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