C/D: Christmas music

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So much godawful crap out there, from Doris Day to Mariah. (The most butchered song ever: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.")

Yet some of the greatest songs ever to endure the test of time are Christmas songs, and they bring out some of the best performances, too. Your thoughts?

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 07:34 (12 years ago) Permalink

I'd also love to know your favorite recordings. Here are most of mine, from a compilation tape I recently made for my sister but haven't mailed yet:

Side one:
Run-DMC, Christmas in Hollis
Donny Hathaway, This Christmas
Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
The New Christy Minstrels, Tell It On the Mountain
The Wailers, Sound the Trumpets
Elvis, Blue Christmas
The Pogues, Fairytale of New York
Bruce Springsteen, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Otis Redding, Merry Christmas, Baby
(exerpt) Pete Seeger, The First Noel
Low, Just Like Christmas
Joan Baez, Coventry Carol/Good King Winceslas
Vince Guaraldi, Christmas Time Is Here
Atmosphere, If I Was Santa Claus
Eek-A-Mouse, The Night Before Christmas
Tracy Chapman, O Holy Night
James Brown, Hey, America
Jose Feliciano, Felix Navidad
(experts) Bob Rivers, Osama Got Run Over By a Reindeer/The Mistletoe Disco Band, Winter Wonderland/Leon Redbone, There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Side two:
The Ramones, Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)
Band Aid, Do They Know It's Christmas?
Charles Brown, Please Come Home For Christmas
Elvis, Here Comes Santa Claus
Vince Guaraldi, O Tannenbaum
Nat King Cole, O Little Town of Bethlahem
Joe Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [good, but wish I had the Judy Garland version]
Clarence Carter, Backdoor Santa
Dark City Sisters, Jabulani Nonke
Low, Little Drummer Boy
Freddy Mc Gregor, Irie Christmas
Otis Redding, White Christmas
Elvis, Silent Night
The Sensations, Every Day Is a Holiday
TLC, Sleigh Ride
Trailer Trash, Welcome Here
Solomon Burke, Presents For Christmas
William Bell, Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday
(excerpt) Jackson 5, Up On the House Top

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 07:37 (12 years ago) Permalink

Let's see....

"Fuck Christmas" by Fear
"No Christmas" by the Wedding Present
"Step Into Christmas" (Elton John cover) by the Wedding Present
"Frosty the Snowman" by the Cocteau Twins
"There Ain't No Sanity Clause" by the Damned

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Friday, 6 December 2002 07:46 (12 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, bring on the anti-Christmas songs!

By the way, in case anyone's shopping, or would like to talk about albums instead of songs, here are the records and CDs I took my songs from. The first ten double as my current favorite Christmas collections of all time:

Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
Joan Baez, Noel
Elvis, The Complete 50's Masters
The New Christy Minstrels, Merry Christmas!
Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Original Soul Christmas
Low, Christmas
Slow Jams Christmas, Volume 1
Trailer Trash, Hell, It's X-Mas
Pete Seeger, Traditional Christmas Carols
James Brown, Santa's Got a Brand New Bag
Reggae Christmas from Studio One
Band Aid, Do They Know It's Christmas?
A Very Special Christmas
A Very Special Christmas Live From Washington, D.C.
MTV TRL Christmas
The Pogues, If I Should Fall From the Grace of God
Ramones Anthology: Hey Ho Let's Go!
Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens
A Reggae Christmas
'Tis the Sampler
Duke Reid's Treasure Chest: Treasure Isle
Atmosphere, Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere Ep's
A Motown Christmas Volume 2
Christmas at Rao's
Leon Redbone, Christmas Island
Christmas Disco
Bob Rivers, White Trash Christmas


Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 08:12 (12 years ago) Permalink

I just heard "Do They Know it's Xmas" on the radio - that lyric "there won't be snow in Africa this Xmas" - well maybe that's because most of it is in the southern hemisphere?

dave q, Friday, 6 December 2002 08:59 (12 years ago) Permalink

What about Margo Guryan: I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You?

