Drinking Up Christmas

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If you’d like, you can consider this a companion to Christmas Feast, because what’s a great meal without something to wash it down? Some of these songs celebrate that kind of merriment, but just as many are cautionary tales. It’s been years since I’ve been drunk during the holidays, but I’ve definitely experienced both. I’m good with just listening to the songs these days. Merry Christmas! And drink responsibly, or if you can’t, don’t drink at all. I love a tragic Christmas song more than the next guy but I don’t want to hear one about you.

Tracklist (and where you can get these drunken songs for yourselves):

  1. The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale of New York
  2. The Minus 5 – Your Christmas Whiskey
  3. The Gestalts – Cookies and Beer
  4. Fear – Another Christmas Beer
  5. Monkhouse – Guinness and Wine
  6. Missile Toads – Santa’s a Boozer
  7. Cucumbers – Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum
  8. Clyde Lassley & The Cadillac Baby Specials – Santa Came Home Drunk
  9. Burl – Xmas Drink
  10. Commander Cody – Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas
  11. The Decemberists – Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)
  12. Roger Nichols Trio – St. Bernie the Sno-Dog
  13. Steve Fifield – Bootlegger Christmas
  14. The Burning Hell – Happy Hanukkah
  15. Tim Minchin – White Wine in the Sun
  16. Andrew Bird – So Much Wine, Merry Christmas

 

 

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O Christmas Tree

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It’s December! I think we can all agree that the holiday season is now upon us. I know a lot of you put up your Christmas trees on the first weekend of December, and you’re obviously in need of some tree trimming music, so here it is! For those of you who have yet to get your Christmas trees, perhaps this is the inspiration you need. Happy December!

 

 

Track list (and where you can get these songs for yourselves):

  1. Tom Paxton – We’re Going to Get our Christmas Tree
  2. Norman & Nancy Blake, Vassar Clements, Roy Huskey, Jr. and Friends – Trim the Tree Waltz
  3. Loretta Lynn – I Won’t Decorate Your Christmas Tree
  4. Boris Karloff – Trim Up the Tree
  5. The McGuire Sisters – I’d Like to Trim a Tree With You
  6. Kay Martin & Her Bodyguards – Hang Your Balls on the Christmas Tree
  7. Line Material – Let’s Trim the Christmas Tree
  8. Bing Crosby – When You Trim Your Christmas Tree
  9. Sufjan Stevens – Put the Lights on the Tree
  10. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  11. The Andrews Sisters – The Christmas Tree Angel
  12. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Christmas Angel
  13. Gene Autry – ‘Round ‘Round the Christmas Tree
  14. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
  15. The Supremes – My Christmas Tree
  16. Stevie Wonder – One Little Christmas Tree
  17. The Magnetic Fields – Everything is One Big Christmas Tree
  18. Vince Guaraldi – O Tannenbaum
  19. Willie John – Mommy What Happened to Our Christmas Tree
  20. Low – Taking Down the Tree
  21. Dr. Dog – Oh My Christmas Tree

Christmas in New Orleans

new orleans xmasLast mix featured artists from cold, snowy Canada, and this one is a warm reprieve. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I’ve been watching a lot of Treme lately, and as the winter weather starts rolling in I have thought it might be a pretty great place to wait out the winter blues. This mix might be the next best thing!

Tracklist (and where you can get these swingin’ songs for yourselves):

  1. Dukes of Dixieland – Holiday Time in New Orleans
  2. Big Al Carson – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  3. Louis Prima – Shake Hands with Santa Claus
  4. The Bourbon Street Players – Every Christmas Time
  5. Banu Gibson – Santa Claus Blues
  6. Don Vappie – Please Come Home for Christmas
  7. James Andrew – Christmas in New Orleans
  8. Wallace Johnson – Christmas Comes But Once a Year
  9. Louis Armstrong – Zat You Santa Claus
  10. New Birth Brass Band – Santa’s Second Line
  11. Irma Thomas with Preservation Hall Jazz Band – May Ev’ry Day be Christmas
  12. Allen Toussaint – The Day it Snows on Christmas
  13. Flat Duo Jets – Christmas Night 4 a.m. New Orleans
  14. Rickie Lee Jones – Christmas in New Orleans
  15. Tom McDermott – I Don’t Want Nuthin’ for Christmas
  16. Wynton Marsalis – O Come All Ye Faithful

