The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

12 Discs of Christmas 2011 #9

Guided By Voices - Doughnut for a Snowman (Fire Records, BLAZE 45188; 2011)

OK, so maybe this is a bit of a cheat, but it's no less Christmas-y than Frosty the Snowman, and frankly the news of a reunion and forthcoming new album by Dayton, Ohio's scientists of sound is the best present lovers of the prolific Bob Pollard and crew could hope for.

Probably the first GBV song to feature a recorder, Pollard calls this story of a girl who bequeaths a Krispy Kreme to an ice cream vendor (Frosting the Snowman?) their "twinkliest song yet." It bodes well for the new album Let's Go Eat the Factory, which comes out on Jan. 1, but can be heard here in its entirety.

Because the single was just released, there's no download link but you can enjoy it multiple times on YouTube (it's not hard, the song is only 1:45 long).

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