Happy New Year! (Welcome, 2018!)

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It’s been a year, huh? Lots of terrible and lots of wonderful. I am going to focus on the latter, and remember to be grateful for all of the positive people that I’m certain will be here well into 2018 and beyond, holding me up, loving me, and making this world a truly delightful place. I am lucky to have such a wonderful family, so many deep friendships, and the previously unimaginable love of the perfect partner for me.

I’m going to dedicate this mix to two people who didn’t even exist when we rang in 2017 – my niece Penny and my goddaughter Emelyn. (As an atheist, that’s a title I sure never thought I’d get!) May they always feels so loved and able to look at each new year as being filled with opportunity, adventure, new connections, and surprises.

Hope you all have a wonderful 2018 and feel as lucky and loved as I do right now.

That’s it for the 2017 season. See you in a few months!

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

  1. The Head and the Heart – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
  2. Allo’ Darlin’ – Will You Please Spend New Year’s Eve With Me?
  3. Mac McCaughan – Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)
  4. The Dismemberment Plan – The Ice of Boston
  5. The Big Moon – Happy New Year
  6. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone – New Year’s Kiss
  7. Hey Rosetta – New Year Song
  8. Bert Jansch – The Bright New Year
  9. Chris Burkhardt – Dancing on New Year’s Day
  10. The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
  11. Jimmy Jules & The Nuclear Soul System – The New Year
  12. Bing Crosby – On The Very First Day of the Year
  13. Edna Savage – Maybe This Year
  14. Vera Lynn – The Happiest New Year of All
  15. Roy Milton Solid Serenaders – New Year’s Resolution Blues
  16. Mary Harris – Happy New Year Blues
  17. Chris Farren – Happier New Year
  18. Jo Anne Campbell – Happy New Year Baby
  19. The Heartbeats – After New Year’s Eve
  20. Mary Chapin Carpenter – New Year’s Day
  21. Regina Spektor – New Year
  22. Andrew Bird – Auld Lang Syne
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IndieCan Christmas Episode!

This is just a quick mini-blog post to let you all know that I programmed the latest episode of IndieCan Radio, along with my dear friend and host Joe Chisholm! My partner Andy Yue also makes a guest appearance. He’s not as ridiculous about Christmas music as I am, but he’s an excellent sport, and has been a great help finding all of the images I’ve used to accompany my mixes.

The episode features a bunch of independent Canadian artists and several of my favourite new Christmas music discoveries!

Please listen here!

And let me know, in the comments, whose great tunes we missed!

Soul Noel

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This *might* be my last Christmas mix of the season, as I’ve really got to start doing all of those non-music-related Christmas preparations like buying and wrapping gifts, making and eating food, and most importantly spending time with the people I love. But we’ll see. It’s just as likely that this won’t be the last.

I definitely do have a New Year’s Eve mix on deck and I’m excited to tell you all that I collaborated with a friend of mine for a special Christmas edition of IndieCan Radio, and you can hear it on Tuesday!

In any case, I think this is a good one. There are so many wonderful, soulful Christmas tunes that I had an especially hard time whittling down the playlist, so I’m sure there will be a sequel one of these years. This one is great for parties, so get your dancing shoes on. Have a merry, soulful Christmas!

Tracklist (and where you can get these soulful tunes for yourselves):

  1. Detroit Junior – Christmas Day
  2. Gary Walker – Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag
  3. James Brown – Soulful Christmas
  4. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects
  5. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means to Me
  6. The Jackson 5 – Up on the House Top
  7. The Miracles – Christmas Everyday
  8. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  9. Lee Rogers – You Don’t Have to Wait
  10. Rose Graham – Black Christmas
  11. Tina Roberts – Snow (Like the Snow)
  12. Martin Mull – Santafly
  13. J.D. McDonald – Boogaloo Santa Claus
  14. Binky Griptite – Stone Soul Christmas
  15. Soul-Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul
  16. Solomon Burke – Presents for Christmas
  17. Fat Daddy – Holiday Baby
  18. Jimmy Jones & His Versatiles – Christmas is a Drag
  19. The Supremes – Children’s Christmas Song
  20. Kim Weston – Wish You a Merry Christmas
  21. Gary U.S. Bonds – Call Me for Christmas
  22. Otis Redding – Merry Christmas, Baby
  23. William Bell – Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday
  24. Captain Elmo McKenzie & The Roosters – Home on Christmas Day
  25. Booker T. & The MGs – Winter Wonderland

 

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

 

 

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