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Christmas Sun Dec 17 2017 00:58:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- The blurb says this London band was "formed by members of indie-pop darlings The Postcards and lo-fi teenage sensations Father." OK then. They got a commission to participate in a compilation and couldn't shake the holiday spirit until they did...The
At number one in this weeks best selling Toys and Games in the UK chart is Cards Against Humanity: UK edition. See this weeks blog for the full top ten.
This video is from 2012 and is not the recording that will appear on the album.1.  A Long Way Home2.  When Winter Comes3.  This Great Old Christmas Night4.  A Second Or A Year5.  Cold Cold Feet6. &nbsp
This is my second post this evening (scroll down just a bit for the first), and it's a bit of an editorial piece (you're forewarned). I want to encourage all my readers to buy music!  Especially during the Christmas season when you're lookin
If it is Christmas truth youre looking for there is no deeper resource than the Internet. But be careful — the Internet lies about Christmas. Thats right linked in the list below are credible websites that get Christmas completely wrong. Th
And here's another Amazon playlist, which you can listen to as an Amazon Prime or Amazon Music customer with no further adieu, or you can graze the tracks and download them for your own mixes. As you've probably already guessed,...And here's another
Alex Rainbird apparently is a real person who, along with his girlfriend Beth, spends the whole year curating collections of up-and-coming indie-rock-folk artists, as many as 70 a month, and this is their indie Christmas album. I can't say I've...Ale
Two posts tonight - this is the first, an album of Christmas music from Germany."O, du frohliche" is an undated collection of twelve traditional German Christmas carols.  If you've listened to many German Christmas records, you'll find many
At number one in this weeks best selling Toys and Games in the UK chart is Cards Against Humanity: UK edition. See this weeks blog for the full top ten.
There are certain artists who are, for whatever reason, like family to me and for whom the doors, here, will always be open for whatever good I can do in "spreading the word".  One of them is my favorite Swedish songbird--Folk, Pop, and Amer
I lost my husband on September 11th, 2001 that awful day etched in the memory of millions. He was there. Then he was gone. No goodbye. That first Christmas without him was as dark and empty as could be. There was no cheer, no celebration, no light to
As you may already know, Amazon has been offering playlists of commissioned songs for several years that you can listen to if you're a Prime member, and now also if you join Amazon Music. The collection named above started in...As you may already kno
Singer/songwriter Cassandra Kubinski has a rich resume as a musician, entertainer, and actor.  Her music has been featured on the Lifetime television series "Dance Moms" (of which I, with a currently 16 year-old dancer in the house, am way t
Just a quick post to alert you to the new Rich Stein series tonight at 9pm on BBC 2. His shows are always an interesting mix of travel show and cookery and ideal viewing on these cold winter nights. As you might expect he has a new book out to go wit
Good news/bad news time.  The good news?  We have a Halloween mix!  Yay!  More on that in a minute.Now the bad news.  Last weekend, I opened a window for Mrs. Katz.  And, just because of that smal
The United States Post Office will officially distribute new Christmas stamps for 2017 on October 5th. Christmas card exchange fans will be pleased with the festive theme celebrating famous Christmas carols in this years design. Jingle Bells, perhaps
The pop-punkers from Maryland were on the Christmas tip back in 2002 with "Christmas on the Phone," and that's here, along with a serviceable cover of "Last Christmas" and the radio holiday anthem "Let the World Be Still," which I...The pop-punkers f
Today's share is one of the best of the season.  It's the 1970 album "Christmas with Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass", which features 10 classic Christmas carols performed with a cheery fusion of brass and banjo, for a very unique and ch
David Walliams isn't often out of the top ten best selling books chart. His books have a broad appeal, being enjoyed by children and adults alike. I've compiled a great David Walliams reading list and gift guide and I share the details with you in th
The video is from a web series Elizabeth Chan did last year.  Fun stuff.  Has nothing to do with her forthcoming Christmas record, "Songs For Noelle", but I like videos and I don't have anything I can shar
Christmas in the 1970s was an era between eras. Music and television stars of the 1950s still produced major Christmas releases and the gifts, toys and fads of the time seemed caught sometimes between a time warp to the past and to the future. Take,
This Philadelphia punk group dropped this 2017 EP that features three songs by such punk groups as the Hanson Brothers, Screaming Sneakers and the Wretched Ones, with the lyrics repurposed into something Christmasy. (Not familiar with the original gr
Every now and then a new Christmas CD comes around that just makes me smile.  Oh, there are plenty that I like and play often (seriously - just ask my family).  But the ones that really, literally make me smile when I listen to them
At number one in this weeks best selling Toys and Games in the UK chart is Cards Against Humanity: UK edition. See this weeks blog for the full top ten.