Jez (Jez), Friday, 6 December 2002 09:23 (12 years ago) Permalink

Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift For You

Baxter Wingnut, Friday, 6 December 2002 12:16 (12 years ago) Permalink

whats the hannukah song beck did?

chaki (chaki), Friday, 6 December 2002 13:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Charlie Brown xmas-vince guaraldi trio-skating
bb king-merry xmas baby
Julie London-Id like you for xmas

kephm, Friday, 6 December 2002 13:52 (12 years ago) Permalink

leon redbone and dr john-frosty the snowman//jethro tull-nother xmas song//george winston-the holly and the ivy//trans siberian orchestra-the sbow comes down//ferrante & teichner-sleigh ride//spike jones-nutcracker suite v1//ray anthony-xmas trumpets//mannheim steamroller-faeries//canadian brass-the huron carol//joy anderson and vangelis-oh holy night//luciano pavarotti-adeste fideles/mitchh miller-silver bells//rem-ghost reindeers in the sky//green day-xmas day(i know i know)//danny elfman-nightmare before xmas//departure lounge-xmas downer//ramones-merry xmas(i dont wanna fight tonight)//bob rivers comedy corp-the restroom door said gentelmen//vandals-dance of the sugar plum fairies//no doubt-oi to the world//big bad voodoo daddy-christmas time in tinsel town//morphine-sexy christmas baby mine(live)//the damned-there aint no snata claus//irish rovers-merry bloody xmas//stiff little fingers-white xmas// //mojo nixon-punk rock xmas//desChi-survivor//bob rivers-chipmunks roasting on an open fire//how the grinch stole xmas theme//pogues-fairytale...//rudolphs' island of misfit toys theme//rem-xmas griping//bing crosby-peace on earth,drummer boy//leon redbone-xmas ball blues//bob and doug mckenzie-twelve days of xmas//

kephm, Friday, 6 December 2002 14:05 (12 years ago) Permalink

Red House Painters version of "Little Drummer Boy" is the shiznit.

Chris V. (Chris V), Friday, 6 December 2002 14:21 (12 years ago) Permalink

True story: Last week I was listening to Harmonia's Musik von Harmonia at work and one of my co-workers asked if it was the Mannheim Steamroller Xmas album.

I love all Christmas music, even the "bad" stuff. Only thing I can't tolerate is Kenny G and, yes, Mannheim Steamroller. Bad instrumentals, forget it. But all the other crap is great.

Mark (MarkR), Friday, 6 December 2002 14:25 (12 years ago) Permalink

Celibate Rifles did a really good Christmas song, but I can't remember the name of it.

Christine "Green Leafy Dragon" Indigo (cindigo), Friday, 6 December 2002 14:27 (12 years ago) Permalink

"Santa Claus Was My Lover" by Cultricide, a band who deal in the most primitive smapling ever, they just play a record and add their vocals and guiatr on top. "Santa Claus Was My Lover" is to the tune of Billy Jean.

tigerclawskank, Friday, 6 December 2002 14:59 (12 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is a profoundly dumb but musically and culturally fascinating song.

Pete Scholtes, Friday, 6 December 2002 16:10 (12 years ago) Permalink


Another Vote for ..Frosty the Snowman by the Cocteau Twins.

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 6 December 2002 16:13 (12 years ago) Permalink

It's all about Vince Guaraldi.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 6 December 2002 16:13 (12 years ago) Permalink

The only track I have heard from the _Tarquin Records All-Star Holiday Extravaganza_ (Franklin Bruno's "Invisible Mistletoe") leads me to think that it would be a fine addition to anyone's Christmas music collection.

Ned's right, too. As are most of you. (Someone must've mentioned Wham's "Last Christmas" up in there, yes?)

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 6 December 2002 18:23 (12 years ago) Permalink

Beck - little drum machine boy

A Nairn (moretap), Friday, 6 December 2002 19:44 (12 years ago) Permalink

The Jimmy Smith Xmas record and the Esquivel xmas record are both pretty good.

Dave Beckhouse (Dave Beckhouse), Monday, 9 December 2002 00:25 (12 years ago) Permalink

Why are there so many songs questioning the weather patterns in Africa? There's at least 2.

Ally (mlescaut), Monday, 9 December 2002 00:48 (12 years ago) Permalink

Haha Ally. The Toto one and...? (or are you still talking about the Band Aid one there) I'm hoping that there ARE more.

Kim (Kim), Monday, 9 December 2002 04:58 (12 years ago) Permalink

Is there no love for "Christmas Wrapping" by the Waitresses? And did Patty Donohue die, or am I just imagining that? They weren't major, but I fondly remember all their singes.

