What would Keith say? Today in The Times-Picayune, Keith Spera bemoaned the kid-unfriendly nature of Snoop Dogg and Odd Future at Voodoo. Response A: Well, yeah. And…? Response B: Do we really need all festivals to be safe for 10-year-old ears? Response C: What would Keith make of Erin McKeown’s cannon shot across Christmas’ port bow? Since Justin Bieber, She & Him and retailers everywhere are treating Thanksgiving as a mere speed bump in their headlong rush to Christmas, the Massachusetts-based indie folk-rocker has already released her anti-Christmas album, F*ck That! (her asterisk, not mine). She describes the album on her website:
Tired of holiday hype? Gritting your teeth until New Year’s Eve? Erin McKeown is too. Filled with profanity, irreverance [sic], and just plain bad behavior, “F*ck That!” is the antidote to all that annoying holiday spirit. It’s the world’s first anti-capitalist, pro-queer, suspicious of christmas-as-patriotism, sex-positive, not safe for work, multi-ethnic, radical leftist Anti-Holiday record. There is nothing redeeming about christmas in any of these 10 songs. Please note this album contains adult language and themes completely inappropriate for children. On purpose.
Carolers can come together and sing their piss-off to the season with McKeown’s F*ck That! Hymnal:
This sacred hymnal contains chords and lyrics for all 10 songs on the album, many of Erin’s own Anti-Holiday Aphorisms, plus bonus Extra Fun. The cover is letter pressed and the book was hand-stitched by Erin’s friends one afternoon in exchange for pizza. Limited edition of 300.
Does this mean we now have to admit that Bill O’Reilly was right and the War on Christmas is real? Or did his carrying-on help create an opposition? Essential mysteries remain.