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    December Playlist: HBBJ 2019

    Give thanks for the birth of Christ… then give the drummer some!

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    December Playlist: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus, 2018

    Bonding time: the Nativity in Townsville. Jan Hynes, 2007.

    Bonding time: the Nativity in Townsville. Jan Hynes, 2007.

    My son got an Advent calendar from his grandparents that has Santa captaining Noah’s ark. Is this better or worse than the ones that just dispense chocolate? I am unsure.

    One thing to be sure of is that in 1962, Kim Fowley secured the copyright to an arrangement of the march from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker. The result is evergreen and to be trusted in, unlike Advent calendars.

    Enjoy the music! (And click here to listen to about 2/3 of it on Spotify)

    1. Silent Night – William Shatner & Iggy Pop
    2. When Was the Baby Born – The Swan Silvertones
    3. Black Christmas – Rose Graham
    4. Nut Rocker – B. Bumble and the Stingers
    5. Ave Maria – The New Adventures
    6. Rain, Sleet, Snow – Paul Revere & The Raiders
    7. Merry Christmas, Pretty Baby – Jessie Mae Hemphill
    8. This Christmas – Color TV
    9. Holiday on the Moon – Love and Rockets
    10. Frosty the Snowman – Man or Astroman?
    11. We Three Kings – The Reverend Horton Heat
    12. December Mourning – The Crocodile Shop
    13. Christmas Is Just Another Day – Ernest Tubb
    14. It’s Christmas (A Time for Giving) – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
    15. Santa’s Little Helper – Evan Johns and His H-Bombs
    16. Merry Christmas Boogaloo – Johnny Albino
    17. Here Comes Santa Claus – You
    18. I Just Want You For Christmas – The Golddiggers
    19. Christmas Time Is Here – Khruangbin
    20. (We Wish You) A Protein Christmas – The Fall
    21. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Woody Phillips
    22. Run with the Fox – Yes
    23. Christmas Here (Could Never Be Like That) – Wednesday Week
    24. Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant – Siouxsie and the Banshees
    25. Silent Night – Douglass Leedy

    December Playlist: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2017

    Bringing out the Christmas trappings early actually felt like a necessity this year. Hope you dig the mix.

    1. Happy Holiday – Enuff Z’Nuff
    2. Christmas Song – Gilbert O’Sullivan
    3. Black Christmas – The Harlem Children’s Chorus
    4. Christmas Was a Friend Of Mine – Fay Lovsky
    5. Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day – Brenda Lee
    6. Christmas Is Now Drawinig Near At Hand – James Elkington
    7. Silent Night – CAN
    8. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Fireside Version) – Holy Ghost & Classixx
    9. Jingle Bells – Brooklyn Attractors
    10. Drink Ah Rum – Lord Kitchener
    11. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Grover Washington, JR.
    12. Winter Wonderland – The Avalanches
    13. Hey Mr. Christmas – Showaddywaddy
    14. Carolling & Crumpets – John Kirkpatrick
    15. Carol of the Bells – Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra
    16. Dead by Xmas – Hanoi Rocks
    17. The Christmas Song – Larry Carlton
    18. It’s Christmas Time – The Qualities
    19. My Christmas Dream – Trashcan Sinatras
    20. Bedding Down Post-Xmastime – Cass McCombs
    21. Christmas Is Now Drawing Near – Coil
    22. Taking Down the Tree – Tracey Thorn
    23. Riu Riu Chiu – The Monkees

    You can find my other mixes on Enjoy!

    Summer Playlist

    1. Everybody Loves the Sunshine – Roy Ayers
    2. Summer Breeze (Live ’73) – The Isley Brothers
    3. Can’t Hide Love – Jaye P. Morgan
    4. Them Changes – Buddy Miles
    5. Cherry – J.J. Cale
    6. China cat Sunflower – The Grateful Dead
    7. Choo-Choo Gatagoto – Haruomi Hosono
    8. Get it Up For Love – Ned Doheny
    9. Cheap Sunglasses – ZZ Top
    10. Fly Away/Walking in the Sunshine – Laid Back
    11. Butterbean – B-52’s
    12. Bitchen’ Summer – The Bangles
    13. Everything Flows – Teenage Fanclub
    14. Rockaway Beach – Ramones
    15. Oboe – Jackie Mittoo
    16. I started a Joke – Pat Kelly
    17. Sunshower – Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band
    18. California Dreamin’ – Baby Huey
    19. Lotus Blossom – Michael Franks
    20. Wonderful Summer – Robin Ward

    December Playlist: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2016

    Don’t rat me out to the Advent police — here’s this year’s Xmas mix.

