Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2015


Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to one and all.

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Past mixes here

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2013


2013 reveals sort of a punker/”classic” indie lean, with plenty of originals alongside chestnuts roasted with new recipes.  Other genre excursions too, natch. Hope you find some new favorites to brighten your Advent and Christmas seasons. Love to hear what you’re diggin on.

Past year’s mixes here.

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2012

‘Tis (almost) the season, Friends,

Per usual, HBBJ showcases this years’ particular pop obsessions (Roxy Music, the Bee Gees, the Manics [although I left out the Dead!]), outre cover versions (Cee Lo, J Tull, Jon Anderson), and selections from my Christmas vault that I propose for canonization (Ed Gerhard, John Prine, Byron Lee). Now – I submit to you this question: what makes the Glam and Power Pop sub-genres the ground most fertile for holiday originals.? Taste and see!


Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2011

Lots of instrumentals this year. In that vein, I’ll let the mix speak for itself. Enjoy! Merry Christmas.

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And the Angel Said Unto Them - David Axelrod
White Christmas - He5
Christmas Time Is Here - John Zorn
Joy To The World - Lalo Schifrin
Hot Club Of Christmas - Aztec Camera
All I Want For Christmas (Is A Little Bit Of Music) - Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns
Little Drummer Boy - Lenox Avenue
Run Rudolph Run - Richards, Keith
Jingle Bells - The Blues Magoos
Christmas Bop (version 2) - Bolan, Marc
Christmas for the Free - Argent
Merry Christmas Baby (alt edit) - Elvis Presley
White Christmas - Les Paul & Mary Ford
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - The Jackie Davis Trio
Every Day Is Christmas (When I'm Lovin' You) - Charles Bradley
Christmas On Riverside Drive - August Darnell
Things Fall Apart - Cristina
This Christmas - Shoes
Please Come Home for Christmas - The Uniques
Christmas Eve Can Kill You - Everly Brothers
Blue Christmas - Sharon Van Etten
Silent Night - Charles T. Chapman (Carillonneur on The Luray Singing Tower, Luray, VA)

Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2010

Stephanie finds this mix my “coziest” yet. And its cold out there!

You’re going to need some of this:

  • Santa & The Satellite Pt.1 – Buchanan & Goodman
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – The Going Thing
  • Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas? – The Staple Singers
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Christmas Blues – Ramsey Lewis Trio
  • Merry Christmas, Baby – Charles Brown & Band
  • Presents for Christmas – Solomon Burke
  • Sleighride – Lloyd Glenn
  • Holiday On Skis – Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani
  • Christmas Day – Detroit Junior
  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Pearl Bailey & Hot Lips Page
  • Twistin’ Bells – Santo & Johnny
  • Jingle Bells Part 2 – Pastor T.L. Barrett
  • Holy Babe (edit) – Kelly Pace, Aaron Brown, Joe Green, Paul Hayes, Matthew Johnson
  • Santa & The Satellite Pt.2 – Buchanan & Goodman
  • Winter Wonderland – Ruth Welcome
  • We Four King (Little Drummer Boy) – The Blue Hawaiians
  • Noelle A Hawaii – Antena
  • Got Something for You – Best Coast, Wavves
  • Time of the Season – Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
  • The Chipmunk Song – Canned Heat
  • Must Be Santa – Bob Dylan
  • (I Want a) Rock and Roll Guitar – Johnny Preston
  • One Of You (In Every Size) – Marty Robbins
  • Santy’s Movin’ On – Homer & Jethro
  • Rockin’ Santa Claus – The Moods
  • Santa Claus – Sonny Boy Williamson
  • In the Bleak Mid Winter – Bert Jansch
  • Happy New Year Blues – Mary Harris

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