Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Christmas Compilation 2009
001 Welcome Wagon - Hail to the Lord's Anointed
002 Feist – Lo, how a rose e’re blooming
003 Storybox - It's Christmas Time
004 The Decemberists - Please daddy (don't get drunk this Christmas)
005 Musee Mecanique - White Christmas
006 Sam Baker - Angel Hair
007 Rilo Kiley - Xmas Cake
008 Boca Chica - Snow Angels
009 Clyde Lasley and the Cadillac Baby Specials - Santa came home drunk
010 Debbie and the Darnells - Santa, Teach Me To Dance
011 Huey Piano Smith - Doing the Santa Claus
012 Mumford and Sons - Winter Winds
013 Nellie McKay - The Christmas Waltz
014 Sam Cooke - Jesus Gave Me Water
015 Ron Sexsmith - Snow Angel
016 The Gasoline Brothers - Hungover Boxing Day
017 Basia Bulat - The Hem Of His Garment
018 That Band From Holland - Santa must be Daddy
019 J.D. McDonald - Boogaloo Santa Claus
020 Weezer - O come all ye faithful
021 Sufjan Stevens - Did I Make You Cry On Christmas Day (Well You Deserved It)
You can download last year's compilation here.
Not so much of a Christmassong, more a seasonal ditty, this X-mas gift of Dutch neo-jazzo's EinsteinBarbie to all their loyal fans. And you.
Snowflake bake ice cake
Polkadotting the blue sky
Popsicle pops little frosty spots of white fly by
Snowflake bake ice cake
Shimmering lights seasoning grass with little carpetry fluffs on you and me spots on you and me dots on you and me
EinsteinBarbie - Ice Cake
Root Boy Slim (born 1945, died 1993), who started as a singer-songwriter, soon gathered instant cult-fame with his mixture of glamrock, Memphis-style boogie and blues, but died way too soon at the age of 48 of natural causes.
Root Boy Slim & The Sex Change Band with The Rootettes - Xmas at K-Mart
Root Boy Slim - Boogie Till You Puke (YouTube)
This morning, I was a guest in the Dutch Radio6-show The Beat, playing obscure, yet funky X-mas choons. Also playing was the Tiny Little Big Band, a 'band of gentlemen' playing the standards. They made a Christmas album, and one of the highlights is a version of Gloria In Excelsis Deo, described by the band as 'part jazz, part churchhymn, part carnival.'
Tiny Little Big Band - Allegro in Excelsis Deo
If this is way too smooth for you, try this:
Tryfles - Gloria
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The track by Soupy Sales (Milton Supman) originates from 1966 and was part of one of his christmas shows back then.
'O Come, All Ye Faithful' is a traditional religious Christmas carol which is done in a funny way by The Chevelles. No further info on them. Anyone?
The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
The Beach Boys - The Man with All the Toys
Soupy Sales - Santa Claus Is Surfin' To Town
The Chevelles - Come All Ye Faithful Surfer Girls
Even old dino-rockers do have their moments of weakness. Luckily for us they manage to get something good out of it, like covering a Christmas track.
Mr. Motörhead Lemmy Kilmister recorded a version of 'Run Rudolph Run' together with Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).
Keith Richards did his version on his own. Some don't need no others.
Lemmy Kilmister and Friends - Run Rudolph Run
Keith Richards - Run Rudolph Run
Berend Dubbe played drums in Bettie Serveert 'till 1998. That year he left Bettie because of musical disputes and formed his solo-project Bauer. He recorded a sort of christmas soundscape with woodfire, argues and other stuff representing that typical Christmas atmosphere for the same compilation Bettie did.
Bettie Serveert - River
Berend Dubbe - Overige Geluiden (Remaining Sounds)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The hardest working Santa in showbusiness made several Christmas-albums, his most famous seasonal song is probably Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto (covered by Belle & Sebastian, no less). Here's a small selection of Mr Dynamite's Christmas tunes, featuring the very un-seasonal, but nevertheless very fantastic double take This Is My Lonely Christmas, with piercing keyboard-solos.
James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
James Brown - This Is My Lonely Christmas pt 1
James Brown - This Is My Lonely Christmas pt 2
James Brown - Go Power at Christmas
Monday, December 21, 2009
Later on Pesci went solo under the name Joe Ritchie, but unlike the ones mentioned before, Joe Pesci wasn't very succesful and started an acting career. He won several prizes, one of which was an Oscar for his supporting role as Tommy DeVito in Martin Scorsese's Good Fellas.
In 1992 Joe Pesci played the character Vincent LaGuardia Gambini in the movie 'My Cousin Vinny'. Six years later Pesci released an album as Vincent LaGuardia Gambini called 'Sings Just For You', which contained the xmas track 'If It Doesn't Snow For Christmas'. Explicit lyrics of course.
Vincent LaGuardia Gambini - If It Doesn't Snow For Christmas
02 Merry Christmas, Baby
03 Jingle Bells
04 Christmas Is Coming
05 Must Be Santa
06 Silent Night
07 Come On Ring Those Bells
08 Joy To The World
09 Blue Christmas
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Inspired by Natasha's post about The ultimate Christmas gift, I tracked down the sexiest X-mas tunes available. There's the sulty Eartha Kitt, with a song also covered by Kylie and Madonna. But those don't hold up against Mrs Kitt. There's the well-endowed Candye Kane doing a horny duet with Country Dick. The latter wants Candye to dress up in a red lace nighty and green stockings. Bob Rivers likes a fancy dress party too. Jimmy Butler wants to trim your tree. Finally, Albert Kings sings about the needs of Father Christmas.
