Archive for December 25th, 2012

One Track Mind: Donny Hathaway, “This Christmas” (1970)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSBvJG2yLJQ&w=420&h=315] According to Wikipedia, the modern holiday standard “This Christmas” has been covered on record no less than thirty times, and it’s getting ever more popular: five of those recordings are from this Christmas season.

Simon Townshend – Looking Out Looking In (2012)

Simon Townshend – Looking Out Looking In (2012)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mambstsOPG4&w=500&h=305] Might as well get the Who stuff out of the way; Yes, he’s Pete Townshend’s baby brother. Has appeared on Who albums from Tommy to Endless Wire, and on tours with the band, Pete and frontman Roger Daltrey. But there’s more to Simon Townshend.

Forgotten series: Iron Butterfly, Gene Vincent, Eric Carmen, others – Garagelands Volume Two (1999)

Forgotten series: Iron Butterfly, Gene Vincent, Eric Carmen, others – Garagelands Volume Two (1999)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZokODbzZG5k&w=500&h=305] Like its predecessor, Garagelands Volume Two (Bam Caruso Records) salutes long lost songs of the ’60s, where fuzz guitars mingle cordially with chiming tambourines and screeching harmonicas, while the drums thump and pump

Gimme Five: Our Christmas favorites include Nat King Cole, Vince Guaraldi … and Henry Rollins?!?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPG3zSgm_Qo&w=500&h=305] There are as many Christmas music traditions as there are stockings hung with with care. For some, the process of awaiting ole St. Nick requires a classic soundtrack, filled with old favorites. For others, something newer makes sense.