Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Reading the comments on Christmas a Go Go! I noticed a few requests for re-uploads of last years songs.
Well, normally I wouldn't, but since it's still Christmas, how can I refuse? Here they are:
Pizzicato Five - 24 decembre (single version)
Cusbismo Grafico - Ave Maria
Handsome Boy Technique - Our Belssing
Pizzicato Five - 24 decembre (Handsome Boy Technique Yikes! Peach Cut 5' 24"!! mix)
See you all next year :)
Monday, December 24, 2007
Christmas Compilation 2007:
Nellie McKay - Christmas Dirge
James Brown - Soulful Christmas
June Christy - The Merriest
Irene - Christmas On The Beach
Milton DeLugg & The Little Eskimos - Hooray for Santy Claus!
Mae West - Put The Loot In The Boot, Santa
The Pipettes - White Christmas
Michele Cody - Merry Christmas Elvis
Rufus Thomas - I'll Be Your Santa, Baby
Shonen Knife - Space Christmas
Andre Williams - Poor Mr. Santa
Rufus Wainwright - Spotlight On Christmas
The Free Design - Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas)
Solomon Burke - Presents On Christmas
Brenda Lee - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Ivy - I Hate December
The Young Republic - Merry Christmas Again...
Willie Nelson - Please Come Home For Christmas
Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz, It's Christmas
Over The Rhine - All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue
Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa
Cocoon - Christmas Song
Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Elvis Presley - Santa Bring My Baby Back
Eux Autres - Another Christmas At Home
Gayla Peavey - I Want A Hippo For Christmas
Holly Golightly - Christmas Tree On Fire
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Froehliche Weihnachten, Craciun Fericit, Joyeux Noël, Buon Natale, Merry Christmas, Shinnen Omedeto, Polit Nadal, Pozdrevlyayu Prazdnikom Rozhdestva, Bon Nadal, Bo Nadal, Zorionak, God Jul, Boas Festas, Idah Saidan, Kala Christougenna Kieftihismenos, Zalig Kerstfeest...¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Did you know that the melody of German Christmas carol O Tannenbaum is also used for the official state songs of Iowa and Maryland? And that the Britisch Labour Party used it for their hymn The Red Flag? And that waaaay back in 1990, three Dutch guys called De Ideale Schoonzonen (the ideal sons-in-law) mashed it up with Simple Minds' millionseller Don't You Forget About Me?
Now you do. (Thanks Luba)
De Ideale Schoonzonen - Oh!! Denneboom
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
STEVE LAWRENCE & EYDIE GORME :: THAT HOLIDAY FEELING!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Okay, here's a scary Christmas story for you.
It all starts with an appointment with a trained therapist:
Pressure applied to a point on the underside of your big toe triggers vivid technicolour memories of Christmases past. A trained therapist removes your sock.
You lie back with a sigh (...) You are a little girl again...
So, here starts the memory. A young girl is on a train. It's Christmas time. It's also cold, the people in second class must really be cold. The train stops, her caretaker is asleep and a kid a little bit older askes her to come outside and play, which she does. Then the train starts moving again... She can jump onto the locomotive just in time...
The engineer is unmistakeably Santa Claus. You inch back into the shadows, hoping he doesn't notice you. He looks deranged. But He sees you. He sees everything.
"Feel sorry for the people in second class. Eh..?!" He booms.
And then his laughter. His terrible booming laughter.
Peter Blegvad & John Greaves - Christmas Past
Okay, I joined this blog last year to contribute some Japanese Christmas music, so I feel it's my duty to post some this year too.
Not that I mind :)
Here are five whispery songs about snow, to get into the seasonal spirit!
Piana - Snow Bird
Swing Slow - Yuki-ya-konko
Yoko Ono - Snow Is Falling All The Time
Kahimi Karie - Melt the Snow
Cinnamon Toast Crunch - Lord, It's Winter And Snowing Outside
(I'm not sure what yuki-ya-konko means... yuki is snow, so yuki-ya would be a snow-shop. It's a traditional children's song)
(I didn't think posting Yoko's song "Mum's Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow" would help christmas spirits, but you can find it here)
There are dozens of covers of John & Yoko's Happy X-Mas (War is Over), but not many have something to add to the original. These three versions, however manage to be even more dramatic, bombastic and emotional than the original - that's why I love them.
The Polyphonic Spree - Happy Christmas (War is Over)
The K-Foundation- K.Cera Cera (War Is Over If You Want It)
Antony and George - Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Hey everyone. I was at a record show this weekend. I was really hoping to find some dusty old hard to find Christmas records to post for you all. I didn't find much but I didn't find this. It is a record from Warner Brothers that I'm guessing was sent only to radio stations. It has some great songs and some holiday greetings on it. A lot of unknowns, but it also had Pee-Wee! I knew these existed, but I never knew where they were from. They are great. I only wish they were longer. I posted some clips from Pee-Wee's Christmas Special last year.
PEE-WEE HERMAN :: CHRISTMAS MEDLEY & DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE, DUH!
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Joyeux Noël sounds much sexier than Merry Christmas, n'est-ce pas? Nine French (or French speaking) bands and artists recorded especially for my Filles Sourires-blog brandspanking new x-mas songs. Hektor did a Les Wampas-cover, Marianne Dissard hooked up with Amparo Sanchez (former Amparanoia-singer) for a very sensual duet, Watoo Watoo was inspired by children's tv, and so on. Go check HERE.
Marianne Dissard & Amparo Sanchez - Je & tu ne croient plus au Père Noël
Friday, December 07, 2007
The bestest christmas compilation this year, period, is Wish You Best Christmas Ever on the wonderful German Trikont-label. Odd covers (twang-y version of Wham's Last Christmas), strange instrumentals (Coconami's White Christmas) and a whole lotta roots rock, blues, mambo, soul and pop. Best title: It's So Chic to be Pregnant at Christmas, by Nancy White. This is such a great comp, it's hard to pick only two songs to get a taste. Put it high on your want-list.
Brenda Lee - I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus (yousendit)
Andrew Sisters - Christmas Island (yousendit)
Thursday, December 06, 2007
CHRISTMAS DISCO PARTY
Matt Mitchell (he plays guitar) and Marianne Dissard (she doesn't, she sings) form a duo. But they're also solo-artists. And part of bands. And they join each other for special projects. Like the album Christmas in Tuscon, featuring band from the Tucson area playing x-mas songs: Al Perry, Naim Amor, Bob Spasm, Solace Bros., etc. On this album, Matt does a great instrumental rendition of Sleigh Ride, while Marianne (with Matt on guitar) covers Jona Lewie's Stop The Cavalry, with slightly changed lyrics.
Marianne Dissard - Stop The Cavalry
Matt Mitchell - Sleigh Ride
Matt + Marianne on Myspace
More on Christmas in Tucson
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
That's right, I believe in Sinterklaas. Who else would buy all those presents for Dutch kids this evening, december 5th..?
Some people believe Sint Nicolas is really Santa Claus, but I don't believe that for a minute. You couldn't fool any Dutch kid with this theory, they don't look anything alike. Sinterklaas isn't fat and doesn't drink Coca Cola!
Besides, comparing Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) with a reindeer doesn't do him justice, and frankly, I would consider it racist!
Luckily I'm not the only one, listen to CocoRosie with Good Friday.
I believe in Saint Nicolas, He's a different kind of Santa Claus...Exactly!