Earth Kitt - Santa Baby
Candye Kane & Country Dick - Let's put the X back in X-mas
Jimmy Butler - Trim your tree
Bob Rivers - Walkin'round in women's underwear
Albert King - Santa Claus wants some lovin'
As suggested by Designwallah in the comments (thanks!):
Eartha Kitt - This Year's Santa Baby
Ella Fitzgerald - Santa Claus got stuck in my chimney
The cutie in the picture is Kay O'Hara.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Clare and the Reasons, Musée Mecanique and Josh Mease all got into the holiday spirit and produced three X-mas tracks. All covers, but done with a twist. If you're wondering how White Christmas sounds with a singing saw, or if the gorgeous Clare Muldaur holds up against a fuzzy guitar, have a listen.
All 3 songs in one zip (Mediafire)
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
If I was in Massive Attack, or Morcheeba, and looking for a new singer, I'd choose Betty Steeles. Her quirky, atmospheric and highly charming music is a treat, her Lolita-voice feels like fur rubbed softly on your earlobes. Especially for this blog she recorded a beautiful cover of Louis Armstrong's Wonderful World. A song to play on Christmas morning, when all is quiet, when the snow is pure, when time seems to have stopped.
Betty Steeles - Wonderful World
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
France de Griesen, the blonde hard-rocking fille whom we got to know here, made a very special Christmas track for all Christmas a gogo visitors. It's sweet, it's funny, it's L-O-U-D. It's a cover of this, which is a response to this.
France de Griessen - PP Haine
(picture was made by BlackHeart)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Another girl, Debbie Dabney (a.k.a Marlene Paul), wanted to spend Christmas with Elvis back in 1956. Now while you're sitting under that christmastree: try to find all the references that are made in these lyrics to titles that Elvis has sung. Good luck!
Elvis had a pretty busy Christmas that year, as Eddie Cochran (only on guitar) and The Holly Twins (singing) wanted Elvis for Christmas the same year too. Cause ''You ain't nothing but a reindeer, ooh barkin' all the time''. Thanks Eddie.
Finally there's a fine cover of one of Elvis' own Christmassongs, done by 2009 newbies First Aid Kit: Blue Christmas.
Michele Cody - Merry Christmas Elvis
All four tracks in one zipfile
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Dutch indie-rockband The Gasoline Brothers are like Santa Claus - they like giving stuff away. Like their music, for instance. Gasoline Bros think social media helps bands, instead of allowing other people to steal music. They've upped their special Christmas song on Bandcamp, along with nine other Christmastracks (covers, originals) from other Dutch bands like the mighty MOSS and the grand Audiotransparent. Go here to download it all for FREE!
A taster? Gasoline Brothers - Hungover Boxing Day (YSI)
My fellow contributors to this blog are doing a great job, but still I'm having some trouble getting in the mood for christmas this year. The warm and rainy weather isn't helping either.
I need some beats, some adrenaline, some jingle bells! Some Pet Shop Boys to get the party started:
Pet Shop Boys: It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas
Pet Shop Boys: Jingle Bells
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Producer/remixer Matt Pendergast and friends recorded a great atmospheric Christmas-track, that sounds a bit like St Etienne. Which is nice.
Matt Pendergast - It wouldn't be Christmas without you
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Christmas doesn't always bring out the best in us. Here's a selection of pottymouthed x-mas songs.
Eric Idle - Fuck Christmas (YSI)
Legendary Tiger Man - Fuck Christmas, I got the blues (YSI)
Mr Garisson from South Park - Merry Fucking Christmas (YSI)
Cutting Pink with Knives - Merry Fucking Christmas You Spineless Fuck (YSI)
Denis Leary - Merry Fucking Christmas (YSI)
Fear - Fuck Christmas (YSI)
Gabba Claus & Rudolph Ravedeer - Merry Mutha Fucking Christmas (YSI)
Dutch downtempo demi-gods Adani & Wolf teamed-up with the voloptuous Mieke Stemerdink (pictured) for this seductive x-mas song.
Adani & Wolf + Mieke Stemerdink - The Ghosts of Christmas Future (Sendspace)
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
We've mentioned 'Vive le vent' (French version of 'Jingle Bells', meaning 'Hail to the wind') by Québec superstar Ginette Reno and now it's time to share with you one of my Ginette Reno favourites, 'Père Noël arrive ce soir' ('Santa Claus is Coming to Town', meaning 'Father Christmas is coming tonight'). It's a nice jazz affair, perfect for that kir royal just before Christmas dinner.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Probably the best Christmas compilation to come out this year is In the Christmas Groove, sporting 12 obscure, but very funky x-mas choons. By artists like Milly & Silly, Zebra and Electric Jungle (okay, Jimmy Reed and Harevy Averne are on there as well), and mostly taken from the original vinyl. Here's a great track by Funk Machine.
Funk Machine - Soul Santa
All this funkiness reminded me of a good funky x-mas album by Shawn Lee, featuring a hard hitting sitar-version (!) version of Little Drummer Boy.
Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra - Little Drummer Boy
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Leave it to The Lovers, that naughty French duo to come up with a song about a Christmas tree that takes on a life of its own. Although the song is in English, in typical French style, it’s all about the lyrics. And if you really don’t get it, think Christmas office party, with that hot yet shy guy in the IT department having too much to drink and luring him to the photocopying room.