Ok so thanks to the X Factor furore and that iffy Julian Casablancas Xmas tune I wasn’t going to do this, but seeing as the NME office has been so Grinch-like this season I changed my mind: here’s a load of indie bands going festive. Hope you like…

First up, my personal favourite of the bunch, Lucky Soul‘s version of the Mud classic ‘Lonely This Christmas’.

Lucky Soul

Download Lucky Soul‘s version of Lonely This Christmas here
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Next, Slow Club, who have done a whole EP of yuletide classics. ‘Christmas, Thanks For Nothing’ is out on Moshi Moshi on 14th December and they’re doing a one-off Christmas show next Thursday at London’s Union Chapel with the mesmerising Cate Le Bon.

Download Slow Club‘s version of the Phil Spector classic Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) here

LA band The Hush, meanwhile, have been giving away their own offering to the Xmas canon, ‘Wishing You A Happy Christmas’.

The Hush

Download The Hush‘s Wishing You A Happy Christmas here

Finally, Sheffield band The Crookes are giving away a free track every day in the run up to Christmas, featuring some of the city’s famous fathers (Richard Hawley and the omnipresent Jon McClure among them). In typical advent calendar style, there’s a new door opening on their website every day fom Sunday – this is the first one.

The Crookes

Download The CrookesChorus Of Fools here

And if you’re still not feeling the Xmas factor yet:

(Click through to Youtube to download)

Oh, and Diplo‘s done Carol Of The Bells, complete with smutty use of jingle bells, at his Mad Decent blog.

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Check back in to this blog – I’ll add more as they inevitably come in. Also, what are your favourite indie Christmas tracks?