artist page and they frown upon the "various artists" tag (it was a long, frustrating process that I'll share at another time) so for your convenience the full track listing as well as links to all of the major platforms it is featured on can be found below.
A special thanks to everyone that helped me with this little beauty - Kevin Murray (AKA Santa Claus), My Manic Mind, Adam McAnulty, Casey Walts, Shawn VanBrocklin, Don Robinson, Jared Kennedy, Damien Morrow, Matt Corey, and my lovely wife, Megan, who sang a song with me and shot the dope ass album cover.
And a shoutout to all of you as well, for showing interest, listening to some, or preferably all of the tracks and for letting a little Christmas into your life despite how chaotic things can get from time to time.
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2rjZmRX
02 My Manic Mind - "Now That It's Christmas"
03 Adam McAnulty - "Stealing Christmas"
04 Rushmore Music - "Good Grief"
05 Shawn VanBrocklin - "It's A Wonderful Life"
06 Interlude I
07 Don Robinson - "Santa's Bringing Hangovers This Year"
08 Slob Dylan - "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
09 Damien Morrow - "Jingle Bells"
10 Interlude II
11 Matty C Beats - "Sugar Plums Are Gross"
12 Corey & Megan - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"