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  I decided to run a not-entirely-necessary errand in the city yesterday. I could have put it off until next week but I wanted an excuse to see the lights and the city tree — or at least a tree in the city of Boston — before Christmas. This here is my kind of Christmas…

Programming Note For Those With Taste

The David Letterman Christmas Spectacular — which isn’t the official title of the last new Letterman show before Christmas but absolutely ought to be — is airing this Friday night. Please check your calendar, set your DVR, wind your watches, block your hats, and nog any eggs whose palatability could be improved by such a…

Amazon Advent 03 – “White Wine In The Sun” (Tim Minchin)

White Wine In The Sun Tim Minchin Ready For This? (Live) Genre: Miscellaneous Continuing my kickoff theme of “Comedians, And Please Give Them Their Full Due As Musicians,” we have this triply-appropriate and hugely wonderful track from Tim Minchin. (1) The album is filled with clever, funny songs; (2) but “White Wine In The Sun”…

“Christmas Time Is Here Again” by The Beatles (Amazon Advent Calendar day 23)

I said “Merry Crimble” to everybody all through the holiday weekend, despite a unbroken streak of Not Saying That which began, I suppose, with my first exposure to air and daylight. (Before that, there were no witnesses to anything I might or might not have said, and I refuse to ask you to accept unreliable…

“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) by Darlene Love (Amazon Advent Calendar Day 21)

Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) Darlene Love The Concert Of Love Genre: Rock Yesterday, I thrilled you all with an English paper I wrote during the second semester of my third Sophomore year in high school. I got a solid “B” on it and I’m real pleased with how it turned out. I think this…

“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.”…

“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…

“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…

“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” (Frank Sinatra & Cyndi Lauper) – Amazon Advent Calendar day 6

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Cyndi Lauper & Frank Sinatra A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2 Genre: Holiday It’s certainly appropriate to have some actual Holiday Music in the mix this weekend. 90% of you are spending part of this time either shopping for gifts, or decorating the house, or writing out cards. Or…

“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…

Amazon Advent Calendar Day 22: “Fairytale Of New York”

Fairytale Of New York The Pogues Featuring Kirsty MacColl The Best Of The Pogues Genre: Alternative Amazon MP3: Fairytale Of New York There’s just a narrow window during which I can sling “Fairytale Of New York” into the Advent Calendar and I keep missing it, year after year. To those of you who have asked:…

Amazon Advent Calendar Day 20: “Sleigh Ride (The Ventures)”

Sleigh Ride The Ventures The Ventures Christmas Album Genre: Holiday Amazon MP3: Sleigh Ride Standards and covers. I love ’em. I love the idea of throwing the exact same piece of music at several different artists and seeing so many different solutions emerge. It’s particularly keen with a tune like “Sleigh Ride.” You’d think that…

Amazon Advent Calendar Day 18: “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Reverend Horton Heat We Three Kings Genre: Holiday Amazon MP3: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer My BFF John has really screwed himself. Truly. At one point or another, many of us have spontaneously decided to put together a Christmas mix tape and make a dozen copies and send them out…

Amazon Advent Calendar Day 08: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Album Version) Andy Williams The Andy Williams Christmas Album Genre: Holiday Amazon MP3: It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year (Album Version) No Advent Calendar yesterday? Well, of course not. It was Sunday. That’s the Lord’s day. (I’ll make it up later today.) Okay. This series…