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The X-Mas Files 2007: Epilogue

So I really crapped out at the end there.

Sorry. The actual holiday of X-Mas crept up on me and bit me in the happy ass. It’s been a relaxing and fun set of days, spent sore from the Wii and full of good food.

And even though most of you won’t hear this till the new year, I still have to ask this musical question…

December 31, 2007 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

The X-Mas Files 2007: Day 17 (With Vulgarity & BONUS)

The word “classic” gets tossed around far too often. ESPECIALLY when referring to Christmas songs. Let’s be honest with each other here: Tunes like “Rudolph” and “Frosty” and “Here Comes Santa Claus” are fun, and fine, and have their place. But none of them are “classics.” In fact, they may not even be very good.

“Fairytale of New York,” however…that tune is a classic. The recent kerfuffle across the pond regarding this tune’s lyrics had me itching to hear it again, and sure enough, it’s still pure bittersweet brilliance. Plus, if you’re the kind of bigot who gets off on holiday tunes that feature gender slurs, it’s even better.

However, if you just want a dose of something easy with “Santa” in the title, then here you go.

December 19, 2007 at 12:18 pm 2 comments

The X-Mas Files: Days 15, 16 & BONUS!

As the holidays approach and the Pop Geek staff girds its loins for my annual holiday tirade, I’ll try to step up my track posting, so that your ears can lather up in a veritable sudsy orgy of yuletide tuneages.

Last Thursday, an internet friend (yes, I HAS THOSE, what’s it to you??) hipped me to a few blogs sharing out-of-print Xmas vinyl as digital files. I’ve got about thirty or so records to go through, but here’s a few early favorites. First, from the great, great Frankie Yankovic, a little seasonal polka.

Next, a truly great find–one of those “how have I lived this long without it?” tracks, from an album by Herman Apple Ses Carillons Et Ses Percussions entitled Stereo Percussion De Noel. If there’s one thing my Christmases have always needed, it’s stereo percussion. Also, enjoy the mildly erotic sound effects!

Finally, a little something for the Grinches in the audience, which is more and more where I stand, as I try to shake a head cold and deal with bullplop at the office. Anyway. All will be well when my beautiful 18-month-old daughter peeps the HIDEOUS PILE OF AWESOME LOOT we’ve stacked up in the guest room. Santa’s done good.

Off to brave the post office.

December 18, 2007 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

The X-Mas Files 2007: Day 14

Whether you view him as an unrepentant wife-beater or a redeemed, flawed man, there’s no question that the late Ike Turner knew his way around rock and soul.

Here’s a holiday cut from the Ike & Tina Turner days, with the kind of tight-ass groove that will make you wiggle in your office chair. It’s from the excellent holiday comp Cool Yule, a recent favorite, which is also out of print (goddamnit), otherwise I would link to it.

December 14, 2007 at 9:58 am 4 comments

The Pop Geek (X-Mas) PopCast 4

Xmas songs I like, carefully arranged, taking no more than thirty minutes of your time.

This one’s longer, cause it’s Christmas, and that extra ten minutes or so of music is my gift…to YOU.

Also, there’s a track list and download link after the jump. Ho, ho, ho!

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December 13, 2007 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

The X-Mas Files: Days 11, 12

I just keep slipping behind on these. Here’s a Tuesday twofer to catch up…

If I had to pick my favorite Christmas album of all time, it would have to be The Original Soul Christmas. Now out of print on CD (or so it seems, given the high prices it commands used), this disc is a reissue of a 1968 compilation featuring (I believe) mostly Stax soul artists offering up holiday originals and covers. We’re talking the true greats of sixties soul: Otis Redding, Booker T. & The MG’s, even a bonus cut from Ray Charles.

From the filthy opening blast of Clarence Carter’s “Back Door Santa,” perhaps the finest holiday tune alluding to anal sex ever captured on tape, to the warm smoky sax instrumentals from King Curtis, this is front-to-back perfect. Not a bum tune on there, and when you’re talking about Christmas albums, that’s really saying something.

Here’s two choice cuts from The Original Soul Christmas. First, we have underrated vocal dynamo Carla Thomas with a holiday version of her hit record “Gee Whiz (Look in His Eyes),” entitled “Gee Whiz (It’s Christmas).”

And this is Solomon Burke, who sings like Sam Cooke on crack cocaine, with his “Presents for Christmas,” in which he wishes everyone in the world would get a present, including “all the policemen and all the pretty girls…”

Can’t argue with that, can you?

December 11, 2007 at 10:25 am 2 comments

The X-Mas Files: Day 10

Ten days, ten songs. I really oughta whip up a podcast one of these days.

I found this Christmas EP from a band called Holiday Music in the seasonal bargain bin at a used record store on the north side of Chicago. This one’s for those brave souls venturing forth into our nation’s many malls and big-box shopping centres this weekend. Godspeed.

December 7, 2007 at 9:23 am Leave a comment

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