Matt Lewis

Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio teams with Christian Josi on Christmas recording

Noted jazz recording artist and activist Christian Josi and Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio have teamed up to create a new Christmas single titled,  ‘Holiday 2012.’

“It’s a little Christmas card,” said DiNizio. “It creates a warm, casual holiday mood. It’s a decidedly different approach.”

The two — who are both politically active (DiNizio ran for U.S. senate and Josi once ran the ACU and the CPAC conference) — first met in 1988 on the L.A. set of The Smithereens video ‘House We Used To Live In.” At the time, Josi was co-producing an episode of former KROQ personality Jim “Poorman” Trenton’s local TV show.

The new single is the classic, ‘Winter Wonderland,’ with ‘White Christmas’ as the B-side (there are 2 bonus versions with no percussion.)

“While I’m a rock-n-roll songwriter and singer, I’m not a screamer, said DiNizio. “And what Christian does — is he’s keeping that important tradition alive. He’s very much a purest.”

The cd will be available on iTunes, CD Baby and a host of other outlets this week.

If you’re looking for a stripped down, bossa nova vibe to put you in that eggnog-sipping holiday mood, then this is for you.