“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues (Advent Calendar day 26)

Fairytale of New York The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl The Best of The Pogues Genre: Pop What’s your favorite Christmas-ish song? Note the decisive use of the hyphenated suffix. If the lyrics include references to either the Batman or the Superman of this season (Santa and Jesus) then you can clearly file it under “Holiday.”
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“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by St. Nick’s Lonely Christmas Band (Amazon Advent Calendar day 25)

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town St. Nick’s Lonely Christmas Band St. Nick’s Lonely Christmas Band Genre: Holiday Yes. Upon reflection, I do believe that we can categorize this album of Beatles-inspired Christmas standards as a “novelty record.” But I hesitate to call it a mere “novelty song.” Anyone who owns a notebook with a
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“Carol Of The Bells” by Rush Coil (Amazon Advent Calendar day 25)

Carol of the Bells Rush Coil 8-bit Christmas Genre: Electronic You’re all very correct to think so highly of me, sensation-seekers. Not only do I have an unfailing moral compass, but I often subject it to abnormal magnetic fields just to test its unfailing-moral-compassness, so that I can then make adjustments, as necessary. Witness this
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“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Kasio Kristmas (Amazon Advent Calendar day 24)

You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch Kasio Kristmas Kasio Kristmas Genre: Holiday Here’s a song with real crossover appeal. And not that weak kind of crossover either, where a longtime fan of a quirky, iconoclastic performer eagerly buys her first mainstream release and is bewildered to find that all of a sudden, she’s covering both
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“The Spirit Of Christmas” by Ray Charles (Amazon Advent Calendar day 23)

That Spirit of Christmas Ray Charles The Spirit of Christmas Genre: R&B/Soul How many Christmas songs can there be, do you reckon? And I’m not throwing my hands in the air and whining that there are too damn many of them. I’m saying that there seems to be a fixed number of Christmas songs that
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“Christmas Time Is Here” – Amazon Advent Calendar day 22

Christmas Time Is Here (Vocal Version) Vince Guaraldi Trio A Charlie Brown Christmas Genre: Holiday We’re at Kringle Minus 6, people! Clearly it’s time for me to stop diving deep into the back-catalogues and give up any attempt to make myself seem like the Ahmet Ertegun of my generation. Although yes, admittedly, inserting a reference
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“Feeling Good” by Nina Simone (Amazon Advent Calendar day 21)

Feeling Good Nina Simone Feeling Good Hit Pack Genre: Vocal Most of the popular cover hits are songs that have already been nationalized by our socialist cultural system. Nobody “owns” it and everybody’s free to do their own thing with the song, free of preconceptions. But some songs become the iconic property of one performer.
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“Creep” by Scala & Kolacny Brothers (Amazon Advent Calendar day 20)

Creep Scala & Kolacny Brothers Creep – Single Genre: Alternative You’d like to think that your musical tastes are fair, pure, and shrewd. You’d like to believe that you simply have an ear for good music and that if you applied a controlled, peer-reviewed scientific protocol for evaluating a song and deciding whether or not
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“And I Wonder?” by The Slackers (Amazon Advent Calendar day 19)

And I Wonder? The Slackers The Question Genre: Alternative Rock Maybe the most sophisticated version of the Turing Test for any given technology is actually the simple question “Is it capable of helping us and screwing us at the same time?” Then and only then can we say that a machine is truly Human. “And
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“Shine On Your Shoes” from “The Band-Wagon” (Amazon Advent Calendar day 18)

A Shine On Your Shoes Fred Astaire The Band Wagon Genre: Soundtrack I don’t want to get into the exhausting argument “Which is the greatest musical ever made: ‘The Band Wagon’ or ‘Singin’ In The Rain’?” It’s tiresome and unproductive and it misses the entire point of MGM’s Golden Age. The point being that the
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“Genius In France” by “Weird Al” Yankovic – Amazon Advent Calendar day 17

Genius In France “Weird Al” Yankovic Poodle Hat Genre: Comedy Today’s artiste is a callback to two previous Advent Calendar selections. I’m seriously convinced that at some point, “Weird Al” Yankovic talents will be fully appreciated. He’s most famous for his straightforward song parodies and he’s so successful at it that when choosing an example,
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“Por Una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel (Amazon Advent Calendar day 16)

Por una cabeza Carlos Gardel Remasterizado año 2010 Genre: Latino 1992′s “Scent Of A Woman” had two positive impacts upon our culture. First, it expanded the vocabulary of any valid Al Pacino impression. To “It was you, Fredo. You’re the one who broke my heart” and “Say hello to my little friend!!!” the movie added
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“Sue Me” (from “Guys And Dolls”) – Amazon Advent Calendar Day 15

Sue Me Nathan Lane and Faith Prince Guys And Dolls (New Broadway Cast Recording) Genre: Soundtrack Damn. This is the third Monday in a row that I’ve chosen a show tune as an Advent Calendar selection. We all have a little bit of OCD in us and something now compels me to simply designate Monday
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“Carousel” by Circus Contraption – Amazon Advent Calendar day 14

Carousel Circus Contraption Grand American Traveling Dime Museum Genre: Jazz “Circus music, Roger!” “Circus music, Jeff?” “Absolutely! For the past twenty years, our label has always been one step behind on every hot new music trend. By the time we get around to trying to sign a Thrash Gospel band, or a group that’s been
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“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” by Kristin Chenoweth (Amazon Advent Calendar day 13)

I’ll Be Home For Christmas Kristin Chenoweth A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas Genre: Miscellaneous This is probably the perfect time to slot in a song like this. It’s a modern recording of a Christmas classic, sung so very sweetly. Yes, it’s Kristin Chenoweth. Even when she’s singing an angry tune about throwing out a
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