grinchcd125It's just not the Holiday Season without experiencing HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and for 2013, Masterworks Broadway has issued a new way, with the release of the World Premiere Recording of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Featuring original Broadway cast members Patrick Page as “The Grinch” and John Cullum as “Old Max,” the album is available now on CD and Digital Download.

FOGHATFOGHAT has been rockin' for over 40 years, and while they've gotten into the Holiday Spirit a few times before, they're back with their second-ever instrumental... a new, 2013 recording of "Winter Wonderland." Available today on iTunes, this early entry into your 2013 Holiday Playlist can be streamed below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

I'm a big fan of FEARLESS RECORDS' "PUNK GOES" series, something I've noted over the years, and having written a retrospective about the series' first decade back in 2010. I'd later tackle PUNK GOES CLASSIC ROCK and another of the PUNK GOES POP releases formally, and while I didn't review them, I'd still follow along for the more recent releases. Now, after being rumored for quite some time (especially when 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE FEARLESS hit the streets), PUNK GOES CHRISTMAS is official, and will hit stores on November 5, and you can count me interested. While it was technically announced last month, I've just really been trying to get closer to November to start Holiday coverage, and while this is technically "for grownups," I filed it under "kids and family" because, hey - it's X-mas! Check out the tracklisting below...

We all know that Santa Claus is a giving fellow, but few know that he has a different side... one where he takes more than cookies and milk in exchange for all those Christmas presents. It's a cautionary tale... one that warns of hiding mistletoe... grab yourself a FREE DOWNLOAD of "Santa Stole My Lady" from FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS below.

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While we just broke the record for "days without significant snowfall" here in the Chicago area (281 days and counting for those that care), it's technically Snowman Season for a lot of folks with plenty of fresh, white powder on the ground. As a celebration of the season, Oxford, UK-based children's performer NICK COPE has released a new Holiday song called "Snowman Kind of Day." It's a great new tune for the family, and he's offering it up for a free download!

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When I heard that SteveSongs was releasing a free holiday single called "Our World," I immediately thought (and hoped) that it would be a cover of the song from EMMET OTTER'S JUGBAND CHRISTMAS. It is not... but it's still worth getting! SteveSongs' "Our World" is available as a Free Download now through December 31 via this link.

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