Christmas in Canada

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If you know just one thing about Canada, it’s likely that it’s awfully cold here. So it only makes sense that we have a plethora of excellent songs about Christmas and winter.  We really, really do, and this playlist is just a taste. I can’t imagine there won’t be a Volume 2 (and 3 and 4…) at some point, and I have plans for a specifically East Coast Canadian mix, too! You may recognize a handful of these songs from some of last year’s mixes, but I’m not even sorry to be repeating them here. Some of these holiday songs are my favourites by any artist from anywhere, and they deserve a second listen!

I hope you’ll enjoy, and please offer suggestions for a Volume 2!

Tracklist (and where you can get these northern songs for yourselves, eh!)

  1. Stompin’ Tom Connors – Merry Christmas Everybody
  2. Wilf Carter – Christmas Time in Canada
  3. The Ground – Candy Cane
  4. Gordon Downie – Christmastime in Toronto
  5. Fucked Up – David Christmas
  6. The Fleshtones – Canadian Christmas
  7. Colleen and Paul – A Home in the Top Boughs
  8. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – Martha Wainwright
  9. Good Lovelies – The Chipmunk Song
  10. The Heavy Blinkers – Silence Your Drum
  11. David Myles – It’s Christmas
  12. Corb Lund – Just Me and These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)
  13. Joni Mitchell – River
  14. Rufus Wainwright – Spotlight on Christmas
  15. Hawksley Workman – 3 Generations
  16. Ron Sexsmith – Maybe This Christmas
  17. Jim Bryson – Grey Cup Sunday
  18. Stan Rogers – First Christmas
  19. Bruce Cockburn – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  20. The Weather Station – Snow Up to My Window
  21. The Burning Hell – Happy Hanukkah

The Friendly Beasts

xmas beasts 300x300Reindeer get all the glory at Christmastime, especially that one with the bright red nose. And they do work awfully hard to make sure Santa’s sleigh can get to all the homes on his list. But as you’ll soon discover, there are lots of other animals that have helped to make Christmas special, and this mix is going out to those overlooked critters on the farm, at the zoo, and curled up at the end of your bed.

 

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Adam Faith – Lonely Pup (In a Christmas Shop)
  2. Gayla Peevey – I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
  3. Lou Monte – Dominick the Donkey
  4. Burl Ives – Santa Mouse
  5. Debbie Reynolds & Donald O’Connor – Chrissy the Christmas Mouse
  6. Wilf Carter – Punkinhead (The Little Bear)
  7. Hank Thompson – I’d Like to Have an Elephant for Christmas
  8. Hank Snow – Nester, The Long-Eared Donkey
  9. Sharon, Lois & Bram – There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig
  10. Roger Nichols Trio – St. Bernie the Sno-Dog
  11. Jeff & Sue Mitchell – Buzzy the Christmas Bee
  12. The Jingle Cats – Jingle Cat Medley
  13. Jack MacDonald & the Hotel Faces – Give Me a Buffalo, for Christmas
  14. Fire Flower Revue – Magic Ponies at Christmas
  15. Of Montreal – Christmas Isn’t Safe for Animals
  16. The Flaming Lips – Christmas at the Zoo
  17. Farmer Jason – All I Want for Christmas is a Punk Rock Skunk
  18. Meryn Cadell – The Cat Carol
  19. Johnny Cash – Little Gray Donkey
  20. Sufjan Stevens – The Friendly Beasts

Christmas Feast

xmas dinnerFor many people, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. Where I come from (Canada), Thanksgiving takes place in October (and we just call it “Thanksgiving,” not “Canadian Thanksgiving”), so I  like to think that’s when everyone can feel unashamed to begin blasting their holiday music.

