Christmas posts part 8


Today’s posting is all about contrast from America.

So we have the alt-rock of Liz Phair, the 80s Hip-Hop of pioneers Run DMC and the of Giant Sand.

Liz Phair -‘Winter Wonderland.’ mp3

Run DMC -‘Christmas in Hollis.’ mp3

Giant Sand -‘Thank You Dreaded Black Ice, Thank You.’ mp3

And if you’re looking for more Christmas songs, may I suggest that you try my friend Jim’s blog, Aye Tunes. He’s posted stuff from the likes of Frightened Rabbit, How To Swim and several others. You should be checking this blog regularly, anyway, mind you…

Don’t Let It Snow


No posts yesterday – what should have been a fairly starightforward drive of twenty miles became a hideous nightmare of car spinning, virtually zero visibility, freezing temperatures…and posting ‘Thank you dreaded black ice, thank you’ by Giant Sand would be too much like playing ‘Crash’ by the Primitives in the car. I am back safe in the warm and never want to go near a supermarket ever again. At least not until we’ve run out of food.

Tom Lehrer – ‘A Christmas Carol.’ mp3

RUN DMC -‘Christmas In Hollis.’ mp3

Liz Phair -‘Winter Wonderland.’ mp3

Sufjan Stevens -‘It’s Christmas Time.’ mp3

Sonic Youth -‘Santa Claus Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope.’ mp3

Bullette -‘Blue Christmas.’ mp3

Hope Christmas cynicism has been abated by news of the Rage Victory…

Seeing as it’s still (just about) the season of goodwill…

…and I was asked to re-post some of the last songs I’d done in my Christmas posts, here we go:

Stars -‘Fairytale Of New York.’ mp3
Pipettes -‘White Christmas.’ mp3
Teenage Fanclub -‘Christmas Eve.’ mp3
Dandy Warhols -‘Little Drummer Boy.’ mp3
Beck -‘The Little Drum Machine Boy.’ mp3
Liz Phair -‘Winter Wonderland.’ mp3
Holly Golightly -‘Christmas Tree On Fire.’ mp3
Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of The British Empire -‘Christmas 1979.’ mp3
Ten Thousand Dollar Tattoo -‘My First Santa.’ mp3
Eels -‘Christmas Is going To The Dogs.’ mp3
Eels -‘Everything’s Gonna Be Cool this Christmas.’ mp3
Weezer -‘Christmas Celebration.’ mp3
Weezer -‘The Christmas Song.’ mp3

Songs For Christmas XXI

It is mental out there, way too many people, still too much to do, and I haven’t even written a single Christmas card. Here are five more in the ongoing series…

First up, the Dandy Warhols’ cover of ‘Little Drummer Boy.’ I heard this on Peel in Christmas 1994, and it was actually the first time I had ever heard (of) them.

Dandy Warhols -‘Little Drummer Boy.’ mp3

…So what else could possibly follow it but…this?

Beck -‘The Little Drum Machine Boy.’ mp3

I came across this Liz Phair track across the ‘net, though I don’t know much about it:

Liz Phair -‘Winter Wonderland.’ mp3

This track came out last year:

Holly Golightly -‘Christmas Tree On Fire.’ mp3

…and finally, this track is from this year’s album of the same name (also released as a 7″ if you act quickly) (NB: this track does feature swear words, just in case you are in the presence of those unable to ‘cope’ with that sort of thing).

Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians Of The British Empire -‘Christmas 1979.’ mp3

Three more Christmas posts to come…XX

Oh, and if you live in the UK, and haven’t yet bought a copy of the Malcolm Middleton single, please DO so!