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Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2015


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

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Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2014


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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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Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2006

Here at ARLT we dig deep. We give and give and then give a little more. One more from the archives.

2006, my first year back in Charlottesville. Listening to this one, I realize that I was at least a little lost that year… Oye’s “Last Christmas” is almost too sad to take, and talk about making a song your own. Wow. But this year, I skipped over “Another Lonely Christmas.” Didn’t want to hear. May never listen to it again. How wonderful it is, three years later, to be able to look over my shoulder and sing my songs to a certain someone… (You know who you are, you are my sexy Christmas baby mine.)

♦ Bright, Bright the Holly Berries – Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians
♦ Welcome Christmas – Califone
♦ Christmas Time Is Here (alternate vocal take) – Vince Guaraldi
♦ Warm December – Julie London
♦ Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto – Belle & Sebastian
♦ Child’s Christmas In Wales – John Cale
♦ Someday At Christmas (Alternate Mix) – Stevie Wonder
♦ Dig That Crazy Santa Claus – Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers
♦ The Christmas Boogie – The Davis Sisters
♦ The Christmas Song – Jimmy Smith
♦ I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Psapp’s Lady Remix) – Les Brown And His Band Of Renown
♦ Another Lonely Christmas – Prince
♦ Driving Home for Xmas ’95 – Saint Etienne
♦ One Christmas Catalogue – Captain Sensible
♦ When I Get Home For Christmas – Snow Patrol
♦ Last Christmas – Erlend Oye
♦ Sexy Christmas Baby Mine – morphine
♦ Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Tom Waits
♦ Santa Claus is Back in Town – Elvis Presley
♦ Santa to the Moon – Sonny Cole
♦ Christmas on the Moon – Troy Hess
♦ God Is My Santa Claus – Hank Snow
♦ Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) – The Tryfles
♦ Le Twist Du Père Noël – Les Chaussettes Noires
♦ Thanks For Christmas – The Three Wise Men (aka XTC)
♦ The Bells Of St. Mary – Bob B Soxx And the Blue Jeans
♦ Merry Christmas You Suckers – Paddy Roberts
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