New dedicated website at hbbj.holiday!
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.
‘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!
Lots of instrumentals this year. In that vein, I’ll let the mix speak for itself. Enjoy! Merry Christmas.
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)
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