The Noise Pop Podcast
The Noise Pop Podcast is a monthly series showcasing new music discoveries and a diverse slate of guest artists from the independent music scene and beyond. Produced by Noise Pop, San Francisco’s go-to indie music, arts and film festival for over 25 years and hosted by music journalist Adrian Spinelli (Paste Magazine, SF Chronicle, etc..), we deliver engaging episodes that are always rooted in the music that we love and that we know you will too. Past guests have included: Khruangbin, Thao Nguyen, Quantic, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Speedy Ortiz, Rexx Life Raj, Shigeto, Låpsley, Thievery Corporation and more.

Good tidings! The Noise Pop Podcast got you a gift - a reprieve from the same old holiday music you hear every season. We've assembled our favorite alternative Christmas songs and put them together in a mix that covers the full range of emotions the holidays can bring on. Put this mix on while you're bundled up next to a fire or unwrapping presents. Happy holidays and we'll see you in 2014 


1. "Lumberjack Christmas / No One Can Save You From Christmases Past" -- Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold
2. "Christmas in Prison" -- John Prine, A John Prine Christmas
3. "A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)" -- The Flaming Lips, Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell EP
4. "I Wish It Was Christmas Today" -- Julian Casablancas, Single
5. "Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree" -- The Magnetic Fields, Realism
6. "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis" -- Tom Waits, Used Songs
7. "It's Christmas Now" -- The Wearing, Single
8. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)" -- The Ramones, Brain Drain
9. "Green Grows The Holly" -- Calexico, Holidays Rule
10. "Just Like Christmas" -- Low, Christmas
11. "King Knight" -- Salem, King Night

Direct download: Alternative_Xmas_Mix.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm PDT

2013 was an exceptional year in music, arguably one of the best in years. As sad as we are to see it go, we are so delighted to round up our yearly favorites for this episode. We packed this playlist full of the top songs swarming around the internet and our own weekly playlists, we also asked a few friends to chime in with their own selections. 

Track list:

1. "Counting" -- Autre Ne Veut, Anxiety
2. "New Slaves" -- Kanye West, Yeezus
3. "Byegone" -- Volcano Choir, Repave
4. "The Hunter" -- On and On, Give In 
5. "Royals" -- Lorde, The Love Club EP 
6. "Collard Greens" -- Schoolboy Q, Oxymoron
7. "Dream House " -- Deafheaven, Sunbather
8. "Good Ass Intro" -- Chance the Rapper, Acid Rap  
9. "Mother We Share" -- Chvrches, The Bones of What You Believe
10. "She Will" -- Savages, Silence Yourself
11. "Save" -- Glenn Jackson, Morning Swim
12. "When a Fire Starts to Burn" -- Disclosure, Settle 
13. "Retrograde" -- James Blake, Overgrown
14. "Three Days" -- Rhye, Woman
15. "Now I’m All Messed Up" -- Tegan and Sara, Heartthrob
Direct download: Best_Track_of_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29pm PDT