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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 20

Posted: Sunday December 20 2015 @ 6:40pm

Religious Order: Music

I didn't always love and collect Xmas music. In fact, I can still remember the CD that led me down the path. It was A Toolbox Christmas by Woody Phillips. I don't quite remember how I obtained the disc. Maybe I bought it? Maybe it was a novelty gift? I don't remember the details.

Anyway, it's a swell listen, with classic Xmas songs played on a combination of wood-working tools and traditional instruments. Yes, it's a goofy novelty disc, but that doesn't mean the songs aren't well done. This is a listenable chunk of Xmas goodness.

Jingle Bells

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 19

Posted: Sunday December 20 2015 @ 6:33pm

Religious Order: Music

Why does today's post feature Charo's version of (Mamacita) ┬┐Donde Esta Santa Claus? Because Charo; that's why!

(Mamacita) ¿Donde Esta Santa Claus?

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 18

Posted: Friday December 18 2015 @ 6:54pm

Religious Order: Music

Enough straight old Xmas music. Here's a queercore classic by Pansy Division:

Homo Christmas

(Safety note: Don't insert a candy cane that's lacking a crook. No one wants an embarrassing, and sticky, trip to the ER.)

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 17

Posted: Thursday December 17 2015 @ 7:05pm

Religious Order: Music

I love Carol of the Bells. It's so agressive, easily the most agressive of all the traditional carols. Because I like that aspect, I really only like versions that move at a good clip. If your version of Carol of the Bells is longer than a minute twenty, you're going too damn slow!

One of my favorite versions is from some obscure slab of vinyl called A Saint Louis Christmas, with this particular track sung by the Fox Senior High School Honor Choir. It really flies, yet with good diction.

Carol of the Bells by the Fox Senior High School Honor Choir

Some versions replace the singers with some sort of instrument. That's just cheating. It's too easy to do. The magic comes from the voices. That said, this version on a Moog is fairly fun, despite the cheating.

Carol of the Bells by the Moog Machine

Finally, Stephen Colbert invited Henry Rollins onto The Late Show to sing a punk version of it. It's okay, but Henry's punk schtick was slow-burn bellowing, not precise fast singing. A much better choice would have been Leonard Graves Phillips from the Dickies. (Don't worry. The Dickies may well make an appearance on this list by the 25th.)

Carol of the Bells with Stephen Colbert & Henry Rollins

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 16

Posted: Wednesday December 16 2015 @ 10:05am

Religious Order: Music

If I can be serious for a minute, let's all have a moment of silence in remembrance of Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Christmas Carolling with Roddy Piper

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 15

Posted: Tuesday December 15 2015 @ 6:48am

Religious Order: Music

Every year, DJ Riko makes a long mix of Xmas mashups. This year, the featured song isn't really a mashup. It's more along the lines of a parody, putting Santa-specific lyrics over the Beastie Boys' Sabotage.

Sabotage Santa Claus (Listen All Y'all)

Note: I picked this mainly as an excuse to link to the video for Sabotage, which is one of my favorite music videos.

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 14

Posted: Monday December 14 2015 @ 7:59pm

Religious Order: Music

I'm always a little amazed at the quality of the songs the South Park guys can create. The Mr. Hankey song is a favorite. The best section?

Here's a game I like to play
Stick me in your mouth and try to say
'Howdy ho ho yum yum yum
Christmas time has come'

Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 13

Posted: Sunday December 13 2015 @ 5:46pm

Religious Order: Music

So, we went to see a performance of The Nutcracker yesterday. I have a few versions on the old hard drive, but none as weird as the one by Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. You see, they're a choral group, which is problematic regarding a piece with no choral elements.

Or is it problematic? Apparently not, if you're Fred Waring. If you're Waring, you just create lyrics and use them to carry the melody lines. The result is both odd and awesome.

Overture

Dance Of The Sugar Plums

Trepak

Dance Of The Toy Flutes

Waltz Of The Flowers

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 12

Posted: Sunday December 13 2015 @ 5:27pm

Religious Order: Music

This song by Neurotron 606 was just sitting in my vast collection of tunes. I think I got it when someone foolishly asked to use one of my own songs on a CD. The CD had several other better songs, including this one. I think. I'm really not sure.

Anyway, it's a good song. I could imagine Doctor Manhattan singing a version of it.

I Cloned Myself For Christmas

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Xmas Music Advent 2015 Day 11

Posted: Friday December 11 2015 @ 2:45pm

Religious Order: Music

I'm not really the biggest fan of musical mash-ups. Sure, they're clever, but I wouldn't listen to a bunch for an extended period.

This one is no different, really. It's not something I'd listen to multiple times over the festive holiday season.

Sure is clever, though. It's the only means via which I'll listen to Last Christmas. Give it a play!


No Sleep Til Christmas (Beastie Boys vs Wham!)

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