There's a long tradition of musicians recording Christmas music regardless of their faith—hell, the guy who wrote "White Christmas" was Jewish. Now, Blink-182 are throwing their Santa hat in the holiday ring in a big way this Xmas season.
The punk trio will drop the merrily titled dogs eating dogs on December 18, a five-song EP Travis Barker said will be "a hundred times better than" their last album. His reasoning? This time around, they're working in the same room on their songs (we ran that "hundred times better" figure by a professional—his math checks out).
Those who pre-order the deluxe edition of dogs eating dogs before noon of November 26 will get their copy signed by the band, which is awesome beyond awesome. There must be a catch, right? Well, there is: The uber-deluxe "Santa's Lap Package" costs $99.99. But it comes with a limited-edition print and a Blink-182 holiday-themed shirt and a card, so it's probably worth it for the obsessed.
Those who don't want to spend $100 on five songs are in luck, too. A $54.99 "Nice Package" (get it?) will come with a "holiday edition hooded fleece," plus the card and wrapping paper. And the $19.99 "Naughty Package" (in case you still don't get it, they're talking about balls) comes with a t-shirt and a card. So while the hundred dollar edition might seem excessive, twenty bucks for a tee and an EP from Blink is actually a total steal.
Or maybe it's just a Christmas miracle!