Christmas is one of those weird times of the year where people tend to remember only the good things, and that’s the way it should be. For many, however, it’s not always the case. Some have lost loved ones during the previous 11 1/2 months, and some are still remembering those who have gone before. And still more are fighting the scourge of our times, cancer, as they try to celebrate the season.

Christmas Without Cancer coverA collective of dedicated indie pop artists want to do their part both now, with their particular craft, and later, with what might come of that craft. It arrives in one package as Christmas Without Cancer from the indie power pop label Vandalay Records. On this disc you’ll find the sentimental and sweet alongside the more bouncy and spiky, as befits the power pop genre. Included here are Bill Lloyd, The Grip Weeds, Michael Carpenter, Lisa Mychols, Brandon Schott, The Click Beetles and many more. The Goldbergs bring “Chanukah Guy” as The Yule Logs pine for “That Girl (For Christmas).” It’s all on the up-and-up.

As you no doubt know, we at Popdose fixate/celebrate/suffer Christmas music in a much different way (i/e: Fruitcayyyyyke!) but we promise you, this is not a collection you’ll be using as skeet pigeons when spring rolls around. And another benefit to this set is that 100% of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, so not only do you get a set that you’ll enjoy and won’t cause your face to fall off from cringing, but your purchase will do good as well.

You can purchase Christmas Without Cancer from several Internet retailers, or directly from Just click the link in the web address.

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Dw. Dunphy

Dw. Dunphy is a writer, artist, and musician. For Popdose he has contributed many articles that can be found in the site's archives. He also writes for New Jersey Stage,, Ultimate Classic Rock, and Diffuser FM. His music can be found at

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