01 December 2009


I'm going to try doing things a little different this year. Last year, I had a separate post for each day. Because of that, there was only about 6 tracks showing at any given time. That kind of annoyed me.

This year, I'm going to try and split the posts up into weeks. Each post will start with one song, and be updated daily until it has 7 songs. Then, I'll start a new post with one song. That way, all the songs should end up on the first page at the end of the month.

Of course, all of that explanation is really unnecessary for those who just want to hear the music, so let's get things started.

(Dec. 1) Lord Beginner - "Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning" One of my most popular posts has been the Wondrous Oblivion soundtrack. This is one of the artists on that soundtrack. I figured it'd be a good way to start off the season, especially since his name is "Beginner".

(Dec. 2) Frightened Rabbit - "It's Christmas So We'll Stop" Frightened Rabbit are one of several new Scottish bands that have taken my fancy of late. This was released last year as a non-album single. Buy The Midnight Organ Fight.

(Dec. 3) The Judybats - "When Southern Bells Ring (Here Comes Christmas)" There was a request on a music board about a month ago for some old Judybats stuff. That reminded me about this song. If you're unfamiliar with them, they were a band out of Tennessee that was fairly big on the college scene in the early nineties. Buy Native Son.

(Dec. 4) Manic Street Preachers - "Last Christmas" (Wham! cover) Recorded live on the British TV show TFI Friday, and later released on the Manic's rarities package, Lipstick Traces. Buy Lipstick Traces.

(Dec. 5) The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - "Merry Christmas Everybody" (Slade cover / BBC radio session) I hadn't bean familiar with the UOGB until about this time last year, when a friend turned me on to this track. They are exactly what the name implies - a group of ukulele players who play mostly covers of both traditional and rock songs. Buy The Secret of Life.

(Dec, 6) Poi Dog Pondering with Dirty Dozen Brass Band - "Mele Kalikimaka" A Hawaiian holiday tune seemed appropriate after all the ukes yesterday. I'm not sure where this one was first issued, but it's been on several Christmas compilations over the years. Buy 7, or buy Pomegranate.

(Dec. 7) St. Etienne - "I Was Born On Christmas Day" Possibly the danciest song you'll hear this season. This is from the UK band's Xmas 93 EP. Buy Fox Base Alpha, regular or deluxe.

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