December 24

Merry Christmas AND Happy Holidays!

xmaspartyI’m declaring my neutrality in the ongoing War on Christmas. Whether you say ‘Merry Christmas’, ‘Happy Holidays’, or simply ‘Get the Hell Off My Lawn!’ really doesn’t matter to me. This is to be a joyous season, and I hate to see it dragged into the mud by the 24-hour news media who really don’t have anything better to complain about. That said, I wish you and yours a ridiculously happy and relaxing Holiday. It’s Christmas Eve, and around here there’s lots to be done before we gather around the fire with kith and kin to celebrate. There’s gifts to be wrapped, halls to be decked, nog to be egged, all before Santa arrives late tonight… but the sun is shining on last nights’ gorgeous new snow and Bing is on the hi-fi, so all is well. We’ll see you on the flip side! Cheers

December 21

Christmasville, U.S.A. – Mixcloud

Another new Holiday Mixcloud! Hopefully you’re not getting tired of these yet. This one is the 2011 Christmas CD Mix. ‘Christmasville USA’ gets its name from the title track by Jimmy Charles. It’s a collection of little-known holiday tracks from the 50’s and early 60’s… the dawn of rock n’ roll, imagined as a “Rockin’ Teen Dance Party.” Rock on!

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December 21

Darlene Love on David Letterman For Christmas: The Tradition Continues

Around here, it really doesn’t feel like Christmastime until Darlene Love appears on David Letterman’s last show before Christmas to sing her classic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, one of the greatest all-time Christmas songs. She first did this in 1986, which makes this her 27th appearance!

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December 16

A Swingin’ 60’s Christmas Party! – Mixcloud

imgresMy Annual Christmas CD Mix conversion over to Mixcloud is continuing…. it’s time consuming, but it’ll be nice to have an online archive of these holiday mixes. The 2012 CD is one I’m particularly happy about. The theme is a ‘swingin’ 60’s Christmas party.’ I get ideas for these yearly CD mixes from all over the place; this one popped into my head as I was scanning my parents’ old photo albums (another never-ending project) They moved from their home of over 30 years to live year-round in Florida, and I foolishly volunteered to take all of their old photos to scan.

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December 12

Santa’s On His Way 2013 Mixcloud

Day 2 of “Operation Christmas CD Mix Upload”….. This year’s holiday CD was actually two discs of music. This mixcloud is the second disc, comprised of more “normal” holiday music from the last few years. This is music that you may actually want to play through more than once. I hope you give it a listen, and I hope you enjoy it!

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December 11

Introducing BrainstemBob on Mixcloud

hifimasI’m borderline OCD when it comes to making playlists. iTunes, Spotify, you name it… I’ll kill hours digging for JUST THE RIGHT TUNES for every kind of playlist imaginable. Now, I’m not bragging. Just because I can’t stop making playlists doesn’t necessarily mean they’re any damn good. I just happen to think they are.

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November 11

A Very Nick Lowe Christmas

I know the calendar says it’s only November 10, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon for some Christmas music. Too soon for regular, all-day Christmas music, yes. But when a new holiday album is released as they usually are around the end of October, I like to check them out to see if any are able to stand up next to classics such as Bing, Elvis, and Phil Spector. Many try, and many (most) fail.

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