Exploding Head Movies Episode December 17, 2012

XHM #146 - "Grumpy cat ate all the tinsel" (2012 December 17)

7:30am - 9:04am

It's an annual tradition: a festive episode featuring completely non-traditional Christmas musics that redeem any carol overload you have. One year, I'll tackle my preferred Christmas carol style, which involved church hymnals, most from England, about the bleak midwinter and how the cold and the snow are utterly crushing in spirit and the voices are somber without a single damn bell that jingles. Austere and stoic, building in character-type stuff with warm fortitude and solemnity. I have to load a bit for that, though I know there are choirs and other vocal groups that specialize in more gothic yuletide blessings.

1. Mars Production Library: A Right Smart Holiday (H906: For Programming and Sales) Pepper & Tanner
2. Cristina: Things Fall Apart (A Christmas Record, 1981) ZE
3. Ebenezer Moog: Silent Night (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 7", 1974) Atlantic
4. Praying for Greater Portland: Christmas 2011 (Christmas, 2011) self-released
5. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet: Santa's Compromise (Brave New Waves, 1991) Variety Recordings/CBC
6. Esquivel! Sun Valley Ski Run (Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, 1959) Bar/None
7. Robin Gibb: Come Some Christmas Eve or Hallowe'en (My Favourite Christmas Carols, 2006) Edel/Evolution Limited
8. Paul Revere & the Raiders: Rain, Sleet, Snow (A Christmas Present... and Past, 1967) Columbia
9. Esquivel! Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, 1959) Bar/None
10. Poor Moon: Holiday (Poor Moon, 2012) Sub Pop
11. T.Rex: Xmas Jingle (T.Rexmas! EP, 1971) ?
12. T.Rex: Christmas Bop [original mix] (T.Rexmas! EP, 1975) ?
13. King Palmer: Holiday Playtime (Music for TV Dinners, 1997) Scamp
14. Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls: Merry Christmas, Baby [Please Don't Die] (Merry Christmas Baby, 2009) self-released
15. Nosferatu D2: Older, Wiser, Sadder (Hark! The Filthy Angels Sing, 2006) Filthy Little Angels
16. Ebenezer Moog: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 7", 1974) Atlantic
17. Zombina & the Skeletones: Transylvanian Xmas (Get Thee Behind Me Santa, 2002) Puppydog
18. The Ramonas: Santa's Got a GTO (Santa's Got a GTO! Rodney on the ROQ's Christmas, 1997) Dionysus
19. Esquivel! The Christmas Song (Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, 1959) Bar/None
20. The B-Lines: I'm Watching TV on Christmas Day (The Eggnog Experience, 2009) Mental Beast
21. Dead Ghosts: Christmas Time (With Bells On!, 2011) Light Organ
22. Esquivel! Snowfall (Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, 1959) Bar/None
23. Mars Production Library: Have A Happy New One (H906: For Programming and Sales) Pepper & Tanner
24. Ghostface Killah: Ghostface Xmas (GhostDeini the Great, 2008) Def Jam
25. Jimmy Smith: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen [Oh No Remix] (Verve Remixed: Christmas, 2008) Verve
26. James Brown: I'm Your Christmas Friend, Don't Be Hungry (I'm Your Christmas Friend 7", 1970) Polydor
27. Nina Simone: I Am Blessed [Wax Tailor Remix] (Verve Remixed: Christmas, 2008) Verve
28. Frankincense: Dancing in the Light (Chains and Black Exhaust, 2002) Memphix
29. Frederick: Artificial Christmas [w.Pliscene] (With Bells On!, 2011) Light Organ
30. Digits: Cold White Christmas [w.Lesley Davies] (Cold White Christmas, 2012) self-released
31. Esquivel! Blue Christmas (Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, 1959) Bar/None
32. Futurama: Xmas Elves (A Tale of Two Santas, 2001) Fox
33. Stephin Merritt: Greensleeves (Eban & Charley OST, 2002) Merge
34. Danny Elfman: Ice Dance (Edward Scissorhands OST, 1990) MCA
35. John Barry & Nina: Do You Know How Christmas Trees are Grown? (Best Of Bond... James Bond: 50 Years 50 Tracks, 2012) Capitol
36. Eric Winstone: Do You Know How Christmas Trees are Grown? (Plays 007, 1973) Avenue International
37. Esquivel! Auld Lang Syne [Adios from Esquivel!] (Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad, 1996) Bar/None

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