Merry Christmas from Skrillex and the Barr Brothers

Two of my new favorite artists put together musical (or video) tributes to Christmas this year, and I’m pleased that someone I find both of these enjoyable for dramatically different reasons.

First, let’s start with the good. The Barr Brothers have brought a new level of musical appreciation into my heart lately; they’re the kind of new band that you know will be good because of their past musical projects, and yet they consistently blow me away with how good they are progressing forward writing new music again and again. They recently recorded a bluesy number called “Dear Mrs. Claus” that was recorded for the Canadian prime-time talk show, and it came out so pitch perfect that it’s part of a Christmas card I sent to someone special…

This next video, though, is not something I’d send to a special person in my life unless I wanted to give them some nightmares. My band mate sent me this video because we chat quite a bit at how Skrillex is basically punishing popular music these days. Like it or not, but you can’t deny that his pop sensibilities for aggressive music is not the new version of Limp Bizkit or Korn or whatever else is being sold to young teen males that gives them something to focus their energy on.

Merry Christmas, everyone! Enjoy your holidays.