• In the Christmas Groove

When December rolls around, I rarely have much time to listen to Christmas music—hell, I haven’t even checked out Bob Dylan’s album, which intrigues me on so many different levels. Too often I’m trying to power through my never-shrinking pile of still-unheard stuff from 2009 as I wrestle with the infuriating task of putting together the customary best-of-the-year lists. (Mine will be coming on this blog in early January.) But of the new holiday-themed releases I did get to spend a little time with, I especially enjoyed In the Christmas Groove, a nice collection of seasonal funk from Strut Records. Even the cover is a kick: It’s a fun tweak of James Brown’s In the Jungle Groove.