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Hate holiday music? A strategy for surviving a month of incidental-music torture

Hate holiday music? A strategy for surviving a month of incidental-music torture

Whether you like it or not, your December playlist will be filled with holiday songs.

In malls, grocery stores, gas stations, big-box retailers, insidious commercials, Grandma’s house and looping in your brain, Christmas songs lie in wait to infect the head with holly jolly standards. Whether you hate or love “Little Drummer Boy,” your sonic December playlist will feature it at least a dozen times.

Unless you're a shut-in, you're doomed. But with practice and ninja-like focus, it's possible to train the brain to deflect the most despised carols by replacing them with better or weirder versions of the same songs. Which is to say, listening to Dengue Fever's...

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