    1. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year – The Chambers Brothers
    2. Funky Jesus – The Jive Turkeys
    3. Santa’s Got a Bag Of Soul – The Soul Saints Orchestra
    4. Happy Christmas – California Raisins (Buddy Miles)
    5. Last Christmas – Aidan John Moffat
    6. And Anyway It’s Christmas – !!!
    7. Coldcut’s Christmas Break – Coldcut
    8. Christmas Rappin’ – Kurtis Blow
    9. Christmas Rules Everything Around Me (Prod. By Curtiss King) – Murs
    10. Chasing Christmas – Superimposers
    11. Sock It To Me Santa – Bob Seger and the Last Heard
    12. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
    13. It’s Christmas Time Again – Bad Manners
    14. ISLAND CHRISTMAS – Michael Franks
    15. Happy Christmas (The Christmas Song) – The Maytals
    16. Silver Bells – Imagene Peise
    17. Joy to the World – Charlie Hunter and Bobby Previte
    18. To Heck With Ole Santa Claus – Loretta Lynn
    19. Blue Christmas Lights – Buck Owens
    20. Winterlude – Joe Ely
    21. A Very Sorry Christmas – The New Mendicants
    22. Its About That Time – The Idea
    23. 25th December – Everything But the Girl
    24. The Cherry Tree Carol – The Pentangle

    Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2015


    December Mix: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2014


    Growing up the son of a liturgical Episcopal priest, Christmas music was verboten in our house until after the 4th Sunday in Advent. So, it makes me nervous when Dave makes me post my Xmas mix right as December dawns… Anywho, Jing Jing A Ling! Let me know what rings your bell.


    December Playlist: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2013


    Mockingbird is graciously hosting my Christmas mix again this year. 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.

    Sorry pal, no mp3s found for your playlist.

    Lou Reed’s Proper Place

    Two day’s after Lou Reed’s death, my dad sent me an email asking after his best songs, and his best album. In other words, “why should I care?” Before dutifully sending on YouTube links and “probably Transformer (although not my favorite),” I stewed for a bit. Since Reed was really a generation between us, at […]

    Through the Wire: A Reading From the Post-Punk Gospel

    Wire’s initial three albums have long been favorites of mine, especially the first and the third. The debut album, Pink Flag, employed punk minimalism and acidity with a slyly absurd literal-ism, while completely throwing out punk’s reliance on traditional rock n’ roll song structure. It’s fast and fun and leaves you off kilter in a […]

    December Playlist: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2012

    ‘Tis (almost) the season, Mbirders,

    Dave has asked me to put up my annual Xmas mix again this year for your easy listening pleasure.

    Per usual, it 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!

    Sorry pal, no mp3s found for your playlist.

    1. Giddie Up - The Dumbells (aka Roxy Music) 
    2. Three Ships - Jon Anderson
    3. Please Come Home For Christmas - The Insight (featuring Johnny & Edgar Winter)
    4. Christmas Time In Motor City - Was (Not Was)
    5. Let’s Get It Together This Christmas - Harvey Averne Band
    6. Winter Wonderland - Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
    7. Mele Kalikimaka - Arthur Lyman
    8. Merry Christmas Baby - Dr. John
    9. Hey Santa Claus - The Moonglows
    10. The Wildest Christmas - The Boys Next Door
    11. Deck The Halls - Metal Mike, Alison & Julia 
    12. Merry Christmas Will Do - Material Issue
    13. Please Leave Me Home For Christmas - Imperial Drag
    14. Ghost of Christmas - Manic Street Preachers
    15. Christmas, Bring Us - The Grip Weeds
    16. Christmas Was Better In The 80s - The Futureheads
    17. White Christmas - The Wedding Present
    18. Christmas Spirit - The Wailers
    19. Christmas in Prison (Live) - John Prine
    20. Christmas '83 - Centro-matic
    21. Silver Bells - Arlo Guthrie & Ed Gerhard
    22. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman - Jethro Tull
    23. Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
    24. Children Go Where I Send Thee - Odetta
    25. River - Cee Lo Green
    26. Thank You for Christmas - Bee Gees

    If you’d like to hear more selections, please check out my treasure trove of Christmas goodness on A Rather Lovely Thing, the Fishwick family blog. Adeste Fideles!

    Happy Birthday Baby Jesus: Mbird Edition

    Every year since 2005 I’ve done a Christmas compilation called “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus” (see our blog to check out years’ past). Dave was kind enough to let me surface from the code mines for a few hours to bring you a collection of some of my favorites from across the years. It wasn’t easy […]