Wye Oak became one of my favorite bands over the course of this year. Their album Civilian was one of my favorite records of the year, with a couple of blow-your-mind outstanding songs, went on tour opening for The National, and hit their two AV Club Undercover performances -- The Kinks' "Strangers" and Danzig's "Mother" out of the park. Lead singer Jenn Wasner's performance and discussion of "Holy Holy" on One Track Mind was absolutely charming.
The holiday cherry on this sundae is their performance of Brenda Lee's "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day," a Christmas song on which I never previously had a strong opinion, but which they have made into a staple of my future Decembers. I've said before that Christmas songs should either be religious and traditional OR be fully-formed, complete songs in their own right, totally independent of their use of Christmas and its iconography. This song is one of the better examples of the latter.
Wye Oak covers "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day" by Brenda Lee