“Oi To The World” by No Doubt (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 10)

Oi To The World No Doubt A Very Special Christmas 3 Genre: Holiday Oi To The World Doing this Advent Calendar makes me realize that I’d be a terrible music journalist. OK, yes, because it’s the day before Christmas Eve and I’m only on Day 10 (thanks so much for pointing that out; you’re a…

“Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth)” by Rainbow (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 9)

Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth) Rainbow Difficult To Cure Genre: Rock Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth) A sprightly rock arrangement of the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. (rrgh) Also known as…the…”Ode To Joy”… (Be strong, Andy! Be strong!) …Dedicated, as we all know, to his wife, Joy. I’m sorry. I am but an imperfect…

“Mélodies: Clair de Lune” by Xavier de Maistre with Diana Damrau (Amazon Advent Calendar day 8)

Mélodies: Clair de Lune Xavier de Maistre with Diana Damrau Debussy Genre: Classical Mélodies: Clair de Lune No clever setup today, friends. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful piece of music you will have heard in a long time, and the most beautiful piece of music you’re going to hear for a good while afterward.…

Lydia, The Tattooed Lady by Groucho Marx and Bing Crosby (Amazon Advent Calendar, Day 7)

Lydia, The Tattooed Lady Groucho Marx and Bing Crosby Invaded By Groucho Marx Genre: Miscellaneous Groucho Marx Sings Lydia the Tattooed Lady with Bing Crosby If I had kids, there are some basic skills that I’d need to teach them. Whistling, for instance. I can’t fathom how a human being can make it to adulthood…

Monkey Man by The Specials (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 6)

Monkey Man The Specials The Specials Genre: Rock Monkey Man (2002 Digital Remaster) “Monkey Man” was the Amy Winehouse song that I’d originally intended to use on Day 3. It was used during the end-credits of “Run Fatboy Run” and sometime during the third or fortieth time the movie ran on HBO, I grabbed it…

I Lift Up My Finger And Say “Tweet, Tweet” by the Palast Orchester (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 5)

I Lift Up My Finger And Say Tweet Tweet Palast Orchester Folge 7 – Music, Maestro, Please Genre: Miscellaneous I Lift Up My Finger And Say Tweet Tweet I’m not certain that I approve of the “Genre” tag for this particular track. “Miscellaneous”? Did anybody even really try? This is a 1929 Leslie Sarony Jazz-age…

America – West Side Story original Broadway cast (Amazon Advent Calendar 2009 Day 4)

America Original Broadway Cast West Side Story Genre: Soundtrack America (Original Broadway Cast) Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins. Back in 1955, was it considered a really, really big deal that these four men were working together on a musical? I remember how excited I was as a kid when I heard that…

Life On Mars? by David Bowie (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 3)

Life On Mars? David Bowie Hunky Dory Genre: Rock Life On Mars? (1999 Digital Remaster) I had a minor breakthrough with David Bowie recently. It was so obvious that I couldn’t believe that it had taken me so long to figure it out. “In the end, Dave,” I said, when I finally got him on…

Love Is A Losing Game by Amy Winehouse (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 2)

Love Is A Losing Game Amy Winehouse Back To Black: B Sides Genre: R&B Love Is A Losing Game A last-minute substitution, sensation-seekers. My original pick for today was a different Amy Winehouse tune, which I’d bought months ago as part of a soundtrack. When I hit Amazon to grab the link, I found that…

Them Changes: Live At Fillmore West by King Curtis (Amazon Advent Calendar, Day 1)

Them Changes (Live At Fillmore West) King Curtis Live At Fillmore West Genre: Soul/R&B Them Changes (Live At Fillmore West) Oh, what a tricky minefield it is, to select the First Song In The Playlist. I ask you: how many high school Winter Formals were ruined before they even began, thanks to a clumsy DJ…