Nettwerk Plans Christmas, Kids Compilations
With a batch of new holiday recordings from the likes of the Polyphonic Spree, Death Cab For Cutie and Ivy, Nettwerk America will add a third volume to its "Maybe This Christmas" compilation series thWith a batch of new holiday recordings from the likes of the Polyphonic Spree, Death Cab For Cutie and Ivy, Nettwerk America will add a third volume to its "Maybe This Christmas" compilation series this year. Also coming down the pike from the U.S. arm of the Canadian-based label is a second "For the Kids" compilation of music for children performed by contemporary artists.
Ten of the 12 tracks on "Maybe This Christmas Tree" were recorded specifically for the release, due Oct. 5. The Polyphonic Spree covers the John Lennon/Yoko Ono classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," while Death Cab For Cutie contributes a version of the Phil Spector favorite "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)."
The previously released cuts come from the Raveonettes, whose version of "The Christmas Song" was made available through iTunes, and a version of "Jingle Bells" by Lisa Loeb that was included on a sampler issued by general merchandise retail chain Kohl's.
Other highlights include Pedro The Lion's "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,"
Ivy's rendition of "Christmas Time Is Here" and Tom McRae's take on "Wonderful Christmastime."
Released in 2002, the first "Maybe This Christmas" album reached No. 38 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums chart. As with that and 2003's "Maybe This Christmas Too," a portion of the proceeds will benefit the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots charity.
Due Oct. 19, "For the Kids Too" will gather kids songs by Nettwerk artists such as Sarah Harmer, Ron Sexsmith and David Mead, as well as cuts by Jason Mraz and Matthew Sweet, among others.
Along with new songs and covers, the 16-track collection also includes a few choice previously released cuts. Among them is They Might Be Giants' "John Lee Supertaster" -- from the band's own kids album, "No!" (Idlewild/Rounder). Also included is the title track of Loeb's "Catch the Moon," an award-winning 2003 disc of children's songs recorded with Ida's Elizabeth Mitchell that accompanied a book of the same name.
The inaugural "For the Kids" disc issued in 2002 boasted songs by the Barenaked Ladies, Billy Bragg and Wilco, Cake, Sarah McLachlan and Tom Waits, among others.
Here is the "Maybe This Christmas Tree" track list:
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," the Polyphonic Spree
"The Christmas Song," the Raveonettes
"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," Death Cab For Cutie
"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," Pedro The Lion
"Fairytale of New York," Pilate
"Bittersweet Eve," Belasana
"Christmas Time Is Here," Ivy
"Baby It's Cold Outside," Royal Crown Revue featuring Vicky Tafoya
"Wonderful Christmastime," Tom McRae
"Jingle Bells," Lisa Loeb
"Christmas For Cowboys," Jars Of Clay
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Copeland
Here is the "For the Kids Too" track list:
"I'm Different," Butterfly Boucher
"John Lee Supertaster," They Might Be Giants
"I Often Dream of Trains," Robyn Hitchcock
"Catch the Moon," Lisa Loeb
"At the Bottom of the Sea," Ralph's World
"Everybody Came," Shivaree
"Starfish and Coffee," Matt Nathanson
"Peanut Butter Toast," Sarah Harmer
"Rainbow Connection," Jason Mraz
"Attitude Towards Cuttlefish," Paper Moon
"My Favourite Things," Nathan
"The Very First Day," Ron Sexsmith
"Meow Meow Lullabye," Nada Surf
"Good Night Moon," Matthew Sweet
"Telephone Song," Kirsty Hawkshaw
TBD, David Mead