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I do love THE DARKNESS, and news like today serves to remind me why. Along with the November 20, 2015 Deluxe Edition Reissue of their latest album, LAST OF OUR KIND, the UK-based rockers have unleashed a Holiday single entitled "I Am Santa." One of four new tracks on the Deluxe Edition, "I Am Santa" has a companion music video that's a perfect throwback to those of the 70s and 80s - a perfect visual for a song that recalls tracks like "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Check it out below...

When it comes to the Holiday season and Holiday music, THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA is one of the few modern acts to become firmly solidified with both. The 18-piece big band fronted by the STRAY CATS' guitarslinger has been rockin' and swingin' for nearly a quarter-century on its own, but its association with the festive season happened purely by chance - brought about by filmmaker Brian Levant inviting Setzer to pen some tracks for his 1996 movie, JINGLE ALL THE WAY (coincidentally, my favorite Holiday film of all-time). The full story of how The BSO's "Christmas concept" evolved was eloquently detailed by Dave Kaplan in the liner notes for 2010's CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE! album, but that story has continued. With a new record called ROCKIN' RUDOLPH out now on Surfdog Records, The BSO is back on the road for their 12th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour - a 31-City Christmas extravaganza to close out 2015...

It was just about a month ago that a teaser for the Neflix Original  Holiday Special, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS hit the web. Today comes the full trailer, and what Bill Murray and half of Hollywood have cookin' may well be the finest example of Holiday Cheer to be spread for grownups this season. Directed by Sofia Coppola, A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS will be available for streaming this December, only on Netflix. See the full trailer below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

In this digital age, content providers strive to be wherever kids might be, and for Nickelodeon that includes a multitude of devices that comprise the footprint of their digital platform. They've got Apps, eBooks, Games and more, and this year they're getting decked-out for the Holidays with all-new seasonal updates. The folks at Nick just hit THE ROCK FATHER with all the details on which titles are getting a snowy makeover, and I've got all that news to share below. Check it out!

It may have been "Friday the 13th," but this past Friday brought a new holiday single from SABRINA CARPENTER, with "Christmas the Whole Year Round" arriving on iTunes, Amazon and all the usual streaming outlets. Sabrina has some additional Holiday Cheer to spread in the weeks ahead as well - slated to host and perform (along with Sofia Carson, Andy Grammer, Jacob Whitesides and Charlie Puth) in the “Disney Channel Fa-la-la-lidays Celebrates a Radio Disney Family Holiday” premiering Friday, December 4 (9:00 pm, ET/PT) on Disney Channel.  And to end the year, Sabrina will star as “Wendy” in PETER PAN AND TINKER BELL – A PIRATES CHRISTMAS at The Pasadena Playhouse from December 9, 2015 – January 3, 2016. Check out the new single below...

Early-on in the season I gave you a preview of something that was at that point headed my way - a Crab Pot Christmas Tree by Fisherman Creations. We're usually early decorators here at Rock Father HQ, and with the unpredictable nature of the cold weather here in Northern Illinois, it might be sunny skies and green grass today with sub-freezing temperatures and snow close behind. Knowing that, I've started dabbling with the outdoor stuff, and one of our new additions for 2015 is a 3' Crab Pot Christmas Tree that was sent here for review. Made in the USA (though the lights are imported) in North Carolina, they're green PVC coated crab pot mesh (we're talking material made for salt water), so they're built to stand the elements. The trees fold flat for easy storage, and stake into the ground to fight the wind. Check ours out...

With all the coverage I give to STAR WARS, sometimes things still just sort of pop-up here and there, and that's just what's happened tonight. The 1980 STAR WARS Christmas Album (no connection to the infamous STAR WARS Holiday Special) has been a rarity in recent years, but one that some folks like myself have acquired in one form or another due to occasional reissues. Now comes word that a French company called L.M.L.R. has prepped one of their "Vinyl Replica" editions of this bizarre record - a CD-sized true replica of the original vinyl CHRISTMAS IN THE STARS album, with everything scaled-down. Set for release on November 27th as an Amazon Exclusive, the CD appears to be a fully-grooved red vinyl.

With Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox's THE PEANUTS MOVIE currently in theaters and delighting audiences (read my review), generations new and old are thinking about Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS Gang. The PEANUTS are classic, and very soon many will agree that "Christmastime is Here" (well, almost). In getting into the spirit of the season, Concord Music Group and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are presenting a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway for the A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS 50th Anniversary GIft Pack. Available as a Walmart Exclusive this holiday season, this fantastic collection features the timeless music of The Vince Guaraldi Trio, with the A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS CD (with its original 1965 tracklist and cover art) and the PEANUTS PORTRAITS CD packaged alongside 4 double-sided postcards featuring PEANUTS characters, and reproduction of the 1965 children’s book A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS! Check out some music, and enter for your chance to win below!

When it comes to the Holiday season, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is one of the most iconic seasonal specials - one that's a tradition here at Rock Father HQ, just as it is for millions of families around the world. This year, the folks at Just Play are bringing some of that magic into the toy aisles with a Deluxe Set of PEANUTS Holiday Figures, arriving in stores this November, following the theatrical release of THE PEANUTS MOVIE. This eight-piece set features Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, two versions of Snoopy (one that includes Woodstock!), a Christmas Tree and a Snowman. The PEANUTS Holiday Figures Deluxe Set is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

CHRISTMAS IN TAHOE, the long-rumored, first-ever Holiday album from TRAIN, will be released on November 13, 2015 as an Amazon exclusive. Amazon Prime members in the U.S and U.K.will be able to stream the record ad-free on Prime Music, at no additional cost to their membership, while it will also be available for digital download and as a physical deluxe version - also exclusively on Amazon.

After penning an unexpected Christmas song during a trip to New York City, Irish singer-songwriter JANET DEVLIN has announced a November 27th release date for her first-ever Holiday EP, DECEMBER DAZE via OK! Good Records. The five-track EP will feature a pair of originals ("December Daze", "Happy Holidays"), two traditional Christmas numbers ("Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas""Silent Night") and a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River."  Pre-orders are up now on PledgeMusic.

We're in a magical time, folks. The original content from Netflix (an organization I'm privileged to be associated with as a member of their #StreamTeam) is coming faster than ever, and it just keeps getting better. From MARVEL's DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES, to CARE BEARS & COUSINS and THE POPPLES (oh yes), there's so much great stuff in the pipeline, and the Holiday season is certainly not immune to the Golden touch. Netflix just released a teaser for A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS, and it's truly a delight. If I didn't know better, I'd think that I felt a snowflake on my cheek while watching Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Rashida Jones, Michael Cera and much of Hollywood having an adventure in NYC. Check it out...

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