Christmas Mix 2020: Christmas Storytelling

So here we are. This year is nearly over. The unwarranted feeling of relief is taking over, despite what that lies before us. So, as I listen to this Billy Bragg record that hasn’t left my changer for years and very much not a Christmas album, I release this sixteenth Christmas mix into the world. This could have been an extremely dark Christmas. We could be staring down record-setting pandemic infections AND four more years of him. Last night I was imagining the songs that folks have written, perhaps even recorded, that will now go unheard because the feeling is just different now. Those who read my blog will not be surprised by many of the choices, as I show my cards all season long. There are some weird ones, some ridiculously beautiful ones, some older ones that needed the right home, and a finale that should be a radio hit if people listened to the radio like they used to. The only connective thread is that every song is a song I truly love. Perhaps you’ll find you do too.

Honestly, I’m just so relieved that it is a rather happy mix… something that I couldn’t even imagine earlier in the year.

1.Randolph’s LeapStay Away This Christmas
2.SleepwalkersChristmas Morning
3.CrocodilesChristmas in Hell
4.JW FrancisChristmas Heartache
5.King Gizzard and the Shitpost WizardChristmas Lights
6.Swampmeat Family BandA Present for Me
7.A.R. PinewoodTis the Season
8.Andrew BirdAndalucia
9.Grace EdenHold You
10.MeikoThis Year Can Kiss My Ass
11.GirlhouseUgly Xmas Sweater Party
12.HanemoonChristmas Time Goes By
13.Night FlowersSnowfall
14.Jacklen RoC U Christmas Day
15.Christmas AguileraWhy Can’t I Go To Sleep?
16.Rachael Dadd (with Rozi Plain and Kate Stables)We Built Our Houses Well
17.Purple MountainsSnow Falling in Manhattan
18.Willie J. HealeyMerry Christmas
19.Thom StoneMerry Christmas (What a Hell of a Year)
20.SaintsenecaWinter Breaking
21.The Martial ArtsSnow Flakes
22.Charlie’s Hand MovementsSnow Globe
23.Polish ClubCountdown

Christmas Mix 2019: ‘XMAS’

Something seems to go wrong every year, but somehow I have managed to make 15 of these things. Thanksgiving being so late this year pushed everything back, and I’m still catching up. This year’s mix is dominated by multiple tracks off the incredible Fowler VW / Blackwatch compilation (review STILL to come), as well as the Merge You Wish release, which really grew on me. I dipped back a few years to resurrect a long-lost The Films’ track, and took advantage of a couple great songs that came out late in last year’s cycle. The struggle was to keep this mix happy, as is often the case. If you read the blog, you’ll know I tend to skew toward the melancholy, so my wife has to run interference and keep me from sending out something that is going to be a total bummer. I believed I avoided that bummer pothole, and have created something that I certainly like, and perhaps you will too. Merry Christmas!

1 Eastern Conference Champions Saving Christmas
2 The Films It’s Christmas (What’s The Difference)
3 Livingmore Show Me Light And Love
4 Mac McCaughan & Annie Hayden Down We Go (Sledding Song)
5 Christmas in July Miss Mistletoe
6 Beau Jennings The Christmas Light
7 Mini Trees Signs & Wonders
8 Virgin of the Birds Christmas in the Borough of Our Birth
9 Thee Mightees Christmas Song
10 Mike Krol Won’t Be Alone Tonight
11 Pedro The Lion Yellow Bike
12 Superbravo La Nuit
13 L’Resorts Christmas is a Time for Dreaming
14 Charlie Marie Underneath the Mistletoe
15 Sufjan Stevens Lonely Man of Winter (feat. Melissa Mary Ahern)
16 Richard Walters Lights On
17 Samantha Crain Christmas For Cowboys
18 Paul Thomas Saunders Christmas, The Sequel
19 The Classic Brown Wintervention
20 Annie Booth Christmas Time (Keep It Together)
21 wejzak Merry Christmas on New Year’s Eve
22 Randolph’s Leap Christmas, Burn it All (Featuring the Olive Grove All-Stars)