Sean (Sean), Monday, 9 December 2002 05:57 (12 years ago) Permalink

*singles*

Sean (Sean), Monday, 9 December 2002 06:16 (12 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...
Here is a brief ("official") obit for Patty Donahue of The Waitresses:

"Miss Donahue died on December 9, 1996 after a year-long battle with
lung cancer. She was 40. If you are ever in the Cleveland area and
would like to visit her grave site, she is buried in Holy Cross
Cemetery, Section 13, Lot 782."

J. Vincent (JtheV), Friday, 23 December 2005 05:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

Christmas 'portable' CD80 GO!

1. Vince Guaraldi Trio - O Tannenbaum

2. Bing Crosby - White Christmas

3. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

4. Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

5. Bobby Helms - Jingle Bell Rock

6. Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

7. Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad

8. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

9. John Denver & The Muppets - Stille Nacht (Silent Night)

10. Burl Ives - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

11. Gene Autry - Here Comes Santa Claus

12. Burl Ives - Holly Jolly Christmas

13. Dean Martin - Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

14. Earth Kitt - Santa Baby

15. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

16. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York

17. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?

18. Belle & Sebastian - O Come O Come Emmanuel

19. Bing Crosby & David Bowie - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy

20. John Coltrane - My Favorite Things

21. Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker Suite Opus 71a: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

22. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time is Here

Spencer Chow, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

ze xmas is rockin my world right now y'know

I know, right?, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:13 (6 years ago) Permalink

"Christmas is Now Drawing Near" on Coil's "Winter Solstice" EP and the cover of "Old Toy Trains" that Sonic Boom posted on his website a couple of years ago are both lovely.

novaheat, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

Oh. I should've checked to see if the MP3 was even still posted. It's not. Sorry. You'll just have to take my word for it.

novaheat, Monday, 24 December 2007 20:20 (6 years ago) Permalink

Check out "Frohes Fest" by Unheilig. German carols in the style of Laibach or Rammstein, done totally straight and beautifully produced. If that sounds good, you need to download it now! "Kling, Glockchen, Klingelingeling!"

Soukesian, Monday, 24 December 2007 21:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

the best Christmas song =

Tom Waits, "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis"

stephen, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 00:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

Check out "Frohes Fest" by Unheilig. German carols in the style of Laibach or Rammstein, done totally straight and beautifully produced. If that sounds good, you need to download it now! "Kling, Glockchen, Klingelingeling!"

-- Soukesian, Monday, December 24, 2007 9:22 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

thanx 4 the tip

Lingbert, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 00:51 (6 years ago) Permalink

My Christmas present to yall is this song
Red Red Meat - Welcome Christmas

CaptainLorax, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 04:06 (6 years ago) Permalink

Also, I like the Yes singer's version of "The Holly and the Ivy" the best. (Jon Anderson)

CaptainLorax, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 04:09 (6 years ago) Permalink

HMHB own this thread.

Just got offed, Tuesday, 25 December 2007 04:22 (6 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...

uosdwis r ɹәwoh (PappaWheelie V), Saturday, 29 November 2008 21:52 (6 years ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

I've started listening to Christmas music. Have you? What are the Christmas releases you're looking forward to this year?

Concord has reissued Christmas with Sinatra and Friends and Ray Charles: The Spirit Of Christmas.

A Fine Frenzy (who?) "will be releasing the six-song EP Oh Blue Christmas, available exclusively at Target, Target.com and the Target area on iTunes."

What else?

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 24 October 2009 05:48 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wintersong by Sarah McLachlan is a gorgeous collection of Christmas songs.

anagram, Saturday, 24 October 2009 07:05 (5 years ago) Permalink

Playlist
Sufjan Stevens - Hey Guys! It's Christmas Time!
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmas Time
Mariah Carey- All I Want for Christmas Is You
Slade - Merry Xmas Everyboy
Sufjan Stevens - Put the Lights on the Tree
Elton John - Step Into Christmas
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song
Ron Sexsmith - Maybe This Christma
The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
Chris Rea - Driving Home for Christmas
Shakin Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry

Eels - Christmas is Going to the Dogs
Dean Martin - Let it Snow! x3
Sufjan Stevens - Amazing Grace
Bright Eyes - Away in a Manger
Mike Oldfield -In Dulee Jubilo
Bob Dylan - Little Drummer Boy
Diana Krall -Winter Wonderland
Frank Sinatra - The First Noel
Sufjan Stevens - O Come O Come Emmanuel
Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas
Frank Sinatra - Hard! The Herald Angles Sing
Sufjan Stevens - The First Noel
Mud - Lonely This Christmas

Josh L, Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:08 (5 years ago) Permalink

abcfsk, Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:11 (5 years ago) Permalink

jeez leave it till December YOU'RE RUINING IT FOR EVERYONE.