A big part of both Thanksgiving and Christmas involves getting together with family and friends and eating a feast. So with my first mix of the 2017 season, I am celebrating the delicious (and not so delicious) food that brings us together.

 

Tracklist (and where you can get these delicious songs for yourselves)!

  1. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Christmas Dinner
  2. The Irish Rovers – Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake
  3. The Chieftains – The Boar’s Head Carol
  4. Casey MacGill – Egg Nog
  5. Dar Williams – The Christians and the Pagans
  6. Paul and Storm – Grandma’s Christmas Dinner
  7. The New Christy Minstrels – Parson Brown (Our Christmas Dinner)
  8. Bob Rivers – It’s the Most Fattening Time of the Year
  9. The Muppets – Christmas Smorgasborg
  10. Bing Crosby – Christmas Dinner Country Style
  11. Max Miller – the Christmas Dinner
  12. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Thanksgiving Song
  13. Hawksley Workman – Almost a Full Moon

Christmas With You is the Best – For Andy

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As I’ve said before, this is the first year I haven’t made personalized mixes for friends, family, and even vague acquaintances. That’s cool, and I’ve really enjoyed creating these themed playlists instead.

But I really did want to make one (Maybe my last one? Probably not.) for my partner, Andy, who has yet to be the recipient of one. This is our very first Christmas together, and he has been amazing in accommodating this weird Christmas music quirk of mine – so much so that he not only encouraged my creation of this blog, but has also been responsible for finding all of the adorable accompanying images.

When I make personalized Christmas mixes I often ask people if they want a specific theme, or if they can at the very least (especially when I don’t know them well) give me a sense of what kind of music they like. Andy did request a ’70’s-ish mix, and in my head and having a pretty good sense of Andy’s tastes, I was thinking about The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight” as a sort of blueprint. But, you know, I don’t have everything, and it turns out that I am especially lacking in songs that sound like that one. Fortunately, he has very eclectic taste, and also fortunately, we’ve spent a lot of time listening to Christmas music together this season. I know which songs I’ve played for him have really struck a chord and the ones which are now a part of the way we will both remember this first Christmas together.

This one’s for you, Andy. I hope you’ll like the songs I don’t already know you’ll like. Christmas with you is the best.

Everyone else reading this – Thank you! It’s been so much fun doing this! I’m off to celebrate the holidays with family and won’t be posting anymore playlists this season. I hope you’ll enjoy the 11 I’ve posted here this season. I’m pretty sure there’s something for just about everyone. Happy holidays, and see you next year!

Tracklist:

  1. The Long Winters – Christmas With You is the Best
  2. XTC – Always Winter Never Christmas
  3. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects
  4. The Staple Singers – Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas?
  5. J. Hines and the Boys – A Funky Christmas to You
  6. James Brown – Go Power at Christmas Time
  7. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means to Me
  8. Jimmy Butler – Trim Your Tree
  9. Albert King – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’
  10. Johnny Guarniere and Slam Stewart – Santa’s Secret
  11. Raymond Scott – Christmas Night in Harlem
  12. Vince Guaraldi – Christmas is Coming
  13. Steve Gray – Snowman’s Stomp
  14. Jon Graboff – Merry Christmas Baby
  15. Bud Logan – Sock it to me Santa
  16. The Band – Christmas Must be Tonight
  17. Bee Gees – All My Chrismases Came at Once
  18. The Free Design – Christmas is the Day
  19. Mark Kozelek – I Believe in Father Christmas
  20. Dodd Farrelle – Strung Out Like the Lights (at Christmastime)
  21. Sonny James – Barefoot Santa Claus
  22. The Royal Guardsmen – Snoopy’s Christmas
  23. The Turtles – Christmas is my Time of Year
  24. Toots & The Maytals – Christmas Feeling
  25. Count Floyd – Christmas Eve in Transylvania
  26. Corb Lund – Just Me and These Ponies (for Christmas This Year)
  27. The Pretenders – 2000 Miles