It's only September, but the Squirrel Nut Zippers are already well into in the Christmas spirit.
The Zippers have finished recording a new Christmas album, entitled "Christmas Caravan," which is due out on October 27 on Mammoth Records. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based band just released its newest studio album, "Perennial Favorites," a little over a month ago.
The Yuletide album will feature eight new songs and several cover tunes, including "Winter Weather" by Fats Waller, an instrumental version of "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish, and "Hanging Up My Stockings," a song originally written by the grandfather of Zipper's drummer Chris Phillips.
True to the band's form, the original songs range in sound and style from bluesy rock to jazz and swing, and sample titles include "Christmas in Carolina," "Indian Giver" and "Johnny Ace Christmas."
The Zipper's Christmas songs were completed in July at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studios in New
Orleans. Though there are no plans to shoot any videos as of press time, the group does intend to perform some of their Christmas numbers on various television shows during the holiday season.
In related news, the Dust Brothers have just finished remixing the Zippers' current single, "The Suits Are Picking Up the Bill," and the new version will be released to radio next week.