Dec 24 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Cougar Microbes


Each year we roundup the calendar year with a few “festive” tracks. In the past we have featured Run The Jewels, Cyndi Lauper with The Hives and Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler giving us their alternative takes on the holiday spirit.

This year we’ve had an unannounced contender for xmas anthem from Green Day, a seemingly tongue in cheek Wham! cover from Future Islands as well as a track that has haunting LCD Soundsystem‘s James Murphy for close to 8 years. Can someone please tell Mr Murphy that all we want for christmas is an LCD reunion.

We are off to struggle to reach a consensus on which albums topped our year end list.

Happy holidays and a Happy new year from everyone at CM Towers.




Dec 25 2013

Merry Christmas from Run The Jewels and Cougar Microbes

The epic combination of El-P and Killer Mike dropped what was undoubtedly one of the hip-hop releases of the year with their eponymous ‘Run The Jewels‘ album.

The duo drop some fearsome lines on what is already a tense beat in the new video for “A Christmas Fucking Miracle” released just in time for the holidays and complete with seasonal sweatshirts, Scrooge references and a slightly creepy Killer Mike as Santa Claus.

Wishing you all happy (fucking) holidays whatever you celebrate.

Run The Jewels‘ is available now for free via Fools Gold.



Dec 24 2012

Weekend Videos: Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler – Zombie Christmas

Last year Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler set out to do the impossible: to record a Christmas album whilst largely omitting much of the schmalz associated with this merry season. On ‘This Is Chrismtas‘ they succeeded in releasing a thoroughly enjoyable album. Having already toured the album in 2011 they were back at it this month with a string of fun filled performances across the UK.

Of all the tracks the one I found myself coming back to most often was the delightful “Zombie Christmas“. The absurd alternative scenario presented still cracks me up so I was pleased to discover the duo went and filmed a video to go along with it.

Add this to my favourite alternative Christmas anthems along with this excellent The Hives & Cyndi Lauper duet.


Dec 24 2012

Christmas… with a twist

The Snowman at Paige's house- Montecito Heights, LA.

Happy Christmas or anything else you are celebrating. Here are a couple of tunes with a twist to get you into the holiday spirit.

The Hives joined up with Cyndi Lauper a few years back to release what is the ultimate anti-christmas anthem. It works a treat although Miss Lauper‘s transition from just a girl who just wants to have fun to “going down on your mother” is pretty extreme. I blame The Hives.

Before Braille are an Arizona band who unleashed a string of amazing releases in the middle of the 00’s. Remaining largely under the radar “Merry Christmas, I’m cheating” showcases frontman David Jensen‘s knack for a melody and sharp lyrical wit.



Dec 19 2011

Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler present ‘This Is Christmas’

I swear news of  this collaboration between Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler album started filtering through sometime in the summer. Back then it seemed ridiculous to even mention Christmas in a post but with the festive period looming it’s time to unwrap this collaboration.

The duo even took these songs live earlier this month with performances in Reading, Brighton and London which sounded relaxed are carefree. In fact it Looks like this entire ‘This Is Christmas‘ project was a fun experience for the duo to be part.

Tracks like ‘Zombie Christmas’ and ‘Home For Holidays’ ensure we will have a different type of festive soundtrack to cheer us up.


Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler – Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)

This Is Christmas - Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler

Dec 7 2010

Tickets Giveaway: Camden Crawl Christmas Party!

Love CamdenLast May‘s Camden Crawl was one of my gigs of the year featuring some fine Cougar approved talent all playing just a few minutes away from my doorstep. In preparation for next year’s event the promoters have also been throwing CC 2011 Tips Series featuring fresh emerging talent.

The 15th of December at the Bull & Gate will represent the 3rd instalment and is doubling up as the Camden Crawl Christmas party. Bands featuring will be Wild Palms, Bear Driver, The Slow Revolt and Heart Kill Giant.

We have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the event: To enter join our Facebook page and comment on the CC 2001 post or comment below saying “I want in!”

Winner will be contacted on Sunday 12th of December.


Dec 22 2009

December is for cynics, December is for critics

Black Cab, Camden TownFrom tomorrow Cougar Microbes takes a retrospective look at 2009 starting with the best releases of the year, top picks by the people who have contributed to the site as well as the best concerts covered.

Happy holidays and thank you for checking out this music blog over the year.


The Matches

The Matches – December Is For Cynics


Dec 22 2009

Twin Falls Christmas single out now

Twin Falls - Maybe It's ChristmasCougar approved collective Twin Falls have got one last trick up their sleeve before 2009 fizzles out thanks to a seasonal single titled aptly ‘Maybe It’s Christmas‘.

In anticipation of their forthcoming EP ‘The Seasoned Times‘ click here to hear it and also for a myriad of cool options to purchase the single and its b-side ‘Silent Night‘.


Twin Falls – Silent Night

Twin Falls - We Will Begin to Flicker - EP