Holiday Mix 2013

Welcome to my annual very short list of seasonal music that I can actually listen to more than once (as opposed to the all-purpose holiday crap playing most places). I’ll leave it to you to find any semi-psychological patterns in the collection.

  1. Christmas Is Starting Now – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  2. Mary’s Boy Child – The Idea of North
  3. Twinkling Lights – Office Romance
  4. Run Run Rudolph – Dwight Yoakam
  5. Mambo, Santa, Mambo – The Bobs
  6. 2600 – Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick
  7. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Ben Folds & Sara Bareilles
  8. Carol of the Bells – Pentatonix
  9. Rasta Reindeer (Little Saint Nick) – The Bobs
  10. Christmas In the Sand – Colbie Caillat
  11. May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas – Irma Thomas & Preservation Hall Jazz Band
  12. Merry Christmas, Baby – Rod Stewart, Cee Lo Green, Trombone Shorty
  13. Deck the Halls – Twisted Sister
  14. Hey Santa! – Carnie and Wendy Wilson
  15. If You See Rudolph – Gretchen Wilson
  16. Mele Kalikimaka – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
  17. All I Want For Christmas – The Bobs
  18. Christmas Medley – The Idea of North
  19. Walking In a Winter Wonderland – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  20. Santa Baby – Pink Martini
  21. Atheists Don’t Have No Songs – Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, enjoy!

The Stranger-Than-Usual Holiday Mix, 2012

As the title says, this year’s holiday playlist, currently in heavy rotation on the iDevices, is a little stranger than usual. Although it has a little taste of tradition towards the end, the list is still completely Glee-free. And just because I’m in that kind of mood, a couple of bonus tracks tangentially related to the season.

  1. ¡Happy Birthday Guadalupe! – The Killers
  2. Eight Days a Week – The Bobs
  3. Come On Santa – The Raveonettes
  4. Christmas is Just Around the Corner – Barry Manilow
  5. One Wish This Christmas – Nikki Yanofsky
  6. Peace on Earth – Brian Wilson
  7. Santa Stole My Lady – Fitz & The Tantrums
  8. Winter Night – Little & Ashley
  9. Must Be Santa – Bob Dylan
  10. The Cowboys’ Christmas Ball – The Killers
  11. Calling on Mary – Aimee Mann
  12. All I Want for Christmas – Vic and Nick
  13. Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad – Michael Bublé and Thalia
  14. Let’s Make This Christmas Mean Something – The Bobs
  15. A Great Big Sled – The Killers
  16. Fruitcake – The Superions
  17. My Dear Acquaintance – Regina Spektor
  18. Stille Nacht – King’s Singers
  19. There Are Much Worse Things to Believe In – Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Feist, John Legend, Toby Keith & Willie Nelson
  20. Very Merry Christmas – Dave Barnes
  21. Angels We Have Heard on High – Brian Setzer
  22. Holiday Medley – Bela Fleck and the Flecktones

Just to add a little more diversity…

Atheists Don’t Have No Songs – Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

And for all the Mayans out there…

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – REM

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, enjoy.

The Strange Holiday Mix, 2011

A little later than in past years, here’s the holiday-type music now in heavy rotation on all the iDevices. A little more traditional, maybe just slightly mellower, than in past years but still with enough oddities to keep things interesting. And, as always, totally and completely Glee-free.

1. Christmastime Is Here – Vince Guaraldi Trio
2. Fifty Kilowatt Tree – The Bobs
3. Christmas This Year – TobyMac (featuring Leigh Nash)
4. A Marshmallow World – Dean Martin
5. Snowflakes – Jeremy Fisher
6. Silent Night – Sixpence None The Richer
7. Cool Yule – Louis Armstrong & The Commanders
8. Ain’t Nothin’ Like Christmas – Shelby Lynne
9. The Christmas Waltz – She & Him
10. Toy Packaging – Sara Groves
11. Cold December Night РMichael Bubl̩
12. You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch – Thurl Ravenscroft
13. Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy – Jack Black & Jason Segel
14. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
15. Holiday – Vampire Weekend
16. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Tony Bennett
17. Getting Ready For Christmas Day – Paul Simon
18. Christians and Pagans – Dar Williams
19. Christmas Day – She & Him
20. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) РMichael Bubl̩
21. Yuleman Vs. The Anti-Claus – The Bobs
22. Valley Winter Song – Fountains of Wayne

The Strange Holiday Mix, 2010

Here are the holiday tunes in heavy rotation on my iDevices (my holiday mix tape, for those old enough to remember that concept). Not much traditional stuff this year, but at least it’s totally, 100% Glee-free.

  1. O Tannenbaum – Naturally 7
  2. All I Want for Christmas Is You – The 88
  3. My Christmas Card to You – The Partridge Family
  4. Oklahoma Christmas – Bruce Robison
  5. Christmas / Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  6. Christmas with the Devil – Judith Owen
  7. The Wonder Song – Indigo Girls
  8. Santa Loves to Boogie – Asleep At the Wheel
  9. Coming Home – Sugarland
  10. This Is the New Year – Ian Axel
  11. A Snow Globe Christmas – Pink Martini
  12. A Christmas Carol – Tom Lehrer
  13. Ain’t No Chimneys In the Projects – Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  14. Father Christmas – The Kinks
  15. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Barenaked Ladies
  16. Candy Cane Christmas – Darius Rucker
  17. Happy Joyous Hanukkah – Indigo Girls
  18. December – Norah Jones
  19. Holiday Twist – Los Straitjackets
  20. Please Come Home for Christmas – Pat Benatar
  21. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  22. Wish List – Neon Trees
  23. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Diana Krall & The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

Happy Festivus to all! The airing of grievances will resume shortly. :-)

The Strange Holiday Mix for 2009

Presenting this year’s collection of holiday music now in heavy rotation on my Shuffle. Seems to be more traditional stuff than in the past. Maybe I’m mellowing or maybe I just haven’t found as many off-the-wall items recently.

  1. Christmas Is Interesting – Jonathan CoultonCharlie Brown Christmas Tree
  2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Carly Simon
  3. Hey Santa! – Straight No Chaser
  4. A Cold, Cold Christmas – Stephen Colbert
  5. Christmas In America – Melissa Etheridge
  6. Slower Than Christmas – The Boxmasters
  7. Who Spiked The Eggnog? – Straight No Chaser
  8. Trains and Winter Rains – Enya
  9. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch – Brian Setzer
  10. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  11. Joy To The World – Symphony Brass of Chicago
  12. Come Darkness, Come Light – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  13. Please Be Patient – Feist
  14. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Josh Groban
  15. The Christmas Can-Can – Straight No Chaser
  16. Funky New Year – The Eagles
  17. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Brian McKnight
  18. Podsafe Christmas Song – Jonathan Coulton
  19. My Dreams of Christmas – Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
  20. I Can’t Wait for Christmas – Mindi Abair
  21. O Come O Come Emmanuel – Carter’s Chord
  22. The Nutcracker Suite – Les Brown & His Band Of Renown

I think everything can be had at iTunes and/or Amazon. If you really want them.

The picture? Found it at The Jewish Journal. :-)