Woods - "Christmas Time Is Here" (available as a free download via Pitchfork)
Vince Guaraldi's classic (of Charlie Brown fame) becomes all sepia-toned and warbling at the hands of Woods, yet remains strangely warm.
Phil & the Osophers - It's Christmas Time with Phil & the Osophers (listen here)
A jangly five song offering detailing stories of Brutus, the second-string reindeer that saves Christmas, and activities planned for holiday break (shopping, ice skating at the park, caroling). Goofy, charming, the sort of thing you'll want to listen to at your seasonal ugly sweater party — conveniently bundled with a track called "Ugly Christmas Sweater Party."
Diamond Rugs - "Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant" (listen below)
Diamond Rugs, a supergroup of sorts formed by John McCauley and Robbie Crowell of Deer Tick and rounded out by members of The Black Lips, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate and Six Finger Satellite, have a album slated for spring 2012 on Brooklyn's own Partisan Records but decided to make their first single a Christmas song. Though technically not based in New York, we're going to go ahead and chalk Road Island up as a sixth borough... also, the abundancy of Chinese restaurants in New York seems fitting. More importantly, we really want you to hear McCauley shuffle along with a piano while he sings of being alone on Christmas because it's absolutely heartbreaking, especially when he gets to the "Feliz Navidad and all that" part.