Every year for the past eight years, The Killers have penned a holiday tune to benefit (Red), with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. This year, the band teamed up with folk rockers Dawes to release the melancholy ballad Christmas In L.A. and new video, which stars Owen Wilson and Harry Dean Stanton.
The video (see above) starts with a voice over conversation between Wilson and Stanton. “Do you have any advice for someone trying to make it,” Wilson asks. To which Stanton replies, “Do nothing.” The existential themes continue as Wilson sits alone in his apartment reading Christmas cards that seem to come to life.
The video switches back and forth between animation and live action, showing Wilson’s character moving through lonely scenes in Los Angeles.
Editor’s note: Perhaps it is because I was born and raised here in Los Angeles, or maybe its because I have a heavy case of melancholy this Christmas season, but this is my favorite of The Killers’ Christmas releases, and my choice for “favorite holiday song” of this year. This song now makes its way into a list of movies, books and songs that tell about Los Angeles in all its grit, glory, hope and heartbreak. I really love this, and I love the combination of The Killers and Dawes, two of my favorite bands who I would have never thought to pair up together, but oh my stars, they really work together.