Thursday, December 18, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The only thing more absurd than the number of musicians in my life is the number of musicians in my life who have written one or more Christmas songs that don't suck: Little Annie, John Wesley Harding, Sean Nelson, Carolyn Mark, Shelby Earl.
This year I'm delighted to add my next door neighbor Hollis Wong-Wear to that list. You may have heard Hollis on Macklemore's The Heist and/or seen her wearing a Mark Mitchell original to this year's Grammys. Now she collaborates with Seattle singer-songwriter Kris Orlowski on what might be my favorite Christmas original of 2014.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
All those years cracking a whip over the kids in the Freed Unit paid off for Kay Thompson in later years. *Crank up the volume* and listen to how her arrangements make those Osmond Boys and Williams Bros work.
I slept on this one last year. *face palm* Fortunately the formidable Holiday selection at Dusty Groove brought it to my attention when I checked in to purchase Saint Etienne's breathtaking new Songs for a London Winter (more on that gem soon). My 7-inch arrived a couple days ago and I'm stoked to drop it at the "Sophisticated Tiny Tea Dance" all-vinyl extravaganza with DJ Nitty Gritty tomorrow afternoon at Pony.
The Stones Throw crew does Christmas right. The 2007 Badd Santa comp assembled by my boy Peanut Butter Wolf juxtaposes holiday ditties by James Pants and Georgia Anne Muldrow with the Free Design and Quad City DJs. (The companion Badd Santa's Xmas Afterparty podcast delivers more treats, and is free with any purchase. This year they add to the canon with "Wonderful Christmastime," the seasonal Macca chestnut refreshed by Tuxedo (aka Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One). Highly recommended.