EPISODE 047 went up on Mixcloud yesterday (it'll be up on iTunes in a few days if you want to go subscribe now) and as I mentioned, it has just a little pinch of a Christmas feel to it. I didn't go full Christmas like I did the last time Mix Tape Radio show went 'Xmas Special', but I've sprinkled just enough discarded tinsel throughout the episode to capture a little bit of the current season. Out of the 20 songs featured in EPISODE 047, only 5 are Christmas songs… and only 2 of those 5 songs are what the elders would call “actual” Christmas songs.
So, I guess I'll start off my 'music featured on the show' ramblings with the tunes that supplied all the eggnog for the coffee that went into putting the latest episode together…
There's no avoiding Christmas, but there is avoiding bad Christmas music (pity the fool who goes into a department store in December without their headphones). But avoiding bad Christmas music doesn't necessarily mean you need to avoid all Christmas music. Yeah, most of it can be a bit grating on the nerves, but like it or not, it can also bring back some pretty good memories. So the key is finding some good Christmas tunes for when you want to reminisce without simultaneously gouging your eardrums out. Well, that's just one of the reasons you should really go get this brilliant Xmas Compilation that Hometapes put out this year. It's chock full of the good kind of Christmas music. The other (and probably more important) reason would be that all proceeds go to benefit The Bushwick School of Music. It 'tis the season, after all.
I never really thought of it before, but I think 'Santa Baby' was one of my least favourite Christmas songs. You can probably blame Mariah Carey. It just always had this weird sexed up toddler feeling to it (kind of like the way Marilyn Monroe sang 'Happy Birthday' to JFK). But now that I've heard Danielle Fricke's beautifully haunting version, I guess it wasn't the song so much that irked me, it was the delivery. Danielle's version (and the accompanying video) replaces the Bratz doll with one of those creepy old Victorian dolls. And I dig it (could really hear her version being used in a Christmas episode of American Horror Story). If you dig it too, then you should pop over to her Bandcamp page and pick up the lovely Christmas EP that she recently put out.
Ever since meeting the affable chap behind the brilliant Mi Mye at an Indies Keeping Secrets gig earlier this year, I've been meaning to include them in another episode of the Mix Tape Radio show (the last and only other time was all the way back on EPISODE 033). And since I was putting together an Xmas-ish episode, and since Mi Mye put out a Christmas EP last year, now seemed like the perfect time to do so. The other thing I've been meaning to do since that gig was go stock up on previous Mi Mye albums, as one thing that became clear when Jamie was asking if any of us had any song requests for the show… I had only listened to their most recent album (in my defence, I've listened to it A LOT). So if u you also need to catch up on mi mye, I suggest we both agree to go meet up over here.
I'm not one for making absolute statements, but I think it is probably safe to say that this is the best song about receiving a Christmas card from a prostitute… EVER. At the very least, it has to be hands down the best song EVER written about receiving a Christmas card from a prostitute that resides in the Minneapolis area. I'd bet all the Christmas money my Grandma sends me on it. Speaking of which, did anyone else's Grandma stop sending them Christmas money when they moved to another country?
I mentioned yesterday that EPISODE 47 has a little “It's Jesus' Birthday” theme to it, albeit, more of a “JC drinking eggnog, celebrating his birthday alone” kind of vibe. Well, the one song that best captures that mood perfectly is this yuletide jingle from Diamond Rugs. It's such a good Christmas tune that I actually listen to it all year round. Which is no easy feat. Because usually I keep my Christmas songs in a box that I only take out in December.
Well, that's it for today. If you made it down here without clicking on anything above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the rest of the songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about later this and next week. And have a happy holidays, alright? Alright.