FC Tom Tomsk Club (Merdeyeux), Saturday, 24 October 2009 12:19 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

No mention of Kurtis Blow yet?

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Thread bumped because it was a long car ride home with half the radio stations now switched over to full-time Christmas music.

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

None of which played "Christmas Rappin"

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:13 (5 years ago) Permalink

Josh L, mediafire your playlist pretty please with Xmas sugar on top.

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:54 (5 years ago) Permalink

Last couple Christmases, selections from Amahl and the Night Visitors was really doing it for me.

really senile old crap shit (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 November 2009 20:12 (5 years ago) Permalink

Could somebody maybe share with me the Sonic Boom "Old Toy Trains" cover and the ZE Records comp?

Stevie D, Saturday, 28 November 2009 20:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wait, nevermind, I found the Sonic Boom track (which was released as Dean & Britta f/ Sonic Boom, apparently).

Stevie D, Saturday, 28 November 2009 20:36 (5 years ago) Permalink

You haven't lived until you've heard Cher and Rosie O'Donnell's "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" with Rosie's vocals autotuned or whatever that thing was on Cher's voice in "Believe":

Kevin John Bozelka, Thursday, 3 December 2009 02:58 (5 years ago) Permalink

It's either Vince Guaraldi, Slade, the new Dylan for lols, or nuthin

Sock Puppet Queso Con Concentrate, Thursday, 3 December 2009 08:43 (5 years ago) Permalink

in fact, here it is!

les rallizes miserables (get bent), Tuesday, 4 December 2012 00:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh wow, beautiful

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 4 December 2012 00:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

shameless self/friends promotion, this comp is great:

http://sartorialrecords.greedbag.com/buy/all-ready-for-the-25th/

Crackle Box, Tuesday, 11 December 2012 10:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is not as great as its writeup, but it's still fun:

Finders Keepers sister label Cache Cache and X-Ray Pop's Doc Pilot inaugurate an ongoing collaboration to plunder the hidden depths of one of the most original and productive independent groups of the French DIY domestic synth pop/pocket punk funk/homemade tape scene with this cut AND paste Christmas cartridge of well loved and unknown festive interference spanning the first 20 years of the groups self-propelled anti-career. With a consistent omnipresence on European tape co-ops through the 80s and early 90s this troupe of battery operated cabaret cosmonauts combine duel French femme vox with alternating dreamy metronomic private pop or erratic pulsating cosmic rock via their Casio-to-cassette production line. A standout track on the lauded rare alternative funk compilation and sited as a closely guarded influence for the well informed X-Ray Pop are a group who are easy to scratch the surface but almost impossible to get the bottom of, with a warren of unexplored passages they truly are a band with musical gift that keeps on giving!

Precariously bridging gaps between Fontaine, Robeiro, Sunforest, Cluster, ESG, Williams and Currie, The Plastics, Weekend, Stereolab and faithful generations of adventurous continental Walkmans, this group sends a 9v current from Elli and Jacno to Elly and Rikkert and, if at all possible, provides pop punks equivalent of Vera Chytilova’s Daisies, maybe... Joyeux Noël!

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Tuesday, 11 December 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

I heard this for the first time tonight and teared up...unaccompanied makes it v haunting and tender

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 14 December 2012 04:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mall-store muzak was playing "Now That's What I Call Today's Christmas" earlier today. I was so miserable the entire time I was there. Serious-ass "destroy."

billstevejim, Monday, 17 December 2012 06:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Are there any K-Pop Christmas songs?" I wondered. Of course there are - most of what I've found are insipid, but this is cute and nuts:

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Friday, 21 December 2012 03:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

The National Jazz Trio of Scotland - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

yeah this is really good! i saw them at cafe oto and as much as i like bill wells in general i wasn't 100% convinced by their takes on the christmas traditionals, but now that i have the recordings i'm coming around to them.