1. The Christmas Song2. Christmas Back To You3. Cover Me In Snow4. Everyday’s Like Christmas5. Birthday6. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas7. Merry Christmas Baby8. Please Come Home For Christmas9. Santa Don’t Sleigh10. Silen
Dickens might be sick. The long awaited first preview of the Charles Dickens biopic awkwardly titled The Man Who Invented Christmas is here and it is as horrid as we feared. The movie hits theaters on November 22nd and it is billed as the big Christm
I don't know much about this Denver duo, but I did want to get this 2017 single posted. It's a warm Americana take on the song, heavy on cello and fiddle, and a nice middle tempo approach for a song...I don't know much about this Denver duo, but I di
For tonight's quick share (quick because I've got like a dozen things all rolling at once, it seems like), is another album that Ol' Buddy Tom dropped by my place on our way to the Wilco concert.  This one is called "Let's All Sing Christmas
I popped into Costa on Wednesday (November 1st) and I suppose I was a little surprised to be greetedby the sound of “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” as I walked through the door. They really need to keep the Christmas
Jingle BellsLet It SnowMy Gift Is YouSilent NightWhen I Was A Little GirlLast ChristmasYou Make It Feel Like ChristmasUnder The Christmas LightsSanta BabyWhite ChristmasNever Kissed Anyone With Blue EyesChristmas EveOfficially, it's been a mere rumor
If there is a common wish for Christmas that goes unanswered every year it would have to be celebrating an organized Christmas. From the food to the decorations to managing all the parties and events it seems that no matter what efforts are made ther
Up front, I'll concede this is a little too poppy for the site, but it does have some bite and rhythm, and Cassandra, a reality-show personality and jingle singer who also tours behind some acts you'd recognize, is a well-schooled...Up front, I'll co
Tonight's share is one of the best this season, so I decided to share it out early so you can enjoy it throughout the month of December.  I found "Greetings from the McGuire Sisters" at a Half Price Books warehouse clearance sale this Summer
You may remember me reviewing the brilliant cake in a mug. I am delighted to announce that we have a cake in a mug to giveawayworth 10. It will make a perfect Christmas gift/stocking filler especially for that hard to buy for person. All you have to
I'm sure we've shared that tune, here, before.  That particular video is from a live stream Christmas performance Hanson did last year, but the single "Finally, It's Christmas" was first released in 2014.  It's also the title of the
The humble Christmas ornament rarely gets much thought for its significance and purpose. For many the Christmas ornament is merely decorative, a simple environmental adornment of the season. Most can look at an ornament and see it as nothing really s
EDM DJ and music mogul Diplo keeps his string of Christmas albums intact with this 2017 entry into the canon. "Know No Better" by Major Lazer (and a cast of thousands, judging by the credits) kick things off in fine...EDM DJ and music mogul Diplo kee
On Friday December 1, Katie Garibaldi's "Home Sweet Christmas" will be released, following her excellent 2016 single "Tomorrow is Christmas Morning" (reviewed here), which gave us an inkling of what was to come from this talented musician. 
At number one in this weeks best selling Toys and Games in the UK chart is LEGO 60155 City Advent Calendar 2017 Construction Toy. See this weeks blog for the full top ten.
Country's Chely Wright is the latest to announce a Christmas album set to arrive later this year.  Chely was Country's Top New Female Vocalist in 1995 and she scored her first #1 single in 1999 with "Single White Female".  And I can
It’s a Marshmallow World was introduced by Bing Crosby, of course, way back in 1950. It was a golden era for new Christmas music and Bing cranked them out better than anyone. It was a hit, but a minor one for Crosby, at least compared to hi
There are lots of strands of DJ culture outside the mash-up experts we've championed here over the past several years (and as of last year appear to have taken their places in the history books), and here we have one...There are lots of strands of DJ
Tonight's share is "Christmas Music for the Winter Season".  It clearly states "Winter", so perhaps I'm sharing this out a bit soon.  But, you know, when Winter *actually* arrives, it's almost too late, so damn the torpedoes, here i
At number one in this weeks best selling Toys and Games in the UK chart is Cards Against Humanity: UK edition. See this weeks blog for the full top ten.
Here's one I missed last year.  And a preliminary glance at some of our friends seems to show they might have missed it, too."Christmas Day" by Shantih Shantih was available on a 7" vinyl single last year (there may even have been some color
Santas Sleigh is an effort of nickels and dimes that we make every Christmas to help a few folks in need. Compared to most high profile charitable campaigns ours pales a little in comparison. But what it lacks in monetary impact it more than makes up
We had this Norwegian band on the site many years ago with a holiday EP, and they're back for 2017 with a single. The song with the self-effacing title has that low budget indie-pop vibe, with a sound very reminiscent...We had this Norwegian band on
Last year about this time I found a copy of The Golddiggers "We Need a Little Christmas" at a great little local store (It's a Beautiful Day, for you local folks), so naturally I snapped it up.  This is one of those truly great Christmas alb
I must admit that I absolutely love chocolate. I feel more reassured in life knowing that I have some chocolate hidden in the house that only I know about, so I was delighted to try chocolate from a company called Choc Affair. I received the Library
A warning, up top.  I'm a bit grouchy (or Grinchy) this evening.  I've been dealing with an extremely painful and debilitating bout of arthritis, lately (kids, lesson one:  old age SUCKS!).  So one thing you try to