Song of the Day: Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats - Santa Claus Is A Monster

Song of the Day, Sonic Reducer
12/21/2016
KEXP
photo by Séverine Bailleux

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week, we are featuring Christmas-themed songs selected by Brian Foss, host of Sonic Reducer, KEXP's punk show. Brian has been doing a punk rock Christmas special every year since 2004, and has been a Christmas day on air DJ since 2012. No standards are played, only original songs, most with a humorous bent.

Brian's pick for today is "Santa Claus Is A Monster" by Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats, from a 2014 single from Soundflat Recordings.

Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats - Santa Claus Is A Monster (MP3)Says Brian...

Jeff Hershey started off playing in punk bands but starting in 2008 he began releasing more soulful music. In this track we hear of how badly Santa treats his elves. The shame!

Jeff Hershey & The Heartbeats called it quits back in 2014, but you can listen to more of their music on their Bandcamp page. For now, check out the b-side to today's featured song, "Don't Believe In Christmas":

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