Shane Richie Junior (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 25 December 2012 00:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

also as it's past uk midnight, merry christmas!

Shane Richie Junior (Merdeyeux), Tuesday, 25 December 2012 00:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

indeed merdy, backatcha, enjoy the seasonal excess !

so, am i the only person who likes the tim wheeler/emmy the great crimbo album ?

mark e, Tuesday, 25 December 2012 00:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Merry Christmas, folks!

I put my mix up on Mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/ialadnaes/christmas-2012/

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Tuesday, 25 December 2012 00:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

my choir director sent us youtubes of poulenc's four christmas motets. so beautiful.

here's videntes stellam:

gimme some reggae! (get bent), Tuesday, 25 December 2012 20:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

10 months pass...

definitely too early to start with this, but it has happened.

Merdeyeux, Monday, 11 November 2013 18:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

I had a blast of it the other week.

famous for hits! (seandalai), Monday, 11 November 2013 19:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have been secretly listening to the christmas fm station

i know it's too early but :D

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 03:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Happened today for me, on the radio...I actually started, secretly, three weeks ago. Here and there. No playlists.

*tera, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 03:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

:)

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 03:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

Had my first encounter with Xmas music of 2013 tonight while shopping in a bookstore that had some horrible version of "Marshmallow World" playing over their speaker.

a fifth of misty beethoven (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 04:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

Christmas music can kiss my ass

paolo, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

In a Bleak Hindquarter

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Wednesday, 13 November 2013 12:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

just the traffic passing by for this bloke...

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 14:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

Christmas music is hard.

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

Tom Lehrer not mentioned once in this thread

eclectic husbandry (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is more of an Easter song, really.

midnight outdoor nude frolic up north goes south (Eric H.), Thursday, 14 November 2013 18:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

yesssss minimal wave christmas

famous for hits! (seandalai), Thursday, 28 November 2013 18:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

John Zorn's A Dreamers Christmas

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 28 November 2013 18:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

my current favorite christmas albums:
-Louvin Brothers Christmas
-Ser Christemas - The Elizabethan Singers (Louis Halsey conductor)
really feeling trad carols at the moment

also finally was introduced to Aimee Mann's Christmas album and I looooooooove it

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 23 December 2013 17:57 (11 months ago) Permalink

the new xmas album by the polyphonic spree is just gorgeous.

mark e, Monday, 23 December 2013 18:00 (11 months ago) Permalink

Christmas merengue/bachata/cumbia

freemen (on the) space (seandalai), Tuesday, 24 December 2013 03:13 (11 months ago) Permalink

not so hot on the polyphonic spree album tbh

freemen (on the) space (seandalai), Tuesday, 24 December 2013 03:14 (11 months ago) Permalink

This year's Christmas mix:

Batman - Christmas Carol Caper
Electric Jungle - Funky Funky Christmas
Banda Jaripera - Otra Vez Navidad
The Klezmonauts - Joy To The World
Kay Martin and Her Body Guards - I Know What You Want For Christmas
Joe Gibbs - Let X-Mas Catch You In A Good Mood
The Trashmen - Dancin' With Santa Claus
Little Eva and Big Dee Erwin - I Wish You A Merry Christmas
Lord Nelson - Party For Santa Claus
Pastor TL Barrett and The Youth For Christ Choir - Jingle Bells (Part 1)
Bert Jansch - Mary and Joseph
Margo Guryan - I Don't Intend To Spend Christmas Without You
Marlene Paul - I Wanna Spend Christmas With Elvis
Coldcut - Coldcut's Christmas Break
Lynne Richards - Christmas In Ireland
The Soulful Strings - Sleigh Ride
Magic In Threes - We Three Kings
Nazir Ali, Nahid Akhtar and Mehnaz - Happy Chrismis
Margie Joseph - Christmas Gift
Chucho Avellanet - Winter Wonderland
Jimmy Smith - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
X Ray Pop - Fuzzy Christmas
The Everly Brothers - Christmas Eve Can Kill You
Mista E - Mista E Says Merr(e) Xmas And A Happ(e) New Year

http://www.mixcloud.com/ialadnaes/christmas-2013/

freemen (on the) space (seandalai), Tuesday, 24 December 2013 23:46 (11 months ago) Permalink

ilxor mackro alerted me to wprb, playing 25 straight hours of christmas punk rock and hiphop and weirdness. in hour 6 or 7 right now

anky, Wednesday, 25 December 2013 03:04 (11 months ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

