If there are two things I love, it’s punk rock and Christmas. With MxPx’s new holiday release, Punk Rawk Christmas, I get a little of both.

Although waving the “punk rock” flag, MxPx is indeed Christian punk rock, so don’t worry about anything but wholesome fun to ruin your holiday jeer. You’ll catch the occasional adolescent yellow-snow humor and some white-boy rap on “Gimme Christmas,” but nothing any cruder.

Highlights include the recession-concerned title track and a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne.” But songs like “Late Great Snowball Fight of 2006” and “Christmas Night of the Living Dead” are a little too tweeny for my taste. Although MxPx has a good sound, this collection lacks the sarcasm and wrist-slitting negativity that makes punk rock punk.

Nevertheless, just like jalapeno and pineapple on cold pizza, the odd couple of punk rock and Christmas is quite the guilty pleasure.

Grade: B+



Punk Rawk Christmas is currently available.