ANYBODY ELSE GETTING EXCITED ABOUT CHRISTMAS YET? JUST ME?
whereas normal people are probably thinking of how their 2014 Top 10's are looking (well, normal music nerds), I am busy beefing up my Christmas song collection. For one, I love Christmas music, and two, my local newspaper here in Texas has a Christmas playlist competition I am yet to win, despite my pandering with the odd terrible Fabulous Thunderbirds track.
Anyway, I'm kind of treating this guy's WFMU playlists like the Stranded discography or something.
http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/x-mas-part-one.html

This year I will win!

campreverb, Thursday, 21 August 2014 13:08 (3 months ago) Permalink

I am always excited about Christmas! There's a lot of good stuff in that list. What's the competition about?

slip jig (seandalai), Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:02 (3 months ago) Permalink

Or rather, how does it work?

slip jig (seandalai), Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:04 (3 months ago) Permalink

the local newspaper here has a best Christmas playlist contest, judged by the staff on criteria like sequencing and originality. I guess.

here's the last one, they are a bit intermittent about it: http://www.austin360.com/news/entertainment/music/holiday-playlist-contest-2012-we-have-winners/nTXJg/

campreverb, Thursday, 21 August 2014 15:59 (3 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

went christmas music foraging at my used record store & found THIS awesome euro time-life compilation
(I'm not gonna lie, I totally bought it just for Wizzard)

CD 1:
1. Band Aid - Do They Know It's Christmas?
2. Elton John - Step Into Christmas
3. The Beach Boys - I'll Be Home For Christmas
4. Kate Bush - December Will Be Magic Again
5. David Essex - A Winter's Tale
6. Darts - White Christmas
7. Wham! - Last Christmas
8. The Pretenders - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
9. Laura Nyro - Christmas In My Soul
10. Mud - Lonely This Christmas
11. Boney M. - Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord
12. Gary Glitter - Another Rock 'n' Roll Christmas

CD 2:
1. The Jets [UK] - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
2. Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
3. Squeeze - Christmas Day
4. Shakin' Stevens - Blue Christmas
5. New Kids On The Block - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
6. Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
7. Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas
8. The Weather Girls - Dear Santa (Bring Me A Man This Christmas)
9. Chris De Burgh - A Spaceman Came Travelling
10. Greedies - A Merry Jingle
11. Elvis Presley - Santa Claus Is Back In Town
12. Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody

http://hitparade.ch/compilation/Time-Life:-The-Rock-Collection-Rock-Christmas-105894

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 04:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

oh and this (I have the Have a Nice Day set, had no idea this existed!)

http://www.allmusic.com/album/have-a-nice-christmas-holiday-hits-of-the-70s-mw0000626272

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 04:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4901

djh, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

^ Saint Etienne presents: Songs for a London Winter.

djh, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:03 (1 month ago) Permalink

I'm groaning at the effortless predictability of that compilation. Tracklist, title, cover, sleevenotes, ad copy et al. all apparently created by a St Etienne compilation app.

everything, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah, I can see that. It was posted in more of a "I wonder if this is of interest?" kind of way than as an endorsement.

djh, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

Greg Lake - I Believe In Father Christmas

have a pretty low tolerance for Xmas pop, but enjoy hearing this

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 19 November 2014 20:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

Dinah Washington's Ole Santa.

xelab, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

I love Chet Bakers' underrated as fuck Silent Nights. It is more like an album to commit suicide to, but still a wonderfully majestic shambles of a christmas album.

xelab, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 22:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

^^^OTM!

*tera, Wednesday, 19 November 2014 23:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

From the great Dust to Digital release, Where Will You Be Christmas Day?

Jazzbo, Saturday, 22 November 2014 16:27 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

some incredible advice in this

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11258606/Cool-party-playlist-how-to-compile-the-ultimate-one.html

piscesx, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 00:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

has anyone seen the Edyie Gorme and Trios Los Panchos Christmas record anywhere?
http://www.allmusic.com/album/navidad-means-christmas-mw0000264013

campreverb, Thursday, 4 December 2014 02:21 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


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